Canadian Adventure: Montreal to Inuvik solo (2008)

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by marcoue, May 20, 2009.

  1. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Great trip report!! I enjoyed the read! The the great pics ! Fantastic!
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  2. ChiriLeo

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    Marcoue,
    Very nice Road Report. I am amazed on how impressively long distances you've covered in one day sometimes. I never thought that was humanly possible on a motorcycle.
    Have a Happy New Year!
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  3. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the comment! Glad you enjoyed!
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  4. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    Thanks!
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  5. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    I did push it a bit, to say the least. Especially when I got back to Montreal from Calgary in 2 days!!! Can't say it was very fun though. But I just wanted to get home. You know the feeling when you just want to be sitting in your backyard, using your BBQ and drinking a cold one, without having to plan for the next day!

    Distances are so great in Canada that sometimes, you just have no choice but to just... ride! Especially when you're travelling alone.

    I've done a few more trips out west in the last couple of years and I try (not always successfully...) to do a bit less distance per day and enjoy the moment.

    Thanks for reading the story and happy new year to you too!
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  6. blacktruck

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    Execllent report. I'm new to the forum and haven't gotten my adventure bike yet. I'm still on my H-D when I'm at home. This is a ride I've thought about for some time. Not sure why Inuvik but I want to go there. I know what you mean about just ride. I've done 1000 miles in one day and only did that because I had to make it home from Sturgis very quickly. Wouldn't want to do that often for sure. On your trip to Inuvik, did you pack an electric compressor or hand pump for your tires? I'm wanting a KLR and trying to figure out what I want to get even before my bike gets home. I've got another few months before I get there too.
    Great ride. I had fun reading it. :clap
    Be safe there neighbor.
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  7. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    Hello

    Thanks for taking the time to read and comment the report!

    Yes, I did take a pump. I would NEVER do that ride without some way to repair a minor flat, even a major one. There is simply no help around and towing will cost you 1000$!

    I used this one: https://www.bestrestproducts.com/c-10-cyclepump-gauge.aspx but there is plenty of choice around.

    Also carried a tube (for my tubeless tires!) in case of a major puncture. With a KTM, you'll have to consider extra gaz as well.

    The ride to Inuvik is simply incredible. Difficult, isolated... But this is why it's so great!

    Hope you get the chance to make it one day and good luck in Afganistan (Stay safe).
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  8. NightShadow

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    Great read & Pics.
    I recognized a couple of pics in BC area as I was out in the area
    during the summer.
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  9. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    Great ride report and I really enjoyed the picture link. This is one of the trips on the "to do list" as I pick up my new to me 2012 GSA Triple Black. I really hope the stock seat works for me.

    Thanks for taking the time and effort to translate all this for us...Merci.
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  10. PiffleMaster

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    Thanks for that report Marc.
    I know it's a bit long in the tooth now; but I'll bet the adventure (muck on the Dempster) will stay with you forever.
    I've had the despair "I want my momma!" rides as well (Liaird soup comes to mind first), but what impressed me the most was your continued sense of humour throughout the ride report. Made me laugh out loud a few times. Thanks!
    Salute!
    Cheers, Brian
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  11. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    Thanks! Sorry again the the spelling mistakes. I seem to find one every time I open a page!

    You realize that the bike will be triple brown after that ride!!! ;)

    Good luck with the seat. You'll need it! If you have a few $$$ on the side, get a Sargent or any other after market seat, it will save your trip. At least, do a 4-5 hour test ride before making your final decision!

    Good luck, Marc
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  12. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    Merci EMTNEK!

    I would use Heidenau K60 if i'd go back. The TKC's are just too soft and don't last long enough.

    Brave and crazy... This is a good way to put it. I must say I felt kinda alone on my way back! (and f... crazy to be alone!)

    Thanks for reading, Marc
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  13. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    100% right Brian.

    Not sure I would chance it again (getting old?). I would probably wait for a dry day to get back, but it's a ride I will never forget and I'm kinda proud I made it back in one piece.

    Hope it's not too cold in Winnipeg.

    Take care, Marc
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  14. jfman

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    Mechant beau trip Marc. Merci pour ton recit.
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  15. varago

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    Je viens de lire ce reportage. Merci! tres inspirant et utile pour les voyages futurs. Tres bonne plume aussi!

    Raymond, Orford, Qc
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  16. mint julep

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    Hey Marc, fantastic RR!:clap
    I've read this a couple of times and each time I learn more from your experiences.

    Its nice to escape through your report as we plow through our winter here. Looking forward to warmer weather. ;)

    Lots of great info, pics, advice. Thanks for sharing your ride and detailed narration of an epic adventure!

    Cheers.
    Dave- your neighbour in full admiration of your ironbutt stints across Canada. wow.:thumb
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  17. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    Merci! J'avoue que je me surprend à le relire pour me motiver à repartir cet été!
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  18. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    Merci Raymond... Pour la plume, on repassera ;) Le voyage fût très captivant toutefois!
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  19. marcoue

    marcoue Been here awhile

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    Thanks Dave!

    I can't wait for summer as well. Don't hesitate to walk over if you have any questions or comments! You bike is looking better and better every time I look at it!
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  20. ibgary

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    Great report, thanks. I hope to go up and back from Colorado next summer.
    Are there enough trees at the campgrounds to hang a hammock?