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September 16, 2010

The “Labrador Labour of Love” Tour!

From Remote Control to Control Remote by Huggy B

Viewers of A Motorcycle Experience and Yamaha bloggers have spoken. It was time to up the ante! So we’ve manned up! It’s time to tackle North America’s Final Frontier!

What’s the deal? From October 3rd – 7th, the much talked about, 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere will transport me the 1113KM’s from Baie-Comeau, QC to Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL on the legendary Trans-Labrador Highway. The term highway may be a bit of a misnomer here. As a resident of populous Southern Ontario, I tend to think of a highway as a 6-lane, concrete overpass filled, stop-and-go nightmare for my daily commute. To the residents of Labrador though, the Trans-Lab qualifies as a “Highway” because it’s the one and only road that can take you right through the heart of Labrador. Stop and Go or scenic wilderness? The latter works for me!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a challenge without any adversity. Last year’s rules of no money, no food and no accommodations, (yes that means a tent…in Labrador…in October…. What have I got myself into?) are still in effect. Toss in additional factors like nearly 1000KM of dirt roads and hundred’s of KM’s between gas stations and I think we’ve got quite the trek on our hands!

On the heels of this, I phoned Tim Kryski, our district sales manager for Newfoundland and Labrador to get his thoughts. We gabbed for about 20 minutes but only three of his comments really stuck with me after our conversation. They were, “Labrador in October? I can remember 2 years ago when they had 6-inches of snow in the middle of September”. THEN, “I’ve ridden motorcycles all my life and never once had the urge to do that trip” AND FINALLY “I had a person tell me it would have been fun if they didn’t need to have their feet down the whole time.”  (GULP) “Really? Gee Tim, I sincerely appreciate the pep-talk!”

But what is a life half-lived? Let’s cast away the boat lines and get this show started! The tour will start at Baie-Comeau Motorsports on the morning of the 4th. After that, we’ll try and stick to the tentative agenda below. If you live on QC’s HWY 389 or the Trans Lab look for the crew! I will be doing my best to provide updates (as long as wireless internet lets me) as the trip unfolds on the Yamaha Facebook page and Twitter accounts, so if you’re wanting to get all the grisly details be sure to bookmark; www.facebook.com/yamahamotorcanada or follow us on twitter at: YamahaMotorca.

In the meantime, anyone with any tips, preferably those that deal with edible plants, winter camping and how to fight off bears, please be sure to write in!

Monday, October 4

9:00 AM – Baie Comeau Motorsports

12:30 PM – Manic 5 Dam

2:00 PM – Manicougan Reservoir

4:00 PM – Relais Gabriel, QC

Tuesday, October 5

9:00 AM – Gagnon

10:00 AM – 52th Parallel

2:00 PM – Mount Wright

3:15 PM – Enter Labrador!

4:00 PM – Hewlett Minpaco, Labrador City/Wabush, NL

Wednesday, October 6

8:00 AM – Hewlett Minpaco

12:00 PM – Churchill Falls

4:00 PM – Central Labrador Plateau

6:00 PM – Frenchie’s Service Centre, Goose Bay, NL

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6 Responses to “The “Labrador Labour of Love” Tour!”

  1. Chris says:

    I did this trip from Maryland last year on a KLR 650. Manic 5 to Goose Bay in one day. Fill up whenever you see a gas station, and you’ll be fine. The Yamaha dealer in Wabush is awesome – great bunch of guys. Enjoy the fact that black fly season is over. 🙂 I found the trip notes at this link to be very helpful:

    If you have room for a “normal” guy and an extra Tenere, let me know… I’ve got time off, plenty of experience, and a Tenere on order through the PDP program. Nice opportunity to do a comparo with an 800 GS and 1200 ADV too!


  2. Huggy says:

    Thanks for the heads up and the link Chris!! I don’t have an extra Tenere but it’s a lonely road if you want to join in. 1 day is impressive. We’re doing it over 3 days because we have to stop and do all the camera work. I will be sure to stop in…in fact the store might offer me some warmth and dryness!

  3. Ken says:

    I don’t see a better place to bring the Tenere than the TLH this bike will feel home …
    Before startin your journey , you should read this :http://paulmondor.com/site/forum/index.php?topic=23.0 this guy did it in february .

    and this (this is in summer but great pics )http://www.ridaventure.ca/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6550 (french)

  4. Brendan P says:

    I am a huge lover of Yamaha. But I do prefer the snow, I am up in Churchill Falls. Bears won’t be an issue this time of year. But if you see any grouse or porcupine kill it, very good eating. I think it would be just as well for you to go down along the coast of Labrador right o Blanc Sablon. It’s a new highway and about another 850km. Good Luck

  5. Jay says:

    It’s nice that Yamaha Canada is teasing us with this Marketing objective.

    You should take it 1 step further, & inform your dealers when this bike will be made available. I called & talked to 4 different deales in South western Ontario, & the result was 3 different dates ( 2 in 2011 & 1 in 2012) & the 4th did not know. The US dealer that I called knew exactly when the Tenere will hit his loading dock & that is where I will be spending my money.
    National Product Manager
    International Japanese Company

    John Bayliss, please send me an email. Yamaha has a reel winner with the Tenere.I would love to discuss this further.

  6. Danny Brault says:

    Hi Jay,

    The Tenere won’t be in dealer showrooms in Canada until June of 2011. I think the confusion in the other dealer was because the bike was a “2012” model.


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