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post #1 of 7 Old 03-21-2007, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Time to ride long distance Toronto Area to Vancouver?

Hi All,

There is a chance I might need to run out to Vancouver this summer. If I were to go, it would likely be by jet, but the thought of taking the Strom appeals to me. It has been about 30 years since I last drove out west in a car.

I have never done long distance riding.. 550 or so km in one day of a weekend is the most I have done. What is a realistic expectation for distance in a day? How much time should I plan on taking if I was going to go by bike?

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Tom

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-21-2007, 06:10 PM
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I'm not too sure but if this helps I'm planning to take the first two weeks of Sept to visit friends in Kelowna. I'm budgeting about 5 to 7 days to get there. I figure 500 to 600kms per day. Or something like that.

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My wife and I rode out to Victoria on the Strom last summer.

Most amazing trip of my life.

We allocated 10 days to ride out. My wife is not a mileage queen and I didn't want it to be too much for her to endure. I real experience that I'd do again for sure.

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I don't know if you are a morning person or not Tom but if you can be ready to go by 6am and ride for a tank, grab a quick breakfast at your first fill up and ride again for a tank you've put on about 700km by 1pm. If you go another tank, find yourself a motel you're at 5:30pm. Grab yourself a good sit down meal and your 1000km day is done.

A few of those and you are out to Vancouver in no time. I found that I can tolerate a 1000km day without too much discomfort on the Strom. I did a 1300km day on the Bandit from Barrie to Thunder Bay and that was a bit of torture though it wasn't as comfortable as the Strom is.

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I'll tell you all about it.

Tom, you have absolutely hit the bullseye!

In 1965, I rode a 305 cc motorcycle 444 miles in one day. Until 2006, that was my longest one-day ride.

I planned to attend my son's wedding in June 2006, so I bought a V-Strom 650. I planned to take eight days for the trip from Toronto to Vancouver. I made it in six; that's 4 nights in a tent and one in a motel so I would be almost clean when I arrived.

It was terrific. I set out at noon on Sunday from Yonge and Steeles. I had no idea whether my old bones would tolerate 400 miles in the saddle, but when I saw the sign saying "Welcome to Illinois", I knew, brother, I knew. I saw the sun set in Richmond BC on Friday.

Look, this typing is a big hassle. I'll just pop up there and tell you all about it.

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Would you all recommend going through the USA? I think it is faster but the area north of Sault St Marie to Thunder Bay was so beautiful when I did head out there that I would hate to miss it. I remember it took a long time to get out of Ontario and the last part of Ontario to Manitoba seemed to be mind numbing.

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If you think Northern Ontario to Winnipeg is mind numbing, wait 'til you hit the Dakotas if you run through the States, Oh is that painful! I've done it both sides of the border (caged), and all I can say is ride one out and the other back! They both have their highs and lows.

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