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Old 06-14-2013, 10:33 AM   #3466
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Canadasmotorcycle.com has great prices, selection and free shipping. All of my tires come from them. 2 to 4 days shipping from Montreal.

No mention of the MCE Karoo here suprises me. They last quite well on the big bikes and perform well on road and off. I think I paid about $200 for my last set. I ran a 150 on the XRR and it performed great at sub 10 psi. Angry stiff sidewall so you can run flat on small bikes. XR650R is a small bike... You can tell I ride a 990...

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Old 06-14-2013, 12:57 PM   #3467
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I thought I'd post a link here - I've been out of action for the past few weeks waiting for parts, which are now in and on, after giving the KTM a work out on a 7000 KM ride. I posted a brief ride report in the Orange Crush section. I talked to so many people on the trip I wound up representing for Calgay riders across the US, so in case anyone is interested it is here:

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Btw on the tire thread, I have a TKC on the rear, and I'm eating through it at an alarming rate...only going to get a few thousand kms out of it.
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Old 06-14-2013, 04:53 PM   #3468
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I talked to so many people on the trip I wound up representing for Calgay riders across the US,



I tend to think the XRR, 690, 640, 610, etc , are considered the upper end of the small bikes.

I've never ran a Karroo. Not a very common tire. I've only seen a few. Might have to check them out.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:59 PM   #3469
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Where can I get a rear wheel respoked localy that isn't going to cost me five hundred dollars?


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Old 06-15-2013, 10:25 PM   #3470
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Its all doable on big Adventure bikes so easy peasy on Dualsports. All the action is about 20km from the south end. Lycan 1 posted a pic earlier but easy to get around. Also a small land slide but about 2 feet wide for getting across. Also a small well made new bridge to cross. Can't do it in a vehicle for sure. On another note, Eureka, Montana has the best and most Adventure Bike riding known to man! Only 4 hours away. Unfreakingbelievable.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:33 PM   #3471
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I run a Karoo front on my dirt rim (21x1.60) and a Heidenau on my 21x2.15 for fronts. I keep a 908 rear around but am in love with my rear Mefo Super Explorer. 908 rear I can only get about 900k, but the Mefo is around 8000K with the same riding. Basically the longevity of the Heidenau rear but more aggressive. It's apparently made in the same factory as the Heidenau's.
I'm on a 2011 990 Adventure that has 15000K on her.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:54 PM   #3472
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Where can I get a rear wheel respoked localy that isn't going to cost me five hundred dollars?


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For $500, you could get a new wheel! Let us know if you find anyone , I have a RMZ front that needs to be trued.

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Old 06-17-2013, 07:21 AM   #3473
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For $500, you could get a new wheel! Let us know if you find anyone , I have a RMZ front that needs to be trued.

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Hey guys, I've built a number of wheels for myself and a fellow inmate. If you are still looking for truing or re-spoke send me a PM. I can post some pics of my work if interested.

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Old 06-17-2013, 08:43 AM   #3474
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I run a Karoo front on my dirt rim (21x1.60) and a Heidenau on my 21x2.15 for fronts. I keep a 908 rear around but am in love with my rear Mefo Super Explorer. 908 rear I can only get about 900k, but the Mefo is around 8000K with the same riding. Basically the longevity of the Heidenau rear but more aggressive. It's apparently made in the same factory as the Heidenau's.
I'm on a 2011 990 Adventure that has 15000K on her.


If they last that long on a 990, imagine what they would last on 650 or sub bikes!! Worth checking out for those doing big trips.


Well, my ride this weekend started at 5:45 Saturday and ended at 3:45 Monday morning...

We ran through snow, mud, rivers, random bush wacking, and lots of rocks and logs.

Castle Pass (formal name??) is now passable. There is is a 40-50 ft section of snow, then threading a needle up a hill around another deposit of snow to connect to the trail.

