NorthEast Alberta

Discussion in 'Canada' started by outbacktaz, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. grumpybear

    grumpybear Been here awhile

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    The fire scene has cooled off but the fire hazards is still high. We've has some rain off and on the past couple of days but the wind keeps drying things out.


    grump
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  2. outbacktaz

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    So, grump, how do you like those German rubbers?? I was looking into them as well as the OEM set to replace my 10 000 kms Pirelli Scropions...

    We all know what they look like after that kind of mileage in our part of the country!! Deep tread on the sides, and a nice racing slick in the centre...!! LoL
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  3. grumpybear

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    I've been out on both the KLR and wee strom with the K60 scouts. Haven't had the chance to try them in the mud as yet but the pattern on the 130/80-17 ( KLR) really digs in the snow. The wee strom handles a lot better in the gravel than the Shinko 705s. The other day went down though Laurier lake - Onion lake-Marwayne areas hitting as much gravel as I could, the tires felt really stable and I often had to slow to highway speeds. Both tread patterns do have a bit of a thump/pulse due to the tread pattern, not as smooth as the shinkos were on the pavement. The rear on the strom (150/70-17) is bumpy on corners but still feels confident when leaning over. I think my chicken strips on this tire are about a 1/2" wide, so cornering is good.

    I was up by English Bay on Weds. The grader had just completed bringing all the gravel to the top of the road, I thought I might have some handling issues with all the loose material but KLR and the scouts just ripped through it. Very happy with the handling.

    Installing on the wee strom was a challenge. The front didn't want to seat, had to tighten a strap around the outside of the tire in order to get it to seat. The rear tire was just as hard to spoon on as the rear as on my Gold wing. KLR install was a piece of cake.

    grump
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  4. downdog

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    Anyone out riding this summer? Took a run up to Wolf Lake today, then over to Cold Lake for a Tim's break.
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  5. outbacktaz

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    I don't know about the others... What I do know is that I'll be back in about a month!! Woohooo!! :evil:clap:freaky
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  6. grumpybear

    grumpybear Been here awhile

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    Headed south on the Murphy road, back into Ferguson Flats area yesterday morning. Nice mix of gravel and cold mix with small tight corners to lean over on.The air was so still you could smell the wild rose flowers as you went by. Great ride.

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  7. downdog

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    Thanks for the ride report grumpy bear, that's really nice country you picked for a ride, beautiful day out too!

    Jim
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  8. downdog

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    Hey grumpybear, were you pulling a trailer behind a trike yesterday? Saw somebody of that description at Tim's.
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  9. grumpybear

    grumpybear Been here awhile

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    It might have been me. We bought a new tent trailer so I thought a windy day would be a good time to see how the sidecar rig pulled the trailer. The rig is white and the trailer black. Would have been around 5 pm.

    Were you there?

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  10. downdog

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    How did your bike handle in the wind, it was pretty strong at times yesterday. Nice looking rig you have there. Its like I have radar when someone is wearing a riding jacket or is carrying a helmet. Think I could pick you out of a line up.
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  11. grumpybear

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    The rig handled the wind really well. The trailer is narrower than the rig so it fit into the slip stream. Thought the side winds would have been more of an issue but only ended with a sore neck from the wind buffeting my helmet.

    The rig is actually my wife's. I just get to maintain it, change oil etc.

    Fresh and Clean??

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  12. downdog

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    wth?

    Thought I was the Sherlock LOL
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  13. grumpybear

    grumpybear Been here awhile

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    Sherlock, where were you sitting? With the young lady?
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  14. downdog

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    I've moved on to more mature ones now. I was one of the two 50ish guys sitting at the table in the corner by the drive thru exit.

    Are you going out riding this weekend?

    Jim
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  15. grumpybear

    grumpybear Been here awhile

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    downdog, pm sent
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  16. outbacktaz

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    You guys rock!! Can't wait to be back... :clap:clap
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  17. grumpybear

    grumpybear Been here awhile

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    Have found the K60 Scouts have a howl at 100-110 kph, then it goes away. Another inmate on the site mentioned increasing the pressures upto 41 PSI which I did. The howl changed to a different speed and the handling on gravel was terrible so I decreased the pressures back to 36 PSI. Looks like I either drive faster or push the ear plugs in deeper.:rofl

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  18. grumpybear

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    South of the Dickie Bush church, south of Bellis is a little side road with a 17% grade on it. In a car it's a hoot coasting down the hill and stopping for the stop sign about 3/8 mile from where you started. I tried it on the bike today, just couldn't get into the coasting thing, much more fun to run under throttle. I tried to use my Drift camera to show the grade but it just shows up as a gravel road. On the way back I drove around some of the cottage areas on Upper and Lower Mann lake as well as the camp ground on Floating stone lake. Just have to remember to keep hydrated with the heat!

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  19. outbacktaz

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    We'll have to try that road together when I get back!!

    I have the K60s on my Adventure and there is a howl but at much slower speeds, like around 80 kph... And when you come to a halt, you feel that they're 50-50 tires, as there's a small buzz in the bars @ about 25 kph and less, on tarmac... But I love them, much more than the Pirellis that came with the bike!! Just don't know how long they'll last!!
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  20. downdog

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    Tried Grumpbears ride backwards tonight, south through Kehewin then east on Moose hills road over to the Murphy road. Yep, the smells were heavenly!

    About Grumpybear...has anyone actually met him? Seems rather elusive, any coincidence school is out and his posting starts to ramp up. Teenager posting on here between matches of Warcraft?
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