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Old 11-05-2007, 05:43 AM   #1
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Bay de Verde Peninsula November Ride

November motorcycling in Newfoundland & Labrador brings with it a whole new challenge...The fine art of trying to stay warm at speed. Those riders who figure out how to stay warm, as the temperature approaches the freezing point, are rewarded with an extended riding season. Those who don't may end up suffering a hellish kind of discomfort, while riding far from home.

It was 2 degrees Celsius (35 F) when I rolled my bike out of my shed this morning, and it was 2 degrees Celsius when I rolled it back in the shed, just before having my suppertime meal. And temperatures didn't climb much beyond what most people would call 'cold', all day long.

Doug showed up at my house on his black Versys at 10:30 AM. We were both wearing our full repertoire of winter riding clothes as we rolled away from my place, on our way to meet Dave and his Versys at the coastal community of Holyrood, at 11:30.

The three of us rode the loop up around the top of the Bay de Verde Peninsula, on Newfoundland's East Coast. We stopped for lunch at Brown's Restaurant in the small coastal town of Whiteway, on the shores of Trinity Bay. The seafood chowder was delicious! And fresh hot coffee never tastes as good as it does after riding 150 kms in cold weather.

Total riding distance for me on the day was 375 kms.

Thanks to Doug and Dave for braving the elements, and helping me sneak in another coastal ride before the snow flies.

Here's a small map of our route...



Here's a half dozen photos from our 'polar bear club' ride...
















And here's a photo Dave shot, of the bikes at the Heart's Content lighthouse...






Oh and, here's Dave's GPS track, as he plotted it against the topo map...

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Old 11-05-2007, 06:25 AM   #2
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Looks like the Versys is getting popular on The Rock! Great pics, as usual
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:57 AM   #3
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Looks like the Versys is getting popular on The Rock!
For sure. I like them more and more, as I spend more time around them. Very nice choice of bike for riding the twisty coastal roads of our island.

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Old 11-05-2007, 08:37 AM   #4
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Nice report again. It's like you all are some sort of subliminal plant in my brain. I'm looking forward to both a Versys and a trip to the Maritimes and Maine next summer. I plan to get caught up on my lifetime allotment of lobster

That looks like a wet place from your map.

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Old 11-05-2007, 08:44 AM   #5
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Gaston...

If you decide to extend your trip as far as the Island of Newfoundland, we'd be happy to show you some choice routes.

The Versys seems like a great choice of motorcycle to me. Can't go wrong there.

And yes...

Newfoundland and Labrador are both pock-marked with thousands of lakes and streams. You'll never go thirsty here, that's for certain.

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Old 11-05-2007, 09:18 AM   #6
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Thanks again for an other fine road report !
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:18 PM   #7
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I've Got a Wee Hankerin for a Versys

really, I've got a wee and I am wondering if theres any difference in performance, I rode my wee to Alaska 13,500 miles this past summer,
Love the bike but it has some real bad headshake issues..
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Old 11-20-2007, 06:14 AM   #8
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My DL650 has zero headshake, and with the Euro sport screen installed it now pulls an honest 200 kms/hr top speed. The Versys will begin to give you helmet lift at anything over 140 kms/hr.

I suggest you get your Strom checked out. Could be tires, could be steering stem bearings, might even be your rear pre-load adjustment...

If the rear suspension is set too soft, the bike will be raked back too far. This will cause headshake at speed, due to the incorrect geometry.


I honestly believe the 650 Strom is the better bike, if long distance mile-munching is a regular part of your life.

If you lean more toward urban riding, commuting, regular twisty road blasting, with only a few long trips each year, then the argument could be made that the Versys is a better bike for you.


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Old 11-20-2007, 01:13 PM   #9
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its all decell, with no hands.. with the avon it was all the time hands on or off
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