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Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by NachoRoto, Dec 19, 2009.
I tend to go this route.....
Radisson and on up to James Bay was originally going to be my trip. However, I got the Trans-Taiga in my head and couldn't get it out... So looks like I've gotta do it! From everything I've read, the Trans-Taiga isn't a tough road to ride, it's just extremely remote. I'm taking my SV650. Besides some touring comfort upgrades, the only real modifications I did was put together a skid plate (really just a rock deflector for the oil filter and oil cooler) and bought the TKC-80 tires. This will be the first time on a gravel road longer than a few miles, so who knows, maybe I'll end up biting off more than I can chew. We'll see! I'm not going to take any spare tires; just worms, plugs, patches, and tubes. If all that fails, it looks like I'll be hitchhiking it home!
When are you planning on going up to James Bay?
Hmmm, I'm gonna have to give that iron method a try for sure.
It looks like an awesome ride. I am jealous. Keep me posted on your plans. That's a long poke out Taiga to the end. How many days? Gravel is going to keep you mid 30's mph avg right? That's a couple days just on that. Riding to the end? When are you leaving?
I am working on a time to do it right now and don't know what to do. May 10 is open for me, but may be too early in the season to be that far north? If not then, then June 24. I have never been that far north so not sure what to expect. I think I will leave friday AM after I drop my daughter off at school and get to Matagami friday night if I can figure out where to stay. Then leave at daybreak, hit the bay and back the same day. Not sure if I will make Ottawa saturday night or not, then home sunday.
I am real tight on gas for James Bay road. I got a 1 liter MSR I still have to install. That should cover me, at least I hope it will. I can get 50mpg if I watch the throttle just right, but it will be tough to keep in check on a desolate road like that.
Wow. That's a whirlwind tour! That'll be about 800-900 miles a day, right? Ballsy! I don't know if early to mid-May would be too early or not. My thoughts would be that it would be too early, especially on two wheels. When I went to Newfoundland, which isn't nearly as far north and has maritime weather, there were a couple sub-freezing nights, and I left early June.
I'm planning on about 10 days. I figure two days to get to Radisson, a day in Radisson to see the hydroelectric tour and ride out to James Bay, four days on the Trans-Taiga, and two days back. This gives me an extra day in case things don't go as planned (or I just need a rest day). If I can manage it, I may plan for an extra couple of days. We'll see.
Fuel is definitely an issue on the Trans-Taiga and James Bay Road. If the Brisay air station has someone there manning it and they have fuel available, my longest stretch will be 270 miles. If that air station isn't open (and from what I've read, it often isn't, so it's best to plan for it being closed), the longest stretch will be 383 miles (assuming going all the way to the end, which I plan to do). I have a 4.5 gallon tank, plus I'll be carrying 4.5 extra gallons (2 one liter MSR fuel bottles and 2 two-gallon Rotopax). This gives me 9 gallons total. I average 45mpg. My worst ever was 42 and my best ever was 59. If I take it easy, I can pretty easily average in the low to mid-50 mpg range. I figure that I'll plan for worst case, which is 42mpg. That leaves me five miles short of 383. If I'm averaging on the low end of the gas mileage range, I'll buy a couple of 2L soda bottles and fill those with gas, and then use those first. Worst case scenario, I have to turn around earlier than I planned to. With a there-and-back course, I theoretically shouldn't run out of gas...
hey all, don't forget about the purple fiddle april 13 (the week end before Laural fork)
If your comming let me know (eigther PM or in the purple fiddle thread) So I can save you a bed and get tickets for the sat eve band...
I want to watch my days off. I am going to try a NY to SF run end of August cannonball style, then see half dome and sneak up to Washington and back out through Rushmore once sturgis clears out (hopefully). Iron Butt rally is in Pittsburgh this year so I want to go out for that too, and I have a couple other long weekenders planned.
I am wondering if I need a better gas plan, but I don't really have the room to carry since I don't have panniers. It helps me in MPG, but I travel real light. I may do a second MSR, not sure. No idea where I would put it. Sounds like your plan is well put together. The gas station on st james bay rd is supposedly open all the time, that would stress me out if it was a maybe.
I will be watching the weather in Radisson starting in a few weeks. It will be a game time decision. Good temps, and no rain so I can enjoy it and I am gone. Later would be better with the daylight being longer, especially that far north. I have heated jacket and gloves so down in the 30's is ok, but I don't want to deal with snow.
Keep me posted when you know your dates.
I can't believe that Madmaximum is ditching us that weekend. I guess we know where we stand on his list.
Maybe it's just you, not everyone else.
Poor Jeff. Leave him alone. Pick on Dave.
Dave's Not Hear....
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Dave's not here MAN
Is anyone up for a ride to Revzilla in Philly tomorrow? I've got the day off and I need to try a few things on in person. I'm planning on leaving around 11am from Wilkes Barre. It won't be an exciting ride, but it should be a fun destination. I'm going to take 81 to 476 to 76. It's about 120 miles one way.
Have you guys thought about going up after the black flies and skeeterz have petered out? I'm told the sweet spot is mid Sept to mid Oct.
Bugs over and it won't likely snow. Rain can go either way.
For the past three years I have tried to plan a 10-14 day trip up, but something always screws me out of it.
That's not a bad idea. Not sure I have the patience to wait until september, but I can't stand skeeterz and black flies either.
Well, instead of the ride to Revzilla today, I decided to hang out on the toilet with a bucket in my lap... Good times. Wonder if it was the Sushi on Sunday or the time spent at the pediatrician's office this week...
Feeling a bit better now.
I am tentatively planning on leaving early June. I take my board exam June 1st, then I'm taking my kids on a 3-5 day camping/ghost town trip down into WV. I will then start clinicals about two weeks later, so that's my window. This is about the same time frame that I did my Newfoundland trip last year and only had to deal with black flies and skeeters one night, so hopefully the same will be true in Northern Quebec.
I need to get this Vstrom out of my head. I wonder if Jack would let me bum his for next weekend.
Spring is here thank god or who you like