|02-13-2012, 07:10 PM||#1|
Joined: Feb 2012
Milton, ON - Vancouver, BC on R6, July 2012
I am planning a trip to Vancouver BC from Toronto on my 2002 R6 that I purchased in October as my first bike. I have always wanted to ride and I picked this bike up within a week of my M1, and have clocked over 2000km in the 2/3 months of riding. My father had a bike since he was 21 and got rid of his 25yrs ago (he is now 60) due to having kids and he didnt ride enough to justify the insurance cost. Ever since I was a kid seeing bikes going down the street past me, I have always said ooo nice bike or wow that sounds nice, and that looks like fun. So now 20 I have finally convinced my parents (mostly my mom) in to letting me purchase a bike. I absolutely love it!
Now, since I got my bike I have been thinking of doing a cross country tour out to Vancouver. Many people say I am crazy to do it on a super sport but I have read of many people doing similar long trips on sport bikes.
So, The plan is, leave Toronto (Milton to be exact) on July 1st or 2nd, ride northern Ontario to Thunder Bay, then head south from there into North Dakota spend a couple days there with family in Cooperstown. From there head to the Badlands in South Dakota (maybe camp out somewhere there) and then to Mt Rushmore area, through to Yellow Stone National Park in Wyoming, through Montana, Washington, and then up into Vancouver BC, where I will stay for a week or 2 with family in Richmond, where I will visit many of the sights to see in the Great British Columbia with the guide of family. Once done there, I will head to Calgary, Alberta, to visit a friend for a day or 2 then slab it along the Trans-Canada Highway take the Tobermory Ferry across Georgian Bay then home from there.
The Gear I have:
- Oxford 30x Magnetic Tank Bag
- REVIT! Ignition Jacket
- REVIT! Sport gauntlet gloves.
Soon to purchase
- REVIT! Gear Pants
- Alpinestars Web Gore-Tex Boots
- Short Sport Gloves (for the hotter days)
- Rain Suit (not sure what one)
- Oxford Saddle Bags
- Possibly an Oxford x40 Tail Bag
- Heated vest (maybe)
- 5 t-shirts
- 1-2 hoodies
- 5 pairs of socks and underwear
- 2 pairs of jeans
- 2 pairs of shorts
- Cannon Rebel T2i w/ Telephoto lens (have yet to buy)
- GoPro 960 (have yet to buy)
- basic set of tools, wrenches, screwdrivers etc
- wheel patch kit
- 12v air compressor? (are there ones small enough?)
- Toothpaste & tooth brush
- Body soap and Shampoo
- Water (bottles or camelback not sure yet)
- Snacks cookies, fiber bars
- Pair of running shoes
- Paper maps and compass.
- 1 person tent
- Sleeping bag
- Basic First Aid kit
Day 1: Milton Sault Ste. Marie
Day 2: Sault Ste. Marie Thunder Bay
Day 3: Thunder Bay Cooperstown
Day 4 & 5: Rest in Cooperstown with Family
Day 6: Cooperstown Badlands.
Day 7: Tour the Badlands, Go through Black hills/Rushmore area to Casper WY
Day 8: Casper - Yellow Stone National Park
Day 9: Yellow Stone Spokane, WA
Day 10: Spokane Vancouver, BC.
Stay in Vancouver for a few days and see the sights
Vancouver - Milton
Day 1: Vancouver Kamloops, BC
Day 2: Kamloops Calgary, AB
Day 3 & 4: In Calgary
Day 5: Calgary Regina, SK
Day 6: Regina Winnipeg, MB
Day 7: Winnipeg Thunder Bay, ON
Day 8: Thunder Bay Sault Ste. Marie
Day 9: Sault Ste. Marie Tobermory Ferry (nap) HOME!
Any suggestions for anything I am missing/should take out? (Gear, necessities, etc.)
|02-20-2012, 07:08 AM||#2|
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Ontario, CANADA
This sounds like it would be an amazing trip. I have driven out to Vancouver, when we moved west 10 yrs ago, but not on a bike as yet. I would cut your clothes selection in half, you don't really need 5x t-shirts or 2x jeans. How many km's would you ride in a day? How many hours would you be in the saddle for?
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|02-21-2012, 01:13 AM||#4|
Joined: Mar 2007
I think the distance you want to travel on day 10 is a bit optimistic -- I would give that two days.
Knowing where you want to cross the border would certainly determine your schedule though.
Consider transiting west, through as much of Warshington State as you can before entering BC, and cross at one of the local portals on the west side of the Cascades, and closer to Vancouver -- Sumas/Huntington, 264th (Aldergrove), #15 (Truck Crossing), or even at 99.
That would simply be to avoid as much of the Trans Canada crawl through the Fraser Valley -- you'll be on a sport bike and nothing is more boring or dangerous for you, than crawling along a highway in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
Depending on where your destination is in the lower mainland, the Sumas/Huntington crossing can be one of the quicker, lower traffic volume portals -- it's 22 minutes from Sumas to Burnaby (Willingdon off-ramp), which is almost the same amount of time to get from BBY to the #15 portal.
Arrival time is everything and if getting into town during rush hour, I would avoid Aldergrove and #15.
There are some very nice low-traffic roads through Eastern WA, which will take you through some very scenic country side and little bits of Americana.
Consider meandering along the North side of the Spokane river, crossing at Deer Meadows, and then head West for Wilbur.
Take 21 North out of Wilbur and cross the lake using the free ferry and keep heading North for Republic.
You can turn West at Republic or prior to it, at the Aeneas Valley Rd intersection.
From there, keep heading West to Omak and take state 20 to Twisp and Winthrop. State 20 is the 'North Cascades' route, and will eventually take you into Sedro-Woolley.
At that point you'll want to decide which crossing you want to use and start aiming North.
|03-18-2012, 07:23 PM||#5|
Joined: Feb 2012
Thanks for the suggestions, sorry for the late response this forum actually slipped my mind :(
i hope more people can give me more suggestions.
as for riding time, i was thinking 8-10 hours a day and about 6-800k a day. I haven't ridden more than 3 or 4 hours so i don't know how long it takes to get so far. I am planning a couple 1000km days before I go to judge the distance/time per day and my endurance.
as for clothes, yeah I am definitely going to cut back, on GTAMotorcycle forum i have had many suggestions. I am thinking 2 T-shirts, 1pair of jeans, and a sweater. also some high preformance under gear maybe VnM (dealer on GTAM), underarmor, Merino wool, to keep me warm/cool.
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