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February 28, 2008

Newfoundland Pre-ride – Scout

Riding on the West coast of the East coast… huh?

Absolutely stunning day here in Montreal as I gaze out the plate glass windows of the Maple Leaf Lounge deep behind airport security. I wish I was outside! I had an incredible day of riding yesterday near Deer Lake in Newfoundland. Things have changed there quite a bit since my last visit. There are now groomed trails for one thing. The country side is breathtaking and the potential to ride off trail — cross country is as good as it gets. I really must get back here sometime on my own ticket and do some real exploring.

We are hosting our 2009 model snowmobile dealer meeting in this area mid-March and I was asked to attend a pre-eventimg_1464.JPG inspection of the facilities and trails with our president, Tom Osugi and two of his assistants, Todd Ozawa and Vic Ikuta. The facility we are using is unique compared to anything I have ever seen. Humber Valley Resort is built on a steep hillside around a top rated golf course. They have built over 200 luxury Villas with the smallest being larger than my house! Some of these joints are over 7000 sq feet… Most of their tourist business comes from Ireland (it’s closer to Cornerbrook than Calgary is.) The sled trail runs right out of the parking lot and up into the Gros Morne National Park.

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We will be dividing our dealerships into three regions for this event and they will rotate in, starting with Quebec then the Maritimes and finish with the Ontario / Manitoba / Saskatchewan dealers . This will allow us manageable groups for demo riding and ‘one on one’ opportunities to communicate with everyone. Newfoundland is truly a treasure for snowmobilers and the people are exceptionally warm and friendly. I highly recommend it as a sled tour destination and you can ride there well into April if not May, not meaning for this to sound like a travel brochure but I’m impressed. Ask your dealer what he thinks when they get home.

On top of everything else- Mr Kajikawa the President of Yamaha Motor Company (global) is flying in from Japan to go for a snowmobile ride with us and check out our dealer meeting before heading down to the USA to take in a WPSA race and the US 09 product launch. I have the honor of taking Mr. Kajikawa for a sled tour along with Mr Adachi (Yamaha USA president) and an old friend, York Mizutani who is now in charge of sales… no pressure whatsoever!

When we finish up in Newfoundland, the trucks will be loaded and a select handful of us will fly out to Revelstoke to ride with our western dealers and talk sleds at the annual Yamafest on Boulder Mountain… remember last years story, got boost? I will try to post some updates on my travels with a few pics and links over the next three weeks. Please bare with me if I am not right on top of the comments… But ‘I be gone riding!’  cheers  cr

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2 Responses to “Newfoundland Pre-ride – Scout”

  1. Yellowknife says:

    That’s a nice tour buddy/rack combo on that MTX!

    Yes indeed, did you notice the REV rear bumper and blue snowshoes? (he told me the yellow ones were all sold out 😉 )
    cheers cr

  2. Yellowknife says:

    ahaha, the picture is black and white, but I didn’t notice the rev bumper LOL

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