An Old Suzuki
I don't remember what year this bike was but it was a 500cc 2 stroke
Suzuki that was given to me around 1986. It was old, rusty and not
running when I got it. I also got a parts bike with it. Since I didn't
know the first thing about motorcycles, the first thing I did was purchase
a manual. Starting with basic wiring circuits I traced out the diagrams
and found the plug wires were reversed. Other electrical parts had to be
fixed that were not essential to having the engine running.
Once I got it running I couldn't get my nerve up to try riding it. By the
way, this bike had no electric start, kick start only and was quite a smoker
because it was 2 stroke. Eventually I sold it for what I had invested in
it. About $75.00 I think.
1984 Honda Ascot
I was the second owner of this bike which I bought in April of 2001. It
belonged to a friend who bought 2 of them new, one for his son who was in
high school then and one for him. Mine had only 9,000 km's on it and still
had the original tires. We put a new rear tire on when I bought it and I
put a new front tire on when I sold it. I also replaced the strut seals
because they were leaking.
I had never ridden on a bike, even as a passenger, when I bought it. I
rode it around a couple of months before taking my M1 exit course at Sheridan
College, Oakville campus in July of 2001. The first winter I put it away. I
joined the SCRC, Chapter 57 in Burlington in early June of 2002. I then
discovered that I was hooked on biking and bought my second bike, a Kawasaki
Vulcan 800 in July of 2002. I put about 2,500 km's on the Honda in about 15 months.
2001 Kawasaki Vulcan 800
My second bike was bought new in July of 2002 from Burlington Cycle. I added
a windshield, floor boards and Leatherlyke hard shell bags which the dealer
installed. I mounted my GPS on the handlebar and added a fused power plug and
cigarette lighter for power. I loved riding so much, I kept riding through the
winter as long as the roads were dry. My finger tips were the only part of me
that I couldn't keep warm so I added snowmobile heated grips. This was better
but they were too hot on the palms while my finger tips were still getting too
I made a combination rear luggage carrier to mount a Kappa Moto hard shell trunk
and a driver backrest. The backrest added instant comfort and was simple to make
for this bike. I put 29,000 km's on the Kawasaki in 14 months before I bought my
third bike. I sold the Kawasaki on consignment at 679 Bike on Highway #6 in Mount
Hope in May of 2004. All it required to certify was a rear tire.