|06-20-2010, 09:44 AM||#1|
Joined: Dec 2008
Location: Chicago, Il
tips for preparing winger for alaska?
hello, and i know i know yet another alaska question,,,argggg.....
So i am in the initial (baby step) stages of thinking about maybe trying to kind of hoping (that enough maybe's for ya ! haha) going from Seattle to Fairbanks (arctic circle) and back. So i figured first off i would ask about any advice other cruiser type bikers would have for preparing my 85 goldwing for this trip. Motor wise i am sound, i am looking more for little things i should think about like headlight guard, or things like that (without breaking the bank of course). I will be riding 2-up. I figure most of the road is not an issue, the two parts i am concerned about are the top of the world highway, and the stint from Fairbanks to the circle and back. How concerned should i be about safety of bike and person.
And second question would be, unfortunately if this is going to happen for me this year, the only time frame i could do it in would be august 28th- sept 12th. Is weather going to hose me that late in the season? And is that enough time to not just get there and back, but maybe actually enjoy a few bits of seeing Alaska?
thanks all for any advice.....
|06-20-2010, 12:50 PM||#2|
Joined: Aug 2006
Location: Hinckley/Wheaton Illinois
there was a ride report awhile back by Sly-on-2 that you should search for and read...he was on a oldwing for a long time touring Alaska.
|06-20-2010, 01:16 PM||#3|
Joined: Sep 2003
Location: Just over the rear wheel
As for Top of the World - looks like it might have some new gravel on it this summer, which could alleviate some of the slickness that happens whenever it rains up there. But again, you will want to be familiar with how your bike handles on gravel.
Best bet would be to head up to Fairbanks first unless rain is being reported there. Between Fairbanks and the Circle only 73 miles is gravel, the rest is paved. You will usually have at least one stretch of the gravel that is being watered and graded. Not fun, but hundreds of motorcycles make it through that stuff every year.
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