Story by Mike Jacobs
Photos by Alexe Sawicki, Justina Phippen, Virgil Knapp
A five-hour ride, straight up Yonge Street from Toronto’s waterfront, will set you right in the middle of some beautiful riding country and one of Ontario’s premier motorcycle rallies. Every year the New Liskeard Bikers Reunion seems to get bigger and better, and last year’s 13th edition of the rally raised $110,000 for the local cancer care unit. I’ve attended the event for the last two years and had a great time, both at the event and on the ride there and back.
I had the pleasure of riding to the 2012 event on Highway 64 as I cut over from a tour of Algoma. It was great riding, with good pavement and lots of twisties and elevation changes. The road was lightly travelled, with just enough civilization to feel comfortable.
Over the course of the next two days, from New Liskeard’s waterfront I rode a number of local roads and participated in demo rides with Honda, Suzuki, Ducati, Harley-Davidson and Victory. Later one night, I caught The Stampeders perform and watched fireworks explode over Lake Temiskaming for the Canada Day celebrations.
Of course, I also indulged in the deep-fried pickles and poutine at the local chip stand, and bummed around the downtown waterfront park that acts as tent city, speaking with some familiar faces…