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Discussion in 'Canada' started by longwaytim, Nov 15, 2010.

  1. SparkyYP

    SparkyYP Adventurer Supporter

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    Hey guys,

    I'm considering moving to Nanaimo from Winnipeg for a job opportunity and was just wondering if anyone is from around there or could give a little insight to the riding around Nanaimo? Im riding an Africa Twin. Thanks!
  2. new2adv

    new2adv Been here awhile

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  3. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    The issue I have with the south Island is the shear number of gated roads, you go back some years before the lands became part of the pension plan group and it was open to the public, not so anymore.. I first ran the TCAT through from Alberni to Comox lake, but after a year or 2 of the route being mostly open the management companies switched to a closed gate policy in effect closing that route to the public.. This is one road that should be annexed by the government and kept open as it once was, it is also a great Adventure bike route, especially around the lake on the Cumberland end. .. I switched the route out of Alberni to use the Horne Lake to Cook Creek connector as the latter section is Crown FSR, but once again the management companies often close off this route now on the Alberni end..
    With the Africa Twin you will be able to extend your range to do some of the North Island routes as once past Campbell River the gates pretty much are non existent..
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  4. shuswap1

    shuswap1 Been here awhile

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    Lots of great on and off road riding on the (north) island, almost worth the move for that alone. It'll take a few years before you get bored with the southern half anyway....and then have the north 1/2 to look forward to. Radical patriot that I am, I view public land transfers, giveaways, such as those that occurred in the south, to be nothing short of treason.
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  5. krmtclml

    krmtclml Adventurer

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    Currently sitting at woss lake after a full day of riding, no gates in site.
    Found a great place to set up camp and other then our group we have not seen another person or vehicle all day.
    North Island is the place to be

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  6. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    I was wondering about that route. We rode it 8 years ago on the same trip where we ran into you. When we returned 2 years ago, you couldn't get thru.

    Is it the timber companies that control these gates? If so, it would be sweet if they could work out a cooperative agreement like West Virginia did with roads and trails on coal company land.
  7. new2adv

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    This is a huge problem on the south island. The land is private, but the roads were built with tax money on the understanding that the public would have access unless there was active logging in the immediate area. In recent years the logging company have started gating off these roads and the government has been letting them get away with it, despite the protests of various user groups (hiking, ATV, motorcycling etc). Time for the government to show some real leadership on this issue.
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  8. MRCL

    MRCL Been here awhile

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    I'm heading to Bamfield this Saturday, any updates on road conditions, logging trucks, dusty ...?

    Cheers
  9. Serp

    Serp Been here awhile Supporter

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    Are you going via Lake Cowichan or Port Alberni? Either way, it'll be dusty but there won't be any residual logging traffic since the United Steelworker loggers are on strike. Since they're on strike, odds are the roads will be rougher. Most of the grading is done for the logging trucks.
  10. MRCL

    MRCL Been here awhile

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    From Nanaimo though Port Alberni, thanks for the info.
  11. krmtclml

    krmtclml Adventurer

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    Great day for a quick ride on the 640. Went for a pavement rip out to coal harbour with a bunch of street bikes and a couple cruisers. Then left them at the local gas station and did a quick gravel loop. Sure is starting to feel like fall, glad I put my liner back in my jacket!!
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  12. gunnerbuck

    gunnerbuck Island Hopper

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    This thread has been very quiet, as of late I have not done much riding and have let the insurance lapse on the bike probably till next year... Have been active on the hiking and climbing, accessing some of the coolest areas on Vancouver Island that you have to work to get to.. A sampler of the last 2 weekends:
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  13. new2adv

    new2adv Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the post! I’d forgotten I had subscribed to this thread...
  14. roadhammer

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    Oliphant Lake area a couple weeks ago. May get out this weekend too

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  15. krmtclml

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    Couple pics from last weekend. All from the Port McNeil and Port Hardy area.
    Sure is a great time ofyear for riding when it’s not raining. Hoping to get some seat time in this weekend, but the weather is changing fast here on the “North end”
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  16. Fishnbiker

    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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    Fishnbiker Tire smuddy, hook swet

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  18. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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