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Old 01-07-2013, 05:51 PM   #7801
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Michigan tour

I am going to tour around the upper peninsula by traveling across Lake Michigan on the ferry the SS Badger.
http://www.ssbadger.com/home.aspx
It looks interesting and avoids that Chicago traffic nonsense.

http://www.traversecity.com/motorcycling-301/

http://www.petoskeyarea.com/scenic-routes-26/
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:04 PM   #7802
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I am going to tour around the upper peninsula by traveling across Lake Michigan on the ferry the SS Badger.
http://www.ssbadger.com/home.aspx
It looks interesting and avoids that Chicago traffic nonsense.

http://www.traversecity.com/motorcycling-301/

http://www.petoskeyarea.com/scenic-routes-26/

Badger is a nice trip across! Might want to book ahead if you can. I got on it without booking but that was a midnight crossing. Not sure how it is now, that was back in 2001. There was talk of it not running this year...
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:05 AM   #7803
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Top ten reasons why riders don't wave

1 - Top Ten Reasons Why Harley Riders Don’t Wave Back.

10. Afraid it will invalidate warranty.
9. Leather and studs make it too heavy to raise arm.
8. Refuse to wave to anyone whose bike is already paid for.
7. Afraid to let go of handlebars because they might vibrate off.
6. Rushing wind would blow scabs off the new tattoos.
5. Angry because just took out second mortgage to pay luxury tax on new Harley.
4. Just discovered the fine print in owner’s manual and realized H-D is partially owned by Honda.
3. Can’t tell if other riders are waving or just reaching to cover their ears like everyone else.
2. Remembers the last time a Harley rider waved back, he impaled his hand on spiked helmet.
1. They’re too tired from spending hours polishing all that chrome to lift their arms.

2 - Top Ten Reasons Why Gold Wing Riders Don’t Wave Back.

10. Wasn’t sure whether other rider was waving or making an obscene gesture.
9. Afraid might get frostbite if hand is removed from heated grip.
8. Has arthritis and the past 400 miles have made it difficult to raise arm.
7. Reflection from etched windshield momentarily blinded him.
6. The espresso machine just finished.
5. Was actually asleep when other rider waved.
4. Was in a three-way conference call with stockbroker and accessories dealer.
3. Was distracted by odd shaped blip on radar screen.
2. Was simultaneously adjusting the air suspension, seat height, programmable CD player, seat temperature and satellite navigation system.
1. Couldn't find the “auto wave back” button on dashboard.

3 - Top 10 Reasons Sport bikers Don’t Wave At All.
10. They have not been riding long enough to know they’re supposed to.
9. They’re going too fast to have time enough to register the movement and respond.
8. You weren’t wearing bright enough gear.
7. If they stick their arm out going that fast they’ll rip it out of the socket.
6. They’re too occupied with trying to get rid of their chicken strips.
5. They look way too cool with both hands on the bars or they don’t want to unbalance themselves while standing on the tank.
4. Their skin tight-Kevlar-ballistic-nylon-kangaroo-leather suits prevent any position other than fetal.
3. Raising an arm allows bugs into the armholes of their tank tops.
2. It’s too hard to do one-handed stoppies.
1. They were too busy slipping their flip-flop back on.

4 - Top Ten Reasons Why BMW Riders Don’t Wave Back.
10. New Aerostich suit too stiff to raise arm.
9. Removing a hand from the bars is considered “bad form.”
8. Your bike isn't weird enough looking to justify acknowledgment.
7. Too sore from an 800-mile day on a stock “comfort” seat.
6. Too busy programming the GPS, monitoring radar, listening to ipod, XM, or talking on the cell phone.
5. He’s an Iron Butt rider and you’re not!.
4. Wires from Gerbings is too short.
3. You’re not riding the “right kind” of BMW.
2. You haven’t been properly introduced.
1. Afraid it will be misinterpreted as a friendly gesture


4 - Top ten reasons why KLR riders don't wave back

BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS WAVE FIRST!!!!
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Old 01-09-2013, 06:52 AM   #7804
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LOL!

It was always so unusual to see another KLR in day to day travel that I'd get a real surge if I saw another one on the road. It was like being in a secret club or something.

If ever I didn't wave at anyone, it was usually because I plain didn't notice the other bike. Made me feel a bit bad, like the other rider might feel that I had snubbed them.

But now that I'm on a GS, such lapses will merely be seen as business as usual now


