Dempster or Dalton?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by TVtommy, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. TVtommy

    TVtommy Been here awhile

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    I need an education....

    If given the choice, is one a better ride then the other?

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. beemerphile

    beemerphile Long timer

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    Dempster, no contest.
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  3. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    Where are you riding to and from?

    I have only experience the dalton. .. Nice road, but can get nasty when wet.

    Most these guys might tell you to search the forum.
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  4. TVtommy

    TVtommy Been here awhile

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    2014 out of Chicago....the goal wound be Inuvik.

    Reading ride reports too.
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  5. ThatGuy

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    When saddled having to make the same decision I chose the Dempster. Weather was great and I had a blast. Very scenic plus I got to go back to Dawson. :deal
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  6. Kul Mom

    Kul Mom aka sKul Marm

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    Dempster, for sure. But weather should control. Both if possible.

    -KM
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  7. AK Bob

    AK Bob AKAM

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    I mean comming from Chicago, your so close.

    Go with order of importance / proxcimity.

    D2D - 2013

    Dempster

    Dalton

    Last year I went to Sedalia. and what the heck Key West was close..

    Just GO FOR IT!
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  8. oclv454

    oclv454 Been here awhile

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    If you have the time, do the Dalton. It's as far as you can go in that direction. Do the Dempster when you have less time.
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  9. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    You may never get back up there again so take enough time to do them both! I thought Atigun pass on the Dalton was very scenic and the tundra after was awe inspiring. The Dempster was just totally awe inspiring and 2 ferry crossings add to the adventure.
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  10. TVtommy

    TVtommy Been here awhile

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    I with I had infinite time for this ride. It's looking like a three week trip minimum if I ride out of Chicago....a big chunk of time for a working man like me, but a life time of memories. :D
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  11. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Tough decision. Bragging rights (not THAT big of a deal, but...) would be the Dalton. Overall beauty for me was Dempster. Dempster seemed more of a challenge. Either one will kick your hiney if they are significantly wet.

    Dempster had so many changing views....almost like a different part of the world with each turn. Yes, the ferry crossings are each a gem. Inuvik is certainly a better place to overnight. Ain't nothing to see on the "Slope" really. Even though you are at the northern-most point, you really aren't as you can't go poke your toes in the Arctic anymore.

    Either way it's an adventure you won't forget. Seems like I did both in a huge hurry. If I had to do it all again, I'd likely go slower and take a better camera.....but then I wouldn't get to haul ass and that has a joy all it's own.

    Saw LOTS more animals on the Dempster.

    Good luck!
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  12. yukonkarl

    yukonkarl Eisbär

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    the best is Dempster and Dalton
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  13. TSD

    TSD Adventurer Wannabe

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    I did the Dalton last year and was a bit of a challenge for a newbie in the rain. Like others have said, Prudhoe Bay is not worth much more than "I did it" rights... The Pass was nice and saw a fair amount of wildlife. I ended up running from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks in one shot on the way back - rained the whole way...

    Think I'll try the Dempster next time... A bit more of a destination if you ask me...
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    Either way - you'll have a blast.
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  14. ScooterboyII

    ScooterboyII Adventurer

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    I guess I'll be doing the Dempster in June after the D2D.
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  15. Kul Mom

    Kul Mom aka sKul Marm

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    Good choice!
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  16. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

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    I would like to join. Well see how timing goes !
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  17. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    Sounds like a good caravan after D2D. I am planning on the Dempster after myself. I have three or four more bikes possilble coming with me, SoloKLR and maybe Likeitloud from Idaho and Scottinmissouri and Brian from MO. Likeitloud is riding a VX800 he adventurized. Has a thread in some assembly required on it.
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  18. aufevermike

    aufevermike Been here awhile

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    I was thinking the same exact thing, to go after the D2D. I first wanted to go as far as the Circle then a friend told me why stop there... I didn't really have an answer. I might just still go as far as the circle and then explore the gold fields..
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  19. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Riding the Dalton this June.
    We don't have time to consider much else.
    Two week vacation, max..
    We've thought about flying both ways and renting, flying one way and shipping, best for us was just to ride our butt's off..
    We can't go that far and not ride the Dalton..:bmwrider
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  20. beemerphile

    beemerphile Long timer

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    If time is an issue, your could ride the Dempster in less time than you could get to the Dalton. Plus it is a prettier ride.
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