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xjbuddy 01-08-2013 04:54 PM

Everything has a start
 
First off, I'd like to say Hello to everyone and wish to introduce myself.

This is my first ever motorcycle experience, this forum is a big part of why I chose to do this. Thank you everyone for your inspiring reports.

My love for motorcycles began when I was 10 years old. A neighbor of mine had a KLR 650, I always thought riding a motocross on public road would be so cool.

Well my dream came true 17 years later when I purchased a used 2004 KLR 650, I must have had a wicked stupid grin on my face that day :wink:

I wanted my first ride to be something I'd remember. So I packed Murphy (We all give them names right?) as best as I could with the low budget equipment that I had and went on a one day camping trip.

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Pretty basic heh? I had my tent, sleeping bag a few cans of beer and some extra clothing, it would have to do!

So I toured the area around my cottage trying to stay on backroads mainly, I like seing lakes and wooded area.

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This is a lake where my Grand-Pa and I used to fish rainbow trout when I was a kid... Miss having him with me on fishing trips... Fish's back then were plenty compared to now..
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Wooden bridge structure of the rivière du Serpent :
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At that point I had barely traveled 50 km and found myself stopping everywhere to take some pictures. Definitely a change from driving a car. It makes for some great memories.

First time ever that I stop for gas with a bike! Gotta admit that I liked the price of a full tank! Less than 20$
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Getting some shade under a giant tree, time for a break!
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And while the bike is resting, why not enjoy a bite to eat? (I'm a bachelor at heart)
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My first experience crossing a metal bridge with a motorcycle... :eek1
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We meet friends along the way :
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Woke up to this and it instantly made me forget about all my life's problems. I found myself relieved of stress. I smiled, a very honest smile, at that precise moment, I found myself very happy. :clap
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The next morning on my way back I had my first experience dropping the bike. I had come to a turn and cut too close and experienced loose sand. No harm done I just let the bike drop, stood back and laughed :rofl. It's one of the reason why I bought a used bike to begin with!
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Came back to the cottage after that, sat down, and just enjoyed a beer and I swear I still had to stupid grin on my face!

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Since then I have went on some other smaller trips, I'm still learning and experiencing the challenge of motorcycles riding. I have to say that next summer I want to do a longer trip, at least a full week touring Alberta, Brithish-Columbia and Northwest Territories. One day who knows when I'm experienced enough, maybe I'll do a longer trip to some remote part of the world!

Here are some odd pictures of my modest travel :

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Sturdy Murphy

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Favorite place on earth
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That's all folks!

Cheers!

Mr_Gone 01-09-2013 07:42 AM

:clap

UpST8 01-09-2013 08:28 AM

:clapGreat start!!! Thanks for the report, please keep em coming.

Rutabaga 01-09-2013 03:21 PM

Nicely done.
Ride. Take pics. Grin.
Repeat.

LadyDraco 01-09-2013 03:52 PM

Nice RR.. :clap

xjbuddy 01-09-2013 05:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rutabaga (Post 20439702)
Nicely done.
Ride. Take pics. Grin.
Repeat.

I like that!

Thanks everyone! It's winter here in Canada, so my riding is going to resume around april!

Cheers!

rinho 01-09-2013 07:19 PM

Pretty cool report Math...so sorry we were not able to ride together!

mdlak 01-09-2013 08:43 PM

Good job xj! Where is the cottage? :thumb

xjbuddy 01-10-2013 11:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rinho (Post 20441571)
Pretty cool report Math...so sorry we were not able to ride together!

I'm sure one day Éric we will be able to ride somehwere together! :evil

xjbuddy 01-10-2013 11:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mdlak (Post 20442247)
Good job xj! Where is the cottage? :thumb

It's in the Laurentides region, just a great place to ride, lots to see


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