Friday, April 26, 2019

Avoid Saskbattery.com for Yuasa Batteries.

I just bought a Yuasa YT7B-BS for my DRZ, and ordered from saskbattery.com as I've ordered from them before and they have had the cheapest prices.

Every time I ordered a Yuasa before, it came uncharged with the acid separate; which is great because that way you know it wasn't sitting.

This battery came in a generic box, stuffed with newspaper, and pre-charged. I complained to saskbattery and yuasa as it appears refurbished to me, and I have no idea how long it has been charged and sitting.

They claim they repackage batteries to avoid theft -- so I had to ask, why not just put the factory box in a slightly larger generic box so you can still maintain the new-in-box integrity of the item? Crickets...

Anyway, just a short rant to state I will be avoiding saskbattery.com and sticking with a more reputable dealer.



Update, May 9 2019:

The only resolution to this problem that was offered was that saskbattery.com said I could return this for a full refund but the shipping would be on me. I disagree with this solution. I ordered a new battery, I did not order the wrong item and did not change my mind. Why should I be penalized (paying the cost of the return shipping) for a mistake that was not mine?

Since Saskbattery would not help me, I turned to Paypal. Paypal's resolution was exactly the same. Send it back on my dime, get a full refund. Still unacceptable. I tried escalating the case but it was denied and closed. So I have closed my Paypal account.

Finally, I phone Costco Capital One Mastercard to see if they could help. Because Saskbattery.com is offering a full refund, nothing they can do either.

So the end result is that I got shafted with a used or refurbished battery with no recourse other than paying to ship it back. This taught me an important lesson about buying locally if possible so you can see before you buy, otherwise only shop with companies who have decent return policies like Costco or Amazon.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Winter Riding!

The Lake of Bays ATV club recently announced that they have groomed ATV trails available for winter riding, and since I happen to be a Lake of Bays/Hatva permit holder at least until May 2019, I decided to try it out.

 The ride there was almost eventful... there is a layer of ice in the back of my truck so my ATV rides higher than normal. The roads that google maps lead me down were rougher than normal and I took them a bit aggressively so my ATV got some bounce.

As a result, I came very close to breaking my rear window... the hook from my winch bounced around more than usual and ended up denting my cab about an inch below the window. Lucky. So I rode the trails, and groomed winter trails are fast. No rocks sticking out, no mud holes, I made great time.


There were a few open water spots due to running water, these are the only pictures I took:



However a problem came up a few minutes after these pictures were taken.

I had pulled over on the side of the trail to check my GPS. I'm not sure why I pulled over, since I didn't see anyone else out riding so there was no one to block, however out of habit I pulled to the side. And got stuck.

No worries, or so I thought, I have a winch. Frozen solid. Could not even move the clutch to release the line. Pressing the button did nothing, I would have burnt it out.

So I carry a shovel, and tried to dig myself out. Pointless, my skid plate was on the snow, and the snow was hard packed. I would have been there hours digging.

I also carry 100' feet of rope and a rope puller (like a come-along, but it feeds rope through). So using that I pulled my ATV around from the back and with tension on the line was able to back out of the hole I was in and keep moving.

It was a bit of a scary situation though... more than 20km from my truck or any civilization, no one riding the trails, alone, in the winter. I'm going to have to be more careful under circumstances like these; I could have been stranded. It all worked out though, and was a great day of winter riding.

Monday, September 17, 2018

West Side of Algonquin

I had big plans today to run a lot of the trails on the West side of Algonquin Park.
Unfortunately, I didn't realize how large that area is, and I was only able to complete 1/2 of it.

A big part of the reason for that is that the trail 101, which is the most Southern part of my track, was extremely difficult. I managed to get stuck twice, and broke my skid plate on a rock on the downside of a very steep hill.

Nice views though. Very hilly, very rocky. Excellent riding. But four hours later and I was beat.






