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Discussion in 'Alaska' started by bigskyguy, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. bigskyguy

    bigskyguy Adventurer

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    Hello AK'ers I will possibly be moving to Girdwood to take a job and have a few questions I hope you can help me with. I own a 2006 FZ1 that I ride quite a bit (weather permitting) here in Montana. My question is, should I try and sell/trade it here or wait till I get up there? What are your thoughts on switching to something more suitable for dirt? I have a bunch of years riding off road but am on the fence. How hard is it to street legal off road bikes in AK? It's a joke here in MT( you can street legal two stokes here). Is there much in the way of paved twisties near Girdwood/Anchorage or will I be better suited to ride dirt? I'm thinking XR or KTM. Is there much support for the orange up there or is it impossible to find parts? And finally, if I do decide to switch to dirt are any of you sitting on an extra knobby bike (street legal) that you would like to trade? Thanks a bunch in advance.
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  2. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    Paved twisties around there? ya the one road between Anchorage and Girdwood :lol3
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  3. ThatGuy

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    I started to write a whole neutral post but I realized I was wasting time; Sell the FZ1 and pick up a dual sport. You will thank me later. As for dealers; The Motorcycle Shop sells KTM stuff and there are Honda shops around as well.
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  4. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    So you think you wanna be a Girdweirdian, eh? :wink: It's a lovely place. BIG trees. Know why they're so big? It rains a LOT! Summer and winter. What's your job gonna be?

    I say keep the FZ and buy a dual sport for cheap either up here or down there.

    Personally, I never tire of the Seward Hwy, a Designated Scenic Byway, between G'wood and Anch tho it can be full of slow moving vehicles at times and it's a double fine zone.

    Good luck and have fun, Mark H.
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  5. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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  6. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    Most of the riding here is on pavement. The Seward Highway between Anchorage and Girdwood is a pleasant enough ride but it is not hooligan country. It's heavily patrolled and always full of traffic. I ride it a lot and just get in the groove with the flow of traffic at 55 - 65 mph and enjoy the ride. You've asked a tough question. If you want a more dirt friendly bike, you can sell the FZ-1 either there or here. There is some demand for the bike up here. There's a sweet KTM available if you look at the for sale thread in the Alaska Forum. Lots of folks on this forum ride GSs and KLRs, but we also have a granny who likes DRs so much she has two.
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  7. ThatGuy

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    That was my original thought but the OP gives the impression he wasn't wanting multiple bikes.
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  8. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    If that is the case then it’s obviously flawed thinking. :evil
    Besides that....
    [A] Do I care WTF he wants? Hell no. He don’t care what I want either. :lol3
    [2] He ain’t gonna find much dirt to ride in this neck of the woods.

    Probably miles of dirt to ride in Montana to say nothing of paved roads. We just don’t have much road here at all. I think he'd get more use from the FZ1 in any case.

    Oh shit! :eek1
    http://www.krtv.com/news/some-montana-forest-roads-being-returned-to-nature/

    Alaska road....
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    This must be just highways...

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  9. ThatGuy

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    Thanks for the lesson.......:patch
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  10. Rabon

    Rabon Been here awhile

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    I would keep what I have until you get here, ride a bit and then decide what you need. If you like big rain and big wind you will love Girdwood, the area is beautiful. I like all of the Seward Highway but like it best headed from Girdwood towards Seward with rides down the Hope cutoff as well as trips down the Kenai/Soldotna cutoff into Homer. Going towards Anch and continuing on thru you are fairly close to the Glen and Parks Highways which open up the rest of the State. I like the Parks Highway as well (if not more) than anywhere I have ever ridden.
    With our highway conditions and weather conditions I like a large heavy bike with exceptional weather protection but only you can decide what works for you.
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  11. bigskyguy

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. It's looking like I'll be flying in around April 15th for my final interview etc... Sounds like the skiing should be pretty good. 700 inches is hard to beat. I'm going to keep the FZ for now and see how it suits me. 65mph on the Seward might be a bit slow for my lack of patience but I'll try and keep it together so I don't loose my CDL :cry. That 900 super enduro thats for sale up there is mighty tempting but for that kind of scratch it'd better be Volvo/penta powered, come with crab/shrimp pots, and have sleeping quarters. It would be great to meet up with some of you guys and go on some rides (assuming I get the job). I'll more than likely be batcheloring it for awhile before my wife comes up. Any of you guys bowhunters (rifle is cool too)? I'd love to try (thats "TRY") for a moose. Not too botherd by the rain having grown up in Bellingham, WA. I'm quite familiar with liquid sunshine. I worked on a seine boat out of Ketchikan and southeast so I am one with the Grundens and extra toughs. Looking forward to a new chapter and it sure will beat the hell out of shacking up in a man camp in Williston, North Dakota :puke1.
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    and it sure will beat the hell out of shacking up in a man camp in Williston, North Dakota :puke1.[/QUOTE]
    BUT...NOT BY MUCH!!!:lol3
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    Ouch, the grizzly bear is out of hibernation and just a tad ornery!

