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Old 02-10-2014, 03:39 PM   #31
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I agree with take your time and see what it is you are blasting through.....we did just that blasted right through and now I am thinking of doing it again but at a snails pace....just to see what I should have seen the first time. Yes it is being paved faster than you could imagine......so what, OK, it would be much better if it were a dirt road but still, if you like being in an area totally alone it's the place for you. I hear there are many off shoots to explore and see, plenty of natural beauty spots we didn't see because we were too worried about getting to a ferry in time etc. IF you are doing the round trip adventure, do it anti clockwise so the only inportant ferry crossing is out of your way while you are on the best section of the ride. Riding through NFLD and Labrador....or you will be like us.....continually worried about mising that frig'in ferry. I'm pretty sure it won't matter which way you ride it to see it the best so to speak, just do it at a relaxed speed.....you will thank us for it if you do. There are many threads that give detailed info on the what to see if you have the time and not blasting through....search them out.....I have found plenty I missed and want to back to see.
The ride is what you make it and what you want from it.......some just want to actual riding experience where as others what to experience the area.
The plan from the start has been anti clockwise specifically for the reason you mentioned (ferry scheduling). I know the ferries into and out of NFLD can be packed and reservations are a good idea, so we put them after four or five days of pavement riding to keep the schedule.

Also, doing some reading, it looks like Phase I (Goose Bay-Lab City) is supposed to be completely paved by the time we get there.
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Old 02-17-2014, 09:11 PM   #32
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how many ferries?

I also want do this ride at some point; since the road from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Cartwright ( I think) was completed, does this mean that the only (necessary) ferry would be crossing over to Newfoundland?

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Joe

edit. I see that the ferry from HVGB to Cartwright was taken out of service at the end of 2010.

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Old 02-18-2014, 04:03 AM   #33
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There is a short ferry ride from the island of NFLD. to Que.(Labrador). It is up on the northern Peninsula. It isn't really necessary to make reservations I don't think for a bike.
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:43 PM   #34
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I did the Trans Lab back in 2010 on the KLR. I said that the next trip would be on the FJR..............that's happening this August. The only mod I plan to make is mounting up a set of TKC-80s. Looking forward to seeing some of you up there this summer.


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Old 02-19-2014, 05:33 PM   #35
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TransLab - just do it.

I did it back in 2010 on my VStrom with Metzler Tourances and had no major issues. Feel free to read my post for any details:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=752853

I was lucky to have FABULOUS weather - no rain - so no real challenges in the gravel. Also going in September (later in season) also made it not too bad - gravel was not thick most of the time.

A few pucker moments with some downhills and turns - not a lot of road signs - sometimes the turns are sharper than you think as you approach them, and puckering at 80 km/h around a gravel turn without trying to lean, and ABS (which you can't really turn off on a VStrom) not slowing you down much - can be a moment of real fun!
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:16 PM   #36
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Hey Gregman, what border crossing(s) are you going to go thru for this trip?
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:33 PM   #37
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Rain came quick and hard when we were on it.

Chrisp seemed to be able to get some good road shots in.

That looks familiar

My $0.02 .... get a steering damper and have fun

Oh, and weight is your enemy pack as light as you can.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:08 PM   #38
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I did the Trans Lab back in 2010 on the KLR. I said that the next trip would be on the FJR..............that's happening this August. The only mod I plan to make is mounting up a set of TKC-80s. Looking forward to seeing some of you up there this summer.
Last translab report I read with FJRs, all had blown fork seals by the time they came out of it.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:35 PM   #39
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Any chance you can post a link to those FJR ride reports.





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