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 Post subject: 3000 kms in 3 days
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:49 pm 
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Here I sm in Devil's Lake ND tonight after 3 days on the BMW. I'm headed to Calgary and Vancouver with a few stops along the way. I tested my raingear on day one between southern Maine and Ottawa, but its been good since then.
The Beemer has been running on cruise control most of the time and is working great.

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:20 am 
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That's major mile-bagging there, Jim! Its been raining continuously since you left. Have a good trip.

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:14 am 
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Thanks. It's beautiful here again this morning. Should be good for the run back into Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:24 am 
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I arrived in Calgary last night. 4350 kms in 4 days.. There is an awful lot of prairie between Minnesota and Alberta, and I got a good look at a strip of it over the past couple of days.

http://i1010.photobucket.com/albums/af228/jpiercy48/2012%20trip/GEDC0819.jpg

This is just East of Moose Jaw, Sakatchewan Near a town called Rouleau where the TV series "corner Gas was filmed.

I'll be taking a couple of days downtime visiting with friends before pushing on to BC.

Having lots of time on my hands yesterday I was doing a few experiments on the effects of crosswinds. It was very gusty in North Dakota so I tested the self steering stability of the Beemer by riding hands off the controls (cruise control on so no throttle needed) and watching its reaction to a gust of wind. As expected, the front wheel twiched slightly and the bike leaned a little more into the wind, all with no actual effort on my part. I had the basic direction of the bike set by my lean position, and it adjusted for the windblast all by itself.
Goes to show there is nothing to fear from wind, and that a light touch on the controls is all that's needed. There's no need to actually do anything, the bike will look after itself. :D

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:40 am 
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Gotta love the breezes in the Dakotas. how are you liking your K bike? I saw a couple of the older models at the Redmond Rally two years ago. Fell in love with them. The bikes were for sale, they had been completely redone and were GORGEOUS.


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Duckster, thanks for the Corner Gas reference. The whole series is on youtube.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:10 am 
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jsonder wrote:
Duckster, thanks for the Corner Gas reference......


Why am I not surprised by this? :shock: rofl rofl rofl

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 11:51 am 
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We could have passed each other yesterday. I was down in Cypress Hills.
I was through BC (Fernie, Nelson, Nakusp, Revelstoke, Radium, Calgary and back to The Hat) two weeks ago. Total of about 1800 Km but took me 5 days. Weather is good there now but I ran into a lot of rain. Going up the Creston-Salmo pass the temperature dropped a degree every few hundred feet of elevation, +18C in the valley +8C at the top and well above the remaining snow. Gas in Nakusp is $1.45 a litre.
A few years ago we were returning from Rapid City and passed the "Ruby". Is it still there, I understand it has been left unattended.
Enjoy the rest of your trip.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 12:04 pm 
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jsonder wrote:
Duckster, thanks for the Corner Gas reference. The whole series is on youtube.


The Cafe from the series is a real place. I rode by it and saw the RCMP Cruiser from the series in front of it. I gather its a bit of a tourist attraction now. Not being a tourist I just motored by. :D

Ken,, I was in Medicine Hat around 5-6 PM last night.. The weather was so nice I just kept riding to Calgary.

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
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DeeG1 wrote:
Gotta love the breezes in the Dakotas. how are you liking your K bike? I saw a couple of the older models at the Redmond Rally two years ago. Fell in love with them. The bikes were for sale, they had been completely redone and were GORGEOUS.


I'm liking it so far. I had an '85 K100 for 16 years, i put a lot of miles on it and it was still running great when I sold it. This one runs like a turbine,, all day long at whatever speed you want.. I like the swoopy fairing on the '03-05 models of the GT. The newer ones are a totally different bike with a different engine and chassis.
My '03 is the final stage of development of the original K's. 1200 cc and 4 valve cylinders.

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
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http://i1010.photobucket.com/albums/af228/jpiercy48/2012%20trip/GEDC0843.jpg
Yesterday. Local ride out of Calgary.. Me in the middle with two riding buddies.
It was raining slightly when this pic was taken, but we didn't get seriously wet.

