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Discussion in 'Canada' started by emti, Aug 12, 2019.

  1. emti

    emti Been here awhile

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    Hello we will be traveling through North bay, Sault st Marie, Wawa ,etc. on our way to Michigan. (aerostitch) We have heard some stories about bike theft? Any truth to them or just legends? Thanks emti
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  2. Smashy

    Smashy Been here awhile

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    Where'd you hear that? I never heard anything. I stayed in SS Marie a few weeks ago at a motel. I put a cover on my bike when at a motel, I think it helps deter theft. Most motorcycle thieves steal sport bikes.
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  3. emti

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    Thanks Smashy thats good to hear. We had some friends that took a trip through there and they made it sound like the wild west. With locked cages at the hotels so the motorcycles would still be there in the morning. We would be traveling on RT 17, do traffic/road conditions allow a reasonable pace? We have one big day of 250 miles scheduled. Thanks emti
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  4. Smashy

    Smashy Been here awhile

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    I rode hwy 17 from sudbury all the way to manitoba a few weeks ago. I saw lots of other riders along the way and noticed most motels also had other riders staying in them. It's a nice scenic ride. The road is in great condition. There are always cops looking for speeders on 17 so I wouldn't go too much over the limit. As long as you flow at the same speed as other traffic you should be fine.
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  5. emti

    emti Been here awhile

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    Thanks again, Whats the situation for gas? My Vstrom isn't a concern but my wifes boulevard s40 /savage has a 120 mile range before reserve. Are there service areas with gas or do we need to get off rt 17? Thanks emti
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  6. NORTH RIDER

    NORTH RIDER Long timer

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    i Hear Thessalon no longer has a station but plenty of gas on either side of that town . Between The Soo and Wawa there is a big stretch with no gas stations . No problem after that all the way to Aerostich in Duluth , MN .

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  7. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Theft is always a possibility anywhere, but I think your friends were pulling your leg. It's not a problem. Remember - this is Canada, home of friendly socialists - not the wild west. Leave your anxieties at the border and have a good time.

    I helped a young lad with a Suzuki Savage who had run out of fuel about 20 miles from Wawa (going north). You can't get from the Soo to Wawa on a Savage without filling up. Just make sure you do (or carry a little extra).

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  8. emti

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    We are planning on bringing a 1 gallon gas can to have as needed. Thanks for the information, emti
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  9. Millwright98

    Millwright98 Share the love, leave the dirt in the garden.

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    Like everywhere, North Bay can have it's issues.... be smart, don't leave items on the bikes overnight and park in front of a well lit lobby where there's a camera..... If in doubt of the area you're in, just ask a local PD officer for his recommendations.... Be extra vigilant in the evenings and try not to run at night... there are deer and moose, somewhat regularly past N. Bay. and very few 24hr gas stations. Have a great trip and enjoy the ride!! It's beautiful up there!
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  10. Night_Wolf

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    We drove through Northern Ontario a cpl years ago & a sign said no services (gas) for 220 km. Might want to carry some for the Savage
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    Thunder Bay to Barre on June 17th, no issues with gas (160-180 range) or grumpy people
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  12. emti

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    We are leaving tomorrow morning, have a 2 gallon gas can secured in the top box of the v strom. Thanks everyone for the advice. Ill let you know how things went. emti
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    Please update on what is the longest distance between fuel stations
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    I live in North Bay....never heard stories of bikes being stolen here and I know some of the officers.
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  15. smoothdurban

    smoothdurban I do my own stunts

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    We just completed the superior circle tour and I can confirm you longest stretch without gas station is from VOYAGEUR PUMP, 11028 HWY 17 N, Batchawana Bay, ON P0S 0A4, Canada to Wawa which is about 160 km's
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  16. emti

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    Well, we made it, no problems to comment on, A little rain on the first day and a little rain on the last day. great roads, wonderful views, lots of interesting things and places, very kind people, no construction delays (no more than a couple minutes anyway,) The bikes were still running at the end. About 2200 miles in total, our halfway point was Duluth, and Aerostitch. Not a lot of miles for a Vstrom ,but my wife is tough on that s40 Savage Suzuki. Bike theft /concern was not a issue we were allowed to park in front and in one instance we were allowed tp park under the canopy , in the morning there were 6 motorcycles there. Fuel was not a problem. Our only mistake was that we should have gotten fuel on Rt 17 before Sudbury. There is fuel in Sudbury but you have take an exit. but we were on a roll and used the spare fuel to top off the tank well before reserve, of course 10 miles further, there was a gas station. We were not about to run out. We carried 2 gallons in the top box of the strom. It worked but was not ideal. but anyway, buy gas when you see it if you have a smaller tank. I have to "Hi" to NORTH RIDER we met in the laundromat parking lot in Thunderbay. He walked over and commented on the VStrom, and asked if we were riding two up, When I told him my wife was riding a Suzuki S40 He says " Oh, are tyou he guy from the ADV forum?" Its a small small world full of great people. Evidently we rode the route around the lake in the wrong direction but it was still a awesome trip. Thanks for the help everyone , emti
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  17. sturgeon

    sturgeon Long timer

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    For me, the correct direction is both, once around in each direction. Lots of different views depending on which direction.
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    Great meeting you and glad you enjoyed the trip . Might have to do it myself later this year . Few years back I rode to Seault St Marie on the last weekend of September and the colours of the leaves were amazing .

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    I lived in North Bay from 2003-2009, and in that general area for over 12 years. This is the first I've ever heard of any real concern over theft, and I've never seen cages for bike storage in that area.
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