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May’s Readers Rides: Paul and Lita

Paul

Etobicoke
Bikes I own:
91 CBR600 F2,
91 YSR80,
99 CBR900RR,
04 RC51,
04 Yamaha R6
Single
Riding 12 years
Age: 33
As a child growing up, I had neighbours around me that had bikes. Seeing them suit up to ride, hearing them ride away, and watching them fix, tinker, or break something peaked my interest.  As a child, I knew that one day, I’d have one.

Lita

Suzuki GSX-R 600
Single
Riding 7 years
As a young girl I had always admired motorcycles. When I was about 12 years old I got the opportunity to be a passenger on one. The rumbling of the exhaust, the closeness to the road and the wind on my face; I was hooked. I said to myself that one day when I grow  up I’m going to get one of those.

About 20 years later my wish came true. After experiencing a broken heart a friend mentioned I should get my motorcycle licence to bring up my spirits. It was a great idea. I purchased my irst motorcycle; a suzuki SVS and was determined to ride it that summer. After taking the course and two test attempts later; I was licenced in July 2003.  Over the years I’ve racked up 81,000 kms on the road and a few more kms on the track at Shannonville and Calaboogie.

Motorcycling has introduced me to some  wonderful friends and folks I would have never met without Gixxie( the nickname for my current bike) .  I look forward to planning riding routes. Meeting up with friends for breakfast and riding the entire day; on average 10 hours. Usually ending with a scoop of my favourite icecream; Moosetracks. Eventhough I’m exhausted when I return home, its always with a big grin on my face and an adenaline rush. After I clean the bugs off my suit and the bike; its time to rest and plan the next interesting adventure.



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