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Old 05-04-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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Vancouver to Arctic Circle - doable in 9 days??

Thinking of riding (the first week in June) from Vancouver to the A.C. and back in 9 days on my R1150R. Can it be done? Would like to hear from those who done the Dempster on a street bike.

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Old 05-04-2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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It wouldn't be fun

It's 2400 kms. to Whitehorse, one way. There and back in 9 days = +500 kms each day.
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Old 05-04-2013, 10:22 PM   #3
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2400kms - that's crazy man, why they put that town so far away.
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Old 05-04-2013, 11:18 PM   #4
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Take it slow on the Dempster, can get bad quick. Long days, but long sunlight if you don't mind riding all day. A different world. You'll see lots of others on the same path...

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Old 05-07-2013, 01:51 PM   #5
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The Arctic circle is a mite further

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It's 2400 kms. to Whitehorse, one way. There and back in 9 days = +500 kms each day.
keeping in mind that Whitehorse is nowhere near the Arctic circle

Vancouver to Eagle plains is 3258km according to Google maps which is more like 720+ km per day. On the Dempster on street tires you could easily have to take 2 days to get to the circle and back if you run into bad weather. Its 408 each way (from Dawson to Eagle, the circle is another 35km from Eagle) and there is no service. The Corners burned down so you need to go to Dawson for fuel now. Close to 900km return for the Dempster portion.

If you allow for 2 days on the Dempster (and you should) then you are looking at Vancouver to Dawson return in 7 days = 2900km which is 830+ km per day.

Personally it sounds like too much of a push, but I tend to try and plan less miles as I get older.
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:23 PM   #6
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keeping in mind that Whitehorse is nowhere near the Arctic circle
I knew that. Trying to make the point that it is a hell of a long ride just to do Whitehorse and back. He would be better off doing Wash., Idaho and western Montana. Nicer roads, better weather and no bugs.

I really don't know what the obsession is with going to Alaska etc. My Yankee riding buddy is always bugging me to go but I have no desire what so ever to do it. And yes I have been up north. Yellowknife, Mould Bay, Prince Patrick Island. Just not on two wheels or 4.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:03 PM   #7
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Not a problem. You can really eat a lot of miles fast on the lower portion, especially with the long days available in the summer.

You will NOT likely be able to keep that sort of pace up further north, you'll need to ride the conditions you find.
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Old 05-08-2013, 01:44 AM   #8
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Ya if you ride alot. Last june, I took my time going up but not on the way back. I've done an Iron Butt run on every bike I've owned. Since I bought this bike for this trip I figured good time as any. I left Dawson City Saturday morning, drove to arctic circle and was pulling into Vancouver Tuesday night. I was lucky and had perfect weather and was able to drive the Dempster at 110+ kph. It will be the only variable you have no control over. So it is possible to do easily but... best laid plans and all the rest they say. good luck if you try.
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Old 05-08-2013, 11:21 AM   #9
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who needs 9 days?

did edmonton to inuvik in 3.5 days, if you are only going to the AC crossing thats just 1/2 - 1 hr out of Eagle plains.

vcr to watson lake 1 day
watson lake to dawson sity 1 day
dawson city to AC and back to eagle plains 1 day

oh and the f650 had street tires
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....oh and the f650 had street tires
And your ass had callouses
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:25 PM   #11
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Left North Vancouver June 3, 2012 - Day 1 PG (via Duffy Lake), Day 2 Liard River Hotsprings (lunch in FSJ), Day 3 Whitehorse, Day 4 Chicken AK (via Dawson City) - had lunch at the beginning of the Dempster, but we weren't going that way (a friend crashed his KTM 640A on the Dempster a few years ago in mid-June - broke his collar bone and had to ship the bike back from Inuvik). Friday June 8 discovered as we were leaving Whitehorse that all roads heading south were flooded, washed out, etc. Even Haynes Junction flooded, so grabbing the ferry from AK to Rupert wasn't an option either. Long story short, flew home to Vancouver on June 9 and my bike arrived back on July 4 via truck. We figured that we would make it back in 8 days without doing the Dempster and were back in 7 only because we had to fly and ship the bikes later. I think many of us get caught up in trying to get somewhere in a limited time, which can lead to poor choices and very long days in the saddle.
Can you do it? Maybe, but it may not be the most enjoyable week on a bike. YMMV
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:38 AM   #12
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Wow! Thank you all for the info, there have been some very impressive rides North. So it comes down to "do I or don't I, my old bones will decide.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:38 PM   #13
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Nvdlboy?

The portion Van to Whitehorse, would you do that again in 3 days?

I'm hoping to go to Alaska in June, and I was thinking of riding to PR, and taking the ferry. I hate ferries.

I estimated 1 day to PG, but how was the ride between PG and Whitehorse? Don't mean to step on the OP's toes here.

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Old 05-09-2013, 05:01 PM   #14
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did edmonton to inuvik in 3.5 days, if you are only going to the AC crossing thats just 1/2 - 1 hr out of Eagle plains.

vcr to watson lake 1 day
watson lake to dawson sity 1 day
dawson city to AC and back to eagle plains 1 day

oh and the f650 had street tires
Yes, well, there's a lot of Horsemen on that stretch too, here's the official distance 2,005 kms and speed limit time:




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Old 05-09-2013, 06:10 PM   #15
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The portion Van to Whitehorse, would you do that again in 3 days?

I'm hoping to go to Alaska in June, and I was thinking of riding to PR, and taking the ferry. I hate ferries.

I estimated 1 day to PG, but how was the ride between PG and Whitehorse? Don't mean to step on the OP's toes here.

thanks
It was a very long day from PG to Liard River Hotsprings (~ 1200 kms?) we left PG before 8 am and got to LRH around 10 pm. The next day to Whitehorse was only tough in that it was a torrential downpour for about 5 or 6 hours. Would I do it again? Tough call, but by the end of day 2 I'm not sure any of us were making the best or safest riding decisions. We usually try to stick to about 600 kms/day on average, but have sometimes had to push on for 800 to 1000 because we "have" to get somewhere (seems to happen about once/trip).
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