I spent 4 days riding a loop through southern BC and the Cascades in Washington. I don't have the riding + picture taking kung fu abilities so these pics aren't as cool as some others here.
Didn't go too crazy on distance, but covered 1800 km. I wouldn't have been able to take much more than that on the DR's seat anyway. Actually my butt, although sore, wasn't any worse than any street bike seat I've been on, but the upright riding position really made my lower back sore after 4 or 5 hours. Gotta strengthen those muscles I guess.
Averaged 4.9l/100km which I thought was pretty decent for the big thumper. It's running a little rich too, so it'll probably get somewhat better once I get around to fixing the previous owners' failed attempts to mess with the carb.
Here's the route, thanks everyone for helping me chose it.
Rode up to Nanaimo on Wednesday night to make the following day a bit shorter.
Camped at Westwood Lake RV park.
At this point I realized that sport bike saddle bags are not really meant for the DR. Specifically putting any weight on the side panel pushes it into the exhaust for melty goodness. My bags got a little scorched as well but luckily didn't burn through.
I suspect there is something a bit wrong with the setup there, since there is an attachment point on the exhaust, but the side panel just has a small plastic spacer that doesn't keep it far enough away.
Anyway, I McGyvered a solution using an Allen key, which worked surprisingly well.
The Duffey on Thursday, which was exciting as always, although it started raining shortly after I got on it, an stayed wet the whole way to almost Cache Creek. The first wooden bridge caught me by surprise (forgot about those) and I almost bailed (damn those things are slippery).
Dropped by my folks' place in Salmon Arm, then on down to Enderby in the morning. Turn off at the second lights and over the bridge to Mabel Lake Rd. In Ashton Creek turn right onto Trinity Valley Rd, which was well worth the detour. It's a hard-packed dirt road, but in very good condition. Dual sport not required.
The pic doesn't capture it at all, but it really is a lovely road with scattered farms and fantastic scenery.
Monashee pass highway is very nice. I noticed when I wear my reflective vest I seem to get fewer waves.
Just call me Moto-nerd.
Waiting for the ferry at Needles.
Before Nakusp there was a beautiful opportunity to see the weather come in over Arrow lake. Unbelievable with the wind roaring over the lake, and the black clouds coming down the valley. This was somewhat less fun when I rode through it 5 minutes later.