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Old 03-14-2013, 01:03 PM   #1
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belgium/canada/alaska

hello,

a few months ago is was working and suddenly it popt in my head.
damn, i wanna see and ride canada.
without hesitating i start searching for things like, how do i get my bike there, where do i wanna drive....
didn't got a driver license, i'm not rich, didn't know or my boss would let me go for 3 months.

everything is finally comming in to place
got the green light at my job
got my license
and got a budget.

2 months ago i met cal on the adv forum
man, what a hero. he is helping me big time.
with his help i bought a nice 2003 klr650. much cheaper than shipping my own bike from belgium.
thanks cal

i'm flying to calgary in may and i'm riding:
calgary - vancouver island
vancouver island - cassiar and up north to seward
seward - dawson and back to calgary.

i have 2,5 months time, so enough time for some sightseeing.
every road tip is very welcome
nice places to visit?
to camp? ( trying to camp as much as possible to keep te cost low)
what should i look out for on the road and on the bike?
the most crucial thing on the bike for this trip?

time is flying now, getting very excited.
hope this trip is gonna be epic.

thanks
greeting from belgium
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:09 PM   #2
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Can't help you out here, but this one is going to be epic for u

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Old 03-14-2013, 01:16 PM   #3
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Subscribed ;-). Hope you'll be able to post some nice pics during/after your trip!

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Old 03-14-2013, 01:18 PM   #4
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Subscribed ;-). Hope you'll be able to post some nice pics during/after your trip!

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kzal ze gewoon late zien dak terug zen :)
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Old 03-14-2013, 01:30 PM   #5
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Hello Hannes!

When I started reading your fred I thought I have a ghostwriter now - I am planning a similar trip, the difference is however that I have been working on it for the last 1.5 years! I also bought a bike (a 2012 KLR 650!), because I realized that it will be much cheaper than the transport of my KTM from Sweden to Canada and back. I will also be out there fore almost three months. And I got some great help offers from people here in the AdvRider forum!

My trip will start in Halifax and end in Vancouver. Hope to have enought time for getting all the way up to the Yukon and still do some hiking in national parks, rafting and other "side adventures".

I am arriving in Halifax June 2 and will then be in the east for three to four weeks. So watch out for a guy on a black KLR further west from the beginning of July!

Good luck for your trip, contact me if you want to know further details!

Regards from Sweden
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:01 PM   #6
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Sounds like a great trip. When the journey is under way, start a new thread in Ride Reports. This thread has been moved to the Canada forum for suggestions and possible help from locals.
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:22 PM   #7
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:17 PM   #8
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I'm in the middle of Alberta. Let me know if you need anything while you're here. Cold beer in fridge.

Enjoy our country!

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Old 03-14-2013, 09:33 PM   #9
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Let me know when you get to Vancouver Island and if you like I'll join you for a coffee or play tour guide if I am free from work..
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Old 03-15-2013, 06:04 AM   #10
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Sounds like an awesome adventure!


If you pass thru Ottawa let us know!
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=424601

Your dates might line up with this too:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=829554
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:41 PM   #11
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I would say don't ride after dusk/dark and get a heated vest with a controller to set the temperature. You can change the tail light to get a bit extra juice for the vest.
I forgot to add: For years I would get cold knees in the rain or on cold days. The rest of my body would be warm but the knees would cool down the rest of my body due to the blood flow through my knees. I got riding gear that has knee pads and the pads keep my knees warm. It might sound crazy but it makes me a lot more comfortable. Simple thing but it works for me.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:18 AM   #12
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Are you doing the ferry from the Island to Prince Rupert ....
When your in Terrace I can place you on top of some mountains
Also there is the
-Lava Fields in the Nass Valley
-Hot Springs
-Stewart/Hyder and the Salmon Glacier
-Spatsizi (At Tatogga Lake)
-Telegraph Creek
And if you need someplace(s) to camp in the area speak up
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:35 PM   #13
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I would say don't ride after dusk/dark and get a heated vest with a controller to set the temperature. You can change the tail light to get a bit extra juice for the vest.
I forgot to add: For years I would get cold knees in the rain or on cold days. The rest of my body would be warm but the knees would cool down the rest of my body due to the blood flow through my knees. I got riding gear that has knee pads and the pads keep my knees warm. It might sound crazy but it makes me a lot more comfortable. Simple thing but it works for me.

don't got a heated vest only gloves.
i hope riding with different layers would do the job.

thanks for the reply
greetings
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:26 PM   #14
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An electric heated vest is a wonderful thing. I think you would be happier with one on cold mornings and in the rain. May month in the mountains, even the prairies isn't that warm out of the sun. The vest needs to fit tight to your body over a tee shirt under the other clothes you wear. I think a controller that you can vary the settings 0-100% is the way to go. I have a Widder vest that draws 33 watts but I think they went out of business. All I have is the vest no high neck, no arm or leg warmers or gloves. The KLR can handle the 33 watts but not a lot more than that, I changed out the tail light for a LED one and only use the vest while on the road, at RPM, not around town at idle.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:34 PM   #15
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Get a heated vest! Especially if you are camping. You will wake up cold ( I promise) and look forward to plugging into your bike.
Once you've had one you wont go back, and there will be days out here where you will wish you had one.


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don't got a heated vest only gloves.
i hope riding with different layers would do the job.

thanks for the reply
greetings
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