Cali to Prudhoe Bay

Discussion in 'Americas' started by ParaMud, Jul 22, 2012.

  1. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    That's interesting. Didn't think about that. I wouldn't they you need any "special " insurance.

    I'm with progressive. Might give them a call. Cause I have a few rides to Canada this year
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  2. Digasi

    Digasi Been here awhile

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    I don't think it is anything special, probably just some different info required on the insurance and/or they have different levels of which you have to be covered at. I know mine does cover me in Canada, you just have to request a Canadian Insurance Card to be mailed to you. I haven't called about this yet, but figured they would up the coverage where needed for a price and ship the card too me so that I can say I am covered.

    Just wanted to share this needed info. Some might not need to do anything, some might need to do what I need to do, and some might find they need to purchase insurance. Better safe then sorry. :D
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  3. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Insurance will be something that we can do the month before.

    So we are still putting the bikes together. Going on a one night camping trip on friday and both bikes are still apart.

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    Finished the paint job on her bike. It looks good from 4 feet out. Still need to install the happy trails nerf bars and skid plate tonight. Her bike should be finished tonight and I will finish mine tomorrow.
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    She got inspiration for the design from an older klr design
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  4. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    VERY cool paint job!

    I like a unique looking bike. You'll sure be easy to spot.

    See you in Dawson City.

    Mark H.
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  5. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    Nice bikes! Love the "one of a kind bike" .
    I'll keep eyes open when ya head up here
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  6. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Installed the crash bars and skid plate.
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    With her luggage, we will probably also tie down her sleeping bag on top of the bag.
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  7. Digasi

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    What is that grey bag called? Never seen one like that.
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  8. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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  9. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    So this weekend we went on a camping trip. We left friday night and came back sunday.

    We also picked up another person who is interested in doing half the Alaska ride with us and we took him (david) camping with us. He bought a KLR just to go on the ride.

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    He rode to my house and we left. His is the green one.
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    We rode from Orange County down to San Diego County and out towards Anzo-Borrego. We are lunch in Borrego Springs, bought some beer and went to Ocotillo Wells in Anzo-Borrego.

    We went to the Ranger station and got some advice. This is the first time in dirt for both Natalie and David(friend of ours). So we left the Ranger station to look for a good camping spot to unload our gear and go for a small ride. Well the first dirt trail we went down has very, very deep sand. I was struggling so I figured they were both struggling. David did surprisingly well and Natalie was having some issues. She fell once pretty hard. I went to go help her pick the bike up and she was stuck under the bike. (no pics). She kinked her neck a bit so I rode her bike to the closest camp site and she walked there. I walked back to ride my bike back.

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    So I am now thinking "this trip is going to suck". We unloaded the bikes and set up our tents to put out luggage in.

    I decided to go look for trails right after unloading. I managed about 5 minutes of some serious sand action on hills and managed to drop my bike. My shift lever got super bent out of shape and scratched the heck out of my engine case. I luckily brought a spare and managed to change it out.

    We then went on another ride to find some dirt, not sand, trails. After some time we find some decent trails but Natalie isn't having any fun. We decide to call it a night and go get some camp wood and eat dinner. This was our first time using our Dragonfly Stove and pot. We bought some beef kabobs and they turned out great. Beans were good also.

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    Originally this was only going to be an overnight trip, but we decided to stay an extra night to get a full day of riding in.


    DAY 2
    In the morning we cooked up some bacon!

    We decided our plan for the day was to go check out the Salton Sea and do whatever from there.

    We head out on the freeway and hit the first dirt road to the sea.
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    This is the closest we could get and be able to use the kickstand. There werent any rocks around. Dead fish do not make good kickstand anti-sinkers. On that note, it stunk here, I am guesting from the thousands of dead fish.

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    Our plan of action was to try to ride up to the Salton City along the Salton Sea. This lastest for about a mile until we hit way to much mud and sand.

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    Natalie said she was having fun! Up to this point she only dropped her bike once when she go stuck explorer some wooden ruins. She tried to turn around but picked a bad location to turn around at. I rode back and helped her pick up the bike. I tried to do the same turn around and it wasn't possible for me either. I ended up taking an easier way.
    I am glad she is enjoying it.

    After some serious mud action, and sliding around. Natalie did a 360 and kept the bike up. We decided to head back to the highway to take up the Salton City. So we hit some dirt roads trying to find a way to the highway. It took us about an hour to finally get back.

    We hit: steep sandy hills, sandy whoops, sand turns, and some fun and exciting things. Natalie managed to complete all the hard tasks and only seems to drop it on the easy stuff?/????????

    I am super impressed that she was able to do all of it on the giant bike. All of the tip overs were almost at a stop and could have been prevented with a smaller bike. After the Alaska trip we will be getting her a smaller dual sport.

