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Old 01-17-2009, 06:26 PM   #1
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Looking for some Ottawa area riders (BMW or otherwise)

Hey all:

Just got a BMW R1200GSA over Christmas and will be looking to get some short jaunts in and around the Ottawa area. I don't have a whack of time (young family) but looking at some infrequent 2-4 hour treks on the odd weekends. Not really keen on any "GS" or "Dual-sport" rides as I am just getting back into riding after being away from it for about 18 years. To be honest, most rides will be sedate and just need to get some seat time and maybe some bike talk as well.

I have a couple buddies on sport bikes and harleys that will join in as well at times.

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Old 01-17-2009, 09:02 PM   #2
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Head down to Westport most any weekend and there are lots of folks that meet there.
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Old 01-18-2009, 05:39 AM   #3
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an AWESOME day ride for you is RTE-307!!! one of the most beautiful roads in quebec you can catch it from AUT-50 and take it all the way up to Notre-Dame-du-Laus. hold on tight, some NICE twisty sections along the way.



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Old 01-18-2009, 06:32 AM   #4
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307, 309, Kilmar road, 327, 315....That's just a few on the Quebec side.

Calabogie if you're staying in Ontario, or down to Westport on the longer days.

What area of the city do you live in?
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:05 AM   #5
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Yes I agree about 307. My folks live up in Val des bois. The route through Cantley is far more fun than the 50 through Buckingham and up. The problem with the twisties past Cantley is the sand on the roads at times. Never ridden any of these on a motorcycle but way too many times in a car.

I am near Carp. So, planning routes like Foymount, #1 to Pembroke (which is fantastic in the fall), Calabogie.

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Old 01-18-2009, 08:06 AM   #6
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Right around the corner from me my friend.

On Sunday's a few of us meet up at the Local Heroes on Merivale for the CVMG breakfast from 8-10. Then head out for some trail riding. Mix of bikes from GS to KLR. All are welcome.

I do a regular run every weekend all over Calabogie. If you want to do trails or road drop me a line. Road would likely be a Saturday ride given the Sunday regular ride.

Congrats on the new ride, great choice.
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:11 PM   #7
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Sounds like you had a great Christmas, congratulations!
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:00 AM   #8
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Sounds like you had a great Christmas, congratulations!
It was incredible. I had put a deposit back in August with a planned delivery in April. My wife surprised me with a xmas deliver. Now I have too much time to farkle.

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Old 01-19-2009, 06:02 AM   #9
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Right around the corner from me my friend.

On Sunday's a few of us meet up at the Local Heroes on Merivale for the CVMG breakfast from 8-10. Then head out for some trail riding. Mix of bikes from GS to KLR. All are welcome.

I do a regular run every weekend all over Calabogie. If you want to do trails or road drop me a line. Road would likely be a Saturday ride given the Sunday regular ride.

Congrats on the new ride, great choice.
Sounds good. I am not sure I am ready for the GS rides early in the season.

But, I would do Calabogie provided my noob speed and cornering doesn't hold anyone up.

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... Not really keen on any "GS" or "Dual-sport" rides as I am just getting back into riding after being away from it for about 18 years. To be honest, most rides will be sedate and just need to get some seat time and maybe some bike talk as well.
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Sounds like a safe approach. Given that it's been 18 years, you should also consider taking a refresher course in the spring:

http://www.ottawamotorcycle.ca/train.shtml
Yep, signed up for it last fall whenever they schedule the first one. Also, just bought a nice white helmet and will be getting HighViz vest on top of full ATGATT. I am not going into this with any ignorance/arrogance that I can ride like I did right off the bat.

Hoping to maybe get out on the track at Calabogie or Mosport for maybe some cornering/braking practice.

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Old 01-23-2009, 12:30 PM   #12
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I wouldn't mind joining you for rides on the odd weekend. I'm in Stittsville. I've been meaning to get to the CVMG breakfast as well but as of yet I haven't made it.

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Old 01-31-2009, 05:33 AM   #13
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More the merrier Ed. Very relaxed group of riders except for Father Time (Eric - older than dirt) .

We go a pace that is comfortable for everyone. For those who are new to off-road riding etc. we take it easy and let them know the big pitfalls well in advance. Otherwise we take the more sensible rides. keep me posted.
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Old 01-31-2009, 06:19 AM   #14
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More the merrier Ed. Very relaxed group of riders except for Father Time (Eric - older than dirt) .

We go a pace that is comfortable for everyone. For those who are new to off-road riding etc. we take it easy and let them know the big pitfalls well in advance. Otherwise we take the more sensible rides. keep me posted.
P2D, anyone?
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Old 01-31-2009, 07:16 AM   #15
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+1 For the Kilmar road. It's rough, pockmarked and tortured thanks to the countless rigs that use it to ferry crap all over creation. I've got a cottage up in Harrington and know of some sweet dirt/single track in this area (Rouge valley and the Highlands). I am looking forward to getting my KLR out an about.
So lets keep this thread going and hopefully some of us can meet up (as I'd like some direction & education of the west of Ottawa) as I live in the East.
I too have a young family and time is tight- I also work shifts and have the bulk of my riding time during the week. However time for a good ride can be made on the weekend with advance notice.
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