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  3. Zoomie

    Breakfast at MGM

    Join us for a coffee and or breakfast at MGM on Nicol Street at 9:00 am. Robin said he would buy you toast and coffee if you ride your bike. Sure looks like winter out there right now.
  4. Sadly we retire #32053 for Rob Patterson, a member of CMC from July 2007 originally in 007 Hamilton and retired in 032 Sault Ste Marie. Our deepest sympathies to Lorraine and all their family and friends. posted in CMC032 https://www.cmcnational.ca/forums/topic/40511-lost-members/?tab=comments#comment-199692 and in CMC007
  5. Mike Aziz

    Searching Outside North America

    Entry January 25, 2019 So in my search for parts, I came across Jan Willem Boom 7963 RV Ruinen The Netherlands. jw@jwboon.nl. Lots of items for me but the only thing was that he didn't ship outside of Europe any longer. However, on his comments section of the site, I came across a request from someone in the US for information on parts for his Harley. There had been no response, so I decided reach out to let him know that they didn't ship to the States or Canada. Well thanks to this gentleman, Dusty Booker of Meridian Mississippi, I found another contact. As I said earlier, Dusty is a Harley owner and the owner of Booker Electric HVAC, LLC. Dusty suggested that I contact Tom's NOS Parts in Columbia Station Ohio. Apparently Tom has an agreement with Jan in the Netherlands. The deal was that Jan would only ship parts to Tom. So, I took Dusty's advise and reached out to Tom. He responded and told m to let him know what I needed off of Jan's site in the Netherlands. All I had to give him was descriptions and the part numbers and he would get them for me. I ordered a couple of switches, another flasher and some other wiring harnesses. Tom said that when they came in he would email me and let me know the price. Sure enough the parts arrived and Tom emailed me. I paid him through PayPal and the rest is history. The parts arrived by mail as promised. As most of you would likely know, searching for parts can be challenging and costly, but it's also satisfying when the parts arrive and you get them in your hands. Dusty and I exchange the odd message on Facebook from time-to-time and while we aren't obviously close friends, and we have never met, I consider him a friend. Ok, the next search for a part was not necessary but was something I thought would be neat. I found two Harley Davidson Police decals in Erlanger Kentucky in the US. $17.76 US dollars later, including shipping they arrive via mail. What I have to say about my journey so far is that everyone I have met or contacted during my quest for information and or parts has been genuinely interested in helping me with this project. I'm sure all of you have had similar experiences. Don't have a lot more to say at this time except that my bike is in my mechanic's shop ready for spring. Stay tuned for my first look at my bike on delivery day. Thanks for reading everyone....Mike
  6. I hope this is the right place to post this since the trip hasn't happened yet. I have begun organizing a mental health awareness ride from Winnipeg to Vancouver and back through the US in May. The theme is "You're Not Alone" so my goal is that during the trip riders will come join in as I'm passing through. This is a rough outline of the route I have planned which hasn't been completely finalized. I hope that some of you will join me for the ride, offer up a place to rest for the night, or just share my trip with other riders so that I can turn this into an annual event and visit out East next year. If you would like to follow along I've set up a web page at notaloneride.com and a facebook page.
  7. Mike Aziz

