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post #11 of 20 Old 01-22-2017, 11:43 PM
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Brent, For soft bags check out Mosko Moto.

For all of your base layer clothing, check out Moto-Skiveez. Techinical long sleeve shirts, comfort underwear, folding hats and compression riding socks; Home - Moto-Skiveez. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQpk46uKlD0
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post #12 of 20 Old 01-29-2017, 01:03 PM
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I recommend proper armoured riding pants vs jeans/pants. jeans are great for in the evenings walking around but offer no protection. you can wear riding pants over a pair of shorts and you should stay reasonably cool.
the active gear you can usually hand wash and hang to be dry the next morning though you probably will want to have 2 sets just to alternate.
I had some gears soft bags before i got my givi cases and they were adequate.
hotels are not cheap in northern ontario, particularly near Kenora, when i went out west I brought along a tent with sleeping bag, thermarest and dry sac, grabbed a breakfast sandwich combo in the morning, sandwich at lunch and sit down meal for supper. many places have free wifi but for the most part i was too tired to do much at the end of the day besides set up the tent, prep my stuff for the next day and grab a hot shower.
it is recommended you stop riding before dusk, there's some big critters in the woods that like to come out in the dark
Gas is expensive up north, check out apps like gas buddy to see where the most expensive spots are (like marathon) to try to plan your gas stops accordingly.
Leaving Winnipeg you will want to follow highway 2 to Lethbridge to try to get closer to the Canada/us border, the roads are more interesting on this route as you'll be in the badlands instead of the flat plains of the Transcanada. this is also the same route the red coats took to bring law to the west (red coat trail) so there's a number of historical sites and museums along the way.
Towns in Saskatchewan are about 15km apart how ever some of them have dried up and not all of them have gas stations, some are ghosts of their former selves with just a couple houses left (like Forget), some are just a marker on the highway.
the scenery will be much nicer halfway across Saskatchewan where you get quite a bit more hills.
you might look at a camelbak style hydration system so you can sip while riding avoiding dehydration. also that way you don't have to worry about it leaking in your tank bag onto your phone.
for charging i had my phone plugged into the bike while riding, also had a hot plug for my blue tooth head set to charge when stopped. the bluetooth headset allowed me to listen to music and hear directions from the GPS with out having to have wires to the bike, though i did bring wired headphones as a back up (they don't take up any space).

once you get onto the plains it's meat and potatoes land but there are still plenty of vegetarian options and usually there is a subway, though many places do an all day breakfast where you can get an omelette or the like if you do eat eggs and cheese and you're in a pinch.

oh and bring chain lube so you can protect the chain. one of those faux muffler tool tubes work great for that and some tools.

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This is amazing…..your opinions and riding hints are greatly appreciated. I'm also feeling A LOT better about this ride and how to have fun doing it.

Looking into those Mosko Moto bags. I love the idea that you can easily attach other things to them with aux straps and they just lift off the bike to take into the motel. And they look really well made. Safety gear is in check, just adding a few reflective areas.

I drove the country a few summers ago in a Mini Cooper, but had no idea about that southern route. Definitely going to take that way during this trip!! And i've got friends/family every stop from Toronto——>Winnipeg. So my first hotel/motel stop will be 4-6 hours west from Winnipeg.

Looking at picking up the camel back and small LED's for extra light up front. Not looking to ride at night, but thinking that making myself a little more visible is never a bad thing. Grabbing a new chain and currently doing a full wiring check of frays, cuts, etc.

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Takes in Beartooth Pass, Chief Joseph hiway, Flaming Gorge, Hiway 12 in Utah, Bryce Canyon, possible Zion Park, Painted desert, etc.
absoposilutely.....Arches is a potential as well...Bryce and Zion are lovely. Here's a taste https://500px.com/macdoc/galleries


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This is amazing…..your opinions and riding hints are greatly appreciated. I'm also feeling A LOT better about this ride and how to have fun doing it.

Looking into those Mosko Moto bags. I love the idea that you can easily attach other things to them with aux straps and they just lift off the bike to take into the motel. And they look really well made. Safety gear is in check, just adding a few reflective areas.

I drove the country a few summers ago in a Mini Cooper, but had no idea about that southern route. Definitely going to take that way during this trip!! And i've got friends/family every stop from Toronto——>Winnipeg. So my first hotel/motel stop will be 4-6 hours west from Winnipeg.

