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Forum: Canada 02-19-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,279
Posted By BanditAdventurer
TransLab - just do it.

I did it back in 2010 on my VStrom with Metzler Tourances and had no major issues. Feel free to read my post for any details:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=752853

I was lucky to...
Forum: Equipment 04-04-2012, 11:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,387
Posted By BanditAdventurer
LED lights on V-Strom

Nice setup TO Scootz!!! :D

Thanks for the info.
Forum: Equipment 04-03-2012, 12:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,387
Posted By BanditAdventurer
LED's for DL650

Thanks for the replies....

I've checked out the options at:

https://www.teslaleds.com/default.aspx (https://www.teslaleds.com/default.aspx)<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns =...
Forum: Equipment 04-03-2012, 09:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,387
Posted By BanditAdventurer
LED lighting for Vstrom 650

Hello:

I have been researching LED lighting systems for my 2008 V-Strom 650. The recent advances in LED lighting technology have brought some interesting new options to market.
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Forum: Ride reports 01-26-2012, 12:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Thanks Woodsatyr: Since I went in...

Thanks Woodsatyr:

Since I went in September/October, pre-booking of rooms wasn't really a requirement. Although I did book some ahead of time (and had to re-book some due to the hurricane). I...
Forum: Ride reports 01-26-2012, 12:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Hey BlackBeast. I've read that Newfoundland...

Hey BlackBeast.

I've read that Newfoundland Ferry services are getting way less lenient in terms of just showing up for ferries. I guess a LOT of people were doing that at one time, so from what...
Forum: Ride reports 01-24-2012, 05:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 22/23 - Sept 30/Oct 1, 2010

I only had 2 days to get back to Toronto. First day back to work was quickly approaching! :huh

Anyway....wipe that out of my mind and enjoy the rest of the ride!
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-15-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 21 - Sept 29, 2010

Today was the ferry ride. I was looking forward to it...

http://banditadventurer.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/LabNFLD/i-PnkVDLd/0/L/DSC0102DSC0102set2-L.jpg

someone was bringing an entire plane...
Forum: Ride reports 01-15-2012, 07:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Days 19/20 - Sept 27/28 2010

Due to Hurricane Igor and the delays encountered, at this point I had missed the final ferry crossing of the season from Argentia, so I had to cancel that boking and book the ferry from...
Forum: Ride reports 01-15-2012, 07:06 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 17/18 - Sept 25/26, 2010

More exploring the St. John's area over the next 2 days. I wanted to get as far East as I could so I headed to Cape Spear the next day. With the threatening skies and greyness, the road leading to...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2012, 09:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 16 - Sept 24, 2010

St. John's! Finally!

I rode through Terra Nove park and I couldn't even tell where the road had collapsed. The people around these parts are real pros at rebuilding washed out roads! Quite...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2012, 08:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 14/15 - Sept 22/23, 2010

The impacts of Hurricane Igor!

The day started out blue sky and perfect....decided to stop at the Gander Aviation Museum.
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2012, 08:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 12/13 - Sept 20/21, 2010

The days of Hurricane Igor!

Next stop was the Table Lands - an interesting geological formation. Some nice roads on the way there....
...
Forum: Ride reports 01-12-2012, 07:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 11 - Sept 19, 2010

This day was mostly spent doing the "tourist thing" - Gros Morne's Western Brook Pond....it's really spectacular - luckily the scenic boat ride is bookable right from the lobby of the Ocean View...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2012, 08:07 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 10 - Sept 18, 2010

I now planned to head down the West coast of Nfld towards Gros Morne park. I was looking forward to seeing that park and the spectacular mountainous views.

First visited a trail near the water......
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2012, 07:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 9 - Sept 17, 2010

Woke up the next morning with the typcial close-to-the-sea dampness. Nothing was wet but everything was really damp. I hate packing up a wet tent (with all the debris stuck to the underside, and hard...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2012, 07:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
DAy 8 - Sept 16, 2010

My target for this day was to reach Newfoundland and camp in a camp ground in the North West corner of the island. I figured I had a leisurely ride since my ferry departure was not scheduled until...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2012, 02:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 7 - Sept 15, 2010

This day was a trip down the new portion of the gravel from Happy Valley - Goose Bay to St. Mary's Harbour.

As you head south you start to notice more and more bodies of water. Getting closer to...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2012, 10:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 6 - Sept 14, 2010

Day 6 was from Lab City to Happy Valley - Goose Bay. Pretty uneventful overall...just lots of gravel and it was a beautiful day. You really can't grasp the scale of the wilderness in these parts...
Forum: Ride reports 01-04-2012, 05:56 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Hey Rob: I put on some Metzler Tourances...

