Popular Post Canzvt Posted August 3, 2021 Popular Post Share Posted August 3, 2021 (edited) So just completed my second run into British Columbia with this group of guys (minus a 690 this year). Our original plan was to run the Okanagan BDR, but since that part of the province is burning up, we decided to head north. Our trip consisted of 6 days, starting in Edmonton, and going through Hinton, Grande Cache, Grande Prairie, Tumbler Ridge, and back. The ride was about 50:50 pavement and gravel, with the gravel being anything from a logging haul road (80’ wide, 120km/h) to a boulder strewn quad trail high in the mountains and everything in between. We slabbed it for a bit, road part of the Grande Cache Death Race route, road quad trails seemingly to nowhere only to find another oasis, climbed numerous mountains and forded some streams/rivers. The Bikes. All the bikes were outfitted with knobbies (the T7 was running Shinko 804/805’s – kinda knobbies), had crash/bash protection and mainly running Mosko Luggage of various specs. The Riders. Riders ranged in age from 51 to 58 with well over 30 years’ experience in off road riding each. We stayed in Hotels, as we are old, and want showers, a good sleep, beer and steaks. The good. The T7, or course! What a tractor! Went up everything I wanted it to, and some things I didn’t! The 2WDW tune with the Camel ADV pipe rocked! This set-up will not disappoint, and not once did I have starting issues even with ambient temps in the low 30’s C. Fuel mileage. The euro bikes were all running accessory tanks, giving them over 21L capacity. I brought along 2 x 1USGal Roto-Pax, but I never touched them. Did one 300km leg consisting of gravel, single/dual track and highway and ran long into reserve. Put in 14.2L to the other’s 16-18L Shinko 804/805’s. So long as it remained dry, these tires worked great. Long lasting, great wear, and good traction on gravel, rocks, shale and pavement. Outex tubeless system with Carud TPMS. Flawless. My modified Outback Motortek/Mosko Moto 25L/RotoPax setup. This system works great for road riding, pavement or gravel giving tons of luggage capacity, low center of gravity, and well over 450kms (if speed is below 110km’h) of range with both RotoPax fitted. You really don’t know they are on there. OSMAnd Android off road GPS. This app kills! Download the maps, input your own GPX files, and ride. Had to of these and 2 Garmin’s and there was no difference in detail. Klim Krios helmet. I’ve been chasing buffeting for months with my Shoei GT-Air on this bike. Nothing with the Krios. The bad. My suspension set-up. I’m running RR’s 35mm fork kit, with .64 springs and a revalved shock with a 9.5 spring, with the sag set perfectly, and while for the road and fast gravel riding it is great, it is WAY too stiff in the rocks. Need more compliance. Dropped my compression damping to minimum, but still too stiff. More work to come, I guess… My Outback Motortek/Mosko Moto 25L/RotoPax setup on single/dual track. With the luggage so far forward due to having the RotoPax mounted on them as well, it doesn’t safely provide enough room for my feet for walking the bike through ruts or foot dabs. These will be up for sale in the near future for a great deal, so someone who doesn’t do single track can enjoy them. Shinko 804/805’s in mud. They offer absolutely NO side traction in mud. Zero! Fuel mileage – crank it up over 110 km/h and watch your fuel range disappear. Was the same for the Euro bikes too, but… The ugly. Always wear a helmet! Got into a particularly tight section where we had to manhandle and walk each bike through a steep/deep wash, when a certain T7 Bark Buster connected with a certain pusher’s head, resulting in a trip to Grande Cache hospital and 7 stitches. Worst part about it was he soaked through his compress riding to the hospital getting blood all over the inside of his helmet! Don’t try to climb a quad trail up the side of a mountain consisting of loose rocks about 5-10inches in diameter, and not make it to the top. While the T7 FEELS like a heavier version of my WR450, when it is sideways on the trail and I’m on the lowside with the bike following, just get out of the way, as it is COMING OVER. I consider myself fairly fit and strong, but I couldn’t hold it upright on this trail. Good thing for soft luggage and bark busters…Skidded it around and got it pointed in the right direction, then spent the next half an hour bull-dogging it down the rocks in +35C heat. Happy to see the highway and vented gear. Anyway, great week away. Never touched the T7, other than to change the UNI pre-filter on day 3. Checked tires, spokes, brakes, chain and everything was good. Very happy again that I ride a T7. The euro bikes couldn’t outrun the T7. Edited August 3, 2021 by Canzvt 16 I think I have Yamaha disease... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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