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Old 06-23-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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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!).

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.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:02 PM   #2
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Once the rough details were ironed out on the trip, I began the farkling journey of the Super Tenere.




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Old 06-23-2013, 09:06 PM   #3
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We also farkled my friends KLR with engine guards, T63 Michelins, skidplate, Jesse Bags, etc.... did the basic maintenance in my garage.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:14 PM   #4
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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

Group ride with Albertadualsport!


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Old 06-23-2013, 09:20 PM   #5
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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!
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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!
Yea this was an annual meet. Large numbers here.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:21 PM   #7
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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.
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...and now we are finally on my first Live ride report!!!!
Oil change before we leave

Getting packed. How to get all the camping gear and tools into one pannier!



Departure this morning:
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Day 2 ... the Deluge!

The morning started off partly sunny with cloud and mist in the air.
We headed south to Little Fort and then West to hwy 24. I saw a sign for Cappucino, so we made a quick detour to the coffee shop, which was a log building with spectacular view of Lac des Roches.
An Italian family owns the place, so you know the fresh Americano coffee and cake snacks were to die for.
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From there, we took an alternate road past Green Lake recommended by the owner and found ourselves rounding about curve after curve with no one on the road but Dale (theBullseye) and I for about 45 minutes until 70 mile house. The rain really started at Green Lake and continued unrelentingly. From there we headed to Lillooet via hwy 99. The valley is spectacular in size and breadth and road curvaceous and technical.
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Day 2 The deluge continued

Our last part of this leg today was from Lillooet to Pemberton which is rated one of the top 30 roads in BC. Not for the faint hearted or low slung foot pegs! Lots of elevation changes, rough and smooth tarmac, tight 20 km/h hairpin curves. Now toss in the most heavy rain we have encountered on our trip with water pooled roads and the Adventure was on!
This last leg was 100km and took over 2 hours to complete. All our gear was tested to the max. My right side Jesse pannier had about 1 liter of water in it.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:18 PM   #13
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Day 2

Today's Stats: 8 hours on the road, with over 6 in the rain.
I know we are capable to run almost any rainy condition after what mother nature threw at us.
Did we enjoy the day? Machines were flawless, superb roads and spectacular scenery ... what do you think
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