Alaska: 2 Cylinders to Alaska...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ParaMud, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. caliwagon

    caliwagon n00b

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    Looks like a blast!
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  2. chokozip

    chokozip Been here awhile

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    Loving the report guys!
    I just wanted to make a small note for you on that spare tire you have there.The Z6 is a great tire for single or two up.There really is no ware bars on it so you will need to go with milage.I get a steady 8k out of a rear on my ST1300 which is comparable to your bike.I run a mix of single and two up.At 8k start looking for a new one.When you hit 8300 or so cords are in your future.

    Keep the reports comming:)

    Sean
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  3. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Nice report, as others have said the clutch job was impressive!
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  4. spencergt66

    spencergt66 Been here awhile

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    I wonder what the people at the parts store were thinking when they saw a bike in a million pieces... lol
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  5. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Day 19

    So today we do the Denali Highway. About 150 miles of gravel road.

    Since I am so tall, and Natalie is so short, she can't see over me.

    This is her solution

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    1in Thick repair manual from replacing the clutch

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    Sweatshirt for comfort

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    Alaskan butt pad over it.

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    First part of the denali is paved.

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    Then it goes to a washboard with gravel road. It would be easy if we had a bike with suspension. This bikes suspension isnt the best.

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    Take a rest break and mess with the camera.

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    Gracious House for lunch

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    Not much around other than this.

    So then we ride down the road some and I feel a big shifting in the rear of the bike. I slam on the brakes and find out that the saddle bag is gone!

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    I send Natalie to pick up the saddlebag (oops)

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    Now this is where I get in a bit of a bad mood. I would never take plastic saddlebags unless I had a backup plan. On the KLRs we had the rear trunk. If that breaks then it is easy to just buy a bag and strap it down. It is a bit harder to fix plastic.

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    Basically tried to tie it and it wasnt really working out. So it was kinda tied on and I yelled at natalie to just hold it up a bit. Well, this is on the side of her bad shoulder........ she was pissed.

    So we did that for 50 miles on an extremely bumpy road.

    We did see Mt. McKinley.

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    But we were both in bad moods and didnt enjoy it.

    So we finish the denali highway. Personally, I read that it was one of the most scenic roads in America.......bleh.... It was nice, just not THAT nice. Much nicer stuff in Colorado, other parts of Alaska, and everywhere else.


    Before we started the Denali highway, we met Steve. We ended up at the same gas station at the end and he helped me brain storm a fix for the saddlebags.

    Found a local tire repair guy and borrowed a drill. 4 holes and zip ties. I ended up getting bigger zip ties from a hardware store in fairbanks.

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    Fix worked great the rest of the trip.

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    Here is Steve. We were trying to persuade him to go river rafting with us the next day! We also shared a campsite.

    Miles: 170

    Day 20

    So we get up and head over to river rafting.

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    See a moose on the way.

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    We got steve to go! He was nervous. They put you in a dry suit that works great.

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    Im the front right, Natalie is behind me, and steve is in back. It was a blast! 2 hours and we almost fell off a couple times.

    We then eat at the Salmon Bake and head up to fairbanks. We get a motel in fairbanks to patch my leaking mattress. We also change out the front tire.

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    Miles: 150
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  6. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Day 21

    Fairbanks to Coldfoot

    Now we start the 800 miles of dirt road. Some of it is getting paved so it will become less and less dirt.

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    We stop and put rain gear on. By stopping the rain passed over in front of us so there was no need for it.

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    We follow the pipeline all the way north

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    We cross the Yukon River

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    Finger mountain

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    Made it to the arctic circle!

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    We make it to coldfoot and there is a giant truck there.

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    We go to the visitors center there and watch a presentation on owls.

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    Camp just north of coldfoot. Tons of bugs.

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    Miles: 280


    Day 22

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    We go back into coldfoot in the morning and gas up. We also fill 2 gatoraid bottles for extra gas. We have to go 240 miles. The bike should be able to make it so the bottles are just for backup.

