25th Wedding Anniversary - Ride to Alaska!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by XPLORZ, Jun 29, 2009.

  1. KTM Mike

    KTM Mike Been here awhile

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    Wow - fantastic ride report!

    28 years ago, my wife Sheila and I got married right after high school graduation and started traveling on a motorcycle for cheap transportation while in college. Many bikes and miles since then we got away from street riding about 6 years ago.

    We are planning to get back on the road, and have been considering various bikes - mostly sport tourers like we logged so many miles on the in past. Recently we started thinking of an "adventure" bike as one option. I think I just made up my mind! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Mike
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  2. GB

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    What a great way to celebrate your union :clap Congrats and thank you for the awesome ride, report and pics!
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  3. Jedediah

    Jedediah Been here awhile

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    XPLORZ,

    Great ride report. Looks like you two had a nice relaxing ride. Great narative and cool pics.

    Question for ya: How did your ADV boxes work for you? I see so many riders with the Jessies and wonder if I should have gone that route. I see your better half has Jessie. Any thoughts?

    Thanks for posting.

    Jed.
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  4. XPLORZ

    XPLORZ Been here awhile

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    The BMW ADV boxes rock! I got them, with the 'buying a new bike discount" for less than the price of the Jessie's. They stayed completely dry the whole trip, despite some torrential downpours. The Jessie's on my wife's bike did leak some, but not enough to cause a problem. I love the less than 5 seconds to mount/dis-mount the ADV bags from the bike simply using the key without even opening the pannier. The whole system is very well engineered.

    However, I do believe the Jessie's are one of THE best choices for the F800GS/F650GS due to the huge capacity while still having the narrowest width.

    For OUR needs, I still think I outfitted each bike with best system available for it at the time.
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  5. Moto One

    Moto One Been here awhile

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    Thanks for taking us along...

    It was a nice trip back up memory lane, having ridden up, and yes been one of those Cruz in Ship types (wondering around Skagway). Had lunch in a locals place on a back street in Skagway, and my wife was asking question about how do the locals deal with the tourist, and then apologizing for asking dumb questions. Our host said no you did ask dumb questions, dumb questions are: What elevation are we at? How come they only cut down the trees off the tops of the mountains? Yep curse ship people: They are the reason that I get to live here (summers) but this will be my first full year this year, was her reply.

    Thanks again.

    Mark.
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  6. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Great ride report.

    Great Pics.

    Thanks for all the Totem shots. :thumb

    So, what do you have planned for your 50th? :ear


    RIDE RIDE RIDE

    Simeon
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  7. oldbeatupguy

    oldbeatupguy Been here awhile

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    Congratulations on the 25th anniversery :beer and for finding an adventurous bride!

    It'll be 30 years for us in June and we've been talking about doing the Alaska trip 2 up on my V-Strom. The ferry trip looks great too!
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  8. seniorasi

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    Too bad the photos all went away in this ride report. Sounds like an awesome ride!
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