Last weekend my friends Bill & Nora (95 Magna 750) Tony & Sendy (96 Shadow VT-1100)as well as my wife Jeanie an me Greg (96 Shadow VT-1100). Took a ride starting in Madison Heights Michigan (USA) north to Port Huron across the Blue Water bridge into Canada. From there we rode the cost line of the Detroit river south to Winsor back across the Ambasidor bridge through Detroit and home again.

The trip was only 205 Miles But we saw things and places we would never do or see in a car. There were small one lane pathes only a bike could venture down we had to explore. The trip took 12 Hours. That averages out to about 17.08 Miles Per Hour.

We take a trip like that every weekend through the summer. Some times we go north to Frankenmouth MI. 88 Miles for lunch. Or we go south to Ohio where there is no helmet law, to ride topless (no helmet, that is!). And at least once a year we take a vacation trip (two weeks maybe three) and go south or west, round trip 2 to 3 thousand miles. This year in September we are travelling to Arkansas, Virgina, Kentucky, and Tennessee. When we get back I'll let you know how it was!

By the way Bill & Nora have been riding for 25 Years, Tony & Sendy for 3 there the babys, and the wife and I for 31 years. I planted my behind the first time on a motorcycle when I was 12 years old in 1958 so I've been riding 37 years now, and have only been down twice. Once in my twentys and just three years ago. Both times it was a mechanical problem that caused the mishap. First a flat tire, the secend was a problem with a crack in the farring that droped down and wouldnt allow the forks to turn (1977 GL-1000 Gold Wing after whitch I stripped it down and made a cruser out of it like the Valkyrie). That one got me a broken collar bone and three ribs. Not bad for 37 years. Because thay say there are only two kinds of bikers those that are going down and those that have been.

I put the fatty pipes on the bike and had the carbes tuned too them ( not jetted) and my gas mileage went from 48 mpg. to 55 mpg. plus its really loud. Loud pipes save lives, right?

Greg & Jeanie Messer