Calgarians that dualsport

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

  1. ExpatADV

    ExpatADV Adventurer

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    Looks like Sunday will be a good day for a ride. BenzADV59 and I will be heading out, probably Sunday. Anyone care to join? We'll be leaving from the NW/Cochrane area. Tracks to be determined. PM me if interested.
  2. dirtdoggie

    dirtdoggie Confused Conflicted User

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    Wow! I wish I had seen this a few days ago!

    Is anyone attending the KTM Rally at Silver Star next week? I'm thinking about heading up from Kalispell.
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  3. cal08

    cal08 Been here awhile

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    IMG_20170924_165805_hdr.jpg A fantastic fall day. Only one shot but it captures Alberta very well I think: industry, horses, and my chosen steed for the day. Cheers all. Hope you had a great weekend.
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  4. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Up on Limestone mountain this morning.

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  5. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile

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  6. Camel ADV

    Camel ADV Long timer

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    We'll be camping and riding in McLean next weekend (Thanksgiving). Looks like the weather will be good. Will be doing some ATV and single track with the big bikes if anyone is interested in joining.
  7. cal08

    cal08 Been here awhile

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    IMG_20170929_175540.jpg IMG_20170929_173822_hdr.jpg Friday being the nicest evening in a long time, I grabbed my little one from school and straight to McLean. With the fire ban, she hasn't seen much saddle time this summer, so we hit the main loop road. She clocked 49 km, a personal record. Here the two bikes are getting chummy and enjoying the view. And here is her throw-down to all of you slackers. cheers gents. I typically close the season with a hotsprings run down the bull if anyone wants to join. Send a PM if interested.
  8. Lav1200

    Lav1200 Pig Pen

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    Beautiful conditions at McLean yesterday - trails were in great shape (nobody has been on them for all of August), felt like we had the place to ourselves and the weather was perfect for getting the lead out.
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  9. Fritzy

    Fritzy Anomalie

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    Just heard of the terrible tragedy. I rode with Dick a couple seasons, experienced the beauty of Montana a few times together. We parted ways last year but will never forget his smile, laugh, & passion for motorcycles. image.jpeg
  10. Lycan1

    Lycan1 Grizzly herder

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    Saw a 701 with Super-Motard Wheels on it at the corner of twp 212 and Hwy 549 this afternoon. Checking your GPS by the look of it. Anyone here?

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    Happy Thanksgiving!
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  11. cal08

    cal08 Been here awhile

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    Happy Thanks Giving all!

    Might be the close of the season for me. I see ski season around the corner and the next few weeks are booked up. I managed to catch up with a good friend from a few years ago on sat am. McLean was easy, and empty. Coffee and a subway for chow and off we went.

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    My pal is quite cold here. I couldn't stop laughing at him. And I was on the receiving end of a finger shortly after. Good times.


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    The single track and quad trails were slippery in the shade, but made for some good riding.

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    Finally some sunshine by getting lower. What a view we have in Alberta.
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  12. ntricky

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    Brisk run over Smith Dorrien (Hwy742), almost no traffic, zilch dust, chilly but nice views, winter project install heated grips! IMG_1066.JPG
  13. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile

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    I had a fun jaunt on the 300 on some of the trails around Fernie. Some spectacular scenery this time of year.

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    Haven't been on the 300 much since May and forgot how "punchy" it is. I've been spoiled by the smooth as butter throttle on the 1090. I swear, the little dirt bike was trying to kill me...some sort of revenge for ignoring her all summer.

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    A few obstacles easily conquered on the smoker. Perspective makes the log look thicker than it actually was. But still big enough to have given me trouble on the big bike.

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    Yes, that's the trail. The bike was trying to throw me over the edge here.

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  14. ColumbusTheExplorer

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    This Monday was a much better day than a typical Monday!!! It was a great fall day to get out for ride. Who knows when the last will be!

