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    Apr '17 MOTM - MaxPete




    Please congratulate
    Peter
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    April 2017 Member Of The Month.


    From Peter:


    Wow – I am startled to have been chosen as Member of the Month for April 2017 – the month that marked the 30th anniversary of my 29th birthday and the 40th anniversary of my first motorcycle acquisition. Like most of us, my motorcycles have rather defined various phases of my life and so I hope you will indulge me as I tell my motorcycle story.

    When I was a little kid, my hero was my Dad’s younger brother – Uncle Dave or “Unc” as he was always known. Unc was 17 years younger than Dad and 11 years older than me, so when he was a teenager, I was a little “punk” (his word) of around 6-9 years old. He always had a bike and he introduced me to motorcycles at the age of about six. The first bike I remember was a Suzuki X6 Hustler – about 1965, I think. I used to ride with Unc, me wearing a helmet that was much too large, sitting on the tank in front of him, holding onto the handlebars and grinning like an idiot the whole time. It makes my hair stand on end just thinking about it now. Next was a 1967 Triumph 500 Tiger and then a 1971 Kawasaki 500 H1 – the famous triple, a ferocious 1970’s ring-ding. The photos below are not actually Unc’s bikes – but they are identical in every way I can recall.

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    He is now about 70 and he still owns that 1971 Kawasaki H1 and rides it nearly every year. He has been told that his bike is one of very few of its kind that has never been put through a fence or a hedge. I rode that bike about 25 years ago and it really was a scary bike. It isn’t very quick, until the revs hit about 5000, and then it feels like someone reached down and switched on three more cylinders, plus a smoke screen generator.

    My own motorcycle fleet began in 1976 with a 1975 Honda CB360T that I bought from a co-worker at a tool & die shop where I worked following high school and just before I went to engineering school. It was a great starter bike and I also took some long trips on it (Maritimes, Blue Ridge Pkwy, Skyline Drive etc.), plus endless bombing around.

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    I traded-in the Honda on a 1975 Yamaha XS650B, which was a pretty big bike in 1978. The Yamaha took me all over Eastern North America and I even put a fairing on it. The 650 was fairly primitive – even then, but it ran great, it was reliable and it was big enough to carry a lady-friend in more comfort than the Honda.

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    I wish I had never sold it – but that did allow me to buy a brand new 1979 Suzuki GS850G – which I think is the best all around motorcycle I have ever owned. It was fast, quiet, handled great and it was as solid as a block of granite - it went well over 80,000 miles with no major repairs at all. In those days, that was pretty good going.
    In the photo, you can see “Sport Touring – 1981 style” as I am about to leave on a trip around North America on the 850 after university.

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    After that trip, I went to work in West Africa in the oil industry and so money was not a problem. I splurged on a colour-matched Hannigan Sport-Tourer fairing – and man, did we look sharp!

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    I kept the GS850 until 1990 when kids, mortgage and a PhD in engineering dictated a switch to sporty cars (old, used ones of course). I hated to see her go – but it was the right thing to do at the time.

    That ended my bike riding until 2015 when daughter #1 got married. The other two daughters were both either finished school or nearly so – and somebody sent me that photo of the “Worlds Most Interesting Man” saying “buy the damned motorcycle”….so in October 2015, I bought a 2007 ST1300A.

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    The ST is a great machine – a lot like the Suzuki 850 – except that the ST has more of everything. Anyhow, I love the ST1300 – what a machine! I have been happily farkling her while starting a collection of vintage Yamaha XS650s as well.

    Besides the ST, I now have two Yamahas – a 1976 C-model that I bought as a total mess and got running last summer. The ’76 is a relatively rare standard model and I will keep it that way and I have a 1981 “Special” which I am modifying into a (hopefully) tasteful café racer style bike with an XS750 fuel tank and a solo seat.

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    About two hours ago, I got off the road from my first long ride of the season on the ST1300 - a total of about 700 km (around 420 miles) between 6:45 AM and 5:00 PM. The bike ran perfectly - which is good, because I did a major repair this past March. A friend and I replaced the hydraulic clutch slave cylinder (there is an article on the ST Owners forum on that job).

    It is kind of cool to have two such different bikes: the XS650 is light and nimble, a little bit loud (but oooohhh what a beautiful sound....). She can be a little reluctant to start, she vibrates a lot and leaks a little, but she is VERY simple to work on, and, she is not really all that powerful, so she isn’t scary if I goof-up.

    The ST1300, on the other hand, is smooth as a baby's behind and dead-nuts reliable, but she is big, heavy and complicated and has power like crazy, plus ABS, linked fore & aft brakes and a powered windscreen. I have also found that if I muff a parking lot maneuver, and the ST decides to lie down and have a snooze, then, that is what will happen.

    Anyhow - tomorrow is another day in my return to motorcycling and I am very grateful to have met such a wonderful group of people as I have found on the ST Owner’s and XS650.com Forums (Fora?). While they are very different communities, these two groups span the globe and bring together a great people who enjoy riding and learning about their bikes – and I am delighted to be a member of them.

    Thanks again, so much for this singular honor and if you are ever in the Detroit-Windsor region, please look me up and we’ll have a BEvERage.
    Pete

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    Re: Apr'17 MOTM - MaxPete

    Woo-hoo! Way to be, Pete! Congratulations on being chosen April MOTM and welcome to the club!
    I guess one of us will have to teach you the secret handshake.
    Oh, and wonderful write-up and pics!

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    Re: Apr'17 MOTM - MaxPete

    Quote Originally Posted by Peppermint View Post
    Woo-hoo! Way to be, Pete! Congratulations on being chosen April MOTM and welcome to the club!
    I guess one of us will have to teach you the secret handshake.
    Oh, and wonderful write-up and pics!

    Patty
    Thanks Patty - I look forward to that! BTW - that is a really nice photo of you on the beach - you sure look happy!

    Pete
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    Re: Apr'17 MOTM - MaxPete

    Congratulations Pete. Great pics of some very nice rides that bring up some feelings of nostalgia!
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    Re: Apr'17 MOTM - MaxPete

    Congrats, my friend!

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    Re: Apr'17 MOTM - MaxPete

    Congrates MaxPete!

    I've been thinking about riving up your way for lunch sometime being I have all this time on my hands these days.
    Are you ready for "The long ride"?

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    Re: Apr'17 MOTM - MaxPete

    Congrats Pete.
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    Re: Apr'17 MOTM - MaxPete

    Great write up!!!!! Glad you made the club.......Make sure Patty or John O teaches that handshake to you......

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    Re: Apr'17 MOTM - MaxPete

    Congrats Pete, nice write-up. Welcome to the club!

    Too much white... I'm working on it!

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    Re: Apr'17 MOTM - MaxPete

    Congratulations, Pete!

    BeST, John
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