Calgarians that dualsport

Discussion in 'Canada' started by macuser, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    Damper is on my list too. Thx on the graphics. I actually used the 690 fender. Works great and cheap too!
  2. Shibby!

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    Grand Teton > Yellowstone.

    The continental Divide trail north and south of Kalispel is really nice. Some fun roads with lots of jumps too. Great roads to blast down and then stop at the lakes for a bit of a rest.

    I've only rode pavement west of here from my sport bike days so no comment on the return section.
  3. Wesley J

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    Hey Guys,

    Whats the current state of affairs or registering a dirt bike for on road use? I was under the impression that its mostly impossible here and if a shop got caught doing an out of province type inspection that they could get their credentials pulled.

    I have a buddy who will only buy a Honda and we keep trying to get him into dual sporting, and since Honda doesnt make DS bike in NA, he's thinking of buying a CRF450 and converting.

    Thoughts or recent experiences?

    Wes
  4. Wesley J

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    Hey Guys,

    In case any of you are looking for LED driving lights, I just picked up a set of 2x2 LED's from Mopac (http://www.mopacautosupply.com/) here in Calgary. They're on Hiway #1 and Center Street. Same specs as all the other offerings out there, available in flood or spot, in stock and $79 each. 1440 lumens each, good build quality, stainless hardware and even come with weatherpac connectors, very long leads and even lighted switches.

    I can post pics etc if interested.

    Between these and my 50W HID projector, I should be lighting up the night!

    Cheers,

    Wes
  5. Shibby!

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    Only on a KTM ADV =)

    I'd think about installing those on my truck before bike. Too big and combersome for a smaller bike but you are correct. LED's are slick. I personally just bought a 20" bar for my Toyota.

    For those of you in the sub 400lb bikes, I've had people give good reviews to the Baja Designs Squadran light. Super bright, but not cheap!

    Bad reviews regarding the dimmer though. Both of them broke in Baja with only a few days use.

    For a cheaper solution I've seen people mount two of those lights Wesley is talking about behind factory light shrouds. Looked great, worked pretty damn well too. Not exceptional for highway, but great offroad!
  6. Lav1200

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    Don't try it with an out-of-province bike. Purchase the CRF in AB, then take it to a "sympathetic" registry to get the plate. There are a few around that do it, I recently plated my KDX no questions asked. Whether it is street-legal or not is another question... some are concerned about that, others are not.
  7. Wesley J

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    Thanks Guys.

    And yes, my 1st response to him was to buy a katoom...
  8. Shibby!

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    Personally I'd go WR450 for a dual sport.

    IMO, better engine, more reliable, better built, etc. Not street legal though.
  9. Lav1200

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    My off-season was short this year. Just took delivery of studded tires to give winter riding a try. I'm a convert now, I can see how some guys say riding in winter beats riding in the summer.
    [​IMG]
  10. calrider

    calrider I'm Lost Too!!

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    Winter riding is on my list this year too. I got a pair of ice racing tires but I also want to ride the trails. So I'll need another set of studded ones for the trails because the ice racing studs would wear out on rocks etc. Which means probably another set of wheels because swapping tires each time would be a major pain. Or, hell, maybe just get another bike. (When does it end...)
  11. flossandfly

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  12. IanInCalgary

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    flossandfly,

    It looks like you haven't been taking your meds again! This link relates to the Nexen takeover.

    Take your meds, count to 5, then try again :D.

    Ian

  13. flossandfly

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    HAHA. I tried again but the map link didn't go to where I was.

    With the air photo turned off it is easy to find where a road crosses the bc alberta border south east of elkford. Looks pretty cool but may be a goat trail.
  14. morerpmfred

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    Pretty sure that is north fork pass. Picture in my avatar was taken about a hundred yards from bc border with gould dome in the background.
    There are four passes the you can cross into bc between the southern end of K country and highway three. Philips pass is the easest, deadmans a little easier , race horse pass can be done in any dual sport with good riding skills and north fork being the hardest. Am sure others can tell you about skill level required for north fork.
    Just go to Elkfordtrails.com and down load pdf file on quad trails. This is a better map for route planning.most quad trails on the map can be accessed with a small dualsport with good trail riding skills.
    Can also look a couple pages back in this thread for info.


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  15. Shibby!

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    Not sure which Philips pass is, but I the other ones listed are correct and the grading appropriate.

    North Fork isn't all that difficult with exception of some rock ledges (momentum and you're up) and then the downhill baby heads for about a km or two. It's also becoming overgrown.

    Great trails to explore. Great scenery, fun riding, etc. Easy to get to when you stage around highway 40 and bomb down the gravel road riding quad trails in the ditches, etc.

    Once at Elkford stop at the hotel for food. Deliclius little restaurant there for a good price.

    Makes for a good day's ride doing that loop.


    Please note, the NORTH one (Fording Pass) is illegal to ride and ONLY OPEN TO SNOWMOBILES. I may or may not have rode it, and may or may not have gotten a written notice. I may have also proved Fish And Wildlife wrong with no signage and therefore no tickets / jail time. =)

    Just goes to show you can't always follow google earth...

    Also keep in mind you should have your directions straight before crossing North Fork. It can be confusing coming down the other side and just getting to Elkford. GPS tracks are a very good idea on multiple GPS's (they get erased, lost, broken, etc)


    Maybe next year try another SEBC dual sport multi-day trip again if there is interest. My buddy and I usually saddle up and do three full days of riding at about 800-1000 KM offroad. It's usually morning to dark riding, but that can be adjusted.
  16. flossandfly

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    http://www.elkfordtrails.com/files/maps/ElkfordATV2010.pdf

    Thanks for the link morerpmfred. I notice that your degree of difficulty of the mountain passes get easier the further south they are. A fun ride may be doing the passes in order of difficulty, Gas up then Phillipps pass into BC, Deadman's pass back into AB. If that isn't too scary then try Racehorse pass into BC, then North fork back to AB. Gas may be an issue especially because a pass may be too scary and make it necessary to turn back around.
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    I did notice the fording pass and thought it looked like fun. Better to find out here about trails that are off limits.
  18. morerpmfred

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    X2 on what Shibby says about North fork. There has been some controvercy over legal access on the internet the past few years. But this sums it up. [​IMG]
    Hope you can read rhe sign.


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  19. Lav1200

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    My first time across North Fork was back in 2005. No GPS to follow, just a map and some loose directions from the locals. Ended up getting an escort out of the active open-pit mine by Elkford by the nice security folks. Very easy to get screwed around on the west side of the divide.

    Have since been across all the passes there multiple times. All fun rides, but doing North Fork from east-to-west is by far my favourite. There is a short window to do them in... usually remain snow covered into early July.
  20. slabm7

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    The North Fork is very hard to find from the west side, we spent 5 hours trying to find it this past summer and ended up in the mine as well, we were lucky enough to avoid escort out. We used the Quad Squad map and the BC back road mapbook and it was still very unclear. We must of went down 5 or 6 logging roads thinking that might be it but to lead to a dead end. So the last one we went down looked like it was going nowhere into a bowl and it was getting late and we had to get back to Cochrane. So we turned around and went around the highway and up the trunk road. I got home and looked on google maps and sure as shit we were on the right one and it would of went up and over it we had only gone another couple miles. Oh well now I know where it is.