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Discussion in 'Canada' started by macuser, Feb 9, 2009.
With all those Beemers it looks like you were out numbered...but not out gunned!
Lol! Love it!
Can anyone report on the condition of the transalta as far as the park boundary? Thinking of heading out that way after work tomorrow.
Heading to Kooc this weekend if anybody wants a ride down there, or wants to ride.
I'll be on my dirt bike so light dual sports willing to ride singletrack, or people with dirtbikes.
One spot available. Could hotel or camp.
After looking at the pictures of your ride I notice everyone has knobby tires, to join on one of these rides do you think I should wait and get get tires for my dl 1000 or would the stock one do for now? Not interested in anything too technical just getting back into riding.
I did Alaska ans some pretty serious dirt riding on michelin anakee 2 with my KLR. You should fine, what is the tire you have on there now?
Flossandfly is the only real hooligan rider here .
I'm going to try and make the 10 am Sunday meet...all depends on how the fork seal replacement goes...starting them now.
I can ride in the morning tomorrow. I will try to be at timmies at 10:00 to see everyone and join the ride for a while.
Is hooligan a bad handle to have?? I do like getting off the main road and see what my bike can do. Maybe hooligan riding explains why my rear tires never last as long as other people say theirs last. I thought riding with a reflective vest would exempt me from hooligan status.
Would like to ride on Sunday but golfing.... then at 6pm I pickup Hannes from Belgium at the airport to help him on his ride to Alaska. If anyone wants to get together Monday in the evening to say hi and help him feel at home in Canada PM me for an address. We are spending the day getting insurance and registration.
My wife and I are from Brisbane Austrailia and are planning a cross Canada trip starting in Calgary in June 2014.
The initial plan will have us heading west to Vancouver Island and then up the inside passage by ferry to Prince Rupert, Whitehorse and then making our way to Inuvik before heading south again to Calgary to complete the first leg.
We are interested in buying and preparing two DR650's locally rather than shipping ours from here. Does anyone have any recommendations for good dealerships in Calgary that would be able to help?
Also any tips for route planning would be great.
Blackfoot motorsports is one of the biggest bike shops in Canada. They have everything you need;however, they are pricey, and service is spotty at best, in its bad imho.
In terms of getting your gear for your bikes I would checkout "aviciouscycle.ca" they have a TON of stuff for pretty well ever bike out there and their prices are good. (you place an order and they ship it to you) I've order wwwaaayyy too much tons from them. Lol! But their service is excellent. That's the best way to go IMO.
If you have any further questions feel free to PM. ;-)
I'm out...finally got the fork seals in but still have to fill the oil and re-assemble the bike. Won't make the ride; have a good time.
My friends and I have found http://www.dualsportplus.com is also quite good. Good selection, fast shipping and prices aren't too bad.
I am moving to Victoria, BC at the end of July, so you'll have to look me up when you pass through there. I can help from there if you need anything.
Yeah blackfoot is expensive and their primary business is selling expensive imported bikes to calgary's upper class and dispensing crotch rockets to sandal wearing future organ donors. They might help bolt on some accessories for you and perhaps sell you a bike they have in stock but I doubt they will go too far out of their way to help. I would perhaps recommend a smaller place like anderwerks (http://www.anderwerks.com/). I've never dealt with these guys before but they seem like they will be more interested in helping you. These guys might even find a used DR for you and prep it, there are tons of low mileage DS bikes here in calgary. Another resource would be contacting Wolfgang in Edmonton. He's a German BMW instructor who organizes an annual rally called the MRT. I bet he's got some contacts, you can get ahold of him through this website I bet http://mrtcanada.org/
I used to have a 2008 DL1000. They (usually) ship new with Trailwings which IMHO are terrible tires, especially on gravel (sorry, not trying to be negative, just sharing my lessons learned). The best option IMO is TKCs, and the DL1000 runs standard size 17" rear and 19" front so easy to get. I didn't notice a lot of difference riding on the highway with the TKCs, twisties yes, but highway and on & off road they are great. I switched my road tires to Metzeler Tourances (not the Tourance pro, just the plain Tourances) and found them a great all-round tire, good on the tarmac but also good on gravel. I have heard the Tourance Pros wear very fast, so stick with the normal ones if you go that route.
One other piece of free advice for you on riding a DL1K Strom off road is it is HEAVY, so lighten up anything you can and pack light! My $0.02.
Hope it works out for you.
Anderwerks is unlikely to help you with anything Japanese. Now, if you bought a couple of BMW's or KTM's, Dave is your man.
Artic Dingo, we have a small but very active group of dual sport riders in Calgary, so let us know what you need and we'll make it happen for you.
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Well, the reason that i asked the question here is that "humble opinions" are usually the best advice. From people that have "been there done that"
Yes my tires are the Trailwings and i don't have any bags or anything (yet) so it looks like tires are in my near future, Best place to get them? Also love another set of rim so I can switch off for the longer highway to BC trips. (See parents with daughter on the back).
Don't get all hung up about which tires are best for gravel etc. The stock tires are fine 95% of the time on a big Adventure Bike. I ride aggressive and have tried them all. Not a whole lot of difference really. Unless of course you plan on riding a lot of mud or sand. Not the place for big Adventure bikes. The stock smoothies are fine even in deep gravel. Currently running a front Heidenau K60 and rear Anakee 2. Always looking for gravel to ride and guess what? I'm going back to Anakees all around. Can't tell much difference other than the knobbier ones are noisier on pavement. Gravel wise the smoothies are just as good. Proof available. Come ride with me.