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Old 11-09-2011, 06:05 PM   #31
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Great photos. I love Old Lk Cowichan road, lightly traveled and nice corners. As for the Nov 5 rally at the Leg, I had heard there would be one but after that nothing until I was sent this page by my brother in Rhode Island, go figure. The Hat can be scarey at times and when I first moved here it was 2 lanes with a third suicide lane in the middle that could be used providing it was empty (LOL) by people traveling in either direction to overtake.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:22 AM   #32
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Nice to see the ol' stompin' grounds!

All those roads around Lost Lake would be a blast to boot around on - is it still undeveloped?
I'm glad that the old cabin has somebody living in it now. Rod was living there for a while 'till it got "discovered" and trashed by some highschool dipshits.
Cool to hear about Grandpa W too, I didn't know all that.
Really miss that area, I gotta get back there.

You'll have to let me know how rideable the winters are there...

Stay sharp on the highways! Take care,

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Old 11-19-2011, 05:33 PM   #33
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Wink No trip, Upgrades, Yes!

Here's what I did today! Replaced my shot, old seals and spacers. The spacers, I machined at work. This is a big perk of the job, but any part I make, I end up doing it in 15 minute intervals (on breaks) which makes it a bit of a pain.. Oh well. These Stainless ones should last a good while longer than the stock aluminum ones! I also installed some grip heating elements with the help of a friend.



Now I just need to come up with a design for a switch mount/box for the grips. I'm thinking I might turn some kind of water tight one on a lathe. Damn, that extra warmth sure put a smile on my face today! It was sitting right on freezing all day long!



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Feels good to finally get these in!



Here's another shot of the peg eliminator I posted earlier. I put in a delrin spacer to help soak up vibrations a bit. Urethane would have been better, but I couldn't find any around the shop. Oh well, when it's free, one can't complain!


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Old 11-19-2011, 06:11 PM   #34
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Well I did get out for a short ride after replacing the seals and spacers, It was sunny, but near freezing, with frost in the shadows. The heated grips are treating me well!

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I love how windswept the plant life is here! We just had two separate 100kmh wind storms pass through there this week. They are quite common here in winter.

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Nice to have a sunny day after so much grey!

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Old 11-21-2011, 01:01 AM   #35
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Wow... that's got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth ... when it's not raining of course! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:04 AM   #36
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Great stuff !

I was on the island for a day and a half in Oct. Not much time but, at least I got a taste. I was on an overloaded big bike so no trails for me.
It wasn't raining the first day though the roads were wet. I went to Port Renfrew the second day and had just enough sunshine to cause me to put on my Ray-Bans , that lasted for about 10 minutes and the rest of the day it rained.
Do you know the guys at Victoria Cycle Salvage ?
One of the guys there said he had 30,000 klicks of GPS tracks for the logging roads on the southern part of the island. Seemed like they'd be some fun guys to ride with.
I'd love to get back there sometime with a smaller, dirt worthy bike.
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Old 11-21-2011, 09:20 AM   #37
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If I could find work there in my current career I'd move to the island in a heart beat. I just love it down there.....
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:23 AM   #38
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great stuff. shoot me a pm if you are ever in the tofino/ucluelet area again.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:21 PM   #39
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Wow... that's got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth ... when it's not raining of course! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! I always think the same thing of Arizona and other desert ride reports I have seen! The closest thing we have to that is the south okanagan! I'm thinking I need a passport real soon! How far south would I have to go to get out of the cold?
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:26 PM   #40
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great stuff. shoot me a pm if you are ever in the tofino/ucluelet area again.
For sure man, same to you if you're in vic, or the Cowichan Valley! I'd love to get a closer look at those three daunting mountains in the distance to the north! Are they in Strathcona?

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Old 11-21-2011, 05:49 PM   #41
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Thanks! I always think the same thing of Arizona and other desert ride reports I have seen! The closest thing we have to that is the south okanagan! I'm thinking I need a passport real soon! How far south would I have to go to get out of the cold?
You probably don't have to go as far as the Okanagan to find desert like conditions, the Fraser Canyon north of Lillooet to the Chilco River has some pretty arid country... You can find cactus growing there and rattlers just like in some of the deserts to the south....
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Old 11-21-2011, 05:54 PM   #42
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Well, I left town way too late in the day to go on any kind of off road adventure. I decided I'd make a quick trip to the Sooke Potholes, Where I had some friends who were shooting some scenes for my buddy Ki's stop-motion/live action film "Further". I saw the first snow of the year on the sides of the road up there! Anyone know if bikes are allowed to go to Leechtown? I don't see anything saying you CANT go! Maybe next time...

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It's a gorgeous area, I'll have to explore it further on foot next time!

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Next week, the mission is to find some real snow, offroad where it is safe! Note to self: Bring Log!! This is the wet coast after all.
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Old 11-25-2011, 02:39 AM   #43
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November 24 Storm Surge

Well I HAD to get out see this storm before work today. when there's a south east windstorm in Victoria during high tide, one MUST see Dallas Road! If you wanna have fun, get there before they close it! enjoy!





I have never in my life seen the beach here disappear completely! That's quite a surge!














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Old 11-27-2011, 07:25 AM   #44
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I know you've seen the desert sections of BC, but to get south enough for it to be warm...
Might be San Francisco on the coast or Tucson in Arizona. You'd have to avoid a lot of the mountain passes, I found snow in California and iced-out roads in Arizona mid november. Even northern Mexico gets snow at altitude!

Check out the Weather Underground for temperature maps:


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Old 11-27-2011, 09:58 PM   #45
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Really enjoyable stuff to read. Loved the shot of the waves breaking on the road with the windswept gull in the foreground. Says 'hello' to me, that does.
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