Alaska June 2013

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Loro17, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. FastHotWheels

    FastHotWheels Chris Dempsey

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    I think the load is deceiving, at first I was like WOW, but looking closer, only one set of side bags for two bikes, and like you say if you pull the sleeping bags and tires off theirs not much else left!

    I see lots of people bringing tires with them? I don't get it, I'm sure its just me

    how long will you be on the road, I leave about 8 days later from Livermore CA

  2. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    We are taking the tires because i dont know when our current tires will get toasted. Its going to be a pain in the ass to have them on there, but it will save a couple miles on the new tires that we will mount somewhere in Canada.

    We will also get dirt aggressive tires in anchorage from Alaska Leather.

    Also some bring them because tires are expensive up there. Shipping is expensive up there.
  3. Moto Mikey

    Moto Mikey Been here awhile

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    I'll be leaving from Anchorage on August 5th and riding to Montana to ride part of the CDT before riding to New York and then Florida. Maybe I'll see you along the way :norton
  4. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Y'all be prepared for lots of construction through Canada. Just got back home from a little ride across the South 48. Must be all that new oil revenue paying for B.C. to repair their infrastructure. In all my years of traveling up and down the Alcan and Cassiar, I have never, ever had to wait for pilot cars for so long, in so many places.

    And gravel for miles. For those on dualsports or used to riding on gravel, it won't be a problem - except for the dust. But I spotted a large number of cruiser-style bikes whose riders will not be pleased. At on spot in the Yukon I had to almost come to a stop when following a truck as there was no wind, not even a slight breeze, and the dust was so thick you couldn't see more than 20' in front of you.

    The whoops in the road (nature's speed bumps :lol3) north of Burwash Landing in the Yukon are more numerous than ever, and the patches on the potholes are worse than the potholes.

    But keep the complaints to yourself. If my overloaded Concours sport-tourer can make it, your "adventure" bike should make it enjoyable. :rofl
  5. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    I bet taking the Concours on that route is an adventure in itself. Next thing you'll hear is how a goldwing faired on a trip like this :rofl
  6. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    Oh... my Gold Wing has made that trip several times as well. Including back when there was some really serious roadbuilding going on. But then, when you have a GL1800 dualsport, anything is easy. :lol3
  7. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    I think the word you are looking for is "duel sport" :D
  8. FastHotWheels

    FastHotWheels Chris Dempsey

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    About 10 Days left before the Ride to Alaska
    I have some updates to the Blog, Including

    Budget Top Box
    Shake Down (Pre-Trip Ride)

    http://ridealaskasolo.blogspot.com/

    I’m so excited to get out on the road , hope to see some of you out there!
  9. sarathmenon

    sarathmenon Armchair Adventurer

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    I was in the same dilemma as you about the top case, and finally picked up a Shad 42 litre case.

    My reasoning was that there are going to be bumpy roads along the way, and having a stable top case is a must. Shad seems to be a decent name contributing parts to a few OEMS (I know that the seat on my F800GS was made by them). Plus, you don't want to have the top case break out on you in the middle of nowhere.

    But with that kind of a tribal case, you should look into buying a KLR. You're already halfway there :D
  10. mtncrawler

    mtncrawler Long timer

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    A little under 2 weeks for me....:clap

    Interesting top case discussion. I normally carry all in 1 Helen2Wheels roll top duffels - with my panniers - but thought adding a top case would give me a bump in weatherproof, quick access (thinking rain gear, electronic stuff...etc) storage. I installed a 26L Caribou (seahorse) but am still on the fence about keeping it or adding a second H2W duffel (I've done this before...it's just not as quick access)..

    More experimentation this weekend!

    I do run the small TT tankbag, buts a non issue ride/space wise for me.
  11. norcal1

    norcal1 Cameron Park, CA.

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    15 Days and 19 Hours, but who's counting.:clap
  12. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Four of us on the way. First night in St Joseph Missouri, tomorrow night in Lusk Wyoming. Hope to be in Deadhorse by the 28h..
    I'm hoping the clear skies stay around for a while.
    Just checked the weather. I guess it's raining in Fairbanks.
  13. Philander

    Philander Someday...

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    Leaving tomorrow morning. I am supposed to link up with my brother in Edmonton, but his brigade just got deployed to Calgary to help with the massive flooding there. The downtown core is under water...:eek1

    We'll see if he is done by the time I get out there on Friday. I may very well end up doing the Dempster solo.
  14. renogeorge

    renogeorge Let's ride!!

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    We leave from Reno 7/5. Headed through Vancouver, Whistler, Prince George and up the Cassiar/37.

    Any issues with flooding/road closures?

    Thanks
  15. FastHotWheels

    FastHotWheels Chris Dempsey

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    The Shad top-case looks like a cost effective option, I think I will like the easy access to the gear in the top case, but I think I will take the hose to my case today to see how water tight it proves to be. Love the Tribal comment, I was worried I would be headed down that path..... I don't see myself back on a KLR anytime soon, but I do love to see them out there, the more tribal the better!

  16. enumclaw

    enumclaw I just....don't know

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    Left home yesterday, lounging in Whistler overnight. Heading out toward Lillooet soon. On the road!













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  17. Philander

    Philander Someday...

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    Having a really well made Black and Tan and some scotch eggs in lovely Marquette, MI
  18. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    We got rerouted trying to get on ice fields parkway. West of Calgary. Too many roads flooded.
    Trying o route north and still get to Dawson Creek tomorrow.
    I was warned. Ha
  19. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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  20. mtncrawler

    mtncrawler Long timer

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    So are you headed due north to Edmonton then? Keep us posted (if you have time) - my route plans changed and headed straight up through Calgary/Edmonton/GP next Wed...

    I know you're on a short timeline - hope it works out for you!

    EDIT: Just saw your Spot...up 22. GL in the re-route. I was thinking about that as an alternative to the highway between Cal/Edm.

    Mike