    We stuck to a basic track that had some road allowance, gravel, and basic trails.
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    Our route took us across from De Winton, hitting some of our favorite roads, and a trip across the Road Allowance on Rr-20 (96 st W, Hwy 773) that @powderzone blogged last week.

    The ride up the road allowance, hill was good. The trail was damp but not muddy. There is still quite a bit of snow on the top of the hill, but not on the trail. Down through the field was dry. At the south end there is a small valley with a small but steep hill. It was damp as well and traction was a small issue. The grass was wet and the front tire wanted to slide around. We all got up without any major difficulty!

    From there we snaked our way across to the south end of McLean Creek. We went south into the Ware/Gorge Creek trail. This is a dead end trail. Many years ago it would have looped around to Hwy 546, near the Sheep River. Despite the dead end, the ride in and out is enjoyable and well suited for our current abilities. The road though is more of a dirt road, not gravel, so there were many spots that were wet and slick. Traveling this when wet would not be advisable!

    Heading out of Ware Creek, we went North through McLean creek. The park was the busiest that I have ever seen. While travelling through the park we were talking on the comms about going over to the gravel pit to play around...If you have ever ridden in that gravel pit, playing around is not what first comes to mind. It can be a very humbling experience for me as I figure out how to navigate the boulders and try to climb up some of the loose gravel hills. Definitely a place to give a go to get more comfortable on larger rock surfaces, but go prepared.

    The one thing a few of us are still trying to figure out is the computer setting on our bikes and what's the right setting for what conditions. For example, while riding in the gravel pit, we still were in "off road" mode. This would still allow some slippage in the rear wheel, but it would cut off power during excessive slippage, which was common in the pit. It was particularly noticeable on the hills where you may have needed to power up the hill with the wheel spinning, the ECU would cut the power. In the end, we think that in these conditions, going in to turn off the traction control completely would be the best.


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    After spending a bit of time in the gravel pit, we headed down Quirk trail. It was an enjoyable ride. most of the trail was dry to a bit damp with the expected occasional mud hole to go through.

    The view if the mountain and foothills was great. A nice place to stop and just enjoy the sights and sounds.
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    We then headed back to Hwy-66 and Hwy-22 back to Calgary.

    Our trip was just around 6 hours and 200km round trip. We took a few stops along the way. A great fall day loop for us!

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  15. Beema Killa

    Beema Killa Beema Killa

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    Chilly day today and the commutes to work have been brisk. Did a pizza ride today for lunch across town to my favorite spot in the old ‘hood. Try the hot and spicy. Still amazing. [​IMG][​IMG]
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  16. MikeRC

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    Just finishing 3 weeks in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa including over 1000km of unpaved roads on a rented F800GS with Renedian Adventures.

    Twelve riders (including 5 women on their own bikes) and two guides (spoiled). The experience of a lifetime.

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  17. cal08

    cal08 Been here awhile

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    Fantastic!
  18. Fatallybitten

    Fatallybitten Slow and getting slower

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    MikeRC, how would you rate your Renedian trip? I have talked to Rene Cormier at the last two Calgary Motorcycle Shows and his African trips are high on my list. I know they fill up fast so that says something.
  19. drrod1

    drrod1 Been here awhile

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    Last year I did the same tour as Mike is doing . ie. Victoria Falls to Cape Town. Rene runs a first class tour. Classic example of under promise and over deliver. Can't recommend Renedian high enough in my books.

    The actual trip/route is great. Gives you a very good perspective of the area. We even flew in to Oncavanga delta for an overnight camping/wildlife experience (part of the tour) and it was simply amazing.

    I am planning on going back and do another area with Rene in the near future.
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  20. BenzADV59

    BenzADV59 Adventurer

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    The weather looks to be pretty good for a ride Sunday - is anybody planning to go out riding tomorrow? I am looking to head out from NW Calgary in the morning. No real plan in place- open to ideas. If anyone is looking for a riding partner tomorrow let me know. One last chance to ride before the weather says no more.
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