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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 03:41

Ride Your Own Bike from Ontario to Alberta or Fly out and Rent your Ride Featured

Bill Marion Mark Laura Recently, my brother and his wife along with another couple rode their Harley Davidson Ultras from southwestern Ontario to Alberta.  

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Friends of ours, also from southwestern Ontario, rode their Ultra out to visit their daughter in Castlegar, BC this summer. Listening to their experiences got me thinking about the pros and cons of riding your own bike or flying and renting a ride.

My brother and his group headed south into Michigan and worked their way up through the Upper Peninsula, across through Wisconsin and Minnesota and up to Winnipeg and across through Saskatchewan to Alberta.  Our friends did the ride through northern Ontario and across the Trans-Canada highway through Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

The pros of riding your own bike include:  the opportunity to experience the beauty of Northern Ontario and other Canadian provinces, namely, Manitoba and Saskatchewan or more of the northern States; having the comfort level of riding your own bike; and no rental fees for a motorcycle.

The cons of riding your own bike include:  time spent getting out West and back – depending on how hard you want to ride, it can take up to 3 days just to get out of Ontario; wear and tear on your body and your bike; and finally, riding through some pretty flat, boring sections with strong winds (I know there are some scenic roads in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and the northern States but in my opinion, the Trans-Canada is not one of them).

In terms of financial comparison, it’s a matter of comparing the cost of your fuel, meals and lodging to ride your own bike with the cost of a flight and motorcycle rental fees.  

For some it’s a bucket list item to ride across Canada.  In my brother’s case, he’s marked that one off his list and doesn’t plan to do it again.

About the writer:  Marion Redpath and her husband Bill, own and operate EagleRider Motorcycle Rentals in Calgary and have been riding Harleys for 30 plus years.

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