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. IronJackWhitton

    IronJackWhitton Chasing my Trunk to the next adventure

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    Great ride report. I second the suggestion of the Mitas E07's; just a bit more bite than the Heidis' and still get great milage.

    This one though...


    There was a lot more 'meat' on the toe when I did it in '15. That mean went somewhere, likely right down the gullets of folks like you :D I hope you opted for "the squeezy bits" at the end!!
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  2. jetmonger

    jetmonger Motoholic

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    Great report. I enjoyed reading it!
  3. inverted

    inverted Berwyn rocks

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    I don't think there was a choice, he squeezed out the juice and pushed the glass back in front me. I just assumed it was part of the program and cleaned 'er up lol

    [​IMG]
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  4. MapMaster

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  5. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    Mapmaster - I read and greatly enjoyed your report!

    "I still had light and continued on, figuring that Nimpo would be my landing point now when a sign announced the Clearwater Lake Lodge and Resort.
    No one was about when I pulled in, but Gisela and Bernward soon appeared and showed me the camping area. A very nice shower house was part of the grounds, so all of the major boxes were checked."


    Same thing happened to me back in 2014 - nice couple, amazing food and showers. I slept outside with the bears through.
  6. MapMaster

    MapMaster Human Compass

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    Thanks.
    If you mentioned that you had been to Bella Coola earlier, it didn't register.
    Was the Kinikinik lodge there in 2014? It looked brand new when I stayed there in 15.
  7. Jake

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    What a conundrum. Your ride report - on the surface - says "stay away from this place, you'll hurt yourself". Now I gotta go. Thanks for taking us along - your preview style of writing made it a page turner.
  8. nicpat

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    Welllll, Looks like there are some real men left!! Good read!
  9. rubline

    rubline Been here awhile

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    They rotate between 2 toes...


    There was a lot more 'meat' on the toe when I did it in '15. That mean went somewhere, likely right down the gullets of folks like you :D I hope you opted for "the squeezy bits" at the end!![/QUOTE]
  10. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    MapMaster, I tried to get to Bella Coola back in 2014 on a different trip. We couldn't make it mostly because my riding partner, astride a clapped out Triumph Sport bike, was having random and showstopping electrical problems. Memories of bundles of wiring, blown fuses and yards of electrical tape come to mind. Wrong bike and tool for this kind of adventure. 'Still need to get to Bella Coola. When I do, The resort at Clearwater Lake is on my list. I think she likes to practice her English on the random motorcyclist as 90% of their clietele is Swiss or German!
  11. roadrunner1800

    roadrunner1800 n00b

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    I really enjoyed your great, informative ride report; loved all the pictures and now know when I go to Alaska in 2017 some of the roads I will avoid riding my GL1800 as I don't care to beat the snot out of it on the rough gravel roads. My plan is to leave Vermont about the 3rd weekend in June hoping that the high passes of the Rockies will all be opened as I roll through there before turning northward up into Canada.

    Allen
  12. MapMaster

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    Go soon, she was talking about retirement options when I was there. :deal
  13. shiryas

    shiryas Dragon with matches

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    Great ride report Northstar Beemer, I was also up there this year but don't quite have the story telling skills you posses. Thanks for the memories, we went a lot of the same places.

    Cheers, Chris


    This is not the case. A few years back Josh consumed the "other" toe. He is a friend of a friend of some riders I met on the road and partied with for the solstice in Dawson.




    Cheers, Chris
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  14. inverted

    inverted Berwyn rocks

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    that dude intentionally swallowing the tow is the reason the fine went from $500 to $2500. Terry the toe captain had told us that this was the last toe, they didn't have a backup.
  15. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    Allen - I'd be shocked if you encountered any closed passes with the departure date you described. However paved roads can revert to gravel without notice, including on the Alcan Highway as the repair season is pretty short - and the road crews depend on passing trucks to handle a lot of the gravel compaction into the chipseal pavement. I see Wings up there every year, so with the right tires you should be good on the main roads. 'Note, the term "Highway" is used liberally - does not infer paved!
  16. Tewster2

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    Going to the Sun road in Glacier didn't open until the middle of July this past summer.
  17. el' hefe

    el' hefe Been here awhile

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    Great report! Thanks for taking the time to bring us along with you.
  18. Ozarks Rider

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    Great primer for our trip in 2018. Thanks for taking time to document.
  19. refokus

    refokus Hmmmmmm

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    Very cool report with a ton of great photos and information. Well done..............:thumb
  20. Northstar Beemer

    Northstar Beemer Been here awhile

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    If it can break, it will. Take spares, tools, tough tires, rain gear, heated stuff....and remember...the Adventure starts when shit starts breaking.

    Industrial strength big zipties and duct tape are also useful to toss into your bags!
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