    Welcome to the first day of spring, ha ha.
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  14. bigskyguy

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    As a skier and mtn. biker AK will beat the Dakota's by 700 inches of snow and 3200 vertical. I'll take that over dust, wind, and rock carvings any day :rofl Holy crap, turf war and I haven't even moved yet. Telecommute turf war. Just messing about Griz (the only one left in the Dakota's it would seem). Thanks for the input. Gotta admit the Blackhills have some great riding and Williston wasn't a bad town (ahem) prior to all the holes being punched in it, but......the skiing sucks. Gore-tex vs. crude soaked carhartts. Lets get ready to rummmmbllle! :lol3
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  15. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    We have had an unreal amount of snow in Girdweird this season. Ive got a pile of snow from plowing my driveway thats 25 feet high.

    I'm bringing up a 990 Adventure and KTM 450 in the coming months so look me up this summer if you wind up here. A DS bike would for sure be more useful. If it were me, I would get rid of the F Zed and get a big dual sport. If youre tall enough, I would take a good hard look at the 950 SE thats for sale. The SE is crack on wheels, super fun bike. Some KTM parts are available here, but in many cases its easier to order them from the lower 48. The KTM dealer in Anchorage is not LC8 qualified so if you get one of the big twins, plan on doing your own work. For suspension tuning you pretty much have to ship to the lower 48 to have a good tuner work on your suspenders. Whatever you do, you will want some good rain gear. It rained just about every day last summer.

    The troopers on the Seward hwy have about zero tolerance for speeding and in many sections the speed limit is 55 mph. As one post mentioned, its a double fine area, not cheap. They also frown on lane splitting here in AK, and its been a very hard habit for me to shake. I have the tickets to show for it. There are some great rides on the peninsula if it doesnt rain too much, but more suited to a dirt bike, and plan on big mud bogs. We have awesome mtn biking as well.

    If you have any sleds you for sure want to bring them up, there is fantastic mountain and trail riding. You would probably want around a 137 trail sled and a 154 for the powder. I tried to do it all with one sled, but a longer track mountain sled will be in the livery by next winter.

    All that said, Girdweird is a fantastic place to live. Its just weird and funky enough to give it some character and there's lots of nice friendly folks in town. The weirdos really come out of the woodwork during forest fair, possibly the best people watching event in all of Alaska. :lol3
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  16. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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  17. AK_Troyer

    AK_Troyer Not AKTroy

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    Fortunately for us, the weirdos at Forest Fair aren't from Girdwood...they just wish they were.

    BigSky: the 700" of snow we've had this winter is just above average for us...we're still 20 feet away from the record. PM me if you need any info on G'wood.
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  18. Brendon@TMS

    Brendon@TMS The Motorcycle Shop

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    Just to chime in here

    Welcome to Alaska! I hope you get the job, Girdwood is a great little town and Alaska is an amazing state to experience!

    I'm The Motorcycle Shop, you're local BMW, Ducati, KTM, Triumph, Kawasaki, and Husqvarna dealer.

    WE AREN'T KTM STREET CERTIFIED, keep this in mind, that means we can't get any LC8 motors, or their big singles. We can get the EXC's, but that's it for KTM street bikes. KTM has changed in the past few years, starting with the buyout by TATA, and it's made it...difficult...to say the least, on dealers anyways. When they're pressuring you to purchase new tooling every year and pushing 20 LC8 bikes, it's a big tough pill to swallow.

    The KTM LC8 is such a fantastic motor and bike, but they are everything but easy to work on. An absolute joy to ride, but a PITA to own, unless you like teching your own stuff (nothing wrong with that btw).

    That said, I'm happy to get you all the parts you need, and I'll certainly try and help where I can, tires, oil, chain, sprockets. We don't have the computer, but you don't need a computer to adj the valves.

    I'd strongly look at the new Husqvarna's, great price point, and they're releasing a new 650 single that's supposed to be bad to the bone. Husqvarna is owned by BMW now, great dealer support which means I can support you!

    Obviously BMW is in the mix for "best AK bike" also the new Triumph Tiger 800, and 800XC are a good dollar value, great engine note, and road handling.

    When you get up here, come on by, I've got most of my 2012's on the floor, I'd be happy to chat with you.

    Regards,
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  19. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    Wow! Seward Highway went to double fine? OUCH! Kinda takes some of the fun out of "spirited rides" eh. Those dang Troopers are NO fun, especially in a no-fun-zone. :mulie

    Lane splitting isn't just frowned upon, it's actually illegal by statute. Which reallllly bums me out cuz I spent many years in SoCal perfecting my skills. I think you'd be more likely to get squished up here cuz the locals would freak!

    IMHO you can't go wrong with any bike that just plain goes up here. Plenty of asphalt to run around on. BUT, if you don't get a DS at some point, you'll likely miss out on bitchin rides like D2D, etc as your F-Zed ain't really set up for it. If you're looking for a street legal 450, better get one down south cuz it ain't happening up here....not via DMV anyways. Also, only a handful of street legal DB's are ever for sale up here. (KTM, Husky, etc, not withstanding).

    Good luck with the job and Girdwood is an amazing place, as is the surrounding coutryside.
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  20. crashmaster

    crashmaster ow, my balls!

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    Good to know, thanks Brendon.



    Yeah man, the 55 mph zones are double fine zones for sure. I think it even says it on the speed limit signs. Of course they are a bit hard to read at 90 mph. :lol3

    Between 10 years in SoCal and 2 years in Latin America, I dont think I can ride without splitting lanes. I was a the end of big line of traffic in town on Old Seward and out of habit, just split right to front. I wondered why everyone was honking, yelling and flipping me off. :lol3 Some of those folks need to mellow out a bit.
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