Triumph Over Labrador

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Bikebits, Aug 28, 2009.

  1. hewhohesit8s

    hewhohesit8s Been here awhile

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    I have been contemplating the Trans Lab. I'm getting a great idea what it might be like from your writeup. Keep it coming.
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  2. blacktiger

    blacktiger Tigers R great.

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    I'm keen to know what those panniers are on the KLR? The right hand one looks like it might sit above my Arrow pipe.
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  3. trustme

    trustme Long timer

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    I'm enjoying learning about a part of the world I know nothing about. Keep it coming:clap :clap
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  4. Bikebits

    Bikebits Scramblin' man

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    Hi Tiger,

    That's the Kawasaki OEM soft luggage for the KLR.
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  5. Bikebits

    Bikebits Scramblin' man

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    We pretty much dispensed with picture taking for the remainder of the trip home, due to continuing wet weather and familiarity with the territory.

    Setting out from Fredericton, for our twelfth day we headed west and crossed the Border into the US from McAdam NB. A rather remote crossing with two lanes and a friendly CBP officer who checked our passports and wished us well. We followed Route 6 west to I-95 for a brief stretch, then got onto old US Route 2 near Bangor ME. We followed Route 2 west through Hew Hampshire, enjoying the scenery of the White Mountains while dodging intermittent showers. We finished the day near Montpelier VT with 686 km under our belts. Another stay at a local motel with dinner at a recommended no-chain restaurant.

    The next morning when we set out it was rain gear again to deal with heavy fog in the Green Mountains. About noon we crossed back into Ontario at Prescott, served by a young border officer who didn't really seem to be interested in listening to the answers we provided.

    As the weather was clearing we were confronted by strong headwinds, that made for some of the most unpleasant riding of the trip. We rode straight through to Bruce's house in Toronto chalking up 719 km.

    The following day, I headed out through the morning Toronto rush hour traffic, arriving at my parent's house an hour and a half later. After a brief visit I set out again along my preferred route of two lane highways in sporadic southern Ontario rain, by far the heaviest of the trip. By 3 pm I was home, having covered 391 km for the day.

    The sum total for the trip was 6494 km in fourteen days according to the bike's odometer, with 6503 on the GPS. The difference was attributable to the fact I used the GPS sporadically on the ferries to track our progress at sea.

    The Scrambler acquitted itself remarkably well, the smooth running engine a treat on the highways. With the modifications I had made, it was fully up to the task of tackling the Trans-Labrador Highway, with the exception of the shocks fading on the one rough section. A set of pricey Ohlins might have solved that problem, but on the other hand maybe not, as the Scrambler shocks didn't have enough travel to cope with the really rough stuff.

    Although the weather was less than cooperative, it was a unique trip. Two old friends experiencing one of the most remote regions of Canada accessible by road will leave a lifetime of memories.

    The people of Labrador and Newfoundland were friendly and hospitable like nowhere else I've travelled. I highly recommend the Trans-Labrador experience to anyone so inclined.
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  6. alpine-way

    alpine-way n00b

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    Great ride report Dave! Riding the Trans Labrador Highway with you was a tremendous experience. A unique land with wonderful people. We may not have had the best weather, but all in all the bikes held together well and we made good time...almost an iron butt pace when you compare to our KTM buds.
    Here are some pics:

    Dave & Bruce
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    The plastic gerry can, when full, gave Dave peace of mind.
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    The Royal Inn, Happy Valley - Goose Bay Labrador. A great place to stay!
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    Aprilia Bill (from Michigan) and the KTM boys, Darren and James from Atlanta, Georgia) join Dave.
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    Dave with Darren and James (KTM boys)
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    Departing Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland.
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    Twin City Motel, Barre-Montpelier, Vermont
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  7. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    very interesting and well written report: thanks for sharing.....

    I had hoped to get back to newfoundland this year and ride the trans-lab, but have not made it, yet :wink:
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  8. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Dave, great ride report and photo's... Your summary above was perfect... I did the trip in July this year and agree totally..

    I also recommend a Trans Lab trip to those who want to get out into the wilds....
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  9. Skidplate865

    Skidplate865 Been here awhile

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    Kind of strange for me - this ride report. I normally ride a Scrambler, but this August I rode Iceland for a week on a rented KLR (that looked exactly like Bruce's). I've pulled 7,000 mile trips on the Scrambler too - ran out of gas in the Moab desert in June.

    Tough luck about that rim. Hope you lace up a new one without much hassle.

    Here's the Iceland ride report for those who are curious:

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=10629915#post10629915

    Here's the June Scrambler road trip:

    http://www.triumphrat.net/ride-trip-reports/113828-nyc-to-yellowstone-on-scrambler.html

    Here's the November cross country on the Scram:

    http://www.triumphrat.net/ride-trip-reports/97500-ny-to-ca-on-scrambler.html
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  10. BusinessSocks

    BusinessSocks A real Trucker Cap

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    I love to see folks tackling trips like this on a Scrambler. Inspiring, to say the least.
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  11. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    Great stuff...thanks :clap
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