As a fellow Kitimatian, I too feel like it's silly I've never gotten over to Haida Gwaii! Looks amazing though. Did you do the ride solo? If so, that's a bold move, judging by some of the terrain you ventured into! Good on ya!
Very nice indeed...i wanted to go fishing there but never could make the time......Looks like you had an absolute blast exploring the less beaten path.
cool trip - well used tire, too. looks quite damp over there ...
Nice pics, also never been up there. Were you able to get a replacement tire?
And what windshield are you running on your F800ST? That's not stock is it?
You need to trade that in for GS
Cool pics, looks like interesting country up there.
My dad has lived in queen charlotte city since I was about 16, and I lived up there for a year when I was 19. Went back to visit last year with the gf and took her around the island. It's a very interesting and beautiful place, but it does have it's quirks.
Was toying with the idea of riding the bike up there this summer, prior to crashing it. Maybe next year!
none of the pics are showing up for me ***edit*** I think work has blocked imageshack
First bike:2011 Ninja 650r orange/black - crashed June 19/2012
Second bike: 2012 Ninja 650 black - not yet crashed
Well, jeez, I was able to one up that once again on this trip, lol! Man alive it was intense! Roads flooding, hydroplaning, billions of Deer, panic at making the Ferry on time to leave, a totally bald rear tire, ugh!
The tire, OEM Metzeler Z6 Interact, has been just great for my meager riding abilities, but zounds, it's gotta be the worst I've ever had for trying to determine wear, visually.
I worried all the way to the Ferry, but made it on board. Was sitting in the Tim Horton's in P.R. scamming their WiFi with my Ipad trying to source tires and this older gent walks up and says he has the exact same bike as me. Same model, year, colour, everything!
Turns out he knew a guy with an old worn out tire, and together, they knew another guy that could change it for me! These guys were amazing! Bud, the ST owner, went out of his way to help scout all the details. George, guy with the tire, had his wife bring it to his work, so I could ride past and get it. Dwayne, guy who changed the tire, did it in about 2 minutes, in his garage at home.
I had to reverse mug these dudes. They absolutely didn't want any money for this, it was tougher for me trying to corner them and put some token dollars in their hands, lol.
George's old tire lasted me until Smithers, where I tried to find another tire when the cords started showing through that one. Found a place called "Eye Candy" Custom/Harley shop type place right off the HWY, and again, OMG what a cool and friendly guy who runs the place! He called a fellow in Houston, who had a new tire he could sell and get installed for me.
In the end, I have a pretty damned spendy Pilot Power, but any alternative would have been much more hideous, haha!
The windscreen is stock, what I just did for this trip as an experiment, was to make a small "base plate" (kinda like a MadStad base plate that they put their "Robo Brackets" on, and then their windshield mounts to those, if you are familiar with them) and just rebolt the OEM shield up higher on that.
I can't afford a mistake in getting a $$$ windshield that doesn't work for me, so I am going to keep prototyping with the OEM 'screen for now. For such a crude and sloppy effort, it actually worked awesome, lol.