VStrom Tech Day

09 September 2012 – Big Dan, with the local VSRI group decided to host a VStrom tech day at his place. Louise wanted to change out the links in the rear suspension of her VStrom, so we headed over.

There were a couple of other VStrom guys there, including Andrew, the young guy that had shared our site in Nakusp last month. He had his bike on the lift working on the shift lever and stuff.

Once he was done, we got Louise’s VStrom on the lift and she started working on changing out the links. Dan made her run the bike up onto the lift and do most of the wrenching, which was very cool.

While we were wrenching, a wicked storm blew in with high winds and marble-sized hail.

By the time Louise finished with the links, and we’d visited and drank some lovely tea made by Dan’s girlfriend Kay, the storm had passed over and we left to head home.

The new links were supposed to be the same height as the adjustable Soupys’ that she had on last year, but Louise noticed that the rear of the bike felt a little higher. She’ll have to ride it some more before knowing for sure.

2012 Nakusp HU Trip – Day 10/11

26 August 2012 – Friday and Saturday were spent taking in seminars, checking out local restaurants for breakfast or just hanging out relaxing at the campsite.

There were a total of seven bikes in our campsite …

and three tents (later four), and two hammocks.

Later on Friday, a seventh traveller joined us, a young fellow, Andrew, arrived on Friday evening and we invited him to pitch his tent on our site.

A couple of the better seminars were on packing and road meals by a couple that rode to South America on a Russian Ural sidecar rig. There was also a sort of motorcycle gymkhana skills test. One was slow speed race where the last one to cross the finish line won, and the other was a keyhole competition, where each rider rode into a circle, turned and came out again, and after each round the circle got smaller.

Rob and I decided to enter, he on his Varadero and me on the FJR. Now the FJR is a great bike but against the VStroms and BMWs, it was just too heavy and awkward to compete. In the slow speed race, I was doing good until the finish line where the front wheel slipped and I had to put my foot down – I was out. In the keyhole race I did better, making it to the third round where the front wheel, again, slipped a bit outside the circle – I was out, again. Against other FJRs I would have done OK. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Rob was a close second, but finished behind a small ancient, but beautiful, old BMW naked bike.

After dinner on Saturday night, six of us headed down to the lake just to watch the water … and watch Smurf go for a chilly swim in the lake.

For lunch one day we found the Woodfire Pizza N’ More – a Germanic pizza place where the food was excellent. For breakfast a couple of mornings we went to the Broadway Deli and Cafe, where the food was really good as well.

It was a lot of fun hanging out with the VStrom guys – it really changed the complexion of the event for us and I’m looking forward to doing it again next year!