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Growing up on a large dairy farm, there wasn’t much time for anything else but milking cows, driving tractors and shovelling manure. That all changed following the summer of ’69 when Chris went away to University and promptly found a used 100cc Yamaha Twin-Jet. Freedom was at hand.
John has been a CVMG member since 1995. During this time John has previously assumed roles as Regalia Sales Coordinator and in most recent years as a member of the Paris Rally Committee. John and his wife, Lilian, live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where their two children, their spouses and 3 grandchildren also live. John’s love for riding motorcycles came to an abrupt end in 2012 when his vision was compromised but that same love is the drive keeping him involved with CVMG.
bill hoar, central alberta
I seem to have circled back into the CVMG National Executive team, although still being the current past President, maybe I never really left. I was born, raised and I am still working and farming right here in Central Alberta. My love of motorcycles hit me at an early age and has never left. I seem to still own almost all the motorcycles I have ever acquired over the years and love them all equally.
dale prisley, essex kent
I was born, raised and have spent my life in the Essex County area of Ontario. I like to say Essex county is the "antithesis of the Tail of the Dragon as we have 322 miles with 11 turns. I started motorcycling in the 70's with an S2 Kawi and then moved to a GT550, GS750, KZ 750 and then got married. Jan and I were bikeless for a period of time when the only riding I did was demo days anywhere and everywhere. At the turn of the century we decided it was time to get a bike again and the BMW R1150RT was what we chose. This morphed to the K1200GT. During these days I also took up road racing with the VRRA. I raced an H1 and a GPZ 550 for 2 years. Following this time I entered a dark phase when I rode a Harley Road King. After the Road King I went vintage and rejoined the CVMG in 2011. I am currently the president of the Essex/Kent section and a member of the Paris Rally committee. I enjoy the motorcycling community and I am always impressed with the extensive knowledge within our group. I am looking forward to serving you as the membership secretary.
My first experience riding was on the back of a 1967 BSA Lightning when I was fifteen. I was content and enjoyed riding on the back with Michael in control. We took a break from riding while our children were small but once our youngest was about eight Michael got the urge to get another bike. Problem was I didn’t want to sit on the back any more so for my 45th birthday/Mother’s Day I attended a woman’s only motorcycle course through Canadore College in North Bay. My first solo bike was a Suzuki Intruder (can’t remember the year) which was okay because at least my feet could touch the ground. Being vertically challenged proved to be a problem finding a bike that “felt right”. Finally we found my baby in Mississauga, a 1983 Suzuki GS750ES and we fit perfectly together.
Unlike many people in this organization, I was not carried around in a sidecar as a baby, or riding when I was two. I barely learned to ride a bicycle in my teens . . . Then a friend’s influence combined with some sort of mid-life crisis had me taking riding lessons at age 50-something. My first motorcycle (and I still have her) was a 1979 185cc Honda Twinstar, the little bike that I rode to Mexico … I bought a 50 cc scooter and commuted 40 km/day for two years, missing only a few days when the snow was too heavy (ice was no problem!), and took some BCIT courses to learn more about maintaining the several bikes I had suddenly acquired. Now that I live in Lillooet, I love that I can be on amazing roads within minutes of leaving the house. I ride to the metro Vancouver area frequently, another lovely trip through the Fraser Canyon. I’ve been on motorcycle trips in Canada, the USA, UK and Europe, riding or pillion. I have a few projects on the go and lots of unrelated hobbies and interests besides, including spinning, yarn crafts, photography, CGI and gardening. Never a dull moment.
I was a late starter being 23 when I got my first motorcycle [parents thought they were death machines] '46 Knuckle. Like me it changed through the years. Me being a long hair hippy biker; it being a chopper with 18in. over springer & molded in peanut tank. As I went though a few years of married life it lived in storage. Then, as I re-entered the single life and more of a weekend independent rider, the Knuckle became a bobber with bobbed rear fender & stock chrome springer with 21in. front wheel In 1986 I started Bentley's in Red Deer - a paint & body shop. The Knuckle changed to a stock looking '46 with candy purple paint & stock bags. In the 1990's Bentley's downsized and moved to the farm doing mainly restorations & street rods and bikes. In '92 we did the Alaska Highway proving too much for the Knuckle. It then got merched. And, like the bike, in 1999 I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and Bentley'schanged to "only motorcycles". Last year they cured the Hep C. The Knuckle is now in the living room de-merched to were I can start it. Along the way I've added about 100 motosicles to my barn & I'm hoping to expand the museum this winter.
My first ride was as an infant held in my Mother's arms as Dad drove us around in his Norton 18 combination in the UK, and I bought my own first bike when I was 18. My first brand new bike was a 1974 Suzuki GT750, and while I have owned other makes and models it is the GT750 that seems to speak to me. I do currently also own a 1950 Nimbus combination which is a hoot to ride, albeit somewhat slowly it only does about 90KPH !
If you own a 1960's or early 1970's Suzuki you may have visited my web site oldjapanesebikes.com which provides free access to about sixty factory manuals, along with 'field guides' that I've written as aids to buyers and restorers of the Suzuki T/GT500, the GT550 and the GT750. I have documented my own restorations on the OJB web site and Facebook pages, and have contributed articles to the CVMG newsletter, the Nimbus Touring club and 'Real Classic' magazines.
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When I was fourteen I read an article in Teen Magazine – everything you needed to know about getting into a sports car gracefully while wearing a miniskirt”. I practiced this “skill” until I was confident that when I met my boyfriend I would have no issues with the skirt /sports car. Unfortunately, there were two things I never considered:
From the age of 11, after my first ride on the pillion of my brother’s ex-army G3L Matchless, I’ve been hooked on motorcycles. I began riding legally as soon as I turned 16 on a BSA Bantam. After I passed my driving test, I bought a Velocette MAC, on which I rode about 100,000 miles in various guises during the 1970s in England.
My competition career started with a season of sidecar racing in 1975 on an uncompetitive Triumph outfit. I was the one ‘in the chair’. In 1978 I took up vintage racing with the VMCC and had a lot of fun over the next five years at the various circuits around England on a 1938 Velocette MSS.