North To Alaska, Whats Up With the Dalton Hwy?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by MrGrey, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. MrGrey

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    The "V Dog" and I are leaving for Prudhoe Bay Alaska on 06/22. Have heard all sorts of stories about the Dalton Hwy. What's it really like? Both of us are experanced riders (dirt & street) so no worries, but I would like to know a little more about the Haul Road. So let us know if you have first hand skinny.
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  2. L.A.

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    There are some good trip reports here. Use the search feature above and you will have plenty to sort through. Also, if you go to the Mayer Saddles web site there's a link to a ride report made by a guy who rode from Cal. to the Arctic Circle. Oh, what the hell... here's the link http://clarkejohn.com/page1map.htm

    The authority on the northern roads is the Milepost guide (available at most book stores) which is published every year. I think you'll find it useful for planning your trip.

    Good luck and safe riding. Looking forward to a trip report when you both return. :thumb
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  3. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    It all depends on the weather gods. It can be sunny and 60 degrees one day and a GoldWing could make it easily. Next day it could be 30 degrees and raining sideways or snowing and the road becomes chocolate pudding with a little calcium cloride mixed in for fun. Nothing on two wheels is much fun then.

    Two things are certain. Your bike will never be the same and conditions will change several times during the 1000 mile roundtrip (from Fairbanks).

    Give the big trucks wide berth. Have a burger at the Hot Spot.
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  4. Curtis

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    A couple of parts of it are paved and the rest is gravel. They lay calcium carbonate a couple of days a week, make sure you don't travel on that day.

    If the road is freshly graded and real wet it is like ice. Wet and packed not so bad and dry it will be a highway. The wet calcium carbonate will stick to your bike like glue. With the pipes it will be a permanent addition.

    The arctic Tundra side can have lot's of boulders on the road and is extremely washboarded in spots.

    Get gas at the Yukon river, Coldfoot and of course Deadhorse
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  5. garet55947

    garet55947 Been here awhile

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    Now I know why folks ride KLR650's up there. At the end of the return trip they can just pitch their bike. Sounds pretty rough on a $15K machine. In any event, I am very envious!
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  6. johnjen

    johnjen I've Been Resigned

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    This thread really belongs in Regional forum Great White North...

    JJ
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  7. MrGrey

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    V Dog bought a copy of "Road Signs" great book. THANKS AGAIN!
    Guys that regular this site must stand erect all day! What do you mean , seek medical attention if it lasts more then four hours?
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  8. MANXMAN

    MANXMAN Overlander

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    I got to see this road at its worst and best on the same day last year. I came across a dry stretch where it was not raining, maybe 15 miles long, and it was like pavement. I could ride as fast as I wanted. (See attached picture)

    Then it was back into the rain again, and the surface of the road turned into 4" of lard. Bloodly lucky to have stayed on the bike. Many I met that day did not.

    Manxman

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  9. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    Manxman, that is exactly what is was trying to say but you said it better! Your experience speaks volumes. Thanks for the post.

    Any pictures of the shitty road?
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  10. osii

    osii Disgruntled Time Traveler

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    hmmm,

    good to see this. I'm planning on doing it in early july.

    I think I'll travel as light as possible for this trip if it gets muddy. I don't want to have a loaded bike to pick up. Maybe just panniers.

    Thanks

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  11. vdog

    vdog Vdog, GS in GS Colorado

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    Manxman, do you have any experience with the Yukon 5 into Inuvik? Wondering how it would compare to the Dalton. BC Rules.
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  12. Curtis

    Curtis Life serve the risk taker

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    Here's one
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  13. Curtis

    Curtis Life serve the risk taker

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    One more
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  14. HackyMoto

    HackyMoto TEAM USA GS TROPHY 2012

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    Mighty tasty road there :yum That Looks like the road out of Chicken, AK :thumb
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  15. Curtis

    Curtis Life serve the risk taker

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    Nope, that's the Dalton, but they do look the same.
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  16. Curtis

    Curtis Life serve the risk taker

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    This guy didn't actually ride the Dalton Highway. He rode the Dempster and that is one really nice road too.
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  17. Fighter

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    Having done both these roads, I have one thing to add.... don't be in a hurry. There is a reason we locals call the road to Inuvik the "Dumpster"

    Q: "Would you ride your ____________(insert bike brand/model) to Inuvik?
    A: "No.... but I'd ride yours. :evil :evil :evil :evil :evil :evil :evil :evil
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  18. Curtis

    Curtis Life serve the risk taker

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    Which road did you prefer? And why?
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  19. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    and don't forget to haul a shit load of bug spray head nets fogger bug light and extra blood becouse the bugs are undisribable.:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1:eek1
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  20. kildala2000

    kildala2000 The GS Store.

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    :D Me and a freind just finished making the trip up to Inuvik on the Dempster.
    It was amazing!! The most extreme road trip we have ever been on.
    Gravel was horrible, extremely dusty, there was small rocks like marbles about 3 inches thick in some places. Down to first gear for miles. The wind at the summit was about 80mph. It was sliding our bikes off the road. In the end we made it with a smile. There was a few that wasn't that lucky. One guy from California had his bike trucked back to Whitehorse. He fell three times and had to visit the hospital due to injury. One other person on a bike had to get flown out with some serious injuries. My advice take your time.
    Watch out for horrible gas. I got a tank of water or a diesel mix. The Adv didn't like it and thought I would have to be trucked home. I'm sure glad I had my Center Stand skid-plate & Front cover protector for my r1150gs Adv that I build. You should see what the skid-plate looks like. I would hate to see what the exhaust and Cat would look like without them.
    At the end of it all. We loved the trip. Do it again. No!!
    A guy has to try.

    Ride Safe.
    Rick
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