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Posted on Aug 30, 2015 | 4 comments

Fundy Adventure Rally: T-10


Well, since it is a mere 10 days away, I thought it might be nice to share some video with you from last year’s Fundy Adventure Rally.

This particular video was actually the promotional video for last year’s event, and I think it gives a pretty good idea of what the rally was all about, and the kind of terrain that the riders had to maneuver through.

Quite honestly, the ‘A’ option looked pretty tame – basically a gravel road -but the ‘B’ options, seen in the video from 1:02 to 1:15 look gnarly as hell . . . at least to this rider.

And this year, since the ‘B’ options were seemingly not enough, the designers have added ‘C’ options, with a recommendation that they be attempted by skilled riders on dual-sport machines with aggressive tires, 21” front wheels and decent engine protection in the form of crash bars and bash plates.

Well, I have been getting Suzi, my 2003 Suzuki DR650, as prepared for the rally as I can.

Because, well, there are ‘C’ options, after all.

I bolted on a skid plate, added a set of BarkBuster hand guards and ordered a pair of Double Take Eduro Mirrors from Twisted Throttle Canada.


Battle Rally TR8

I swapped out her old rubber for a D606 rear and an IRC TR8 front tire, and I raised the shifter by 2 teeth on the splined shaft, allowing

for more room to get my toe beneath the shifter while standing on the pegs.

As for my gear, I will be wearing my Arai XD4 helmet, and my Fox Titan Sport Jacket, with my Klim Latitude pants and my brand new Alpinestars Tech 7 boots.

As much as I love the Forma Adventure boots, I thought it prudent to wear something with a little more robust protection, and these Tech 7’s seem to fit the bill perfectly.

I also purchased a SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger as we are required to have one in order to ride the ‘B’ or ‘C’ options and, although rental units were available, I again thought it a prudent purchase considering the style of riding that I like to do, and often do alone.

All of which brings me to being pretty much ready to go. The last thing that I have to go out and find is a good, reliable, rugged motorcycle GPS.

My Nuvi 550 has finally succumbed to the reboot-fail, and none of the internet fixes seem to have worked, so it is time for me to upgrade and get a new unit.

Maybe you can help me with that. What GPS unit do you use? I am thinking of going whole-hog and buying the Zumo 590-LM, but I would really like to hear from you before I do that.

In the meantime, check out the video, and stay tuned . . . it’s gettin’ near ‘GO’ time!


P.S. A big thanks, once again, to the folks at KIMPEX for their sponsorship in the Fundy Adventure Rally.






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I’d recommend a Garmin Montana 6xx. Great routing, free maps available online ability to function like an automotive GPS. RAM has cradles and charging cradles available as well.

Terry Burt

Looking forward to rally as well. Great video if I do say so myself.
See ya there