Hello from Ottawa
March 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm #1232
My name is Matt (as my user name might suggest), and I’m from Ottawa Canada.
I’d always stayed away from motorcycles and motorcycling because I knew how much I like speed (I figured underneath me any motorcycle would turn into a concrete-seaking missile).
My sister on the other hand, has always loved Harleys and cruisers in general.
Trying to find a “great” birthday present for her, I did some reading and eventually decided to give her the gift of education – in this case, the motorcycle safety course. While doing my own research I came across several bikes that I thought looked awesome (the Rebel 250 being the first. I thought I could really see myself on one of those, and with only 17hp, I wouldn’t kill myself either!). Talking things out with my parents I got them interested as well – my Mother used to ride in her youth, and my Dad has (unknown to me) been dreaming of owning a motorcycle for years.
So last summer the four of us took the safety course together. Those two days on the bikes in a parking lot were some of the best family bonding we’ve had in a decade.
Less than two months after the course my Dad had a 1983 Suzuki GS 450, and my Mom had a 1983 Honda Custom 250 (Basically a Rebel with a drum brake up front). I rode both of those before finding my own 1984 Honda Interceptor 500. I kept riding my Dad’s GS after I bought my Interceptor due to what can only be considered one of the worst dealership “situations” I’ve ever seen.
Eventually (mid February) things with the dealership got sorted and I signed the paperwork on a 2003 ZZR250 with just over 2000km on the odometer. I hope to up that odometer considerably this summerMarch 18, 2008 at 4:23 pm #5232
Very kool Matt!
It’s always very kool to see how friends and family bond while taking the MSF course. I have seen it a few times and it’s always been a treat!
~Not your average hairless monkey
KickMarch 19, 2008 at 7:38 pm #5248
Sounds awesome Matt.
It’s good to hear a fellow Canadian get into riding. I live in Hamilton Ontario. Our winters are far too long, and feel even longer with a bike sitting in the garage. I also have a 2003 ZZR250 which I got in back in September. What colour did you get? I have red. Just gotta wait until the snow all that melts : )
I just wish my family was so supporting. My brother and sister think I’m a moron, my parents damn near forbid me from riding and my uncle tried to talk me out of it for a good couple of hours with horror stories and statistics.March 19, 2008 at 7:50 pm #5249
Education is one of the best gifts in my opinion! Congrats on the motorcycles, its always cool when the parents are supportive of a hobby like motorcycling instead of blindly thinking that it will kill you no matter what.
~Best Beginner Motorcycles Admin
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