Everything has a start

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by xjbuddy, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. xjbuddy

    xjbuddy n00b

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    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!
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  2. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    :clap
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  3. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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

    Rutabaga Been here awhile

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

    LadyDraco KillerSmileIHazIt !!

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    Nice RR.. :clap
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  6. xjbuddy

    xjbuddy n00b

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    I like that!

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

    Cheers!
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  7. rinho

    rinho Rinho Féroce

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

    mdlak Been here awhile

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    Good job xj! Where is the cottage? :thumb
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  9. xjbuddy

    xjbuddy n00b

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

    xjbuddy n00b

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