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Old 08-13-2012, 09:51 AM   #5656
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Thanks cannuckAME and NorthRider....

for the great ride yesterday

Great photos cannuckAME! I don't have to post as many now either. I'll just touch on the hi-lite of the tour.

We had reached a fork in the road coming across on Fortes Lakes road just east of Quetico. One fork went south and according to the map looped around and back up to Nelson Lake road. I knew there was a big washout there and so did cannuckAME, so we opt'd to spare NorthRider the grief as he was just coming back into gravel riding after his spring get off. We headed on the east fork across on Swamp Road and this would take us over to Hermia road and across to Burchell Lake road. About km marker 11 or 12 we ran across a large washout, just like the one we were trying to avoid Looked like a show stopper to me and before I could even get a word out, NorthRider summed it up, "I won't be crossing that!" We sat starring at the wash while cannuckAME got off his bike and procceded to scope out the situation. He sarted kicking down the embankment on the far side and said to NorthRider, "Sure you are! It's a long way to back track". I could see what cannuckAME had in his mind and it began to look very doable.

You always have to pose, at the tunnel


On the Grand Trunk


The Swamp Road washout


CannuckAME went first, carfully walking his bike down the embankment and then over the culvert. On the other side he started up the bike and went for the far embankment...and procceded to bury the back end up to the axle NorthRider helped him back the bike up for a second run and I kicked some more dirt down to fill the hole. Second attempt was successful. I then headed over and hopped on my bike. "Your not going to ride across, are you?" replied NorthRider. I had confidence in my bike after riding Nevada, Utah and Colorado back in June, so I figured this would be a piece of cake compared to that. I turned on my Go Pro...usually that means I'm going to crash and told the guys to get far out of the way...just in case The 530 handled beautifully through the wash and with tons of power I was up the other side. "You want to ride the old girl across?" said NorthRider We pushed NorthRider's "Old Girl" down into the wash and he started it up and walked alongside it as he powered it up the far embankment...and as soon as he remembered to let the clutch out, he was safelty up the other side and sporting a smile from ear to ear

cannuckAME thinking of a good line...NorthRider still sitting on his bike wanting to turn around


Safetly across and NorthRider grinning ear to ear


As per NorthRider's request...here is my view of the crossing


Looking forward to riding some more with you guys...and anyone else who wants to join the adventures!
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:30 AM   #5657
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Pike's Peak Race 2012...

Was just surfing the web and found this. For those of you that want to race Pikes Peak, check this out http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoram...130045334.html
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:13 PM   #5658
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lol. tried to hook up with you guys, assuming you would slab it to upsala, so sat at sistonens for awhile.d'oh.should have known better. could have just waited at the end of my driveway,as you passed to catch the grand trunk. oh well, next time.
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:27 PM   #5659
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lol. tried to hook up with you guys, assuming you would slab it to upsala, so sat at sistonens for awhile.d'oh.should have known better. could have just waited at the end of my driveway,as you passed to catch the grand trunk. oh well, next time.
We try not to slab at all. Pick a dirt road that links up to another dirt road and you'll find us

Too bad we missed you...next ride
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:44 PM   #5660
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It's been a while, so I think I'll take a ride to Atikokan tomorrow.
Ron. If you need help cleaning your garage again let me know. I'll bring another bag of those muffins .
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Old 08-16-2012, 05:56 PM   #5661
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:53 AM   #5662
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affordable africa twin replacement.

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Old 08-23-2012, 10:56 AM   #5663
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WTF Canadian price is $1800 higher than US. That is a huge difference (125%) on a bike at that price point.

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Old 08-23-2012, 11:14 AM   #5664
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WTF Canadian price is $1800 higher than US. That is a huge difference (125%) on a bike at that price point.
I believe the starting price of the NC700x in the U.S. is $6999 (U.S.). But that price doesn't include ABS. The Canadian version DOES include ABS.......but at $8999.....ABS sure seems costly to Canadians.

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Old 08-23-2012, 12:18 PM   #5665
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Good point, never saw that. I know there are a few reasons that prices in Canada are a bit higher than the US but the 25% jump for the simple addition of ABS seems like a bit of a stretch. The US model with ABS and the dual clutch transmission is the same price as the Canadian base model. .

I have been so waiting for Honda to make a serious venture into the adventure bike world and compete with the BMW / Triumph line. I think this bike has a long way to go to come near replacing the TransAlp but is a serious consideration for anyone looking at a VStrom or Versys.
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I believe the starting price of the NC700x in the U.S. is $6999 (U.S.). But that price doesn't include ABS. The Canadian version DOES include ABS.......but at $8999.....ABS sure seems costly to Canadians.

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:02 PM   #5666
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I read a couple of reviews on this Honda and it seems like a pretty mediochre bike. Honda has three models sharing this same platform as a way of saving development costs while targeting three rider segments. The car world does this a lot and Honda bike models have been adopting some Honda car marketing tricks. My first impression of this bike and its specs is not good.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:08 PM   #5667
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I really want to like the NC700X. I had predicted that it would start at $6999 in Canada and then thought I was in the ballpark when it was later announced that it would start at $6999 in the U.S. About the only thing I really like about the NC700X is the predicted fuel economy (77 mpg Imperial). The low redline of 6500 RPM is 1500 RPM lower than the 8000 RPM redline of my 2009 Civic Si sedan. That - and 48 hp just doesn't give me the warm and fuzzies. But the biggest drawback for me with the NC700X is weight. If Honda kept it to around 400 lbs wet - that would have made it interesting....yet they settled for 472lbs. Pretty conventional. I don't think they will sell many of them at $8999 in Canada unless they are heavily discounted.

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Old 08-23-2012, 01:54 PM   #5668
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What are the Canadian sales incentives though. I know with our product the Canadian retail its higher but the Canadian sales incentives are much higher, leveling the playing field.
Definitely a bike targeted at the v Strom type customer though.

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Old 08-23-2012, 02:01 PM   #5669
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I really want to like the NC700X. I had predicted that it would start at $6999 in Canada and then thought I was in the ballpark when it was later announced that it would start at $6999 in the U.S. About the only thing I really like about the NC700X is the predicted fuel economy (77 mpg Imperial).
I wanted to like it too. I am so jonesing a Honda direct competitor for the BMW F800 or Triumphs 800XC but this is definitely not it. The 17 in front wheel and gas cap under the seat are show stoppers for me. The BMW F650GS is just $800 more with a lot more features, 350 lbs, 70+hp and already a strong adventure rider farkle market.

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The low redline of 6500 RPM is 1500 RPM lower than the 8000 RPM redline of my 2009 Civic Si sedan. That - and 48 hp just doesn't give me the warm and fuzzies.
Supposedly Honda did surveys that found that very few people actually drove bikes anywhere near the red line.

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But the biggest drawback for me with the NC700X is weight. If Honda kept it to around 400 lbs wet - that would have made it interesting....yet they settled for 472lbs. Pretty conventional.
That is a bit heavy bike but most bikes are weighing in that ballpark. The VStrom is 490 wet and the Versys 450.

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Old 08-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #5670
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Hello Soo!

Boy and I just hit town for the night. Staying at the Northlander on the great northern rd, if anyone's around.
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