I've never seen roads up there this bad - Yukon-Alaska 2016

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Northstar Beemer, Jan 18, 2017.

  1. yankeeone

    yankeeone Been here awhile

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    Good read! Well done.
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  2. RenoDeano

    RenoDeano High Desert Drifter

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    Those tires you guys used are highly over-rated for off road, especially muddy conditions.
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  3. txbear55

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    Awesome report! Someday soon......!!!!
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  4. txbear55

    txbear55 Been here awhile

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    So please share with us the ultimate tire that is great in mud PLUS will do the mileage these guys did. Inquiring minds want to know! :amazon
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  5. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    Yeah - I gotta tell you we've tried the Conti TKC 80s - in 2009 and again in 2014. In 2009 they performed well, but the rear was worn badly after ten days of riding gravel and crap. In 2014 the TKC 80 on one bike proved not up to the loosely compacted gravel on the Campbell and Dempster with the soft compound rubber between the lugs being vulnerable to puncture by the sharp edged gravel, though the front tire was OK.

    This would be a valuable discussion, since the highly variable road conditions place difficult and sometimes opposing demands on the tires. BTW the picture of the front tire clogged with mud was a TKC 80 - Fran ran a Heidi Scout on the rear as all of us did.

    What you you recommend in a tough compound tire that can also handle mud/calcium Chloride?
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  6. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    Total miles for us Chicago guys was 10,250 or so - Thomas gets to add 2000 since he rode in from and back to Washington DC.
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  7. HardWorkingDog

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    And no oil change? I would think 5000 mile interval would be max., but curious why you go longer.
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  8. Tewster2

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    From all my reading and reviews all over the world I've settled on the Mitas E0-7 Dakars for my next ride to the top this summer. I'll be riding a F700GS one up lightly loaded. I'm leaving from Great Falls MT so the round trip with side trips will only be about 7k miles. Should only need one set easily.
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  9. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    "And no oil change? I would think 5000 mile interval would be max., but curious why you go longer."

    So we all ran full synthetic Mobil 1 Multi Vis 10-50 I think. Over on the Iron Butt side they've done studies and generally shown that a high degree the lubrication is still there after 20,000 miles.

    Anyhow, I always do this trip on a single oil change with a fresh filter. I think I added 1/3 of a quart and my bike has 77,000 miles on the clock.

    "Synthetic oils, such as the popular Mobil 1, are stretching oil change intervals, leaving the 3,000-mile mark in the dust. "The great majority of new vehicles today have a recommended oil change interval greater than 3,000 miles," said Mobil spokeswoman Kristen A. Hellmer. The company's most advanced synthetic product (Mobil 1 Extended Performance) is guaranteed for 15,000 miles."
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  10. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    "From all my reading and reviews all over the world I've settled on the Mitas E0-7 Dakars for my next ride to the top this summer. I'll be riding a F700GS one up lightly loaded. I'm leaving from Great Falls MT so the round trip with side trips will only be about 7k miles. Should only need one set easily."

    Looks like a good tire - just be aware that actually buying a replacement tire up there will break the bank. If you can find one. You've got a light bike and a comparatively shorter ride - you'll probably be fine.

    Good riding!
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  11. HardWorkingDog

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    Got it. Know nothing about your GS's (could you tell?) so had to look up the oil capacity...close to a gallon!

    Yeah, it's not stressing the oil like my little 250 does.
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  12. toy4fun

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    Lucky dogs adventure road riding yeeha:lol3
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  13. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    Hi - this was mostly my son being inattentive and doing a low speed off the road manuver that bought him a bush. He'd be the first to point out that after what we'd ridden though, this road stretch was a snap.
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  14. keith in alaska

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    Very interesting!
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    Very much enjoyed your RR and writing skill. Brought back many memories from my 2015 alaska trip and am looking forward to heading back this summer. Safe travels
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    Great RR! Thanks for sharing your adventures! I can't wait for my turn to ride the Dempster and Dalton!!
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  17. Irons593

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    Nice job thanks for sharing!! Lots of great info.
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  18. GENTLEMANJACKKNIFE

    GENTLEMANJACKKNIFE Come back with a warrant.

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    Great RR Northstar Beemer! Thanks!
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  19. Old Codger

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    Great ride report and pictures my Son and I did a trip to Alaska in 2005. We are going back next year for my 81st Birthday more than likely my last big trip looking forward to it ...:clap
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  20. LONG DONGER

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    Old Codger, you rock it at 81 doing that ride! Congrats! Please post up a trip report when you finish, let us know how it is at 81! I'm behind you by almost 20 years, so want to know how it goes for you. I plan on riding for a long time, if the RA lets up.
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