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RsZk 06-23-2013 07:55 PM

Go West come Hell or High Water! Yamaha Super Tenere and Kawasaki KLR
The idea for this trip came late last year by my friend who thought it would be a great ride to go to Vancouver Island. The trip has since evolved with our conversations and now includes the ferry ride from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert thru the Northern Passage. This ferry is 15 hours and goes thru the most pristine untouched areas of the planet(...or so I've been told!:D).

Back in the fall last year I got a remaining 2012 KLR and began to farkle it up. I did not realize how much I would like dual sport riding after having 7 street bikes. I made the decision to sell my BMW R1200RT to a good friend and purchased a 2013 Yamaha Super Tenere, which arrived on March 2013. I convinced my friend to get a dual sport bike and he picked up a KLR in December.

A number of other friends couldn't make commitments to this ride, so we decided it would be a dual sport ride and we included Hyder Alaska.:deal

RsZk 06-23-2013 08:02 PM

Once the rough details were ironed out on the trip, I began the farkling journey of the Super Tenere.

RsZk 06-23-2013 08:06 PM

We also farkled my friends KLR with engine guards, T63 Michelins, skidplate, Jesse Bags, etc.... did the basic maintenance in my garage.:freaky

RsZk 06-23-2013 08:14 PM

Since we are both noobs to dual sport riding we naturally had to get our feet wet with off tarmac riding.
What better than to dive in with both feet! Both our KLR's:lol3
Group ride with Albertadualsport!

Falcon86 06-23-2013 08:20 PM

Pretty bikes, both KLR's, and especially the S-10!

Also, that's amazing how big that dual spot group ride was. I wish it was that popular in my area! Usually 4-5 of us, if that!

RsZk 06-23-2013 08:21 PM

Fast forward to a few days ago with the disastrous flood happening in Calgary, Canmore and area and having my friend stuck near the Saddledome unable to get out due to road barriers, high waters. Also, TransCanada Hwy 1 and 1a are washed out, southern Alberta near impassable our trip was almost cancelled.
Luckily Dale was able to get out of Calgary by taking a southern access route before coming North. The trip was back on.
We decided to take the northern route thru Jasper as it seemed the safest route.

RsZk 06-23-2013 08:28 PM

...and now we are finally on my first Live:ear ride report!!!!
Oil change before we leave
Getting packed. How to get all the camping gear and tools into one pannier!
Departure this morning:

RsZk 06-23-2013 08:31 PM

Nice stickers eh!

Grey bikes are faster right?!?:huh

Givi semi rigid tank bag works great!

RsZk 06-23-2013 08:36 PM

Got into Jasper. I was cooking in my rain gear. Had to stop and take it off. We had mostly sunshine until near Jasper with only a couple of medium showers to cool us off!
Too warm!

RsZk 06-23-2013 08:38 PM

YEAH, across the border!

RsZk 06-23-2013 08:41 PM

RsZk 06-23-2013 08:47 PM

Got this from my Son for Father's Day! Came from Hungary!

theBullseye 06-23-2013 08:54 PM

Been a great day so far....KLR running well. Staying here in Blue River ......tomorrow even further west...maybe even get to the coast.....then the Island !!:D

theBullseye 06-23-2013 08:56 PM

Oh yeah....and next time...get better shots of me and the KLR !! Lol

RsZk 06-23-2013 08:57 PM

Made it to Valemount for a quick stop for fuel and food. Check out these prices for regular unleaded.

Great eats at this food truck!

Meet Dave! Great chef!!

Hey where does that squiggly line go? :huh

Town of Valemount

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