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Old 05-05-2013, 02:45 AM   #3106
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I'm out...finally got the fork seals in but still have to fill the oil and re-assemble the bike. Won't make the ride; have a good time.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:23 AM   #3107
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Blackfoot motorsports is one of the biggest bike shops in Canada. They have everything you need;however, they are pricey, and service is spotty at best, in its bad imho.

In terms of getting your gear for your bikes I would checkout "aviciouscycle.ca" they have a TON of stuff for pretty well ever bike out there and their prices are good. (you place an order and they ship it to you) I've order wwwaaayyy too much tons from them. Lol! But their service is excellent. That's the best way to go IMO.

If you have any further questions feel free to PM. ;-)
My friends and I have found http://www.dualsportplus.com is also quite good. Good selection, fast shipping and prices aren't too bad.

I am moving to Victoria, BC at the end of July, so you'll have to look me up when you pass through there. I can help from there if you need anything.

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Old 05-05-2013, 07:34 AM   #3108
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Blackfoot motorsports is one of the biggest bike shops in Canada. They have everything you need;however, they are pricey, and service is spotty at best, in its bad imho.

In terms of getting your gear for your bikes I would checkout "aviciouscycle.ca" they have a TON of stuff for pretty well ever bike out there and their prices are good. (you place an order and they ship it to you) I've order wwwaaayyy too much tons from them. Lol! But their service is excellent. That's the best way to go IMO.

If you have any further questions feel free to PM. ;-)
Yeah blackfoot is expensive and their primary business is selling expensive imported bikes to calgary's upper class and dispensing crotch rockets to sandal wearing future organ donors. They might help bolt on some accessories for you and perhaps sell you a bike they have in stock but I doubt they will go too far out of their way to help. I would perhaps recommend a smaller place like anderwerks (http://www.anderwerks.com/). I've never dealt with these guys before but they seem like they will be more interested in helping you. These guys might even find a used DR for you and prep it, there are tons of low mileage DS bikes here in calgary. Another resource would be contacting Wolfgang in Edmonton. He's a German BMW instructor who organizes an annual rally called the MRT. I bet he's got some contacts, you can get ahold of him through this website I bet http://mrtcanada.org/
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:34 AM   #3109
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I am not sure what the stock DL1000 tires look like, but as long as you are comfortable riding on gravel roads, then you would be fine.
I used to have a 2008 DL1000. They (usually) ship new with Trailwings which IMHO are terrible tires, especially on gravel (sorry, not trying to be negative, just sharing my lessons learned). The best option IMO is TKCs, and the DL1000 runs standard size 17" rear and 19" front so easy to get. I didn't notice a lot of difference riding on the highway with the TKCs, twisties yes, but highway and on & off road they are great. I switched my road tires to Metzeler Tourances (not the Tourance pro, just the plain Tourances) and found them a great all-round tire, good on the tarmac but also good on gravel. I have heard the Tourance Pros wear very fast, so stick with the normal ones if you go that route.

One other piece of free advice for you on riding a DL1K Strom off road is it is HEAVY, so lighten up anything you can and pack light! My $0.02.

Hope it works out for you.

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Old 05-05-2013, 12:19 PM   #3110
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Anderwerks is unlikely to help you with anything Japanese. Now, if you bought a couple of BMW's or KTM's, Dave is your man.

Artic Dingo, we have a small but very active group of dual sport riders in Calgary, so let us know what you need and we'll make it happen for you.

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Old 05-05-2013, 03:02 PM   #3111
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Dl 1000

Well, the reason that i asked the question here is that "humble opinions" are usually the best advice. From people that have "been there done that"
Yes my tires are the Trailwings and i don't have any bags or anything (yet) so it looks like tires are in my near future, Best place to get them? Also love another set of rim so I can switch off for the longer highway to BC trips. (See parents with daughter on the back).
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Old 05-05-2013, 06:43 PM   #3112
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Tires!

