You Can't Tour On That. A 4000KM Ontario Trip On A 2011 CBR150R

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by GearDrivenCam, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. BackRoader

    BackRoader ROK strapper

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    Mike, that's "ucken fossum"... You are the master of small bike travel!!!
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  2. green hell

    green hell yawning or snarling

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    that's awesome! i may have to get my 200 that way. ivanhoe lodge is about 12 hours from my house and we always enjoyed the trip up there.

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  3. ZZR_Ron

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    That was a great ride report Mike!

    I can't wait to go with you on the "next Adventure"...(and we'll be on the perfect roads for a CBR125 or two!)
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  4. jon_l

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    Like previous reports, this is fine reading. Great job Mike.
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  5. GearDrivenCam

    GearDrivenCam Been here awhile

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    Thanks everyone for all the positive comments. Thought I'd include some other photos that didn't make it into the report.

    Here's the bike parked at the lookout east of Nipigon.

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    I zoomed in on Lake Superior for this one at the top of the lookout near Ney's Provincial Park.

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    I had to capture another one of the bike at Rabbit Blanket Lake Provincial Park.

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    And this is what Rabbit Blanket Lake looked like when I first arrived.

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    And here is a view of my site from the shore of the lake.

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    This is the parking lot of Potholes Provincial Park east of Wawa, ON.

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    The trail leading to the Kinniwabi River and the potholes.


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    First view of the potholes.

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    The rest-stop along highway 11 at Aide Creek.

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    This is a shot of Aide Creek next to the rest-stop.

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    This is a view of the roadway next to my site at Finlayson Point Provincial Park.

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    Here is the beach at Finlayson.

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    A view from the Petro-Can station in Temagami, ON.

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    I zoomed in to capture a view of the beach next to my site at Finlayson. This shot was taken at the Petro-Can station in Temagami, ON.

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    A view of the cupola inside the Caribou Mt. Fire Tower.
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    A view of Temagami down below.


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    If you look closely - you can see my CBR in the parking lot below the fire tower.

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    This is the trail leading to Au Clair Gorge.


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    The first view of the river at Au Claire Gorge.

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    One view of the falls at Au Claire Gorge.

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    My tent site at Adam's camp near Bancroft.

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    Another view of the camp. Airing out our gear.

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    Some riders in the Mad Bastard Scooter Rally.

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    Here is a photo from the Forks of the Credit River - on our way back from Bancroft.

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    An interpretive panel at High Falls (A.Y. Jackson Lookout) - on the Onaping River.

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    The parking area at the campers' beach - at Windy Lake Provincial Park.

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    Forest tower (Cascaden Tower) on Windy Lake from the campers' beach.

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    Taking advantage of my 20X zoom - a close-up of the tower.

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    The view from the boat-launch at Windy Lake Park looking out toward the lake.

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    Trail from the boat-launch back to the paved roadway through Windy Lake Park.

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    The CPR tracks lie just on top of the embankment.

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    A view of the old beach at Windy Lake Park.

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    Another view of the beach.

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    A play set next to the beach.


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    A canoe near the boy scout camp out on Windy Lake.

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    The former camping area next to the old beach.

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    Looking back at the lake.

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    Another view of the lake.


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    Yet another view of the lake - under different lighting.

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    The path next to the CPR tracks - leading out of the park toward the Elks Club.

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    Sand pit near Windy Lake Park.

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    What's left of the old bridge along the former alignment of the Old Cartier Road.

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    The top of the trestle falls - looking down.


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    Another view of the trestle falls.

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    Below the trestle falls - looking toward the CPR tracks.

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    At the top of the CPR tracks.


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    A train passing by.

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    A view of my site from the water at Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park.
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    A view from Ivanhoe Lodge.

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    Looking out over Ivanhoe Lake from the campground.

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    Hope you enjoyed looking at a few more photos from the trip.

    Mike
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  6. Bobbrecken

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    Great ride and very well written. I bought a TW 200 this year mostly for riding along the abandoned CN line north of Thunder Bay. Once it is broken in I am inspired to go farther afield after your experiences.
    One of the most fun bikes I had was a Honda MB5 with 50cc of screaming two stroke. It would do 80 kph. on flat ground with no wind. You could be riding the wheels off it and nobody would know.
    Thanks for the entertainment. Bob.
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  7. jbcaddy

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    Thanks! I really enjoyed reading your ride report. I've been thinking smaller myself lately. Recently was talking to a shop about a 250 dual sport and they repeatedly kept telling me I need to get a 650! Several years ago I did a three day trip on a Ninja 250, which is quite a change from the Ducati Multistrada I usually ride. I had a blast on it!
    I rode through your area years ago on a Honda 750. Thanks for showing me the sights I missed back then :clap
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  8. GearDrivenCam

    GearDrivenCam Been here awhile

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    Hey Bob - you should log into the Northern Riders Sign-In on ADV Rider if you haven't done so already. Many riders from Thunder Bay frequent the forum and we do lots of day-rides around the area throughout the summer. A bunch of good guys. It would be fun to have a TW 200 come along.