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    Good paved road right outside town.

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    This day was my favorite part of the trip. The most beautiful.

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    Going up Atigun pass.

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    Then you reach the north slope.

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    Dirt :(


    Then when we get close to the arctic ocean, the road gets slippery. Wasnt an issue because of the dirt stuff we did before. I dont mind the bike wiggling around.

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    Saw a heard of muskox

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    Just outside of deadhorse are some caribou.

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    So we get into town and look for the building the tour is in for the next day. We find out where to camp.

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    Natalie is frozen. This is her frozen walk.

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    We set up camp and another couple in a van. The owner of the van is Bob Munden. He is a Iron butt rider who came up a couple years ago and now decide to take his wife up in a van.

    They gave us wine and hot chocolate and made us super comfortable. We were warm and then ran over to our tent and managed to sleep pretty damn comfortably.

    Miles: 260
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  7. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    What date did you make it to Deadhorse?
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  8. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Got there on the 25th, left on the 26th of July
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  9. BigChris99

    BigChris99 Been here awhile

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    Because we can, have to, and have places to be. I ride mine all the time at 70ish. No problem. Have a nice winter.
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  10. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I am guessing now is probably too late to head up there?
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  11. DrydenRider

    DrydenRider Sun Seeker

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    Sleep with one eye open sir.
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  12. RydinFool

    RydinFool Adventurer

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    Paramud, if you and Natalie don't turn this into a book, well.....

    Honestly, I have always admired Airborne troops, when I was in 7th grade at Fort Benning my school was next to your jump towers. We would spend recess and lunch watching guys get hung up in the dam things. Your adventures on this trip and your approach to dealing with them is classic Airborne. Just get the job done.

    However, you take a back seat to Natalie. Looking at your early picks I thought she was a very nice umbrella girl. But she is tough as nails.

    Many cheers for your past adventures and prayers for your future ones.

    Thank you for your Service

    Semper Fi
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  13. Fat Toney

    Fat Toney Long timer

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    It's fine at 70mph...down hill at 100 can get a little sketchy...
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  14. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Day 23

    So we wake up and go on an arctic ocean tour. Due to "security" concerns they do not allow you to drive out to the ocean because it goes through oil company land. The tour was very informative.

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    We see the national forest. It is so far north that no trees can grow.

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    Oil wells.

    So we get to the arctic ocean.

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    These 2 guys are pedal biking from the arctic ocean to the antarctic over 15 months.

    So Natalie and I go in. I roll up my pants above my knees and we go in.


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    SUPRISE!!!!

    I propose. Surprise has been accomplished.


    She said YES!

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    I celebrate.

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    Its hard to hide a ring on one bike. I put it in the glovebox of the bike (on the front left of the fairing). During the clutch change she actually took the box out but didnt realize what it was. The tour guide said we were the first to do it.

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    We continue the tour a bit happier.

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    The caribou that we saw yesterday moved into town.

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    We go to pack up the tent, turn around and see this guy looking at me.

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    We head back to coldfoot and it rains most of the way. We actually didnt get off the bike for 240 miles of dirt. We just stopped twice and stretched without getting off the bike. The rain will do that to you.

    Its pretty crazy going 70 in the dirt, in the rain.

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    Arrive safely in coldfoot and have some beers.

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    We found out they have free camping in coldfoot and sled dogs!

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    Miles: 240
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  15. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    Holy cow, guys! Congrats! :D:D
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  16. FREDO RIDER

    FREDO RIDER I'm enjoying the route !

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    Congratulation !!!!!
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  17. zoid

    zoid Dirty Old Hippie

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    Congratulations!!! Many happy years and safe journeys! :freaky
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  18. LandRover

    LandRover Road Warrior

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    :rofl :rofl Didn't see that one coming! Congrats!!! :clap :clap
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  19. Rich B

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    Congratulations! :clap Been following your story, nice surprise. :D
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  20. HairBear

    HairBear I'm a Grandpa

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    A great report & a proposal story you will get to tell over & over!!!!