I have a friend whom I have know for many years. He is a car guy. We have travelled together to many places. He was a former resident of the Vancouver area and little did anyone know that he was also an avid motorcyclist. I happened to be in his garage a few years ago and noticed this pristine, classic motorcycle in the back behind his other cars. Yes, he was also a former member of the BC Corvette Club (<-- click link) and his wife is the founding member of the Canadian Route 66 Association (<-- click link) . Let me introduce you to Bobbie2 yes his name is Bob, but I am Bob1) . Bobbie2 was the proud owner of a Norton Commando 850 which he purchased brand new off the showroom floor in 1973 . It is a beautiful bike. I never knew that he rode so over the years I was trying to get him interested in a trip somewhere. He has since moved to the Cariboo to a cabin nearly in the wilderness about 5 hours northeast of Vancouver. He had occasion to come to Vancouver a week ago and I put the bug in his ear to bring his M/C attire and I would happily loan him my "extra" wheels and we would spend the weekend riding to various functions while our wives took to the car
(bob (aka: Bobbie2) with my Kymco X500Ri)
Saturday was orientation night. Bob arrived in Vancouver late in the afternoon, checked into his hotel and made his way to my place where I had checked over the bikes to get them ready
(Black WEE: on the left, White Kymco X500Ri: on the right)
It was time for his scooter orientation. Thank goodness BOB understood the mechanics of how a CVT works as he also has snow mobiles with CVT transmissions. He has never ridden an automatic motorcycle. Of course the left lever is for the rear brake, NOT the clutch. He was also not used to the higher RPMS needed to propel these scoots for his Norton runs at freeway speeds at around 3,500-4,000 RPMs not like the X500Ri which normally finds itself at 5,000. RPMs.
I really never thought about it before but my WEE is black. I had no choice since the dealer only had the one unit left, and my Kymco is white. So according to my moods I can choose the appropriate colour. If I feel bad I can ride the Black one.
We decided that we would go for dinner first, then after we would go for a short orientation ride to get familiar with the scooter. I know the scooter is highway capable for last year I rode it to Oregon and Kelowna. On group rides I am usually the one taking up the rear (sweep) but today I was the group leader. I must say that looking into my mirrors all night long, it was strange to see my scooter following my every move.
We travelled down to the farmlands of Richmond and found ourselves at this farm market. We noticed another member, Tevi of the Canadian Route 66 Association was there in his "Termite Taxi" which is familiar to many in the local car circles.
We visited with Tevi for a short while then headed to Steveston
We were about half an hour too late for sunset but we navigated the slow route along the Fraser River in the twilight. We headed for the Government Wharf and took a few more pixs of the setting sun.
It was now dark so we called it a day and headed for home. The next post will be from my guest speaker BOBbie2 and his impressions of riding the Kymco X500Ri. It will be un-edited and in his own words.