Central Alberta adventurers?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by madjak30, May 15, 2013.

  1. madjak30

    madjak30 Adventurer

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    Just wondering how crazy it would be to try to ride the Forestry Trunk Road from Rocky Mtn House down to Canmore on a street bike...I've heard of guys doing it on Goldwings & cruisers, so are they just nuts...or is it not that bad?

    I will eventually get a second bike, but I have a few things to figure out on a personal level first...the road looks like it would be more scenic than the Icefield Parkway, so let me know...

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  2. madjak30

    madjak30 Adventurer

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    No body work involved...naked standard/sporty kinda bike...

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    If there's lots of loose gravel sections, it would probably be pretty damn spooky to ride...I guess I could have paved adventures until I get a better equipped bike. I'll be going for a ride to the coast this summer, so that might just be my adventure for the year. Most of my family lives in the Kelowna area, so that's some pretty interesting roads too...but there's just something about the Trunk road that intrigues me.

    Later.
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  3. where2next?

    where2next? Map guy

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    There is lots of loose gravel and not a lot of places that you can bail out if you decide it's a bit much. The weight would also be an issue that would likely contribute to the plowing. Also lots of fast moving recreational and industrial traffic that will make going slowly a bit more dangerous than one might initially think.
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  4. madjak30

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    Maybe I will hold off until next year...I'm hoping to buy an older KLR as an explorer...for now, I do have paved options!

    Thanks for the input.

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  5. blkhrt81

    blkhrt81 Been here awhile

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    As long as the road was dry, it wouldn't be that bad. Trouble is, if it's dry and there's much traffic it'll get pretty dusty.
    Try the stretch from west of Caroline down to the Sundre turn off maybe and see how you feel about it.
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  6. outbacktaz

    outbacktaz outbacktaz

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    But there's a nice adventure awaiting you if you're going down the Icefield Parkway...!! Just throwing that out there...!!

    Take the 93 South in Jasper and ride it close to Elko, where you take the 3 out to 22, where you can head up North to Calgary...!!

    Have fun!!
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  7. Lav1200

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    I have done a few long gravel routes with my 1200 naked street bike. Think I was trying to prove a point that it can do fine as a light-duty gravel road explorer, but it retrospect it kind of sucked at it.

    If I have to, I'll take it on gravel to get to the paved stuff, but I now avoid trying to ride it on gravel. Too much weight (over 500 lbs), narrow bars, wrong seating position, wrong standing position and street tires all work together to make it a chore rather than fun:
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    The Forestry trunk road will be so much more fun with a dual sport bike... anything from an XT225 to a Tiger Explorer will eat it up compared to your street bike.
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