Calgarians that dualsport

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

  1. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    The "Big Trip" sounds awesome but would be harder to find time for. Do you have a "medium trip" planned? I am going to look on dual sport maps right now.
  2. IanInCalgary

    IanInCalgary Been here awhile

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    Count me in for at least the first week (assuming your acceptance criteria are low enough to include someone like me).

    My wife and I have been discussing our upcoming summer plans. She'll be at a fly-in moutaineering camp with the Alpine Club of Canada around the same time so I'm hoping your ride and her camp coincide.

    Ian

  3. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Read some of the Mobius trip ride report. Looks neat. I BCBTR is definitely in my sights next summer and I have to at least consider your big trip. Would be fun with you and Ian.

    High on 6 degrees tomorrow.

    Anybody plan to head out?
  4. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    I might give it a try in the afternoon - if the KTM doesn't make it out, I'll just ride over parked cars with the XRR!
  5. XSoCal

    XSoCal Been here awhile

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    In case anyone is was thinking about heading out tomorrow, 40 north from 1a was clear and dry all the way past the first staging area, up to about where that ATV Adventure place is. After that the gravel started turning into sheets of hard packed snow and then to ice, still drivable but not so much fun. But up until then it was really nice.



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  6. XSoCal

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    Thanks - truly awesome bike so far. I've ridden a lot of different bikes over the years, and I'd describe the Adventure as the most confidence inspiring of the lot. Completely at home on the gravel and mud at speed, and with the little bit of fooling around I did it was not as heavy feeling as I thought it would be, and it was very comfortable to ride standing. Even through patches of snow and ice I never got in trouble. And the hp really helps on the highway and out of corners. I can see riding this for a long time!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Great job on the route map...that's pretty time consuming work. I'm going to start trying to get a week off at that time now. I might try some short o/n trips at the start of the summer too, get my gear tested out. I have the side panniers for the KTM, plus a custom rear case I put together for delicate (expensive) camera gear that worked out well on the XRR. <o:p></o:p>
  7. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Glad you like the new KTM. I look forward to riding with the twin orange dragons. It will be the closest I will come to being with twins. :killen
  8. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    Congrats on the KTM. LOVE mine too. Have to get them out and run them through their paces. Be nice to have them and us meet. Cheers.
  9. Beema Killa

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    Lemme know if you guys hit the mx park too. I have never been and could be convinced to check it out!
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I hope to have some time over the winter to prep mine up a bit - I like how both yours and Lycan1's have the fender relocation kit, I think that's a must do for me as well. Looks like you used the 950 SE fender? Although since mine is the 950 with no ABS I think the procedure is a bit different. And you did an awesome job on the Killa graphics, I'm really tempted to design something up. Maybe an Orange Dragon theme. The only thing trick right now on the bike is the steering damper.


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    And btw Lycan1, I just read your intro to your 12 days on the Orange Dragon post and I totally agree with your description of the bike...
  11. 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!
  12. Shibby!

    Shibby! Long timer

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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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. fasteer

    fasteer Been here awhile

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    Many of the ppl at various registries don't know or care.
    Had one a while ago would happily have street registered my son's CRF-50.
    When I said; no - off road only, he said; oh, it's a quad...:rofl

    BUT, be ready to show mirrors, signal lights, etc to Fish n Wildlife or police.
    Big thing for me and others is IF your insurance company would disavow you if anything bad ever happened.
    I don't have much faith in them, personally.

    Tell your buddy to crawl out of the 90's and buy a KTM.:lol3
  18. Wesley J

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    Location:
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    Thanks Guys.

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

    Shibby! Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,669
    Location:
    Currently - Canada

    Personally I'd go WR450 for a dual sport.

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

    Lav1200 Pig Pen

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2004
    Oddometer:
    1,334
    Location:
    Calgary, Canada
    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.
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