This will be an ongoing process as I go through my photos and videos...
June 10th through June 30th I spent traveling over 4,000mi from my home in Arlington, WA to Alaska, Yukon, and British Columbia. I had always wanted to go to AK, but never really had the time to make it happen. I was getting old, 25. I though I better go before I croak. It was the ride of a lifetime.. I stayed at a great lodge with the wife on a mountain pass, camped at beautiful lakes and campgrounds, saw moose, caribou, bears, sheep.. Stayed with some really great people near Denali who took me dirt biking up in the tundra, got to go whitewater rafting for free through Denali park, Flyfishing, rode the Denali highway, Top of the World highway, ran the Dust2Dawson poker run, went to Summerstroke concert in Whitehorse, rode the Cassiar highway in the sunshine to Hyder, AK, and made some good friends along the way.. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Here's a few sneaker shots
Anyway... I was planning to take the XR250R, but I stumbled across a 2003 XR650L for $500. Perfect. I really wanted an XRR, but I couldn't pass this deal up :ride:
It had been sitting for a few years.. had a bad CS, owner thought the shaft was bad, he never bothered to pull it off to see :smirk:. So I cleaned her up and added some goodies to her.....
Giant Loop Coyote saddle bag
XRR headlight, HID retrofit
LED tail light
Supersprox, XRR CS, and X-ring chain, 15/46
Clarke 4.7G tank
Dirt-bike-gear fender bag for tools/AC
12V accessory plugs for gear/heated coat
Cigg lighter plug behind headlight for chargers
Bridgestone UHD tubes F/R
Dual rimlocks F/R
Cheng shin C858 tires I got for $50
- Gear review after trip -
Most everything worked great for the trip. I packed about the right amount of gear and tools. The Giant Loop Coyote was probably the best addition to the bike for the trip. I have no idea how I would have got everything on the bike without it. I am NOT a fan of hard bags at all, so this or Wolfman was my option. I am glad I went with GL. It stayed secure the whole trip, kept my gear safe and secure, and held up to a lot of abuse, save for one plastic cinch clip during the last few days.
The Cheng Shin tires were garbage. The rear wore out ridiculously fast, although I tend to have a heavy right hand and rode with a ton of weight on it. It was down to 1/8" of tread by D2D, only 1/2 way through the trip. Next time I will probably go with Pirelli MT16, Artrax, or Haidenau (sp?). Not one flat.
The final windscreen I added on was a lifesaver. Riding the rain on the highway was made much more comfortable, not to mention crap that hit the screen like bugs and rocks. I made sure it was removable for dirt biking. The dry bags for my gear strapped to the GL was essential. SeattleSports brand is a must
Here she is all loaded up
I was ready to roll. Well... I needed a lot of gear to camp off this bike for three weeks over 4,000mi.