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Old 05-16-2007, 08:42 PM   #1
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Trans labrador HWY in Winter

Okee Dokee! Here we go.
I am doing the Trans Labrador HWY this coming winter.
I will be leaving Montreal after shipping my 07 Dakar equipped with a special
Sidecar rig to carry all the stuff i will need!
-Camping equipment
- small heater and stove
-gear and spare parts.
The Dakar which has been named "Frosty" on my last winter cross Canada trip will be renamed "DA Side KAR" for this trip.

Now I am getting things organized with BMW and I am pretty excited about it. i have done it in summer and in rigs but never on bike in winter.
according to past pictures


I have done winter camping while i was in the army and out of the army too. so i know how to do it and i am confident in my ability to srtand cold.
I know i said in the past that a sidecar was not my favorite idea but i also have to use my head and admit that even though there is gas every 290 klicks or so, progress could be really slow.

The ferry from Labrador runs through the 16th of January. si it gives me about 15 days to go from Joliette to the ferry terminal in in Blanc Sablon going to Saint Barbe in NL. from there i will go thorugh the Rock again take the ferry from Port Aux Basques NL to north Sidney NS and then ride to Dieppe NB and have the bike shipped out of my buddies's place at Atlantic Motoplex to Victoria.


I will get pics posted of my sidecar rig as i build it. and how the modifications will be performed. I know already that the 650 Dakar can stand the rigors of winter
Thsi time i will have a camera mounted on the Rig and will have an ongoing video going. Now that I know how to keep my camera from freezing.
Last winter trip has taught me a lot and i will gain a lot fromn this.

By the time i leave the DVD of the last trip will be done and available. I know! I know i am slow but MANY of you have asked me to let you know when it is available and i will.

So here we go! The Iceman launches his Transl Labrador Witner trip on the 1st of january 2008.
Any comments and advice is appreciated.

Naysayersw please refrain!

Paul "Iceman"Mondor

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Old 05-16-2007, 10:37 PM   #2
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I think you shut down the naysayers pretty effectively on your last trip!

This will be another one to watch. Some guys have all the fun.
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Old 05-16-2007, 10:39 PM   #3
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Hi from Germany,

this would be my trip. Great idea, I love it.

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Old 05-17-2007, 05:30 AM   #4
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Good grief, that looks like fun!

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Old 05-17-2007, 07:16 AM   #5
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I live in Baie-Comeau just at the start of the 389...And I don't know where you from but I think thats a little stupid idea...in January. Alone stuck in a blizzard with 5 and up to 10' snow drift across the road if the road is still there at -20 to -40° celcius...humm. If you got nice weather its ok but if not it will be questions of life or death for you seriously. After pushing your bike over a few drift you will be dead tired and all wet.

I tried to reach Fermont last winter in snowmobile to guide 2 guys from new hampshire that wanted to ride the Cain's quest in labrador and had to turn around after 60 miles...too much snow and I have a mountain sled. Sure they maintain the road. But it can also be closed for a few days...if weather get bad. I would do this ride in end of march or april. Still have a shit load of snow and much more friendly weather and temp and no blizzard or less chance in those month of the year.

Stop by my home when in B-Comeau. Heat up yourself. Just send me a mail.

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Old 05-17-2007, 07:24 AM   #6
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...And I don't know where you from but I think thats a little stupid idea...

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Old 05-17-2007, 09:18 AM   #7
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Paul, what kind of sidecar rig have you settled on?
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Old 05-17-2007, 11:50 AM   #8
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Have you thought about how you will start your bike at -25°c or -40? Snow accumulation in the airbox? We see this often in snowmobiles so in a bike not design to run in snow it could be a problem. Please do that ride but later in the year...

I would like to see a picture of your setup. Is the wheel on your side car driven like on some Ural?
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:07 PM   #9
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Martin,

You probably should read some of Paul's OTHER ride reports.....

The guy has gone across Canada in the winter..........On his bike......


Though I do believe this 1 province may be enough of a challenge to almost equal your past feats, Paul.

I wish you the best, take lots and LOTS of pictures.
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:31 PM   #10
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Well

last trip my buike started in temps from -6 to -60.
what is with people and fear of non starting vehicle.
as for my idea being called stupid I wil say what i said last year to those who doubted."An opinion is like an asshole, everyone has one"

Highways closed? I can wait.
Stuck somewhere? I can camp.
getting to dangerous? I can turn around but not likely!

And finally? Well! what can i say? if i listened to those who told me to not do what i have done? I would have had a pretty boring life!

as for what type of sidecar? I will post the pics as i build it. it will have a suspension, low plateform style and it will be light and balnced.

Cheeers


PS you can follow me on your sled. i could use to tune pipe to toast my grill cheese sandwhich
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Old 05-17-2007, 05:35 PM   #11
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Thumb more snow tires...

I posted this once already, on a different thread but the same question applies...so Paul, does that mean I need to bring my bike with me to Gaspé for the winter?
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Old 05-17-2007, 06:58 PM   #12
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I posted this once already, on a different thread but the same question applies...so Paul, does that mean I need to bring my bike with me to Gaspé for the winter?
Hey Mike! How are you? You want to join me? Great! Just remember to bring $$$ For half the rescue bond

Stay with me on this Mikey!
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Old 05-17-2007, 07:35 PM   #13
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Talking stranger things could happen

Ok, I have an idea to work on for my part in this. I'm thinking the 640 might not be ideal not being able to touch the ground? I'll PM you my idea if you're interested in a sidekick?
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Old 05-17-2007, 08:22 PM   #14
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Paul Im just as crazy as you but...Heres a senario...big 70 to 80K wind, -40°c stock and exhauxted in Gagnon...5' visibility in front of you you decide to stop and wait for better temp...put up your tent...got snow all over you during the night...grader pass by to open the road in the morning and pass on you cause your 3' under...I did read your trans canada ride after my 2 first answers...and the only thing I can tell you is that the trans labrador in winter is not like riding the trans canadian highway...You wont be able to plug a battery charger to help your bike to start in the morning at the hotel, theres none, or almost. You know that you can easily be stock and that next village or camp is quite far away..cause you tell that you ridden it in summer.

Go for it but not january or february...end of march or april but not january. You can be lucky and have great weather and no trouble but if mother nature decide to screw up...you will be too.

If you do it anyway please mail me and stop by my home in Baie-Comeau for the night. Ill feel better if you stop and that am able to get news from you. If you have some trouble. Ill go get you. With a truck or sled. Please carry a satellite phone.

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