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post #1 of 25 Old 07-02-2010, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Time to go home.

My visit in Alberta has been a lot of fun, but I got some news yesterday thats got me heading home first thing tomorrow morning.

Firstly, I'd like to thank Rickard919 and his family for the hospitality they extended towards me during my visit. I'd suggest anyone riding out here should definitely look him up.

Secondly, I hate rushed trips, and this one will be one of the most ill-planned trips to date. I've been packing all day and I'm terrified that I've forgotten something. I've checked fluids, tires, etc... my bike is packed and I'm hoping to get back in 2-3 days.

Anyways, here's a pic of my laden bike.





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post #2 of 25 Old 07-02-2010, 06:44 PM
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Have a safe trip. How many miles to home?

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It's great to see some folks get together. Hope the news and the hurried trip work out for the best and be safe.

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post #4 of 25 Old 07-02-2010, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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It's 3,500kms, or...... ~2,200mi. I have to take hwy-17 because last time I tried to take the 11 on my cb650, I ran out of gas twice. Some towns were just too far between fill-ups.

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...and I can't cut through the states because I don't have my passport with me. I was really hoping to get to ride through the states again. Cheap gas, cheap food, polite people.. I have fond memories.

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That is tough haul between AB till you hit Winnipeg!

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Damned too bad you have to go James. We never did get out to Banff. Have a safe trip home. If you are ever back this way, look me up again.

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At least you can pull some good wheelies on the way! Have a safe trip.

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That's some miles to munch. Wishing you a safe trip home.

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Wow! What a haul! Have a safe one and definitely post up as soon as you decompress.

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post #11 of 25 Old 07-04-2010, 07:46 PM
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I rode from New Brunswick to Alberta in the summer of 2007, 4500 km's. I was in a hurry, took me about 3 days. I hardly sleeped, only a few hours, got about 15 mins of rain in 3 days of ridding.

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Calgary to Winnipeg last night -just over 1,300kms, about 6 hours in torrential rain. The bugs were terrible from Brandon onwards until I stopped in Winnipeg at 2:30am.

Today I pushed from Winnipeg to Nipigon -only 796kms...., traffic was miserable leaving Winnipeg, I took me 4 hours to get from Winnipeg to kenora -203kms. Lots of construction in norhtern ontario to all who will/might be passing through. That and the change in speed limit from 110km/h to 90km/h kills as well. So I've dropped from 140km/h avg to about 105.

I'm still safe, but I noticed when I let go of the handlebars today, that I got a nasty wobble from 80km/h downwards. It might be the ~150lbs cargo I have strapped to the top-rear of the bike, but she wheelies every stoplight with anything more than gentle acceleration.


Anyways, I gotta shower and get ready for the morning (I can barely walk from that damn seat.)

Cheers all,

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I understand you've got important things going on at your destination. Please be as safe as possible. There's enough statistics floating around already.

Take care, man.

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I got home safe. I haven't touched the bike since I got back. I plan on cleaning up the 3lbs of chain wax on the swing arm and rim tomorrow as well as wash off the 1.5" of bugs stuck to the front of my bike.

I made it back in three full days of riding, no tickets, no close calls. Kept speeds reasonable and stopped for short breaks every tank.

I did meet one crazy guy on a GS who I met up with in Sault Ste. Marie who left Edmonton at some ungodly hour that morning and was gunning for Montreal that night. He was running at a frantic pace (150km/h+ in a 90 - which is good for a roadside seizure and license pull for 90 days plus a $2,000-$10,000 fine)

Other than that, the heat entering southern Ontario was amazing. I've never been on a bike doing 110km/h and felt the wind hot on my skin before.

Trip results: 919 is not a feasible entry for an iron butt, but will do the job in a pinch. Also, my best tank got me 271kms before warning light came on, and ran completely out at 358kms. My oil was just about @ the 5k mark and I ran regular the entire trip. Also noticed no soot buildup on my tail section like I had from my trip up. Tires also did amazingly well. over 10,000kms to date this summer and still lots of tread left in the centre. The rear definitely squared off from the trip, the front still looks new. I put these tires on @ 8k kms, I'm now @ 25k!!

Cheers,

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Glad you made it home in one piece. I got myself a new front tire finally. It looked like a slick, no tread left on it. Do you have your 17 tooth sprocket or did you leave it here with me?

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Glad you had a really neat, safe ride.

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Lol I was right about to call you out rickard!

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post #18 of 25 Old 07-12-2010, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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Glad you made it home in one piece. I got myself a new front tire finally. It looked like a slick, no tread left on it. Do you have your 17 tooth sprocket or did you leave it here with me?
I left it out there with you. If you need it, feel free to throw it on either one of your 919's. The 16 tooth brought some of the highway vibes back, but the tradeoff in acceleration loaded up seemed well worth it.

Also, what tire did you end up going with? The PR2 up front or the PP2CT?

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I left it out there with you. If you need it, feel free to throw it on either one of your 919's. The 16 tooth brought some of the highway vibes back, but the tradeoff in acceleration loaded up seemed well worth it.
did you also change the rear? i have 17/44 on mine now and love it. no highway vibes, and not alot of acceleration is lost if any.

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I went with the 2CT to match my rear. If you PM me your address I will ship you your spocket. I will NEVER use it and the wife's bike already has one on. Heck I could even send you the other 16 tooth with anything else I had that you want.

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I went with the 2CT to match my rear. If you PM me your address I will ship you your spocket. I will NEVER use it and the wife's bike already has one on. Heck I could even send you the other 16 tooth with anything else I had that you want.
This is truly what is great about this forum people! Here's a guy who one day when I complained that he launched way better than I did at a light -and I blamed it on my gearing, ran into his home and grabbed a 16T in mint shape and said it's yours if you want it. We then installed it in 10 minutes in front of his place!

Why don't we offer the 17T up to someone on the forum who wants it? Just pay our friend Rickard for the shipping -if thats cool with him!



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did you also change the rear? i have 17/44 on mine now and love it. no highway vibes, and not alot of acceleration is lost if any.
I still have the stock 43T rear. With me @ 200# plus gear and another ~150 in baggage, I did notice a big difference in roll on acceleration for my long trip. I'm just about 17k mi. now, and my sprockets still have tons of life left so I probably wont try new gearing until I need a new chain/sprockets.

Also, I'm going to check my valves tomorrow and change the oil and plugs. Hopefully the local honda guys will spare some shims if I need them..

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Why don't we offer the 17T up to someone on the forum who wants it? Just pay our friend Rickard for the shipping -if thats cool with him!

It is your sprocket, but if you don't want it I will ship it to someone who would like it. Any takers?

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Hey James

Welcome back to the valley! The heat wave has been intense, it's tough keeping all the gear on when going out for a ride!

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Hey James

Welcome back to the valley! The heat wave has been intense, it's tough keeping all the gear on when going out for a ride!
Want a 17T for the track? lol It's been so hot. I finished the last 500km of my trip in a t-shirt. We'll have to hook up for a ride sometime soon!


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Want a 17T for the track? lol It's been so hot. I finished the last 500km of my trip in a t-shirt. We'll have to hook up for a ride sometime soon!


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Hey, I want to go for a ride too. Never know I could end up out there before summer is over.

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