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Discussion in 'Canada' started by outbacktaz, Oct 16, 2011.
The season is lurking upon us Boys!! Woot Woot!!
Got my clutch parts in so hopefully I can fix my clutch shudder... just need time to do it, and to build a base to hold it up. The lift would be in the way.
Then I still need to get tires... *sigh*..
I spooned on the new K60 Scout front tire on the KLR this afternoon and thought it might be fun to go for a quick ride down the road a couple of miles. The snow that had fallen earlier had made the road pretty slushy and the couple of cars I met showed no courtesy or consideration when meeting them so I thought heading home was the best idea. Once home, I took the KLR out into the hay field, the front K60 has a lot more traction in the snow than the Shinko 705 ever did on wet pavement. I had fun out carving in the snow, quite a few times I was pushing snow with the tool tube mounted up on the skid plate (about 12in to the top of the tube). The rear K60 really digs, the front feels good, I'm looking forward to spring!
I hope the set I have for the wee strom perform as well.
Humm, I was looking at those for replacement, in a few more miles...! Thanks for the "review"...!
As for the cagers, we're in Alberta!! Since when people around here started showing any consideration for motorcyclists to begin with, and in Winter on top of it all???
The forecast for the rest of the week has high temperatures above zero, a bit of rain but looking good. Put on about 20 kms today, not going far just doing laps around the area. It sure feels good
Taking the White Beast out this week for sure!!!
Looks like you're from 417, I'm just across the rwy at 419.
I'm interested in Adv riding but only have a Harley currently.
What kind of terrain and how far do you usually go in the trails for?
Can a smaller cc bike hack it? May want to get a cheap bike for that purpose.
Hey Salty! Indeed, I'm all Joker and Wild!!
I have the White KTM Adventure 990 you'll soon see kickin' around the base. There are a lot of trails around here, on and off the base. And if you don't ride stupid, the MPs will let you ride around the base quite a lot, in order to get to the trails of course.
Any kind of off-road bike will do around here. It just depends on how far the trail head is from where you start. Anything from a 125 up should do. From a motocross to a dual-sport will do as well. If I'd go light, I'd go for something like a DT200 or something similar. There's 1 motocross track here on base, and you can get to the one in town by riding off-road too. And like I said, there are a lot of dual-sport tracks all over the area. Just be aware that most tracks are sand, so it can be tricky at times with a heavy bike like mine.
Shoot me a PM, we'll get together and discuss about it.
Made a loop around Cold Lake today, little Chilly but clear roads in March, I'll take it.
Sure thing! Should have let me know, I was itching to go... They're calling for about 6 inches of snow in the next 24 hours, but should melt off by the end of the week!!
I've been on base since 88. currently living out the end of my sentence at 409. Look for a 1000 Vstrom (with pelican bags)or a yellow Dr200.
lots of good trails in the area with a lot of variety. You can do a lot of sand riding on the base and a lot of muck. The quad riders do a lot of damage to the trails, hard to ride where they chew it up but without them the trails would grow over fast.
The base has an off road club supposed to be maintaining the trails and making bridges etc. but they dont do a lot other than talk, hope they get their shit together this year as the enviro's are trying to shut down trail riding on base as the quadders get into the water which is a violation of a Alberta waterways proteciton act. To ride on the base you are supposed to be a member of the club or be with a member but the MP's cant stop any civies as the "open base" policy allows them full access to the public portions. As long as you ride courteously they wont bother you although members of the club have been a little militant towards wrong doers.
Good places to ride are behind Martinau, lots of criss crossing trails, keep an eye out for kids, dogs and their walkers and of course other quads and bikes. Lots of loose sand (almost Fesh fesh) between beaver and the golf course, be very careful about the boundaries of the golf course. Most of the fenceline around it are not standing, the golf course higher ups have been one of the major whiners in trying to shut down OHV use on the base. If you live on the base you must be a member to ride there, the MP's do have jurasdiction to harass you. I am not a member, waiting for them to actually use some of the money they take in to do the things they promise. The old hierarchy was a bunch of old boys club sort that only invited certain members to the fun stuff (poker rallys etc) and everyone else to the work parties. A lot of money was spent in the last decade but nothing accomplished.
on a dry day I can get my Dr200 around the backside of the base, ride the iron horse trail out to the trestle and then follow along the river, lots of muskeg and outright swamp up there but it is pretty neat. If it is still wet you have to fight to get a quad around it.
