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Author Topic: Greetings from Midwest Canada :)  (Read 413 times)

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Offline BentNotBroken

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Greetings from Midwest Canada :)
« on: March 16, 2021, 04:36:11 am »
Hey all!

Droppin my first line from Saskatchewan, Canada (we can watch our dog run away for three days - haha). I'm a RCAF vet who just got into riding in 2017, when I "retired" after my 20 years in and changed jobs. It was an itch I never scratched and now I can't get enough of it - LOL.

Sask has some INSANE insurance and licencing policies on bikes - for our first year of riding, we legit have to be home a half hour before sunset like riding a Schwinn - LMAO - "oh dang, street lights are on..." Apparently my aircrew time didn't count for decision making experience - totally diff skill set I suppose...hahaha. I got through that three year graduated program on a 2017 YZF-R3, which I still love, but is up for sale to finance part of my Bolt bill. I should be taking delivery of a 2020 R-spec at the end of the month, and I can't wait.

I've been browsing this forum and youtube, getting some build ideas. I'm envisioning a murdered-out matte black, with a couple of unit insignia, ammo box hard bags, white walls, an Ivan flash, and the works from Vance & Hines. But this will take time and money...haha! Probably ride her stock for a little while and do some moto camping this year.

I'll do my best to use the search function and not ask too much stuff that has been asked before. ;)

Good to meet ya's.

- B.


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Re: Greetings from Midwest Canada :)
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2021, 05:39:52 pm »
Congrats on New Bolt R-spec

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Koso-TNT-B-Multi-Function-Gauge-Black-BA051310-XVS950-Bolt-2014-2018-48-2372/382654634049?epid=245801740&hash=item5917fe5841:g:9yUAAOSwXBdeEPsh

Ebay - Koso Meter for Yamaha Bolt  ........ $265 , $285 , $365 at Koso web page
Black perimeter Bezel or Ring
Silver perimeter Bezel or Ring - which i like, it matches chrome gas cap, some silver bolts
Downfall - the outside diameter is about 3/8 smaller than stock - but easily get use to it
$365 Koso web page has NEGATIVE Display (not as good for day time but has Neat-O numbers in COLOR
it has Tachometer , Which Gear you are in Display and RED Light comes on when gas is low (about 1 gal)
E - 1st John 4:10

Offline joko

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Re: Greetings from Midwest Canada :)
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2021, 07:46:40 pm »
Welcome and congrats.  Make sure to post up some pics of the new ride when you get it.

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Re: Greetings from Midwest Canada :)
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2021, 10:25:00 pm »
Welcome, BENT!
I'm also an RCAF Vet - 22 yrs, but I'm a little west of you, near Calgary.  I'm guessing that you're somewhere near Moose Jaw?  (For all you 'Merricans - Moose Jaw is about 9 1/2 feet in front of Moose Ass)

Not pushing anything, but if you're a member of the Legion, sign up for the Legion Riders - it's free, anyway to Legion Members..... get some rides going!  I'm going to TRY and get the Edmonton Legion Riders and the Calgary Legion Riders to get together - maybe in Drumheller (we got a great group there, too!).  Would make for a Helluva weekend!  (and we don't have any of those stupid "no riding after dark" rules..... LOL

Norm
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Offline BentNotBroken

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Re: Greetings from Midwest Canada :)
« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2021, 12:21:15 am »
I'll fire up a pic or two once I get it, but it's bone stock and a dime a dozen - for now! mwahaha :P

What's shakin, Norm? (All four cheeks and a couple of chins in my case) - You're right on about Moose Jaw, and the 9.5 feet in front of Moose Arse almost made me spit out my Alexander Keith's IPA (can ya tell I'm originally a Maritime boy? Haha - the simulator job they hired me for on the outside is far too good to leave the base here to go home for now). What was your trade?

You'll wanna smack me but even as a Vet, I'm not a Legion member yet. (yeahhh I know..lol) A buddy of mine is though and I remember some stuff they told us at our release seminar a couple years back so I'll look into it. A group ride would be outstanding. I'm a member of the UN/NATO Veterans group in this town, which is small but we do a few small rides a year, and sometimes link up with others.

More to follow as they say. Cheers.
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Re: Greetings from Midwest Canada :)
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2021, 09:28:03 pm »
I was an Airframe Tech originally - then got crosstrained to AVN Tech just before they posted me to '18's in Cold Lake.  Ended up working in Calgary as AME on Twatters for Kenn Borek, but they've almost completely shut down, now, so I'm sitting on my butt waiting for the weather to improve so I can ride.

Nah - I don't smack anyone for not joining the Legion, but it can be a good thing - although a lot of the statements about it being more civvies trying to support Vets than ACTUAL Vets are true. Personally, I think it's time that the real Vets take back control of it.....  BUT - if you have problems with VAC or anything like that - your local Service Officer is the one to talk to.  And they'll give you a year's free membership now. (I've been a member since I turned 18 - I was an associate because my Dad was a WW2 Vet and both my Grandfathers were WW1). 

I'm hoping to keep most of the Politics out of the Legion Riders. Most of us ride and socialize to ENJOY it and RELAX, not get into heated arguments about stupid shit.

We had a bunch of UN/NATO Vets here, too - but the local Chapter president and a few others got caught cheating the group (as well as for copyright infringement and a few other crimes) and got booted out. The crooked bunch started up their own little group with the ANAVETS, although I've tried to warn everybody to keep away from them. The REAL UN/NATO group are pretty cool, though.
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