Cabin Fever In Canada: Snow Versus The Motorcycle

Washed and shined Yamaha Majesty 400 (Black & White Photo)
Washed and shined Yamaha Majesty 400 (Black & White Photo)

Day dreaming in the midst of a “Snowmageddon” here on Prince Edward Island.  In 2.5 weeks we received a total of 236cm of snow. Yes, 2.5 meters in less than 20 days, with more on the way. That is over eight feet of snow folks.

Moi même, heading out to Gaspébay, Quebec, Canada. 2100km round trip.
Moi même, heading out to Gaspébay, Quebec, Canada. 2100km round trip.

Been dreaming of cruising on the motorcycle. Well, scooter actually. My blue Yamaha Majesty 400 weights 480 lbs, and does 105 mph.

People laugh at the thought of me driving a scooter. But i love the automatic CVT transmission that enables us to ride and enjoy the scenery, no fiddling with gears.
Frankly, I’m tired of all that constant shifting I have to do on my village bush riding in Mali, Africa.

Gaspébay, Quebec. Blue Yamaha Majesty yp400, and silver Suzuki Burgman 650.
Gaspébay, Quebec. Blue Yamaha Majesty yp400, and silver Suzuki Burgman 650.

These scooters are huge bikes and surprise everyone I pass 😉 No one has ever left me behind or been waiting for me. They are really motorcycles on a scooter style. Try the big Burgman 650, TMX 530, or BMW 650. The Tmax and BMW handle like sport machines.

Cabot Trail in the highlands of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. My buddy Milton with his Suzuki Burgman. He is 6:2
Cabot Trail in the highlands of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. My buddy Milton with his Suzuki Burgman. He is 6:2

Did a few road trips over 2000km the last few years. My friend,  who used to work with me in Ivory Coast, takes an adventure tour with me each summer after lobster season wraps up.

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Front-end looks like a sport bike.

I have reached 18,000km on my Yamaha Majesty 400 (silver one is a Suzuki burgman 650) so have to change the vbelt drive belt. Doing a performance modification on the variator while i am at it. Changing out the 15 gram roller weights for 14gram Dr. Pulley sliders. Should give me better torque on the lower end.

Another interesting upgrade was the Oxford Touring heated hand grips. They are very good quality for only $85. They come with a wiring harness to attach directly to the battery. However, I wired them into the main electrical so they cut power when the key is turned off, rather than relying on the automatic computer circuit in the controller.

Other upgrades I have done.

  • 12 Volt charge socket in the dash box
  • Touring windscreen
  • Laminar Lip Screen extension (Stopped head buffeting totally)
  • Pirellie Diablo Tires.
  • Fender Leg Shield Extensions. (The black on the fenders)
  • GPS hardwired in.
  • Mirror Extensions (widens the mirrors further out – visible in picture.

Needless to say, I am looking for some happy moments and making a few good memories this summer.

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