Hey all. I'd thought I would share some of the adventures that Gregg (a fellow inmate) and I had on our brief (but awesome) trip to Alaska. I've already written quite a few posts on my personal blog so if you're impatient feel free to skip ahead. -- This post came from <a target="_blank" href="http://bit.ly/15ZpyDW">here.</a> -- Background: Due to the nature of Gregg's job we only had 3 weeks to complete our ride. We started from San Francisco and rode all the way up into Alaska. We did some "basic" planning (how to get there and how to get back) but that was it! By the end we rode about 7081 miles. (and on the same Tourances we started on as well) The bikes: Both Gregg and I both own the BMW R1150GS (both 2000 model year). I was apprehensive about upgrading from a 2002 F650GS at first because of the [/B]size but was soon convinced after purchasing that it was one of the best decisions I made for this trip. The 1150GS is meant for long haul trips over gravel, dirt and, of course, pavement. The model year design was moderately simplistic compared to some of the newer bikes. (2002-2004 versions have servo brakes which are known to cause problems, etc.) One of the main benefits of owning the same bike is that we have the same gas mileage and the fact that we can easily carry one set of emergency replacement parts should we need them. <center> <a data-lightbox='lightbox' target="_blank" href='http://www.jaredwolff.com/img/originals/planning-the-great-alaskan-journey/bmw-1150gs-top-of-the-world.png' title='BMW 1150GS Top Of The World'> <img alt='BMW 1150GS Top Of The World' src='http://www.jaredwolff.com/img/generated/planning-the-great-alaskan-journey/bmw-1150gs-top-of-the-world-400x299-700f18.png' /> </a> </center> <h3 id='moto_maintenance'>Moto Maintenance</h3> <center> <a data-lightbox='lightbox' target="_blank" href='http://www.jaredwolff.com/img/originals/planning-the-great-alaskan-journey/motoshop-logo.png' title='Bay Area Moto Shop Logo'> <img alt='Bay Area Moto Shop Logo' src='http://www.jaredwolff.com/img/generated/planning-the-great-alaskan-journey/motoshop-logo-186x110-ba11a4.png' /> </a> </center> We did all our prep work at Moto Shop. Run by our friends Wilder and Aleks, <a target="_blank" href='http://www.bayareamotoshop.com'>Moto Shop</a> enables local bay area motorcyclists to come in an wrench on their bikes. Whether it’s to do a oil change or change a clutch you can do everything here (for a price of course). Feel free to check out their website to reserve a station or more info. Make sure you tell them I sent you! Some of the maintenance we did included:<ul> <li>Full tire changes (Metzler Tourances)</li> <li>Oil Change</li> <li>Valve Adjustment/Check</li> <li>Air filter change</li> <li>Brake fluid flush</li> <li>Clutch fluid flush</li> </ul> We've generally always done maintenance on our own bikes. Unfortunately there isn't much space out here to wrench so this gives us an excuse to get away from the girls for the weekend. <h3 id='packing_list'>Packing List</h3> I’ve included a detailed list items that we packed. I’ll go into detail later about what pieces of equipment became invaluable and what items we could have done without. <a target="_blank" href='http://www.jaredwolff.com/assets/JandG-Alaska-Packing-List.pdf'>JandG Alaska Packing List</a> We ended up splitting the items between our bikes in this way: <h4 id='jareds_bike'>Jared’s bike:</h4><ul> <li>Clothing and toiletries in the right pannier</li> <li>Tools, octane booster, straps, alcohol fuel, etc. left pannier</li> <li>Books and food in top case</li> <li>Extra oil and tire repair kit in “hidden” compartment underneath top case</li> </ul> <h4 id='greggs_bike'>Gregg’s bike:</h4><ul> <li>All camping items in the black Wolfman bag</li> <li>Greggs clothing in the Wolfman bag as well</li> <li>The tent and sleeping pads in the orange dry bag</li> <li>Stove and wind break in left pannier</li> <li>Go pro gear in the right pannier</li> </ul> The Ferry Lastly (but not least) we debated whether we wanted to take the ferry up, back or both ways. We ended up on settling to take it back from Haines. (Now having done it was the definitely the best plan.) As stated in an earlier post we both spent $815 dollars. It was a bit pricey but overall worth the trip (especially the fact that you’re plopped in the middle of Alaskan wilderness for 4 days on a boat!). I’ll discuss more about the Alaska Marine Highway later on. <center> <a data-lightbox='lightbox' target="_blank" href='http://www.jaredwolff.com/img/originals/planning-the-great-alaskan-journey/alaska-marine-highway-mv-columbia.png' title='Alaska Marine Highway - M/V Columbia'> <img alt='Alaska Marine Highway - M/V Columbia' src='http://www.jaredwolff.com/img/generated/planning-the-great-alaskan-journey/alaska-marine-highway-mv-columbia-400x146-648c7d.png' /> </a> </center> -- Anyway, I hope you guys enjoy!