2018 Deadhorse and Inuvik Going For A Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Gordon, May 19, 2018.

  1. Gordon

    Gordon MC Rider

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    Leaving June 3, 2018 headed to Bellingham, Wa. Ferry Ride to Haines Alaska. Haines Juunction for a nights rest. Then to Fairbanks, Alaska hopefully a nights rest wake up to good weather and head up the Dalton to Deadhorse. Take the Arctic Ocean Tour head back down the Dalton. Make my way over to the Dempster and ride on up to Inuvik. First part of the ride may seem a bit rushed. I made reservations Ferry Ride, Hotel in Haines Junction and the Hotel in Fairbanks. However time isn't really a factor. I plan on getting this ride completed and in the Bucket from the Bucket List in 2018. My ride is my 2016 Africa Twin with a few modifications after some equipment failures on my last time up with my wife Toni as the passenger. Toni can't make the trip this year. I will miss her, best MC riding companion ever. She has not enough vacation time to come along. I said I think I am going back up to Alaska in 2018. Toni says you better go get it done. You aren't getting any younger you know. I turn 65 this June. So the planning started. Now here we are 14 days away from this new adventure.
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  2. Gordon

    Gordon MC Rider

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    My windshield Brace or Bracket or whatever it is broke on my last ride to Alaska. So to get it welded or replace it. I chose to have it welded because Camel Adv. makes a really nice Brace to strengthen the Honda Bracket which I installed as well. I like to have my GPS mounted up above my instrument panel. Easier to see as I am aging and need me some readers to see things up close. The distance is perfect for my eyes to focus on. So up there is where it goes. Not sure what I will do if my eyes continue to worsen. So far they have stayed fairly constant as far as vision goes for about the past 11 yrs. P2200321.JPG
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  3. Gordon

    Gordon MC Rider

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    Here is the bracket welded and painted. P2200323.JPG
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  4. Gordon

    Gordon MC Rider

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    I am running a MITAS E-07 DAKAR on the rear and a MEFO EXPLORER on the front of the bike. Last year I had a Heideenau K60 SCOUT on the rear and it did this. With only about 1200 miles on it. So I went with the MITAS for this ride. IMG_1197.JPG
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  5. Gordon

    Gordon MC Rider

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    So here is the bike almost completely loaded for the road. Only thing missing is my Karen Bag which I will carry on the Passenger Seat. P5190345.JPG
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  6. Gordon

    Gordon MC Rider

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    I added the Two Gallon Roto Pax this year going to need more fuel to get where I am heading. I also added Hepco Becker Handle Bar Guards as an added protection. This motorcycle has a tendency to fall over every now and then. Once in a parking lot because of a miss communication with Toni she had to Pee so I can understand her being in a hurry and also being deaf at the time. The other time a strong cross wind blew it over at a gas station. I turned around to get the gas nozzle and over she went. I thought to myself how cool is that. Picked her up dusted her off and away we went. The handle bar guards seem to be a very sturdy unit and an easy install. They look like they will serve the intended purpose. P5190349.JPG
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    I changed out the luggage rack for an Alt Rider Rack pre drilled for the Roto Pax. Also an easy install a nice rack as well. The Camel Brace is very nicely designed and another easy install. P5190350.JPG
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  8. Gordon

    Gordon MC Rider

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    I keep my chain and sprocket as clean and lubed as I possibly can. This how they look prior to me leaving. They won't look much different on the ride as I clean and oil them daily sometimes twice daily. P5190346.JPG
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    I spooned the Mitas and the Mefo on after spooning the old tires off. The Mitas had very stiff sidewalls lubed the rim and tire up real good and it wasn't a real problem. The Mefo went on in about 10 minutes. I did not balance either tire and they seemed fine at 80 mph and everywhere in between. Here is a photo of the Mefo. P5190348.JPG
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    Here is a photo of the Mitas. They both appear to be very good and well constructed tires. I will let everyone here know how they each perform. P5190353.JPG
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  11. Gordon

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    My old Tourmaster Riding Gear wore out last year. I got got in a downpour and thunderstorm on the ride home last year. It hailed and the temperatures got close to freezing. I got soaked to the bone and thought I was going to freeze to death. I purchased an AeroStich Roadcrafter two piece riding suit. Best darn riding gear I have ever worn highly recommended. Great people to work with as well I have nothing but good things to say about them and their gear. I also purchased a Gerbing Heated Jacket Liner the one with the sleeves along with a pair of Gerbing Heated Gloves. Seems I don't handle the cold as well as I used to when I was younger. Any how all of this new equipment seems to be top notch and well worth the investment for long distance motorcycle touring.
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  12. Rapturee2

    Rapturee2 Una Stamus/Thin Blue Line

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    Hey, have a great ride! My Dad lives up in Fairbanks, about 45 years now. My eldest son and i have a trip up there planned for next year, Alaska'19! Tim Tewster2 is also headed up there this year as well as many others i'm sure, maybe you guys will pass each other! Stay safe, enjoy the ride! :{)
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  13. Gordon

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    I also added a set of SealSavers after Alaska in 2017. My fork seals failed after riding on the Denali Highway. The rode conditions were not all that bad however there is a ton of shale which cut the heck out of my tires and the dust which is very fine got under my fork seals and almost immediately caused them to start leaking. No one up in Alaska or Canada had time to repair and replace my fork seals so I rode home with them both leaking. Luckily this caused no damage to the fork internals as this was not covered under warranty. Classified as a wear item Sills Motor Sales in Cleveland Ohio repaired them for me. I also purchased the motorcycle from them good people nice shop mechanics are top notch if you are in the area stop in and see them. Travelers come first and you will not be disappointed. Here is a photo of the SealSavers they look like they should do the job. P5190354.JPG
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    I tried to meet up with Tewster a couple of years ago in Alaska never happened. Maybe this year we can meet up and have a cup of coffee and a slice of pie. Pie for Strength ! Would be nice to set down with him and have a chat for sure. Thanks for the kind words. Keep the shiny side up and them knees in the breeze as that is what keeps us if not young young at heart. Ride Safe.
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  15. boristhebold

    boristhebold Been here awhile

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    In, enjoyed reading your initial preps (especially as I've recently switched from a GSA to an AT)
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    migilito Perpetual NooB

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    Very nice! I like the set-up of your bike. Particularly like the Seal Savers. See you up north-I'll be on a red CB500x w Mosko Moto bags and a Rabbit riding shotgun.
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  17. Gordon

    Gordon MC Rider

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    Welcome aboard I will try to keep up to date and current while traveling. I hope you enjoy my RR. I know you will enjoy your AT you will miss the large gas tank on the GSA. I am certain of both.
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  18. Gordon

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    I will keep on the look out for you. I especially want to meet the Rabbit. Ride Safe and enjoy.
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  19. ridgerunner1061

    ridgerunner1061 Adventurer

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    Deal me in.
    I am making my plans to head up to Alaska May 2019.
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  20. Gordon

    Gordon MC Rider

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    Your going to love Alaska the ride to and from is some of the best motorcycle riding I have ever found. I have ridden to and from Alaska 3 times. Tried the Ferry to Alaska in 2017 to lesson the wear and tear on myself the wife and the equipment. The Ferry is a nice 3 day trip lots to see not much to do. I liked the atmosphere on the boat and you are able to meet many interesting people. This year is my second time on a ferry to Alaska so it will be the second time for riding the entire distance from Alaska back to my home in Ohio. I hope you enjoy my Ride Report. Safe travels and keep them knees in the breeze.
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