Through the Taiga Solo - Pennsylvania to James Bay, Radisson, and Chisasibi

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by max384, Sep 13, 2014.

  1. Litespeed602

    Litespeed602 Going in Circles

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    Very nice. :clap

    Thanks for taking the time to do a ride report, I really enjoyed it. I am surprised at how many photos you have with your tight time schedule!

    How many miles on your bike?
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  2. vwlandon

    vwlandon Been here awhile

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    I really enjoyed this report. I need to start planning my first longer than one night solo trip.
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  3. max384

    max384 Bandaided Supporter

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    Hey Murph! How are things? If it weren't for pinching pennies, I'd never leave PA!

    I'm kind of a picture whore I guess! :lol3

    I'm at about 61,000 miles.

    Thanks. Nothing beats a multi-day bike trip!
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  4. Pabigwoods

    Pabigwoods Been here awhile

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    Just finished installment two. Great job. I was in the far North years ago at Schefferville. Your pictures definately captured the essence of the region. Looks just like I remember. Your descriptions of the depressed attitudes of the towns and people are spot on as well. And the dogs. Reminds me of a Rotweiller running loose thru the train station at Schefferville.

    Glad you made it back safe. Looks like it was a little dicey on the way back!

    Good luck on getting the repair list done.
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  5. CavDoc

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    Sorry I couldn't make it for this one, but I'm glad I didn't get stuck in that rain either! We'll have to plan a cheap bastards tour once I get all my torn luggage replaced... Hopefully some of it under warranty!
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  6. Mark_S

    Mark_S Fair Weather Faggot

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    I really enjoyed reading this

    thanks for posting

    The sv's are way more versatile than they appear.
    For what its worth the front suspension on the sv1000's (which is what I have) is way better (less harsh) on rough surfaces than the sv650. The steering damper on the 1000 also makes loose surfaces less nervous feeling
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  7. max384

    max384 Bandaided Supporter

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    Did you do Schefferville as part of the Trans-lab? The Trans-lab is a ride I'd love to do before it is all paved. Isn't the only way to Schefferville to ride the rail beds there?

    I'm waiting on a new (used) mirror and turn signal. I changed the tire and oil yesterday, I'm going to troubleshoot the speedo and headlight today, and maybe do the forks as well. It's getting there!

    Yeah man, you should have had a really bad case of diarrhea and come with me...

    Cheap bastards tour sounds great!

    What happened to your luggage? Wreck?

    Thanks for following along.

    I replaced the front fork springs with stiffer Sonic springs, which are great on the road, but on really rough roads they are harsher than stock unfortunately.
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  8. Pabigwoods

    Pabigwoods Been here awhile

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    No Trans Lab Max. I was there hunting Caribou. Long before my bike days. Train is how we got there. All day ride from Septiles to Schefferville.
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  9. ravinerat

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    Great read. we did the trip in May and had snow rain and sun. No bugs for us just cold and wet. We headed down the Long Point road which got us further North. I was great to see but James Bay was still frozen. The were still driving Skidoo's up there. I made our own stickers up since we couldn't find any up there. Glad you made it home safe and sound.


    RR
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  10. max384

    max384 Bandaided Supporter

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    Very cool! Did you get anything?

    That would have been REALLY cool to see James Bay frozen.

    I found stickers on Cafepress. They're vinyl and the design is nice, but they feel and look pretty cheap. I have a feeling they'll be quick to fade in the sun.

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  11. Pabigwoods

    Pabigwoods Been here awhile

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    Yes filled both of the tags they sold with the license at the time. Tasty!
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  12. RockyNH

    RockyNH Older Than Dirt!

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    Max, great report.... i made a similar trip a few years back though we took the North Road up and bay road back...

    Pat in GA
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  13. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    Wow. Epic. Thanks for posting.
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  14. lytew8

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    Great Ride report! Will tackle it next spring from Ottawa.

    Can you comment on your Sv Mods? Which windscreen are you using? And what exactly occured with the speedo?

    I also ride an SV, Zero gravity sport touring screen, heated grips and similar rear box setup. Gonna have to get me some hands guards and better gloves though!
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  15. max384

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    Thanks for the comments guys!

    That's awesome! My advice would be to plan some extra time and fuel and ride the Trans-Taiga Road to the end. The desolation of that road was absolutely alluring. I REALLY wish I would have been able to ride it to the end...

    As it turns out, the problem was with my speedoDRD. When I got home I reset it and then reentered the correction information, and everything was good to go.

    Mods:
    -Givi touring windscreen
    -MRA variable windscreen extension
    -Extended mirrors
    -Clip-ons replaced with widest dirt bike bars I could find, plus 3" bar clamp risers and a 2" up and back riser
    -Oxford heated grips
    -Handguards
    -HID headlights
    -Nose-mounted ADVMonster model 60 LED auxiliary light
    -Twin fork-mounted ADVMonster model 30 LED auxiliary lights
    -Cigarette lighter DC power
    -Hardwired phone charger
    -Two SAE plugs, one ran to power the top case
    -SpeedoDRD
    -heated gear plugs
    -Onboard voltage meter
    -Tank-mounted small Seahorse case
    -Rick Mayer custom passenger seat
    -SW-Motech universal rack mounted to passenger seat
    -Buell lowered footpegs
    -Seahorse SE720 side cases, using SW-Motech mounts, with LED turn signals/brake lights mounted
    -Givi E45 top case, using SW-Motech mounts
    -Scottoiler, vacuum powered

    I think that's about it.
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  16. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    Thanks for posting this. I am seriously considering doing the Trans Taiga during the next summer as a test ride for some other remote rides. Sounds like a great ride. Thanks for writing it up.

    KR
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  17. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    Cool ride !!! Thanks for posting it.
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  18. jfman

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    Thanks for the link

    In another report a rider rode the dirt road detour thru Parc de la Veranderye and he claimed it was a worthy side trip,

    http://pistescyclables.ca/Abitibi/RV2_A.jpg[​IMG]


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  19. sidewayz_control

    sidewayz_control Been here awhile

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    LOL :lol3 That's funny because that sign says "Outaouais River. Access permit mandatory"

    What one doesn't know doesn't hurt :D

    Great Ride Report, planning on doing this trip some day (maybe this summer) but on as much gravel as possible via La route du Nord and also iI want to do the Trans-Taïga.

    I like that you were camping, because that's the way I will do it... Hotel budget zero...
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  20. max384

    max384 Bandaided Supporter

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    That looks like a pretty cool side trip. Thanks for posting!

    Hahaha! That's too funny!

    I plan to come back and ride the Trans Taiga with some proper tires. When I do, I'll also be doing the Route Du Nord.

    I much prefer camping over hoteling it on these kinds of trips. On a motorcycle, I feel much more connected to the road than in a car. Similarly, in a tent, I feel much more connected to the land around me, rather than in a hotel room, where I feel insulated from the outside world.
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