Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > North America
North America Topics specific to Canada and USA/Alaska only.
Photo by Josephine Flohr, Elephant at Camp, Namibia

I haven't been everywhere...
but it's on my list!


Photo by Josephine Flohr,
Elephant at Camp, Namibia



Like Tree5Likes
  • 2 Post By Island Hopper
  • 1 Post By Riq
  • 1 Post By docsherlock
  • 1 Post By RNS1948

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 7 Nov 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 38
riding to calgary in december

hey,

i am currently looking into options to ship / airfreight my bike from somewhere around mexico, the US or canada back to mainland europe.

so far calgary was my best bet (got a hard-to-beat quote to fly my bike back to europe)

thing is, i'll ship out of there mid december - which i think may not be the wisest time to ride in canada - friends already advised me against it.

any other tips to get to calgary safely ? my first approach would be to just ride up to vancouver and then cross to calgary - but roads may be closed.

basically any route recommendation up from san franciso would be appreciated. the shorter the better - it'll be nothing more than a race up to calgary as i'm running out of money ...

thanks !
martin
__________________
hit the road jack! tr15a
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 9 Nov 2015
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NorthVancouver Island
Posts: 137
Mid December is pretty risky, perhaps you can ride the coast to Vancouver and then watch the weather forecast and try to pick a travel window... So far this fall the weather trend has been pretty normal for Western Canada with snow starting to show at elevation... This is not so good when you have a series of mountain ranges to cross to get to your destination... Another option would be that once your in Vancouver try to find somebody headed east in a pickup who could load your bike in the back, maybe sharing fuel costs for payment...

Having snow riding experience helps... I do lot of winter riding and have been caught more than a few times having to ride in nasty weather..



Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 9 Nov 2015
Riq Riq is offline
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 246
Go East

I will add my advice to not try to ride on the Canadian highways into Calgary in December. If you do insist on trying I would advise crossing the mountains as far south as possible. maybe coming up through Arizona, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. There will be more snow on the western side of the mountains.


This doesn't mean that you won't hit snow and quite possibly -10 to -20 degree temperatures at elevation.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 9 Nov 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 38
nice bike man !

i love snow, wouldn't mind riding it either, just hate when it comes to ice. and well, it's risky ... and cold ...

think i'll stick to everybody's advice and try something else. thanks a lot for the replies !
__________________
hit the road jack! tr15a
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 20 Nov 2015
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: montana usa
Posts: 547
Hello from montana just south of calgary on I-15. It is winter here, snow ice etc. There are mountain passes if you head west to east that are seriously bad. That is not to say that occasionally their aren't nice rideable days but you can't count on them.

For what it's worth i once got stopped by snow in the states and had to get back to work. I ended up going from car lot to car lot looking at their "back row". The cars pushed in the back that were too ugly or didn't run too good. I made a deal on a mazda hatchback and by taking some parts off I managed to stuff my 650 yamaha in the back and taped up the hatchback to seal out the cold. Just a thought but if you have to get thru, a quick drive up interstate 15 and even if you had to leave the car in montana and make it the last 200 miles into canada it might work. You can sleep in a car in the winter and might even be able to resale it for some cash. Pickups are expensive and rentals are expensive but a standard crappy looking car can be cheap. For reference see "worlds fastest indian".

ON a even farther out note if I had more time than money I would home build a sidecar from the junk rear end of a bike and some square tubing or angle iron. I have ridden home built sidecars up north to the arctic circle crossing on the dempster highway and also almost to Guadalajara in mexico. [url=http://www.moto406.com]MOTO406
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 20 Nov 2015
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: BC, sometimes
Posts: 578
Man, don't try this.

Options:

rent a u-haul one way from Vancouver and put your bike the back
ship from west coast somewhere
stay a few months longer.

It ain't worth dyin' for.

Quote:
Originally Posted by lmapii View Post
hey,

i am currently looking into options to ship / airfreight my bike from somewhere around mexico, the US or canada back to mainland europe.

so far calgary was my best bet (got a hard-to-beat quote to fly my bike back to europe)

thing is, i'll ship out of there mid december - which i think may not be the wisest time to ride in canada - friends already advised me against it.

any other tips to get to calgary safely ? my first approach would be to just ride up to vancouver and then cross to calgary - but roads may be closed.

basically any route recommendation up from san franciso would be appreciated. the shorter the better - it'll be nothing more than a race up to calgary as i'm running out of money ...

thanks !
martin
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 20 Nov 2015
Gipper's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Saltspring Island,Canada/Poole,UK
Posts: 1,081
Yeah we just had between 1 - 2 feet of snow in the Bow Valley - just West of Calgary, Calgary has a few inches of snow on the ground currently, its not too cold at the moment, about -10 to -15 C, but generally mid December is when the temperature plummets, temperatures of around -40C / -40F are not unusual.

