Yamaha XT1200Z SuperTénéré owners: Show Us Your Bikes!

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by AndreiZ, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. eemsreno

    eemsreno Long timer

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    My wife wants to ride her Raptor 350 in Colorado this summer { we have done that a lot and it's fun!} She won't ride with me to Whitehorse on the Tenere, she says there is too many Bears up there.
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  2. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    She may have a good point.:lol3

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  3. eemsreno

    eemsreno Long timer

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    Personally I would think that Mexico would be more dangerous:rofl
  4. Dallara

    Dallara Creaks When Walks...

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    Or L.A., Detroit, Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C., Miami, Houston, etc., etc. :lol3

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  5. roarin calhoun

    roarin calhoun Been here awhile

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    Pluric ,your picts remind me of when the wife & I were stopped in a line of traffic in Yellowstone on our way to Bear Tooth Pass in Montana .Everybody was watching bears close to the road. The big black varmints came right up to our bike & I was too close to cars,both front & back to get out of there. Glad they didn't think of us as M&Ms. Something to think about,anyway. Then there was the time in S Dakota I was going about 30MPH with a big herd of buffalo running along side within 30 feet of us. Was ready to stomp that throttle hard. Lottsa fun.
  6. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I wish this was a little more focused. It was our first bear sighting on an Alaska ride.
    It was on the other side of the road and decided to cross the street right in front of
    my buddy. I could see his panic look in his mirror as I rushed to get a camera out.:lol3

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  7. roarin calhoun

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    Heck Pluric, That bear's just a teeny little shit. My cat could whomp that pigmy. We ferried to the Queen Charlotte Islands off the BC-Alaska coast on a bike ride to Alaska once. Biggest black bears on earth, they say. They were huge. A REALLY neat place. Laid back as my easy chair. Gorgeous too.
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    llamapacker Mr. Conservative

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    My wife likes bears (to take pictures of) but she will not go with me to White Horse. I don't mind them while I am riding, but camping is another thing. We got some very good pics of bears in Yellowstone, but they went with my last harddrive failure.

    Update: found him, USB backup drive.

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  9. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    What, are you from Texas??? Everything is bigger in your world.:wink::D

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  10. roarin calhoun

    roarin calhoun Been here awhile

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    hay Pluric, I been around little bears and HUGE bears. Used to carry a couple rifled slugs for my shotgun while bird hunting in the Canadian woods.Lots of black bears,some with cubs.Never had to shoot one, thankfully. Got chased by a grizzly while fishing in the Northwest Territories once. I was drunk & stoopid(a usual state of being). LOTS of bears there. Not sure I'd camp in that area(we had rifles). Read about a guy who's BMW GS12 got beared while camping in Alaska. Seems he had cheese locked up in his Jesse bags(metal). A grizz wrecked the bike trying to get at that cheese. Destroyed it. Cheese was safe tho. Bears are serious business.
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    Hey, if you're gonna' go riding - and camping - on your bike in bear country... Here's the perfect companion to have in your side cases!

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    It's called the "Alaskan Co-Pilot" by Wild West Guns in Anchorage, AK (they also have a shop in Las Vegas, NV).

    http://wildwestguns.com/copilot.html

    It's available chambered in several calibers, including .45-70, .457 WW Magnum, and their own .50 Alaskan cartridge, which can send a pretty large pill - a 500-grain .50 caliber bullet - downrange at up to 2050 FPS, giving an impact energy of 4200 foot pounds...

    And it packs down to a case only 21" x 9" x 2"! Perfect for a set of Jesse bags!

    You can get it with all sorts of options, finishes, sights, etc. Just what you need for a trip through the woods! :lol3

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  12. roarin calhoun

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    Wow. Never heard of that.Lottsa power. Bet it costs more than a BMW (gun probably works tho). Think I'd trade the scope for a bayonet tho.
  13. Dallara

    Dallara Creaks When Walks...

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    Check out the link. The price is not as bad as you might think if you skip a bunch of options, and especially so if you've got an old Marlin 1895 laying around. I've seen exhaust systems, shocks, and all sorts of motorsicle accessories cost more... :rofl

    And it's a lot more useful than the latest, trickest Ohlins around bears... :evil

    And you're a braver man than I if you're gonna' let a bear get close enough for bayonet work!!! :eek1

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    p.s. - a friend of mine has one in .45-70, and it is truly one beautiful piece of kit... Remarkably compact, wonderfully finished, and functions smoother than butter. Unfortunately I've never gotten a chance to shoot it.


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  14. roarin calhoun

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    Durn Dolara,I'm seriously going to look at that gun. We do bike a lot in grizzly country. And you can't always control how close a bear gets to you,but if it does, a bayonet'd be better than a scope .Probably not by much. Wonder which tastes better to the bear? Condiments?
  15. pluric

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    Let me know how the border crossing works out on that.:lol3
  16. roarin calhoun

    roarin calhoun Been here awhile

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    Pluric, what's the minimum barrel length for Canada's border? That gun might make it. Maybe. Cost some money in fees tho. I'd take it to Montana & eastern Idaho,no sweat. Grizzly bears killed some folks over there last year and lots of great backroads go right thru bear country.
  17. Dallara

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    "Condiments?" Now *THAT'S** funny!!! :lol3 :lol3 :lol3

    The .45-70 should be sufficient, and it's cheaper, too, with more readily available ammunition and bullet choices. After all, there's good reason why the .45-70 cartridge was one of the most popular in bear country for decades. It's got about as good a chance to knock one down as anything.

    And if I were to get one of those rifles I'd skip the scope, too. Less weight. Less to damage. And not near as quick as iron sights, not to mention scopes are near useless in the dark.

    BTW, used Alaskan Co-Pilot rifles do show up occasionally on used gun web and auction sites.



    That brings up an interesting point...

    I have several friends that go hunting in Canada fairly frequently, and they always take their own rifles - and handguns - and they have both flown and drove depending on the trip. I can't ever recall them mentioning any problems getting them into, or out of, Canada.

    Have to ask them about that.

    Does anybody know the law about taking guns into Canada?

    OTOH, if you had one these Alaskan Co-Pilot's, in its case, packed down in the bottom of your Jesse bags, would the border guys ever find it? Have Canadian or US customs ever had any of you guys empty your side cases, etc. when riding your bike across the border?

    And I am asking that question seriously.

    Thanks!

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    Philander Someday...

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  19. Dallara

    Dallara Creaks When Walks...

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    Well, these folks are not liars. Not a one of them.

    If there is a mistake there then it is probably mine, and my memory. I've just never known these hunters to go hardly anywhere without handguns along, though the actual hunting was always done with rifles and shotguns. Either they did not take handguns on the Canadian trips, or they had them and were not checked.

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  20. roarin calhoun

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    Dallara, NO handguns can be taken into Canada & I sure wouldn't want to be caught trying. I was checked thoroughly(they went thru everything in my truck) just once in maybe 50 pickup truck & motorcycle trips into Canada.But you never know. Canada's a nice place & I try ,usually,to obey their laws---some of which I think are intrusive & nuts. We're catching up fast,tho.It used to cost $50 to take a gun in there(per gun?--can't remember as I stopped hunting up there when that fee hit). As for that gun you posted,I'd get the .50 cal. As I said, I was chased by a grizzly once. Gaurenteed to sober you up fast. I'd want the biggest hunk of lead I could carry if it happened again. Really, it IS something to think about.