Riding to Alaska for breakfast on a dirt bike

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

  1. Critic

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    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    This guys writing style is like listing to jazz.
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  3. 5 speed

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    Loved your report, have been following along. Love the cot tent deal, looks much easier to set up then my Redverz tent! not quite the room mind you...
    Your choice of bike looks to be a good one. I had a KTM 625 LC4 paint mixer then bought my current 05 950 Adv which has hung around longer than any of my other 50 bikes. I had a 530 at the same time but alas it just couldnt quite do everything. Everyone of them is a compromise. I think your bike is about the biggest I could see riding a real single track trail that I could manage. The 950 I am guessing could do the trip you just did, however the mud would be a problem for me considering I havent been pumping iron in quite awhile. Great trip and report, thanks for helping us dreamers live vicariously through you and your adventures!!!
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  4. IJustWantMyZBack

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    Can you provide any more info on the cot/tent setup? Brand/manfacturer/est release day? Curious what the horizontal structure looks like as well.

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  5. Romanousky

    Romanousky Been here awhile

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    Hey Dave,

    I'm currently working on this. Trying to offer a quick release plate that will fit the Minimalist Racks which you can strap any number of smaller sized panniers onto (Moto Trekks, Expeditions, etc....). Something simple and not overly costly.
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  6. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Romanousky,
    Thanks for the info. I recently scored a pair of 25L BMW Atacama bags from my local BMW dealer. As we know, they are the BMW version of the Mosko BC 25L bags. They are too pricey for some, but I vividly remember in Seward, BC I wanted to get the bags off the bike and take them in the hotel room. In the steady pouring rain. At that moment, price became a non-factor.

    This weekend I mounted the side plates on my Minimalist Racks. I'm going to pack them today and give them an off-road camping test run tonight.
    Those other bags I used on this trip had a respectful ceremonial burial.

    I'll post a few photos of these bags and the mounts.
    Dave
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  7. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    IJustWantMyZBack,
    The cot and bivy/tent are in pre-production still. The beta version I have with me is being evaluated for the production models.
    Like motorcycle seats, different sizes are being considered.
    Two lengths: 7 ft or 8 ft.
    Two tent heights: short (bivy) or tall (tent)

    I am testing the 8ft short (bivy) model.

    The rain fly is a separate unit that gets setup first so one can assemble the cot and bivy/tent while you are protected from the rain. The rain fly could be described as a tent with no bottom and the fabric covers the cot bivy/tent like a large umbrella. Once the cot and bivy/tent are assembled, the rain fly securely attached to that system. The rain fly structure is about 12 inches away from the bivy/tent mesh (for appropriate ventilation)

    Production feasibility is being carefully considered at this time.
    Dave
  8. IJustWantMyZBack

    IJustWantMyZBack n00b

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    Understood, thank you for the follow up!

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  9. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Still figuring out the best location on the side racks to mount the bag receiving plates, but so far, I like the user-friendly-ness of these side bags.
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    They pop right off the bike. Took a brief moment to go from the above picture, to this:
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    nice.

    My shake-down ride was good.
    The road was rough and lots of big bumps with some air.
    The bags hang well with the front wheel off the ground.
    The bags are thin, too. They don't stick out as far as some racks mounted with other hard/soft bags.
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    The built-in bottle holders are good because I will always need 4 bottle holders whenever I ride with these bags.
    In these pics, I have two 1L fuel bottles, one gatorade bottle, and one 750ml wine bottle '15 cab (1/2 empty this morning).
    The bottle holders will hold 1.5L fuel bottles and those fat gatorade bottles, too.
    The Molle thingees on the bottom of the bags will be utilized for my longer trips. Extra 1.5L fuel bottle and large water bottle.
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  10. Noel Johnson

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    This entire thread is a great reminder that the only commodity that truly has value is time. Forty-seven days on the road.
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