    Next Steps

    Update January 18, 2019. So now I have the Bike, it's with my mechanic and the waiting begins. After a few weeks, I get a call from my mechanic and he says that overall things look pretty good. But there is a but! He tells me that the frame is a bit worse that he thought. He said he will need some time to think about it. He also said that the has a friend who is an expert when it comes to welding and frames. He tells me that it may take a while to get it checked out but if anyone can fix it, his friend can. After the call, I have to tell you all that I was extremely disappointed. I'm thinking to myself, I have waited all these years to find something and now I may be the proud owner of a 900 plus pound piece of junk. I immediately start searching for a "new" frame. As you can imagine, it's not an easy task. After a while I gave up. One day I started thinking that I should send an email to Thunder Road Harley and tell them about the frame. Then I say to myself, why would they care? As a reminder, I bought it as is, where is and uncertified. Although I had asked some questions, I didn't think about the frame. So after further thought, I composed an email to the salesperson I had purchases it from. I told him what my mechanic had told me about the frame and that it would either cost a lot to repair, if at all possible, or I would have to source a frame at substantial cost. I told him that I realized how I had purchased it, but thought he should have mentioned the frame issue. I requested what I thought was a reasonable resolution to the issue. I asked him to refund me $500,00. A few weeks went by and I did not get a response. I ended up calling the GM of the dealership. I got him on the first try. I told him who I was and started to tell him about the issue. He immediately stopped me and said, yes, the salesperson had talked to him about my email. He further stated that he was making arrangements to send me a cheque for $500.00. I thanked him and ended the call. When I hung up the phone, I was surprised and extremely happy. About a week later, the cheque arrived. I have to say that Thunder Road Harley proved how they have maintained a great reputation! About another month or two goes by and my mechanic calls with good news. He says they have prepared the frame. He said it's not going to be "showroom pretty" underneath, but it's now solid again. After that call, I was so thrilled. Now that the major issue was resolved, I was excited again. I had put my search for parts on hold just in case the frame was toast. However, now that al was good again, the search was on again. Shout out to Bill at Motor City Custom in Oshawa - Helped me out with some hard to find parts and a manual. I think I spent just over $200.00 there. Bill mailed me a couple of things in March 2017 , including an original Flasher. I also dropped in in early April 2017 to pick up a few things. Great service. I got one of the original replacement red police switches I was looking for from Poole's Cycle in Hamilton. As many of you might know, they have been in business since 1945. Once again, great service. Motorcycle enthusiasts helping others. Next on my list was Duke's Harley in Blenheim Ontario. I contacted them and was able to get an original Siren and Lights switch kit. I have to say that when listing these it seems like a simple task, but I have to tell you all that I searched many, many dealers for these few parts. I'm not special and know that it's likely that many of you have done the same thing. I have to say that it's satisfying, and somewhat expensive to source parts. Next update, my search continues. This time it's outside Canada. Thanks for reading. Mike
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    Sunday Breakfast

    MGM Restaurant on Nicol St.
  9. Mike Aziz

    A bit of history

    Growing up I had an interest in motorcycles. My first bike was a Honda trail bike. It was street legal and I rode it to and from the trails near my cousin's house off of Islington avenue near Woodbridge. The odd time we use to get chased by the police because I think some of it was private property. Lots of people went there but it seemed they were after the bikes. I next moved up to a Honda CB 750. Too much power for me I think but when you are 17 or 18 you don't care. Then life happened. Sold the bike and got married, had kids and grew up. LOL. However, I always told myself that one day I would get a police bike. Move forward 40 years and here we are. I have included a picture as it looked when I got it. I bought it sight unseen a couple of years ago from a Windsor dealership. Not the wisest thing to do but that's another story.
  10. Condolences to family and friends.
  11. Sorry to hear this! My Condolences to Doug’s Family!😢
  12. Sadly we retire #72056 for Doug Norton who joined CMC way back in Feb 2007 Our deepest sympathies to Bea and their family and friends Irma posted in the 072 forum by 1st Officer Mark Vass: https://www.cmcnational.ca/forums/topic/40422-the-passing-of-doug-norton/?tab=comments#comment-199336
  13. Zoomie

