Stewart/Hyder to Terrace (312 KM)
August 3rd 2011
The truck behind us we will the call the obnoxious campers. The had so many sites to pick and they park right behind us. They were also rude about it and we think they arrived late and left early to avoid paying to boot.
Before we left Stewart I added about 1/2 liter of oil to my bike. It was low but Cheryl’s oil level was fine.
Cheryl needed air in her rear tire but when we tried at the local gas station in Stewart the hose was not motorcycle tire friendly. Then we remembered we had our own pump at the Nass River rest area and put a bit more PSI in the tire within seconds with our Cyclepump.
Decent view of the rear tire. Starting to square off but plenty of tread left and we are not worried about them not lasting. They have 12375 KM on them to date. Hard KM’s and still look in good shape. We will never use another tire on any of our DS bikes other then Heidenau!
Some unfortunate information about Highway 16 from Prince George to Prince Rupert. This stretch of road is also know as the “Highway of Tears”. There has been 11 women over decades who have been murdered or have gone missing on this road and so far no person or people held accountable for the murders. There are signs now posted, will have to take a picture of one on our way out of Terrace that warn people of the risks of hitch hiking. Sort of a weird feeling if you think about it as you ride this part of Northern BC.
Terrace the home of the Kermodei Bear also know by the First Nations as the Spirit Bear. A blond black bear that has been seen but there only a few. If you see a Spirit Bear you will have luck and are one lucky person as well.
Got into town and stumbled upon Kickstart. We knew after today that putting off new chains just wasn’t going to work for the rest of the trip. While cleaning our chains the night before we noticed the space was getting bigger between the chains and sprockets and they are both very loose with no way to tighten them anymore. Got here and Frances the service guy started making phone calls to find us the right chains for these bikes and get them shipped to Terrace by Friday, August 5th. At least we hope. No one in Prince George has stock too.
We had Frances call Western Powersports in Langley the dealer that put the bikes together for us but they were not able to help in a pinch. Frances went with a dealer in Alberta to help off set the costs for us. The head tech guy will also have a look at the throttle cable etc but does not promise any permanent fix which is understandable. We will be back here on Friday.
I think the owner’s Jim & Vera have their signage covered very well at their RV/motel. A spotless, friendly place to stay for our 2 night layover!
As tempting as it is to take the short ride to Prince Rupert, we will not use the bikes while in Terrace anymore than we have to while waiting for the chains. No need to put too many more KM’s on them if we don’t have to. The bikes will be used for just getting us around town. After Terrace I think we will head out to Burns Lake, pass through Prince George and go to Quesnel. After that who knows, South America? Neither one of us is ready to go home and neither one of us wants to give back the awesome Tigers. We will someday own this bike for real.
The stalling issue has not deterred us from ever thinking these are fantastic bikes. The engines are sound and the overall bikes performance out way any stalling problems. We would take these bikes over our Beemers in a heart beat and NO we are not being paid or made to say anything positive about the Tigers. We both without a doubt believe in this bike and truly have loved being able to take a trip like this on them.