|Ural project: ready for combat!|
The shop was busy with sidecar projects as well as working on what they sell as a dealership (Urals and Royal Enfields mainly). It was organized, but busy, and every inch of space was in use. Out front they had sidecar rigs on a Royal Enfield 500cc and the fantastically Soviet styled Ural.
|Royal Enfield & sidecar|
I'd gone to see the Royal Enfield, I think the Bullet Classic is a fantastic looking classic bike. With the modern engine and fuel system it's super dependable. At 500cc I thought it would be much too small, but I (at 6'3") felt more comfortable on it than I do scrunched up on my Ninja, which has a lower seat and higher pegs. The problem came when I saw the Ural.
|The Soviet cool Ural|
|Max digs that Bullet Classic|
The Ural is a beast, and with the sidecar it looks like it could come thundering out of Moscow to chase the Nazis back to Germany (the bike itself is copied from German designs).
|OVC's busy show room|
avenue into biking that's so not mainstream that it's shocking. That it's a tiny, independent, busy, working shop packed to the gills just adds to the flavor.
It's only a matter of time before my son and I are on a Ural pounding through the woods, or I'm on a Royal Enfield weaving along back roads, enjoying a bike that's as much a part of the scenery as the scenery is.
If you're heading out of the GTA, I have a suggestion, head north on the 410 out of Brampton (it turns into Highway 10) and hang a left onto Forks of the Credit Road (about 10 minutes up the road after the 410), enjoy that, grab an ice cream or coffee in Belfountain. Hang a right onto Bush Street/Wellington Rd 52 until it Ts in Erin, go right to the light, left to the next light and you're at Trafalgar Road North. Hang a right there and OVC is on your left about five minutes up the road as you ride into Hillsburgh.
There are lots of nice riding roads around there if you've never been up that way before.
|Forks of The Credit to Old Vintage Cranks, a nice ride out of the GTA for an afternoon|
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