Urban Riding

It’s difficult living in a city when all you want to do is ride your motorcycle indefinitely on an open road, with no particular destination in mind. I’m don’t think I’m alone when I say that is the ideal ride. And once you get a taste, nothing else will suffice. It is possible, however, to find some decent rides in most urban settings. And there is a certain appeal to discovering such a route in the mess of a city center. I’m certain many of us would get a lot of use from some sort of route database for motorcycles that covered urban centers. I’ll be posting some of my favorite routes inside Toronto, starting with one of the best. I’d encourage anyone to share their favorite routes in whatever city they have knowledge of. Rosedale Valley Rd / Bayview Ave / Pottery Rd One of the most scenic routes
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Toronto-Lake Placid (2)

So overall my weekend trip to Lake Placid was very successful. Especially once I got all the kinks worked out of the route, it turned out to be a great ride. I ended up getting a little lost after wolf island once I entered New York but managed to work it out just fine. Wolf Island itself was also a really nice ride. It was about a 20 minute ride on a two lane highway through farm land. Had an interesting experience with one of the locals there too. I had realized after a couple of minutes that one of my saddle bag straps was lose so I pulled into the entrance of a driveway to fix it. I left the engine idling and got off. There was a big dog on the porch of the house farther down the driveway that was barking at me. After a little while
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Toronto-Lake Placid (1)

So after about three months of having the bike out of winger storage and only two “long distance” trips (one being 100 miles round trip and another was to Wasaga Beach for a long weekend, but more about those later) I’m finally out on a real touring trip, and one that I haven’t done before. Right now I’m sitting in the wolf-island ferry terminal waiting for the three o’clock ferry to New York. It took me about four hours to go the roughly 200 km from Toronto to Kingston. My originally planned route was to take route 2/Kingston road all the way to Kingston. I had looked up this route in my H.O.G. touring guide which marked pretty much all of rt. 2 as a scenic route. The one problem though is that google maps estimated the time for what should be around a six hour trip into a nearly
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