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  1. plutoz

    Pickup truck vs trailer vs van

    Now kicking myself that I never thought of that lol I had the HF trailer for a couple years, did one big trip with it. Felt flimsy and rickety. Also took up a lot more space in my garage than the trailer in a bag. Yeah it's cheap, but usually you get what you pay for. I've read some guys weld...
  2. plutoz

    Semi retired lifestyles

    That's definitely an option we've considered. I'm genuinely conflicted because I can't see how it can just keep going up when it's already unaffordable such a large swath of the population. Young people (Gen Z) are leaving our community in droves, I've seen it with my own eyes. I just don't see...
  3. plutoz

    Pickup truck vs trailer vs van

    I knew someone was going to ask me the price, had to go look up my receipt. They charged me $1,299 + HST and $12 tire tax in January 2019. I believe it was advertised as the same price ($1,499) at that time so presumably it would be the same. Best to check with them. Yeah you probably wouldn't...
  4. plutoz

    Pickup truck vs trailer vs van

    Back on the original topic ;) if you need a trailer for occasional use and storage is a concern you really can't beat a single rail trailer like the Trailer-in-a-bag. It's actually a bit cheaper than the price you see there if you pick it up at their factory in Cambridge. I fit the entire thing...
  5. plutoz

    So are all the demo rides going to be scrapped this year? (but mostly BMW cluster discussion)

    So far so good. Nice engine, lots of character. I owned an F800GT back in 2013-2014 and this is definitely an evolution of that same familiar powerplant. I sold the GT in part because it was ridiculously expensive to insure. The XR for some reason is 40% less despite having a larger engine -...
  6. plutoz

    Camping stove at Costco

    Doesn't look very compact? I have used one of these for a few years now, great for boiling a pot of water. Don't think I'd want to use it for much else. Moto camping for me means traveling light not with a full kitchen. I pack some instant oatmeal and coffee and a couple of those freeze dried...
  7. plutoz

    So are all the demo rides going to be scrapped this year? (but mostly BMW cluster discussion)

    I have it on my F900XR it's pretty good for turn by turn, I don't have the nice map like these super huge displays but I don't mind I find that kind of distracting anyway. I had lots of issues on the first few rides before I figured out I had to keep my phone plugged in to power to prevent it...
  8. plutoz

    FS: 1977 BMW R60/7

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  9. plutoz

    Semi retired lifestyles

    Loved reading this thread and the breadth of experiences & perspectives. I've been giving a lot of thought to 'retirement' and the future. I've been semi-retired for the past 1.5-2 years now. Started out by taking a leave of absence from my job of ~10 years to pursue something I wanted to do...
  10. plutoz

    Vintage insurance - here we go again.

    Not crazy money no. And yes I had to get an appraisal. Limited to 2,000km per year. This is not my primary bike, and yes that is pretty much what vintage insurance is intended for isn't it?
  11. plutoz

    Vastly different rates for similar bikes???

    No idea why some people aren't getting competitive rates from TD, only thing I can think of is where you live. I live out in the 'burbs on a relatively safe & quiet street. I got quotes from Dalton Timmins (now NFP) with Aviva for all of the bikes I mentioned and all were $550-600 per year...
  12. plutoz

    Vastly different rates for similar bikes???

    If it were that simple I'd expect the Duke 390 to cost just as much than the Z400. Or perhaps lack of claims history or crash/repair data? The Z400 is a relatively new model - first available in 2019. Duke 390 has been around for years. They have the R3 / MT-03 (new in North America for...
  13. plutoz

    Vastly different rates for similar bikes???

    Agreed, I have a personal umbrella policy, recently upped it from $1 to 2 mil, this is in addition to the liability on our auto/bike policies.
  14. plutoz

    Vintage insurance - here we go again.

    Weird, I guess that is a new policy then.
  15. plutoz

    FS: 1977 BMW R60/7

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  16. plutoz

    Vastly different rates for similar bikes???

    Been shopping for a small displacement bike, couple that have I've been considering are the KTM 390 Duke and Kawasaki Z400. Both naked ~400CC bikes. Was leaning towards the Kawi after reading some reviews / watching some videos, but then I went to check insurance rates with TD Meloche Monnex...
  17. plutoz

    Vintage insurance - here we go again.

    Not true, I have Aviva vintage insurance on my '77 R60/7 with no other policy. Brokered by Dalton Timmins (now NFP). Unless something has changed in the last three years. Paid around $400 for the year when renewed last June.
  18. plutoz

    Newly Acquired Vehicle coverage

    I've been looking into insurance on a bike I am picking up in the US and riding home. Because of the age of the bike I am required to get an appraisal for coverage under the vintage program (much cheaper). The agent told me I had coverage under my existing policy (with another carrier) for 14...
  19. plutoz

    Southeast Ohio / WV long weekend ride

    Thinking about doing something like this on the Victoria Day long weekend. Is 3 days / 4 nights enough time from the GTA? Any recommendations for places to stay / routes to take? Includes Ohio 555 (The Triple Nickel) and PA 666
  20. plutoz

    Burlington looks to slow traffic on Snake Road

    http://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/6084757-burlington-looks-to-slow-traffic-on-snake-road/

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