R1 Sjaak Polar Ice Ride (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by jgrooms, Jan 9, 2013.

?

IS IT POSSIBLE?

  1. Yes, Sjaak will make it to Canada

  2. No, Sjaak will not make it to Canada

  3. Maybe.

Multiple votes are allowed.
Results are only viewable after voting.
  1. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,762
    Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
    Well, they did say the ice "was a little rougher this year." :huh

    Here's a pic of Sjaak from yesterday. And no, I didn't take it. I'm all comfy cozy in the snowy +25f "big" city of Los Anchorage a little over 700mi south of Barrow. :D Mark H.

    [​IMG]
    #41
  2. CappyRidesAgain

    CappyRidesAgain Nom nom nom

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2008
    Oddometer:
    552
    Location:
    Kodiak, AK
    he's looking a little rosy.
    #42
  3. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    490
    Location:
    Shawnee, Kansas
    #43
  4. kk3an

    kk3an Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2009
    Oddometer:
    84
    Location:
    East Berlin, PA
    Seeing this photo, perhaps the ice is in better condition some distance from shore. Can Sjaak walk 1 to 2 km out and investigate the conditions at that distance? Hopefully the ice is only this rough very close to the shoreline.

    Dan
    #44
  5. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    490
    Location:
    Shawnee, Kansas
    We are waiting to hear back on this. He told us he was going to do first overnight test start with the preheater and electrics. So I'm thinking he must have found some different ice conditions and is pushing ahead :clap
    #45
  6. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    490
    Location:
    Shawnee, Kansas
    Still waiting to hear something from Sjaak on ice conditions. He did move forward with overnight cold testing of systems, so we thought this was a good sign.

    Here some final prep and some more detail on the sled in this video #12.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1vD4_wNc2k
    #46
  7. willys

    willys Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,937
    WOW!!! Is all I can say......an excellent adventure to say the least!

    I have just spend the morning watching all of the video clips and thoroughly enjoyed them all......

    My biggest fear would be....while sleeping a snug as a bug in a rug so to speak, then realizing there are a few curious polar bears thinking a nice light snack was within reach. Could this sled keep him safe and or, weapons to possibly save the day???

    Subscribed for the long haul.....keep up the great work!

    Here's to completing the adventure safe and sound.:freaky
    #47
  8. treemuncher

    treemuncher Vegetation Terrorist

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2009
    Oddometer:
    291
    Location:
    Henry Co, TN
    I certainly DO NOT want to hear that one of his ICEdevice units was found in a pile of polar bear poo. Here's to a safe ride with no incidents with bears of any kind. Ride on and ride SAFE!

    I know that we are all waiting for this epic journey to begin. May it be an enjoyable one. :clap
    #48
  9. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    490
    Location:
    Shawnee, Kansas
    This is a good video and shows what Sjaak might face with a curious bear. Of course this guy could drive off.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zoWbnoEesc
    #49
  10. willys

    willys Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,937
    The only thing that bear would have smelled from me was shit as I filled my pants at an alarming rate!!!!:eek1

    I'm not sure what vehicle that cameraman was in, I suspect an argo of some type......that bear would have gotten to him at some point imho...!!!

    It certainly wouldn't be my way of spending a night or an afternoon!

    If I were this rider and thought about sleeping in that human freezer, or human toaster whichever it may be.....I'd be packing more than one means of dealing with mister polar bear!!!:deal
    #50
  11. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    490
    Location:
    Shawnee, Kansas
    We're hearing that there is another access point where the ice is not rough and broken up.
    #51
  12. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Oddometer:
    4,568
    Location:
    Sandia Mountains New Mexico
    In till the end. Good luck. :deal
    #52
  13. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2006
    Oddometer:
    6,762
    Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
    True that. I was going to give Sjaak a can of bear spray but it isn't allowed on the airlines, even as checked baggage.

    He said he'd talk more with the locals up there about bears.

    Mark H.
    #53
  14. nuttynu

    nuttynu NuttyNu Rider

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,068
    Location:
    Anchorage, Alaska
    :clap:clap:clap


    cheering him on!!!! GET it SJAAK !!
    #54
  15. ramon

    ramon weezin' the juice!

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2002
    Oddometer:
    1,151
    Location:
    California
    WooHoo!!! :clap:clap:clap
    #55
  16. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    490
    Location:
    Shawnee, Kansas
    This from Sjaak overnight;

    "Today the first miles in Barrow. Sunday the sledge will be put together and I can do a test ride and test pull on the polar ice.

    Best,

    Sjaak"
    #56
  17. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,271
    Location:
    Gulfport, MS, USA
    Good luck to Sjaak, I'll be following the ride report as well.

    I watched the sled/trailer build and to me it doesn't seem sturdy enough with the decal covered plastics for walls. A curious 1000 pound polar bear would break into that in no time. It's not like you can escape from the sled and take off running, I hope Sjaak brings along some form of defense from a bear. Something like mace, cattle prod, Desert Eagle, you know, something to get rid of a hungry bear.

    Other than that, this is going to be an epic journey.
    #57
  18. pdxmotorhead

    pdxmotorhead Long timer

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    Oddometer:
    1,144
    Location:
    Portland OR
    :) Nothing like being up close and personnel with the Alpha Predator... First itme you meet a grizzly in the wild,, you know you ain't packing enough gun ... LOL

    Dave
    #58
  19. blacktruck

    blacktruck Wanderer

    Joined:
    Nov 7, 2012
    Oddometer:
    199
    Location:
    A little southwest of Middle earth
    Wow, I'm in to see how he does this. I've read a lot of RR on here but this is truly unique in the logistics and isolation aspect of it. I wish him the very best and for a successful outcome on his trip.
    Keep us posted....I know I'm not the only one interested in a journey like that...
    #59
  20. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2011
    Oddometer:
    490
    Location:
    Shawnee, Kansas
    Last video of the work on the Yamaha R1. Next up is a video of Sjaak testing the sled and then arriving in Anchorage with tranship to Barrow.

    We've got four vids working on the work in Barrow and preview of the ice.

    This video shows some more extensive custom work on the YZF-R1. This time the pre heater, unique rear shock setup/requirements and the steering.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkmkhIF1L20
    #60