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post #1 of 5 Old 08-04-2008, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Question Good Problem-need advice

I have an interesting problem. It is our 10th wedding anniversary and free time is at a premium around my place. I suggested to the wife that we make time to at least bugger off for a week-end minus the kids to mark the occasion. I didn't really mind where, just close enough we wouldn't spend the week-end traveling and not relaxing. Here's where the wrinkle comes in. She countered with a week-end in Niagara Falls and we go on the bike! I know....quit my bitchin' but she has never been on the back of my bike, owns no gear and I've never had anyone with me on my bike. We have time to get gear (ATGATT) and take a few short rides to get used to each other on 2 wheels. Any tips or suggestions with 2 up.

Any Niagara Strommers who can help me with Route from the London area and motorcycle friendly Hotels?

Any help is greatly appreciated

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-07-2008, 10:04 AM
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A wonderful "problem" to have indeed.
If you've got the time to take a few practice rides, take full advantage of it.
Practice everything you can think of. She needs to be able to get herself on and off without pulling you over. She should always get a confirmation from you before making any start to mount/dismount so that you can brace yourself and the bike properly. In a parking lot or on gravel, I will always back out of the space and get on stable ground before letting my wife mount up. It just takes one more ingredient out of the equation for a problem to develop.
Get some basic hand signals or taps on your thigh sorted so that you will know when a washroom, (or real emergency stop), is required. Enjoy the silence as much as possible, because if you both enjoy the trip it won't be too long before you start looking at intercoms. They do have their advantages.
Try to sort out your route as much as possible before you head off. It's little fun stopping every few kilometers to keep checking, and as useful as they may be, maps on your tankbag require you to keep nodding down to see. Not only does this take your eyes off the road, but your wife will think you are falling asleep and start wacking you on the helmet!
Remember the extra wieght will affect stopping distances and the change in your centre of gravity will affect leaning into corners. Keep cornering pretty gentle until you are both used to it. Some people like to lean into the corners, but if you are both leaning in different ways or you scare her, it is a recipe for disaster.
I have also been learning from hard experience that my endurance level is somewhat longer than my wife's. This can make for some tense travelling. Fortunately you are setting off on a bite sized excursion. Ideally you can settle in one place and make some shorter trips from a home base as time permits.

As for routes, you look ideally situated. Look at the route along the Grand River from Brantford down to around Dunville. I think it is #54 for most of the way. I've only travelled parts of it, but it's a nice variation on the predominantely flat southern Ontario terrain. Also the Niagara Parkway from Niagara Falls to Fort Erie is a nice ride along the water. On the U.S side there might be something similar worth exploring. We went through there last week and there seemed to be some construction going on that made it rather awkward though.
If you travel west of St Catherines between Hamilton, (along #81 I think), there are all the wineries to check out too. Some good restaurants in Jordan and probably elsewhere. Check out Inn on the Twenty in Jordan for food and accommodation if inclined. http://www.innonthetwenty.com/

Hope that helps a bit.
Good luck!

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A wonderful "problem" to have indeed.
If you've got the time to take a few practice rides, take full advantage of it.
Practice everything you can think of. She needs to be able to get herself on and off without pulling you over. She should always get a confirmation from you before making any start to mount/dismount so that you can brace yourself and the bike properly. In a parking lot or on gravel, I will always back out of the space and get on stable ground before letting my wife mount up. It just takes one more ingredient out of the equation for a problem to develop.
Get some basic hand signals or taps on your thigh sorted so that you will know when a washroom, (or real emergency stop), is required. Enjoy the silence as much as possible, because if you both enjoy the trip it won't be too long before you start looking at intercoms. They do have their advantages.
Try to sort out your route as much as possible before you head off. It's little fun stopping every few kilometers to keep checking, and as useful as they may be, maps on your tankbag require you to keep nodding down to see. Not only does this take your eyes off the road, but your wife will think you are falling asleep and start wacking you on the helmet!
Remember the extra wieght will affect stopping distances and the change in your centre of gravity will affect leaning into corners. Keep cornering pretty gentle until you are both used to it. Some people like to lean into the corners, but if you are both leaning in different ways or you scare her, it is a recipe for disaster.
I have also been learning from hard experience that my endurance level is somewhat longer than my wife's. This can make for some tense travelling. Fortunately you are setting off on a bite sized excursion. Ideally you can settle in one place and make some shorter trips from a home base as time permits.
Are you talking about the motorcycling or about their love nest shenanigans?!?

Seriously - great problem to have. Find a B&B in the Niagara area. Some of the ones to the north of the Falls up the Niagara Parkway are beautiful. Niagara on the Lake has good restaurants, and is away from the Falls nuttiness. Don't eat in the space needle restaurant. Don't eat at TGIFridays in Niagara Falls either, unless your gold card is ready for big hit for small food. As for routes, if you head down from London into St. Thomas you can just left and right your way to the east and every road eventually leads to the QEW area on the way to the Falls.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-07-2008, 07:32 PM
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You could ride the Ridge Road from Hamilton to Grimsby (follows the upper edge of the escarpment - http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en...54495&t=h&z=13 ). A stop at the Welland Canal locks at Thorold to watch a ship go through might be interesting, and the Hwy 58 tunnel under the canal is neat to ride through (the lights on the side make it feel like you are being launched out the other side - http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en...38624&t=h&z=15). There are lots of winery signs on King Street (below Ridge Road). Effingham St in Ridgeville is twisty and scenic also.

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Thumbs up More placid than the QEW

When I am riding to or from Niagara, and don't need to hurry, I like the road that used to be Highway 8. It parallels the QEW, from about Grimsby to St. Catharines, and maybe beyond, and some of it is still numbered "8" but in a trapezoid instead of a shield as it was long ago. There are towns, hills, curves, and all sorts of rustic sights. Enjoy.

Also enjoy the Niagara Parkway from Niagara Falls to Fort Erie. Obey 60 KPH.

If you depart London in time to use Highway 2 instead of 401, you will probably enjoy that too. I rode it from London to Woodstock this week and it was fine. A little bit of construction in eastern Woodstock, but no big deal.

Enjoy your outing. I think motels in Niagara Falls are likely to be overpriced. If you can manage to stay near Port Colborne, you may save $25 or so.

Good luck!
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