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Old 05-05-2013, 06:23 AM   #3286
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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, 06:34 AM   #3287
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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, 06:34 AM   #3288
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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, 11:19 AM   #3289
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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, 02:02 PM   #3290
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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, 05:43 PM   #3291
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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, 07:19 PM   #3292
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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, 08:20 PM   #3293
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Today's Tim's Crew

Another ride from the Tim's in Cochrane, 6 riders showed, Floss&Fly couldn't stay the whole day, but rode with us for awhile. He and I played in the ditches while we waited for a few others to sort out some minor navigational issues.

I started the day with a slight detour to Glenbow ranch before the meet up.



The mountains were looking great today!


A stop at Trans Alta road for organization.


Being cautious and checking the hill into the valley before forging ahead.



Checking out a nearby viewpoint.





Doing a bit of outrigger sledding near Devils Gap. Feet Up for the photos.



Taking in the sun & Snow.



The rest of the day was dusty, but good.

For those wondering; Trans Alta was in dry and pot-holed (as usual) with a bit of snow lingering by the wood bridge over the creek. There will be no camping down there this may long, but along the road and in the Valley were all good.

Trunk road north from 22 was dry and DUSTY. Stud Creek road dry, Harold Creek Road, dry.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:11 PM   #3294
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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, 09:02 AM   #3295
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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.
It was a great ride, we could not have asked for better weather. It was nice and cool in the Valley by Devils Gap. I have never seen the snow down there, and it was interesting to ride across. The usual trail up over the berm was a mud hole, so the snow route that is usually baby heads and water was a better bet.

The view point (picture of the rider in the green helmet behind my bike) is only about 50 yards north from the top of the last hill from the parking area. I had never seen it, even though I have been out there (Trans Alta) many times. I rode up the rocky little hill that overlooks the parking area as well. I have never been brave enough to do that before. I guess the GS course did help my off-road confidence a bit.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:13 PM   #3296
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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, 08:27 PM   #3297
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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, 07:27 AM   #3298
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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, 07:45 AM   #3299
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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, 05:05 PM   #3300
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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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