Rent a U Haul as mentioned or try to line up a ride East to Calgary for you and the bike.
__________________
Cheers
Grif

'11 KTM 450 EXC
'09 Suzuki DR650
'00 Discovery Series 2 V8
'95 Defender 90 300 Tdi Overlander
http://gipperstravels.blogspot.ca
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 20 Nov 2015
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: UK
Posts: 4,343
Brings back memories

Quote:
Originally Posted by Riq View Post
I will add my advice to not try to ride on the Canadian highways into Calgary
Which reminds me of passing that way years ago.
The letter P in the sign "You are now entering Roger's Pass" had been crossed out by someone.

Is that sign still there?
__________________
Dave
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 29 Nov 2015
Contributing Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Surrey BC. Canada
Posts: 56
Riding to Calgary in Dec.

I'm heading to Calgary on Dec. 20. Could easily tow my ATV trailer with your bike on it.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 2 Dec 2015
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 38
aw that would have been great ! i'm here in L.A. struggling with US customs (opened another thread for that) to ship my bike out of here. read it to late ...
__________________
hit the road jack! tr15a
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Riding through China. I did it my way, without a guide. Mika Kuhn June 2015 mika Ride Tales 44 13 Apr 2020 18:41
Thoughts On Riding In The Rain deelip The HUBB PUB 36 26 Jul 2015 14:08
To Central America Tom Udulutch Ride Tales 1 5 Feb 2013 18:34
Riding gear for December in Costa Rica / Nicaragua? cb160racer Central America and Mexico 10 16 Oct 2012 02:54
Best weather for 100 days of riding S.America? srileo SOUTH AMERICA 5 4 Sep 2012 09:04

 
 

Announcements

Thinking about traveling? Not sure about the whole thing? Watch the HU Achievable Dream Video Trailers and then get ALL the information you need to get inspired and learn how to travel anywhere in the world!

Have YOU ever wondered who has ridden around the world? We did too - and now here's the list of Circumnavigators!
Check it out now
, and add your information if we didn't find you.

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.

2024:

2025:

  • Queensland is back! Date TBC - May?

Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details

 
World's most listened to Adventure Motorbike Show!
Check the RAW segments; Grant, your HU host is on every month!
Episodes below to listen to while you, err, pretend to do something or other...

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

"Ultimate global guide for red-blooded bikers planning overseas exploration. Covers choice & preparation of best bike, shipping overseas, baggage design, riding techniques, travel health, visas, documentation, safety and useful addresses." Recommended. (Grant)



Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines into a single integrated program the best evacuation and rescue with the premier travel insurance coverages designed for adventurers.

Led by special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliated physicians, paramedics and other travel experts, Ripcord is perfect for adventure seekers, climbers, skiers, sports enthusiasts, hunters, international travelers, humanitarian efforts, expeditions and more.

Ripcord travel protection is now available for ALL nationalities, and travel is covered on motorcycles of all sizes!


 

What others say about HU...

"This site is the BIBLE for international bike travelers." Greg, Australia

"Thank you! The web site, The travels, The insight, The inspiration, Everything, just thanks." Colin, UK

"My friend and I are planning a trip from Singapore to England... We found (the HU) site invaluable as an aid to planning and have based a lot of our purchases (bikes, riding gear, etc.) on what we have learned from this site." Phil, Australia

"I for one always had an adventurous spirit, but you and Susan lit the fire for my trip and I'll be forever grateful for what you two do to inspire others to just do it." Brent, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the (video) series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring!" Jennifer, Canada

"Your worldwide organisation and events are the Go To places to for all serious touring and aspiring touring bikers." Trevor, South Africa

"This is the answer to all my questions." Haydn, Australia

"Keep going the excellent work you are doing for Horizons Unlimited - I love it!" Thomas, Germany

Lots more comments here!



Five books by Graham Field!

Diaries of a compulsive traveller
by Graham Field
Book, eBook, Audiobook

"A compelling, honest, inspiring and entertaining writing style with a built-in feel-good factor" Get them NOW from the authors' website and Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk.



Back Road Map Books and Backroad GPS Maps for all of Canada - a must have!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80G/S.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events all over the world with the help of volunteers; we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, or ask questions on the HUBB. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:53.