It's been awhile since I updated here. Not a lot going on with regards to all things two-wheeled with a motor. The poor Guzzi has been c...
Suzuki introduced us to the VStrom DL650 in 2004. It quickly out sold it's bigger brother the 1000, and became a cult favourite amo...
Monday, 23 September 2013
Saturday, 14 September 2013
Boots - in a previous post I berated the quality of my Iicon Reign water proof boots. I slammed them for their lack of water proofness (as if that is a word). Anyway I am here to apologize. I realized that my long boney legs were acting like rain gutters directing Newfoundland rain down into the tops ( and there fore the bottoms) of the boots. Iicon can I be forgiven? I think the boots look sharp and my size 11 set are very light and comfortable.
Sunday, 8 September 2013
Last night I pieced together a small 4min video of the whole trip. I was gonna do individual daily clips, but decided against it because for now it would be too time consuming. I'm headed back to work Monday morning bright and early and it looks like it is gonna be a busy couple of months of flying. On top of that I'll be doing most of the editing for the web series once Greg sets me up with a computer and the software. Hemmings House will then put the final polish on it at the end.
Anyway, here it is, hope you enjoy it, we certainly enjoyed the trip.
Thursday, 5 September 2013
The next morning was grey, overcast, and wet. Liquid sunshine, if your glass is half full. We had over 600kms to cover today, and like Pete said, once through the Matapedia Valley in Quebec it was like a commute home.
After a coffee and breakfast sandwich, ordered in my tres bonne francais, we hit the wet roads. On the way out of town we stumbled upon Matane Motosports. I had a sick feeling in my gut all morning, and it was concerning my bike and the clutch issues I was having. So we stopped in to have them look at it.
In broken french, and broken english, a lot of finger pointing and the international language of hand gestures we got it sorted it out. They had me in and out in 45mins. The slave cylinder was filthy dirty, the mechanic removed and gave it a good cleaning. I think a pound of Labrador dirt came out of it. They were great to deal with. Check them out if you are in Matane. The sell Kawasaki, and KTM.
The bike was back in working order and the bad feeling in my gut now gone away we headed out of town in the pouring rain. It rained pretty hard off and on until we got to Bathurst, New Brunswick where we stopped for a snack.
Kevin Rhea, if you're reading this, and I hope you are....the X-Moto suits are awesome, neither Pete nor I got the slightest bit wet. A little damp around the wrist cuffs, but that's it. These suits rock, and I'm not just saying that because they are a sponsor, if they leaked I'd be sure to tell.
Feeling a little lonely since we left Oliver in Baie Comeau, we happened upon another rider at the Tim Horton's. Leslie is from Ireland and flew into Anchorage, Alaska with his bike back in July, and was enroute to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, before heading back to Toronto to fly home.
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Wednesday, 4 September 2013
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
Monday, 2 September 2013
Yesterday we rode a bunch of KM’s on road that was not fit for animals and Terry told you about the bear spray so let’s move on to today.
We had breakfast with a Goosebay local called Jimmy. Jimmy is a 29 year old military guy with an infectious attitude about life and a love affair with motorcycles (particularly KTM’s). Jimmy has been stationed in Goose for a couple years and has taken advantage of the big land, to ride bikes, camp, fish, hunt, procure av gas etc. He was kind enough to show us around Goose today before we embarked on our ride to Churchill Falls.
The ride to Churchill Falls was very pleasant. The road is freshly paved most of the way and of very good quality and like most of the slab up this way not too busy. The final 60 KM or so was still virgin gravel with the intention of dressing up in a suit of asphalt sooner than later. The lessons we learned on the 400km + gravel ride yesterday were not wasted and the three of us hammered the final 60 with more speed and finesse than the proceeding KM’s we clocked on the slab. I was actually having fun travelling 80-100 km/hr standing on the pegs with the back end flying around. Dwights words kept ringing in my ears. If you start to slip give it more gas. Truer words have not been spoken about the Trans Lab.
One last word about bear spray. As I write this the backs of my fingers are still burning. I am not sure why they are but they are. This stuff sticks around longer than toe nail fungus.
Off to Wabush tomorrow. We are told that the road is paved the entire way so it will be a 250-ish km run on the slab.