Van Isle ADV rider's sign in...

Discussion in 'Canada' started by longwaytim, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. longwaytim

    longwaytim Been here awhile

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    So... I am curious to see how many of us ADV riders are here on Vancouver Island.. I know that a few of us have met (usually on the mainland like the BTR etc..) I thought it would be cool to start a thread on it.
    Maybe there is a Van Isle ADV ride to be organized in the future!:clap
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  2. longwaytim

    longwaytim Been here awhile

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    haha... sure :freaky
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  3. DaveBall

    DaveBall Long timer

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    I am up Qualicum Beach area.
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  4. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I don't live on the Island but close enough to be counted as I do most my riding there... I'm towards the top end about a 25 min ferry ride from Port Mcneill...
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  5. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Probably most of them. OP might be better off to join DSBC (as well), rather than re-invent the wheel here. :D
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  6. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Sointula...

    We have about 10 up this way that I ride with, most are DSBCers...
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  7. woodsman149

    woodsman149 not n00b

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    Signing in from Nanaimo
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  8. longwaytim

    longwaytim Been here awhile

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    I am thinking a mix of road & gravel, not singletrack....not to exlude anyone of course...:freaky just thinking more along those lines ... but ride whatever...

    Nice to here from some of you!
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  9. alberta bob

    alberta bob Been here awhile

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    ex pa , spent the first 20 years off my life there,now live in sw ab last summer i was home for the last 2 weeks of aug . It wood be nice if this thread is around for next summer's trip, it would be great to go for a gs ride with some like minded people.:freaky
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  10. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Are you talking about street bikes that can ride on gravel like the big GS and V Stroms?
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  11. woodsman149

    woodsman149 not n00b

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    I shall back away with shame then with my meagre 650 and will only raise my head again when I grow up and get a big bike to join your 'bigger dualsport' club :rofl
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  12. longwaytim

    longwaytim Been here awhile

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    Yeah, more or less...
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  13. woodsman149

    woodsman149 not n00b

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    Well by the sounds of it "more" is what you looking for, not "less", certainly not less than 1000cc :wink:
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  14. longwaytim

    longwaytim Been here awhile

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    It's not so much the size of bikes but the type of riding. ...Some road, some logging road etc... If that's your thing then ride what you like!
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  15. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    The big bikes earn the title "Adventure Bikes" because they can turn a simple backroads ride {for a 650} into a harrowing Adventure...

    Don't get me wrong, they're great bikes on the street and groomed gravel but definitely out of their element on rougher ground... When I play tour guide and we have some of these big bikes along I adjust the routes accordingly to stay away from the technical bits...
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  16. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    Another member checking in... Colwood, just outside Victoria.

    Hope to be moving back East next summer though. :clap

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  17. longwaytim

    longwaytim Been here awhile

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    It wasn't my intention to make this thread about the bikes, etc... I will chose my words more carefully in the future, such as my loose use of "Dualsport"... :D

    I just tought it would be cool to see if there was enough interest out there for a handful of us to get together & to do a two or three day Vanvouver Island ride sometime in the future. Lots of great paved & non paved roads... Anyway, just testing the waters for now.

    ...Looks like there is enough interest for such a ride..:clap
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  18. longwaytim

    longwaytim Been here awhile

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    Agreed! Personally my thing is equally slab & logging roads, (perfect for the GS) & that's about it... If I did true dualsport riding, I'd have a smaller more nimble bike for sure..
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  19. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Thats good that you enjoy the capabilities of the bike and it fits your style...
    Keep in mind though that some of the best most scenic riding on Vancouver Island are in these area that will be a struggle for your GS to reach without above average riding skill...


    I don't know where you draw the line as to what is a dualsport and what is an Adventure bike, I guess that comes down to personal choice... Myself, I think the 650 class bikes can work both categories extremely well... Of coarse the big bike can do double the posted hwy speed limit while the 650 struggles after 20 over...



    Enough said, I'll leave this thread to the big bike fans...

    David...
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  20. Canadane

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    Another one. New in the area. Previously in the Okanagan but now in the Qualicum Beach/Parksville area. (French Creek)

    Canadane
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