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Word came down this morning that the 2020 CVMG Paris National Rally has been canceled until approx. the same dates next year in June 2021.
Obviously this is a disappointment and I apologize to all those who made travel plans.
It has just been announced that the featured marque of the 2020 Canadian Vintage Motorcycle Group (CVMG) Rally will be.... the Yamaha XS650!
The CVMG Rally is a big deal with hundreds / thousands of bikes and attendees, contests for various classes of bikes, riding events and a very large swap meet. The event will be held in the pretty little town of Paris Ontario which is southwest of Toronto on June 18-21, 2020. There are some local hotels but many people camp on the local fairgrounds where the Rally has been held for the last 47 years.
Check it out at: www.cvmg.ca
Plan to be there to meet other XS650 enthusiasts, buy and sell bikes, parts and stuff and have a great time celebrating our favourite motorcycle!
More details to follow as they become available.
Attached is the preliminary proofs of the 2020 calendar. Will be touching base with the members I do not have bios from and tie up some other odds and ends before it goes to press.
Thank you to everyone who has already ordered and for your patience. It looks like we're a month ahead of schedule this year so a big THANK YOU to everyone who pitched in and helped in any way and for the winners getting me photos in a timely manner.
PRE-SALE LINK: SOLD OUT
We will do a pre-sale for one week and then we will place the order with limited quantities. All pre-orders are guaranteed. After the order is placed they are first come first served until sold out.
PRE-SALE ENDS OCTOBER 31ST!
You guys asked for it so here it is! The official thread for the 8th edition of the XS650 Calendar - 2020. Let's make this the smoothest calendar process yet. I want to keep the deadlines on this so let's get the nominations rolling! Thanks to everyone who helps out in any small way and for all the kind comments on the calendars each year. It is a lot of work to put together but makes it worth it in the end.
Someone pointed out the other day that we don't have a thread dedicated to sharing our rides. We have a "What did you do to your XS today thread." We have one dedicated to "Justa joke." We even have the "Great 2M barbecue hunt" dedicated to finding great BBQ... but nothing for the everyday ordinary ride... or the epic one for that matter. Well, now we do.
Take some pics... shoot a video. Test ride around the block? Day trip? Cross country with friends? Found your Eldorado? Put it up here. I'm pretty sure pics are allowed.
A gallant knight,
In sunshine and in shadow,
Had journeyed long,
Singing a song,
In search of Eldorado.
But he grew old—
This knight so bold—
And o’er his heart a shadow—
Fell as he found
No spot of ground
That looked like Eldorado.
And, as his strength
Failed him at length,
He met a pilgrim shadow—
‘Shadow,’ said he,
‘Where can it be—
This land of Eldorado?’
‘Over the Mountains
Of the Moon,
Down the Valley of the...
Dear XS650 friends:
I have some sad news to convey regarding our good friend RobinC. This afternoon, several of us received the following message from one of Robin's sons who used Robin's PM box to communicate with us:
Hello, this is Robin's son.
I'm not sure where to post this but I figured this would find the right people.
My dad unfortunately passed away this afternoon from what appears to be a heart attack.
I know this group meant a lot to him and I wanted to let those of you who knew him well know and I don't know how long he'll be kept logged in here.
Thanks for being a place where he could find a lot of joy. He spoke of this group all the time.
I don't have any further details at this point in time. I can say that several of us got to know Robin very well over the past few years and a couple of us rode with him - even as recently as a couple of weeks ago. I think that I can speak for all of us who came to appreciate his enthusiasm, his endless good humour, his patience and kindness to everyone and his generosity with his knowledge.
He will be sorely missed.
I am sure that we can all draw our own lessons from this sad event, but I would be remiss if I didn't point out that there will be two especially poignant entries in this years XS650 calendar.
"Hello xs650 friends,
I regret to inform you that WeekendRider passed away in his home this morning 10/19/2018.
I want to extend my gratitude to the members of this forum for your many years of common interest and fellowship.
This hobby was a big part of his life in his later years. He respected and talked about many of the people he met here, and the organized rides he attended.
Like Mailman said, your ripples have a far reaching effect, and the individuals here have touched our lives in a positive way.
Thank you for all the kind words, it means a lot to his family.
Keep your knees in the breeze, God bless"
Thanks for the good times.
***UPDATE*** 12-26-17 from Travis
The Calendars shipped last week and many people have already received them. Shawn ordered some extras, so if you missed the pre-sale you still have a chance to get one, but like I said before, once they're gone there won't be any more printed. Get one while you can!
Order here! http://www.xs650.com/pages/store/
***UPDATE*** 12-12-17 from Travis
Alright guys, the calendar pre-sale is over (has been for a few days) and the calendars will ship as soon as Shawn receives them from the printer. If you missed the pre-sale, a limited amount of extras were ordered and can still be purchased. But once they're gone, they're gone! It looks like it's going to be another good one to add to the XS650 Calendar collection!
Order here! http://www.xs650.com/pages/store/
The add to cart button has been added to the Store page.
Back with the 6th edition - of the official XS650 Calendar for 2018!
Timing will be critical, as we are aiming to get these out to you before year end! The format remains the same with 4 phases of the project.
Phase 1) • NOMINATIONS - 7 days
Phase 2) • VOTING STAGE - 7 days
Phase 3) • WINNERS SEND PICS - 7 days (If you are nominated and would like to get some nice photos of your bike, now would be a great time to do so in the fall before the snow flies.)
Phase 4) • Production/delivery/shipping
1. NEW - Nominate UP-TO 3 bikes that you'd like to see in the calendar for 2018. Nominee must be member with their bike/build posted on XS650.com. (We are looking for another great mix this year so we are limiting each person to 3 nominations) Post your nomination(s) here in this thread with a picture.
2. Contact the owner and let them know of the nomination.
3. Nominations must be seconded by another member.
Now that I'm fairly confident everyone got their t-shirt from the presale, the extra shirts are available for anyone who wants one. There are no Small or 4XL shirts, but at least two of all of the other sizes. Add a shirt to your cart then click checkout and it will tell you if your size is out of stock.
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