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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ManLee, Jul 21, 2013.
More love for the WRR. Looking forward to starting my days with your RR...:
Day 6 June 26, 2013
Hyder, Ak to Boya Lake, BC
Up at the crack of dawn to go see the salmon glacier. Yay right, not after you've been "hyderized". Plus I'm not sure there is a crack of dawn.
The road to the Salmon Glacier was fun because you can see the glacier from long ways off but you know that you're only seeing a tiny piece of it so the anticipation builds as you approach.
At the end of the road the views are spectacular. You hear this all the time but the pictures do not do it justice. If you get the chance, go see it. Too bad it was over cast but we are lucky it wasn't totally socked in. The sign was put there by a guy selling bear fight DVD's and post cards in case you forgot what you had just rode 1500 mile to see. More on that later.
So as I got to the end of the road the first thing I noticed before the glacier was a little stand set up with a sign advertising bear fight DVD's and post cards. For what ever reason that irritated me. 25 miles up a dead end dirt rode out in the middle of nowhere and someone wants to sell me something. Dean is a nicer guy than I am so after were get pictures and see the sights he strikes up a conversation with the guy. He's retired and lives in eastern Canada but comes over here every year and spends the summer. He makes all the DVD's and post cards himself. In the evenings he goes hiking and shoots video and stills and during the days he edits and sells them to the folks who show up. He does it all just for fun and sells the stuff to cover his costs. Nice guy and knew all about the area. I felt bad for being irritated earlier. Dean bought a DVD for $10 but by the time we got home the case was in a million pieces and the DVD was pretty beat up.
On the way back just below the glacier you could see several of these green pools next to the river.
Lunch in Stewart. Surprisingly the restaurants there are kind of fancy. I had french onion soup and dean had halibut. On the menu it said the halibut was served rare and the waitress repeated this. The people behind us were from Oklahoma and wanted seafood. They both ordered the halibut but were a bit scared about the rare part. When Dean got his food he pronounced "Its a good thing I like sushi because this thing is RAW!" This freaked the lady from Oklahoma out and she begged the waitress to have the chef "cook" the fish. The waitress said she would ask. When their food came it was cooked through and they were happy.
This is the bear glacier. You can see it from the highway on the way in and out of town. Quite the puny lame-ass glacier compared to the salmon. Dean was so unimpressed he never shut the motor off. He just stopped looked and moved on.(We actually stopped to see it on the way in also.)
Headed north on the Cassiar Highway. One of many steel grate decked bridges we crossed. The grates make your bike wander all over the place. I new this bothered dean a bit so I always sped up and went across them as fast as I could just to show him I wasn't scared.
We had just come from the town of Dease Lake where we were planning to stay. It was raining cats and dogs and were didn't feel like setting up camp in the rain. The motel was full and the restaurant was closed. It was late and we were tired but we motored on.
Glad we did. Found a nice place to camp at Boya Lake. The weather changed. It was warm and dry.
Dean had every flavor of mountain house meal meal made. I think we both made it back home with more meals than we ate.
This was the first time on the trip we had any mosquitos. They weren't really that bad but I didn't want to pack all this skeeter stuff for nothing.
Nice! I can't wait for more updates!
Its definately a lot more work doing these reports than I anticipated. Up until midnaight last night. I'm trying to get one done every day. Fun way to relive the trip though. Its worth doing.
Interesting observations on 650 vs 250.
I'm very interested in the WR250R but have just one concern about a 250 engine making this much power: longevity of the motor. How many miles do those things last before needing a valve job or rings/pistons or cylinder redone? Many highly-stressed dirt-bike engines like this need a rebuild by 15 or 20 thousand miles. No so with a DR650, which is a very under-stressed engine.
I have owned both the KLR650 and DR650 for many years. Never felt vibration was a problem with either, although I much prefer the DR650 over the KLR650. The DR is smoother, simpler, lighter, better off-road, bulletproof, trouble-free and lasts just as long as the KLR.
First valve check on a WR250R is over 40000Km. Yup that's right. Oil changes are every 5000Km
The engines are bulletproof. People regularly run 89 octane fuel despite the manual calling for 91 octane with no issues.
Click on the following link to the ADVrider WR250R/X Spec page. Lots of info.
You boys look a little big for a 250cc..... Oh, I see, you bought TWO 250cc bikes... that oughtta make for easier packing.
5000km oil changes assume some amount of dirt riding, the WR250X (street version) has 10,000km intervals for oil changes. So if you're on the highway you don't have to change at 5000km unless it's for warranty or something...
Day 7 June 27, 2013
Boya Lake, BC to Francis Lake, YT
Today we enter the Yukon!
