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I read a thread that got me thinking I should do more non-paved roads, so I went on a ride this past weekend looking for gravel and dirt roads. I'm also not a very good on gravel or dirt, but find it more way more fun and challenging than the high speeds needed on most of the paved roads in the area. Since I was staying in Wilberforce at the awesome, inexpensive and very Strom friendly Riverbank, I wanted to do this route: http://goo.gl/maps/5oTxm. A few of the roads on my route turned out to be bicycle trails which were too tight for my bike or skills. I also ran into other challenges along the way, so I could not do the whole route, however I ended up still managing to hit up some nice spots. I left at 7am and was back in Wilberforce by 4:30pm.

The first section is this area here: http://goo.gl/maps/utyJQ - it's all hard packed gravel and very quiet - a bit far from the GTA, but awesome area to ride around.


Another nice section is here: http://goo.gl/maps/DAOqc - Most of these roads are very lightly travelled, so there were times when I would not see another vehicle for an hour or two.


By far, my favourite section was here: http://goo.gl/maps/LgMBv, but this section is an out 'n back, because it goes through the Haliburton Forest Preserve - which as I found out later is private property of some sort. I had hoped it would link up with Watts Trail near Kennisis Lake, but it was barricaded shut about 50 feet from Watts Trail. My big bike could not get through (a smaller dirt bike could), so I had to turn back the whole way to Hwy 60 at Dorset, losing 90 minutes of my route.


Most of the previous section was hard packed dirt and a good portion of Bear Lake Rd is a dirt forest road, with no shoulders and trees right at the roads edge. It was awesome.


Somewhere along Cherry Hill Road, I took a wrong turn (one of many) and ended up down this:


Where I was faced with this:


Which can only lead to this:


Since I was staying in Wilberforce this weekend, I also decided to check out Kennaway Rd, http://goo.gl/maps/oCcJB which is a nice gravel run. It seems that it can link up with Suncor Rd which also looks like it would be a good gravel road and leads to Elephant Lake Rd. http://goo.gl/maps/UXMU3

Last of all, on my way home along the 507, I noticed a bunch of Fire Roads and other back roads. If anyone is interested, I think I will check this route out next: http://goo.gl/maps/bWF3T

Reading on ADV, I found this route between Barry's Bay and Madawaska which also looks to be good times: http://goo.gl/maps/5Fp5s

Does anyone else have any other good non-paved twisty routes with great scenery?
 

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Way Ta go Shane ,there is so much more to see of this province once you start going off road Im heading to Alaska at the end of the month,but if your into some northern ontario gravel later in the year ,maybe in the fall give me a call We could do some of the trans canada trail as well... :thumbup:
 

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Shane,

See post in There goes a Canadian Vstrom. You passed Lilly and I on 401 east at Pickering on Friday morning. You would not have noticed us as we were on the ST1100. I still have the 2010 Orange in the garage. Cheers and ride safe. Tom
 

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Last of all, on my way home along the 507, I noticed a bunch of Fire Roads and other back roads. If anyone is interested, I think I will check this route out next: http://goo.gl/maps/bWF3T


Does anyone else have any other good non-paved twisty routes with great scenery?

At the top of that fire road off the 507 where it meets crystal lake road ...if you go east ....there are a ton of trails that will lead you back out to the 507 ...use sattelite view to see just a few.

the soggy boot rides were held through there a couple years ago.



Also ..the pencil lake road/haddington route usually has some small water crossings.

There are canadian shield hills that you can take to get around but i'd definitly be up to ride some of it with you.


Also ...my family cottage for most of my life was down the road from the mumford dump in Wilberforce. :)
 

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Did you see the old Streetcar ON Kenneway Rd?




BTW Shane would have loved to meet up with you guys but went up to Pembroke for my Brother Gerhard's 60th birthday then did a little loop over to Sudbury and home.

..Tom
 

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Thanks. I also like having the GoPro and leaving the regular camera at home. It would be nice to ride some of the northern Ontario backroads with you Ron - I still want to ride that Capreol road. Safe trip!

Thanks for the info Casper - that looks like a fun trip around those 507 trails - I bet it would be awesome to do a fall colours ride around there. I would definitely be up for a ride around there.

Didn't notice the streetcar Tom - will have to go back and check it out a little slower. And sorry to have missed you guys too - we will go back up for sure. I also noticed the gravel roads and trails near Elephant Lake road - there's too many...

Happy 60th to Gerhard!
 

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Cool bit of exploring! Great thing about the Strom is that you can get to these places in so much more comfort, then see the sights.
 

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Great post, Shane. Ride safe in the "back 40"....
I'd like to take a run up to KIrkland Lake, ON. area this fall ....anyone familiar with the area?
I lived there for 8 years in my last life.... ha! It's been a while... I used a paper map and a compass to get around the back roads on my 250 Enduro.
 

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I know this is a late reply but it's freezing out so there isn't much else to do!
If you want to get into gravel and dirt without breaking stuff, I highly recommend the S.M.A.R.T. course at Horseshoe Valley, Ont.
They do an excellent 1/2 or full day course. I took the dirt course and had a ball.
Dual-Sport Motorcycle Rider Training - Smart Adventures
 

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you really need some elevation to fully appreciate off roading IMHO

high ground.jpg
 

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I know this is a late reply but it's freezing out so there isn't much else to do!
If you want to get into gravel and dirt without breaking stuff, I highly recommend the S.M.A.R.T. course at Horseshoe Valley, Ont.
They do an excellent 1/2 or full day course. I took the dirt course and had a ball.
Dual-Sport Motorcycle Rider Training - Smart Adventures
I went there about 10yrs ago when it was CMTS and Clinton was my missus first motorcycle teacher. They are a great place and an awesome value for the $. Thanks for the reminder, because I should go back this coming season.
 

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I know this is a late reply but it's freezing out so there isn't much else to do!
If you want to get into gravel and dirt without breaking stuff, I highly recommend the S.M.A.R.T. course at Horseshoe Valley, Ont.
They do an excellent 1/2 or full day course. I took the dirt course and had a ball.
Dual-Sport Motorcycle Rider Training - Smart Adventures
that looks like a lot of fun, i'd like to try out a wr250r haha.
 

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Gravel/Forest Roads - tires???

Hey, thanks for the info - looks like a blast - this begs the question - any recommendations for dual sport tires for the dl1000???
 

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Do try the Heidenau K60's that many use - a little pricey, but excellent balance between long life, off-road traction and on road grip. I have not used them myself, but I might based on what I have seen and read. I have used the TKC 80's and really liked them for off road grip, on road grip, wet weather grip, but rather short lifespan. I have also used all the tourance tires which are decent and the Anakee 3's - both of which are very light duty off road tires - closer to a 90/10 tire.
 

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Also a big fan of the K60's.
The bike I got in late fall has Shinko 705's but the season closed just as I got it so they are yet to be tried.
 

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My K60's have well over 16000kms and still tons of life. At least 90%pavement. Only complaint is noise on pavement at 60 and 120 KPH. Awesome tire and great in what little dirt I've done.
 
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