3 KTM's, A Honda, A Husaberg, and a Jam Tart

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by misterkridered, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. misterkridered

    misterkridered Red Rider

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    AKA Fast Eddy's Better Late Than Never 2009 Opeongo Fall Colour Tour.

    This ride was on the weekend of October 23 ( brrrr... very chilly) in Northern Ontario, Canada.

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    I was on a Honda XR600R.
    Ed was on a Husaberg FE550.
    Paul was on a KTM 400 EXC.
    Graham was on a KTM 525 EXC,
    and Travis was on a KTM 530 XCR.
    Steve (aka Jam Tart) did not show up on his KTM 640 Adventure.

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    All the bikes had large aftermarket tanks to allow us to go more than 200 km on a fill up.
    We started in Winger, where I loaded my Honda on the trailer with Ed's Husaberg and Travis drove us up to pick up Paul on the way to Northbrook.

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    Fast Eddie was too fast for my camera.

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    We intended to leave at 4:30 pm but Travis had to install a tail light on his bike. Of course, as soon as it was installed he backed the bike into the side of the garage and broke the lense. We didn't end up leaving until 5:30 pm.

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  2. misterkridered

    misterkridered Red Rider

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    Day 1.

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    Day 1 was cold so we opted to do the trail ride. 3°C (37°F)

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    We had intended to do over 300 km but the extreme cold, wet conditions and leaf covered trails conspired to shorten the milage, but not the fun.
    We started out at 9:40 am.

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    Note also the wonder trailer accomodations.

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    Everyone took a different line through this puddle.
    Graham went to the right.

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    Travis went to the left.

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    Paul took the middle.

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    And Ed split the difference.

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    We met some very friendly moose hunters on the trail.

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    There are very many challenging sections on the 20km long Killer Lake Trail. Lots of deep cold water.

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  3. motodirtlover

    motodirtlover Motodirtlover

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    Nice! More pics!!
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  4. KDouble

    KDouble AKA BeefCurtain

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    Looks like a great time! Can't wait to see more pics
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  5. misterkridered

    misterkridered Red Rider

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    Paul. This was deep and fast flowing.

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    Graham took the best line for his picture taking forcing Paul to get creative.



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    Lunchtime at Killer Lake.

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  6. misterkridered

    misterkridered Red Rider

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    Check out this trail section. Looks more like a creek. Deepest one so far.

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    Travis stalled in the middle and had to walk his bike out. Very cold wet feet.

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    Paul didn't notice but on the previous water hole his air box cover had been dislodged. This resulted in a wave of water entering directly into his airbox and he watered out.

    Draining the carb.

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    Removing the tank.

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    We spent about half an hour there.

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    Next section. Looks sweet!

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    Travis and I went ahead a bit.

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  7. misterkridered

    misterkridered Red Rider

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    Here's a video of Travis practising being Moses. He would wheelie through the puddles parting the seas, and Paul would follow right on his ass and pass through before the water came back.

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  8. misterkridered

    misterkridered Red Rider

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    Here they come. Paul said " I'm not going through that f#$%ing thing!"

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    Ready for action.

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    After taking the photos I was pulling up the rear. The other guys took the center of the bridge and broke a couple of boards on the ramp. So I foolishly took the slippery pine needle covered plywood on the side and slipped off the edge of the bridge. Got stuck is some big rocks and had to wait for Paul to come back and help pull me out.

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    Towards the end of the day I hit a dead tree hiding in the leaves and derailed my chain and badly sprained my thumb.

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    End of Day 1. After the first 36 km took us 3 hours we knew we weren't going to be able to do 300 km. Ended up doing 118 km and got back at 3:30 pm.

    Back at the Pine Grove Motel. Good cheap motel in the middle of great country.

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    While we were inside drinking, Paul was doing a couple of oil changes on his bike to get rid of the water.

    At The Northbrook Hotel for dinner.

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    Now that's a brandy snifter!:freaky

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  9. singletrackrider

    singletrackrider Been here awhile

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    Nice to see a trail adventure,hope you have more
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  10. misterkridered

    misterkridered Red Rider

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    Day 2.

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    Day 2 was warmer - about 9°C (48°F) but rainy.

    This would be more of a dual sport ride with more back roads and 309 km. We started at 9:45 am.

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  11. misterkridered

    misterkridered Red Rider

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    We came to a missing bridge and in an attempt to find a way through ended up in a sand pit.

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    Ed hit one of those peckerhead rocks hiding under the leaves. No damage.

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    I didn't take as many riding pictures as I would have liked but it was wet, we were making time and my hand was making it difficult to extract the camera.
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    Since Steve had phoned in at the last minute with some lame excuse about having to work we decided to have som fun at his expense.
    Don't worry Steve - we found some rum.

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    Karaoke.

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    Beer and Wine, and lots of hot stuff - habanero chip nuts, wasabi peanuts, pepper jack cheese, and fresh scotch bonnets.

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    Of course Ed got some scotch bonnet on his hands and went for a pee resulting in some burning parts. Don't do this kids.

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    Nice wine glasses!

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  12. misterkridered

    misterkridered Red Rider

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    Day 3.

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    Day 3 started out with riding to breakfast at the Northbrook Hotel at 9:00 am. Left at 9:30 am for a mostly dirt road ride of 240 km. It was cold and a little black rain cloud followed us for the first three hours. Travis decided to go fishing at an old family camping spot so it was just 4 riders.

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    I brought The Jam Tart along for the ride.

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    Lunch was at the fantastic bakery in Tamworth. Highly recommended, especially the bread and butter tarts.
    And they have good beer too!

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    It got sunny after lunch and we had some nice trails.

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    The last right of way in Flinton was wet and muddy.

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    240 km in 4.5 hours.
    Time for the long ride home to St. Catharines and work the next morning at 7:00 am. :cry

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  13. lordmaciek

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    Cool! I like! :clap
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  14. GrahamM

    GrahamM Been here awhile

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    This area has an excellent balance of trail and backroad adventure.... highly recommended, you could spend a week easily in the area between Tamworth to Bancroft to Calabogie and not get bored!

    Awesome riding with you guys, sorry about the less than 6degC day on friday and all that water.... some years there is NO water on that trail at all except for that little crossing that Travis and Paul got a little wetter than they wanted. It obvisiously did not turn out to be one of them years ;)

    Oh and Leaves when they are wet, wow splippery on the hard packed ground! Lots of practice balancing weight distribution on the bike; I'm ready for ice racing with no studs now :)

    ???????? Kevin, HOW IS THE HAND NOW ?????????


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  15. misterkridered

    misterkridered Red Rider

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    I didn't mind the water, other than the fact that it was freezing cold and seeping into my boots :vardy . The hand swelling is going down but the thumb is still big and sore. Jammed it on a rake last night doing the leaves. :tough
    At least it's not broke.
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  16. misterkridered

    misterkridered Red Rider

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    One thing about riding behind a big 4-stroke is the tendency to get hit by rocks and other debris. Ed took one in the teeth and Graham ended up with a busted headlight. :umph
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  17. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    Thks for sharing
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  18. yamafitter

    yamafitter Old Cranky Guy

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    So who is the "Jam" Tart now. You are supposed to have the XR pointed in the direction you want to go before turning the throttle.

    I should know. I have put myself into the ground on more than a few occasions by not following the above rule.:baldy
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  19. fasteddy

    fasteddy Been here awhile

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    A little water crossing near the end of Day 3!
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