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Old 02-27-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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Wondering how many "Class B - Adventurers" also Ride, tour with and otherwise Use &/or Enjoy motorcycles? Do you take along a motorcycle/scooter when traveling with your 'B'. Any other ideas for combining Motorcycles with the Class B culture?? What are some favorite trips with or including Motorcycles? I am looking forward to reading some stories... Thnx, Ric. in Arizona
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:08 AM   #2
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Yeah!! Another 'B' owner enthusiastic about motorcycles!
My spouse and I enjoy long GoldWing rides (>2000 km) as well as B camping. Alas, she will not allow me to combine both. I was looking at a trailer for the GW behind the B, but she will not hear of it. Either one or the other, but if I take both she believes she will be ignored. Nevertheless, I feel so fortunate to be able to own both that I will listen to her on this.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:57 PM   #3
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Johnny; Good to hear from another Rider & 'B' traveler. We use our RoadTrek & motorcycles for different purposes, much as you said. With the R/T we usually travel fast, far & light - stopping/camping for a night or two while enroute to a destination point - usually Montana, Oregon, Washington St. or New Mexico/Colorado. We've had the R/T for less than 2 years but, over 20k miles in that time. We are planing a summer trip to B.C., Yukon & S.E. Alaska with the RoadTrek.
I have two pretty old motorcycles - a 1989 BMW R100 GS (dualSport). Bought it new in '89 and now has 107,000 miles & still going strong. That moto has been ridden to & in every western State except Oregon, including South Dakota, Nebraska & Texas; Plus parts of Mexico & Baja Peninsula. I don't like to trailer a moto - so I Ride!
I also have a 1996 Suzuki DR350 enduro. I like riding dirt trails & country roads. I bought a folding trailer last year & probably will carry the Suzuki behind the R/T on some of our shorter excursions. So, keep Riding, ride far, ride Safe!!
Any other RIDERS?? S/RIC. in Arizona
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I guess it's just you and me AZ. Enjoy!
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:13 AM   #5
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I just got another motorcycle last year. It's been years since I had one and am now glad I have one again. Believe it or not, my wife told me to go buy one. She was hoping if I bought a bike, I would not buy a new camper. Didn't work. Bought the new camper and bike.

When I was a lot younger, friends and I would travel all over Ontario and down to the upper States quite a bit. A friend and I went to BC and back in 1985. Beautiful trip and a lot of fun. Use to drive up to our parents cottages to go water skiing and other water sports. Use to go to Sauble Beech a lot too. Our bikes were our primary mean of getting around. We even use to get them out once and a while during the winter if the roads were clear.

Now I have a new bike, I doubt I will be driving as much as I use to. Gas prices and family sort of limit things now. I can drive about 400km for between $20 and $25. It's a lot better than my truck. Love just going for a drive after work to wind down. I was thinking of going to Port Dover this year for the Friday the 13th events. It's a huge event and I have to try to get to it at least once.

I don't have any place to put it when we go camping. It's not a large bike by engine size but it is large physically. It's a 650cc but it has a 6 gallon tank and high suspension because it is a dual purpose bike. I'll probably go for a few trips this summer but I hope to have a couple other people go with me. It's a lot better having several people than going by myself.
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Hey, Welcome to this discussion, Good to hear from another Rider. Ric.

RENRUT wrote:
"a 650cc but it has a 6 gallon tank and high suspension because it is a dual purpose bike"
So, let me guess - it's a Kawi KLR 650? or Honda XR, or Suzuki DR650? All fine motos!
I especially like Dual Purpose (we call 'em Dual Sport in the States). Kinda' the 'Swiss Army knife'
of motorcycles. They do a lot of things O.K. - excel at Nothing but FUN.
You guys in Canada even get some really cool ones that we don't get down here. Sometimes we see
an Africa Twin or Varadero or 660 Tenere' that comes in "Gray Market" but they are expensive that way.
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My bike is a Kawi KLR650. Love it. Use to have a Honda XL500 years ago but the timing chain went on it. We call the bikes dual purpose or Eduros.

I've had a few motorcycles through the years. Started with a 76 Honda Supersport 400-4 classic bike. Sold that one and bought the XL500. Moved up to an 81 Yamaha 400 Maxum but got rid of it within a few weeks. The suspension was no good on it and the dealer would not replace it. Went from the Maxum to a 81 Yamaha 550 Vision. Great bike and probably my best one. Had shaft drive, ram-air, over a 4 gallon tank and it was big so it fit me. Drove it from Southern Ontario to Vancouver Island and back. When I started working with my current employer, I had to trade it in on a newer 4 wheeled vehicle. Bought another bike in the mid 90's and it was a Honda 450 Custom. Great for going to and from work. Got rid of that one and didn't look for another one since I moved to Manitoba. Motorcycle insurance out there is outrageous. Guys I worked with were paying over $2500 a year for insurance on bikes worth $1200 or less.

Just waiting for the roads to clear up and I will be back on the road again.
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"1989 BMW R100 GS (dualSport). Bought it new in '89 and now has 107,000 miles & still going strong. That moto has been ridden to & in every western State except Oregon, including South Dakota, Nebraska & Texas; Plus parts of Mexico & Baja Peninsula. I don't like to trailer a moto - so I Ride!""
Here is my map of U.S. States that I've ridden to & In:


Anybody else care to post a map? Canadian Provinces anyone?
I know there are some who have been to Mexico & Alaska - Who ARE You??
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My bike is a Kawi KLR650. Love it. Use to have a Honda XL500 years ago but the timing chain went on it. We call the bikes dual purpose or Eduros.

I've had a few motorcycles through the years. Started with a 76 Honda Supersport 400-4 classic bike. Sold that one and bought the XL500. Moved up to an 81 Yamaha 400 Maxum but got rid of it within a few weeks. The suspension was no good on it and the dealer would not replace it. Went from the Maxum to a 81 Yamaha 550 Vision. Great bike and probably my best one. Had shaft drive, ram-air, over a 4 gallon tank and it was big so it fit me. Drove it from Southern Ontario to Vancouver Island and back. When I started working with my current employer, I had to trade it in on a newer 4 wheeled vehicle. Bought another bike in the mid 90's and it was a Honda 450 Custom. Great for going to and from work. Got rid of that one and didn't look for another one since I moved to Manitoba. Motorcycle insurance out there is outrageous. Guys I worked with were paying over $2500 a year for insurance on bikes worth $1200 or less.

Just waiting for the roads to clear up and I will be back on the road again.
You've had some great rides there! Insurance in Canada is brutal. I thought $150. per year for Liability was bad enough. I like the KLR a lot. Know guys who take 'em where dirt bikes fear to tread...
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Don't have a map but I've driven from Southern Ontario to Vancouver Island and back through Canada, drove countless miles throughout Ontario, drove to New York State, drove most of Nova Scotia and the North-Eastern States from Nova Scotia to Ontario. Just got my new bike last year and haven't had a chance to do any travelling yet.

Just got my Moto out of storage this evening. It's suppose to warm up a lot by tomorrow so I decided to get it out. Hope to take it to work tomorrow and then for for a nice ride after. Hopefully it will stay warm. The bike is so much cheaper to drive than my truck and a lot more enjoyable.

The weather has been quite crazy here lately. Saturday it was +6C, dropped to -15C by Sunday morning, now it's going up to +11C tomorrow. We also had a massive wind storm on Saturday and Sunday. Lost my port-a-garage, a section of my fence and some shingles off the house. A neighbour lost most of the shingles off his roof. Gusts were up to 90km/h (45mph).
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