Last Saturday was a warm looking cool day. It was to be the 2nd attempt at the 1st inaugural ride for the Urban Riders. The Urban Riders (Riding Club) was formed in an attempt to satisfy a need for an inclusive group of people who ride various sizes and makes of bikes and scooters around the urban areas of Greater Vancouver.
It is the brainchild of Robert, the Reverend. You will notice from the above photo that we are a varied mix riding scooters or motorcycles. Lead by Robert, the Reverend most of our rides will be destination rides what will encompass dining or beverages along our route(s).
(Suzuki GSXR, Suzuki V-strom & Piaggio MP3)
As we ride along our intended route I am sure others will wonder if we are riding together as a group or just riding by chance due to the varied styles of our machines. Many riders in our group have full motorcycle endorsements and many have scooters as well as motorcycles. It is more about our mutual interests and the social aspects of group riding which bring us together as well as photography.
(Jeff & Rob, both with Nikon dSLRs)
Jeff is riding his GSXR today, and Rob is on his Piaggio MP3. Rob recently sold his BMW and purchased this MP3 for city commuting. We are all passionate photographers looking for that allusive masterpiece. We are here at WhyteCliffe Park in West Vancouver, high on a cliff overlooking the water and heading back to Horseshoe Bay for a refreshment break
(Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver, BC)
There is a small marina, a few restaurants and a Terminal for BC Ferries if you should desire to travel to either Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, or north to the Sunshine Coast (Gibsons and Sechelt)
This day we had 7 riders and it was not intended that we not park together, but for some reason we are clustered in two groups. I think because we split up at our last stop as we wished to take some photos and the rest of the group arrived here first to get a table
No matter where you travel there always seems to be a Starbucks there
Some one noticed that Geoff had a "low" tire and leant him a bicycle pump to put more air in his tire
I usually ride SWEEP so I was the last to leave. Here is my mighty V-strom DL650A alone on the street.
So there you have it. A new riding club for Greater Vancouver, introducing the URBAN RIDERS . . .
(The author on the wrong side of the Camera)
Highlights of our ride took us through Vancouver's Chinatown, through downtown Vancouver, over the causway through Stanley Park, over the Lion's Gate Bridge then along a very scenic and twisty Marine Drive until we reached Horseshoe Bay for a beverage to warm ourselves up