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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-17-2017, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Cross Country on my T100?

Got a need to be in Ottawa end of next month (April)....from Vancouver. Should I even be considering this on the Bonne? Too early in the season for weather issues?


Google says 4500 KM's (46 hrs) taking the all Canada route (don't need any Border crossing non-sense thank you).

I can take my time...no need to push it.

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The Bonneville is more than capable of doing the trip.
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Isn't it still winter in Canada in April?

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Your bike would love the trip and do it with ease. As long as you have appropriate gear for the weather you should be fine also. With the strange spring we have though I would think you should be prepared to hole up for a couple of days if the weather takes another of its winter again, or yet as in your case, turns.
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I did Halifax to Barbour Alabama in October on my T100 for the vintage races. Weather was miserable coming back up, cold (well not Eastern Canada winter cold but West Coast Canada cold) and was not pleasant. It's gonna get colder when you get closer to QC. The motorcycle is up for it, just can't imagine it would be fun droning along the Trans Canada and if you take the side roads there probably won't be much open or much to see at that time of year.

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My first question is, have you ever driven that route in a car, even in the summer? If you have, you're familiar with mile after mile of straight flat road. It doesn't get even remotely interesting until you get to Ontario, and even that part of the Trans Canada is not what most people would call great motorcycle roads. Throw in some stretches that are potholed from severe winters, and frequently through the prairies winds strong enough that they take a lot of energy to ride through. Add the distinct possibility of a snowstorm that can even happen in May. I think you'd be lucky to make it through the mountain passes in BC/Alberta this time of year much less the rest of the way.

But don't let my lack of enthusiasm stop you. Bad decisions make good stories. Post up your ride report with pics.

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My first question is, have you ever driven that route in a car, even in the summer? If you have, you're familiar with mile after mile of straight flat road. It doesn't get even remotely interesting until you get to Ontario, and even that part of the Trans Canada is not what most people would call great motorcycle roads. Throw in some stretches that are potholed from severe winters, and frequently through the prairies winds strong enough that they take a lot of energy to ride through. Add the distinct possibility of a snowstorm that can even happen in May. I think you'd be lucky to make it through the mountain passes in BC/Alberta this time of year much less the rest of the way.

But don't let my lack of enthusiasm stop you. Bad decisions make good stories. Post up your ride report with pics.
Never driven x-country...something always wanted to do. But I see your point of the route not being terribly interesting. Weather is a big concern and combined with crossing the rockies...likely too much for this Hombre.

I do hope to make out to Alberta this season...I want to visit Drumheller and other dino-related sites.

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My first question is, have you ever driven that route in a car, even in the summer? If you have, you're familiar with mile after mile of straight flat road. It doesn't get even remotely interesting until you get to Ontario, and even that part of the Trans Canada is not what most people would call great motorcycle roads. Throw in some stretches that are potholed from severe winters, and frequently through the prairies winds strong enough that they take a lot of energy to ride through. Add the distinct possibility of a snowstorm that can even happen in May. I think you'd be lucky to make it through the mountain passes in BC/Alberta this time of year much less the rest of the way.

But don't let my lack of enthusiasm stop you. Bad decisions make good stories. Post up your ride report with pics.
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You might want to rethink border crossing and take a route through the northern US. To avoid traffic along the south end of Chicago which is not a problem if you are accustomed to busy city freeway traffic, you can take the high speed ferry across Lake Michigan from Milwaukee to Muskegon, MI if the timing will work for you; starts April 28. Unfortunately the coal and steam powered SS Badger ferry from Manitowoc, WI to Luddington, MI does not begin until May 19. You could take one of these on your return trip. The Milwaukee ferry transported our car too. The SS Badger is large enough to hold semi-trucks as well as cars.

The prices for transport are quite reasonable.

Certainly you can have your bike transported on either of these.

By the way, I often see Canadian trucks here in WI.

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April could be a bad time of year for that trip? The weather still not predictable out in the Pacific. That can blow in some bad stuff?
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