....sometimes I don't wave to Harley guys; the ones who look like the sort who would rather curb stomp me than crack a smile. They might be swell guys, but I wouldn't want them to spoil their carefully tailored self image nontheless.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:34 AM   #7805
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2 - Top Ten Reasons Why Gold Wing Riders Don’t Wave Back.
3. Was distracted by odd shaped blip on radar screen.
Got some good ones there Garth.
The Gold Wing Radar screen was pretty funny. I've seen some that were so loaded that wouldn't surprise me.
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:01 AM   #7806
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Well done Garth, I already sent a copy to the Harley Shop...
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:30 PM   #7807
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I really do like the route through the U.S. over the Ontario route. Although Ontario is beautiful, traffic is heavy, gas is expensive, and speed limit is 90 kmh. Also hotels are expensive and tough to find nice ones - if you are trying to camp you will be shocked at the cost of campsites..
I did a lap of lake superior later in the summer this past year and ended up in keweenaw and loved it, however the part that got me on top of everything you listed, was the damn OPP I seen one every 20 minutes guaranteed from just past thunder bay to just past Wawa, that will be the first and last time I do the trip on the Canadian side I think.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:59 PM   #7808
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I did a lap of lake superior later in the summer this past year and ended up in keweenaw and loved it, however the part that got me on top of everything you listed, was the damn OPP I seen one every 20 minutes guaranteed from just past thunder bay to just past Wawa, that will be the first and last time I do the trip on the Canadian side I think.
Across the top of Superior is a more scenic ride than the more northerly route, however you're absolutely correct; the OPP has an inordinately heavy presence there, holiday weekends being particularly onerous. Keep it no more than 10 KPH over and you should have no issues, other than in towns. YMMV.
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Old 01-09-2013, 02:11 PM   #7809
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I did a lap of lake superior later in the summer this past year and ended up in keweenaw and loved it, however the part that got me on top of everything you listed, was the damn OPP I seen one every 20 minutes guaranteed from just past thunder bay to just past Wawa, that will be the first and last time I do the trip on the Canadian side I think.

Aw come on, their not that bad...if you don't wear that high vis clothing and go really really fast while standing on your pegs, they won't even see you
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:01 PM   #7810
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Hey fellow Mb ADV'ers, so im looking into picking up my first dual sport bike this summer ( after i sell my Road glide)
anyway, i've reccently been looking at the Husky TR650 terra and im wondering if any of you guys have dealt with S.A.R?
in stienback. is there any other dealer in our area for husky's that i should consider?

on a side note, has anyone here riden this TR650? Thanks for your input.

Im living in Thompson by the way so no matter where my next bike is i have to drive atleast 700+kms for it.
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:51 PM   #7811
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Hey fellow Mb ADV'ers, so im looking into picking up my first dual sport bike this summer ( after i sell my Road glide)
anyway, i've reccently been looking at the Husky TR650 terra and im wondering if any of you guys have dealt with S.A.R?
in stienback. is there any other dealer in our area for husky's that i should consider?

on a side note, has anyone here riden this TR650? Thanks for your input.

Im living in Thompson by the way so no matter where my next bike is i have to drive atleast 700+kms for it.
Don't know much about SAR, and much less about the Husky.

I personally would lean towards a dual sport that has good access to service, parts and plenty of farkles.
Exotic dual sports are expensive to purchase and even more expensive to maintain. Parts are sometimes difficult to get on short notice.

Just my opinion.

ps: I have a KLX400 for sale
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:37 PM   #7812
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I concur with Backroader...
I don't know what your background is, you may well be the best dirt rider ever seen...
My understanding is that the Husky is a machine you want to keep close to home until you've proven it. (Never happened in my knowledge.) And then you want a support vehicle.
That's just my understanding.
I would pick something (as Backroader alludes to) a bit more mainstream, so you can leave the support vehicle behind.... And find parts when on the dual-sport track...
My two cents. Cheers, Brian
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Old 01-09-2013, 08:48 PM   #7813
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Hey fellow Mb ADV'ers, so im looking into picking up my first dual sport bike this summer ( after i sell my Road glide)
anyway, i've reccently been looking at the Husky TR650 terra and im wondering if any of you guys have dealt with S.A.R?
in stienback. is there any other dealer in our area for husky's that i should consider?

on a side note, has anyone here riden this TR650? Thanks for your input.

Im living in Thompson by the way so no matter where my next bike is i have to drive atleast 700+kms for it.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:10 PM   #7814
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I like what I see online about the TR650. Looks a lot like KLR V2.0 with better gas mileage (but smaller tank), lots more power, not as tall, cool looking, just a little more $. SAR has one in stock now (unless they sold it).

On the other hand, it's going to be tough to repair yourself (EFI vs carb), you'll have fewer (nonexistent?) options for baling wire and duct tape fixes to get you out of the boonies, parts will be expensive and not as readily available, there will be limited aftermarket for awhile, less wind protection and it looks less roomy than a KLR. And the peer support (places like this) for the KLR is unmet anywhere.

BackRoader's KLX is an awesome bike, more off-road capable than KLR or TR650 and anything you get from him will be beyond immaculate. We have a huge KLR community here in Winnipeg too.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:09 PM   #7815
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I like what I see online about the TR650. ...
Don't get me wrong, I love what I see about this bike too.

Just wouldn't like to be in the gnarlys, hundreds (or BIG hundreds) of KMs from anything, to discover what the unknown weak points are. Best to do that close to home.

That, in my mind, currently excludes it as a dualsport of choice.
Above all, when I'm on a big KM ride, I want reliability. (Shit will happen regardless... Why be the guinea pig?)
Could be, this bike will prove to have everything I've wanted. In the meantime, I'll stick with what I know.
(Or maybe I'll get it for local runs until it's proven itself.! )
Oh wait, I don't do local runs.
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