    Yes - I remember the MB5. I wanted one badly as a teenager. :cry

    Mike
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  9. GearDrivenCam

    GearDrivenCam Been here awhile

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    jbcaddy - I also own a 2009 Yamaha WR250R. It's a great dual-sport. And you can get some impressive deals on used ones in the U.S. right now. I went for a ride today - out to Sleeping Giant Park and back. I was riding with some friends - one on a KLX250S and the other on a Suzuki DR650. Both of them tried the WR and were equally surprised at the amount of power the WR puts out. And it's stock - except for a 47 T rear sprocket (stock is 43T). The DR650 owner really enjoyed riding it and afterwards said he's seriously considering purchasing one. He added that it didn't feel like a 250cc power-wise and had more low end than he expected as well. Granted - it is a tall bike - and doesn't offer much highway wind protection. But it's tons of fun - and has plenty of power for 99% of the things I need it to do.

    Mike
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  10. Bobbrecken

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    I just joined and am trying to figure out how to sign in to the Northern Riders. I have subscribed but am lost. Bob.
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  11. GearDrivenCam

    GearDrivenCam Been here awhile

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    Hey Bob - here is a link to the most recent discussions. Once you've clicked the link - you can always just save the page in your favourites.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=183099&page=547

    Mike
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  12. Bobbrecken

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    You missed you chance to ride the Sultan Industrial Rd. off 144. Can be a great shortcut to Wawa or hell depending when the last grader went through. Bob.
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  13. ZZR_Ron

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    We tried the rail bed on the ride with Nanabijou, on the dualsports, but it was blocked off in one spot. (This is the one going toward Pass Lake.)

    There are a few "private property" signs on the railbed headed north, but we think ppl have put them there illegally. Can't see how they can own railway land.

    {Hijack off} Back to our regularly scheduled ride report.
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  14. yyzmdo

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    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your ride report.

    Thank you!!
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  15. GearDrivenCam

    GearDrivenCam Been here awhile

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    Thanks yyzmdo!!! :D

    Mike
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  16. GearDrivenCam

    GearDrivenCam Been here awhile

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    Hey Bob - I take the Sultan Rd a couple of times each year in my car when traveling down to S. Ontario. You're right. It could be like riding on marbles with the CBR150R. Would never want to take the chance. I bet it would make for some interesting twists to my report though. I wanted to stay at Ivanhoe Lake Park anyway - so it gave me a good excuse to bypass it. I believe on a dual-sport I could access Ivanhoe from at least one of the roads branching off the Sultan Rd.

    MIke
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  18. jdn

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    Cool RR! Nice to see it's actually possible to make such a trip with a small bike. Really makes me reconsider the CBR 250R instead of a 600ccm bike...

    Could you tell me more about the saddlebags and how they are attached to the bike? Looks cool...
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  19. GearDrivenCam

    GearDrivenCam Been here awhile

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    I have the Ortlieb waterproof saddlebags. Love them. They never leak. And I won't have to worry about stopping and attaching waterproof raincovers when it rains ever again. The Ortliebs have two Velcro straps that connect the bags to each other. I have the rear-most strap positioned under my pillion seat and the front-most strap across the rear of my seat. I find that having one strap under the seat contributes some extra stability to the setup. And there isn't any noticeable discomfort in sitting on the other strap. One thing I noticed quickly was that - when loaded - the bottom of each saddlebag was tilting inward - too close to the rear wheel. The fix involved using the carabiner bungeys that secured the camp cot. After attaching the bungeys to the rack - I wrapped them around the cot a few times - then attached them to rings on each saddle. There was enough tension on the bungeys to lift each saddle up and nicely away from the rear-wheel.

    You can see one of the bungey cords attached to the saddlebag ring in this photo.

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    And here is what the setup looks like from behind. You can see one of the bungeys connected to the rack (with the carabiner) and wrapped around the cot.

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    Mike
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  20. jdn

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    Thanks a lot, Mike! I wondered how the bags stayed in place. :lol3 The solution with the bungey cords sounds pretty simple, I like it.
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