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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 02-17-2013, 08:52 PM   #76
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The latest:

"First test with the sledge on the polar ice north of Barrow. When I turn de bike the sledge wants to go in a straight line. It resulted in hitting the ice/snow a few times. Thatís why I am going to use a long rope between the R1 and the sledge during the Polar Ice Ride."

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Old 02-17-2013, 11:21 PM   #77
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If it's flat light that the entire time on the ice then it's going to be cake.
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:09 AM   #78
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The latest:

"First test with the sledge on the polar ice north of Barrow. When I turn de bike the sledge wants to go in a straight line. It resulted in hitting the ice/snow a few times. Thatís why I am going to use a long rope between the R1 and the sledge during the Polar Ice Ride."

I'm thinking that the easiest fix would be to put a front steering axle, mounted where the front wheel is, with 2 snowmobile skis
for steering/tracking. Keep the skis set wide to increase stability. Two more skis or, at the least, skegs at the rear of the sledge would add more directional stability. This should increase control of the bike-sledge combination during hard decelerations instead of the current instability due to the sledges lack of direction control.

Just my $.02 thinking out loud.

Best of luck to you Sjaak.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:15 AM   #79
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I'm thinking that the easiest fix would be to put a front steering axle, mounted where the front wheel is, with 2 snowmobile skis
for steering/tracking. Keep the skis set wide to increase stability. Two more skis or, at the least, skegs at the rear of the sledge would add more directional stability. This should increase control of the bike-sledge combination during hard decelerations instead of the current instability due to the sledges lack of direction control.

Just my $.02 thinking out loud.

Best of luck to you Sjaak.

+1 on the skis. And directional capability a must.


Not good:
with a rope, when he hits soft snow or a ridge, or anything that brings his bike to a sudden stop and that sledge with all the momentum of its weight in fuel and supplies is going to hit his bike pretty good.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:13 AM   #80
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Not good:
with a rope, when he hits soft snow or a ridge, or anything that brings his bike to a sudden stop and that sledge with all the momentum of its weight in fuel and supplies is going to hit his bike pretty good.
That's what I am afraid of. It will be getting rear-ended by a runaway sledge. The last thing any of us wants to hear is that he failed due to a vehicle collision in the middle of nowhere. Any injuries out there by himself could lead to an untimely demise. No one wants that to happen.

I hope he takes the time to get this figured out with maximum safety factor. I see a tow rope as an accident waiting to happen. Been there, done that.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:31 AM   #81
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I don't see a tow rope as a good idea. You slow or stop and the sled doesn't???
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:43 PM   #82
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"Today the adventure from the northernmost point of continental USA to the southernmost point started at Point Barrow. To get there I had to adapt the bike and the sledge to the climate and ice conditions. This was only possible thanks to my new friends who live here and who know this environment. Clifford, Nelson, Michael, Jacob, Charles and others, thank you guys! (picture by Michael Donovan)"

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Old 02-19-2013, 06:32 AM   #83
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Video #19 Assembling the Sled in Barrow

We are backing up a bit with videos, as Sjaak reports he will depart today. As you saw in the last post, Sjaak has worked out the sled attachment. Here is assembly of the sled detail.

We have a lot of video to post this week of his testing and retesting progress prior to taking off. A project like this obviously presented some unforeseen issues.As always, Sjaak keeps pushing through. Of course he's received a warm welcome and incredible assistance from the residents of Barrow. Sjaak thanks you all!!!
We'll do our best to keep you posted on his progress on the ice. But we are really looking forward to when he hits land in Canada and can send the video out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veq1a0p5Uyc
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Old 02-19-2013, 01:42 PM   #84
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More delays

-40 F in Barrow! The crankcase blow by directed into the airbox was freezing up the carbs!. So that's been vented 'elsewhere'. But the engine is running too lean. They've found some jets from a Yamaha snowmobile application.

And yes he is going to pull the sled with a rope. 100 ft of rope.

Day after tomorrow is planned departure if the air/fuel ratio is resolved.

The view from the SledCam.


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Old 02-20-2013, 09:53 AM   #85
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Cold Start Test




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Old 02-20-2013, 09:57 AM   #86
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A Night Test of the Sled

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Old 02-20-2013, 03:38 PM   #87
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Go Sjaak!

So this is a silly question, but technically, how does the "Entering Canada from the USA" thing work, doing this?

I mean going into Alaska and coming back into Canada at Hyder, they get extremely persnickety about the border crossing stop. Same with going to Pt. Roberts.

Is there a Port Customs shack in Tuk?


That would be...interesting.

"Hi I'm Sjaak coming from Barrow! I would like to enter Canada, please."


Customs: "Denied Entry."


Sjaak: "But...but..."



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Old 02-21-2013, 06:36 AM   #88
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From Sjaak: "Dear Polar Ice Ride Adventure followers. A few days ago I succeeded in reaching Point Barrow, the northernmost point of continental USA. After having done a few more preparations I will leave Barrow tomorrow 21 February 2013 and head in the direction of Canada. Tests showed that the sledge and what I carry inside is far too heavy. But I have good hope we make it. I just start and see how it goes. Itís good to know that if it really doesnít work I can always get off the ice near Deadhorse, still about 500 km ice riding from here. From there roads lead down to Key West in Florida, the southernmost point of continental USA where my journey will end.
Until I get off the ice you wonít [hear from me]. But the plan is to give daily updates via satellite phone..."
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:13 AM   #89
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After following the videos of the bike build and all of the required work/planning for this adventure, it's awesome to see his excitement at this point. The engine starts at -30 degrees Celsius. Go Sjaak!!!
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:37 AM   #90
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I don't think that I have ever seen any motorcyclist so happy at 30 below zero!

Sjaak is an interesting guy.
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