Rally Raid Ontario

Discussion in 'Canada' started by skibum69, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. smilin'Ed

    smilin'Ed Ed

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    Hi guys,

    I had to leave Sat evening but had a fabulous time again with you all. Great trails and dirt roads - Thanks to UBER for the suggestions, as always they were great, including the lunch stop in Sharbot Lake.

    Lunch in Sharbot Lake? you say. How slow do you guys ride? In our group of 5 we had 3 accidents. The knee injury in Westport, the broken brake lever somewhere in the woods and a sprained ankle at a blind T intersection just over a hill crest - pavement covered with loose gravel approach.

    My right ankle is almost twice the size of my left one but doesn't seem to be serious and my wife thinks I did it falling over at an intersection. (which is true, I just didn't tell her I was doing about 60 at the time.) I'll have to repaint some sidecovers this winter or get lots of stickers.

    How was the turkey dinner?

    I'm in Russell, east of Ottawa if anyone else nearby.

    Ed
  2. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    Hey was that you I saw just as I left metcalfe Friday morning. Red KLR?... You mean,, really could it be true,, someone on a dual sport not more than 10 min from me??!! Hey,,,, my new friend PM me and we will go ride a ride.... ahh.... once I get my ride fixed....
  3. smilin'Ed

    smilin'Ed Ed

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    where do I get my RallyRaid 09 sticker?:amazon
  4. doughy

    doughy Less excitable then I used to be

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    Actually... That's not a bad idea. I'll get on it.

    Just hope you all had fun. Really hope you all with accept my apologies for not being there but family is first. Can't wait for the pics.



    And for you all that I talk to daily and that have had an inside track on what's been happening, my dad is off the breathing machine, but still in ICU. I did get to the grocery store on my bike this weekend, 8 KMS!! woot.
  5. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    Thanks to Scodill, our fearless leader, on Saturday's ride. We followed Uber's "long long long" route with much success. Some great twisty roads, the Heritage trail, and everything in between. I'd be happy to go back anytime and meander around some of those inviting roads we passed by on our journey. As cliche as it sounds, the possibilities are seemingly endless.

    Did anybody else happen upon the somewhat serious looking auto accident on 41 just north of the turn off on Friday night?

    Some commentary...

    - I've now become a regular at Kaladar Shell... once there on Friday, twice on Saturday (passed it a third time but didn't stop), and once today on the way home :)

    - watch your line on some of the trails... if the sometimes huge boulders don't get you, the missing boards on the bridges will

    - A KTM 950 being fired up at 5:30am is an effective alarm clock for even the deepest sleeper. Wish I could've joined you, but I was too lazy to drag my ass out of bed.

    - Some of you guys are pretty hardcore. I'm just a wuss in comparison. TL Tom and his gang were the last ones to dinner last night. Didn't get the story but I did hear something about waterlogged oil. That can't be good...

    - The not-so-mighty DRZ 400 held up very nicely on the way there and back. I just wish the seat was a bit more comfortable than a 2x4. Looks like my fellow riders on Saturday had the right idea, all of their DRs had Corbin seats. Over 900km over the weekend. My ass is SORE!

    - Desert Lake Resort was certainly decent, location was excellent, food was a good value and the drive there wasn't terrible, even down Highway 7

    Counting down the days to next year's event...
  6. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    Carefull what you get on to.:hide you don't want me to start that again do ya... LOL

    but if you do, don't forget me.. I want it written
    "Almost made it to the Rally Raid 2009"

    update on the bike.... The drive shaft/sprocket shaft has approx a 1/4 in play in it....which of course blew the seal... Play.. that would be the bearing inside the motor.. requiring the entire motor to be ripped down to replace the bearing. The bike has 31000 km on it with out a rebuild. which is great but bad at the same time... How many other parts in this motor are now out of spec. To go that far without updating everything would be just silly.

