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    Trans-Labrador Highway

    Hi All,

    Long-time lurker, rare poster.

    I'm heading to Labrador next week. I know countless motorcyclists have ridden this highway, but has anyone done it on their NC? Did you run out of gas between Happy Valley Goose Bay and Port Simpson or Cartwright? Any tips?

    Planned route: June 2018 - The Great Circle - Google My Maps

    Thanks in advance!
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    Congrats! There's this one in french- Grande Aventure Honda: Trans-Labrador 1 de 10 - YouTube
    My understanding is the longest distance between gas stations is 410 kilometers (256 miles). That puts you at borderline range. I would plan adding a gallon gas can (CT $8.50) for that. (Just fill up the bike's gas tank once you've burned off a gallon.)
    Two Yanks explore Labrador and Newfoundland | Adventure Rider
    One person did it on a cbr300 (Translabrador and Eastern Canada on a 300r | Adventure Rider) but I've read of people failing with 800gs' (accident) and Ktm 690's (too many flats). So it's about luck (& skill), not so much the bike you're riding.

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    I am sooooo jealous. That route is high on my list of trips to do. I am planning a trip to from Ontario to Nova Scotia next year (I am from Dartmouth and have family there, so it would be the ultimate destination) and keep thinking I'd love to go the long way around. Who knows, maybe I will take some extra time off work and do it? Please report back with a summary.
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    I've attempted that route (or something similar, It wasn't completely planned) twice with four wheeled vehicles. First time I slid off the road near Manic-Cinq when traveling by myself, second time I did the whole loop as the support driver when my friends did Cains Quest Snowmobile race. It's a super cool area and I would love to go back.

    I'd definitely carry an extra gallon with the expectation I would use it, plus another litre or two just in case. If you use white gas for cooking that gives you an emergency supply of fuel if you really need it... I would never plan to burn naptha in a gasoline engine but it works in a pinch
    Last edited by Wildfire; 8th June 2018 at 11:40.

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    Thanks all. I will certainly post a trip summary and photos when I get back. I also should have noted that I've already installed a rad protector, large skid plate, two fuel bottles. I also swapped out my lovely Michelin Road Pilots for Shinko 705s. My buddy is riding a BMW and we happen to use the same size tires, so he's bringing a spare Shinko for the front, and I'm carrying the spare for the rear.
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    I've been noticing in reading some MC blogs that many people have had issues around Manic Cinq. I'll make sure we ride slow through there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by HarveyM View Post
    Congrats! There's this one in french- Grande Aventure Honda: Trans-Labrador 1 de 10 - YouTube
    My understanding is the longest distance between gas stations is 410 kilometers (256 miles). That puts you at borderline range. I would plan adding a gallon gas can (CT $8.50) for that. (Just fill up the bike's gas tank once you've burned off a gallon.)
    Two Yanks explore Labrador and Newfoundland | Adventure Rider
    One person did it on a cbr300 (Translabrador and Eastern Canada on a 300r | Adventure Rider) but I've read of people failing with 800gs' (accident) and Ktm 690's (too many flats). So it's about luck (& skill), not so much the bike you're riding.
    Thanks for that video series! I had not come across that one yet. Et oui, je suis bilingue.

    As for gas, I have 2x1L bottles. my buddy is carrying 5L, and we have similar capacity and economy. We will refill at (roadside) lunch!
    Chris

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    anyone want to link to a map that shows this route?
    Ontario California is a long way from Ontario Canada.
    (I grew up in Ontario, Calif.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by cedavis82 View Post
    There you go

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfire View Post
    There you go
    Wow...thank you for that. I presume dirt tires are REQUIRED, and that the best month to repeat that loop is July?
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