2014 Alcan5000 announced

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Pantah, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    I don't think hp has a lot to do with winning. I also wouldn't buy a bike just for this race but thats me.

    I've ridden a 650 gs and it's not me. Way different feel from a 990.

    The gs would probably make the most sense as a daily driver and are very reliable. Fortunately I have never bought a bike using common sense as the primary motivation. The bikes I enjoy the most are the inverse of that statement:deal
  2. Stinky151

    Stinky151 Been here awhile

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    I have to be honest that my KLR isn't exactly a plain old 650. It's no 990, but I thinks it's gonna get the job done for me.
  3. B1KSOLO

    B1KSOLO Been here awhile

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    Honestly, I will time keep this ride but I'm doing this ride solely for enjoyment, I don't really care where I finish:freaky
  4. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

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    To me the event was so unique that I was compelled to buy a motorcycle specifically for it, but would also serve my dreams of riding the long trail.

    I read about 2006 Alcan5000 first in 2004 when I found this site. I entered the event just before Xmas. Then I went bike shopping. By February I had a 2004 leftover KTM 950 in my barn with all the goodies required for time keeping and travel.

    I must say, that was the best motorcycle purchase ever for me, and I pretty much used it up. I just sold it last summer. That bike took me all over the continent many many times, including two Alcan5000s and four MotoGP's. 1000's of miles of dirt roads in the high deserts around four corners and similar paths in the northern plains. Northern Maine timber lands too.

    I would have bought another, but much of the riding I do today has more technical sections and I needed I bike I could pick up out of the mud easier. So I have 300lb motorcycles now.
  5. guymanbro

    guymanbro da Vermonster

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    Get the bike you want to own and set it up for the needs of the Alcan. I haven't done an Alcan since they first had a moto category in 2002. I rode a KLR and it did fine, though I was riding closer to redline than my twin-cylinder mounted competitors. Unless they've made it drastically harder in the moto class than it was in 2002, you'll be fine on either the GS or the KTM, so go with your gut.
  6. barnyard

    barnyard Verbal tactician Super Moderator

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    DataDaddy did the Alcan 5000 on his KLR in 2006 (I think), he did a bunch of riding that summer and wrote a fantastic ride report. I thought he finished fairly well and also thought his report included links to other Alcan ride reports. His was one of the ride reports that sucked me into Adv back in the day.

    For those that are looking for an ICO enduro computer, check out other small bike forums (KTMtalk for ex.). The ICO is used to run woods enduros by lots of guys and I have seen them used on the classifieds in the $100 range.

    Good luck to to all the participants, I'll be reading your updates and all that stuff.
  7. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    So not only is the ICO checkmate no longer in production, all they now sell is the rally VRL and its only available to "overseas customers". Any other suggestions?
  8. leeo45

    leeo45 Longtime Lurker

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    Rally Management Services has most anything you need in stock and can get the rest.

    ICO Rallye VRL Light - http://www.rallymanagementservices.com/collections/universal/products/ico-rallye-vr-light

    Tripmaster XL - for those of us with aging eyes, or for good visibility at high speed :eek1
    http://www.rallymanagementservices.com/collections/universal/products/tripmaster-xl

    MX1West also sells the ICO VRL. http://www.mx1west.com/ico-racing-rallye-computer.aspx

    Both are great companies, run by knowledgable people.

    Used Checkmates also come up for sale fairly frequently on eBay now that most enduros don't require timekeeping.
  9. ironmtnracing

    ironmtnracing MotoQuest Seattle

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    Well....it's official. Now I just have to break it to the wife :wink:

    The route is going to be so much better than what we rode in 2010, hitting all the good stuff that was unavailable to us last time due to fires.

    Really looking forward to the Cassiar, Canol and Top of the World.

    We've got to watch out for Kathryn as she's a pro rally navigator and has the TSD thing wired.

    Riding again with Pantah will certainly be a highlight.

    Guess I better dig out the rally gear and try to remember how the damm computer works.
  10. Stinky151

    Stinky151 Been here awhile

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    So for my budget, another $300 for an ICO is going to be rough....

    Are there any other trips to the navigation and time I can practice with out the expensive equipment? I run a Vapor trail tech computer.

    I even got bold and set up a Facebook page as I get ready

    www.facebook.com/sealsandsons

    I know it's corny, but lets my boys feel like they are part of it, and pays homage to my dad who got me riding motorcycles. Don't laugh too hard when you look at it.
  11. Wild Man

    Wild Man Escape Artist

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    Wow!

    No new posts since last year? Regardless, I'm in, paid, and spending the last few weeks getting the bike sorted while juggling work and other demands that never go away.

    I've enviously watched others enjoy this rally for the past two summer iterations (2006 & 2010), with every initial intention of participating, but then letting life/work demands stomp all over my plans. :becca

    Not this time! :ricky

    See you guys and gals in Seattle this August and looking forward to the rally.

    Safe inbound travels to all.
  12. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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    Yup. Bike is getting close. It's turned into a pretty significant project as the family is flying into anchorage after the rally, RV rental on the kenai for a week, then the girls fly home and the 13 year old rides home with me.

    Trying to figure out the game, it's totally new to me...

    SA
  13. Stinky151

    Stinky151 Been here awhile

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    Unfortunatley my unexpected departure from the Air Force forced me to withdraw. I built a beast of a bike for it too.....
  14. AceRph

    AceRph Affluenza Free! Administrator

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    By the time I figured out that I would be available, it was too late.

    Have fun fellas. It's a really fun event.
  15. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    I had my 690 ready to go and trashed a rocker arm...:kboom

    So, now I'm trying to get the new 1190 ready... $$$$
    UPS is a daily visitor....:eek1 $$
  16. ct_rider

    ct_rider Adventurer

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    Just about finished with the bike (950SE) prep which is good because my bike ships next week! Really looking forward to the event.
  17. Pantah

    Pantah Red Sox Nation

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    Yeah, I had a change of plans too :cry. My son has had good success at the ISDE qualifier using my ICO, though. I think he likes the time keeping aspect of enduro's. I'm riding out of AZ these days. Nice country out there. Spending some of Sep and all of Oct. Then prolly mid-Jan through May.
  18. steved57

    steved57 Been here awhile

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    Been meaning to give you a shout and see how you are liking the 1190

    Good luck to you and Scott ! We will be watching and cheering for you guys
  19. SKINNY

    SKINNY Been here awhile

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    Hey Steve

    So far the 1190 is doing great...
    I've put about 700 pavement miles on it .
    As you well know, other than oilfield lease roads, there ain't much dirt to ride in west Texas.
    Scott and I are getting together next week to sort thru the tools and spare parts we're taking.
    Won't be long till we're standing knee deep in moose turds...:rofl
  20. ironmtnracing

    ironmtnracing MotoQuest Seattle

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    Bummed I won't get to see ya Pantah.

    Going to be a great route this year.

    See everyone is a few weeks.

    I'll make the same offer I did in 2010, anyone needing shop space prior to the event please feel free to reach out.

    Cheers,

    John