Calgarians that dualsport

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

  1. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    They said that last year too, but apparently it is passable if you are willing to ride some single track. Someone posted a RR about it.

    I don't think that road will ever officially open again....
  2. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    Found a nice abandoned stretch on the way home from work and rolled through 1st, 2nd and up to redline in third on the back wheel on the big KTM. This bike is a bad influence. Even commuting can be fun!
  3. Shibby!

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    I agree.

    If it gets worse, nothing a shovel, saw, and some sweat can't fix. Bikes only need a foot or two.

    It's not the best thing we have, but I'd hate to see it removed / decommissioned. It's a nifty and quick way to get over to the Kootneys.
  4. flossandfly

    flossandfly Been here awhile

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    Got some good rain pants so might as well try them out. Ordered the Mitas E 07 Dakar and hope to get them soon. The deathwings on the strom now don't have much tread.

    XSoCal, I have seen that video and it made my second tire change a much less frustrating task.

    So much mud to ride through. :evil
  5. where2next?

    where2next? Map guy

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    Hmmm better ride it while I can I guess.
  6. cedric

    cedric Been here awhile

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    I drove my truck over the pass mid September last year, and there was nothing to get excited about, a couple of spots you had to slow down and be careful, but I don't think I even used 4WD at all, any vehicle with a bit of clearance would have been fine.
  7. Mr. Canoehead

    Mr. Canoehead Taste Gunnels!

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    I rode over in 2010 on a long weekend and there were all kinds of rental cars, minivans, etc. driving on the road. I wonder how many were blindly led there by their GPS? Making the road a bit rougher is probably not a bad thing.

    BC seems to mark roads as closed but leave them actually open for a few years.

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    This road (from Top of the World Park to Premier Lake) was marked as closed but was passable - there was a beaver dam that had flooded the road. I went up it anyway and ran into a warden who was not too impressed to find me on the road. She said that they have to document that a road is unused for a period of time before it can be closed but off-road clubs keep using them, which prevents closure. I told her that she could document that I was using the road if she wanted to :deal

    This was the berm that they put up to keep people out:

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    I went from there to Grey Creek:

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  8. MCMXCIVRS

    MCMXCIVRS Long timer

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    Rode out and back on the Powderface today. The road is in really good condition for anyone thinking about it for the weekend. As long as the rain holds off and it doesn't get too muddy.
  9. Lav1200

    Lav1200 Pig Pen

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    Did a 4 hr ride at McLean Creek yesterday afternoon - conditions were excellent up on the west ridge (Swany's). Minimal mud and no snow... good riding to be had there now.
  10. Calgary06

    Calgary06 Been here awhile

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    A question for those in the know.
    My chain has required adjustment after each of the last few rides. Time for a new one? F800GS with 19000km.
    Thanks
    Paul
  11. KilgoreTrout

    KilgoreTrout adventure flyfisher

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    That sucks I always enjoyed that little trail especially the last little gully at the end on the south it will be missed :cry
  12. Calgary06

    Calgary06 Been here awhile

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    Thanks Lycan.
    Internet or is there a good place in town?
  13. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    Yup, once you have to adjust after each ride or even during rides its time for a new one. I've tried all the major brands of o ring and x ring and they all seem to last me about 20000kms.
  14. 990west

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    Lycan, just wanted to say thanks for the gps tracks you posted. It's great to have some ideas as I am new to the dual sport bike though I have spent a fair bit of time at Waiparous and Maclean in the past with my 300EXC. I rode your Calgary to 532 - The Hump loop today and enjoyed it a lot. I don't have a proper gps unit yet but found a decent app for the iphone that can import gps tracks and it worked pretty well. Now to see if I can embed a couple pictures.


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    I shrunk these as I'm not too sure on convention?

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  15. where2next?

    where2next? Map guy

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    Sweet spot off Hw 520 in the forest reserve. This is all open riding. Talked to some campers and they report great riding off Trout Creek Road. It's far from Calgary but worth a trip back for sure.
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  16. Subaru297

    Subaru297 Been here awhile

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    I usually order online as you should replace both sprockets and the chain at the same time. If I was only replacing a chain I might bite the bullet and pay Calgary prices but usually I order everything.

    http://sprocketcenter.com/index.php/street-sprocket-applications/bmw/f800-gs-08-12.html

    You are on an 800 right?

    I have ordered a few kits from these guys and the last one I ordered was about $40 to ship it here. I think just a good chain around Calgary is about $150 so I can get everything shipped to my door for just under $200.

    Another option is;
    http://www.canadasmotorcycle.ca/ek-525-mvxz-sealed-chain.html

    I have ordered many tires here. Prices are good and you get free shipping over $100. You will have to search and see if they have the right sprockets for your bike though.
    Cheers
  17. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Couple of us S10 guys rode down the 940 south to Coleman today. Rode Sartoris RD east and then Snake Tr north to Skyline Tr to 520 east and zig zagged north on Meridian Rd to High River and back to Calgary on the east side of #2. All gravel roads in fantastic condition and perfect weather conditions (maybe a little wind) but absolutely no dust. 650km. What a day!
  18. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Judging by your pics, you seem to hit all the good spots too. I'm sure we'll bump into you eventually.:evil
  19. Shibby!

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    What?!

    No Starshmucks?

    I don't even have the XRR on the road yet. Still need to get registration and a new plate. I'm also wanting to lube the bearings at some point soon.

    I do have 11 days on my dirt bike either bush or track this year. Having way too much fun on it at the moment waiting for passes to melt.
  20. Spaggy

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    Isn't that a road allowance? If it is, it's a public roadway that doesn't have a road on it yet and no private land owner has the right to block it off. I agree with you on the pigs that leave a mess for everyone else to deal with though.