Looking at picking up the camel back and small LED's for extra light up front. Not looking to ride at night, but thinking that making myself a little more visible is never a bad thing. Grabbing a new chain and currently doing a full wiring check of frays, cuts, etc.

Thanks again,
Have a great week everyone!
It's oil country so hotels can be pricy, but but the bottom has fallen out of the oil barrel so that may help. I'd recommend staying in the skyline in carlyle. it's the biggest town before you hit the city of weyburn, after weyburn there isn't much but badlands.

with night riding in ontario the issue is moose and deer, out west you will also see deer. they are grain fed out there if you know what i mean.

If you were going over the mountains i'd recommend the crows nest highway, which goes west from lethbridge.

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Here's the set up I had on my vfr



E38 givi side cases, cooler on the top rack with snacks/sandwiches/Gatorade, strapped to the seat was my warmer jacket, sleeping bag, tent, thermarest and a fold up camp stool. Icon tankbag, on the handlebars I had mounts for phone, gps & camera with USB for gps/phone/bt headset.

If your riding during the heatwave that happens every year you will want all exposed skin covered. I recommend good compression gear, my personal favourite is VNMgear. It's pricy but it works.

Oh I know you said you are planning on hoteling it but you might want to bring along a tarp just in case you end up being stuck because of some event.

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If you are not afraid of a bit of gravel roads, here is a route that will get you from Weyburn, SK to Calgary.

Highlights:

- Grasslands Nation Park - one of the few places in the world where you can go quite a while and not hear a man made sound.
- Cypress Hills Prov Park - an geologic anomaly in the middle of the prairie. Home to unique flora a fuana
- Writing on Stone Prov Park - here you will find some amazing old native cliff paintings

https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Weybu...!1m0!3e0?hl=en
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Just sending another thank you to everyone who has given me great advice. Heading out to pick up a few fold open, old school, maps to start plotting my route. When I finally get the idea down, I'll upload a picture and itinerary. Would love meeting up with anyone along the way for coffee or drink.

Anyone heading to the motorcycle show at the Ex next weekend?
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First of all a huge thank you to the many people who sent me ideas, recommendations, and hints when I asked. Your advice truly kept me going during the trip. And if anyone wants to know any of the details of my particular adventure, throw me a PM with your questions.

So, in the end the 2007 650 did a cool 12663km or just under 7700 miles in roughly 4 and half weeks. We started in the Toronto area and drove through the following states….NY, OH, WV, VA, TN, AR, OK, TX, NM, AZ, UT, CO, WY, SD, ND…..and then I shot up through Manitoba before finishing across the top of the great lakes and down through "cottage country" in Ontario back home to Toronto.

Briefly, I learned:
The south is too hot to ride through in the summer. Jesus Arizona, 47/125 is a touch too warm….

The north gets cold overnight. Northern Ontario went from 26/78 to 6/42 overnight. Thank god Canadian Tire had its hunting clothes out on display already!

People are generally amazing when you are in a bind. If you ever have key trouble in Moab, Utah, just call Gary. 11:45pm on a Friday night and this guy is in his garage workshop grinding out 2 new keys to my side cases and then says, "ya owe me nothing, no worries". First, I insisted to pay him….second, I need more people like him in my life.

Camping isn't as fun as I thought it would be. People aren't all that friendly in campgrounds and there is no relief from the heat.

A 650cc, fully loaded is almost not enough to hit the speed limit in Colorado. I got to 80mph, briefly.

I can't wait for my next trip.

Again, thanks everyone. Safe travels.
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"People aren't all that friendly in campgrounds and there is no relief from the heat. "

Some folks may not be friendly but I've met a gob who were. European bicyclists, camp hosts, fellow car and motorcyclists.
Not all campgrounds are created equal. Some KOA's are a POS and others are great. i found the Good Sam places less costly and cleaner.
Nothing much to do about the weather except motel. But then you might miss an incredible Milky Way night sky.
I never worry about the speed limit. I travel at my comfortable pace. I haven't been run over yet or threatened either.
Didja have any culinary treats in out of the way places? There is a little place on the way to Kayenta AZ that has a motel and cafe. I've found it tasty and full of French tourists, some of the women were pretty tasty looking too!
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