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Jun 22nd 2019, 07:18 PM   #1
 Big Cham's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Bellingham

Hope to Kamloops HWY 1

Quite the scenic route with Motorcycle friendly corners and traffic. Enjoy the Views and study the road on the way down, then play on the way back. My tips for a safe and fun ride.
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Jun 23rd 2019, 02:10 PM   #2
 Brassneck's Avatar
 
  Apr 2016
  Seattle, WA

  '79 XS650; '01 FZ1
I've done that ride a few times. I also like heading from Kamloops over to the Kelowna/Penticton area...really great riding. Additionally, if you happen to be on that side of the mountains...it would be very worthwhile to head over to Nelson and even up to Revelstoke...gorgeous roads, and great little towns along the way.
Jun 23rd 2019, 06:17 PM   #3
 Big Cham's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Bellingham

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Originally Posted by Brassneck
I've done that ride a few times. I also like heading from Kamloops over to the Kelowna/Penticton area...really great riding. Additionally, if you happen to be on that side of the mountains...it would be very worthwhile to head over to Nelson and even up to Revelstoke...gorgeous roads, and great little towns along the way.
This was a test run....to see what Canada was about on a motorcycle. Definitely a lot of beautiful motorcycle roads to explore. Very scenic and plenty of passing lanes, that have signs of when the passing lane is coming and how long the passing lane will be. Definitely explore Canada before Wildfire Season starts up.
I was also surprised how cheap lodging was also.
Jun 23rd 2019, 08:00 PM   #4
 Willow's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  Silverdale, WA

  848evo, DRZ400SM, XR100
Can you give a little more details of your ride?
Where did you start? What was the total route....all the roads traveled? When did this happen? Etc.......

When you open the thumb nails, they are as small as the thumb nail, so really can't see much.........
Jun 23rd 2019, 08:28 PM   #5
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  Apr 2016
  Seattle, WA

  '79 XS650; '01 FZ1
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Originally Posted by Big Cham
This was a test run....to see what Canada was about on a motorcycle. Definitely a lot of beautiful motorcycle roads to explore. Very scenic and plenty of passing lanes, that have signs of when the passing lane is coming and how long the passing lane will be. Definitely explore Canada before Wildfire Season starts up.
I was also surprised how cheap lodging was also.
Canadian-US exchange rate is good for us right now. Also, the lake ferries are free! (some of the routes I've taken required it...and it's a nice surprise to find out they're such a great valule).
Jun 23rd 2019, 08:34 PM   #6
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  Apr 2016
  Seattle, WA

  '79 XS650; '01 FZ1
Oh, and if you ever get pulled over for doing something as silly as speeding on the fine, well maintained highways of British Columbia (which are begging you for a little more throttle on the wide-open sweepers) by the local law enforcement (Mounties?), you can simply pay your fine at the next town's court office. Not that I would promote such behavior...but just in case you needed to know. And I don't believe the infraction crosses over the boarder...at least it didn't for me....I mean, for a friend.
Jun 24th 2019, 04:49 AM   #7
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  Jan 2016
  Moses Lake, WA

  2013 Kawasaki Concours C-14, 2005 ZX-10R Kawasaki (Nekkid), '99 Yamaha TW-200
That is a nice route, have done it or near it a number of times before BC adopted the '40KPH over immediate impound and 1000 dollar fine' rule. Last Canadian speeding ticket I got was 'headed east' out of Hope. I told him, "There's never been any reason" for this...he did not get it.

Thanks for sharing
Jun 24th 2019, 06:28 AM   #8
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  Jan 2016
  Kennewick

  Versys 1000 SE LT+, Ural Patrol and a shit load of BN125
Running North out of Hope is a very fun road. Very little traffic and scenery is great. I did not know about the 40 KPH thingy. Maybe it was a good thing.

Hope is a bit of a craptastic place. Maybe I stayed on the wrong side of town.

Go visit the Hope Slide a few miles East. Pretty incredible.

I went towards Lillooet, then took the Sea to Sky to Pemberton, where I was delayed for 6 hours due to them closing the only North-South highway, with no detours, for an Iron Man. Once they opened the road, we all had to follow the last bicyclist to Whistler. Keep in mind, we had to follow the slowest people in the whole race. they were last for a reason. Took nearly 2 hours to get from Pemberton to Whistler.

I plead with the highway workers and the Mounties to take a flatbed truck, start at the back and collect the slowest ones all the way to Whistler. After all they were not going to win. My pleadings fell on deaf, but polite ears.

Sorry I digressed. Still a sore spot.

The Sea to Sky is a must do road.

I figured the Mounties were tied up with the above mentioned Iron Man and I was correct. Between Lillooet and Pemberton, the road was all mine. If you have a chance, ride it!
Jun 24th 2019, 08:54 AM   #9
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  Apr 2016
  Seattle, WA

  '79 XS650; '01 FZ1
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Originally Posted by ZXtasy
That is a nice route, have done it or near it a number of times before BC adopted the '40KPH over immediate impound and 1000 dollar fine' rule. Last Canadian speeding ticket I got was 'headed east' out of Hope. I told him, "There's never been any reason" for this...he did not get it.

Thanks for sharing
Ouch...good thing to know. It's been over a decade since I last got a ticket in Canada...so perhaps I'm getting wiser in my old age?
Jun 24th 2019, 04:38 PM   #10
 Big Cham's Avatar
 
  Jun 2016
  Bellingham

Quote:
Originally Posted by Willow
Can you give a little more details of your ride?
Where did you start? What was the total route....all the roads traveled? When did this happen? Etc.......

When you open the thumb nails, they are as small as the thumb nail, so really can't see much.........
I will be doing a multi day ride through Canada with the hopes of making it to Glacier National Park in Montana over the 4th of July weekend. Will return with a more detailed route. The last few weeks I was just exploring Canada to see if I can link up some good roads together to Glacier National Park and back. I have a 5 day window to do this. My route isnít ironed out yet so, thanks for all the suggestions and keep them coming.
Jun 24th 2019, 11:30 PM   #11
 
  Oct 2017
  bellingham

  2006 Victory Vegas
Thanks for the good info guys. Have plans to go explore this area in the near future, maybe all the way up to Revelstoke.
Jun 25th 2019, 05:23 AM   #12
bcj
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  Jan 2016
  teh rock

  K1200RS SV650
Waterton Park is the rest of Glacier on the Cdn side of the border. Worth seeing.
There's a very small border crossing on the east side of both parks.
CA 6 and US 17
Jun 25th 2019, 10:15 PM   #13
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  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brassneck
Oh, and if you ever get pulled over for doing something as silly as speeding on the fine, well maintained highways of British Columbia (which are begging you for a little more throttle on the wide-open sweepers) by the local law enforcement (Mounties?), you can simply pay your fine at the next town's court office. Not that I would promote such behavior...but just in case you needed to know. And I don't believe the infraction crosses over the boarder...at least it didn't for me....I mean, for a friend.
FYI, they chased me down via USPS for not paying a toll on a highway up on BC. Fortunately, I did figure they would and had stopped and paid. Unfortunately, I'd put down the wrong license plate number.
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Jun 26th 2019, 06:00 PM   #14
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  Jul 2016
  victoria

If your in the neighbourhood, the Monashee Pass is a must ride. It'll take you from Vernon to Nakusp. I've got a buddy living in the Arrow Lakes area and it's always good times going to visit.
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