Hey Rob:

I put on some Metzler Tourances and put about 500 km on them before leaving on this trip. I did a lot of tire research. Read about some who mix/match - e.g. TKC80 on rear and tourance...
Forum: Ride reports 01-03-2012, 06:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 5 - Sept 13, 2010

As with my first trip several years ago, I find when I'm under stress I have difficulty eating. I hadn't had the feeling in the last 4 years of riding, but I had it this morning. The night time run...
Forum: Ride reports 01-03-2012, 06:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 4 -Sep 12, 2010

This day was looking to be a good day, weatherwise. Cool, but clear.

http://banditadventurer.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/LabNFLD/i-fBwb3Qd/0/L/DSC0141-L.jpg

I was a bit paranoid about getting...
Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2012, 10:03 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 3: Sept 11, 2010

After two fairly long riding days (just to get far away from Toronto) I planned for 2 nights here in the Baie Comeau campground. I think it was a good move, since it allowed a bit of additional rest...
Forum: Ride reports 01-02-2012, 09:12 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Day 1 and 2 - Sept 9th and 10th.

First day was a pretty long one (from Toronto). Target was a campsite just outside of Quebec City. First stop was the Ontario/Quebec border.
...
Forum: Ride reports 12-31-2011, 03:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,212
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Thumb Labrador and Newfoundland - Sept/Oct 2010

It's been a while since I posted one of my trips on ADVrider - back in Jan 2007 to be exact (see: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=195067&page=1).

I've gained a lot of experience since...
Forum: Trip Planning 09-02-2011, 04:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,701
Posted By BanditAdventurer
My 2 cents on GPS and SPOT

I'm not a gadget freak but I do have both a SPOT and GPS.
I don't really have those items to keep me safe, or "unlost".
I use them for the following reasons:

1) I use a SPOT so that when I get...
Forum: Canada 05-13-2011, 06:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,458
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Other considerations

Apart from all the bear talk, I think if you're going alone, it's wise to have a SPOT device with you. Works around the world, and great to have family/friends track you when you're going to remote...
Forum: Canada 01-28-2011, 08:01 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,622
Posted By BanditAdventurer
A Vicious Cycle

I've had good experience ordering through AVC. Even visited their shop once. Was a small operation, but the staff seemed to be working hard, trying to establish themselves.
Bought Metzler Tourances,...
Forum: Canada 01-28-2011, 07:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,136
Posted By BanditAdventurer
TransLab in 2010

I did the TransLab in September 2010 as well. FABULOUS TRIP! 24 days in total. I went solo on my yellow 2008 VStrom 650. Left from Toronto to Matane then ferry to Baie Comeau, and then across the...
Forum: Canada 01-02-2011, 05:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,374
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Newfoundland and Labrador are great!

I just finished riding from Toronto to St. John's NFLD via Quebec, Matane-->Baie Comeau, the Lab Highway and then back to Toronto via NS, NB, etc....did that in September - 24 days in total - 8,500...
Forum: Equipment 08-27-2010, 07:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,269
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Motoport rain gear.

I use the Motoport rain gear. It works really well and is breathable.

In hot and humid Southern Ontario summers, I want to keep just a mesh jacket on...so something like a one-piece all-weather...
Forum: Equipment 08-27-2010, 06:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 807
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Tire pressures

Thanks for the feedback. I also read some threads on the Horizons Unlimited site...it's really quite an involved/complex topic....with many opinions.

I noticed that some say that lowering...
Forum: Equipment 08-26-2010, 09:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 807
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Tire pressure question

Hello:

I've got a 2008 WeeStrom. Just had some Metzeler Tourance tires installed in preparation for a trip through Labrador and Newfoundland.

I'm curious about tire pressures when I'm on the...
Forum: Equipment 05-04-2010, 05:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,441
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Vstrom DL650 footpegs question

Hello:

I'm confused over footpegs....I plan to travel the Labrador road this September en route to Newfoundland (from Toronto)...and I want to replace the OEM footpegs.

I'm not sure if I...
Forum: Canada 01-15-2010, 08:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,455
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Interesting....

I've started planning a trip leaving from Toronto in the fall of 2010 and then going Quebec City (stay extra day to check out the beautiful old parts - stay in Levis just a short ferry hop away),...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-07-2009, 08:30 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,021
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Hmmmm....

I've been reading this thread with interest.

For myself, I admit I am intimidated by motorcycle components and engines. If you hand me a bicycle, I can rip it apart, replace just about ANY...
Forum: The Garage 04-16-2009, 08:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Thank you!

Wow...that's an impressive explanation....someone really knows their stuff!

Many thanks for all the responses!

If you need computer/network/technology help, I'm your man....but engines? I'm a...
Forum: The Garage 04-16-2009, 06:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Interesting....I don't know enough about engines...

Interesting....I don't know enough about engines obviously...would the heating of gas in the carbs cause a voltage drop across the battery? And would that explain the drop in idle rate - it felt like...
Forum: The Garage 04-16-2009, 06:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Noob question about battery and charging system

Howdy:

I was riding my 2001 Suzuki Bandit 600S home from work today in typical Toronto rush hour...i.e. headlight on (no real choice there) and lots of rear brake light over the course of 25...
Forum: Canada 04-12-2009, 06:26 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 19,118
Posted By BanditAdventurer
Bluhduh TT Canada - very pricey

I realize that TT Canada has some unique items, and it's good it's available for those products to avoid duty and hassles, etc....

But overall, the pricing is quite outrageous!

For example,...
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