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Old 05-31-2012, 06:18 PM   #5236
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Many thanks to my company today (Mike(Nanabijou) and Rob(Lappeman) for a great ride!

Enjoyed it a lot. And remember Mike, "the adventure begins when things go wrong!!!"
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:38 PM   #5237
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....I ended up with a ( I assume..) Kawasaki Versy's sidestand in the Garage....
Does it go west?....I can hand deliver with assorted KLR parts in a month...
...or to Ottawa??.... I can mail it....or wait until next year when I head to the Rock?


On another note....took back just over 300 empty soda pop cans.....A NEW CAMP RECORD!!!!!
The license plate light cover is from my bike but I know for sure I have my side stand.
Thanks for bringing it with you.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:45 PM   #5238
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Feliz I hope your recovery continues well and your able to get back on the bike soon.
It was great to meet you and looking forward to getting together in the future.
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:50 PM   #5239
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Many thanks to my company today (Mike(Nanabijou) and Rob(Lappeman) for a great ride!

Enjoyed it a lot. And remember Mike, "the adventure begins when things go wrong!!!"
Ron speaks the truth. I had a little "wardrobe malfunction" on the WR250R today during our ride. Umm. Let's put it this way. Everyone go out right now and re-torque your rear sprocket bolts. My handy sidekicks (Rob and Ron), as clever as they are, found a few replacement nuts and bolts and we were off again. Thanks guys!

It was the best ride so far this season. Sunny, and a perfect temp outside (about 20C). I've been wanting to do the Flett tunnel for quite some time so it was nice to finally do it. Amazing how much water is flowing down the Kam and Matawan rivers.

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Old 05-31-2012, 07:00 PM   #5240
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Ron speaks the truth. I had a little "wardrobe malfunction" on the WR250R today during our ride. Umm. Let's put it this way. Everyone go out right now and re-torque your rear sprocket bolts. My handy sidekicks (Rob and Ron), as clever as they are, found a few replacement nuts and bolts and we were off again. Thanks guys!

It was the best ride so far this season. Sunny, and a perfect temp outside (about 20C). I've been wanting to do the Flett tunnel for quite some time so it was nice to finally do it. Amazing how much water is flowing down the Kam and Matawan rivers.

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Old 05-31-2012, 07:16 PM   #5241
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Wow. Good memory Gord. Yep - the topic came up a few times today as we were staring at the sprocket and looking for some donor nuts from elsewhere on the bike.

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Old 05-31-2012, 07:30 PM   #5242
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Hey Mike You got it back....that's the main thing.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:38 PM   #5243
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Today's Ride....

My, new to me, 2010 KTM 530 needed to be tested as I will be needing it in higher places soon, so when ZZR_Ron was looking to go exploring, I jumped at the chance...now if the damn thing would start! I had been having problems with it starting lately and I didn't know if it was doing it in the warmer weather or if it was just me. Friday morning the temperature hovered around 0c...so I went back to bed A little later I got up an low and behold it had warmed up to around 10c already. The KTM started without out too much fuss and I headed into town to meet up with ZZR_Ron and
Nanabijou. Ron was looking to explore Hwy 527 but fuel mileage on the 250's tanks wasn't really for that area, so I suggested we head to Flett tunnel (Nanabijou had never been there) and then up to Aldina Fire Tower (Ron had never been there). So with a plan in hand, we headed out Hwy 102 for silver falls road and were quickly stopped by road construction...well they were as I continued to blast by a stopping transport totally oblivious to the fact that he was stopping for a flag person. Whoops, yes I turned around and went back and told the lady I didn't see her. Finally we turned off 102 and headed across old Dawson Road to Silver Falls rd and onto Ellis rd. We entered the old railbed at the end and soon found our first obstacle. A tree sat a couple of feet off the trail and would not move or break no matter how much the 3 of us pushed and pulled. Finally Ron jumped on it and held it on the ground as I wheelied over it. Next Nanabijou, walked his running bike over it. Then it was Ron's turn, he steadily approached it and got the front wheel over it, next he attempted to get the rear wheel over it but he stuck fast! He tried again but it wouldn't go. Finally he gave it some super human Horse Power and over the log he went...wait a minute that horse power was more like Nanabijou Power! and Ron's trusty steed wasn't even running New lesson on how to cross a log with your bike off

Meeting at ZZR_Ron's - Ron looks like your putting your camera away in the photo


First Obstacle


Ron's Front Wheel over, why isn't the back going over...is it stuck? - note no headlight on