*** Be warned. If you pass down the other side its a point of no return. It could be the longest constant steep grade decent I've ever done. Ends up in an old trail that hasn't seen much (any?) use in many years. Almost completely overgrown by bush. You have to ride through this thick bush for a few KM's with a few stream crossings and some large logs, eventually bush wacking to get to the next trail. It was good times.

We then toured and spelunked some mines, diped our toes in some hot springs (they were warm), and ran into snow going over top of the world causing us to re-route. This pass needs a few weeks more of warm weather. We did found out that Sulpher Creek is open with only some minor washing out of the road in one section which is easily navigated by any bike size. Creek Crossing / Koko (sp?) claims appears to be snowed in yet but we did not confirm because it was about 8:45 by this time and some bikes were low on gas.

2 hours of sleep. A little tired at work but stoked for such a good weekend! Looking forward to the next! Maybe do a mid week singletrack ride.
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:07 AM   #3475
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Its all doable on big Adventure bikes so easy peasy on Dualsports. All the action is about 20km from the south end. Lycan 1 posted a pic earlier but easy to get around. Also a small land slide but about 2 feet wide for getting across. Also a small well made new bridge to cross. Can't do it in a vehicle for sure. On another note, Eureka, Montana has the best and most Adventure Bike riding known to man! Only 4 hours away. Unfreakingbelievable.
Always good to know...

Have you been to Utah or Colorado...it might raise the bar even from Eureka.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:42 PM   #3476
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Always good to know...

Have you been to Utah or Colorado...it might raise the bar even from Eureka.

I've rode Eureka, and as good as Montana and Idaho are (both are pretty damn impressive and puts our stuff to shame), I agree that Colorado and SE Utah top the rest.

Colorado is heaven for bike owners, and to me, I really like the state. It tops my list of states I'd like to live in.

Relaxed vibe, friendly people, stunning views, that ability to "get away" with easy access etc. I'd like to do a two week trip in the near future where one is spent in Moab, the next exploring loops around the Colorado mountains... droool..

For those who fish it also looks like a fishing paradise. Roads (dirt, gravel, pavement) skirt rivers and small lakes. Very little private land here. Just park your car and walk 30' and start tossing the flies.
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:03 PM   #3477
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For those who fish it also looks like a fishing paradise. Roads (dirt, gravel, pavement) skirt rivers and small lakes. Very little private land here. Just park your car and walk 30' and start tossing the flies.
Hey Shibby
I just rode all the roads in the NWT's for the last 14 days and fished everyday!! What a hoot and a great way to slow down and smell the fish, dozens of em...Arctic Graying, Dolly Vardens and monster Pike! Caught one 10 lb pike

Yellowknife is only 1800kms from Calgary and yet a whole new world of gravel travel to all the Fort's and zero traffic.
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:27 PM   #3478
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Hey Shibby
I just rode all the roads in the NWT's for the last 14 days and fished everyday!! What a hoot and a great way to slow down and smell the fish, dozens of em...Arctic Graying, Dolly Vardens and monster Pike! Caught one 10 lb pike

Yellowknife is only 1800kms from Calgary and yet a whole new world of gravel travel to all the Fort's and zero traffic.

And mosquitos that carry you away.... =)

That's the single biggest reason I don't go north. Sad, but true.

Sounds like a good time though! Crazy that it's that close. I think that's MOAB distance though too. Would be nice for a change. I'll do it at one point!

Have any pictures to share with us?
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Old 06-17-2013, 02:50 PM   #3479
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Actually I got more mosquito bites here in Calgary mowing my lawn! I plan to do a report with photos when I return from California after a visit with my son. I have lots of photos to share and some of the photos of the Nahanni are amazing.
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Old 06-17-2013, 07:56 PM   #3480
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Yes. Rode there 2 years ago and awesome stuff. Its just that Eureka is so close and still a well kept secret. No one there and you have it all to yourself. Alberta and BC are nice but Eureka has got them beat.
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