    Sunday Brunch

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    MGM Restaurant on Nichol St.
  14. Our sympathy and prayers go out to Eric’s family and many friends.
  15. Yep me too. Just thought I would let you know Dusty is pretty informative in long distance travel.
  16. I have one of those for snowshoeing, on my bike I have a cup holder
  17. A good person to talk to is Ken "Dusty Boots" Ventress from the Sarnia chapter. I am sure he is on the forum also. He does a lot of long hauling and has the gear for it. He carries a Hydration Bladder like a pack pack. Hose comes over shoulder and up into helmet so you can get fluids from it. Like sucking on a straw. Look him up on the forum.
  18. This past summer I had the pleasure of riding 52 days coast to coast across this wonderful country and there are many stories to tell and I’ll try to get to them sooner than later but this article is about rider comfort, protection and safety. I had been planning this ride for the better part of two years and come 2018 I was off on my adventure, with all the planning done I figured I had all my bases covered with a great set of rain gear by *Scott, rain boot covers that are amazing at keeping my feet and pants cuffs dry, as well I have a heated jacket liner for if it gets cold, (a heated vest with sleeves) and heated gloves. What I wasn’t prepared for was forty degree celsius heat! There was many places both in the maritimes as well as southern Ontario and the Prairies that heat became a real issue. Riding into Regina during the mid-day heat it was a solid 40 degrees celsius out and I was bordering on heat stroke and had to find a place to cool off fast! Wetting down my bandana and laying it over my back and around my neck helped but I was down for a few hours in the park trying my best to stay in any shade I could find and consuming lots and lots of water with electrolyte tablets. The other environmental change I didn’t take into account was smoke from forest fires and there was lots, it started in Northern Ontario and continued into the prairies but in B.C. it was thick, I was coughing like I did when I smoked cigarettes 20 years ago. After days of riding through extreme heat and smoke I’d had enough and obviously needed some more protective gear so after looking around online I picked up a *Vogmask which seem to be the best thing out there for protection from smoke, dust and other organic airborne particles, it’s rated a C99 and has a 1 way exhaust valve to prevent fogging of glasses or a visor, it’s a Canadian company so your hard earned dollars stay in Canada and no exchange rates plus I found the delivery to be fast. Find out more at www.vogmask.ca The other two items I picked up are a cooling tee shirt and a cooling neck wrap, both of these have sections filled with polymer beads, you soak them in cold water for 2 minutes or more, lightly squeeze out the excess water and then wear them. The action of evaporation causes heat transfer away from your body and helps to cool you down. The more air that passes over them the better they work so don't cover them up, the tee shirt needs a mesh jacket or one with air flow panels to work properly. The tee shirt is made by a company called *Leatt, under COOLIT TEE unfortunately it seems that it’s been discontinued, Fort Nine as well as Revzilla were sold out but I found one at a bike dealership. I personally know someone who has used the same cooling tee shirt and she says it works wonders. The other item is very inexpensive and can be found at Amazon for under $10 and that’s a polymer filled neck tie. The process is the same, soak it in cold water for a few minutes, gently squeeze out the excess then tie it around your neck, I found doing this with a plain cotton bandana worked pretty good but would dry out in 10 minutes, the polymer beads last about 2 hours for some lasting comfort. Cooling the blood flowing through the jugular vein can do wonders to help you feel cooler and start feeling right again plus it has a nifty flame pattern that also looks cool…go figure. So it would seem that smoke from fires and hotter weather will be the norm for the future so why not have the right gear for it? We have rain gear and cold weather gear, it’s now time to carry smoke and heat protection too. Ride safe, ride far.
  19. Was very sad to hear this last week Don! Very glad to hear that he was able to fulfill his wish with his Family! Thanks for posting Don!
  20. Such very sad news. Our deepest sympathies to Eric's family and to all that held him dear. I'm sure that his family is so grateful that his wish was granted for him with the help of the 024 and the wonderful memories that they will have. -Irma
  21. Really sorry to hear about this Don. I have created a Main/Home page widget linking to this post.
  22. We sadly announce the passing of Eric White. Our condolences to his parents and family. Eric was the Childrens Wish child for the CMC Twist Your Wrist ride 2018. A peaceful spirit is no longer with us. We attended the wake for Eric White as a group. We meet at Barrett's Funeral Home at 328 Hamilton Ave at 7.30pm Friday evening. We wore our vest to show who we are. We pleased to say that Eric did have his wish, in just the last few weeks, after many delays because of his health. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Thankyou to all the members able to make the wake for Eric. Many others passed along their sympathies. Speaking with his parents and grand parents was a heart warming experience. His dad spoke about the Children's Wish Foundation trip they had, just a couple of weeks ago from the Twist Your Wrist ride and how much they appreciated what the Children's Wish Foundation and CMC024 had done for them. What a great time they had as a family and the memories they will have the rest of their lives of Eric on the trip. Our hearts went out to the dad and family, as he spoke to us. Beautiful people who loved a beautiful little boy. It really puts life and why we and others work so hard to help others in this way into perspective. This makes a difference in the lives of others and that's what it is all about. To all our CMC members and fellow bike groups/riders/rides, thankyou for what you do every year to help others. ♡ I have attached a picture of Eric with the CMC ride committee and his family on the day of the ride. Sad day for all. Don 1st Officer
  23. You are the Head Ruffian! Of course!!!!! I have proof......
  24. I forget am I Riff or Raff? Congrats Em
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