Couldn't help but take advantage of this terrific fall weather, so I took a day off work to go riding with some fellow inmates from ADVRider. Denis organized the ride and proposed a route which involved some gravel roads in the Gatineau Park area. The day was sunny and 14 Celcius. Not really shorts and t-shirt weather, but for this time of the year it was a real treat from Mother Nature.
This was my first real ride on the new WR. Until this ride, I only rode it to work a couple of times. She's light and nimble, and the fuel injection works flawlessly. With 13/49 gearing, though, she's a little high strung on the highway -- not that we rode much on the highway, but let's just say the engine sings a little when you're doing 100 Km/h. But she's very willing to take it.
252 Kms. About 1/2 paved roads, 1/2 gravel roads
Stopped to air down the tires a bit
Stopped for lunch at Subway, near Gracefield, QC
This was the first real run I did with the WR since I bought it last week.
Stopped to see some horses shortly after lunch.
Juame's recent purchase - an '03 KTM 640 Adventure
(a.k.a. The Paint Shaker). It's like the Buick Enclave of dirt bikes: powerful, comfortable, beautiful suspension, a great all-rounder. But this model's reputation for having lots of engine vibrations is quite true and accurate. Awesome machine, vibrations and all. He bought it earlier this summer but I hadn't seen him since then.
Stopping to empty our bladders on the ride home.
And some video footage from the day's ride