    Ok now how far do you go? How much is too much. Do I walk away from this or rebuild it completly?

    So does anyone have a drz motor just hanging around? Next time I truck it when camping is to be done. Its a GD dirtbike not a crusier..
  7. KTMER

    KTMER On roads less travelled

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    Hi All,

    That was a great weekend of riding, rode from Hamilton Friday, all day yesterday, and back home today. In total around 1200km in three days.

    Yesterday's ride was great, we had a good group of guys and kept a good pace all day with no spills or breakdowns, a few 'holy shit!' moments but thats part of the fun, thanks to Tim who led for the day, his knowledge of the area was a big help.

    Good meeting some new riders as well. Thanks to Ooobah for putting it together.

    A few from Friday

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    This trail ended up at a closed gate, luckily not locked (don't think I was supposed to be in there)
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    The fire before the downpour Friday night
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    First rest stop on Saturday
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    Gary and Jeff
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    Stretching our legs
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    Great spot, the three in the lead sped right by
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    Dead end, unless we build a raft
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    This was on the ride home, but didn't go further, looked wet up ahead and was a long road to do solo
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    This doesn't look steep but was a good incline with lots of rocks
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    Last of the good stuff before crossing the big city
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  8. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Loaded up and ready to go

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    The end of Shiprwrecks ride

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    On route

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    A few from the campground on Friday

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  9. Dyno

    Dyno Conquistador

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    That was fun! A great weekend, new friends, and we found Mike's Rollo!

    I'm waiting for the Andy and Randy weekend update.:ear

    Ride home report:

    Pulled in to suit up for the rain at the service area near Newcastle?. Pandemonium! Harleys zigging and dodging for cover every which way. Timmies was filling up fast....

    Then I spy 4 perfectly calm riders at the pumps. In colors. They mount up on NEWER Touring Harley sorts of things and roll out like they like rain.

    Traffic jams up, they look like they like traffic too.

    They ended up towing me straight down the 401 for 220km at a pretty fair clip before they needed fuel. Tore a hole through traffic, it was like the parting of the red seas. Half way through Toronto they even started being friendly and pointing to hazards and such. Made my commute a bunch easier than fending off all the cars solo.

    The moral of this mini ride home report: There are at least 4 folks on Harley's that can turn miles pretty respectably. Almost made T.O. traffic fun. Thanks guys!

    http://boozefighters.ca/faq/

    Interesting. I'm betting they don't get compliments from the campground lady though....:eek1
  10. Pay Dirt

    Pay Dirt panning the web

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    A pure gold wekend!:norton

    PD

    The colour has returned to my knuckles!!:D;i was following Uber!!
  11. Quantis

    Quantis Been here awhile

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    So to get he whole story you have to go back a few weeks. I had heard about Rally Raid Ontario via "the web" and was immediately interested in participating. I had a bike and have been an avid camper for years so for the most part I was set but I had no luggage to get me to the event.

    For the past few weeks I have been scouring the internet searching high and low for the best system to hold my gear in a way that won't break the bank. I ordered a Studebaker Rack from www.dualsportplus.com and pelican cases form a local store here in Ottawa www.customcaseco.com . Then after several late nights, trips to MEC, Can Tire, etc. for supplies I was loaded and good to go.

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    Friday rolls around (after finishing final testing Thursday night) and I get everything loaded up and ready to roll. I rode the bike to work (in Arnprior) and parked it for the day.

    Work finishes and I'm off ! Taking back roads I make my way to Desert lake, check in, and setup my tent. I caught some showers just leaving from Arnprior. I was sure I was in for a miserable trip/weekend but the ended just as fast as they started and the sun had actually come out by the end. Had a nice chat with folks from all over. I can't remember many names but everyone was super nice.

    Saturday:

    Ride day has arrived. Breakfast was good and everyone was geared and ready to leave really fast. I pick a group doing one of the shorter more technical rides and tag along. Boy was I in for a crazy day !!!

