Go West come Hell or High Water! Yamaha Super Tenere and Kawasaki KLR

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by RsZk, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. RsZk

    RsZk Been here awhile

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    Rode from Port Alberni to Tofino. Only 'misted' all the way there and back ... actually we probably got the most rain yet. Got to Tofino, tried to take some photos, went for coffee and snacks and then started the ride back. Finally got a small break in the weather for some photos at Long Beach.

    Dude in the van was stoked about our dual sports, I was assessing whether or not our stuff would be there when we got back:eek1
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    Beach photo flood:

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  2. RsZk

    RsZk Been here awhile

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    A few more tasty bike porn shots:

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    I decided to try to dry my gloves out, but doesn't work if its still raining.
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  3. RsZk

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    Made it to Comox for the day.

    Thoughts for the day, Tofino road is very good, but yesterdays ride thru Cowichan, Port Renfrew, Sooke was a better riders road.:clap

    The Yamaha was getting ever so slightly better gas mileage than the stock jetted KLR, but now the KLR is getting ever so slightly better mileage at sea level.

    The Super Tenere stock seat is incredibly comfortable in long distances as well as the ergonomic setup of the bike for my stature. For sure more comfortable than my beloved R1200RT with BMW comfort seat.

    I patched a leak on one of the bolts on the right pannier, but it is still leaking at the seal of the lid. Left side and top box is totally dry. EDIT** Field adjusted the pannier handles/locks, they can be adjusted to either tighter or looser than factory settings.**

    My Daytona boots have kept my feet totally dry:D

    Revit H2O gloves aren't fully waterproof.

    I wonder how much better high end textile gear like Klim would do in the weather we have so far encountered. I don't care for rainsuits that don't breathe.
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  4. RsZk

    RsZk Been here awhile

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    Just arrived in Port Hardy from Comox. 4 hour ride today. This time we encountered FOG with our usual rain...LOL:eek1

    Very near the water. Have to wake up at 430am for the ferry ride.
    We did manage to get some photos earlier. Will post later.
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  5. RsZk

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    Our hotel in Comox. Slightly better than the dive in Port Alberni.

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    We made it nice and humid with all the drying of our gear.:puke1
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    Nice shots - I was in Tofino yesterday - but on a surf trip instead. Then had the 20 hour drive back to Edmonton in my Sprinter Van.
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    Weevrider Been here awhile

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    One thing about the rain, your bikes always look clean...

    Andrew
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  8. RsZk

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    Oyster Bay Shoreline Park

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  9. RsZk

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    Walk about in Port Hardy.

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    Afternoon snack.

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  10. RsZk

    RsZk Been here awhile

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    Go go juice at the Chevron.
    Expensive but worth it?!?:ear

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  11. RsZk

    RsZk Been here awhile

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    This is the Last post before we go on the ferry to Prince Rupert tomorrow. Departure at 730am. We have to board at 530am. We arrive at Prince Rupert at 1030pm, stay overnight and then hopefully will be in Hyder Alaska on Sunday.:wink:
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    RevyRider Intrepid Traveler

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    Wow, that looks delicious, I so enjoy good Sushi. Which restaurant was this at?

    Big jump to Port Hardy, did you stop in Campbell River at all, that is a great town. I have also enjoyed Port McNeil, you can take the ferry over to Malcolm Island and explore Sointula as well, which is quaint and enjoyable. You are probably on a schedule and have to keep moving, maybe next time, ..that's what I always say!

    Cheers.
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  13. RsZk

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    Yep, went thru Courtenay, Comox, and Campbell River. That city seems very nice and is one of my favorite smaller places so far.
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  14. RsZk

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    Port Hardy seems like it was once a great area, but looks to economically be hit by hard times from what the locals say a shut down of the mine and logging that has moved down the island. Lots of empty buildings and for sale signs downtown. I'm told that the mall is the same.
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  15. RsZk

    RsZk Been here awhile

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    Currently at Prince Rupert. I will say that the Northern Passage trip here was phenomenal in various aspects.
    First, great weather finally!!!!:clap
    Ferry was not full, so very personalized.
    Aurora lounge is a must option for only $35 more.
    Met up with a bunch of great people at the Aurora lounge:D
    Incredible scenery, with lots of wildlife sightings of orcas, whales, dolphins, Bald eagles.
    Very first class affair.
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  16. RsZk

    RsZk Been here awhile

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    Some more photos from Port Hardy.

    Young Bald eagle
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  17. RsZk

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    I can't say this enough... FANTASTIC WEATHER!!!:D:D

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    Lineup. Of course bikes are always first!!

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    Tying down and blocking.

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    dirtdreamer50 long time rider

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    When Anna goes on her next journey, please tag along. With her writing and your photos, it would be the best RR, ever. Enjoy your trip...tomp dd50
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    The Aurora lounge is the front of the ship with a panoramic view.
    it is a pay added option to your booking. Absolutely worth it for the view and the reclining seats with foot rests for the long journey.
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