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Old 06-28-2015, 05:26 PM   #1
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Wicked Head for them dar Hills in da Kootenay BC: NC700x & FJ 09

Live ride report...well mostly any how.
First of all it is damn hot! 36 Celsius was high mark so far on day one from Lacombe, Alberta.
Bullseye(Dale) and I have a few days off and permission from the better halves so off we go. No planning, just seat of our pants riding.
Here we go!
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Old 06-28-2015, 05:30 PM   #2
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The steeds and ?studs!?





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Old 06-28-2015, 10:17 PM   #3
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Flashback

Just a couple of months ago we were in this:


So I got my FJ 09 and traded in the old guard.


I was really not sure if I made the right decision, but it was done and looked forward to the farkling process of the FJ 09.
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Farkling the FJ 09

The main issues identified by me was the seat, wind management and luggage capacity.
They were addressed by adding: Seat concepts foam and carbon wrap.
Madstad robobracket and 20" shield.
Yamaha city side bags and Yamaha top case. A few other farkling such as hardwiring the GPS, camera mounts for the Drift, some crash protection, heated Yamaha grips rounded out the farkling process.



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Old 06-28-2015, 10:28 PM   #5
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...all that is left was to basically what I call getting married to the bike by long distance field testing of it. What better than a trip with an awesome friend
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:36 PM   #6
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Back to the present

So Bullseye and I were pretty adamant to minimize the amount of time on our major highway of Queen Elizabeth highway which is high speed maniac cagers who are busy texting, riding each other's bumpers and general chaos. Today we spent a total of 10 minutes on that highway, hitting secondary and even more minor routes to get to the Cowboy Trail which is highway 22. First gas fill was in Cochrane Alberta. Great ice cream if you've never been, we just fueled and went.
Saw a guy on a custom harley lose his whole tail piece which had his signal lights and license bracket. That was interesting
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Screw it...too hot outside



...Ahh so much better

Actually we stopped in Black Diamond Hotel for supper.



Turner Valley


Roads and scenery is definitely improving the farther south and west we go.

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Frank Slide

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Slide

Pictures don't do this place of destruction any justice but here goes:






The mountain that gave away leading to this destruction :


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Town of Sparwood

Into BC now



Main industry is coal here.
This was an attraction:



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Stopped in Fernie for the night.
7.5 hours on the road
550km
FJ 09 averaged 4.3 litres/ 100km so far.
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Today we rode from Fernie to Cranbrook, stopped for fuel at the local Chevron, then off Creston. From there we were on the number 3 rated highway in BC. according to motorcycle guide book. Superb scenery, excellent road with lots of twists and turns, beckoning you to use all your available tire tread.
As seemingly fitting we encountered a good bit of rain this leg Of the trip....but actually was kind do of nice to cool us off as well,...or at least Dale!

...side note, Internet... (Well actually no power in the town of Nelson)is down at the hotel so no photos, but that is another story...
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Rain then a deluge

So the beginning of yesterday started off with a light sprinkle and we decided to Put on our rain gear. One of the locals says it often clears up right after the tunnel.

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Sure enough it did, so we took off our gear in Creston right at the Kokanee parking lot. We decided on a tour of the local brewery


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