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Old 02-21-2014, 09:25 AM   #1
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New York to Inuvik to Deadhorse, August 2014

Hello all. This coming August a fellow inmate, ducatijay, and I will be leaving from New York, just north of NYC to Inuvik, NW then to Mount McKinley, Fairbanks and up to Deadhorse, then back to NY.

Me on the left, ducatijay on the right (ignore the guy in the middle, he gave up motorcycles....)


We both will be riding KTM 990 Adventures, so we should be well suited for the ride.


We both cannot get too much time off of work (3 weeks) so we plan on trailering up to somewhere in Canada so we can knock out 3000 miles in a few days both going there and back, allowing for more leisurely pace when on the bikes.

I would love some suggestions on where to stop for some epic food, or some general hints from those who have taken the trip.

I can't wait, less then 6 months to go...



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Old 02-21-2014, 10:33 AM   #2
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Sounds like an awesome ride but I think you are going to be crunched for time. Good luck and have fun. Subscribed.
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Old 02-21-2014, 11:07 AM   #3
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I think you are going to be crunched for time.
I think you are right, but I have to try. so the plan is do go to Inuvik first, as that seems to be a better road from an adv standpoint. 600 miles of dirt one way? sign me up! after we get back from Inuvik, we will head towards fairbanks and evaluate our time distance schedule from there.
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:04 PM   #4
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:13 PM   #5
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Old 02-21-2014, 01:25 PM   #6
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August trip is a vague time frame. That far north you wanna "be there" in Aug. By Sept the weather can instantly get very ugly for motorcycles.
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August trip is a vague time frame. That far north you wanna "be there" in Aug. By Sept the weather can instantly get very ugly for motorcycles.

we're looking for ugly weather.
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August trip is a vague time frame. That far north you wanna "be there" in Aug. By Sept the weather can instantly get very ugly for motorcycles.
by September we will be home... Leaving August 1st from NY, if all goes as planned, be back in NY by August 23rd, sometime in the evening.

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we're looking for ugly weather.
yes, we would like weather to match the riders... we are going to have knobs, so if it is raining and nasty, we will be ok.
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okie, looks like version 1 will be:

Whitehorse to Inuvik to Dawson to Tok (via Top of the world highway, 9) to Denali Highway going west to Fairbanks to Deadhorse to Fairbanks then back to Whitehorse.



not sure why google maps won't let me map route 9 (top of the world highway) from dawson going west, so i picked eagle since it is roughly the same mileage.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:28 PM   #10
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While not a show stopper it can chew up your time.....be aware that the Dempster can be closed for a day or two if it gets heavy rains and August is the wettest month. Also you need to go into Dawson City for fuel and it is 420 km to Eagle Plains for next fuel. Good luck to you.

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While not a show stopper it can chew up your time.....be aware that the Dempster can be closed for a day or two if it gets heavy rains and August is the wettest month.
when you say it is closed, they just put up a sign? can we still venture past? i am a fairly accomplished rider and enjoy what many consider "harsh" conditions. we will have knobs along with extra fresh knobs and enough spares/tools for a majority of possible failures.

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A metal pole gate is chained across the road. You may be able to go around or under. Chances are the ferries may also be down if the road is closed. Check the Yukon/ North west Territories transportation websites for location and ferry times. It may then depend where you are as to how far you can go. Don't worry. You will know if the road is going to be closed by the condition. If you are riding heavy rain for half a day it goes from choking dust on hard pack to goose shit. Pull over and stop and duck behind your windscreen to protect your visor. You will be splattered by anything you meet. All this just adds to the challenge and the fun. Go for it.

PS the Nova Inn is a reasonable layover frequented by ADV riders. The Territorial campsite just before you get into town is fine as well and has free (with a site) showers. There is a bike wash at the Esso in town and do use it to get the corrosive calcium chloride washed off. Fuel last summer was $1.89 litre -- about $7.15 usg

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Old 02-23-2014, 01:55 PM   #13
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I keed I keed!

It can make sense if you are doing a multirider trip.
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Old 02-23-2014, 02:00 PM   #14
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i wish i could ride the whole way, but it will eat up too much time. to get to the alaska border, it would take up 2/3 the alotted time. when i retire in another 20 something years, i will ride the distance...
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:23 PM   #15
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I rode from Michigan, just south of Detroit to Alaska and back in 29 days covering 10,500 miles in that time. I rode to Deadhorse, but not Inuvik. There was a forest fire burning near the Dempster highway so I passed on going up. If this helps at all, here's what I found. The Klondike highway from Whitehorse to Dawson is rather boring compared to the other scenery that I saw on the trip. The Top of the World highway is a good ride. Remember the border there is closed I think after 8 or 9 at night. Check in Dawson for the border hours. I did the ride up to Deadhorse in two days and back down in one. If I had to do it again, I would take an extra day going back down. I was beat after riding from Deadhorse to Fairbanks in one day. It took me 15 hours, mostly because I was stopping to enjoy the mountains and I was riding with 3 other people along the way back to Coldfoot. It took me 8 days to get to Fairbanks from Michigan. I spent about 12 days in Alaska which was all too short. I made it to Dawson Creek in 4 hard long days of riding covering about 2,300 miles and went up the Alaska highway from there. I slowed down a bit once I got there since I wanted to enjoy it. I can honestly say the best mountain scenery for me was returning home on highway 93 the icefields parkway from Jasper to Banff. Have fun! Fred.
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