Just behind the base (out the back gate) you will find the gravel pit with a lot of good trails just off its north side. the road, in very poor condition follows the river several miles until you run into some bad stuff you cant get through on a bike but there is tons of trails running off it.
From Beaver you can leave the base through the trails but the road running east/west just north of there is a favorite place for the town rent a cop to camp. Hassles the dirt bikes and quads, cant do anything to my street legal Dr.
Just north of the on base track is the OD saddle club. bunch of psycho horse people, dont get caught on their side of the fence and watch out if you run into any of these idiots on the trails, they figure they own the place and will do some viscous crap to lone quadders and bikers if they think they can get away with it.
My favorite place to ride is in the cadet survival training area. stay away from the camp buildings and watch for the cadets during summer training season. They set up a central camp in a large open area so just ride nice when you see them and they don't mind. They do build sand bag bunkers on some of the trails as check points so watch out for them, usually easy to see but they do leave shallow trenches behind them.
The town track is really nice. professionally built and fairly cheap to ride on. The town does not like OHV's running out to the track and the rent a cops will jump you if they get half a chance. RCMP wont even blink unless you are riding like an idiot. Lots of nice trails in that area but they involve trespassing.
Lots of trails north, of 55 west of town. you can run trails from the primrose highway and end up north of Marie lake and not see a real road. If you get a chance head up the May lake Trail (hardcore 4x4 trail) on the may 24 weekend and watch the drunken mayhem. lots of mechanized stupidity going on. Rivals anything in the jackass movies.
Cold Lake is a great place to own a dual purpose bike, we have 2 paved roads in and a million trails and gravel roads. If you are riding the trails in the area get something light, the amount of muskeg and swamps you will have to skirt around will boggle the mind
On a sad note we already lost a rider in the area on friday. 20 years old, hit a parked flatbed truck.
Take care out there and hope to see all you this year.
Looking forward to meeting some of you guys this riding season. New to biking, bought a Husqvarna dual sport from T&T last September and love it.
Unfortunately, I'll be leaving for a 3 months course in Qc in mid-April. I should be back by the beginning of August...
But then, I'll try to organize some trail rides and meetings. Until then, ride safe!!
And for the interested, yes, I'll be riding the bike to Montreal!!
Hopefully, the snow will be gone by then...:huh
Darn it was a cold ride!!!
Marty - I have seen you riding around town. Figured I would track you down one day.
Make sure you check out the Rallye BMW Montreal while you are down east. There are a bunch of good people on all kinds of bikes. Say hello to Charles (the owner of Moto International) for me if you go.
Give me a buzz when you are back in town. I am always looking for fellow backroads/trail riders.
Great blog Brian, wow, lots of adventures!
Just wondering if anyone from the board was through Bonnyville this evening? Saw a pair of GS1200's on main street around 6:30.
Hahaha, maybe you should have!! Would have made for a good story... if only you could catch me!! LoL
I'm thinking about joining the Rally, but I wasn't sure about going to a GS rally with a KTM...!! I can only imagine the dirty looks from the hard core propeller fans!! Maybe I'll go anyway...
Of course I'll let you know when I get back!! It will be fun to ride with someone!!
PS - Buy a KTM, the thermometer does go BELOW 0 celcius!! Don't ask how I know... LoL!!
Got back in to the Dupre fire area tonight. Came into it from the north east. Lots of good dual sport riding thru this area on cutlines and fire breaks. Didn't want to go too far in as a chopper was still dumping water.
It only burnt along the ground in this area
Fire break? or access road
Hey guys, thought I'd drop a line to let you know I'm not dead!! Quebecers drive like madmen, and it feels like this part of the country is civil war-ridden...!!
Anyhow, how are things back home?? Are most of the brushfires over??
Can't wait to get back...