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Old 08-21-2013, 09:46 AM   #7036
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:04 AM   #7037
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Thanks for the quick reply guys. I will give them a call.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:18 PM   #7038
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After all these years I finally have a full motorcycle license

Buddy lectured me on how I drive too slow, was very hard to keep a straight face

Yehaa I'm officially legal now, even have a sticker on my plate!
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:37 PM   #7039
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After all these years I finally have a full motorcycle license

Buddy lectured me on how I drive too slow, was very hard to keep a straight face

Yehaa I'm officially legal now, even have a sticker on my plate!

Congrats it's about time!
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:58 PM   #7040
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Can anyone recommend an honest place in Ottawa where I can get a safety check done? Thanks in advance.
Don't use Petawawa Toyota, that's for sure... stealers are the worst..
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Old 08-21-2013, 03:35 PM   #7041
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Looking for some Ottawa area riders (BMW or otherwise)

Going down the Queensway today in the cage we were passed by a squid on an older Japanese sport bike, weaving through the lanes from far left to far right and back.

Normally I wouldn't even notice, but his gear was remarkable. He had a decent helmet, jacket and was wearing jeans.

But on his feet, he wore flip flops.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:06 PM   #7042
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After all these years I finally have a full motorcycle license

Buddy lectured me on how I drive too slow, was very hard to keep a straight face

Yehaa I'm officially legal now, even have a sticker on my plate!
You didn't have your full ticket all this time?
There is a story there some where:

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Old 08-21-2013, 06:10 PM   #7043
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Sorry for the late reply... we did camp for the whole trip.
Great!
I did a mix. It was a really nice ride, picked up some trails in the US that I loved. I didnt know there was such great riding out there.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:13 PM   #7044
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What the ??? lol seriously? ha! Well congrats! Celebrate with a drink, but dont drive the bike afterwards

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After all these years I finally have a full motorcycle license

Buddy lectured me on how I drive too slow, was very hard to keep a straight face

Yehaa I'm officially legal now, even have a sticker on my plate!
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Old 08-22-2013, 03:07 AM   #7045
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Don't use Petawawa Toyota, that's for sure... stealers are the worst..
Did you have an issue with them? Wife takes her car there.
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:04 AM   #7046
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Did you have an issue with them? Wife takes her car there.
Indeed I did good sir... It is the first and last time they will see my truck there for anything...
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:52 AM   #7047
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Taking my 10yr old girl to a 4 hour session at Tykes on Bykes on Sunday. Should be interesting to say the least. She's not all that....coordinated shall we say.

She's pretty excited about it, though.
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:58 AM   #7048
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Taking my 10yr old girl to a 4 hour session at Tykes on Bykes on Sunday. Should be interesting to say the least. She's not all that....coordinated shall we say.

She's pretty excited about it, though.
Good camera with long lens. Keeper pics, dad.
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Old 08-23-2013, 07:52 AM   #7049
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Taking my 10yr old girl to a 4 hour session at Tykes on Bykes on Sunday. Should be interesting to say the least. She's not all that....coordinated shall we say.

She's pretty excited about it, though.
Allow me to copy-pasta a RR from a couple of years ago... (published on STN, IIRC)

Corbeau takes his 8-y.o. son dirt bike riding
July 27, 2008

OK, technically 7.94 years old, it was an early birthday present.

I had booked a 4-hour session at Tykes on Bikes, a local mom and pop operation where they supply the bike and all the gear -- not to mention the best instruction one could get. to Andy, a police bike/cop car instructor Monday to Friday.

The day started with my son getting kitted up -- boots, pants, jersey, knee, elbow and chest protection, helmet and goggles as well as gloves. Then Andy went over to describing the controls. My son started out on a Honda CRF50 -- it was on the small side of the scale for him, but allowed him to build his confidence.

Just like the BRC course that Andy also teaches at local safety organization, things started with a bike being pushed and my son coming up to a stop. Then, with the engine running and the bike in first gear -- no clutch on these semi-auto, three-speed gearboxes -- he ran in straight line, coming to a stop on command. The biggest challenge at this point for him was to keep looking ahead and not at his right foot when time came to shift the boot forward to apply some rear brake.

The instructor had laid out a large rectangle with yellow traffic cones, which my son rode around. Other exercises included a slow weave around little cones -- flashback of my own training on a street bike, five years ago -- and going through pairs of cones three feet apart, simulating a trail. My son also learned to stand up on the pegs.

Gatorade breaks were frequent -- at eight, your attention span and concentration is limited. While the first hour was in the rain, sometimes heavy, that never stopped them from having fun.

The third and fourth hour were spent on the CRF70 -- just about too big for my son at first.

***

As a gift for me, I treated myself to two hours of dirt bike riding, for the second half of my son's session, just as the sun started shinning. I too was outfitted in gear, save for the boots I bought online a while back that I broke in. Now, my experience on dirt is a big zero -- apart from taking my VFR down gravel roads, sometimes on purpose. And since I'd like to get a dual sport eventually soon (anyone has a DRZ400 for sale?), I thought this would be a great way to learn to slide the rear around without clenching the buttocks.

I started on a CRF150, exchanged after a while for a 230 -- bigger wheels, more torque, more fun. I stayed in first and second gear, standing up and giving my calves a workout they hadn't seen since I hung up my telemark skis in the spring. I did the same exercises as my son, including lofting the front by blipping the throttle before the front wheel went over a 4 x 6 piece of lumber. (Actually I was the one doing that. It was getting a little late in the day for my son to grasp the concept of blipping the throttle.)

All in all, it was a great day, although we've opened Pandora's Box and will have to enter into serious budget negotiations with Ms. Corbeau...

CRF70 for my son: $1,500
DRZ400 for me: $4,000
Trailer to tow the above to the trailhead: $1,000
Membership dues at the Bytown Motorcycle Association: $80

Future memories:... priceless.

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Five years later, I still haven't bought my DRZ or his CRF70...

I'll have to take him out again to Tykes on Bikes, if only what size dirt bike my now 13 year-old (and almost as tall as me) son needs...
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Old 08-23-2013, 12:21 PM   #7050
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Saturday?

Anyone planning to ride tomorrow?
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