Dreaming of Trans Taiga

Discussion in 'Canada' started by skibum69, Jan 30, 2021.

  1. Gearhead1250GS

    Gearhead1250GS Been here awhile Supporter

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    On Wednesday there was no fuel available at either Brisay or Lac Pau.We left a bike overnight at the Hydro in Brisay and the fuel was not open.We carried our fuel onboard.
  2. Gearhead1250GS

    Gearhead1250GS Been here awhile Supporter

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    The road get distinctly tougher and narrower after Brisay and is covered with rocks which took out 2 of our bikes with rim damage.
  3. John F

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    Ouch! Didn’t anybody take up the slack at Lac Pau after Air Saguenay left? Or was somebody out there with gas just closed when you were out there?

    And I thought the fuel at Brisay was a card lock. Limited hours?

    Sounds like your fuel situation out there was a lot more difficult than mine. I hope it improves.
  4. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Yeah, we're waiting to hear about fuel from the Saguenay fuel dumps?
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    If there is no fuel at Brisay or Lac Pau, and you decide to take the south branch as well, that will be 520 miles (840 km) between fuel stops. When we went three years ago, that's what we planned for because we just didn't know for sure. There was fuel at Lac Pau, so we way over-carried fuel.
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  6. Roux-80

    Roux-80 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I went to Radisson in 2018 and I can confirm that the gas up there doesn't give you the same range you usually get on a tank. My St 1200 got a 380-400 km fuel range, but with the fuel up there, 320-330 km the tank was dry! Maybe it's because most of ours bike are built to run on premium ans since only regular is available there, the ECU could change timing and fuel ratio to avoid knocking, meaning richer mix.
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  7. Roux-80

    Roux-80 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Knobby don't wear that fast on pavement, in fact they wear A LOt faster on the gravel roads!! In 2015 I did Québec city to Telluride CO back and forth running a TKC 80 front and a mitas e07 rear ( the old style), did over 9000 km on this trip, and the TKC 80 was still in great shape, I think it last almost 12 000 km.
  8. Gearhead1250GS

    Gearhead1250GS Been here awhile Supporter

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    Virtually all of the 50/50 rear tires were down to almost nothing after 5300 kms total of which 2100 was on the gravel.By the last leg on dirt the traction had gone away.
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  9. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Tires are sold out everywhere, good luck finding Motoz! Looks like I can get a Dunlop 908 rear with Pirelli MT 21 front which is my normal setup but the 908's only come in 150 width now which will be a little tight on my bike. At least I'll have real knobbies!
  10. Gearhead1250GS

    Gearhead1250GS Been here awhile Supporter

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    A few more pictures from our Adventure.

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  11. 'Bob'

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    I'm seeing a couple of Vario panniers there. Any issues with those?
  12. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Nice, a few uf us are bringing goggles for the dust. Did you get your bike home ok?
  13. Vark

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    How about masks of some kind to filter the dust before breathing it? What do you guys use for that purpose?
  14. Gearhead1250GS

    Gearhead1250GS Been here awhile Supporter

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    Yep BMW Roadside Assistance had it at my dealer in Toronto 2 days later at no cost to me.It was a good thing as the TT disabled 2 other bikes due to the cast rims and we needed all the room for those 2 in the truck.
    The dust was an issue and that will be addressed for next time with goggles and a different helmet.
  15. Gearhead1250GS

    Gearhead1250GS Been here awhile Supporter

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    No just need to clean the area where they slide.I just ordered a 2022 GSA and I will need to have different boxes on it.I looked at getting wire wheels for my bike but it more sense financially to get a new one with the proper equipment for this kind of riding.
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  16. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    I've ridden plenty of dust over the years and have never bothered with trying to keep it out of my mouth and nose as in no mask. I just want to be able to see, unlike the guy on the Trans Lab a bunch of years ago who plowed into the back of a stopped dump truck and killed himself.

    Good to hear you got it all back ok and cheap!

    I'm waiting on a new starter clutch so now I have to truly learn how to kick over my beast. I suck at it! Carb rebuild will be done soon so I can get back to riding around.
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  17. Vark

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    Good grief.

    I wonder how much better/farther you can see ahead with goggles in thick dust?

    Another strategy might be to spread out more, and if behind a vehicle/truck just pull over and let it go until the dust settles.
  18. Gearhead1250GS

    Gearhead1250GS Been here awhile Supporter

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    My problem was dust buildup inside the visor and on the lens of my glasses.I think goggles and a different helmet would help.
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  19. Vark

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    Which helmet are you considering?
  20. Gearhead1250GS

    Gearhead1250GS Been here awhile Supporter

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    Not sure yet.I need to do some research.
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