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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-03-2009, 06:44 AM Thread Starter
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Arrived in New Brunswick last night after 5800 kms in the last seven days. Left Squamish on the 26th and rode to Creston bc the first day via highway three. Day two dropped into Idaho and picked up route two through Montana. Stayed at the park at Fort Peck. Day three took me to North Dakota. Weather was awesome aside from crosswinds. On through in Michigan and into rain so into hotel in Marquette. Back into Canada at the Sault on day five and spent the night in Sudbury. On into more rain along highway seventeen. Dropped back into the USA at Malone NY (no idea the border was closed at Cornwall). Rain, hail, thunder!! It got interesting. Cleared up in the evening for a nice ride down through Lake Champlain. Final day along route two through torrential rain and continuous construction! Route nine from Bangor to Calais and the sun came out and traffic disappeared.

V ran great!! The new Roadsmarts wore well and handled nicely. The saddle sucks . I saw Harleys beyond counting, hundreds of BMWs, lots of sport tourers and Vstroms but not a single other Versys!!

No drama! Nearly hit one small deer and a low flying duck is all. The heated jacket liner is the best investment I have ever made!

Off to Iceland on Thursday and when I get back in August I will have a more leisurely ride back to BC.










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Wow, I admire your fortitude. I just got back from the Kootenays myself. The Salmo pass is a good ride on a motorcycle.
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Home again home again. I took the long way home, 8,000 kms down through New England, across through West Virginia west into Colorado and north through Idaho into Washington. The versys ran flawlessly. The Dunlop Roadsmarts now have over 15,000 kms on them - much of it flat roads and very hot weather and the rear is just to the wearbars, they still handled the run across route 20 in the North Cascades perfectly.

After taking 800+ photos while in Iceland (I'll post a link once I upload them if anyone is interested) I was burnt out and did not take many on the way home. In Iceland I rented a Vstrom for a day and did some very entertaining riding two up with luggage and some marginal roads, including being lost in the middle of nowhere at 3am. I was worried after riding the Vstrom I might have picked the wrong bike, but the Versys is still much better!

Weird to be back home after over two months of travel.












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Glad you made it through ok!



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