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Old 05-28-2013, 12:48 PM   #3376
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I second that. Would love to do some overnight trips.




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I would love to join in on a couple overnight rides like those... if I'm not imposing I move back and forth from Alberta and Vancouver every 2 years. Last time I was living out here I was based in Strathmore and got to ride with a few people from Calgary. It would be great to get out with a group again.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:55 PM   #3377
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I second that. Would love to do some overnight trips.
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No problem at all, when the ride is scheduled I'll post up, and send you a PM. I imagine a ride north of Calgary would work better for a regular weekend, and south for a long weekend, considering your location. Looks like you have a great bike for dual-sporting.
If we're not careful this could get carried away and end up becoming a plan...
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:58 PM   #3378
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Just found this

Hey guys,

Just came across this thread. I would be interested in finding out about some rides or trails in and around the Calgary area.

New to dual sporting (just picked up my bike this year). I have been riding different bike for awhile now, just thought I would give the dual sport a shot as they've always intrigued me.

I'll keep checking in for updates.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:10 PM   #3379
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I second that. Would love to do some overnight trips.
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If we're not careful this could get carried away and end up becoming a plan...
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Hey guys,

Just came across this thread. I would be interested in finding out about some rides or trails in and around the Calgary area.

New to dual sporting (just picked up my bike this year). I have been riding different bike for awhile now, just thought I would give the dual sport a shot as they've always intrigued me.

I'll keep checking in for updates.
Well this weekend looks bad, weather-wise, but the following Weekend (June 8th and 9th) might work. Any preference as to what direction (Hinton / Mountain Park area or Porcupine Hills)? There are lots of opportunities for commando camping, either way.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:22 PM   #3380
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Well this weekend looks bad, weather-wise, but the following Weekend (June 8th and 9th) might work. Any preference as to what direction (Hinton / Mountain Park area or Porcupine Hills)? There are lots of opportunities for commando camping, either way.
That weekend I am riding (bicycle) in the Johnson MS Bike Tour Fund Raiser, it's a 2 day ride... But the weekend after I am up for an overnighter.
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Old 05-28-2013, 01:38 PM   #3381
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That weekend I am riding (bicycle) in the Johnson MS Bike Tour Fund Raiser, it's a 2 day ride... But the weekend after I am up for an overnighter.
June 15 & 16, Father's day weekend. I will mark it in the books.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:53 AM   #3382
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Well this weekend looks bad, weather-wise, but the following Weekend (June 8th and 9th) might work. Any preference as to what direction (Hinton / Mountain Park area or Porcupine Hills)? There are lots of opportunities for commando camping, either way.

That sounds like a good trip, the only problem is this is weekend off then back to work the following week. Tough luck for me. I'll stay tuned for some upcoming rides.
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:24 AM   #3383
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Powderface?

Anyone know if Powderface is open yet? Planning a ride Saturday and would like to include it if possible. Thanks, David
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Old 05-30-2013, 08:30 AM   #3384
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Anyone know if Powderface is open yet? Planning a ride Saturday and would like to include it if possible. Thanks, David
It sure is! I rode a couple of weeks ago and it was in great shape.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:42 AM   #3385
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Thanks Lee. I see you are doing some weekend trips. Let's hope for good weather. Camping in the rain isn't my idea of fun. Cheers, David
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:57 AM   #3386
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It sure is! I rode a couple of weeks ago and it was in great shape.
Me too, rode it just after it opened. This rain might have it getting muddier though.
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Old 05-30-2013, 04:37 PM   #3387
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Ed, the bike needs a good cleaning anyway, so a ride in the mud would just be the motivation I need to do that. Besides, it makes the ride more interesting by adding some butt puckering moments to break up the monotony of riding gravel for an hour with a face splitting grin plastered to my mug. Cheers, David
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Old 05-30-2013, 06:33 PM   #3388
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Im planning to be dirt biking in wiaporous tomorrow. Around 1pm at the south loading area. Little bike type riding.

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Old 05-30-2013, 06:49 PM   #3389
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Im planning to be dirt biking in wiaporous tomorrow. Around 1pm at the south loading area. Little bike type riding.

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I have to work otherwise I'd join you.

Might be heading out Saturday... Either dirt bike or dualsport on non/less-muddy roads / trails.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:50 PM   #3390
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Blue Circle insurance is pretty great for motorbike insurance. They get you the lowest rate possible. ;)
Late to comment, but now I have recent info:

I decided on Primmum / TD. I had been with them since 2003-2010. Took a couple years off due to kids.

"I'm Baaaaaaaack!"

Got insurance starting June 1 (tomorrow) - heading to AMA to get my licence tab. Pretty bloody excited after an almost 3 year absence from the bike!!!!! Hope to sneak out Saturday for an hour or two... weather and family willing! Gotta give the bike a shakedown ride now that I have the HID lights and electrical sorted and am fine-tuning the idle adjustment.

The insurance company runs on a calender year based on Feb 1 or March 1, and is pro-rated seasonally when we have the best weather - so we pay more daily through March - October than the other months. So if we cancel in the off-season, we will have burned most of our premium during the rideable months.

During the questioning (interrogation) process, I reflected: I have been dirt biking since 1970, took a M/C training course and class 6 in 1988 (Yikes! I am getting old. Seemed like yesterday...!) and got my Class 5 in 1982. No fault accidents in the last 10 years, no speeding tickets in the last 3 years, no crimes, all in all pretty squeaky clean living (patting self on back!)

The final result for my '07 KTM 640 (under 11,000 kms on clock): $1M 3rd party liability, $500 deductible for specified perils, no collision or comprehensive = $274 pro-rated for June 1 2013 to Feb 1 (or March 1?) 2013. For a full calendar year, it would have been under $350.

Obviously, it is based on the size and style of bike, your age, driving record, training courses, estimated amount of use (for me, pleasure, not for work, probably under 2000 kms this season)... can't think of anything else.

Interestingly enough, insurance only covers us in Canada and US. She said if I hit the Mexican border (sadly... fat chance!), turn around! Insurance will not cover M/C or cars in Mexico. Maybe you can buy additional insurance for that or just take your own chances? (I have a friend who owns a place in Cabo - he rides his Beemer down there and back once or twice a year; I will have to ask him about the insurance situation as I am curious.)

That's all I know. Hopefully I didn't fill the thimble!

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