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Some History about My riding experience, or lack thereof

AcesNEights

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Hi and welcome to my CMC Blog

My goal is to consistently provide my readers with an informative, and entertaining perspective on motorcycles & motorcycle riding.

Let me start off with a little background about myself.

I was born and raised in Toronto Ontario, and I now reside in Brampton Ontario with my wife and two children.

Prior to taking the Motorcycle Safety Course, my only experience riding a motorcycle was when I was 13. Two weekends one summer I rode my cousins Kawasaki KE100 Enduro at a small dirt track just outside of Acton Ontario. I was so unskilled at the time that whenever it was my turn to ride my cousins bike, I had him meet me at a low hill 2 feet high with a flat spot, reason being I wasn’t able to use the clutch properly and needed a rolling start to prevent stalling the bike, pathetic I know. But hey I grew up in downtown Toronto, and there really wasn’t much in the way of places to ride a motorbike for a 13 year old.

Jump ahead to July 27th 2013, the day before my 45th birthday I decided to go take my M1 written test. I passed the written test and now had 90 days to prove myself and procure my M2 license. I enrolled in the Gearing Up Motorcycle Safety course offered at Humber College. Unlike most of the people there I didn’t even own a motorcycle, but everyone was going to be riding the same bikes regardless. It was a Honda CBR125 with a whopping 13 HP engine, ok you can stop laughing now.

Anyway the course and test were pretty difficult for a “first time rider”. I’m proud to say that out of 26 people that enrolled in the course only 7 people passed, and knock on wood, I was one of them. Then the issue became … how and where am I going to get a motorcycle to ride. I started scouring the local AutoTrader.ca and Kijiji.ca looking for a cheap first ride. I didn’t want a sport bike like the one I had used for the safety course, I was drawn to the Cruiser style of motorcycles, lets face it I’m 45 and have no interest in wheelies or stoppies or burn outs or any of that silly stuff (don't get me wrong watching some of that stuff on Youtube is cool), I just want to get out on the road and cruise.

So with a very limited budget in mind I set out looking for an older Japanese Motorcycle, either a standard or cruiser style. I looked over a few used bikes at various Dealerships, and a few private sales. I finally pulled the trigger and purchased my first motorcycle January 31st 2014.

I’m now the proud owner of a 1985 Honda Shadow VT500C, the reason I picked up this particular bike was due to it’s condition. For a 29 year old bike this thing is in great shape, wish I could say the same :)

So here it is March 7, 2014 and Old Man Winter is playing a nasty game of “lets see how long before Aces goes nuts”. I really only have myself to blame for all the snow, seeing as how I sold my snowblower back in October. You know, Karma has a way of biting you in the ass.

Anyway

My readers are being offered something unique here.

The opportunity to ride with me on a journey as I go from virtually zero experience to a confident safe and defensive rider.

As the riding season progresses I will concentrate on 5 key factors to ensure that you are not wasting your time here. I will post new blogs at least 1 per week to keep the content fresh.

1. Interesting Topics related to riding Motorcycles

2. Scenic Rides throughout southern Ontario

3. Fun Stories & Anecdotes

4. Product Reviews and some “how-to” & DIY type stuff

5. Helpful hints & tips, as well as answer any & all questions as best I can.

So feel free to "follow" my Blog, If you dare :).

Cheers

Aces out



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The scenario almost mirrors my own foray into this great lifestyle.

Looking forward to your unfolding stories! :)

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Lots of us started seriously riding in our 40's or later.  You are definitely not alone.

 

Smart move starting with a smaller bike first.  There's lots to learn and experience before "moving up" if that is what you want to do.  Take your time, ride a lot, ask a lot of questions, ride with other more experienced riders and you will be fine.

 

Looking forward to following your blog!

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Lots of us started seriously riding in our 40's or later.  You are definitely not alone.

 

Smart move starting with a smaller bike first.  There's lots to learn and experience before "moving up" if that is what you want to do.  Take your time, ride a lot, ask a lot of questions, ride with other more experienced riders and you will be fine.

 

Looking forward to following your blog!