Nanabijou Power kicking in



We stopped at the old trestle for some quick photos and that was where Ron realized his camera was gone! He didn't want to go back and look for it, so we continued on. It was pretty wet in the first section and after the record amounts of rain we've had lately, I thought we were in for lots of water and lots of washouts but aside from one new obstacle on the railbed it was fairly tame. One section nearing Flett Road had a big crack in it and looked like an earthquake had struck but it was more likely the embankment became unstable during the heavy rain and started to sick creating the big crack. If your heading West it will be a 1 foot high roadblock, heading east you could sail off it without any problems. Back underway, we made it too the tunnel and took some photos. We back tracked to Flett rd and headed down across the railway tracks, making a right turn across the tracks. From there it was a run up another road and across a logging road to up in behind Shabaqua. We stopped and topped up our tanks...rule of thumb, always topup when the opportunity presents itself! From there we crossed the highway and down the next gravel road, which is usually pretty bad but was unusually dry...did it rain out here? Another photo opp was had at the Matawin River Dam and then on up the road where I saw the biggest damn bear I have seen in many years...no photos though as my big noisey pig scared him off the road quickly.

Checking out the trestle


Resting at the trestle - Where's my camera?


Earthquake?


At Flett tunnel


Gassing up at Shabaqua


Matawin River Dam


Water still high


Motley Crew...not quite


A few puddles to splash thru along the way


We stopped at the intersection of Adrian Lake Road were there was a 4' deep trench carved out across it...yes it did rain out here At this point Nanabijou said he was getting chain chatter. We chaulked it up to the rough road and a loose chain and no one bother to check it out any further. About 3 miles up the road I spotted two moose sitting in a swamp and got off to take a photo. Ron stopped also and as I tried to position myself for a photo of the moose, I realized that Nanabijou hadn't arrived. Ron also realizing that Nanabijou wasn't there, started up and went to go look for him at which point one of moose took off and I had only seconds before the second one decided it was time to go. I jumped back on my bike and headed back down the road to look for them. After about a mile, I arrived on the scene of Ron and Nanabijou looking at Nanabijou's rear. I figured he jumped a loose chain, so I pulled over and saw that Nanabijou was holding the sprocket in his hands and it wasn't attached to the bike...not good!

Trench at Adrian Lake rd


Moose...thinking "should I run"


Moose...running!


Aren't there supposed to be bolts on this thing?


Apon further inspection, it was revealed that there was one bolt hanging from the sprocket and it still had the nut on...oh oh! Two bolt mounting holes on the rear hub had broken off!! Great, we're 35 kms from the neareast hiway and 50 from Kakabeka. We walked back along the road and found one bolt and two broken pieces from the hub...now what? Two bolts and nuts might get him going again but two bolts and one nut just didn't quite cut it! Finally after about an hour of cooking in the sun, Ron had the super idea of Sign bolts! We fanned out looking for some kind of sign in the bush that had bolts and believe it out not, we actually found a sign that had the right size bolts! Now I'm not for taking down road signs but this was kinda an emergency, so it had to be done. With only 4 holes left in the hub, we only needed 4 bolts to get the job done. With the sprocket back on, we bee lined it to the highway and back to the relative safety of home. I guess next time we'll get to the Fire Tower...maybe! Special note to the Bolt Police...check Nanabijou's garage!!

Now there is bolts on it, well some anyway! Time to go!


Enjoyed the ride guys, Thanks!!
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:59 PM   #5244
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Here's my ride report.

Great ride, fun water crossings, positive "can do" attitude from my fellow riders made it a great day.

Absolutely wonderful pace, got to enjoy Rob putting that KTM through it;s paces, and to be honest, getting Mike back on the road and rolling, I think made Rob and I both feel great!

It was ADV riding, and ingenuity at its finest!

Once again guys, thanks for a GREAT ride.

Rob, once again thanks for routing us...it really was perfect.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:15 PM   #5245
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No pics Lappeman?
Should be pics now Ron
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:25 PM   #5246
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Nuked that message, thanks for the pics, Rob.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:28 PM   #5247
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:41 PM   #5248
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Here's my ride report.

Great ride, fun water crossings, positive "can do" attitude from my fellow riders made it a great day.

Absolutely wonderful pace, got to enjoy Rob putting that KTM through it;s paces, and to be honest, getting Mike back on the road and rolling, I think made Rob and I both feel great!

It was ADV riding, and ingenuity at its finest!

Once again guys, thanks for a GREAT ride.

Rob, once again thanks for routing us...it really was perfect.
Great ride reports and pics guyz...gotta love that ADVrideringenuity, for sure...
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:49 PM   #5249
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Thanks for the pics and well documented ride report Rob! It was great riding with you and Ron today. Rob - you have this uncanny way of taking photos when nobody is looking. I would have guessed you only took a couple of photos today - but that was clearly not the case. Ha..ha.

I just ordered an new OEM hub, 6 hex bolts and 6 nuts. Will make sure to Loctite (blue) them.

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Old 05-31-2012, 08:54 PM   #5250
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Inspiring pics and ride report, i envy you guys being able to get away on a week day with perfect weather.
(and low dust conditions is a plus)
Anyone else notice the condition of the spruce trees some areas... brown?
Your pics along the railbed had some.
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