Kelowna area - riding buddy

Discussion in 'Canada' started by ktownbobski, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. ktownbobski

    ktownbobski Been here awhile

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    Looking for a riding buddy for day rides etc.. Me - ride F700GS, prefer backroad hardtop, some gravel ok too. PM or follow up this thread. Cheers . . Bob
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  2. teamgrizzly

    teamgrizzly Even more advanced n00b!

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    I'm doing recon rides for the BC Big Adventure Ride 2 up in Kamloops. But be warned I do a lot of gravel.

    Mike
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  3. 9.5isCanadian

    9.5isCanadian "Missing a few pieces."

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    Hi Mike, I grew up in the loops. Some fantastic riding there. Now my Scrambler and I call kelowna home.
    What sorta days are you doing your recon rides?
    Would love to tag along if the days work.
    Cheers
    Owen


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  4. Brian06

    Brian06 Been here awhile

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    I moved to Vernon this year. I'd be in for a ride some time.

    Me: 2012 Triumph Explorer
    I prefer hardtop but I'd like to get more experience on gravel.

    I just got back from a circuit to nakusp, down to Nelson and back through osoyoos. Incredibly twisty roads and not too much traffic.
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  5. teamgrizzly

    teamgrizzly Even more advanced n00b!

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    Well if you are interested in the ride or recon rides, you can check it out at:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=871033

    I will definitely be up in Kamloops for the BC Day long weekend doing a full route ride. And I don't mind giving lessons and tips to noobs. I was a noob once too.

    Mike
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  6. ktownbobski

    ktownbobski Been here awhile

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    Great job on the recon videos Mike! I'm surprised you have more recon to do after all that. Questions: how long are the riding legs (klms/hrs) per day. Also, most of my riding is on hardtop backroads, so I don't have knobbies, I'm on the stock Bridgstone Battle Wings (80/20 I think). I'm sure knobbies would be better but wondering if the Battle Wings would be ok since mainly gravel roads?
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  7. ktownbobski

    ktownbobski Been here awhile

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    "I just got back from a circuit to nakusp, down to Nelson and back through osoyoos. Incredibly twisty roads and not too much traffic."

    Hey Brian, that's a great loop, on my must do soon list. I just did White Lake Road and Green Mountain Road today, fun riding between Penticton and Oliver. I'm retired but assume from your avatar you're a working guy. What's your schedule like for riding. Mine's really flexible lol.
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  8. teamgrizzly

    teamgrizzly Even more advanced n00b!

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    BattleWings should be good. I rode to Alaska on a set of TrailWings, which are similar. I currently ride with Metzler Tourances on my WeeStrom. Keep in mind their limitations. They're not fond of mud. Also they can't carry speed through the gravel turns so slow down in advance. Keep the speed reasonable, be smooth on the throttle and be prepared for the back end to slide out on slippery stuff and you should be OK.

    Mike
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  9. BCBackRoads

    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

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    Hi Bob:

    As my screen name suggests, I prefer the back roads myself. I bought the KLR three years ago as I kept running out of pavement on the nice back roads and my ST isn't the most confidence inspiring in the gravel.

    I have been doing a number of day trips on the back roads and would like some company. Last Sunday was a good solo back road ride for me. I rode down to Green Mountain Road, turned right up to Apex and over the top to Hedley-Nickel Plate Rd. From there I followed the Old Hedley Road to Princeton, then up to Coalmont and Tulameen. Gravel from there to Aspen Grove. Looped through Loon Lake Rd before catching the connector to Sunset Main Road, then down Bear Creek Main to Kelowna. It was around 400 km with about 30% gravel.

    If that's the kind or day ride you are looking for then we are on the same page.

    Let me know if you are interested.

    Wayne
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  10. holckster

    holckster dougholck

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    Great area you guys have up there.
    Stayed overnight at the Kelowna Fairfield last Tuesday and enjoyed the meal and scenery at Joe's on the way back from a D2D/Alaska loop.
    Pulled out at 10:00am Wed and took 33 south and crossed at Osoyoos, and was home south of Sacramento by 11:30am Thursday down 97 and
    I-5.
    Stop by if you ever pass thru Nor-Cal.
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  11. ktownbobski

    ktownbobski Been here awhile

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    Hey Wayne,
    "I kept running out of pavement on the nice back roads and my ST isn't the most confidence inspiring in the gravel."
    That sounds like the exact same reason I bought the F700GS this year, was previously on a Yamaha FZ6R that just wasn't ideal on the gravel. And that ride sounds like exactly the kind I'm looking to do. I'll PM you to follow up.
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  12. BCBackRoads

    BCBackRoads Travels with Gumby

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    Personal message sent.

    Wayne
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  13. RexBuck

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    Holy Crap Doug, you guys hauled ass back down there. Since you are supposed to be "retired" I'm going to have to teach you about back roads . . . just sayin.

    Sorry I missed you on your way through. Was hitting 114 deg in the Red Bluff area when I was through there - it was ok except when you had to slow down.

    Catch you next time.


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  14. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    ktownbobski and BCBackRoads . . . PM sent
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