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    Only two minor issues on the ride, one flat tire (that just happened to be noticed at a gas station with an air pump) and a bit of water sucked into an engine neither adding major delays.

    The route consisted of mostly gravel roads but some of the twistiest hilliest gravel roads that I've ever ridden intersparsed with muddy overgrown right of ways and some train tracks. Our guide (a local rider) really let us have it taking us on what I am sure is some of the best riding in the area. THANKS!!!!

    After that it was back to the camp side just in time to grab some dinner, wash off in the lake and CRASH. Thankfully my GF showed up and she looked after me. THANKS JANE !

    The ride home was nice, followed by a shower and a few hours in bed.

    Thanks to everyone who organized this event, I'll be there next year for sure !
  12. Mr. C

    Mr. C I need more bike time!!

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    I am glad everyone had a great time. Keep the pictures coming!

    I knew that I would feel horrible about missing this ride! I will have to go ride the trails by myself with a recording of other bikes so that I feel I am part of a group! Pathetic, I know. :cry

    Hopefully this will be a yearly, or at least biannual event.

    Even though I didn't make it out this year, I would still like to thank the powers that be for setting the event up. Good job!

    Doughy...as you know, many people are thinking about you and your dad. Hopefully you will be able to cover more than 8 km soon!
  13. drcool

    drcool R.I.P. Dave

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    Well that was a hell of a mix wasn't it? From soggy sox to turkey dinner:clap, that was a blast.

    I had the pleasure of riding this area with Doughy last year and once again it hasn't disappointed. Thank's Doughboy ya done good.

    To those I partied with:freaky , made it home at 4:20:choppa :D

    To those I rode with:deal , we'll erase the GPS memory soon:eek1 .

    To those I snored with:snore:bueller , I may try earplugs at the next outing:lol3 .

    Unfortunately I didn't have jr on board or the pics would have been a lot better. I did get a chance to shoot a couple quickies.

    Uber getting his game face on. Let's go babyface I'm sweating my ass off.

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    Great route Mike, I may have broken a little subframe but it was worth the effort. It also seems that i was having way to much fun riding to take pics. I saw enough cameras around so I'll steal my pics this time:D

    This set of Locks in Campbellford cought our interest for a while on the way home.

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    It was nice to meet some new inmates and attach faces and real names to the online names. I hope to meet some more of you in the near future.

    ice and advil
    drcool
  14. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    What
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    Here's the highlight reel, lots more to come!

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    Off to a good start
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    Lots of variety
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    A few casualties
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    Thank heavens she had the Touratech Pea-Mount
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    Keep on keepin' on
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    Dr. Cool, just chillin'
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    Nothin' but trouble.
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    More trouble.
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    What a weekend! More photos to come in the next few days...

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  15. EmmEff

    EmmEff Long timer

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    Awww, you don't have a pic of Uber DROPPING the picnic table because it was too heavy? That was kinda funny! :rofl :rofl :rofl
  16. Motojournalism

    Motojournalism motojournalism.com

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    Indeed I do :D
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  17. ArthDuro

    ArthDuro quarantined

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    This photo makes me really sad I missed out on this.
    That poor poor KLR...

    but seriously :clap:clap:clap
    so good to hear everyone had fun and survived and please
    keep them photos coming



  18. shipwrek12001

    shipwrek12001 Shipwrek

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    Kind of Ironic to have this picture of Ooh-bah on this thread...Great picture to conclude this ride.
    Hope to see more pictures. Even of this shot.....
  19. kahoon

    kahoon who's yer daddy??

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    DOOD, you're by far one of the best photog's on ADV :thumb GREAT pics!!

    here is a better lean angle than Ooobah's, next time pick a subject that can actually ride :evil :photogi need a better photographer :rofl

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  20. Drif10

    Drif10 Accredited Jackass

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    Got a text from Randy last night, it was broken and they were awaiting surgery to repair.