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Forum: Canada 08-03-2014, 04:19 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
Ian and Louise on the road!

Louise and I will be leaving on a 9 day trip around NW Alberta (Peace River area) and NE BC. Supplies have been purchased and the packing has started.

We were going to be going out to Sarnia, but...
Forum: Canada 08-03-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
Horizons Unlimited Nakusp - Aug 21-24

Hey fellow schitzos,

Anybody thinking of heading out to Nakusp for the Horizons Unlimited event in Nakusp?

Due to some drastically changed travel plans this summer, I'm able to make Nakusp this...
Forum: Alaska 07-29-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,565
Posted By istephens
Hey Herk, I just figured that you're coming from...

Hey Herk, I just figured that you're coming from the lower 48, and unless you're takin' a ferry, you'd be crossing in Canada from somewhere to get to Alaska.

And I think y'all might have...
Forum: Alaska 07-28-2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,565
Posted By istephens
Leave the handgun out

If you're going to be going through Canada, you won't be getting it across the border unless you're really good at smuggling.

In just the last couple of weeks, there have been, I think, three...
Forum: Canada 07-14-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 539
Posted By istephens
RTTH VII - July 17-21 ALMOST HERE!

Hey folks!

There's still a couple of slots open at the Farm for tenting or swinging (in a hammock). If you can make it out and want to hang with the crowd, check out the website - ...
Forum: Canada 07-14-2014, 12:48 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
RTTH VII - July 17-21 ALMOST HERE!

Hey folks!

There's still a couple of slots open at the Farm for tenting or swinging (in a hammock). If you can make it out and want to hang with the crowd, check out the website - ...
Forum: Equipment 07-03-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,217
Posted By istephens
Olympia Ranger

I can highly recommend the Olympia Ranger jacket $369 at revzilla.

It's as waterproof as gear can be, I recently tested mine on a 10 day trip that started with a day and half of good steady rain...
Forum: Canada 05-18-2014, 02:23 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
RTTH7 & Toy Haulers?

Hey Ryan, I'm not sure - we'll have to let Carl chime in on what kind of space is available. The limitation on the numbers of folks has more to do with the facilities than it does with parking for...
Forum: Canada 05-18-2014, 11:38 AM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
RTTH VII - July 17-21, 2014

Hey guys,

OldMedic and I are extremely excited to announce this years Run to the Hills - July 17-21, 2014, now in it's seventh year! This years base of operations will be Rocky Mountain House.
...
Forum: Canada 05-18-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 539
Posted By istephens
Run To The Hills VII - July 17-21, 2014

“Run to the Hills – See the Falls” - July 17-21, 2014 - Rocky Mountain House

Run to the Hills, now in it's seventh year, is an informal gathering of riders primarily from Calgary, Grande Prairie...
Forum: Equipment 05-14-2014, 04:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,964
Posted By istephens
Motoport Kevlar Gloves +1

I completely agree with StuartV on the Motoport Kevlar gloves. I've had mine for three years now and they are great.

They fit well, offer great protection, if/when they get wet in rain, they don't...
Forum: Equipment 05-10-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,141
Posted By istephens
My wife read the post I wrote and corrected me -...

My wife read the post I wrote and corrected me - there is no AST3, she has an AST2.

:deal

So not only did I man up and admit my mistake, I fixed the post!

Ian
Forum: Equipment 05-10-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,141
Posted By istephens
Aerostich for sure and Olympia

I can attest to the waterproof and all-round quality of the Aerostich gear. My 7-year old 2-piece Roadcrafter has held up EVERYTIME in all kinds of rain. I've never had a leak thru.

Mine is the...
Forum: Ride reports 04-13-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 557
Posted By istephens
Great job on day 1! Looking forward to the...

Great job on day 1!

Looking forward to the rest of the story ...

ian
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-13-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 2,028
Views: 545,079
Posted By istephens
We were all on reserve ...

Last years annual Run to the Hills trip saw a bunch of us miscalculate where to gas up south of Grande Prairie. All five bikes in our little group were pretty much on fumes when we rolled into this...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 04-13-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 7,756
Views: 7,037,196
Posted By istephens
Back to wives and bikes

I've posted a couple of pics of my wife Louise pages and pages ago, but I thought I'd post a couple more from last years riding ...

Somewhere north of Whitefish, MT ......
Forum: Canada 04-07-2014, 05:18 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
Don't know about other folks, but the reason I...

Don't know about other folks, but the reason I leave all the panniers on the VStrom is that I will occasionally have to go to a meeting during the day. Since I commute in my Aerostich and boots, plus...
Forum: Road warriors 04-07-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 3,867
Views: 611,045
Posted By istephens
Normally I would not ever park in a handicapped...

Normally I would not ever park in a handicapped spot ...

That was at WeSTOC in Nelson in 2012 where we had taken over the entire hotel, so I was safe there.

I don't want any fellow FJR riders...
Forum: Canada 04-07-2014, 08:05 AM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
Riding at last!!

Not a great pic, but finally riding - this is in the underground parking at work downtown Calgary.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5081/13694930653_6ecaa0b824_c.jpg

It was a bit chilly,...
Forum: Road warriors 04-06-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 3,867
Views: 611,045
Posted By istephens
Mine's not quite as shiny as others, but that...

Mine's not quite as shiny as others, but that doesn't mean I don't love her ...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7186/7010085873_c8fc64594a_c.jpg

My '09 FJR

ian
Forum: Canada 04-06-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
How do you know Spring is here? Finally?

