I Survived the Trans Labrador Highway

But bits of my KLR didn't. ;)

Jiff (Geoff's Islander name) came up with the idea to ride out to the Rock via the Trans Labrador highway, a trip I had in the planning stages, but was content to let sit on the back burner until now, as what better way to face adversity then with good friends?

The group I belong to, www.gtasportriders.com, started to toss the idea around in the touring thread, then we finally threw out a date of the 16th of July and were committed. 265 days seems like a lot of time to prepare for a trip, but as the date drew closer, I seemed to have more and more loose ends that needed tying up, to the point that the weekend prior to the trip I found that my fuel economy needed to improve or the 5litre gas can I was going to be bringing wasn't going to be enough to get me across the longest stretch from Happy Valley Goose Bay to Port Hope Simpson, a distance by road of 410 kilometres.

It's the little things that keep you on your toes. ;)

At any rate, I'm sitting in St. Anthony Newfoundland waiting for the rain to die out before continuing further South to Gros Morne National park.

The Trans Lab is behind us, we've conquered it, and return with our shields. :D


Bike prep is all done and I'm ready to start loading it up. Three days and a wake-up. :)

It's been a bit of a rum go to get the bike ready for the TLH, and thank god KLR's are not perfect or pretty. One person warned me that my newly mounted PD Nerf crash guards were rubbing on the front fairing, and I retorted "You mean those cheap plastic bits that I broke crashing into a cedar tree three (four?!) years ago? Who cares?"

Daniel has a similar outlook and a large rubber mallet that we used to bend the buggers to fit. I just finished doing the front end this morning and have to thank my friend Darlene for picking up my brake pads in New Dundee at Aviciouscycle.ca where my friends Eric and Terry took my phone order, and handed Darlene a grab bag full of goodies. They are now trip sponsors, as I mounted the reflective stickers they sent on the panniers and threw the kickstand plate into my tank bag. ;)

Whoot! Now to load it up and see what is getting left behind. 


Dee let's it all hang off...

I had done some work on my bike in preparation for my vacation, a trip on the Trans Labrador Highway, but I had no idea what the tank range was going to be after the carb mod so I needed a long run in excess of 400 kilometres to test the range. I strapped a gas can on the back of the bike, filled both the tank and the gas can, and my friend Dee and I set off for the 507 to find out when I was going to hit reserve...

Full to Reserve: 300km
Reserve to Empty: 350km
5 litre refill: 389km before Reserve again
Reserve to Empty: 439km 
So the total range while carrying a 5litre gas can is 439km on an unloaded bike.
Mission success, but now the plan is to install an aftermarket exhaust and to move the KLX needle from 3rd clip from the top to 2nd clip from the top to see if I conserve even more fuel without trading too much power. The extra weight and gravel road will rob me of the full range of 439.

Dee was riding her 2004 Suzuki Katana 750 "Sapphire" and was challenging herself with hanging off and picking a racing line. She had a blast, and if she gets any faster at it, I'm going to need to get back on the Bandit in order to reel her in. ;)

D experiments with body steering
Raspberry Coconut goodness!

Oops, when you stop to take a picture, make sure you're not in a sand box. Be nice, and share your toys.