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Old 08-18-2012, 08:56 AM   #31
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Let me say first that I'm really happy with the Heidenau on the rear, I have no complaints whatever.
The Heidi front, on this bike tends to plow easily in softer conditions. In gravel dirt and mud, especially in ruts there is very little feeling of grip on the edges of the tire and steering really suffers. I think it comes from a fairly timid tread design and the very stiff sidewalks - airing down made little or no difference.
For road work the tire is more satisfactory tread and wear wise, but it's very noisy and consistently leaks 3 or more psi per week, that gets old pretty fast. Losing pressure is a common complaint on the tubeless Heidis but amounts vary - the rear tire does not leak. I had the same tire in 21 inch, tubed on a different bike and it was better.
I'm going back to a TKC80 for the front.
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Old 08-18-2012, 09:18 AM   #32
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It seems doable, I might try it.
It's VERY doable and on just about any bike/tires combination.

The road and terrain isn't really treacherous but it does require lots of concentration. you also need to be really alert and careful around other traffic and construction. One thing I didn't mention in the RR is that most of the construction in the remote areas has no working flaggers. They are there, I think, but mostly sitting inside vehicles. I guess standing out in the heat and bugs all day holding a sign for the 3 or 4 vehicles that may pass Would be difficult. You just have to go slow and kind of wait for the operators of the heavy equipment to notice you and make some room.
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Old 08-26-2012, 04:41 PM   #33
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Great report, thanks for posting it, and the pictures are beautiful. This ride is on my bucket list.
Mine also!
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Old 08-26-2012, 06:15 PM   #34
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Mine also!
+1, right after I retire.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:44 AM   #35
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Great report, it shows the ruggedness and beauty of the area. I have made Nova Scotia twice back in the 80s and would love to spend a couple of weeks farther north.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:41 PM   #36
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+1, right after I retire.
and after the black fly season. that would drive me insane!
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:09 PM   #37
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and after the black fly season. that would drive me insane!
that's called WINTER!

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Old 08-27-2012, 07:31 PM   #38
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Excellent Ride Report! I enjoy reading the take others have on the TLH, having done it last year myself. Glad you had a good time! And as far as your K60/TKC80 Combo goes... It works awesome on the V-Strom!
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:31 PM   #39
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and after the black fly season. that would drive me insane!
You know they were only really bad at Red Bay - a couple of weeks later would have made a big difference too. Also, I have one of those fly-proof mesh shirt/hood things that works really well but it was the one piece of kit I forgot to pack.

Those little buggers have their own web page, I found this for another inmate that was asking about the flies:

http://www.tlhwy.com/travel/blackflies.html

Also, I encountered zero biting insects anywhere I went in Newfoundland - they're likely there, I just never saw any.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:47 PM   #40
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that's called WINTER!

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Yep, and that's a whole OTHER ride report!
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=230898

Props to the Iceman, Paul Mondor.
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:22 PM   #41
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Nice report

Hey FRB,

You my friend have an awesome eye for pics. I miss not going this year, but I'll have to do it again in the near future...

See you Saturday!
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:54 PM   #42
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Hey FRB,

You my friend have an awesome eye for pics. I miss not going this year, but I'll have to do it again in the near future...

See you Saturday!
Thanks JP, I'm glad you and others enjoyed the pics. I've read several great RRs featuring the TLH and have seen some great photos of the region, but none I've seen (or taken) really do it justice, you really have to see it to really appreciate it. - that road will be sitting ther waiting for ya, even if there's a few dozen km less gravel each year it will be worthwhile.

BTW did you recognize the tank bag?




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Old 08-29-2012, 09:48 PM   #43
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Good stuff FRB. Really enjoyed that RR. Make sure you bring that camera this weekend....
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:38 AM   #44
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that's called WINTER!

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I thought they were gone about September....?
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Old 08-30-2012, 12:03 PM   #45
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great report thanks for sharing. brought back some great memories of my ride toe years ago.
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