TransCanada ADV trip and preparation

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  1. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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  2. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    I've been preparing for my trip across Canada next summer! I added HID projectors and HID headlights, as well as a headlight gard I made myself. I also added hard cases with a home made case rack, fabricated a two gaz tank mount on the back for the long streches. Garmin NUVI200 and E-trex legend for GPSs :) ... I have a tank bag, witch is not in the pictures A new sticker job, because I like to personalise my stuff a lot... I also got rid of the too long rear fender/license plate holder on the back (Never be scared to weld and cut on the bike ).. It also had a few accessories when I bought it, like the SW Motech top plate and crash bars! That's about it for the bike Here it is :deal

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  3. 568V8

    568V8 Ontario Vstrommer

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    There are lots of gas stations along the way. Why not ditch some extra weight and leave the cans at home and enjoy the ride?
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  4. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    Well if we go through the territories I will need them :p And there are not that many gas station in the dirt roads where we can ride for hours and parks... But I agree with you that I should leave them empty on the road!:rofl
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  5. klr6502k

    klr6502k Adventurer

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    When I did my cross Canada trip, my biggest mistake was to much weight.
    Too much cooking equipment,
    Too much gear.
    Too many clothes.
    And not bringing a paper map backup.

    I would love to hear your plans.


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  6. MAXVERT

    MAXVERT OG on da OC

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    Are you riding the Trans Canada Adventure Trail ?

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  7. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    Well we do have a predertemined path, but it is subject to change! I never heard of that trail, but I started reading on it and I would like to insert some part on it in our trip for sure!! Thank you!!

    Thank you for the info! We will be 4 or 5 bikes, so only one will carry the cooking supplys and etc!
    I hear a lot of people bring to much clothes and gear! I was thinking of washing clothes every two days or so, but thanks for the heads up! And yes, one of us should have a paper map, but with a couple of GPSs and Iphones we should be fine eh ?

    We started a little website as well, it incomplete, but feel free to check it out! http://transcanadaadventure.webs.com/
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  8. Phreaky Phil

    Phreaky Phil Long timer

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    Most of the world hasnt discovered the wonderful properties of Merino wool clothing.( Icebreaker http://blog.icebreaker.com/tag/no-stink/ ) Unlike synthetic gear it doesnt stink after a day so you can wear it for days on end. Sir Peter Blake wore it for 40 days on end sailing round the world ! http://us.icebreaker.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-IB-US-Site/en/Page-Show?cid=how-we-began
    I have no affiliation to the product, i just use it and it means you can take less stuff and dont have to wash it as often.
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  9. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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    I'm in-I am excited for your trip. I love Canada and I always look for an excuse to cross Canada, which happens a few times a year, coming from Alaska. I'm excited to see how your adventure unfolds.
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  10. jesse.godin

    jesse.godin Adventurer

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    Here's my bike the day I got her. She's got a great personality, I swear. I believe my bike and Guillaumes F800GS will get along just fine eh? :rofl

    Any advice on some simple light luggage? I was thinking of just strapping two fairly large dry bags to the rear of the bike.

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    Something like this.
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  11. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    Well that sounds really interesting! I never tought about "self cleaning" clothes! Unfortunatly, We will still need some clothes for the nights out!:freaky
    I will difinitly try to get underwears, socks and a shirt from them! Thanks again!:D
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  12. Nice_Rumble

    Nice_Rumble Long timer

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  13. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    I looked into that, they look very useful! But what I am using is not bungies, it's one long shock chord with a loop and a knot for now, but we will look into them for sure!:clap
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  14. klr6502k

    klr6502k Adventurer

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    Oops...
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  15. p-luc

    p-luc Let play out-side

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    I use regular Kayak strap for my stuff. On that trip I put 2 on my tent crossing (grey dry-bag) and 2 on the duffle bag, blue.
    I use the buggy net to put stuff to dry. The strap are custom made, I just cut them the good size for there job with a foot extra. I did 2 trips cross-country of 4 to 5 weeks, no problem.

    I got trouble to add the picture, will figure it out!!!!!!
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  16. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    Hi! Well shock chords is Kayak chord! I'm glad I'm not the only one using it! I bought 50ft for 18$ on ebay.. :) PS: I use Imgur for the image, try it ;)
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  17. stromsavard

    stromsavard Serge

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    Je vais suivre votre voyage avec beaucoup d'intérêt!!! Merci de poster votre préparation!!!!
    I'm in and will follow the preparation thank you guys!!
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  18. Howie82

    Howie82 Been here awhile

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    Totally agree with 568V8. Although I haven't been to NWT, I've done the Dempster and took 1 extra can can half the size of those which I picked up in Dawson City for 5 bucks. On my first major Yukon tour, I made it as far a Vanderhoof before I shipped back all the extra crap I was carrying including most cooking stuff.

    I'm planning a trip similar to yours but the opposite way. I'm leaving BC around the 3rd week in July and heading to NFLD, coming back via the Trans Lab then blast back via the States. When are you planning on leaving? Feel free to PM me and I'd love to help with the BC and Yukon part of your trip.
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  19. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    Interesting! I like the idea of shipping useless stuff haha! On our first trip I wouldn't be surprised if we bring everything twice :D As far as the gas cans, they are only 4.5L each, but I'm starting to be convinced that I should leave them empty for the highway part of our trip! I want them in case I come across a sign like that : (More than what we can do with a full tank)

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    We are planing to leave in the very end of may or beguinning of june. I read about the highway that goes to labrador, and I heard it's pretty intense :p And I will sure message you when we get to planning that part of our trip! And enjoy yours as well !!!
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  20. jesse.godin

    jesse.godin Adventurer

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    Merci pour l'intérêt et le support! On va faire de notre possible d'écrire notre aventure avec le plus de détails possible pour tenter d'aider les gens qui voudront tenter de reproduire notre voyage.

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    Thanks for the interest and support! We will do our best to detail our adventure in order to help future adventurers reproduce our trip.
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