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Featured 50 Years of the Yamaha XS650 - Paris Ontario - June 2020

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MaxPete, Jun 27, 2019.

  1. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Absolutely, and plenty of room to stay at our place on the southern end of the Ambassador Bridge!

    Pete
     
  2. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    WHO indeed....?

    Perhaps we can arrange for a horrendous thunderstorm - or even a tornado - when you are riding over here Greg - and you can also do it at night!

    Yeah...that would be waaaay better than a riding on a bright sunny day in mid-June! :lmao:
     
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  3. GLJ

    GLJ Never go faster than your guardian angle can fly. Top Contributor

    That's something you may want to check deeper into.
    I've traveled to Canada dozens of times for work. Flying and driving. One thing I always get asked going into Canada is if anything I'm bringing in is going to be sold or remain there. Sometimes crossing the border is a piece of cake and other times a royal pain, even with the correct paper work. Just depends on the Immigration Officer and the mood they are in.
     
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  4. lakeview

    lakeview XS650 Guru XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    I mentioned to Mrs. Lakeview about my nascent plan to go there Friday and get a good spot for the swap meet and camp in the van for two nights. She thought that was really funny.
     
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  5. OHRider

    OHRider XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    I will be there with the Storm. Did my registration today and got my motel. See you guys there.
     
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  6. OHRider

    OHRider XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

  7. GLJ

    GLJ Never go faster than your guardian angle can fly. Top Contributor

    By far the worst experience I had was 20 some years ago. I was on vacation riding my BMW RT. I had ridden up the west side of Lake Michigan and then across the UP. Decided to cross into Canada at St.Saint Marie and ride down the east side of Lake Huron. Pulled into the immigration checkpoint. Guy at the window asked what I was doing and where was I going. Told him I was on vacation and going to ride around Lake Huron. Things went down hill fast. He said go to stall 5 and wait for the officers. 5 guys were waiting for me. Officer in charge had me remove my bags and open up the fairing compartments. While he interrogated me the other 4 proceeded to dump everything in my bags on the ground and remove everything from the fairing and dump that stuff on the ground. The officer questioning me kept asking me where I kept my guns and knifes. As he was searching my billfold I pointed out to him I had a Gold and a Platinum credit card. I didn't need to sleep in places where I needed a gun. A minuet later he handed me back my billfold, said something to his guys in French and they all walked away. There I was with almost all my stuff scattered on the ground. They forgot to have me open my seat. No guns or knifes under there, but there were tools.
    I never crossed into Canada on my bike there again. When I would ride around Superior I would go through Minnesota to get in.
     
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  8. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    DUI 14yrs ago means possible denial at the border so I don't even bother trying anymore. Do miss the trips to hang out in Grand Bend though.
     
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  9. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Dang.
    Sometimes those old offences can be pardoned - have you ever enquired?
     
  10. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    Have read that for a fee ($200 last I saw) you can apply for some kind of pass. But even if the folks in Ottawa say you are good, no trouble since, blah blah blah, it's still up to the discretion of the border guard to deny entry.
    Oh well, if that's how they want to be I'll just keep my money on this side of the river.
     
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  11. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Awww - that’s a shame.
     
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  12. Beags64

    Beags64 XS650 Junkie Top Contributor

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    That's what the girls at the "Canadian Ballet" said too! When my brother-in-law was still alive him and I made quite a few trips to Sarnia to meet my other brother-in-law and help the dancin' girls pay their bills.
     
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  13. azman857

    azman857 '80 XS 650SG Rider XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Wonder if "King Kenny" will make an appearance.....probably not.
     
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  14. OHRider

    OHRider XS650 Addict XS650.com Supporter

    Check in to this for a friend. You can apply for a visa being it so long ago.
     
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  15. If you are in Southern Ontario this is a great annual event. This year our beloved XS650 is the featured motorcycle celebrating 50 year anniversary. The event is held in Paris, Ontario on June 19 -21. I will be there on Friday. https://www.cvmg.ca/ParisRally

    BTW - I went to the Toronto show yesterday and left after 2 hours. Too many crap vendors and stuff not related to motorcycles, too many people but the live motorcycle jumps were exciting - they almost were touching the ceiling.

    cheers
    -Bob
     
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  16. jetmechmarty

    jetmechmarty What should I put here? XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    We now have three threads on this. I think it would be appropriate to put them together and make a sticky.

    I just love telling people what to do. :smoke:
     
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  17. gggGary

    gggGary I'm listening, change my mind XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Dunno Marty I only see ONE thread???
    :lmao: :smoke:
    I so need direction.
     
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  18. Grimmith

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    is anyone around Iowa going? Maybe I could ride along with? Skeptical on going by myself lol. Not long enough in the bike game yet to have friends or "connections" around the states to help if something goes wrong with the bike. the bike has 11k miles on it and I put about 1000 miles on it last summer, would it make the 15 hr ride for me? I've also never ridden on the interstate on a bike yet.
     
  19. MaxPete

    MaxPete Lucille, Betty & Demi - I suggest but THEY decide. XS650.com Supporter Top Contributor

    Hi Grimmith:

    To be honest, it does sound like a dodgey plan: a 15 hour ride on unfamiliar roads, including an international border, on a 42 year old bike. That would be a tall order for a person with many years of experience.....

    Nonetheless, it would be great to have you come to the CVMG Rally - could you possibly trailer your bike?

    Pete
     
  20. Grimmith

    Grimmith Samurai

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    "To be honest, it does sound like a dodgey plan: a 15 hour ride on unfamiliar roads, including an international border, on a 42 year old bike. That would be a tall order for a person with many years of experience....."

    You know when you say it like that it just makes it more clear for me to not risk it lol but the adventure screams my name :rock:..I could trailer my bike, I just need a trailer, and a vehicle to drive 15 hrs. I have piston rings going out in my current vehicle and in the process of finding a new one. I think I may have to sell the bike i was making a race bike to pay for the new car :(
     
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