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Discussion in 'Northeast - Greater Flugistan and home of the carp' started by AdamChandler, Oct 22, 2017.
Let’s do it! Would be a good prep for me!
The Canadian route is interesting to me. I was telling Dualscotty after our last ride in VT that next summer I wanted to ride to Nova Scotia. Count me in so long as the timing does not interfere with family vacation week in late June.
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Well, interest is peaked here since I've never been to Canada and would certainly love to go. Wife only asks if there is any objection to a female rider. Either way, we will be out to NH in 2 weeks now. Hoping to have a home locked in when we get there.
Reading that link. Gravel roads. Been there. Careful for the loose gravel. Makes for a wild ride.
How does everybody feel about this. Puppy dog route sometime in may. Red cards novascotia route in July sometime(I think the route red card had in mind can be done in a 3 day weekend type ride). And of course other shorter rides I’m sure through the summer. And of course all riders are welcome here cataract2.
Anyone know the current status of Bailey Hazen and Puppy Dog Route? Curious if there is any snow up in northern VT, as my buddy and I are planning on riding up that way tomorrow.
Looking at the higher elevation parts of VT, winter is in full force. Upper valley is seeing 24/7 flurries that just disappear before hitting the ground like a spec here and there.
We were on the PDR between Greenfield and Cambridgeport yesterday, no snow but lots of mud at the higher elevations from the recent rain. Hopefully my TKC80's will handle any snow if we do hit some.
happy thanksgiving guys.
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I've done that route and did a ride report which can answer some questions. Newfoundland is great. Gros Morne is a must stop.
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Great pics and vids.
A few comments:
Save your money and space on a rotopax can. You do not need it, especially on your GSA.
The longest stretch in Labrador is a bit over 250 so you’ll be fine. I’ve done this route twice on standard BMWs first on a F650 and last on a standard R1200gs. Cheap hotel in Canada is an oxymoron. Camping is fine everywhere.
Though not widely known yet we are finishing up an updated PDR. New starting point on the northern border and more dirt. Southern route will remain little changed. So you guys will,have something else to try next year.
Tire comment, I could not tell but seems you might be running the stock A3 tires? These are ok on most dual sport stuff but they are death in any kind of mud. These are ok for the TLH with the above Mud caveat.
Consider doing your TLH trip late season September is best. Earlier than that you’ll get carried away by the bugs up there.
It’s a nice ride in some beautiful remote territory. You don’t have to overthink it just go and enjoy yourself. If you have “spare” time reserve it for Newfoundland.
Excited to see a new PDR! Thanks for the hard work.
Rotopax already installed but I'm only carrying it for my buddies. With the GSA, I have an extra 100 pounds of luggage capacity over the small bikes so anyone that joins us with a 200 mile range can be less stressed since I'll have their back in regards to fuel!
Continental TKC80s in stock going on in the spring. A3s will go in the barn for tarmac trips I take..already have a kit to mount and balance my own tires so I can do swaps based on the riding I'll be doing.
I think we've setup to go Mid-July on the lab. I'm going to warn everyone to bring fly-nets for their faces!
We should meet up at some point you and I. I bet you have a lot of advice and valuable info for me.
I've ridden some of these roads and can say they are tough, they're even worse without electric start. I sold my dual sport but when I get another one I'd love to find some people to ride with.
Not impossible on an R1200 but it was a tough day to say the least! I'd love to ride with you. Post here next year and we can probably find a few people to join.
Hey, you guys are in my backyard. I’ll have to watch this thread for spring riding activities.
Any idea when you think this might be done?
Would be fun next year! I'll definitely take this up myself.
It's a fun big bike friendly ride with lots of varied terrain, lots of mid-high speed dirt with some low speed challenging technical sections and a bit of pavement thrown in. Plains Rd is probably the toughest section on a big bike due to all the sand, but if you keep your speed up its a total blast, you'll get some air on the rollers.
The whole loop makes a great long day. Lots of scenery, lots of meandering secondary and fire/access roads.
Just keep in mind that it passes through a few state parks in Mass, and I don't know whether gates are open all hours or limited.
MerryChristmas guys......think spring!
Merry Christmas to you too Scott and to all of NH/VT riders!