May 18 -21 Radisson QC

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  1. Dirtbike

    Dirtbike Ernesto The Great ??

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    OK any long haulers out there. I will be leveing London, Ont for Radisson QC Thursday after work ( 4:30 ) and riding till it's time to stop ( Sudbury most likly ) then on Friday ( early ) riding the rest of the way into Radisson QC. Saturday and half of Sunday spent exploreing around or what ever we feel or you feel like then heading home.
    This is a long haul and a very high KM ride, you will need a large gas tank and be able to ride !! Im on my GSA.....

    Let me know
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  2. Pay Dirt

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    Check out our RR(thread) "The Poutine Run-Northern Quebec" from last September posted by Scodill.. Don,t miss the Trans Taiga Road,really one of the best reasons to travel the James Bay Road is to get to the TTR.!! It will likely be quite cold(many small lakes will still be frozen) at that time of year but that will keep the trillion trillion black flies to a minimum!!
    Fuel is not a huge problem but would recommend you carry 10 litres extra,there are a couple of outfitters along the TTR which are happy to sell you some fuel if they are around.
    We experienced many tire pressure issues with the cold temps, Heidenau on the front is not a good plan!!
    The TTR is one i would like to run again sometime,enjoy!!
    PD

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  3. georgedaman

    georgedaman Been here awhile

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    Definitely interested.
    Is it all camping?
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  4. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    Based on your plan you'll be riding the 2nd half of the James Bay Rd in the dark. Not only will you miss the best scenery, the chances of hitting wildlife go up.

    If you can pull 4 full days, getting from Sud Ont to Matagami on Day one gives you the time to get to Radisson on day two and then out to the Bay.

    You don't want to miss the Bay

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  5. Transitwally

    Transitwally Been here awhile

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    Excellent trip, did it with Paydirt, Scodill & Pixellman. Recommended route:
    First day - London to North Bay
    Second day - Northbay to Matagami
    Third day - Matagami to the shore of James Bay near Chisasibi
    Fourth day - Into Radisson and whatever.

    Check out our ride report http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=16832819#post16832819
    and this website http://www.jamesbayroad.com/ it was a bit chilly in early Sept. so May could be cold.

    Oh ya, Pay Dirt speaks from experience about the extra gas. He was 13 kms shy from the fuel station.
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  6. Dirtbike

    Dirtbike Ernesto The Great ??

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  7. TorontoDude

    TorontoDude Been here awhile

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    might be interested in joining, but my timing might be a little different. planning on doing the trip over 4 days Fri-Sat-Sun_Mon

    dates look good. I'm on a DL 1000. From Quebec, so my French is local :)
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  8. Pay Dirt

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    As it turns out the Heidenau is so stiff that in cold temps and rough road conditions they loose their seal at the bead and
    will not hold air, 3 bikes all running them had the same experience! You must tube it up if running on the front, otherwise they receive good reviews..

    Other worthy note; the James Bay road is frost heaved, it ain't no southern ontario slab, make sure you use a little extra denture glue!!:deal

    Like Rummy says, don't miss Chissasibi camping!!

    This is one beautifull run!!! you should seriously consider the Trans Taiga, shame to go all that way and not throw that in, best part of the region IMHO!!

    PD
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  9. ScottDill

    ScottDill TANSTAAFL

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    It's not that it can't be done in four days, it's just that doing so would turn into an iron butt ride where the only goal is to chew miles. There is nothing up there really. The reason go is to enjoy the ride.

    Paydirts other advice is spot on. Don't trust your tubeless Heidies........
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  10. Dirtbike

    Dirtbike Ernesto The Great ??

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    Woow Good to know about the Heidies in the cold weather ! ! ! I will have to start to look into and other tire for this trip.. funny now Im thinking about last time I was out in my bike Jan,06 and I lost a few psi in my front..

    Q: will the rear tire also lose pressure ??? should I change both out ??

    I know it's a short time to get there and back but I only have so much time to do everything...LOL plus I don't really mind high KM days.

    :freaky
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  11. Lornce

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    4 days isn't a bad schedule for Raddisson/Chisasibi.

    That's how I did it a few years ago when accompanying a friend who wanted some support for an Iron Butt certificate ride.

    We left the GTA at 2230 and arrived in Chisasibi the following evening with hours of daylight to spare. Spent a bit of time knocking about Chisasibi and then stealth camped a few miles out of town. Occupied half the next day poking around Chisasibi and the James Bay shore, only scratching the surface of the local community. The next two and a half days were spent liesurely retracing our steps south. We enjoyed a night of free camping about two-thirds the way down the James Bay Road at a rustic Provincial campground. That was '05, don't know if it's still free? :dunno Last night out was spent with friends near New Liskeard. Two and a half days on the return allowed for a lot of leisurely meandering and visiting, though they were long days in the saddle.

    We went in late July, so the daylight hours would have been similar to what you'll experience in mid-May.

    Have a safe and enjoyable trip.

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  12. Transitwally

    Transitwally Been here awhile

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    Yup, still free.

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  13. Dirtbike

    Dirtbike Ernesto The Great ??

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    Well thats good to know... nothing better then free camping :clap
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  14. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    We were up there a couple of years ago, one of the guys with us left at 5 am from Radisson and was home for his daughters birthday dinner in Ottawa :thumb
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  15. Dirtbike

    Dirtbike Ernesto The Great ??

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    How we are talking........ Im thinking of heading out around 1am or when I get up. Most times the night sleep before is so restless that I just leve if I can't sleep. Sun will be coming up around 5 - 6am and I will be in North Bay, gas food and good for an other 500 km before I stop and full up again and that should put me at the start of the James Bay HWY, from there open road so I should have the afternoon daylight on my side for the rest. Or till it rains, flate tire, hit a Deer or Moose, police or flaged over by two smoking hot girl :lol3

    I just need to find out more about running Heidenau tires on my bike in the colder weather. A few riders have reported pressure loss on the front tire. Do I need to change the back tire also for this trip ???:cry
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  16. Pay Dirt

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    Can't say that there was any issues with the rear Heidy, just tube up the front and you should be good to go..A spare tube for the rear is just good insurance for other flattening events!
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    News flash re; Heidenau. If you have tires(front in particular) with a production date of week39,2011 and later you will not need to tube it up as they have re-engineered the bead compounds eliminating the prior bead release problem when ridin in low temps at reduced pressure(for traction on soft surfaces).conversely if your production run is week 21, 2011 or earlier you will want to tube it up.
    Hope your trip planning is coming along!
    PD
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  18. Dirtbike

    Dirtbike Ernesto The Great ??

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    OK before I go looking , are the tires stamped ???
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    You must have a heated suit and helmet.:eek1
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  20. Pay Dirt

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    Yes!
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