 

Sagely advice to be sure :)

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Looking forward to your blog. I started riding when I was 58 years old. My first purchase was a 2010 Honda SH150i Scooter. In Alberta you can get your Class 6 Motorcycle licence on a scooter and then ride any size motorcycle you want to. Not sure if this is still the case now but it was back in 2009. I now ride a 2009 Honda DN01 which is an automatic transmission motorcycle 700 cc. It was an easy transition from the scooter to the motorcycle. After 5 years of riding I still question my riding skills and will likely plan to take a safety course to upgrade what skills I have. I agree with Duffer, watch, listen and ask lots of questions and look into some safety courses.

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I look forward to your insights , I was self taught 34 years ago , not too well but I survived . Wish I had taken a course . Fast forward to 2012 when I got my first "touring" bike it quickly became apparent that I needed more skills on a 800lb bike than I had aquired on 400lb bikes , I finally took an advanced course and boy was it a learning experience  . Like what has been stated there is some wise learnings within this group , i know my chapter held a few skills sessions last year that were lots of fun and challenging .

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Looking forward to reading more.  At 65 decided to see if riding was still as much fun as it was in the 60s.  Bought an '85 650 Suzuki Temptor two years ago and took M2 training through Sault College.  Liked it and upgraded to a 2007 Honda VT1100 Shadow Spirit last summer.   Retiring in 20 days and looking forward to spending the summer on the road including Lake Superior circle tour. 

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I'm looking forward to following your blog and probably relating to most of it.

I started riding roughly 5 years ago and have gone from 60 km my first year to over 10,000 km a year the last couple of years. I owe it all to joining the CMC family and all the support and encouragement that the other members gave me. It's an awesome feeling to go from riding your bike to becoming one with your bike. I believe I have found my passion in life.

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As a teenager in the 60's rode a 650 BSA, took a spill that scared the hell out of me and never rode again.... Had a heart attack in '04...a short time later thought I'd better create a bucket list, getting back in the saddle was one of the top five on the list. So after forty plus years here I am. Started with a 2008, 650 V-Star Classic, great bike!  But after a year riding with CMC moved up to a 2008 1100 V-Star Silverado Classic, Canadian Edition. Looking forward to riding soon...ride safe!

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I'm heading into year 5 of riding - and had no riding experience on anything before.  I started riding after a boyfriend convinced me to get my licence, and after we broke up, I thought to myself, Screw him anyway!  I can do this! :)   I took a course, but it was a disaster - too challenging (going over a teeter totter) and I crashed :(  I took a few months off, and then my bike mechanic convinced me to try again.  I practiced on my own with friends, and I got my full  licence two years ago.

 

 I joined CMC to find people to ride with and to make new friends - my CMC family helped me immensely!

 

I started with a  1988 Virago 250 for 3 years, and put 28000 kms on it.  I got my Vulcan 500 last  year and did some challenging kms for me on a ride to Gettysburg - total 7000 kms last summer.

 

I find I have to keep riding to stay comfortable, even with short trips.  I prefer riding with my CMC peeps in smaller groups of less than 10, while larger groups really intimidate me.  As silly as this seems, I prefer being in third behind the leader.  While I can ride anywhere, I really don't like being at the back of a group with a smaller bike.  

 

I prefer riding with CMC peeps who use the hand signals - it makes me feel like part of a professional looking group and seems more cohesive. I have faith in the people in front of me and beside me to give me a heads up.  

 

Some day, I will take the Surviving the Streets course, as I think it will be good for me.  But the last course I took scared the poop out of me, and it will likely be one of those that I just make up my mind to do, and JUST DO IT.   

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Guest Martine Luthar

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Your passion towards riding and the information you have shared is really appreciable. I want to ask a question for my personal benefits. may you please tell me address of any Motorcycle Training Toronto Centre as i m new in in Toronto.

Hope you will do the needful. Any other comments will be appreciable.

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Adding to my experience....myself and a friend ventured to the Sturgis 75th. It was a great trip...awesome experience, two tornados, stay off the interstates if you can!. Took the ferry at Muskegon MI. To Milwaukee WI. worth the price to avoid Chicago.

 

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