She's gonna love it. After riding that 1200 in Vegas, I knew she'd be fine on this "gelded" 800. It is barely 100# heavier than the one she's on now and I know it will handle 10x better in all but the nastiest terrain. We are still going to keep the little Yamaha for trail use.
This one she is sitting on in the photo is not hers, BTW. The one we bought is the same colour but has a lowered suspension. It was not her first colour choice but it is already in transit. Otherwise, it would have to be ordered (i.e. built) and we'd have to wait until end of June for delivery.
So, Friday morning I loaded the wife onto the back of the 950 and we headed back to Oakville. Made pretty good time getting there in nine and a half hours including an hour long stop in New Liskeard and two other half hour stops in Novar and Barrie.
Turned out the Holiday Inn I had booked us at was directly across the street from the BMW dealer. How convenient was that?!
Loaded up with a big breakfast the following morning and headed over to Budds' BMW. They had a ride scheduled for that morning so I parked the big KaTooM in the middle of the pack and we went inside to see Mr Stephen Crouch to sign some papers:
With that out of the way we headed out to the yard to have a look at Leanna's new toy. It is one sexy looking beast:
That must be the part where he was telling her how quickly she was going to adapt to the crazy signal lights - she didn't and they caused much frustration over the following two days.
So off we went. To get back home I had plotted out a roundabout route north to Georgian bay, through Wasaga Beach and out at Perry Sound before hitting HWY 69 to Sudbury. It turned out to be a good choice since, obviously, she had never rode a large displacement motorcycle before and this gave her plenty of time to get a feel for the power and handling.
Speaking of sexy ...
We had only two minor incidents. The first was on a steep switchback when she found neutral on a downshift, lost her momentum and dumped it. The second was a similar event in Wasaga Beach with a "snowplough" at a tight intersection. Neither caused much more damage than a scuffed handguard and a little embarrassment (it is quite easy to pick up BTW).
Next, the GS just about went "bingo" on the way to Sudbury. I should have remembered that there are very few gas stations along these new highways they have built and they close very early. Of course, her fuel light went on about 100km short of our destination. Luckily, when we pulled into the "last hope" there was a young local fellow on a Harley that offered to fetch a jerry can from his house 10 minutes away. Amusingly, he ditched his girfriend in the dark gas station with us while he rode home. She was some impressed with my wife's new ride and told her that she was "The Coolest Chick Ever" He came back 5 minutes later saying his dad was closer. They gave us a litre or so of gas and that made it the rest of the way into Sudbury. I didn't catch his name and it is unlikely he is going to read this but thanks again! (note to self to get a siphon hose to carry on the 950).
Finally, we arrived at the Travelway and decided to just crash out instead of trying to get dinner. Next morning after indulging in a huge breakfast (awesome restaurant in the hotel) we headed over to the new Royal Distributing where I picked up some bar ends for the Beta and another Cardo audio kit for Leanna's new helmet.
Leanna does not like driving in Sudbury at the best of times but she did just fine on her new steed and we made the rest of the trip without event.
In the end, as planned, this was really the best way to fetch the GS. With almost 800km under her belt she now rides with confidence and even took it to work this morning.
Last Edit: May 14, 2012 14:45:30 GMT -5 by PS-RagE