Here's a sure sign ...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7303/13676516284_85afa54fd4_c.jpg

Ready for some commuting this week ...

ian
Forum: Canada 03-30-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
I think it'd be easier to see what's going on...

I think it'd be easier to see what's going on with the arrangements, dates, rides, and all that; if the RTTH discussion was in its own thread. Also, for similar reasons to not have ride reports in...
Forum: Canada 03-30-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
Rtth 2014

After poking around in the trip planning section, it appears that it's more about the logistics of planning, and less about actual trips or planned events.

So I'm now of the opinion that if there...
Forum: Canada 03-30-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
Trip Planning it is

Hi OM - Millwright is right I think - probably Trip Planning is the right place.

Although after reading the notes in the Trip Planning section, the thread could also be in the Canadian Regional...
Forum: Canada 03-18-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
Sleepy bikes

Doesn't need to be at the end of the day for a bike to want a nap.

During Run to the Hills 2013, we stopped for gas somewhere, Peace River or before ... somewhere I can't remember ... Anyhow, my...
Forum: Pics, pics, pics... 03-16-2014, 09:01 PM
Replies: 669
Views: 105,161
Posted By istephens
Anglican Church in Lytton

My FJR and I in Lytton, BC, July 2013 ... Not quite as exotic as some of the locations in this thread, this is the Anglican Church next door to the Visitor Information Centre.
...
Forum: Canada 03-11-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
Ha! I dare you to find any pics of me that are...

Ha! I dare you to find any pics of me that are worse than the two I posted there already!

Good luck!

Ha!
:norton
Forum: Canada 03-11-2014, 05:25 PM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
Your title makes a good point Ryan. On the "site...

Your title makes a good point Ryan. On the "site that shall not be named" I was known as StromIan. My presence here long predates me having a VStrom, and so here I'm FJRian.

Louise is more...
Forum: Canada 03-11-2014, 10:24 AM
Replies: 443
Views: 16,655
Posted By istephens
There's a few other threads that were missing on...

There's a few other threads that were missing on the old site from the Canadian chat area - pretty much anything from before 2013 had been trimmed.

I like this move here to ADVrider - this is one...
Forum: Road warriors 03-03-2014, 06:17 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 20,424
Posted By istephens
My son is very intrigued by this development. He...

My son is very intrigued by this development. He rides a farkled 2011 Yamaha Fazer8, the semi-faired version of the naked FZ-8.

Among other things, he's added Givi panniers and topcase to make it...
Forum: Equipment 03-02-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,356
Posted By istephens
I have an Aerostich Roadcrafter 2 piece, had it...

I have an Aerostich Roadcrafter 2 piece, had it since 2008. It's a fantastic riding suit for sure.

This suit has been worn in all-day rain and I've stayed totally dry. Every spring I wash it,...
Forum: Beasts 03-01-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,389
Posted By istephens
Hi there, they are Micatech panniers mounted on...

Hi there, they are Micatech panniers mounted on SWMotech mounts.

The proprietor of Micatech sold the main business and has taken some time off to rethink things. There's more info at...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 03-01-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 16,407
Posted By istephens
Here's my ZUMO 550 mounted on my 08 VStrom on the...

Here's my ZUMO 550 mounted on my 08 VStrom on the way to Slave Lake, AB last year (2013).

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7289/9354039093_69cb18ef37_c_d.jpg

I use a mount semi-custom made that...
Forum: Beasts 02-28-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,389
Posted By istephens
My wife and I both have VStroms - mine a silver...

My wife and I both have VStroms - mine a silver 2008 and hers is a black 2009 - and we hang out with a crowd of VStrom owners here in Alberta who have definitely had their VStroms out in the rough...
Forum: Ride reports 02-22-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,902
Posted By istephens
WeSTOC XVIII - Day 10 and Home!

Monday, July 1, 2013

We'd be home sometime this afternoon - it's about a 4-5 hour ride to Calgary from Cranbrook.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7451/12708441263_33aca8f094_z.jpg

Remember that...
Forum: Ride reports 02-22-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,902
Posted By istephens
WeSTOC XVIII - Day 9

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Well, almost home - this was to be our second to last day on the road. The destination for today was Cranbrook, but we also had to stop at one of Louise's favourite places on...
Forum: Ride reports 02-22-2014, 04:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,902
Posted By istephens
WeSTOC XVIII - Day 8

I apologize for the long time between posts here, but hopefully I'll get this report completed this weekend.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I'd wanted to ride through Lilloet for quite some time and...
Forum: Face plant 09-10-2013, 07:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,198
Posted By istephens
Hey Dan, Glad to see you on here! I...

Hey Dan,

Glad to see you on here!

I recall killing a few starlings or sparrows - whatever little black birds they were - on Montana 232 north of Havre, MT last year. There would be dozens of...
Forum: Ride reports 08-06-2013, 04:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,902
Posted By istephens
WeSTOC XVIII - Day 7

I know it's been a long while since getting the last update, but real life, until lately has been totally consuming me. But, I've got the updates coming again!

Friday, June 28, 2013 - It's been a...
Forum: Ride reports 08-05-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,902
Posted By istephens
WeSTOC XVIII - Day 6

Thursday, June 27, 2013 - The plan for today didn't go beyond riding the Port Refrew - Lake Cowichan road. We had discussed it the night before and agreed that we'd be wheels up at 9am. It had rained...
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