Welcome to Stinson Adventures, our spot on the web to share our tales of adventure motorcycling, camping, RV Living and kayaking, to name a few of our favorite activities.
We are the typical middle aged couple with kids, pets, house, yard…no white picket fence….but we get by.
We enjoy being as self sufficient as we can, we grow our own veggies, and started growing grapes and apples as well. A couple years ago we started brewing beer and wine, nothing beats a nice cold homebrew, or a relaxing glass of wine, after a day on the bikes. We are slowly working ourselves off the grid, more on that later. We don’t feel as though we might miss out, or have to have this doodad and that to live better. We are teaching our kids that video games and TV are not a necessity in life. Knowing where your food comes from and how to repeat the growing over and over is a huge lesson in life…and besides the kids enjoy it and who cares if you get a bit of dirt under your nails…it builds character. Living a simpler life with less chaos and stress is always a good thing. Don’t you think?
Well I have been on 2 wheels for most of my life I started when I was around 9 yrs old, and since then I have enjoyed many motorcycles over the years. I am not a brand type of person, I enjoy all motorcycles, no matter make, model or engine size. It is a great accomplishment to be able to flick a large touring bike like a toy as you maneuver it around, and it can be quite humbling to be flat on your arse by the smallest of bikes…..I have fun riding all bikes…isn’t that what they’re for, riding and having fun?
Back in 1990 I had a almost fatal crash on my Harley, after a year of hospitals and rehabilitation, I was back on a bike…. a friend stopped by with his old Harley and said time to get back on …after some serious thought I finally said OK, and off I went, to this day I can still tell you how many cars I passed by and tons of other details from that ride, but I got back onto 2 wheels again.
Just like many other folks life sometimes takes over, and I got away from the bikes for a few years, when my daughters where born. Now that they are of age, they too are learning too ride on a Giovanni pit bike…balance and brakes first then we will add a clutch into the mix. We look foreword to the day they get their bikes and licenses and we all head off for a trip.
This year Heather wanted to get a bike, we talked about different styles of bikes, engine size for her etc..all the considerations one goes over when looking at anything new.
She wasn’t even sure if she would like it….. so we decided a 200_250cc enduro would be a good size beginner bike….we found her a 1988 Yamaha DT 200… nice bike, complete and in excellent shape….and I taught her how to ride it… many laps around our large yard….the grass might grow back some year.
She enjoyed it, and asked what she needed to get her license, here in NB we have 2 classes of licenses up to 500cc and over 500cc (known as the big bike test)…. so we got her some pylons and orange ground marker paint, and we laid out the balance course in our driveway, Orange X’s where the pylons had to be 2.4 m(8ft), and a 4.5 m (15 ft) circles… 10 pylons in a row and I showed her how easy it was…..on the KLR650…then she set off doing it on the 200cc bike….for someone who never rode before, she picked up on it fast….and she practiced until her safety course in September of this year (2012)……she passed with ease, one instructor didn’t believe she just started riding, he thought she was riding for years…..the biggest tip I gave her was look where you WANT to be not WHERE you are…..don’t look at the ground in front of the tire…..you will fail, and fall!
Reason for Dual sport bikes….we like the road less traveled..we want to be able to enjoy the scenery at our pace not at 110 km on the highways….take the road less traveled and go exploring, really see our world….not just miles of pavement that take you from one tourist trap to the next.
Why KLR650′s, well why not, hugely popular, loads of aftermarket parts and better yet the bike hasn’t changed much in over 20 years. So sourcing parts should be fairly easy as compared to trying to locate a ABS sensor for a high end bike in Timbuktu …. besides a new KLR here is $6800. We bought used so we could learn the nature of the beast, and decide if it was the bike for us…turns out it was….and we have less than the cost of a new one into both our bikes….and so far they have been reliable and have ticked all the boxes for our needs. Check out our page on the bikes and the mods we have done.