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  1. binsel

    binsel Limited User

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    Thanks, Alex for the great report =D>
    It seems like a ride neither my bike nor my body can be %100 ready for. I guess that makes it exciting 8-[
  2. Neil Edmunds

    Neil Edmunds ODSC Executive

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    I had a good laugh at this statement. Great writeup!
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    ARP ODSC-OFTR Member

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    We ended up doing way too much road on this trip but it couldn't be avoided.
    I always thought I had a decent seat on my Husky but after this RAP I realized I stand up alot so thats why I never got a sore arse.
    You can't stand up on major Highways at 100km/hr.
  4. Eduardo

    Eduardo ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Great write up Alex, now I can re-live in the whole ’14 RAP for years to come, but I will selectively leave a detail or two back in the trail. :D

    The ride was very much Vintage ODSC, not only due to the demographics of the ridership, but the fact that it was like my early rides with Brian H. It was challenging and I would not have it any other way. Camaraderie shines when needed the most and these trails brought up a fine luster to the collective. =D>

    So when Clint and I cut off for the cottage to drive back home the XRR’s clutch cable broke at the very first pull; a bitter sweet event which would have been disastrous in the trail ahead. The road was just metres away so Clint pushed the XR to roll it in gear… it was the first of three occasions on the way to Brian’s cottage. Clint kept ahead of me clearing the way so I did not have to stop (or start).
    Now on the way home, the original plan was for Clint and I to part by the 401 as not to maneuver the USS Supercarrier of a trailer deep inside bowels of the inner city.
    Now, with a pile of luggage and no clutch negotiating the 17 traffic lights and 23 stop signs was going to be quite the challenge. Clint dropped me safely at home adding at least one hour to his route home where he finally got to bed at about 4am.

    Thanks for a memorable ride.
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    That was a great read and enjoyed the pics. I can relate to those trails after spending a weekend riding near Baysville. So tired a dehydrated I couldn't even pick my bike up any more. Hats off to you Adventures.

    RR
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    hardman ODSC-ADV Member

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    Great ride report guys and funny too! :lol:
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    Looks like you guys had a great time. I'm glad everyone bade it back safe but exhausted. My days of those kinds of rides are over, its nice to read such a good ride report. Great job Alex =D>

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  8. Brian Helliwell

    Brian Helliwell ODSC Executive

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    Great write-up Alex! Of course now everyone knows how a "Helliwell" ride works. Maybe tough to find victims for another ride.
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    Very entertaining ride report guys. Glad you all made it home safely. Thanks for sharing
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    Laird Ride Organizer

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    Sounds like an awesome (and exhausting) ride. Thanks for sharing! Great write up Alex!
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    Aaah, but it feels so good when you stop.

    I'll consider the next one, for sure.

    Bruce
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    What was wrong with the big XR Brian?
  13. Brian Helliwell

    Brian Helliwell ODSC Executive

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    It was an electrical problem. Which we determined trail side. After Bruce towed me the 27 km to Barry's Bay I was able to get a ride back to the cottage on the Saturday night. And on Sunday morning trailered the bike back to London for repairs. It could have been only 3 things, cdi, coil or stator and I had all three at home. I changed the coil and cdi first as they were the easiest. Finally when I pulled the stator cover off there was a bit of water inside. We had just done a water crossing a few minutes prior to the bike dying. Once I replaced the stator the bike fired right up. Before I headed back to the cottage I prepared a gps route that would take me from the cottage to Huntsville so I could ride back to the cottage with the group.

    I ended up driving about 10 hrs and 900 km round trip to get the bike working. That was a long day! It was worth it though as I had a great ride over to Huntsville. I did 350 km on Monday including getting into a couple spots where I shouldn't have gone alone. I arrived at the hotel not long after the other guys. And it was great riding back to the cottage with the group on Tuesday. Bike worked great after the repair was made.

    I was disappointed having to miss the ride with the group on the Sunday and Monday. So it looks like I'll have to organize another ride for next year to complete the RAP.

    Brian
  14. Brian Helliwell

    Brian Helliwell ODSC Executive

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    hardman ODSC-ADV Member

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    Good videos Brian! :eat =D>

    I have to admit, deep water crossings are not for me.

    Kudos too you guys! :)
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    binsel Limited User

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    Here's a few gear suggestions to make a Helliwell ride more pleasurable experience.

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  17. Eduardo

    Eduardo ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Next time I join a Helliwell ride I'll mount this on my handlebars,

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  18. binsel

    binsel Limited User

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    How about a new club?
    OTSC (Ontario Triple Sport Club )
    On Road - Off Road - On Water
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    ecarnell ODSC-OFTR Member

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    There must be more coming.... Brian I didn't see any water coming over your front fender ! :)
  20. ecarnell

    ecarnell ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Any plans for a 2016 repeat?
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