Friday, August 31, 2018

Salmon Lake Road ATVing

I went for a 36km ride leaving from Salmon Lake Road, up near Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

GPX File: https://www.wikiloc.com/atv-trails/salmon-lake-road-28159111







Friday, August 24, 2018

Riding near Honey Harbour

Introduced the wife to ATVing today and took her to a hydro cut trail I know:







Thursday, August 16, 2018

North of Capreol

I still have some time off, so Jacob and I decided to head North to run some logging roads and ATV trails.

Due to massive forest fires in Ontario's mid-north, there remains open fire bans along vast stretches of land. Due to this ban, we decided not to camp and just get a hotel room.

I discovered a great option up in Sudbury. One of the colleges rents out their residences as hotel rooms during the summer season when student occupancy is low. Since these are residences, each unit has two separate bed rooms with block walls between as well as a large fridge and kitchenette. It is definitely the ideal way of sharing a room with someone; you don't hear them at all so you can have a peaceful sleep.

So we arrived on Tuesday afternoon, checked into the residence and went for a ride. We rode about 30km along the Trans-Canada rail trail that starts in Capreol until this rotting bridge:


On our way back to Capreol we started exploring some side trails along side this river. That's when Jacob's very worn and loose chain managed to wind itself up the back side of the front sprocket and get jammed between the sprocket and the swing arm.

We tried everything to beat that chain out, but it was stuck. Broke my truck's tire iron trying to pry it out.

We spent all Wednesday morning trying to find a shop that could help us. Only one guy looked at it, said he'd have to cut the chain, but they were too busy so we'd have to leave it for a couple days.

The Yamaha dealership redirected us to a Husky shop... not sure why unjamming a chain and installing a new one requires a brand specific shop, but okay, we'll try there... except they are a Husky chainsaw shop. Not bikes.

So after driving all around Sudbury visiting about six different shops we finally met Wes at Northstar Recreation who right away had the chain cut off and a new one installed, only charged 1/2 hour labour plus the cost of a chain which was needed anyway, and our riding trip was saved.

Cheers Wes , if you visit this forum, and for those adventurers out there who need help in Sudbury, make Northstar your stop.

Finally on early Wednesday afternoon we got to the riding we had planned on.
We left Capreol and found our way to Portelance Road, which is a somewhat rough, but very scenic gravel road that meanders it's way around hills and follows the Wanapitei river for some time. Eventually we turned off and made our way to the border of Lady Evelyn Smoothwater Provincial Park, where there is a trail leading towards Ishpatina Ridge -- Ontario's highest peak. The bridge is out at the Sturgeon River though, and not wanting to get wet boots we turned back.

I managed to find a very narrow ATV trail that lead us back to Portelance Road, and then explored a couple more logging roads heading West. Finally, with fuel running low we made our way South on a hydro cut ATV trail that brought us nearly all the way back to Capreol. I had a black bear cub run across the path in front of me to climb a pine tree beside the trail. I also saw a lot of moose tracks in the mud. This route was around 166km, so if you try to follow it make sure you have the range as there is no fuel and very few people to help you in that area North of Capreol.

Route:  https://www.wikiloc.com/trail-bike-trails/wanapitei-river-to-lady-evelyn-smoothwater-pp-27658934







On day three we planned on checking out Camp Bison, an abandoned prison facility near Burwash, Ontario, but it appears the new owner of this property really doesn't want anyone trespassing there.

The path that lead to the facility has been torn up, the new path is well gated and there are no trespassing signs everywhere. We quickly decided to abandon that plan and came home. I suggest if anyone is going to try to visit Camp Bison, don't bother, it would be a tough and illegal venture at this point.





Thursday, August 9, 2018

ATVing near Baysville

Since I have a HATVA yearly pass I need to make use of I brought the ATV up to Baysville to do some riding.

It started as a great day, but later heavy rain came which soaked me and I ended up breaking a floor board on a stump. It is not too badly broken though, and I still had fun.

Link to route GPX file for download: https://www.wikiloc.com/atv-trails/baysville-area-atv-ride-27466592