3 KLRs and on BMW do the TLH 2012

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Newfie Rider, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. HellCat650

    HellCat650 Been here awhile

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    That video is AWESOME!

    Love it...

    Question for you: do you remember how long it took to ride from Blanc Sablon to Port Hope Simpson?

    We're heading CW and have to leave PHS and catch the 1 PM ferry...
    I love Google but it's claiming 220 km at 5 hrs.

    Thanks...Matt
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  2. Newfie Rider

    Newfie Rider Been here awhile

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    220kms sounds correct, average speed at 80-90kms, so you should safely do it around 3 hours. I was less than an hour from the Ferry to red bay, then 2 to PHS.
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  3. HellCat650

    HellCat650 Been here awhile

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    Perfect! That's what I was hoping to hear...

    :clap
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  4. Brunssd

    Brunssd Potemkin villager

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    QUOTE=Newfie Rider;19107666][​IMG]
    That gorgeous Gen 1 with the low fender is my bike. Thought we'd see you guys further down the road but it didn't happen. Isn't Lab City to Manic 5 a treat? Learned real quick to pull over when you see a pilot car coming.
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  5. Newfie Rider

    Newfie Rider Been here awhile

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    Yeah, pilot truck means pull over and wait. Damn big trucks.

    Manic 5 to Baie Comeau is awesome. Highly recommended!

    I remember you, you were gearing up to go back towards Baie Comeau. You were strapping on a spare tire

    How many miles are on the bike?
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  6. Brunssd

    Brunssd Potemkin villager

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    We came over on the ferry from St. Barbe, too. I was running Avon Gripsters and after talking to a few guys in Newfoundland, I worried myself into buying some 50/50 tires in case the TLH got muddy 'cause Gripsters don't do mud - at all. Didn't need them but it made me sleep a bit easier. I finally spooned them on in Ohio to make the run back to BC. I really hate carrying tires but I sure seem to do it a lot.

    My bike has 75,000+ kliks and still does all that I ask. This last trip was 19,000+ k's. The bike's an '05. Maybe get a big bore kit in a few years

    Nice ride report. Thanks for taking the time to write it up.
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  7. Paul G_

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    How are the KLR riders carrying the fuel tanks? Heading up there soon and I'd like to have something similar!
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  8. Newfie Rider

    Newfie Rider Been here awhile

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    fabricated them up outta angle iron and mounted where passenger pegs went.

    Thought I had better pics

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  9. HellCat650

    HellCat650 Been here awhile

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    NR,
    Those gas carriers are a nice setup. Well done.
    Did you need to use it on the PHS to HVGB section?

    Paul,
    We're leaving next Friday on two KLR's....at this point we're not exactly sure how we're going to carry the extra gas. Thinking of either buying a gas can in Lab City and then leaving it at Port Hope Simpson or just using a non DOT sanctioned container (windshield washer jug :evil)

    I did a 300 km loop to break in the new Kenda's and I hit 413 km's on my tank before fill up....19.95 L.
    This was at decent highway speeds....110 km/hour.

    The Happy Valley Goosebay to Port Hope Simpson section is 409 kms....so it will be close.
    The only mods I have are a UNI filter and no snorkel.
    (BTW, my gas mileage seems to have improved with the UNI??)

    When are you leaving?

    Matt
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  10. Paul G_

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    Hi Matt. I think I've read that some other people are heading up there, going CW on the same weekend as you. I'll be doing 8/25 to about 9/11 if everything works out. I decided to go CCW to make the ferry timing easier...
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    Oh - and what's a UNI filter and why get rid of the snorkel?
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  12. Newfie Rider

    Newfie Rider Been here awhile

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    Three of the KLRs on my trip did not even hit reserve from PHS to Goose, we averaged around 65ms per hour on that stretch of road. That being said, a friend just completed the TLH and he ran out of gas on his '08 KLR at 324 kms but his average speed was closer to 90kms per hour. So depending on your style of riding will depict the distance.
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    Littlepeter Been here awhile

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    I just got home from the TLH tonight. You can "most likely" make it without extra fuel on the KLR's if you don't ride too agressively. I was going to fab something, but went low tech instead and bought a 5 litre gas can in St. Barbe and held it against my top bag with a bungy net. I didn't need it myself but topped off my friend when he ran low. I did use reserve to reach HVGB but we were running pretty hard.

    Peter
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  14. HellCat650

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    The UNI is an aftermarket air filter....I've had really good luck with them and I think it gives a slight boost in fuel economy...

    The snorkel is just a plastic piece located at the intake to the air box...supposed to stop junk from coming in.
    When you remove it, the intake noise goes up a bit but both items let the bike "breath" better.
    The snorkel is easy to remove and put back...

    Matt
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  15. HellCat650

    HellCat650 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info guys....I really appreciate it.

    Did you guys service your air filters on the trip or bring a pre-oiled spare?
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  16. Newfie Rider

    Newfie Rider Been here awhile

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    here is the extended video of the trip


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