Swiss rider heading East from Toronto

Discussion in 'Canada' started by jacqui, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. jacqui

    jacqui Falling overrrrr....

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    We're hosting a Swiss rider this evening on the road since Jan 31/14, he's heading toward Halifax, and plans to ship his bike from there to Hamburg.

    Currently he's limping along with a well worn front sprocket on his '99 XRV 750 Honda Africa Twin. We're hoping to help him find a replacement, but if anyone has any ideas, please get in touch. Also, if you are able to host him along the way, I assure you Chris is a lovely fellow. Get in touch with him at gfrberc(at)gmail.com
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  2. alongat

    alongat Long timer

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    Did you have any luck locating a replacement front sprocket? Could you not use a Honda Transalp front sprocket as the two bike share so many components and the Transalp was available through regular channels here in Canada - Honda or others should stock something like that...
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  3. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    I live near Prescott and can provide a place to stay and a shop to work on his bike.

    Looks like the '99 Honda VLX600C Shadow has the same front sprocket.
    We can order one online or go visit my father at the local Honda bike dealer to get an OEM sprocket for Chris.

    I sent him an email with my coordinates - will let you know if I get a response.
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  4. jacqui

    jacqui Falling overrrrr....

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    Possible solution! :clap Chris is meeting up with a fellow in Belleville who has an Africa Twin. He's on his way shortly, so we're hoping it'll work out.

    He'll be in touch for the offer to stay in Prescott tonight!
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  5. fesdc

    fesdc If it jams force it

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    Im in ottawa, if he needs a spot here Ive got an extra spot.
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  6. jacqui

    jacqui Falling overrrrr....

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    Just heard that Chris met up with tattewell & got the sprocket he needed! :clap

    Again, if anyone can offer a camping space or bed along the way for him, shoot an email his way (see original post)
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  7. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    Glad I could help, I wish I could have spent more time with Chris and listened to his stories. Fantastic guy.
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  8. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    Just got an email from Chris - he'll be here around 7pm.

    Did you get the new sprocket installed TW, or should I make some extra space in the shop?
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  9. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    Was done in the McDonalds parking lot in Belleville.
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  10. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    In true adventure style - perfect. :clap
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  11. jacqui

    jacqui Falling overrrrr....

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    You guys rock!

    Wait till he hears we're all coming to see him in Switzerland! :rofl
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  12. tattewell

    tattewell Mad Poser

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    Been there, done that, would go again in a heart beat!
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  13. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    Laundry done and oil changed on Chris' bike.
    Just need to track down a couple of electrical gremlins and he should be good for the rest of his trip.
    I'll try to get a couple photos of his setup and post it up later.
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  14. KevinG

    KevinG Been here awhile

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    Here is a photo of Chris leaving our place (Kevin & Bridget's) in Burlington on Monday morning on the way to meet-up with tattewell. He sure was pleased to find a replacement front sprocket.

    Vikingtazz I'm glad to hear he took you up on your offer to stay.

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  15. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    Chris is now leaving Prescott Ontario and heading east.
    Be sure to contact him if you have room for a night between here and Halifax!

    gfrberc(at)gmail.com

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  16. agent of orange

    agent of orange Adventurer

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    seen this posted on local forum so followed the link and sent an email to rberc(at)gmail.com. I am in in halifax and my wife is swiss so both may enjoy the some conversation.
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  17. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    Chris is riding in the CMG online Dusk 2 Dawn Rally this morning with us...

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    Cape Enrage New Brunswick
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  18. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    Chris is riding on Prince Edward Island for a couple of days, so he stayed the night at what I call my Big Sisters B&B which really means MY nephew Ty got booted from his bed to the sofa to make way for Chris.

    His stories are fabulous, and he's such a disciplined rider (something I can't claim).

    So now he's worried about about shipping his bike back, and will be focusing on getting that sorted out before he takes more time for touring.
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  19. Rotten Ronnie

    Rotten Ronnie Crash

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    This is the old sprocket.

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  20. Vikingtazz

    Vikingtazz Will ride for food.

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    That's awesome Ronnie - very good of you to welcome Chris and make some space for him.
    It was nice to hear from a traveler about his positive experiences in Canada.
    Heck, he didn't even complain about our high prices compared to the US.
    Cheers!
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