It’s become an annual event. Larryfest is the last distance test ride of the year and occurs in October. Actually, this was only our second year, but both years to date have seen idyllic weather and taken place out of Larry’s farmhouse in eastern Ontario. Which, as good fortune would have it, is also the ideal launching point for the best twisties you can find in Ontario.
Triumph. To any motorcycle enthusiast that has graced this earth for at least 30 years, the name is bound to stir up memories.
Matt originally wrote this piece for the now defunct Ontario Motorcycle Guide, appearing in issue 4 of 1996. The piece had not been published on CMG Online until now.
Sonic talks jets – the kind in your carburetor, not at the airport.
A fire-salvage bike? How bad can it be?
I’m not here to tell you tales of warm beer and friendly sheep. It’s all well and dandy to have a twisty paradise, but it’s also very sad when you’re missing the all important two wheels. That gap was dandily filled by BMW’s sport touring K1200RS.
How to handle those leaky fork seals!
Yamaha recently brought out another cruiser to add to their every increasing line up, the Yamaha V-Star 1100. Using the already proven Virago power plant in 1100 format as the heart of the new street warrior, it now replaces the steadfast Virago 750 and 1100. But first, let’s back up a bit before we go on, shall we?
Yamaha has answered the demands of the growing cruiser market with its 3 level “Star” series. The V-Star is the most economical level, with its 650 and 1100 models. Following this is the torquey Road Star, which is available as the Road Star 1600, Road Star MM Limited and Road Star Silverado.
The first thing that I noticed when I straddled the seat was how slender and light the GS 500E felt. It feels lighter than its 372 pounds dry weight, and seems more like some 250’s than a 500.