Dreaming of Trans Taiga

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

  1. Roux-80

    Roux-80 Been here awhile Supporter

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    For the dust leave a few km between each bike, there is only one road anyway, can't get lost haha
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  2. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Definitely better with goggles, with only a visor the dust comes in around the bottom of the helmet etc. But correct in thick dust you cannot see regardless, the only thing you can do is slow down and wait for it to settle a bit. Caution is key, if you can't see you need to slow down to make sure you're not going to hit anything. Some days you'll get lucky with a crosswind and some days you won't so spacing out is key. I'm wearing a Schuberth E1 and I did a test to make sure goggles will work with it. All good.
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  3. Vark

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    Gotcha. I was hoping you had already cracked the nut - - no sense in me reinventing the wheel.

    Keep us posted on anything you learn about good helmets for these conditions. I am not at all opposed to acquiring a better helmet for this trip. @skibum69 ’s Shuberth looks interesting.
  4. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    I like the Schubert’s, this is my 2nd one. I really like the flip lids for touring. I’ve heard good things about the Klim helmets but have never tried one. You’d have to test with goggles.
  5. I82l8

    I82l8 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Have/had both...that being said I have the equivalent to the Klim Krios at a much cheaper price:https://www.louis.eu/artikel/nishua-enduro-carbon-enduro-helmet/215086 https://advrider.com/f/threads/nishua-enduro-helmet.1282870/

    The Klim has a bigger eyeport than the Schuberth E1 (which is in essence a C3 Pro with a peak) and is much lighter.
    Goggles are no problem with the Klim.
  6. frazman

    frazman Post***ern Redneck.

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    Aside from the visibility issues when riding in that T-T dust, expect your visor to be completely sanded to an opaque finish when you’re done! Whatever they use for gravel on that road is incredibly abrasive dust. Especially when being blasted with it for hours upon hours, day after day. Maximizing distance between bikes is one way to mitigate.

    But I recommend using goggles instead of visor.

    My headlight also turned opaque after that ride. Tried fruitlessly to polish that out, but ended up replacing it with a vastly superior LED headlight.
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  7. Motopsychoman

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    Goggles work with the Hornet X2 as well.
  8. GravelRider

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    Two of rode this together, and I led the entire time. I never had any dust issues. The other guy, although he kept his distance, was always covered in dust by the end of the day (except when it was rainy and muddy).
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  9. skibum69

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    Interesting about the headlight. A visor is easier to replace, maybe makes more sense to take it off before the start? Maybe some kind of film over the lights for the ride?
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  10. frazman

    frazman Post***ern Redneck.

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    Yes - if I did it again (esp with the new LED light) I’d put one of those protective covers on. Lots of aftermarket choice for my bike for that part (F8GS). Otherwise maybe there’s some sort of film protection that they use in automotive settings? Kind of like those peel off strips on MX goggles?
  11. arrcrussell

    arrcrussell Gimme Dirt

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    Interesting read! I hate dust as well, I primarily just drop back till it settles. But not only does it keep goggles/visor clear but more importantly promotes longevity of your air filter! Hope you guys make it, be safe and have fun!
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    We had 8 bikes on our ride which bluntly is way too many.Going back next spring to finish my ride with no more than 4 riders. 6C4229BD-1ACB-4F30-B60A-D8AAD8286CC4.jpeg
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  13. Gearhead1250GS

    Gearhead1250GS Been here awhile Supporter

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  14. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    You doing this trip this year?
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    I'm working on it with a couple of other guys. for first week of September. I'm hoping my bike is good to go, waiting on the new starter clutch right now. Just put my carb back in today after a rebuild.
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    Yep. The “dawdle factor” increases exponentially with the number of riders on a ride!

    We did it with three and that was even too much for me. Although I was glad to have company going into the unknown. My return trip (solo) was much more enjoyable for me but by thet time I had conquered my unknown.
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  17. skibum69

    skibum69 slave to gravity Super Supporter

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    Yup, I totally get that. I was a little concerned when are group was showing 7, down to 3 makes me feel better!
  18. Vark

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    Hey, apologies everyone but circling back to tires...

    @Bob, I am now considering these Mitas E07/E07+ tires, in standard or Dakar versions. Why did you choose the +/Dakar for this TT trip?
  19. pixellman

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    Just contact with Triple Clamp Moto from Toronto
    .They have all MotoZ in stock
  20. pixellman

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    Hey guys i think to do the TTR again .Unfortunately i not own any more the GSA .Now i have really bike 990 Adventure lol .But no more 700km range on tank .So any one can confirm if i can get fuel on the end of TTR .I will care 12l fuel extra on my 990 but i know it would not enough to back to Mirage ..