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Forum: Battle scooters 08-25-2014, 01:38 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,521
Posted By Scott_F
Google Maps has been known to get people lost. So...

Google Maps has been known to get people lost. So has GPS. Paper maps are best. The DOT in many states has free ones. Watch for motorcycle shops along your route. They are good places to find out...
Forum: Battle scooters 08-22-2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,521
Posted By Scott_F
Hi. About Leg 2. This is near where I live, and...

Hi. About Leg 2. This is near where I live, and we have ridden back and forth across here several times.

So, we're having this discussion on another board: what is touring? I see your route is...
Forum: Canada 08-18-2014, 03:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 646
Posted By Scott_F
FWIW, we rode Going-to-the-Sun Road earlier this...

FWIW, we rode Going-to-the-Sun Road earlier this month. The eastern third is under construction, with flagmen and so on. It was choked with traffic, detracting from the enjoyment, and costing us at...
Forum: Canada 08-16-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 646
Posted By Scott_F
Yes. We just got back from another trip...

Yes.

We just got back from another trip through Washington. We've been through Spokane often on our travels.

There is a nice "longcut" from the Coeur d'Alene River Road (from Kingston, ID) over...
Forum: Canada 08-14-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 454
Posted By Scott_F
Go to the local high school. You will find...

Go to the local high school. You will find "battleship row" where the kids park their junkers and your oil drops will go unnoticed. To dispose of the old oil, try Canadian Tire or similar repair...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-18-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,061
Posted By Scott_F
Funny, I felt the same way about the 650 for the...

Funny, I felt the same way about the 650 for the first couple of years.

I saw the 200 yesterday for the first time. I was a bit taken aback by its size it is smaller than I expected but on the...
Forum: Battle scooters 07-13-2014, 02:48 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,783
Posted By Scott_F
This is a really interesting bike, for me. We...

This is a really interesting bike, for me. We have Burgman 650s and a Vino 125. The little scooter is perfect for local trips, but it doesn't go on any roads posted above 60 km/h, which means there...
Forum: Canada 05-23-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,038
Posted By Scott_F
+1. Blackfoot put the "steal" in stealershhip. Go...

+1. Blackfoot put the "steal" in stealershhip. Go to GW Cycle, Barlow Trail and 11 Ave NE. Dave will look after you.

Regards
Scott Fraser
Calgary
Forum: Canada 05-20-2014, 08:35 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,365
Posted By Scott_F
I grew up in Edmonton, lived in Calgary and moved...

I grew up in Edmonton, lived in Calgary and moved to Victoria in my late twenties to go to school. There, I met my wife, we had kids and lived there from 1982 until 1999. I couldn't wait to get back...
Forum: Battle scooters 05-18-2014, 12:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,330
Posted By Scott_F
I would not judge cruisers based on the 650...

I would not judge cruisers based on the 650 V-Star. Try a newer V-Star 1300. The 650 is totally gutless, more a starter bike than a serious motorcycle.

As for the Vulcan, I have a 900 with a...
Forum: Canada 05-11-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 388
Posted By Scott_F
Calgary - Radium - Cranbrook Creston - Crawford...

Calgary - Radium - Cranbrook
Creston - Crawford Bay - Kaslo - New Denver - Nakusp
Fauqier - Cherryville - Vernon - Kelowna
...
Forum: Canada 05-06-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,046
Posted By Scott_F
Avoid Hwy 1 and BC 5. Too much traffic, too many...

Avoid Hwy 1 and BC 5. Too much traffic, too many motorhomes, too much frustration.

When we transit BC, we go from Calgary to Cranbrook on Day 1. Then to Creston, Crawford Bay - Balfour, to Toad...
Forum: Canada 05-06-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,046
Posted By Scott_F
Umm... Highwood Pass is closed until June 13....

Umm... Highwood Pass is closed until June 13. Highway 40 doesn't go though before then. Also, a word of caution, Highway 22 can get treacherous weather. There is NOTHING for shelter from Hwy 3 to...
Forum: Canada 05-06-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,046
Posted By Scott_F
If you get to Kootenay Lake, stay at Toad Rock...

If you get to Kootenay Lake, stay at Toad Rock Creek (http://www.toadrockcampground.com/) Motorcycle Campground. It's halfway between Nelson and Ainsworth. The campground is clean and tidy and...
Forum: Canada 05-06-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,046
Posted By Scott_F
We were there last year at the end of June. The...

We were there last year at the end of June. The road was clear, but at the top (10,660 feet) there was still a 10' drift along the side of the road in one spot. It is cold that high and if it rains,...
Forum: Canada 05-06-2014, 02:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,046
Posted By Scott_F
+1. It's a useful book, although the...

+1. It's a useful book, although the corresponding map of BC is more useful. Also, check into Butler Maps...
Forum: Canada 04-26-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,560
Posted By Scott_F
So, like, it's Calgary, eh? And it's snowing...

So, like, it's Calgary, eh? And it's snowing today. Crazy!

Good call, Snooz.

Ride Safe
Scott Fraser
Calgary
Forum: Canada 04-24-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,038
Posted By Scott_F
Two years ago we were in Tonasket looking for...

Two years ago we were in Tonasket looking for uncontaminated gas. We were told (Sinclair) that sometimes the premium was good, sometimes it was mixed, depending on whether it came from Seattle or...
Forum: Canada 04-24-2014, 01:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,038
Posted By Scott_F
This is very interesting. It shows a breakdown of...

This is very interesting. It shows a breakdown of Canadian gas prices with taxes and margins and a comparison with the USA.

(PDF)...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-21-2014, 09:22 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,159
Posted By Scott_F
We tour on our Burgmans in the summer, spending...

