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post #1 of 8 Old 04-13-2016, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Cannonball 500 - Alberta

Entered myself in the Alberta Cannonball 500. Intend to ride this on my KLR. Have done the distance before but never with a time limit involved. Putting the challenge out to other Alberta and Canadian riders to get involved. Maybe next year I'll try the 1000.

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That looks like it would be a hoot!

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post #3 of 8 Old 04-13-2016, 12:20 PM
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I did not see a time limit. I assume 24 hrs? I have done two SS 1000, one on the bandit and one on the wee, in 15 hrs. Trick is to keep moving at a reasonable pace, stay hydrated, and make sure your bike is comfy. A sore azz can be a real pain! If you have a riding partner bike coms are really nice! Or just have one for the radio.

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The time limit is 12 hours for the 500 and 36 hours for the 1000 which includes a 12 hour break overnight. I would probably be more comfortable on the Goldwing but I really want to do this on the KLR. I've got an aftermarket seat which should be a benefit. My brother is riding with me but he's thinking he'll ride his Honda CBF1000 versus the KLR. We don't have any bike coms but I may just plug the ear buds into the iPod.

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I am thinking of doing the 1000 out of Medicine Hat. Looks like a good time, but I don't think I'll be taking the KLR. I'll use my R3 for that run.
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I am thinking of doing the 1000 out of Medicine Hat. Looks like a good time, but I don't think I'll be taking the KLR. I'll use my R3 for that run.
Well there’s no doubt you’ll be able to complete the ride on an R3 a lot quicker than you would on the KLR but what’s the challenge in that. We did the 1000 last fall on the KLR’s. Looking at doing the 2500 this July.

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Well there’s no doubt you’ll be able to complete the ride on an R3 a lot quicker than you would on the KLR but what’s the challenge in that. We did the 1000 last fall on the KLR’s. Looking at doing the 2500 this July.
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How did your 500 go back in 2016?

Did you complete your 1000 last year in less than 24 hours or did you use most of your 36 hour allotment?

I once rode a '74 Z1 900 about a 1030 miles in about 16 & 1/2 hrs. The hardest miles were from the 450-550 mark.
The second day I completed 1 lap of Wyoming, about 1711 miles with one 127 mile section ridden twice. (once out, once back to my town)

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I have a prostate issue and I just can't sit on my KLR for long periods. I have a custom seat on my Triumph that is cut out in just the right spots to allow me to ride farther. I do have the Seat Concepts Commuter on the KLR, but it's just not quite right for long haul. If I did use my KLR I would have to modify that seat as well, not to mention going to a 16T sprocket.
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