R1 Sjaak Polar Ice Ride (Official Thread)

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

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IS IT POSSIBLE?

  1. Yes, Sjaak will make it to Canada

  2. No, Sjaak will not make it to Canada

  3. Maybe.

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  1. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

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  3. jgrooms

    jgrooms Been here awhile

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    From Sjaak overnight:

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    Best,
    Sjaak

    [/FONT]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cNvMSEt5ZI
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  4. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    One very cool pic.

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  5. jgrooms

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  7. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Looking forward to seeing how the ice surface is this year:lurk

    This is going to be something unique for sure.
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  8. AKDuc

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    A positive update and new photo:

    "Yesterday I got to see the polar ice where I will start the ride. When I got there it was too late to take the wheels of the sledge and try it. Because some very helpful and friendly locals who are helping me had a four wheel drive with them to pull me out if necessary, I went on the ice with the wheels on. The wheels of the sledge where digging in the deep snow and I got stuck a few times. But it went much better than I had hoped. It looks very promising. The R1 had no problems at all riding the terrain. The big wheels rolled strait over it. Today the plan was to tow the sledge to Point Barrow. Due to ice in the fuel system and a coolant leak this it set to tomorrow."

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  9. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    Great photo!

    A few questions. What happens if he breaks down, what are the plans to rescue him? How's communication between him and "home base"? If there is an encounter with a bear, what are his plans? How's he going to navigate crevasses and cracks?
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  10. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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    I asked Sjaak what model R1 he prefers and he answered "a '99 or 2000" because he was so familiar with them. I think he's serviced every part of that model bike by himself over they years in different parts of the world.

    He plans on sleeping in the tailer. Not sure if it's totally Polar Bear proof but it seems pretty sturdy being made of laminated lexan over an aluminum frame. Sjaak said he planned on talking more with the locals about bears once in Barrow. I'm sure they'll almost all recommend a firearm which is probably kind of out of the question for Sjaak.

    Polar Ice doesn't have crevasses like a glacier but because of constant movement there's a real possibility of pressure ridges that cause the ice to bunch up in a jumbled mess. In some places he may have to zig zag around to find a smoother route.

    And if worst comes to worst, he has a satellite phone.

    Mark H.
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  11. jgrooms

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    Check out the video testing the Lexan shell. With the frame and shell a bear isn't getting directly through it IMO,

    Can a group of bears wait him out? That'd be my concern.
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  12. CappyRidesAgain

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    We dont have any aircraft up there during the winter months and we dont normally fly up there because our fuel will freeze. The ANG might have a plane with those capabilities. If anything , there is an amphibious tracked rescue rig in Barrow.
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    Very cool, get it??? I hope things go well for him.
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  14. jgrooms

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    Testing.

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  15. jgrooms

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    Slow getting video up, as we are at the Dealer Expo in Indy. If you are going to the Progressive International Show you have access to the Expo, so stop by the Clymer Manuals booth.

    Sjaak should be on the way to Canada. Look for more video next week.

    This from Sjaak:

    Yesterday I got to see the polar ice where I will start the ride. When I got there it was too late to take the wheels of the sledge and try it. Because some very helpful and friendly locals who are helping me had a four wheel drive with them to pull me out if necessary, I went on the ice with the wheels on. The wheels of the sledge where digging in the deep snow and I got stuck a few times. But it went much better than I had hoped. It looks very promising. The R1 had no problems at all riding the terrain. The big wheels rolled strait over it. Today the plan was to tow the sledge to Point Barrow. Due to ice in the fuel system and a coolant leak this it set to tomorrow.


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    The latest:

    "First test with the sledge on the polar ice north of Barrow. When I turn de bike the sledge wants to go in a straight line. It resulted in hitting the ice/snow a few times. That’s why I am going to use a long rope between the R1 and the sledge during the Polar Ice Ride."

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    If it's flat light that the entire time on the ice then it's going to be cake. :lol3
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  18. treemuncher

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    I'm thinking that the easiest fix would be to put a front steering axle, mounted where the front wheel is, with 2 snowmobile skis
    for steering/tracking. Keep the skis set wide to increase stability. Two more skis or, at the least, skegs at the rear of the sledge would add more directional stability. This should increase control of the bike-sledge combination during hard decelerations instead of the current instability due to the sledges lack of direction control.

    Just my $.02 thinking out loud.

    Best of luck to you Sjaak. :D
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  19. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    +1 on the skis. And directional capability a must.


    Not good:
    with a rope, when he hits soft snow or a ridge, or anything that brings his bike to a sudden stop and that sledge with all the momentum of its weight in fuel and supplies is going to hit his bike pretty good.
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  20. treemuncher

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    That's what I am afraid of. It will be getting rear-ended by a runaway sledge. The last thing any of us wants to hear is that he failed due to a vehicle collision in the middle of nowhere. Any injuries out there by himself could lead to an untimely demise. No one wants that to happen.

    I hope he takes the time to get this figured out with maximum safety factor. I see a tow rope as an accident waiting to happen. Been there, done that.
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