|08-16-2004, 10:27 PM||#1|
Joined: Aug 2004
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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