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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Super Tenere, Jun 26, 2013.
GY1616 and ang welkom aboard hope to make this trip interesting.
Sounds good Reaver, if I come that way I will drop you a line.
Good luck on your planned TDF trip.
In. Good luck to you and I'm looking forward to the reports.
The last few days have been hectic to say the least, getting all my gear ready and tying up business ends so that my two sons can take over one side of the business and my wife the other, so then of course like clock work Murphys law did take over the wife ends up in the hospital, all is well now and she will be release on July 2. Departure will be a little later then planned but hopefully on July 3 if all goes well, I will make sure all is really good before I go because I don't need any bad karma to go along.
And as promised the bike and gear list.
I decided to go for a 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere XT1200 this after a lot of research and some test rides, I guess time will tel if this choice was good, so far after 14000km's I'm very satisfied with it, and as for the additions I have modded the windshield (made it longer), added heated grips, Givi crash-bar and side racks, Garmin AMPS rugged mount, tool tube, hatchet tube, cup holder (great for holding all kinds of little shit), ABS off switch, riding lights, highway pegs, 2 water bottle holders, Dirt-Skins on front shocks, Mitas E-07 Dakar tires, home made rear fender splash guard and bash plate, also set the stock seat position to front side high and rear low plus a sheep skin to make this somewhat bearable, and 2 Pelican storm 2600 side cases with modded attach plates for more strength (found out it was to weak during dump test).
Riding gear: Shark Evoline 2 helmet, Tour Master transition 2 jacket, Rev-It Cheyenne paints, Triumph Tri-Tex boots, Tour Master Dri-Mesh gloves, long leather gloves, light leather jacket, Icebreaker under garments.
Electronics: Samsung phone, Garmin Montana 600 GPS, Acer netbook, Polaroid action camera, and a HP camera (don't laugh it was free).
Camping stuff: Tarp, hammock, jetboil, and 2 sleeping bags.
Some tools, two 60 litre dry sacks, back pack and some spare parts.
The above is just a short list, there are lots of other little things and I will make a complete list towards the end of the trip and let you know what worked and what not.
Many thanks to all of you coming along.
Great news the wife had a weekend pass and just needs a follow up on July 2, so July 3 is a go for now, will be heading towards North Bay first.
Count me in!!
Enjoy your trip...
I'm following along too
We are in Vancouver until the end of Sept if you are thru here! We will ship the bikes from Panama City to Columbia then so we may see you on the road.
We are rooting for you all of the way and watching your progress as you ride my friend... I really wish I could do it with you, so think of it as doing it for all of us!!!
I will update the CMC group on your progress if you want... just let me know.
Go Jeff Go!!!
Finally on the road and super excited, did take the road over Algonquin park to North Bay and stayed at inmate sherpaguy, what a lovely family to stay at, was treated to dinner and a breakfast with a lunch to boot, this was a great stay and the story's even better.
And of course the mandatory start.
Will post more later need to hit the road for now.
Welcome along for the ride Swinefahrt and Bigolechalupa.
Hey Manolito that beer sounds good, will look you up when I'm there.
Welcome along jerdog.
Hey Saralou I'm planning to stop in Vancouver on my way down, and pick-up some more tires, maybe see you then?
Thanks Greg that would be great, all this riding and posting has me going for sure. The start of most rides are always a bit tough, until you get into the swing of things.
Made it to Harmony Beach Camping about 35 km past Sault Ste Marie, no free camping spaces out here and . $30 to hang up my hammock wow, I guess next time I will look a little longer for a laid back spot before pulling into a camping, at least I now know not to do that again unless you really have to (sticky note to self lol), at least it had a beautiful sunset.
Sherpaguy told me about the sticky note thread and some of the notes that were posted there plus some he made himself along the way on his trips, this was way to funny not to mention, so if you have some time look it up.
The cost for day 1: gas $37 for 529 km's and $10 for food ($47), it's below the $50 I'm trying to go for per day and we will see how this works out for the rest of the trip.
Day 2: gas $30 for 456 km's, $14.30 for food and $30 for the camping ($74.30), not good, will need to do better.
Next stop Thunder Bay.
Just stumbled across this one. Count me in!
All caught up. Camping prices in Canada are outrageous but don't fret because the prices will drop by 75% or more as you push south, so it will average out in your favour.
If you need any Canadian based support along the way (msgs relayed, parts shipped, anything) hit me up any time and I'll look after it same day. Good luck.