Barely Alaska Ride - the KLRsys Shakedown Cruise

Discussion in 'Americas' started by vtwinwilly, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. vtwinwilly

    vtwinwilly Adventurer

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    Greetings,

    I've been lurking here on ADVrider since 2006, but just recently started posting.

    Some of you may have read about my old riding buddy (KLRsys) and his "Frankenstein" conversion of KLR's using the motor and other goodies out of a Versys. If not, read all about it here. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=797568

    KLRsys is now working on a 3rd conversion and when complete the shakedown cruise will be significant. We plan to ride from my place in McKinney, TX to Hyder, AK and back. Our departure date is July 13th and we plan to spend 3 weeks on the road. Yes, if you viewed the above link you know KLRsys has a lot of bike building to do, but he assures me he will get-r-done!

    Below is the first draft of our general route. If anyone knows of good sites to see or roads to ride, please jump in with suggestions. None of us has ever ridden in the Pacific Northwest or British Columbia, so we welcome any and all advice.

    ... or if you'd just like to see a twin cylinder KLR, throw a post out here and we'll see if we can meet up. All 3 converted KLRs will be making this journey so it will be a great opportunity to see both Gen I's and a Gen II conversions, and the evolution of each.


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    Thanks much!

    --Willy
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  2. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Sounds like a great trip on an interesting ride!

    Drop me a line if you need a place to crash in Prince George. and I can also help with some off-highway routing from here westward if you're looking to throw in a bit more dirt and gravel.

    Good luck with the trip planning - and the remainder of the bike build!
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  3. KLRsys

    KLRsys Been here awhile

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    Thanks GISdood. We may take you up on the routing help, dirt is good. :D

    And Willy, "Frankenstein" conversion?? I'm gonna put some scars on yours. :lol3
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  4. vtwinwilly

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    GISdood, we might just have to take you up on that offer but right now it's a bit early to say. There are 4 of us... and I snore!:snore You've been warned!

    As KLRsys said, the dirt and gravel info would be good! It's why we ride dual sports... yes?
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  5. vtwinwilly

    vtwinwilly Adventurer

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    Hah! That has more to do with the builder than the bike!:rofl
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  6. thebigman

    thebigman bout a dollar 3.98

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  7. vtwinwilly

    vtwinwilly Adventurer

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    Bump.

    We have received some input and have added Crater Lake NP and Banff NP to the itinerary.

    Also, we are looking for places/roads along our basic route where we can do some off-pavement riding.

    Any and all suggestions are welcome.
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  8. vtwinwilly

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    Thought I'd narrow the scope of my earlier request.

    At the end of Day 4 we'll be at Grand Tetons N.P. I found the attached map that shows the 10 best Scenic Routes in the Northern Rockies. We will be riding some of these, but was really hoping for some good off-pavement routes.

    A little help from someone familiar with the area around Grand Tetons N.P./Yellowstone (Wyoming, Montana, & Idaho), would be invaluable, and greatly appreciated.

    Finding dirt roads isn't the hard part, finding dirt roads with spectacular riding that don't end at a locked gate is.:D


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  9. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    Just got done reading the build thread, looking forward to your RR to Alaska.
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  10. 1upNORTH

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    If your going through Banff then heading south Id recommend taking the Dorrien Smith Spray Trail which is gravel down to Hwy 40. When you join Hwy 40 youll have pavement again until the last 100kms up until the Crowsnest Pass Highway. Then id head into Montana and ride the Road to the Sun Highway.
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  11. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    Judging by your map route, looks like you'll pass through Missoula or near it. If so, I'd be glad to meet and buy you a beer, it would be cool to see the KLRsys in person. Contact info in PM :freaky
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  12. KLRsys

    KLRsys Been here awhile

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    I do believe we're going right through Missoula but I'd have to check with vtwinwilly to be sure. But if we do we'll send you a PM as we get close.
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  13. 3DChief

    3DChief "Moto therapist"

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    I'd be interested seeing the bikes too if you pass through Missoula. I've been following the conversion/build threads and it definitely gets the wheels turning about possible new projects! I have a shop/tools, tire changer, and a place to stay if you need it in Missoula.

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  14. KLRsys

    KLRsys Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the generous offer. We always enjoy meeting like minded folks on our travels, gives us some local perspective of the places we travel through. I will PM you a few days before we get to Missoula or if it works better PM me your email or phone. What ever works best.
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  15. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    Have fun guys. I followed the build and cant wait for the report:clap
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  16. vtwinwilly

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    Now that the latest KLR conversion is complete (it's sitting in my garage), It's time to get back to trip planning.

    I thought I'd start posting the Day-by-Day plan. If anyone sees any "must see's" along the route, just jump in. At this point we're only 5 days from our departure, but I'll be checking the forum while on the road so don't hesitate to throw in a last minute suggestion.

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    The primary purpose of this day is just to get out of Texas. I&#8217;m no weatherman, but I can bet it will be hot. So the goal is to get to higher altitude ASAP where hopefully, it's a little cooler. I wasn&#8217;t looking for any thrills here. It all business!

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    Start/Stop: McKinney to Tucumari, NM
    Distance: 463mi
    In Motion Time: 7hr 14mins

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  17. vtwinwilly

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    The Day2 ride is to get us into the higher elevations and this is where the good riding starts. So here’s what we’ve got. We'll be cutting across Northern New Mexico going through Las Vegas and Taos, NM, crossing over into Colorado just south of Chromo.
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    Start/Stop: Tucumari, NM to Durango, CO<o:p></o:p>
    Distance: 387<o:p></o:p>
    In Motion Time: 7hr 35mins<o:p></o:p>

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  18. vtwinwilly

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    This day will start with a spectacular ride up Colorado’s famous Million Dollar Highway. Something I think we’ll all enjoy. We'll go through Silverton, Quray, and Grand Junction. The day finishes up in Vernal, UT for the night.
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    Start/Stop: Durango, CO to Vernal, UT<o:p></o:p>
    Distance: 310<o:p></o:p>
    In Motion Time: 6hr 58mins
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    Note: The last time I rode this route I got rained on. Don't forget the rainsuit!

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  19. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    Hi Willy,
    Can't wait to read about your ride.

    But if you guys want a route extremely different than what everyone else is doing---you can follow the route I laid out and road 2 years ago.

    On that note----------I had actually put going to alaska out of my mind as I wasn't going to go thru the touristy and very crowded Banff and Jasper area. It's just not my style. And I was "NOT" going to ride the paved Alaska highway.

    Then after years of slowly aquiring route data I came up with something I could live with. You don't have time to ride all of what we did from Texas------but you can short cut whatever you need to.

    Large adventure bikes need not apply.
    We rode on a railroad bed for 2-3 days.

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    The story is here: http://www.bigdogadventures.com/1Alaska.htm


    E-mail me---and I can hook you up with the route.

    bigdogadventures@gmail.com
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  20. vtwinwilly

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    Up until this point we've been pretty much on roads that at least one or two of the guys in our group has ridden before. At least the second half of this day represents new terrain for the entire group. I’m thinking after spending 4 days beating miles out of the asphalt, we’ll be ready to get somewhere and settle in for a couple of nights. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Start/Stop: Vernal, UT to Grand Tetons N.P.<o:p></o:p>
    Distance: 299<o:p></o:p>
    In Motion Time: 5hr 20mins<o:p></o:p>
    Accommodations: Campground<o:p></o:p>
    Note: There are 4 campgrounds available to tent campers. Signal Mountain or Jenny Lake are likely options depending on availability. Jenny Lake CG is very popular and fills quickly.

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