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Old 07-11-2010, 06:33 AM   #121
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Great!
Skibum's a legend and the Rock is an AMAZING place

Oh man, I'm jealous. I'd love to come along, but the ol' bank account hasn't recovered from the last trip
It would be great to have you along, still have two kidneys or something else sellable :)

If your still in the area we'll have to hook up for some recon trips up in the Laurentian Mountains (hills) this fall or next spring . I need a few pointers on taking picures :)
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:51 AM   #122
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I know it will be a while but can't wait for the western Canada section.
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Old 07-11-2010, 01:46 PM   #123
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Wow, this is amazing!

I was living in Canada for a few years and am planning on starting my trans americas trip there. I am hopeing to do as much dirt riding as possible.
What you guys are doing will make it a hell of a lot easier.

Hopefully when the time comes and I get back over there I will be able to buy you guys a beer or 2 in appreciation.

Thanks and look forward to your continued progress.
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:30 PM   #124
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...in the Laurentian Mountains (hills) ...)
tellin' it like it is. They don't know what treeline is around these parts
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Old 07-11-2010, 04:41 PM   #125
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Great RR guys, could you tell me how the KTM and BMW are stacking up against each other. Be safe and enjoy.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:44 PM   #126
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Hopefully when the time comes and I get back over there I will be able to buy you guys a beer or 2 in appreciation.

Thanks and look forward to your continued progress.

Cheers :)
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:47 PM   #127
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Great RR guys, could you tell me how the KTM and BMW are stacking up against each other. Be safe and enjoy.

Thanks.
I prefer not to play brand allegiance. Both great bikes, both have known issues, both have srengths and weaknesses. In my humble opinion it's the rider and not the bike 99% of the time.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:43 PM   #128
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White Ktm?

Is the white ktm a 990 adventure? It is probably just me, but it looks a little small with a different exhaust almost like a 690 rally.
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:29 AM   #129
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Is the white ktm a 990 adventure? It is probably just me, but it looks a little small with a different exhaust almost like a 690 rally.
It's a 950 adv (2004). It's been painted and has a custom rally style akropovic exhaust on it.
Small ? Lol. Mabye it just looks small as I'm a big lad :)
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:40 PM   #130
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No as part of this project, but I'ver ridden my GS1200 through many of these sections, so I can provide some assurance that it can be done. I wasn't loaded, but I did it on Anakees. The K&P is pretty easy, the hydro line and water crossings are a bit tough in spots because the air intake on the GS is low. I never dropped the bike.

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Some good suggestions. We're hoping that a travel enduro bike (klr, ktm adv, bmw gs, etc) will be completely able to ride this route. My guess at this point is a breakdown of something along these lines
50 % gravel roads
20 % double track gravel roads
15 % rail trails
10 % "off roading"
5 % pavement

The offroading should be suitable albeit challenging for a bigger bike ;). Heck it wouldn't be much fun without a bit of adventure.

Is a rail trail offroading ? Sure I suppose, although they usually don't have steep hills, sharp corners, etc but they often have old bridges, loose rocky or sandy surfaces, pot holes, water, etc

How hard is the offroading ? Nothing crazy, we aren't interested in making this a motocross route. NO single track, no water crossing deeper than front wheel (of course this is hard to judge but we're doing our best to make this realistic, entire sections are being omitted because of one quesionable water crossing :( ). A lot of this could be described as atv type trails.

What's a double track gravel road ? A road open to the public, non paved and only wide enough for one car. Surfaces are often close to offroading in terrain. These types of roads are perfect and if they were available across the entire country I'd be tempted to make an entire route out of them. But these roads are unique to certainly areas so we trying our best to include as many of them as possible.

What's a gravel road ? Big, wide and dusty :). The surface can be challenging when freshly graded but other than that they are fairly straight forwad terrain wise. The Trans Labrador Highway will be included in the route as well as several long gravel roads through northern Ontario.
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Old 07-12-2010, 04:56 PM   #131
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Dan. hmm...what to say ? I met Dan a couple of year ago. With many years of experience riding and racing road bikes Dan decided to "take it safe" and get into dual sport riding. I met Dan at one of the advcanada group rides. He was the only one on a big gs, wasn't wearing the appropriate gear, had a most unlikely bike for the route that was scheduled but didn't look nervous...he looked excited

Well after many rides together we've become good buddies and have shared many fun, some not so fun, some blury and some outright perfect days together. Dan will be the guy who rides every square inch of this route with me Dan just recently traded in his big gs1150 after finally admitting it was just too big. Sporting a tricked out ktm 950 se he's ready for action





Hey Ted,

It's going to be a blast!!

PS: thanks for not posting any of the many pics of my bikes laying down for those rest stops they seem to like so much
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Old 07-12-2010, 07:05 PM   #132
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How about the "T-CAT" or Trans Canadian Adventure Trail?

I thought I bit off more then I can chew just trying to lay out 1000 miles for the Pennsylvania for the TPAT. I got to hand it to you guys!

It looks like you really got a lot of nice roads to work with!

keep up the good work.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:23 PM   #133
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I have been browsing this thread looking for any downloadable gps maps for these trails. Can't seem to find any? have they been posted?

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Looking forward to riding these myself.
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Old 07-13-2010, 01:12 PM   #134
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How about the "T-CAT" or Trans Canadian Adventure Trail?

I thought I bit off more then I can chew just trying to lay out 1000 miles for the Pennsylvania for the TPAT. I got to hand it to you guys!

It looks like you really got a lot of nice roads to work with!

keep up the good work.

Thanks for the words.

TCAT ......we may just have a winner :)
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Old 07-13-2010, 01:18 PM   #135
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I have been browsing this thread looking for any downloadable gps maps for these trails. Can't seem to find any? have they been posted?

Thanks all,
Looking forward to riding these myself.
The package (routes, roadbook files, map files, written document) will more than likely be available next fall. As the route matures and area's get linked, some roads-trails get added and others removed. We'd prefer to complete the project prior to making it available. Hope that makes sense.
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