Been on and off bikes most of my life.All kinds,shapes,and sizes.Everything from Harleys to Pentons.But always just basically local riding for the most part untill the last 5 years or so. Raising kids,job,Blah,Blah,Blah.I've backpacked,camped,hiked,and traveled my whole life,but not on a motorcycle.Well,no more than an overnighter or two.In the last few years I've been stretching further and further on a bike.A week here,a week there.Kay and I took a nine day trip a couple years ago and loved every mile.I also belong to ADV and read those wild ride reports of adventure in far off lands.The seed was planted.So I started lookin for an adventure.Something that was doable and realistic.Then I found a ride report about the James Bay Road going to Radisson,Quebec.So upon lookin up the website there was the Trans Tiaga,a gravel supply route to Hydro Quebecs Dams.One way in,One way out.Then upon further investigation,another route,The Route Du Nord,also gravel,and yet another,The Trans Lab going to Goose Bay,Labrador.The big Three.Remote,gravel,a few outpost,and miles of tire eating surface.I felt that I needed to "Earn" the Adventure rider status.Not just another keyboard cowboy on a forum.
Now that the decision was made to make the ride,I had to chose which bike. A 2001 955i Tiger
or a 2005 KLR