Welcome to Bob Bergman’s 2005 Dakar Diaries – a daily account of this Canadian’s adventures in last year’s Dakar Rally. In order to maximize the diary effect, we’re going to post a day of it at a time, with each day coinciding with this year’s Dakar (that is happening right now in Africa).
Welcome to the First Person account of the 2005 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally. In this second (and final) piece we hand it over to some of the participants to give their viewpoint of how riding a scooter around Lake Ontario worked for them.
After last year’s inaugural ride of 4 scooters around Lake Ontario, this year’s event promised to be an altogether more populated affair. Interest had been high once people had read about the madness of 2004, but we failed to get the numbers we had hoped for when we finally opened up the registration gates for 2005.
After a week that can only be described as fooking hectic, we were finally ready on the Friday of the Rally weekend.
It’s now Thursday morning – four days after the 2005 Mad Bastard Scooter Rally wrapped-up and I’m still finding it hard to get through the day without crawling into the big soft accommodating bed that is just a few rooms away from my home office.
It’s taken a while for these two big scoots to make it to Canada, the Silverwing has been available for the last couple of years in just about every market except for Canada; the Big Ruckus was introduced to the Japanese market just last year.
Coming around corner four, I took a glance behind me to see Oliver Jervis from Canadian Biker and Le Guide de Moto’s Bertrand Gahel closing in fast behind me. Before I have time to think of a suitable blocking maneuver, they’re either side of me.
It was one of those heart-in-mouth moments. After a few laps on the Shannonville circuit on Buell’s radical XB12S Lightning, I was starting to think that I’d gotten this beast sussed. Its wide bars and short wheelbase were making the tight circuit rather enjoyable
So here we are in the spring of 2005, very timely, telling you all about two bikes that were new in 2004 when we actually tested them. Well, better late than never I guess, and thankfully changes for 2005 are limited: new colour schemes, and the Sportster getting an upgraded headlamp, and slightly stiffened rear end.
It seemed like a pretty good comparison. Suzuki had just launched a revamped and boosted capacity Bandit 650, while Kawasaki had just introduced a half-faired, more touring-friendly version of their Z750, the Z750S.