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Discussion in 'Canada' started by MANXMAN, Nov 27, 2010.
Excellent - thanks much!
MANXMAN et al,
Dusting this thread off! Would love to participate in a 2017 BC Big Trailie ride but read in another thread that none are in the works so myself and a couple of friends are noodling over the feasibility of re-tracing the BCBTR-6 route next year. We're experienced off-road riders aboard BMW 1200GS's and have some questions and looking for some info/advice please.
I know that MANX and friends pre-rode the route prior to the ride, but since it has been a few years is it likely that the route will still be open and passable in general? Are there specific sections to be mindful of for possible closures?
I see that detailed route charts were given to the participants along with GPS tracks. Since we won't have use of route charts will the GPS tracks provided in this thread be sufficient to navigate the route and which GPS maps are best to use? (we have BMW Nav5 and Garmn Montana GPS's)
I see BC Backroads maps are popular not sure which ones apply to this route. What maps do you recommend?
Lastly, what's the best time(s) of year to ride this?
Any info/tips appreciated!
Thanks heaps! Dorian
I have the Route Sheets from the original BCBTR 6 if you'd like a copy. PM me. That was an awesome last BCBTR and I kept the Route cause I wanted to do it again some day. I would think that any time between June and Sept would be good. It started in Clinton BC, right? If you decide to organize it again, I'm sure I could talk half dozen riders into it from here.
There are a lot of people on Vancouver Island that would love to participate on a 2017 BC Big Trailie ride if it happens.
Planning out a ride like this is easy.
1. Sit down with a nice cold beer. (Avoid hard liquor and/or drugs, otherwise you'll create something that will be mistaken for a DSBC ride.)
2. Whip out the Backroads Mapbook of the area you like.
3. Connect the dots preferable using the thicker black lines denoting connect gravel roads which are usually maintained. (400-500km 8hr section will work) Don't forget about 150km between gas stops for the smaller bikes.
4. Be flexible. I did the BC Big Adventure ride up in Kamloops and swapped the sections around due to weather. Most of us avoided the quagmire between Savona and Cache Creek. (My apologies to the Salt Spring Island Crew)
5. Go pre ride it. (Like you need an excuse to go riding...)
6. Make GPS tracks and videos to share on here.
I did route charts just for the riders that wanted to fantasize about doing the Dakar. Most people use GPS.
My ride was on the labour day long weekend with 2.5 days of riding. The Monday was short and easy so everyone could ride home. I also did my ride in a cloverleaf so that people could set up a basecamp and ride lightly loaded. Also use a Rite in the Rain notebook and pen stopped to your bike. I lost mine north of Salmon Arm dodging a thunderstorm. (I'm an electrician and electricity scares the poop out of me.) I think Manx's philosophy was to make an easy meandering ride for the riders of big bikes to enjoy. I kind of agree with that. (I've survived my share of DSBC rides)
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Rode 5 and 6, very well organized by Manxman. Great scenery, good times.
Was in the last one. Miss it, I'm so in
Thanks for the offer RED CAT PM sent.
Thanks all for the great feedback! Would love to just "sign-up" for another BCBTR but have no problem connecting the dots with the info here to put it together. Ridden plenty of enduro-style DS rides so the idea of a scenic, leisurely ride on big bikes is very appealing. I'll stay tuned here for any developments etc.
Developments on the way.
Cool resurrection thread. I enjoyed many of these rides. Last July two friends and I used a mash up of these ride sheets and did ten day ride from Edmonton. Great times and brought back lots of memories. Also added more recent sections, East Harrison Lake and Big Bar Ferry. Very nice.
I miss the old days and old friends. I would be up for a re-do.
Dorian I have all BC backroad maps, i dont think they are sold in the US, if you want to borrow them let me know. they are quite good
Did 5 and 6 with Ross. Miss it!
Thanks for the offer Mike. I checked out their website looks like you can purchase from there. I'll PM ya if I needa borrow them.
Depending on when, I am up for this.
I have gpx files for BCBTR4, 5, and 6 if you want em'
Thanks for the offer, PM sent.
Hopefully this attempt to attach the tracks will work