Don't get all hung up about which tires are best for gravel etc. The stock tires are fine 95% of the time on a big Adventure Bike. I ride aggressive and have tried them all. Not a whole lot of difference really. Unless of course you plan on riding a lot of mud or sand. Not the place for big Adventure bikes. The stock smoothies are fine even in deep gravel. Currently running a front Heidenau K60 and rear Anakee 2. Always looking for gravel to ride and guess what? I'm going back to Anakees all around. Can't tell much difference other than the knobbier ones are noisier on pavement. Gravel wise the smoothies are just as good. Proof available. Come ride with me.
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:19 PM   #3113
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Tires

Love to,will get my crash bars on my bike and try some gravel, which is why I bought this bike anyway, funny just talked to a friend who used to race cross country back in the 70's and said all tires are bad on gravel, recommended i just stay in the rut where the gravel is mostly gone.
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:11 PM   #3114
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Great pictures. Looked like a great ride. I am just going to look at the pictures and pretend I was there and that was my XR650L in the pictures.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:13 PM   #3115
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I'm shocked at how summery it is looking out there!

Last two times I've been out there in the last month has been 6" to 2' of snow. It was full on winter with heavy tree branches filled with snow.

Amazing how quick it turns around with some heat and sun!

My ride at Kooc was amazing. 140km of single track pretty much non-stop. Camping was good. Got a bit chilly, but mostly for the dog and not me.
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:27 PM   #3116
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Great shots Lycan - is Devil's Gap just down at the end of Trans Alta? Maybe I haven't gone down far enough...looks really nice. Finally got my forks back together, but too late to go. Would have broken them in, maybe...they seem too stiff now. I'm going to try going back to the normal setting, but I hope they don't have to come apart again...
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:27 AM   #3117
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Insurance Broker Recommendations?

Yes I searched this thread first and I didn't find any discussions about a broker recommendation. Do you guys use brokers or go straight to the insurance company (I know you can't do this all the time)? Any Inmates on here have a recommendation for a good broker to use for bike insurance? Any bad ones out there?
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:45 AM   #3118
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Blue Circle insurance is pretty great for motorbike insurance. They get you the lowest rate possible. ;)


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Yes I searched this thread first and I didn't find any discussions about a broker recommendation. Do you guys use brokers or go straight to the insurance company (I know you can't do this all the time)? Any Inmates on here have a recommendation for a good broker to use for bike insurance? Any bad ones out there?
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:05 PM   #3119
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TD / Primmum for me.

Competitive rates and THE best service you'll find. I'll fully admit the service won me over. As soon as TD took them over it's a little slower, but still far better than most.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:10 PM   #3120
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Photos from my Southern Alberta Cultural Tour

Spent 5 days touring around southern Alberta last week visiting cultural sites. Did just over 1,800 kms, most of it gravel and secondary highways. Lots of highlights, just a few lowlights, mostly weather related. The tour took me from Calgary to Dinosaur Provincial Park on Day 1. Then on a winding track to the Cypress Hills on Day 2, where weather sent me scurrying for cover in the form of a 1 star motel in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan. Day 3 was a return of winter and saw me hightailing it back to Alberta through a full blown blizzard and an overnight in Lethbridge after an aborted attempt to stay in Milk River to be close to Writing on Stone Provincial Park. Day 4 included a trip back to Milk River and then on to Writing on Stone, followed by a ride to Payne Lake just east of Waterton Park where I had again planned to camp, only to be foiled by the snow which was still piled up in the campsite. So I finished up yet again in a motel, this time in Pincher Creek. My last day included Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, followed by a twisting ride on gravel back to Calgary. I had intended to camp each night, but only managed to set up the tent the first night. I could have just sucked it up and camped every night, but I am getting too old for that much adventure. Besides, the kind of accommodation I am happy with comes pretty cheap. I enjoyed each of the cultural sites, but didn't cover the Cypress Hills the way I had planned due to weather. So that is a part of the trip I will have to redo later in the year.

For those interested in the photos, here is the link to my Photobucket album of the trip. In hindsight I should have taken more photos on Day3, but I was too busy trying to make sure the heated gear kept working and the bike stayed upright in the wind and blowing snow that even during the few times that day when the weather wasn't awful the camera stayed in the tank bag. Otherwise, there are lots of photos that will give you a sense for the trip. For those unfamiliar with Photobucket, when the album opens click on the little icon to the right of the box that says "Add to story". This will open the album as a slide show. Cheers, David


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