We tour on our Burgmans in the summer, spending two or three weeks at a time traveling through BC and the northwestern states. Our trips are anywhere from 2000 to 4000 miles at a stretch. We are...
Forum: Canada 04-21-2014, 03:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,113
Posted By Scott_F
+1 for CAA. They saved my ass more than once. You...

+1 for CAA. They saved my ass more than once. You have to have the upgraded membership to cover a bike. Last year I got a ride from Nanton to Calgary, about $300 worth of towing. Three years ago I...
Forum: Canada 04-18-2014, 02:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 727
Posted By Scott_F
I agree. As you come north, the State of Oregon...

I agree. As you come north, the State of Oregon has a m/c map you can find in bike shops. Destination Highways has maps/books for Washington and BC. Butler Maps...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-10-2014, 10:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,787
Posted By Scott_F
Ahh, good. PA is far enough north that the Black...

Ahh, good. PA is far enough north that the Black Hills aren't out of the question.

Regards
Scott Fraser
Calgary
Forum: Battle scooters 04-10-2014, 12:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,787
Posted By Scott_F
Yeah. Riding through the Rockies is terrible. The...

Yeah. Riding through the Rockies is terrible. The roads are all really long with hardly any towns along the way and there are way too many curves. There's no traffic if you need help and the scenery...
Forum: Battle scooters 04-07-2014, 09:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,787
Posted By Scott_F
I would help to know where you are starting from...

I would help to know where you are starting from and where you are heading. I've ridden a lot through MT, ID, WA, OR if you're heading through there.

Regards
Scott Fraser
Calgary
Forum: Canada 04-05-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 831
Posted By Scott_F
I already replied in the other thread. If you...

I already replied in the other thread. If you search, you will find similar threads from other years.

The weather through the mountains is a total crapshoot, at any time of year. It is more so in...
Forum: Canada 04-05-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,560
Posted By Scott_F
Actually, it will depend on the weather you...

Actually, it will depend on the weather you encounter after you leave. It is impossible to predict the weather through the mountains at that time of year. Storms are unpredictable and can be severe. ...
Forum: Canada 03-30-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 844
Posted By Scott_F
In October? You're nuts! There's a 99%...

In October? You're nuts!

There's a 99% chance there will be snow in the mountains. Check the weather history for Rogers Pass, Crowsnest Pass and Sherman Pass. Those are your three choices for your...
Forum: Canada 03-29-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 844
Posted By Scott_F
Wow. So they are. Regards Scott Fraser

Wow. So they are.

Regards
Scott Fraser
Forum: Canada 03-29-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 844
Posted By Scott_F
Walt Healy will also store your bike. They are...

Walt Healy will also store your bike. They are closest to the airport. 403-250-8630.

Regards
Scott Fraser
Forum: Battle scooters 03-28-2014, 11:08 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,209
Posted By Scott_F
All the maxis fit people differently. Ultimately,...

All the maxis fit people differently. Ultimately, the most important criteria is comfort. Try them all before settling on one. That extra inch of legroom may have inner bigness.

Regards
Scott...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-27-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,209
Posted By Scott_F
I'm glad you like your Kymco. As I said, YMMV. As...

I'm glad you like your Kymco. As I said, YMMV. As for the Chinese / Taiwanese question, I stand corrected. If Kymco makes better bikes than I give them credit for, then I am also wrong to lump them...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-27-2014, 11:45 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,209
Posted By Scott_F
Everything is made in China these days, even...

Everything is made in China these days, even Harleys. I'm sure that includes many parts on the Burgman.

What bugs me is that the unwary may choose the "German" bike, thinking they are getting...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-26-2014, 02:51 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,209
Posted By Scott_F
Umm, nowhere did I suggest the comments on the...

Umm, nowhere did I suggest the comments on the BUSA Forum were "unbiased". I provided the link so the OP could read something other than enthusiastic reports from people who have just discovered...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-21-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,209
Posted By Scott_F
I have noticed that people who rave so...

I have noticed that people who rave so enthusiastically about the BMW come from a motorcycle background and have never ridden a Burgman. People who own Burgmans and have ridden the BMW are nowhere...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-15-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,357
Posted By Scott_F
Quite. My son had someone steal the dipstick from...

Quite. My son had someone steal the dipstick from his Aprillia Scarabeo. We went to the dealership where we bought the bike and ordered a replacement. AFTER WAITING A YEAR FOR THE PART, the dealer...
Forum: Battle scooters 03-08-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,363
Posted By Scott_F
+1 We have two 650s. The season is short in...

+1

We have two 650s. The season is short in Alberta, but we still put 6000-7000 miles on them each year. Hard to beat them for touring.


Regards
Scott Fraser
Calgary
Forum: Battle scooters 02-09-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,912
Posted By Scott_F
Our longest DAY is 630 km, too long. We averags...

Our longest DAY is 630 km, too long. We averags +/- 400 km per day.

Our longest TRIP is 6000 km over 18 days, Calgary to the Black Hills via Yellowstone.

After four years of touring on our...
Forum: Battle scooters 10-14-2013, 12:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,378
Posted By Scott_F
Wow. What an excellent idea! Well done, to you...

Wow. What an excellent idea! Well done, to you and whoever thought it up. What a great way to teach kids. Thank you for doing this and for sharing it here.

Respect
Scott Fraser
Forum: Canada 09-11-2013, 10:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 587
Posted By Scott_F
You cannot rent motorcycles in every province,...

You cannot rent motorcycles in every province, something to do with insurance. How much does it cost to ship your bike to and from Canada? There is an Ural Patrol w/sidecar for sale locally...
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