Van Isle ADV rider's sign in...

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

  1. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    What year is your GS? Mine was a '91 R100. Sold it to go to Asia, as I found the Tiger more comfy, (both gravel & pavement) even with Corbin seats & lowered pegs on both. Just couldn't bond with the GS like I have with the Tiger. Both had their issues with wear & reliability. Both are expensive on parts. More generic parts like chain, sprockets, rims, etc for the Tiger than the GS. Changeable gearing is good also ... I could also change from a 17 to 19 tooth front sprocket under 15 minutes, making both kinds of riding on a long trip much more viable. My Tiger was upgraded from 86 to 101hp so I can easily keep up to my buddy OURBC on his R1150GS. The Bimmer was very sedate at 60hp in comparison.

    I have done a teardown on the Tiger every year, forks, steering, swing arm, brakes, tires, etc. That's the only way any old machine can keep running with the punishment Dual Sporters can apply. Lots of parts upgrades too. The only thing stock on mine is the nameplate. Must be nice to have a gold plated wallet & own a Katoom. Us lesser mortals will have to settle for the "other brands".

    Hopefully testing the DR Saturday if the projected snow fails to be serious. Then I can then negotiate a deal with either from a good standing of experience. Most the major upgrades are within a few buck of each other, & both have a clean slate, so the decision will be mostly on the physical comparison on the test ride.
  2. Cody1771

    Cody1771 Been here awhile

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    sounds like a plan, like i said weather dependant, i am kinda over snow for now... if it falls through i might drive down to cali for some surf fishing.
  3. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    A spare??? I have only seen one other '95 & a handful of any vintage "generation 1". Only 125 of my model year brought into all North America. Not anywhere as mundane & common as an R100 GS. Even my friend's Guzzi Quota has more examples. Nope, the Tiger stays with me "until death do us part" Any downsizing will just be used where the going gets really rough.

    A spare he says ... Good luck on that.
  4. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    That looks very familiar. Good call on turning around. I remember that road well. There are some very steep grades. They were actively logging when I went thru there. I remember thinking it would take quite a bit of nerve to be driving one of those heavily loaded logging trucks down that hill.
  5. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Yep, for a little while I had the illusion that we were going to make it over the pass and down the otherside to complete a loop... Very little snow up there, last year at this very time there was 10ft of snow on those upper roads... This year has been very strange for weather, the jet stream has been doing a loop well to the north of coastal BC leaving us with unusually long run of dry weather... On the North Island for the most part we have been quite dry since last June leaving the water levels in the creeks and rivers alarmingly low.. At some point mother nature usually makes up the shortfall, probably going to have some very wet months coming up...
  6. Cody1771

    Cody1771 Been here awhile

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    so, back to May. I have 4 - 5 days early may for a riding trip, I guess it will all depend on the snow levels but was hoping to get up north island and do a fish n' bike trip. bring my fly and spinning rods and have some fun. If the snow levels are to high I might go south and maybe do a few days at the dunes in Oregon or something. probably going to trailer the bikes to a drop off point either way if anyone is interested in coming with me. I just have a little ford focus and am getting a hitch put on it in march so will really only have room for 1 other person due to hitch restrictions.
  7. canadian chris

    canadian chris Been here awhile

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    as of last week, the Island snowpack was only 28% of normal.
  8. OneEffinName

    OneEffinName Been here awhile

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    Where is the "pass" on the comox lake mainline? I cant see anything on the map that is 2200'
  9. yatman

    yatman Been here awhile

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    ...he didn't say he was on Comox Lake main line...he said he was West of Comox Lake....this guy (gunnerbuck) gets some serious kms done in a short time....
    there's the rub, me thinks....

    cheers..ride safe
    yatman
  10. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I am in Courtenay, waiting an extra day to ride back to the north Island for the roads to get cleared... Going to head up tomorrow afternoon hopefully... 29cm of snow so far fell today in the Tsitika pass with an almost 50 CM base... When I rode through on Friday there was only about 15CM.. Going to be an interesting ride up tomorrow...
  11. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Yep, I was not on Comox main...
  12. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Lots of hwy warnings up first thing this AM so I hung back for a while until I saw a travel window between snowstorms, I left Courtenay around 1pm

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    About 175 k into it the snow started again..
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    Just around the corner from this pic it really started dumping, the road surface disappeared under the white blanket and I was constantly clearing my shield to see... Not much fun but after 20 km of torture the snow let up and I could relax a bit... An eventful ride...
  13. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    Ever thought about heading up Mt. Washington in winter? :wink:
  14. yatman

    yatman Been here awhile

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    I like riding. I enjoy many aspects of it. The grace and charm of exploration, vistas, relaxation or adrenaline from speed, technical, challenging, on/off road.
    I try to be ATGATT and have had some set backs and benefits...have heated gear, balaclava, good rain gear...experienced hot, cold, warm, dry, wet, miserable, cold (hypothermic) & scared.....I think I only ride those conditions if I get caught...why look for trouble?...snowmobiles have their place, aircraft, submarines......you see what I'm sayin'

    enjoy but try to stack the deck in your favour...

    my $0.02
  15. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    Good advice...
  16. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    When the Zombies come, I'll be ready!
  17. PPCLI-Jim

    PPCLI-Jim Been here awhile

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    just tripped onto this thread....im a dualist on a DR650 that is ready for the apocalypse. Better yet i have twisted a friend into a BMW 800 GS also , the only issue is that him and I have to get his wive to allow him to use it as it's supposed to be , maybe after a DS event or 2 with her coming along in the RV :norton. one never knows
  18. chris73

    chris73 Been here awhile

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    I am always willing to give the f800 the sound thrashing it deserves. I have been on a lot of the sooke hills trails and it is definitely a challenge. Lots of fun though. Usually turn back because I am alone. Lol
  19. canadian chris

    canadian chris Been here awhile

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    WWCN11 CWVR 071223
    SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN
    ISSUED BY ENVIRONMENT CANADA
    AT 4:23 AM PST FRIDAY 7 MARCH 2014.
    ---------------------------------------------------------------------
    WATCHES/WARNINGS IN EFFECT FOR COASTAL BRITISH COLUMBIA...

    RAINFALL WARNING FOR:
    =NEW= WEST VANCOUVER ISLAND
    =NEW= NORTH VANCOUVER ISLAND.

    UP TO 100 TO 120 MM EXPECTED FOR WEST VANCOUVER ISLAND AND NORTH VANCOUVER ISLAND THROUGH TONIGHT AND SATURDAY.




    better clean out those rain gutters :deal
  20. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    I'm headed to Courtenay again this weekend, I'll leave a bit earlier than planned to get ahead of this... At least I don't have to worry about snow this time, come Monday the rain will have it all melted...