Riding to Alaska for breakfast on a dirt bike

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by daBum, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    For those interested in the trip numbers:

    Totals:
    47 days, 46 nights
    10,805 miles
    $6,000 USD

    Breakdown:
    camped outside 26 nights
    slept inside 20 nights

    $2,100 Food (Very important part of the trip)
    $1,900 Lodging (both indoor lodging and camping fees) ($1,650 for indoor lodging)
    $800 Gas
    $750 Bike (1 set new f/r tires, 3 oil changes, new chain and sprockets, new air filter) (this is normal for ~11K miles on this bike)
    $250 Clothing (various items needed over the trip)
    $200 Miscellaneous



    (edit: corrected these 9/14)
  2. rjnutt

    rjnutt Desert tortoise

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    Really enjoyed your rr. Thanks for taking us along.
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  3. Schussboelie

    Schussboelie Been here awhile

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    How 'bout fuel?
  4. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Ooh - I forgot...

    I edited post 381 above....

    Misc = misc + Fuel
    $1,000 = $200 misc + $800 Fuel
  5. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    I'm very late to the party and have read this most entertaining ride report today. I like your style of writing, riding and living. Thanks for taking time to do this.

    Mike
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  6. MrShred

    MrShred Adventurer

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    Looks like you have the vanasche minimalist racks- what's your take on them? Are they strong enough to handle tipovers and normal abuse?
  7. Schussboelie

    Schussboelie Been here awhile

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    Figured something like that, thanks!
  8. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Not to start a luggage thread here but.............main issues with soft bags was inability to get them off bike easily?

    Ive got the Wolfman Rocky Mt bags but have only used them a couple times,they have a waterproof liner which can be lifted out with everything in them thus leaving bags on bike,or the throw over straps have quick release buckles,on my DR I figured out the strap can slide under seat so no straps to sit on.

    Also have the SW-Moto quick release racks which are a little suspect for really rough rides,I use a Rok-Strap as an extra support around the soft bags if Im MX'ing the thing. I had Pelican boxes on the same racks and dang,the boxes weigh as much or more then what I put in them,nice secure plastic boxes though. I dunno if there's a perfect solution to all this.
  9. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Foot dragger,

    Main issues:
    Yes, the ability to completely remove them from the bike quickly, and how easy they are to pack. The amount of stuff I shove in the bags should not affect how they mount on the bike.
    Also how they hang off the racks. The chicks just don't dig the panniers I had.

    Best option for me is BMW soft bags. Thanks, Kiwi Canuck!

    I just purchased two BMW 25L Atacama bags from my local BMW dealer:
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    On my racks, the only thing left will be the small plastic plate thing after I take the bags off.
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  10. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    MrShred,

    These racks were fine for my needs. I personally wouldn't mount hard cases to them.
    These racks are like the old Wolfman racks I had for the 690.
    They seemed strong, but I only had two very slow, soft bike naps on the trip. One on each side. No damage to the racks or the bike.
    I will be mounting my new BMW Atacama 25L bags to these racks.
  11. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    OK, just scored an action shot of someone who dressed just like me wearing my shoes.

    Remember this groovy bike?
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    Wheelie!
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    weeeeeee.
  12. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Any cool blue/white propeller stickers come with those bags? They do look like a good combo of hard/soft bag.
  13. MrShred

    MrShred Adventurer

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    Thanks, I don't want hard cases either.
  14. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    no stickers, just sticker shock.

    When I get them and clean the bike up in a few weeks, I'll snap a photo or two. I'll probably post them in the 701 luggage thing.
  15. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    The BMW bags are made by moscomoto, just get them from them, no BMW sticker, and cheaper. They make real good stuff!
  16. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Mosko Moto doesn't offer the 25L backcountry size anymore. Only BMW does.
  17. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    And that's how they get you! I got the 35 liter bags, very well constructed.
  18. rjnutt

    rjnutt Desert tortoise

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    You are making it extremely hard for me to remain debt free! After seeing your 701 in action my old mantra of "my old Honda does everything those new bikes do" kinda ring flat :dirtdog
  19. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    That wasn't my intention.

    I don't want to influence your debt status in a negative way.

    One argument is that money doesn't buy happiness.
    If the argument above is false for some, then how much money does one need to buy happiness?

    For me it's 8 dollars + canned pasta and a framed photo.
    I really like this table on Craigs List.
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  20. TwinCitiesRider

    TwinCitiesRider Adventurer

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    was that a kawi fairing on a Goldwing lol?