TransCanada ADV trip and preparation

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by CAN-ADVer, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    You can over-think it you know. Just go. Misadventures are an integral part of the fun.

    Nick
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  2. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    Hi! Bar risers is a very common modification on all motorcycles... To this date, we have a BMW F800GS, a KTM 990 Adventure and a KLR 650, so I was wondering if we should all get risers... We will do most of our trip on highways and main road, what do you guys recommend?

    [​IMG] :evil

    Or even plain 1" spacers:rofl
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  3. kildala2000

    kildala2000 The GS Store.

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    Hey, :D

    Sounds like a trip of a lifetime. :clap If you need info for your northern BC leg or Yukon leg, let me know.
    Ride Safe,
    Rick
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  4. Rick West

    Rick West Function not Farkles

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    Seeing as your trip is 5-6 months away, did you really mean to put this in ride reports? There is a section called Trip Planning that would be better for showing the preparation for your trip.
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  5. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    Hey! Well the thing is there is no place for a trip from planning till the end, and we didn't want to have multiple thread for the same trip. I thought it would be nice to have a couple of people following our thread during the trip as well... But to be honnest, I didn't thought many people would see it before it actually happened :lol3

    Yes, it will at least be our first trip of a lifetime! I just cant wait for that white stuff to melt :puke1
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  6. gwedo

    gwedo old enough to know better

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    bar risers are one of the best investments.takes the pressure of your back and shoulders and gives you more control when standing.you will not regret them.will be following along
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  7. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    Hey! I know it's been a while since we updated the prep/progress. too busy with projects and exams... So here's the last ad-ons for my bike!

    CENTER STAND
    I recently looked for a centerstand for my bike! I know it will be very usefull on the trip! So the asking price was 239$ Plus tax, plus shipping... so 290$ later I would have a centerstand ? That was too expensive for my student budget, so I went at a local car parts store and bought 2 springs for 5$, then I went at the hardware store for some special (beveled) bolts for 3$ (SS) ... And asked my uncle who is machinist to fabricate nut for the swivel. So 8$ later and 5h of labor :
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    Then I had a small dent on my front rim, so I decided tu take it of and use a 12 ton press and some hardwood blocking to make it perfect again :D But I had to remove the tire.. so I jumped on the occasion to fabricated my little tire removal kit :
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  8. blacktruck

    blacktruck Wanderer

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    I'm in. This is one I've wanted to do for some time. I'm still away and not riding for a bit so I want to watch the show from afar.
    Ride safe man and have some fun. :norton
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  9. BigToad

    BigToad The Bone Destroyer

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    sounds like you will have a blast.... definitely download the TCAT GPS files....lots of cool backroads.

    Definitely shake some gear! The trip is way more fun with far less gear/weight to pack everyday, you wont regret it! You can always buy a cheap tshirt at the tourist stops if ya get to smelly between washes..... Not sure what you get for mileage on the GS however when im going between points with no fuel stops I cruise slow and easy on throttle to extend the range.. you may wish to check out www.rotopax.com. perhaps you can mount one on the side of the bike which doesn't effect the handling as much? For 95% of the trip my guess is you have enough range built in......
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  10. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    Hey! I am not bringing the two gallons with me on the trip, they will be great for the closer to home trip on fire roads. I thought I was going to but the 990 adveventure will limit our mileage so I don't have to worry! The backpack will probably be as close to empty as possible.. I plan to use it on hikes and stuff!:wink: And I probably have enough rnge for 99% you are right! Worst case I will buy gas tank over there :p You are right for sure on the packing every morning :O God can I hate packing wet stuff on a cold morning :eek1
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  11. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    You might want to consider a separate bag for the tent and anything else that gets wet. Makes packup much easier and faster on a rainy day.
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  12. CAN-ADVer

    CAN-ADVer From NB to ... :)

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    I plan on using a small drybag for the tent you are right! It will be hard to dry our gear I know ...
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  13. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Ok so have you finished the whole TCAT? If so, how about some report for us to pass thru winter??

    :lurk
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  14. XRman

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    When I need to carry more fuel than my Safari Tank holds I use a 12 L fuel bladder. When the fuel has been added to the tank, just roll up the bladder and strap it to the luggage.

    Liquid Containment is the brand.

    try to keep the mass centralized low and between the axles. stuff hanging off the back will make your bike unstable.
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