Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
Rain, Snow, warmth..
Saturday evening I left work in Woodbridge. I had planned to ride to my friend Sylvain's place in Gatineau Quebec (across the river near Ottawa.) Sylvain is the one that introduced me to the V-Strom and has a 2002 DL1000 with 180,000 or so km on his bike.
When I left it was lightly raining and the weather forcast was largely for rain or scattered showers. I have Frogg Toggs rain gear so the ride was pretty nice for the most part. I stopped for food and gas in Peterborough and later for a coffee at Tim Horton's in Perth. The showers were pretty much gone by that point and I considered taking off my rain gear as the moon was popping through the clouds a lot of the time. I didn't take it off which was a good thing.
At Carlton Place I got hit by a heavy, heavy heavy squall line.. I swear the rain was going sideways! I was leaning what felt like 30 degrees into the wind while riding straight! In fact, I swear that on a gentle bend I was leaning the bike to the left while making a right turn.. I don't know if it was my imagination or what but that is what it felt like! The roads and traffic were such that I felt safer riding than stopping so that part was pretty hairy. Anyway, I got to Gatineau safe and dry with no problems there.
On the Sunday we went for a nice little ride.. Sylvain in his DL1000 and me in my DL650 plus he invited a friend along who had a KTM990. That sure is an incredible machine! Fast, wheelieing at 120 km/hr and blasting down gravel roads.. looks like a lot of fun! We did about 250 to 300 km in a great assortment of winding roads, some gravel stretches, and more winding roads. It was cold with the temperature varying from +2 to +4 celcius and a couple of times we were riding through light snow! Not enough to accumulate on the ground, but those large snow pellets/flakes that bounce off the bike and helmet and sit on top of grass but not pavement.
I left Monday morning and it was -3. The heated gear was real nice then! I went the route back that took me through Calabogie Road, Centennial Lake Road, and Matawatchen (sp?), (Great roads!) then hwy 28 to Bancroft, then down 507 and across to home in Mount Albert. I stopped and visited a friend on the way and it was +12 when I got home.
1400 km in a few days.. rain, squalls, snow, cold, warm, empty roads in total dark and in moonlight, winding roads, gravel, more winding roads... then I got to commute to work today as well.
Man I love my Strom!