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Atleast on a bike unless you're going ludicrous speeds you have a pretty good chance of avoiding logging traffic. Most truck drivers will announce a radioless vehicle if spotted. Happens(ed) all the time. Even if you have a radio you always have to watch for someone without on public forestry roads so always best to use some prudence.*

I swore off dirt riding years ago but I'll admit I've been feeling the itch to explore a bit. Even just for fishing access and stuff would be alright. Just don't know if I have the proper self control yet. I can still taste the dirt years later. Lol. *
 

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Out here in Bugtussle we've got lots of working forest but it seems those guys always take weekends off. That might work.

Also they usually publish info on harvesting on local networks so checking in with the locals can pay off.
 

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A usable DS bike is an essential part of a well rounded bike inventory. I've got 3 within that demographic. travelled Baja. Travelled to Laguna Seca offroad. It's good. Very good.
 

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I haven't been able to shake off thinking about dirt riding again. Seems like I will probably talk myself into a DS by spring. So I can blow off some steam on the forest roads, hills, and mountains where there are no tickets to be had. I road full off-road dirtbikes for many years but now I'm thinking of a full dirt machine with a street kit on it and insurable. Round out the stable a bit.*
 

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thanks for posting - cool country! I quite like the road from Princeton to Otter Lake, and while the pavements ends there and most people would choose to ride out and back, it's excellent hard-packed gravel to continue north to where the road rejoins Hwy 5, easily rideable on any street bike.

https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Princeton,+BC/Otter+Lake+Provincial+Park,+Unnamed+Road,+Coalmont,+BC/49.8777004,-120.6324986/@49.6047832,-120.5866683,10.42z/data=!4m15!4m14!1m5!1m1!1s0x5483b3d161569d83:0xd43ee30a3c1d49a1!2m2!1d-120.5061567!2d49.4589588!1m5!1m1!1s0x5483c8c582caea05:0x80f4eeaa89225a97!2m2!1d-120.7739063!2d49.5871755!1m0!3e0

actually, Princeton is the centre for a bunch of entertaining little out-and-backs, or alternatives to main routes:

Bankier Road
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Princeton,+BC/Bankier+Resort+at+Three+Lakes,+Princeton+Summerland+Road,+Princeton,+BC/@49.5879782,-120.5109512,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x5483b3d161569d83:0xd43ee30a3c1d49a1!2m2!1d-120.5061567!2d49.4589588!1m5!1m1!1s0x5483b3d119483d2b:0x529ce7f9676ecb8a!2m2!1d-120.2354749!2d49.716773!3e0

that continues thru to Summerland, but I've only ever done that in a vehicle, many years ago, and I recall it as stoney and dusty.


the Old Hedley Road is a great way to avoid 30kms of highway travel:

https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Princeton,+BC/49.3792147,-120.1526345/@49.4204119,-120.3982355,12z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m10!1m1!1s0x5483b3d161569d83:0xd43ee30a3c1d49a1!2m2!1d-120.5061567!2d49.4589588!3m4!1m2!1d-120.3401653!2d49.4582421!3s0x54824d50b007b941:0x832accf44d5e4012!1m0!3e0


Copper Mountain Rd runs south from town to the mine, and is also a worthwhile diversion:

https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Princeton,+BC/Copper+Mountain+Mining+Corporation,+Okanagan-Similkameen+H,+BC/@49.3876879,-120.4389275,22743m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m19!4m18!1m10!1m1!1s0x5483b3d161569d83:0xd43ee30a3c1d49a1!2m2!1d-120.5061567!2d49.4589588!3m4!1m2!1d-120.4883623!2d49.354101!3s0x5483af43c105757d:0xff4f0a61656ad366!1m5!1m1!1s0x5483af5da5d74bd9:0xa7a75deaccc2d8ba!2m2!1d-120.5129814!2d49.33712!3e0


there are some photos here: https://www.bcsportbikes.com/forum/showthread.php/123962-Princeton-July-18-2010?highlight=princeton


obviously, I need to take the Brookmere road some time too!
 

