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Old 05-07-2013, 07:10 PM   #3301
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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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Old 05-07-2013, 11:54 PM   #3302
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Come to think of it I have TD insurance as well. Duuuhhh... I used blue circle the first year i rode (years ago) cause my rates were stupid high. The first bike I owned was a Ducati. Lol! Miracle I'm still alive! :)


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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 05-08-2013, 07:52 AM   #3303
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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


http://s1187.photobucket.com/user/fa...ultural%20Tour


The High Fender mod. looks good in black on your bike. Nice pictures, thanks for sharing those.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:14 AM   #3304
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Anybody have a spare KLR base gasket kicking around? A friend of mine is trying to find one locally and isn't having any luck.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:25 AM   #3305
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The High Fender mod. looks good in black on your bike. Nice pictures, thanks for sharing those.
I looked at the pictures (and I didn't notice until Lycan posted this one full size) - looks like a great trip but........why were you carrying spare tires? Were you planning on making a detour to Alaska?
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Old 05-08-2013, 12:12 PM   #3306
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Blue Circle insurance is pretty great for motorbike insurance. They get you the lowest rate possible. ;)
I called a pile of brokers including blue circle. Blue Circle still has not returned my calls, Primum wanted about $600/yr and the best deal at about $300/yr came from my existing broker (Rogers). For reference I am 31, licensed for 5 years, clean record and the bike was an 07 650 Dakar. I just thought I would share that info as the price difference was so great between the brokers. I was a returning customer to TD/Primum. go figure. The insurance was through Echelon...

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Old 05-08-2013, 01:27 PM   #3307
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if we're sharing rates

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I called a pile of brokers including blue circle. Blue Circle still has not returned my calls, Primum wanted about $600/yr and the best deal at about $300/yr came from my existing broker (Rogers). For reference I am 31, licensed for 5 years, clean record and the bike was an 07 650 Dakar. I just thought I would share that info as the price difference was so great between the brokers. I was a returning customer to TD/Primum. go figure. The insurance was through Echelon...
I have 145/yr for plpd only on my ktm 690 (2012) through TD meloche. I think they wanted $440 for full coverage.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:28 PM   #3308
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Cultural tour comments

Lee, thanks for the comments. I was pleased with how the high fender worked out and I was happy with it throughout the trip. I was worried that it would change how the bike tracked in the wind, but it was as steady as when it was set up with the stock low fender. Coming from a KLR 650 which seemed to sail in any amount of cross wind, I was happy that the KTM stays planted. I did have the occasional piece of gravel fly up and over my head, but that was no big deal.

Mr. Canoehead, it only looks like I am carrying spare tires. I have a cargo net that goes around my dry bag so I can stuff sandals, extra water bottles, small tripod, etc. etc. etc. into the netting, making it easy for me to get at them without tearing the packs apart. I will be carrying spare tires on top of the rear bag when I do my Yukon trip this summer, largely for the Dempster portion. This photo shows the luggage set up a bit better.



I am off for a couple weeks of sailing on the west coast, combined with some car camping and mountain biking. When I get back to Calgary late in May I will be looking to do another multi-day ride, but haven't given much thought yet to routing. Maybe a southern BC gravel tour.

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Old 05-08-2013, 02:00 PM   #3309
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With that much gear it still looks like you are going around the world!

If May long doesn't include a harescramble race I'll likely be doing a dual sport trip. Braaap!

Getting excited for the MX track tonight.
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Old 05-08-2013, 06:38 PM   #3310
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Anybody have a spare KLR base gasket kicking around? A friend of mine is trying to find one locally and isn't having any luck.
Sorry guy, the only KLR part I have left from mine is a little use stock seat from a 2010.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:22 AM   #3311
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Afternoon/ Evening Ride Tonight Annyone?

Thinking about hitting up Waiparous or Ghost this afternoon/evening. Anyone interested? Flexable on time and departure location. I am in the SE.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:36 AM   #3312
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Kevin2Wheels and I were thinking of a ride down the forestry road to Coleman this weekend. Will anything be doable off the main road this early in the season?
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:01 PM   #3313
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Anyone doing a Saturday Day trip?
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:12 PM   #3314
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I am sidelined right now with a plugged fuel filter on my less than 3000 km bike, but I hope to get in on some of the weekend rides with you all soon as long as the rides are not too extreme. Loving the bike on gravel so far but haven't really taken it anywhere off road yet.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:34 PM   #3315
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Sorry guy, the only KLR part I have left from mine is a little use stock seat from a 2010.
Thanks anyway, he ended up making one out of gasket sheeting, he is a KLR owner after all.
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