You cant help but visit the sign forest, its the first thing you see when you come into town. The visitor center is right here so I went in to ask where the best place to get a hamburger is. She told me all the different places one could get a hamburger but she couldn't tell which was best. What she did tell me was that we should not go to Ross River on the Robert Campbell Highway. She said heavy mining trucks have torn the road up and that it is in terrible shape and nearly impassable. I tried to explain to her about the bikes we were on and that we could "go anywhere". She said the last group that tried had a bad crash and a serious injury. I told here we'd be fine and she had me sign a ledger and told me to check in at the visitor center in Faro and to have them call her. Wow what were we in for?
The first 60 miles of the Campbell highway is chip seal. It looks like they've got another section ready for tar and are clearing and grading a section after that. We probably loose a chunk of dirt each year but I doubt the whole thing will be paved in my lifetime.
This is one of the better sections of dirt we had between Watson Lake and Francis Lake. There were sections of terrible washboard, loose gravel and some duffy loose sand pits that wanted to swallow you up. It was tuff riding but not nearly impassable as described.
We camped at Francis Lake. Probably the best camping of the trip. Had the place to ourselves except for one old timer from Oregon who had been coming here every summer for 40 years to fish.
It was warm dry and bug free. So nice that we each took a dip to clean up and cool off.
Dean, staring out at the lake trying to figure how to catch one of those 40 inch lake trout that the old timer told us about.
I'm loving this RR, really making me want a WR250R... or a Super Sherpa since I'm short
Thanks for sharing!
The WR250R has 26,000 mile valve adjustment intervals. Can't beat that. Thanks Yamaha. Only time it feels stressed to me is at about 85-90 mph. But there's no fun for me in riding at those speeds - so it isn't a problem. It feels very relaxed at 65 mph and fuel-economy is much better there too.
It's funny - a friend who rides a Sportster, took my CBR150R out on a 150 mile day-ride yesterday. He couldn't believe how smooth it ran at 65 mph. His left hand never went numb the entire ride......a problem he experiences often with the Sportster. His hand never went numb riding the WR250R either.
Really enjoying this report. Go WR!!!!
A friend of mine rides a WR in S. America. He has 69,000 miles (not KM) on it and I asked what he has done to it. "Add fuel" was his response. So it sounds like they are up to the challenge. A WR is on my list for the next bike too.
Francis Lake was Awesome!!!....We met a guy camping there who just came in on his boat and brought us over 2 cold beers. I asked: How's the fishing?....He replied: Good and Bad--------what I don't get it?
He went on to explain that all the lake trout they could catch were 30lbs or bigger!!!!
And that was just too big to fit in there frying pan!!!!........Life is TUFF sometimes!!!
Beautiful spot!!! Looks like you guys were in the same site!
What country? I'm surprised the shitty fuel hasn't caused an engine failure
Too bad its so far away. Thats a spot we'd like to return to and just spend some time. Deans dying to catch a 30lb trout. The only diapointment was that the weather was so nice we did't take advantage of the free firewood. We did not have a single camp fire the entire trip. Seems either there was no wood available or it was just too hot and dry.
"What she did tell me was that we should not go to Ross River on the Robert Campbell Highway. She said heavy mining trucks have torn the road up and that it is in terrible shape and nearly impassable. I tried to explain to her about the bikes we were on and that we could "go anywhere". She said the last group that tried had a bad crash and a serious injury."
We where given the same information, we chickened out and rode the paved road to Dawson City.
Curt R1200GS Adventure
Day 8 June 28, 2013
Francis Lake, YT to Carmacks YT
Its 120 miles of dirt road from Francis Lake to the town of Ross River. The first 10 miles were some of the worst washboard I had seen. I thought this was going to be a long miserable day but after that first 10 miles we passed one last mining operation and it turned to hard packed gravel. You could really motor on this and it went on and on and on
Its funny that out in the middle of nowhere you come across this viewing and information area. Kinda like what youd see alongside the highway.
This is the most isolated stretch of road on the whole trip. We didnt see anyone on it and Ill bet if you were stranded it would be days before anyone would happen by. Later I talked to a guy in Fairbanks and he said he avoids this road because its boring and all you see is trees. I thought it was awesome and beats the hell out of the Alcan.
Our last fill up was yesterday 230 miles ago and we were greeted with this out of gas sign in Ross River. Not a good feeling. They told us there should be a fuel delivery later this afternoon. The Next fuel is in Faro 50 miles away. We did some quick calculations dumped in our remaining gas and headed to Faro.
We made it to Faro with gas to spare. Turns out we could easily do 300 miles with all our jugs full up. It was actually good to have a long test run before we tackled the haul road. Faro is kind of a ghost town. There is an abandoned industrial mine nearby and you can tell by the vintage of all the houses that there was a boom in the 70s. We had another hamburger at the restaurant and talked to a guy who came there for 2 months 35 years ago and never left. The only jobs left are cleaning up the mess the mining company left behind when they pulled out.
We camped at Coal Creek Campground in Carmacks right on the Yukon River. This is where we met up with Hennepinboy(Curt) and his brother who were also on their way to Deadhorse.
Looks like a great ride you guys had.
man, nice report and great pics!!
And you are on the right bikes to boot!!
Can't wait for more!