    We head up to Salton City and eat at a greek or italian place. It felt like is was 3 pm, but it ended up only being noon. We picked up some steaks and headed back to camp.

    David and I went on a small dirt(sandy) ride around camp and an hour later came back exhausted with camp wood and some beans for dinner. We relax with some Bud (it actually tasted decent when you are dead tired, I am more of a IPA kind of guy).

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    We grill up some steaks and beans! It tasted wonderful. We ate with our hands.
    Sleep came easy that night.

    In the morning we packed up and headed to Julian. Had brunch and went home.
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  10. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    Say goodbye to all that nice weather once you get into AK
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  11. Digasi

    Digasi Been here awhile

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    Looks like you had a great time. I can't wait to go out camping my self. Though I will be sticking to the hard top on my SV :)
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  12. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Psh why?
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    Actually it sucks offroad. Way to twitchy. I basically walked it down off the road to this spot.
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  13. Digasi

    Digasi Been here awhile

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    Something about me, gravel, tipping it over, breaking shift rod on what was a 2 month old bike and an angry wife.

    I am going to need more practice with it on gravel roads if I bring her up to Alaska.
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    subscribed.

    all on KLRs now......good choice, I love the pink one!

    well, see you when you get up north, will take you to my neck of the woods :wink:
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  15. KKKlaus

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    Well just to confirm, I will be attending this epic journey with you, Mudd.

    We also have a serious group of four other individuals looking to join as well; they are also on ADV and will chime in eventually. Their route may differ slightly but I am interested! I also might recommend a slight detour or two, it was nice reading all the experienced members' recommendations, too.

    Beverly will be attending this journey as well. Be sure to bring the tow hooks and I'll tow you to safety :D

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  16. ParaMud

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    Awesome, that bike has a record of not working :)

    It will take 2 KLR's to tow it. How dirt worthy is that bike? We should probably do a test/ camp ride with you guys.
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  17. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

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    Installed a new set of tires on mine.
    K270's, I am going to test them out this week and if I like them Ill get a set for Natalie.

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    First time changing tires with a tube. I managed to pinch the tube on the front. So I patched my first motorcycle tube. Changing tires is much easier than tubeless.
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  18. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    Cool. Those are the tires that Motoquest Tours uses on their KLR's up here. I'm sure Natalie woulda had a MUCH better time on her past dirt rides if she'd had knobbier tires. That's the first thing I noticed in your ride photos, besides the very lovely pink paint of course. :wink: Up here for the dirt roads I generally prefer a little more road oriented rear and a knobbier front like those on my KLR. I'm also a lot happier running 1 tooth larger front sprocket.

    You know anyone in Seattle? Since you're traveling about 1000mi just to get there and back, I thought maybe you'd want to ride street tires to there and change over to knobbies for the few thousand miles north and back and then change back for the trip home. Just a thought.

    You on klr650.net yet? LOTS of good info on there if you're interested.

    Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
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  19. montanaman

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    I'm going to do the ride this May and run the Scouts on my GS800 and was going to get a new set installed before I leave my house in Montana. Figured they would get the job done as they are good for about 6-8000 miles. I hear some ship a more aggressive knobbie like a TKC to Fairbanks and change them out prior to the Dempster or the Dalton..

    Also.. anyone have any opinions as to which road is more scenic and better maintained?
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  20. ParaMud

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    So this weekend our friend David picked out Hungry Valley to take a trip to. After reading online, it seemed like the perfect place to go to. We invited another friend named Klaus (he posted on this thread).

    So both bikes were given the gift of new rubber. Kenda K270s.
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    I bought some rok straps and I love them. This is pretty much how we are going to pack for Alaska. Basically we will bring the same thing, just more clothes.
    We rigged up a Camelbak Backpack that I had from the Army and converted it to a tank bag. Worked perfectly. Much cheaper than my wolfman tank bag (which came with my bike).

    We meet up at my friends house and we ride off to Happy Valley, which is just outside of LA, about 100 miles away. We set up camp and take all the luggage off our bikes. We do a small ride just to check out the surrounding area. We come back and start cooking dinner.
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    I take off my giant windscreen because I am scared to break it.

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    This is at the top of a nice hill climb. You can see our tiny blue tent.

    So we then go to town, pick up firewood, and some other stuff (beer, drinks). We go back to camp and start relaxing. I come up with the great idea to go do the hill climb (see above picture from the top), in the dark, a tad bit tipsy. So I go up and I make it. My friend David isnt so lucky. He has a worn down rear tire and has a small tip over in the middle of the hill. Klaus and I, with Davids help (if you call making everything harder help) roll his bike down the hill backwards. David is fine, except for broken glasses (that he put in his pocket after he crashed and smashed them rolling down the hill), and a tweaked hand guard.

    So we call it a night in front of the camp fire.
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