New bike

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Wayne, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I have done this whole trip before - once in a minivan and once on a motorcycle. Mountains are great (I might detour up through Kootenay NP, Banff and Jasper but only if weather is OK). Prairies are interesting for the first hour or so... Northern Ontario (Kenora through Thunder Bay to Sudbury) has some splashes of spectacular scenery and a million kilometers of trees and rocks. Sudbury to Ottawa via Algonquin Park is OK and from there it is a quick one day to home. 6000 km total, 5 riding days plus a couple of days visiting with daughter, son-in-law and new grandson in Winnipeg on the way through. (I was as far as Winnipeg on the bike just last August, a couple of weeks after baby arrived)

    All said, I am very definitely looking forward to the adventure. I'll post a Spotwalla link before I hit the return trip.

    Edit: Didn't mean to hijack the New Bike thread - a bit off topic!
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2018
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Hijacking a little is fine
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  3. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    5500 km Fly-and-Ride commences tomorrow! (Actual distance may depend upon weather.) Five riding days but a couple of stops along the way - including a few days visiting with daughter, SIL and 9 month old grandbaby in Winnipeg.
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  4. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Have fun! Are you going to put up an RR for us to follow?
  5. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

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  6. Savage

    Savage Member

    Have fun and a safe adventure on your "Fly 'N Ride"! Have been lucky enough to have driven that route back and forth across Canada twice in my life ... loved every minute of it! An experience EVERY Canadian should have the opportunity to do at least once! We are blessed to live in wonderfully huge and beautiful country!
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  7. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Couldn't agree more. This will be the 3rd time I have driven it.
  8. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    In Medicine Hat for the night. Cold, wet, windy, nasty day. Temperatures mostly between 5 and 9 C. Skipped Banff because of the weather. Couldn't see anything anyway . A little dirty...
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  9. versys Rob

    versys Rob Active Member

    That looks sweet. I have considered towing a trailer behind my ST. I would love a single wheel as I have heard two wheel trailers are a PITA to tow.
  10. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Nice little micro brewery there, check out Hell’s Basement brewery.
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  11. sleepyhead65

    sleepyhead65 Member

    How are you finding the trailer?
  12. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    No problem to tow at all. Did 1100 km today on Trans Canada through part of Alberta, all of Sask and as far as Winnipeg MB. 30 to 40 km/hr cross wind most of the way. No shimmy or sway and never felt the trailer causing handling difficulties. No issues except horrible gas mileage. Hopefully that is a function of the trailer, not the bike!

    Acceleration and braking are both a little less crisp.
    Last edited: May 19, 2018
  13. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Nice! Looking at 1000+ km’s day one of my trip.
  14. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    The best key to a high mileage day is a good night's rest and an early start.
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  15. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Thanks for the tip, when my buddy lent me a bike in NC last fall I ran hard that night to Iron Horse Lodge then spent 12 hours running the next day. I was pleased that my first ride longer than 2 hours in 3 years felt good. This time I've been working on getting back in shape to add physical fitness to to the tool box.

    I've got my 2 nights in Whitehorse booked in the Hippy bus at the hostel. I anticipate good sleep and a nice run up to Tok and Eagle Claw moto campground there which is a little over 1000 km's including a zip into Skagway to dip in the Pacific.
  16. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Fitness makes a difference. As does the rest and an early start. Drinking more than a couple beers the night before is very bad. The key is to keep moving. Short rest stops only, eat properly and stay hydrated. Especially the latter.
    Lots of LD riders rely upon "Vitamin I" - Ibuprofen reduces the aches and pains from long hours in the saddle to a remarkable extent. Especially when doing multiple long days in a row. Trip home from Winnipeg will be 3 x 1100 km days in a row. While by no means extreme, it is enough for me.
  17. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    The Beer totally affects sleep, I’ve been suffering from it all of this work hitch haha. The Iron Butt guys running 1000 miles a day for 10-11 days in a row stay far away from caffeine and alcohol. My personal longest day was running from Canmore to Toronto, I was on the road for 42 out of 46 hours. On that trip I ran mostly on sugar as it didn’t give me a crash on the back end.

    This trip will be a little more sedate but I do have a Saddle Sore 1600 and Bun Burner 2500 on my list of things to do. I might add a second saddle sore near then end to make up time depending how the trip is going in general.
  18. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I don't like to run much after sunset unless I don't have any choice. Beyond personal fatigue and impaired reflexes, wildlife on the roads poses a pretty high risk. Not to mention the difficulty in finding suitable accommodations once you stop. Good luck with the LD ride.
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  19. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    I hear that which is why there are auxiliary lights. The side of the road will do for wee naps on an IBA ride.

    Going back to fitness I trained 7 days a week for 8 months before I did the Mongolia Rally, an 8 day off-road navigation rally. I knew it would help make up for my lack of skill and it most certainly made everything better. The funniest thing was after day 1 I realized I’d missed one muscle-trapezoids! Probably one of the most used muscles riding standing or sitting, it only hurt for a few days.:D
  20. HunterSon

    HunterSon Active Member

    Longest day I ever rode was 14 hours. Lots of wind and rain thrown into the mix. Only stopped for gas, snacks and restroom. Never again. It wasn't very fun. I don’t ride to break records or collect stickers, just for the fun of a good road and the scenery along the way. Meeting nice people is just the icing on the cake. Endurance riding seems to offer neither for me.

    That is the great thing about riding, it has so many different ways to enjoy it.
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