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
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Well, I am finally headed home after the motorcycle vacation. Roughly 6000 kms to go from Vancouver to home. The first leg will be tomorrow, when I will be riding through the BC mountains, and into the Rockies in Alberta. I expect to pull up in Calgary for the night after roughly 1000 kms.

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
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Take care, bud. Lotta big animals on that stretch.
And take pictures.

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:59 pm 
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Lots of mule deer south of Revelstoke and they don't move. They stand broadside on the road watching like its another deer coming at them. Have to slow down almost to a complete stop and use the horn.
I see you went over the Highwood Pass. I had planned on coming that way in June but wasn't sure of conditions so came through Calgary. From your picture I made the right decision. Not sure if the pass was even open, normally around the 15th of June.
I am on my way up to Vulcan tomorrow. Going to skydive with my daughter and grand daughter. First time for all of us so should be fun. If I get the video I will post some pictures if they are not too embarrassing.
Enjoy you ride across the prairies. After 1000K through the mountains the prairies will be a breeze (maybe literally).
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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
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Hey Ken
I'm in Calgary tonight after a long hot ride through the mountains. Lots of traffic today made the ride a little more trying than it might have been. Passing was a problem even for the Beemer because the traffic was wall to wall coming the other way. I think I'd like to fit some sidewinder missiles to deal with the motorhomes and trailers. :D

We will be going through the Hat tomorrow. Too bad you're not going to be there, we could have a coffee at Tim's.

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
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Pulled up tonight at the Midway Motel In Brandon, Manitoba. Great place to stay if you're travelling this way.
Did a little over 1100 KMs today from Calgary. Very hot and dry. We came by a little shower west of Regina, but only got a few drops on us. I was actually hoping for a nice shower to cool things down. The trip was uneventful today, just miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles. Oh yes and I now know what Canola smells like on the hoof.

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
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I am very familiar with travelling through the Rogers Pass. Only once on a motorbike though, and that was just in June, not much traffic. Several years ago we returned from Vancouver to Calgary on the Monday of labour day long weekend. I swore I would never take that route again. It was the travellers from Alberta trying to get home that were the problem. I had a fellow pulling a fifth wheel pass me going downhill on the outside of curve, no visibility, and the less than a mile on we're going uphill with a passing lane and I have to pass him because he doesn't have the power.
One big yes for the sidewinders.

It would have been nice to see you when you passed through "The Hat". And yes the prairies are hot.
My calculating puts you around Thunder Bay tonight if you are continuing to travel in Canada. That is some trip, 3 days from Vancouver to Thunder Bay.
We did our skydive and will have a video. Doing things with young people really is a lot of fun. Six hours in the car, 3 hours on the very hot runway watching, 15 minutes in plane. 40 second freefall and few minutes under the shute. All this for $300 per but worth every penny. Had a great time and: NO SKILL required.
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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
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The trip with the holiday traffic through BC would have been much worse in the car. At least on the bike I could get past most of the clogs given a little bit of an opening. Cars just don't have that kind of performance potential.
I'm writing this from Terrace Bay Ontario.. So we did get a bit further than Thunder Bay yesterday. Another hot dry day.
It was nice along the shore of Lake Superior last night. Here's a pic of the sunset.

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Update In Mattawa Ontario tonite. We hit our first rain today, first thing in the morning.. IT was forecast as a possibility of a local thunderstorm with less than 1 mm accumulation, so I opted to go without the raingear. Bad call. Before I even had the BMW up to speed the rain had started and it came down heavy. Thinking to run out of it we kept going and got the leathers quite wet. Eventaully we stopped in a lull and put on the raingear and it rained for about 3 hours or so. Then it became hot and dry again, so after another couple of hours everything was dry again.

Traffic on hwy 17 was terrible and its hard to make time with Ontario's ridiculous speed limits and tight enforcement. Oh well. Home late tomorrow nite I reckon.

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 Post subject: Re: 3000 kms in 3 days
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Final update. The Beemer has landed safely back in the barn after 12,853 km in 19 days, including a 5 day return trip from Vancouver to Fredericton.
This is the first long trip I've done where heat was a big problem. Usually its cold and rain. We got a steady diet of hot days and sunshine except for yesterday's rain along the Lake Superior coast West of Wawa. I think that was just some local weather cooked up over the lake, because there was not much sign of rain otherwise all across the country.

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