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A Ride up North - James Bay

BMW Rider

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We are doing both the North road and the Trans Tiaga.We have never done that before so it will be new to us.The logistics are a bit different as we will have to carry 20litres of fuel for the TT as after the Mirage the fuel supply is unknown since Air Sagenay closed.
 

timtune

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So are you doing the last 80km stretch past the dam? Bragging rights for getting to the bitter end?
North Rd was a great ride. The gravel when we did it was much better there than the TT.
I assume you're all starting with fresh rubber. 3 of us were on kenda 270s which preformed very well. A fourth buddy had shinkos that were more street oriented and he struggled more (we all struggled a bit as the gravel built up in the corners quite deep).
Definately get tires that have more dirt bias. You won't regret it once you're on the TT.
 

BMW Rider

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I ended up with Michelin Ankee Adventure instead of the Wilds due to a communication error.I think the Adventures will be fine as I was really concerned about the durability of the Wilds with all the pavement that we will be doing especially with the weight of my loaded bike including my bulk!lol
We are intending on going all the way on the TT depending how it goes that day.I envisage a 14 hour day.
 

timtune

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just googled your choice. I think they may be a little more street biased than I would want for that ride. in a lots of places for a lot of miles the gravel was thick - stacked marbles kind of deal. I would much rather come home on a slightly balding dirt tire than try to ride that again on a street bias tire that made it home intact. at the very least a more aggressive front tire would help. (the cheap kenda 270s work good and would last that ride easy). your ride your call.
as mentioned our timing had us camping midway on the TT there and back. had to use a First Nations hunt camp that wasn't being used at the time. there are no roads off the TT so rough camping spots are tough to find. the trees just arn't big enough to log.
 

BMW Rider

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just googled your choice. I think they may be a little more street biased than I would want for that ride. in a lots of places for a lot of miles the gravel was thick - stacked marbles kind of deal. I would much rather come home on a slightly balding dirt tire than try to ride that again on a street bias tire that made it home intact. at the very least a more aggressive front tire would help. (the cheap kenda 270s work good and would last that ride easy). your ride your call.
as mentioned our timing had us camping midway on the TT there and back. had to use a First Nations hunt camp that wasn't being used at the time. there are no roads off the TT so rough camping spots are tough to find. the trees just arn't big enough to log.
I am going to stick with the Adventures rather than going with a more Dirt oriented setup.I will not be that aggressive on the dirt and if I was I would bring a more dirt oriented bike in the truck for those roads.There is still 3800 kms of good paved roads to rail on on this trip.
 

timtune

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I am going to stick with the Adventures rather than going with a more Dirt oriented setup.I will not be that aggressive on the dirt and if I was I would bring a more dirt oriented bike in the truck for those roads.There is still 3800 kms of good paved roads to rail on on this trip.
I don't think it's a matter of being aggressive on the dirt but rather a more aggressive tire will make the gravel easier. At least that's what we found. Either way should be a good trip.
 

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