I just spent the last 2 weeks blasting around on Yamaha’s all new FZ9.

What a terrific “bang for the buck” motorcycle. This is a motorcycle with a ton of personality. Every time I get off it I have to remind myself not to smile too much or my face will wind up aching from my stupid grin. Seriously, this motorcycle sounds cool and runs hard. The brakes are phenomenal and the suspension is perfect for my back road strafing. The bad news is I have to return it to Yamaha Motor Canada next Tuesday. The good new is I will then jump in a cab and head up to Honda Canada to pick up a new Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie. I can’t wait to try this baby out. (Yes, I know, tough job, but somebody has to do it!) So, I’ll switch gears from a naked fun bike to a serious hard-core power cruiser. I can’t wait! I will do my very best to give you my impression of this brand new six cylinder fun house during next week’s blog.

Speaking of rides…Don’t neglect to mark your calendar. We’ll be hosting our Pride Ride event down in Prince Edward County on June 14 just as Toronto gets set to host World Pride Week. Seriously…our Ride is now only 4 weeks away!

I am really looking forward to this event. I just confirmed with my old friend Ken Edick that he will be on his Goldwing to help out as a ride “sweep”. That will be a great addition on the day. So … not only will we spend the day riding around Prince Edward County but we will also give away some really cool prizes and raise a little dough for Casey House in Toronto. So please plan on making a day of it and joining us. I look forward to meeting everyone and swapping a few riding tales throughout the day.

In other news don’t forget to enter our “Open Season” Give-a-way. We will draw a winner during our Pride Ride in June and give away a fantastic BMW Urban Jacket worth $700 bucks (along with some other Motorcycle Experience goodies). To enter, just click the “contest” button on the homepage of our website and answer this “skill testing” question: What is the nickname of BMW Motorrad’s iconic flat twin motorcycle engine? Good luck everybody!

Keep your right hand cranked!

Dave

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