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I haven't been able to shake off thinking about dirt riding again. Seems like I will probably talk myself into a DS by spring. So I can blow off some steam on the forest roads, hills, and mountains where there are no tickets to be had. I road full off-road dirtbikes for many years but now I'm thinking of a full dirt machine with a street kit on it and insurable. Round out the stable a bit.*
I'm watching the EICMA show in Italy this week to see if Yamaha is going to launch their 700cc Dual Sport. It could be an excellent bike with the FZ7 engine in it.
 

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Yah I can take a right out of my driveway and hwy6 is a km or so away. Or I can take a left and bluenose fsr is about the same which leads to the Aberdeen plateau which is a huge area. Or just across Hwy6 is the Becker/bardolf fsr another huge area. Many dirtbikes, quads, sidexsides tear around my hood. *No one seems to mind or make issue of it. My home is 250m setback from the road(no handshoveling my driveway lol) so it doesn't bother me at all. I could go with a strictly off road bike and have plenty of area to explore right from home. *Like I said earlier I am apprehensive a little to get back into/on something that can jump. Crashing seems to go hand in hand with jumping for me. Hard to resist when you're on a machine built for it and you come across......well....a jump. *Definetly got to think this one through.*
 

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I'm watching the EICMA show in Italy this week to see if Yamaha is going to launch their 700cc Dual Sport. It could be an excellent bike with the FZ7 engine in it.
production version looks pretty good. not as exciting as the concept bike (but they never are), too bad it's not coming until model year 2021.
 

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I haven't been able to shake off thinking about dirt riding again. Seems like I will probably talk myself into a DS by spring. So I can blow off some steam on the forest roads, hills, and mountains where there are no tickets to be had. I road full off-road dirtbikes for many years but now I'm thinking of a full dirt machine with a street kit on it and insurable. Round out the stable a bit.*
Couldn't shake the itch. I picked up a wr400f today. Not to plate for the road. Just to putt(he he he, not likely) around the woods some. Real mint machine. Just couldn't bring myself to DS. I'll ride my streetbike on the road and dirtbike on the dirt. I've got to much killer access right from my home or short jaunts with the pickup.*
 

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LOL ...... Really honey, just gonna putt putt around. On a 400 .....

Lucky bugger!
 

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Thanks. Honestly I've been itching so badly to ride I was going a bit out of my mind. Atleast a dirtbike I can still play with until full on winter and really early in the spring. Not in the mountains obviously but down low. *Yah my wife is impressed. So impressed she wants her own! *Lol. I married a good one that's for sure.*

And the big side benefit is being able to blow off some steam without breaking any laws. *That'll help keep me from any uncomfortable road side meetings with the likes of yourself.*:rockon
 

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And the big side benefit is being able to blow off some steam without breaking any laws. *That'll help keep me from any uncomfortable road side meetings with the likes of yourself.*:rockon
Hey! I always try to make it as pleasant as possible! And being a hooligan offroad, that's what I'm aiming at doing.
 

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Maybe not the right spot for it. Makes me wonder why I ever didn't own a dirtbike? *

Older and cheap and not beat which are my prerequisites for most things I acquire. **

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I almost bought a plated WR40OF last year that came with off road and super Moto tires/rims. Then realized it was a recipe for a serious of career limiting moves. Passed on it ......
 

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From what I've read a bike like that would only be on the road still from slipping through the cracks and no guarantee that a new owner would even get plates when they register and even if they did it would be all over with the first roadblock or pullover. I strongly considered some dual sport bikes but in the end I decided to stay cheap. All the ones that I saw that I'd like to ride In the dirt were pretty pricey. I'll pay about $60-70 a year in liability insurance and stay off the public roads with it. If icbc was cool and more lenient sure I'd plate it probably with a Baka kit or whatever. I also read a bit about guys having these off-road bikes plated 'legally' and running into insurance hassle if they're ever involved in an accident.*
 
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