Alaska July 2016 - Planning, Prepping, Psyching

Discussion in 'Americas' started by -Chris-, Oct 4, 2015.

  1. fastestfreddie

    fastestfreddie BMW GSA

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    Glad youre not badly hurt. Surely will feel worst tomorrow. Dont ask how I know!
  2. FLARider1

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    6 days!!!!!!!!!! :happay:pynd:beer
  3. California Clint

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  4. svahadean

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    :ear @ California Clint: what'chu tawk'n 'bout?
  5. California Clint

    California Clint n00b

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    image.jpeg Hey, I'm ready to head up to Alaska any day now from just north of the Los Angeles area and looking for a riding buddy. Getting a few more items for my trip and preping my residence for vacancy. I have a 2014 GS 1200 outfitted for off road and camping. I have 50 years riding experience and about 40 years camping. Going solo if I can't find a partner. It's always been more fun to fly with a wingman :)
    Let me know soon.
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  6. slothy

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    4 more days before I head out and it feels like I need a trailer with all the crap I feel I need to bring with camping lol. Just need to pack clothes and load up the gps with my stops. I'll knock those out the night before I leave.

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  7. California Clint

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    Very cool. I'm sure you are excited. Where are you coming from and what are you riding? I am very close to being able to leave. Fender extentions and spare fuel containers being shipped. Let me know if you want to ride up if the timing works out?
    Clint
  8. slothy

    slothy Adventurer

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    Leaving from auburn hills mi, '11 bmw r1200rt.

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  9. California Clint

    California Clint n00b

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    I also have a 2016 brand new RT1200. I know it would be the better choice for most of the highway riding, but it is much too pretty to load up with camping gear and ride on the Alaskan dirt roads.
  10. Gvrider

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    6 days to go! Got all my shit laid out. Most fit in the panniers. All the heavy stuff low, sleeping Bag and tent on top of cases. Small bag for the changes of clothes on the pillion seat. This will be a long week waiting to leave Nor cal.

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  11. Rustypig

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    I plan on leaving Coeur d' Alene on 14 July and have to be back the 10th of Aug. Going solo on my 09 KLR with an open mind. I'm throwing a leg over that thing and pointing it North. Got Ideas of what I'd like to see (Hyder, Valdez, Whittier, Homer, Fairbanks, Chicken) but I'll see where the end of each day leaves me and go from there. I plan to camp as much as possible too. Hopefully I'll hookup with other riders on the way. If you're headed up around then give me a shout.
  12. theshnizzle

    theshnizzle Long timer

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    Holy fack that's a lot of stuff. Take half and then if you haven't touched anything in a week ship it home. You would be surprised to find out how little you actually need and still have a comfortable trip. When I get back from a trip I go through my stuff and see how much use EVERYTHING got and how can I make as many items as possible multi purpose.

    The bike is lighter, its a streamlined process to unpack and pack at campsites and less possibility of losing or leaving stuff behind. You will feel liberated, believe me.
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  13. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    Here's my bike packed for 3 weeks to Alaska with camping gear (Ortlieb Duffel), clothes and everything else I need to bring in the tent or motel room in left pannier and tools, tire pump, portable jump starter and chain maintence items in exhaust side pannier.

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  14. -Chris-

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    Very clean setup. I only have the 8" Jesse's so I can't quite fit everything in there. So I carry a duffel and their small topcase.

    Where is your extra fuel? Or do you plan to go without? What bike jump starter do you have?
  15. California Clint

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    I dont know how big your tank is but it would be a good idea to carry back up fuel. When are you planning on heading out? I'm planning my escape route up thru AZ. and Utah. I've got aprox. 3 weeks planned as well.
  16. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    I plan to buy (2) 1 gallon gas cans at Lowes in Fairbanks for the Haul Road. I have a 1 gal Rotopax here, but it still wouldn't be enough to get me to Prudoe so I'm leaving it home. This is the portable jumpstarter I keep on the bike. http://www.walmart.com/ip/46528407?...0503288&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=128646997728&veh=sem

    Funny thing is I use it more to jump our 6 cyl truck than any motorcycles. It's cheap and if it gives me issues, there's a walmart in almost every town.
  17. California Clint

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    Hikertrash,
    I have never of anyone needing a jump starter on this trip. A mini compressor for flat tires maybe. Getting lots of good info from experienced Prudhoe Bay travelers. Don't forget toilet paper either :)
  18. -Chris-

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    Ive needed a jump starter several times in my life haha. I will look into that. If you see a stranded Tiger 800 with a dead battery on the haul road, please stop and give him a jump start. :D
  19. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    Will do. After being stranded for 3 hours with a bad battery on a 1 year old BMW 1200GSA, I never leave home without a jumpstarter. I have them in all our vehicles along with tire plugs and air pump.
  20. California Clint

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    Dat's a serious pile of $hit!
    I think they call that a blivit.
    2lbs of $hit in a 1lb bag.