Alaska Primer

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Alcan Rider, May 6, 2012.

  1. desertwing

    desertwing n00b

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    Excellent writing in Alaska Primer. Great tips/good humor.....
    Planning 5/2013 departure from the desert.
    You covered "tires", and I understand technique is 98% of gravel/dirt riding, but in looking at one of your pictures, your
    beautiful Goldwing Dual-Sport front tire seems to have a nice, chunky tread design.
    I've been trying to find tires like that, but come up empty.
    Would you pass along any info?
    Thanks, and keep the words and pictures coming!
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  2. Spousal Unit

    Spousal Unit Concubine

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    Hey ALCAN,
    Check your PMs.
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  3. klr650goldwing

    klr650goldwing Adventurer

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    I've been dreaming of a trip to Alaska for too many years. Now, thanks to Jack's photos I gotta do it in 2012.

    I'll be departing MN in early July 2013 riding directly to SW Montana where I'll pick up the CDT and ride it to Canada. At that point I need your help. I'd like to ride trails as much as possible all the way to Alaska. Where can I get maps that show trails/forestry roads etc. Does anyone have off-road route suggestions from Eureka, MT to Alaska.

    A blonde was walking down the side of a small stream in Glacier National Park. She noticed another blonde walking down the other side of the same stream and asked earnestly, hey, how do you get to the other side? The other blonde replied, you are on the other side. One of my favs.

    Greg
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  4. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    Yeah, it was by the dumpster. :deal :lol3

    Wait! Maybe it was in the dumpster. :evil
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  5. 1200gsceej

    1200gsceej Long timer

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    You know, of course, that in the future when brain transplants have been perfected, men's brains will cost more than female brains.
    The reason?
    Female brains are used!
    -ceej
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  6. beamertwin

    beamertwin Paul

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    KHuddy likes my DR so much he even provided a very special parking spot for it up at the dorms in Fairbanks. Did he provide special Geezer parking spots for Jack and his bikes? NO. I think that shows how special my DR and I are.

    When did Jack get handicap licence plates for his bikes?
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  7. Spousal Unit

    Spousal Unit Concubine

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    Actually, garage parking was provided both in Alaska and Montana and it came with baked goods and Fudge.
    Beamertwin you now qualify for special assistance as well, especially if your bike is leaking more oil than the Exxon Valdez. We provided garage privileges just to pacify the EPA!
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  8. beamertwin

    beamertwin Paul

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    Damn gray hair gave me away:lol3
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  9. stevebmw

    stevebmw Adventurer

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    This has been an interesting thread to read. This summer marks the 20th anniversary of my ride from Virginia to the Arctic Circle on an '82 BMW R100RS, hardly an "adventure" bike as is commonly thought today. But I had a great adventure on my trip. Five weeks on the road, passing a black bear plodding along on the northbound side while I was heading south on the Haul Road from the Circle, seeing Denali without cloud cover, what an amazing state!

    I'm thinking of riding back up this summer on my GS, and I found AlcanRider's post so refreshing. I sell BMWs for a living so, if someone wants to buy an Adventure to make that trip, which a number of our customers do, I'm happy to help them. But I'll also tell them they don't need the latest "adventure" machine to go on a trip. I'm very active with Horizons Unlimited (http://www.horizonsunlimited.com), and I know people ride all over and around the world on everything from scooters to sportbikes. The trip and what you bring to it is what matters, not the vehicle.
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  10. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    LOL, HDL thats a great story about

    "she whose name I won’t mention to protect her well-established dignity."


    I don't believe I've heard of anyone taking a pee on a moose before. and living... irritated moose indeed. countless people? stop you're killing me.

    :rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl:rofl
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  11. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    It has been several weeks since I last got myself into serious trouble here on the forum, and the strain of behaving somewhat decorously is taking its toll. The last vestige of self-control, which to now has prevented me from responding to these words, is gone, and respond I must. The statements I am about to post are no doubt comments which will ensure that neither fudge nor cheesecake will be menu choices for me in the foreseeable future. Every cloud has a silver lining, however, and being deprived of those two delights could make it easier to fit into my riding gear next spring.

    Rather than take this thread farther afield than it has already strayed, a new one will be started, aptly entitled “Mindless Drivel”. This should serve to make nuttynu and HayDuchessLives feel right at home should they deign to post in it.
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  12. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    :d
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  13. AK Bob

    AK Bob AKAM

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    Wierd things do happen. Some people live through them and tell about it.

    How many lives you think ou got now..

    WOW

    Since you are female. Can you tell me how the Moose or You felt about it..
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  14. Cubdriver

    Cubdriver Stampede Swimmer

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    Of course there was heavy breathing. You had your britches down. LOL. You weren't anywhere near Glennallen were you? Some old geezers will go to great lengths just for a peek.

    But seriously, that sounds like a pretty close encounter. Probably a moose, 'cause all the bears ought to be hibernating. BUT they ( the bears) will often burrow in the root structure of a tree. Close call. Glad you are OK. DICK
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  15. AlaskaSolstice

    AlaskaSolstice Alaskan Adventurer

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    My son and I wore neoprene chest waders when we crossed Jim Creek on our KLR's. Haven't ever worn them on the road though.

    Gary

    don't know how to add a video, but here's a link:

    Jim Creek Crossing
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  16. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric

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    Seems like a good idea to bump this back to the top given the usual questions that arise. Not that we don't mind answering 'em again, 'cause we don't.
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  17. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    Alcan Rider hands down some valuable information, I have been going over that road since 1950 and he' got it locked down for giving good practical advise from bears to bikes . Go for it !!!!!
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  18. KHuddy

    KHuddy Big Sky Country

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    And just where the heck is ALCAN Rider?

    BOLO.........
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  19. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Be careful wearing chest waders. Fall off bike, fill up waders, get weighted down and swept away. I'd rather get wet and suck it up a little.
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  20. ak bike

    ak bike Been here awhile

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    yep, going to alaska. read on.!!
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