|08-16-2004, 09:27 PM||#1|
Ideas for Toronto to Cape Breton trip
I'm hoping to make this trip during 1st and 2nd weeks of sept and am looking for inputs reg routes, equipment, must-dos, and any other advice.
it will be my first long journey alone. i dont mind roughing it out and am hoping to camp overnights.
I have 10 days to play with and am hoping for 3 days riding, 4 days rest and exploring cape breton, and 3 days riding back. if there are worthy detours, i dont mind doing a 4-2-4 trip. i prefer to average around 1200 kms per day and on the whole i'm hoping to go thru some great roads in a sport touring sense and not necessarily a dual sport/enduro sense.
I will be riding an SV650S with sport touring tires.
Here is what i definetly need help with:
1. Route. What is a good route for this? I prefer twisty and scenic roads. I dont mind gravel roads up to say 50 kms. I dont want to travel by the same route on return. are the appalacian roads any good?
2. Navigation. Is a GPS absolutely necessary for this journey? can i rely on regional maps coupled with detailed printouts from a good mapping application? i'm not too keen on buying a GPS until garmin comes out with a 276C type device with non-propietary memory expansion (or I find a waerproof PocketPC solution that works).
3. Motorcycle maintenance. What tools do I need? will i need an oil change (due in 5K) ?
i apologize if this is the wrong forum for this type or trip etc. i would appreciate any tips and advice.
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