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View Results: IS IT POSSIBLE?
Yes, Sjaak will make it to Canada 29 76.32%
No, Sjaak will not make it to Canada 3 7.89%
Maybe. 6 15.79%
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:04 AM   #61
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Polar Bear Proof

See how strong the sled's shell actually is. And then some road miles with the sled in tow. Video #14

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55pR4Z4rOw4
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:17 AM   #62
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The Flight to Alaska "We will succeed!"

The adventure begins! Vid #15 And our first view of the ice at Barrow. Sjaak: "We will succeed!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YL-GESLDTI
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:20 AM   #63
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Uncrating the R1 and Sled in Barrow Ak

From Sjaak overnight:

I have the sledge ready and today did a successful cold start. The way I prepared the bike with the engine preheater works fine. I still have some minor problems to solve but tomorrow I plan the test pull on the ice. If this goes well I will soon be on my way.

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Old 02-12-2013, 11:37 AM   #64
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One very cool pic.

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Old 02-12-2013, 01:49 PM   #65
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One very cool pic.

Thanks for posting! Keep it up.

Here is some more prep in Barrow:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YShTUv4iI68
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:58 AM   #66
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Tire Studs

Sjaak getting ready to roll out on the ice. Video #18

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Old 02-13-2013, 11:56 AM   #67
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Looking forward to seeing how the ice surface is this year

This is going to be something unique for sure.
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Old 02-13-2013, 10:45 PM   #68
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A positive update and new photo:

"Yesterday I got to see the polar ice where I will start the ride. When I got there it was too late to take the wheels of the sledge and try it. Because some very helpful and friendly locals who are helping me had a four wheel drive with them to pull me out if necessary, I went on the ice with the wheels on. The wheels of the sledge where digging in the deep snow and I got stuck a few times. But it went much better than I had hoped. It looks very promising. The R1 had no problems at all riding the terrain. The big wheels rolled strait over it. Today the plan was to tow the sledge to Point Barrow. Due to ice in the fuel system and a coolant leak this it set to tomorrow."

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Old 02-13-2013, 11:01 PM   #69
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Great photo!

A few questions. What happens if he breaks down, what are the plans to rescue him? How's communication between him and "home base"? If there is an encounter with a bear, what are his plans? How's he going to navigate crevasses and cracks?
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Old 02-14-2013, 12:29 AM   #70
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What happens if he breaks down, what are the plans to rescue him? How's communication between him and "home base"? If there is an encounter with a bear, what are his plans? How's he going to navigate crevasses and cracks?
I asked Sjaak what model R1 he prefers and he answered "a '99 or 2000" because he was so familiar with them. I think he's serviced every part of that model bike by himself over they years in different parts of the world.

He plans on sleeping in the tailer. Not sure if it's totally Polar Bear proof but it seems pretty sturdy being made of laminated lexan over an aluminum frame. Sjaak said he planned on talking more with the locals about bears once in Barrow. I'm sure they'll almost all recommend a firearm which is probably kind of out of the question for Sjaak.

Polar Ice doesn't have crevasses like a glacier but because of constant movement there's a real possibility of pressure ridges that cause the ice to bunch up in a jumbled mess. In some places he may have to zig zag around to find a smoother route.

And if worst comes to worst, he has a satellite phone.

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Old 02-14-2013, 05:18 AM   #71
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I asked Sjaak what model R1 he prefers and he answered "a '99 or 2000" because he was so familiar with them. I think he's serviced every part of that model bike by himself over they years in different parts of the world.

He plans on sleeping in the tailer. Not sure if it's totally Polar Bear proof but it seems pretty sturdy being made of laminated lexan over an aluminum frame. Sjaak said he planned on talking more with the locals about bears once in Barrow. I'm sure they'll almost all recommend a firearm which is probably kind of out of the question for Sjaak.

Polar Ice doesn't have crevasses like a glacier but because of constant movement there's a real possibility of pressure ridges that cause the ice to bunch up in a jumbled mess. In some places he may have to zig zag around to find a smoother route.

And if worst comes to worst, he has a satellite phone.

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Check out the video testing the Lexan shell. With the frame and shell a bear isn't getting directly through it IMO,

Can a group of bears wait him out? That'd be my concern.
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:59 AM   #72
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Great photo!

...what are the plans to rescue him?
We dont have any aircraft up there during the winter months and we dont normally fly up there because our fuel will freeze. The ANG might have a plane with those capabilities. If anything , there is an amphibious tracked rescue rig in Barrow.
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Very cool, get it??? I hope things go well for him.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:42 PM   #74
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Old 02-17-2013, 05:01 AM   #75
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Slow getting video up, as we are at the Dealer Expo in Indy. If you are going to the Progressive International Show you have access to the Expo, so stop by the Clymer Manuals booth.

Sjaak should be on the way to Canada. Look for more video next week.

This from Sjaak:

Yesterday I got to see the polar ice where I will start the ride. When I got there it was too late to take the wheels of the sledge and try it. Because some very helpful and friendly locals who are helping me had a four wheel drive with them to pull me out if necessary, I went on the ice with the wheels on. The wheels of the sledge where digging in the deep snow and I got stuck a few times. But it went much better than I had hoped. It looks very promising. The R1 had no problems at all riding the terrain. The big wheels rolled strait over it. Today the plan was to tow the sledge to Point Barrow. Due to ice in the fuel system and a coolant leak this it set to tomorrow.


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