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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff96 View Post
    I'm camping at the edge of James Bay. It's a long haul, but I think it's worth it. The bugs are insane though

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    Is that a CBR250/300?
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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    Yeah it's a 250

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff96 View Post
    Yeah it's a 250

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    That's awesome. You don't meet too many riders in Canada and the USA who tour on small displacement bikes. While I'm a bit spoiled with big bikes today, I've done lots of long distance on 250's myself and never found it to be a problem. A few questions:

    Any special prep for the bike? Tires, spares etc?
    What was you kit and how much weight did it add?
    How many hours a day were you in the saddle?
    What kind of mileage did you get?
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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    Just got back after a couple of long days. I'll answer your questions and do a trip report over the next few days

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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    I didn't do much to the bike. I made some straps for tying bags down and I put on a new back tire. My choice of tires was influenced by the upcoming trip; I chose Kenda Cruisers which have a relatively deep aggressive tread, but not a dual sport/off-road by any means. I also strapped a 10 L gas can to the passenger footpeg.
    I packed mostly everything I'd take on a backpacking trip except I shopped for food along the way as well as a few restaurant meals. Tools consisted of a plug kit, air compressor, wrenches adequate to remove a wheel, pliers, tape and a CAA card.
    I spent 10 to 12 hours traveling, but took frequent breaks. I literally did dozens of U turns to check out side trails, lakes, go swimming, etc. The trip odometer accidentally got reset on the second day, so I didn't track mileage closely. In all it was a little over 4000 km in 7 days. Fuel mileage was similar to my commute to work 4L/100
    The main things I wished I'd done was bolt some sort of rack on the back, bring a thermacell for bugs, and bring a tent I could sit upright in.


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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff96 View Post
    I'm camping at the edge of James Bay. It's a long haul, but I think it's worth it. The bugs are insane though

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    Fantastic! Well done, Jeff.
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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    Excellent!

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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    Quote Originally Posted by MacDoc View Post
    Excellent!
    I love stories like that, it reminds me of my youth when I'd head out on an adventure not worried about anything, I'd just figure it out along the way. My first trip at 18 was 12000 km from Toronto to Vancouver to Tijuana then back home on Route 66.

    This is what motorcycles are made for.

    Jeff, hats off to you -- when you're old and grey like me, you will remember that ride as one of your epic adventures.
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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    I haven't gotten around to writing a trip report, but I did upload some pictures.
    https://flic.kr/s/aHsmm5TM9U

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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff96 View Post
    I haven't gotten around to writing a trip report, but I did upload some pictures.
    https://flic.kr/s/aHsmm5TM9U
    Nice pix! Hmm curious about the big arch bridge, mouse - truck. You camped for the trip.
    Did you post the route, how many days. Well if you plan to do a write up I am interested in those items!
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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff96 View Post
    Yeah it's a 250

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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    Did you witness the moose crash? What's the story on that?
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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    Sure shows you don't need an adventure bike to have one in the wilderness.

    good pics
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/154483...7697151954192/


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    Re: Anyone interested in a James Bay Road trip?

    What you see is about all I know about the crash. It was on the James Bay highway north of Route Relaid 381
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    Did you witness the moose crash? What's the story on that?
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