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Vancouver Adv Group Rides 2018

Discussion in 'Canada' started by ommoran, Mar 13, 2017.

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When would you prefer to meet, and what would you prefer? (Select a time, and the meeting venue)

  1. Weekday evenings

    4 vote(s)
    16.0%
  2. Weekends

    12 vote(s)
    48.0%
  3. Meet at Steamworks in Burnaby / Similar

    5 vote(s)
    20.0%
  4. Meet for a meal then the Deeley musem

    0 vote(s)
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  5. Whatever, let's meet.

    17 vote(s)
    68.0%
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  1. ommoran

    ommoran Experienced Newbie

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    Hi All,

    It'd be interesting to put a face to names from the forums. Does anyone organize a group ride or meet-up for Vancouverites / GVRD folks sometime during the peak riding season? (Please don't tell me Squamish's southern Starbucks. I see that 2x per week going to see my kids, and not on the bike...)

    Because I'm a newbie, I think a ride to somewhere like Harrison along 7 would be pretty nice, and collect most of the GVRD and Valley. I don't know. Thoughts?

    I think one meet up would be doable, sometime in June or July?
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  2. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer Supporter

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    Sounds like a great idea. I'm in.

    There was a gathering of sorts a couple years ago, more of a tech session/beer drinking bbq gathering in New Westminster. Very nice, and a great bunch. Don't know what happened to that?
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  3. ommoran

    ommoran Experienced Newbie

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    Well, that's Steve and I...

    If we were crows, that would be an attempted murder. Anyone else? :)
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  4. filterx

    filterx Been here awhile

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  5. ommoran

    ommoran Experienced Newbie

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  6. Farves

    Farves Adventurer

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    Were do I sign up, I live in Squamish but don't frequent Starbuck's.


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  7. ommoran

    ommoran Experienced Newbie

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    Most excellent! I'm sure we can arrange something. That said... bear in mind I'm a no0b.

    As in... I go for my road test in 3 hours. Nervous as f---. Wish me luck.
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  8. Allrpm

    Allrpm Been here awhile

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    The test is easy don't sweat it ! Watch out for school zone and park speed limits, they like to go through them. I will be riding out from Ontario this summer to go to the KTM Rally I may see you guys around!

    RPM
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  9. Bad Daddy

    Bad Daddy Been here awhile

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    Good Luck!
    I failed my first attempt. They took me down a single lane road that widened and wasn't quite two lanes. A car pulled in beside me, and I failed. Didn't assert lane dominance.
    Went back a month later, on my own bike at the time, H-D Heritage Softail, and did fine.
    Count me in if there's going to be something.
    I'm in North Van. Can do most maintenance but changing tires is my nemesis... will practice on my CT-110... it's a step up from a bicycle.
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  10. ommoran

    ommoran Experienced Newbie

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    Thank you @Bad Daddy! I did, in fact, PASS the test today. Fully licenced.

    Nice to have that monkey off of my back!
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  11. the kaz

    the kaz has become "FERAL"

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    I have been legally banned from the Squamish Starbucks because of my 'hipster" brutality :bluduh
    So any meet up other than there I am there if I am available :D
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  12. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer Supporter

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    Lol.
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  13. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer Supporter

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    Well done! I'm sure the test must be way different than the one I took in 1976 I passed first time on my 76 400-4 SS, my buddy failed twice on his 78 xs400 special Yami, in the cones, I told him to take my bike and he passed no worries. .
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  14. Allrpm

    Allrpm Been here awhile

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    Or like me, I didn't have enough money on me to pay after I did my upgrade test (because I took my 1st test on my buddies XL185) so I booted it up Willingdon to go to the bank on one wheel for a bit on my Honda 900SS and passed the guy that gave me my test while he was testing a girl in her car! I came back to pay and he says,
    "Did you loose you baseball glove?" I gave him a blank stare. He said, "When you blew the doors off me going up Willingdon I thought your glove that is bungied down was going to fly off your seat!" I was like oh no! He was cool and said something like that I owed him a pint if I saw him at the pub! oops!
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  15. filterx

    filterx Been here awhile

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    Any one who wants to ride in Squamish, PM me and we can sort something out for how, where and what to ride
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  16. ommoran

    ommoran Experienced Newbie

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    I think we chatted before - my kids live in Squamish, so I'm up often. Not on the bike, yet, but I'm up often.

    I'm also a member of the Vancouver Motorcycle group on FB. They do weekly rides... to Squamish. I drive that road all the time, and I love it, but honestly... so much to explore.
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  17. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer Supporter

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    Hmm, mine was quite different. All within the confines of downtown Langley's brand new Driver training govt. building, the had an 'obstacle course' of quick stop/starts places, etc. The pylons were pretty tricky actually, 1 1/2 the length of your bike, 40 yards long. The best part during that time, the learners permit was this funny little green book, which did not have an expiry time, I waited almost a year before i did the final test. Rode the bike to BCIT for 1/2 a year during the winter, to the Okanagan and the Duffy Lake circle, all before full class 5. We were a frightening terror on wheels.
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  18. Tytan

    Tytan Been here awhile

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    I'm in, would like to meet more local riders. I joined a group ride last year we did the West Harrison FSR from the Sasquatch Inn to Pemberton.
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  19. BCTom

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    I'm in Mission, ride the local dirt every chance I get. Would definitely join the hootenanny if Harrison or Stave are on the menu. Not a newb but no mx racer either, up for a chill leisurely ride
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  20. Steve G.

    Steve G. Long timer Supporter

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    Just to give you an idea of my riding time. My first riding started at age 5 when the parents bought my brother and I a Keystone mini bike out of the Sears catalog to play in our 20 acre south Langley hobby farm. As I turned 16, I got my class 6 before my class 5 car license, had a 250 motocross Can-am, and brother with his YZ400, and I would spend countless weekends riding the old Army training grounds up Sleepy Hollow Rd near Cultus Lake. Street bikes became more the go-to for us, as the fun started at the end of our driveways rather than a 1-2 hr truck drive away. 30 years later, after travelling the best street motorcycle regions on earth, a more dirt worthy street legal dirt machine in the garage, there are still places here that I've not done. 3 attempts at both the West Harrison, and East Harrison have stopped me from landslides [4 times], snow [3 times], and getting over my head while alone [the shale hill on West Harrison 'shale hill' on my 1200GS] .

    I'm still of the opinion that the best street riding in this region is found immediately south in Whatcom and Skagit counties in Wa. There are friends of mine who have actually made the decision to omit these great riding areas from their life for the next 4 years because of current political ideology. That the vast majority of gasoline burned through their Canadian machines is of American origin gives me wonder at which point virtue signalling, and actual blocking of U.S. products in their life, where the line is drawn. Anyways, I still ride to Squambucks on my vintage machines, as that road is still entertaining on my 43 yr old wobbly Norton when I do it at less than vehicle impound speeds, and lets face it, it is quite a lovely road on a warm sunny Sunday morning, just get the heck out of there well before Sunday afternoon's Whistler exodus. But yes, as far as a big loop ride, I'll do Highways 20 in Washington to Winthrop/Oroville/Osoyoos/Nighthawk/Princeton/Langley over North Van/Pemberton/Lyton/Langley any day.
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