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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    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
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  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.
    20171016_064902.jpg

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

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    My hat is off to you. My small bike was my BMW 650 Dakar, but my new to me BMW G450x looks a lot like your bike. I do plan on outfitting it for out west minimalist camping, but never a cross country, let alone AK trip. I'm especially interested in your camping setup being light, compact, quick to set up, and stow. Keep us posted. Right now I'm looking at a GiantLoop , but would also like to explore your bag setup, but don't know how the mounting system would adapt to my bike. What should I Google to get more info? Thanks.
  12. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    djroszina,

    Thanks - I really like this bike because it is the lightest Enduro with a 6,000 mile service interval. I love the power.
    I'm going over it right now on it's 12,000 mile service/inspection and all components look very good.
    It is an improvement over the KTM 690 Enduro.

    as for the luggage....
    I got these bags at my local BMW dealer.

    Maybe google BMW Atacama Bags for some general info.
    Your BMW dealer may have more detailed info on these bags and their mounting hardware.

    Dave
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  13. djroszina

    djroszina Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I just perused the Mosko Moto site and found some interesting items there, and will check out the Atacama bags.
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    FamilyRider Been here awhile

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    Could you elaborate on why the Husky 701 is better than the KTM 690? Is the Husky really a better bike? Or are you comparing a new Husky with an older KTM?

    Thanks.
  15. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    FamilyRider,

    I had a 2013, then a 2014, then a 2015 KTM 690. I estimate 30,000 combined miles.
    I waited for the improved Duke engine to be put in the KTM 690, but only Husqvarna did that in their 2017 701 models.

    If I were rating these bikes out of 5:
    - the 2015 KTM 690 Enduro R is a 4.5
    - the 2017 Husqvarna 701 Enduro is a 4.7

    The KTM 690 is definitely a formidable machine and, oh yes, I rode this same Alaska trip on my 2013 690. I did have a Touratech comfort seat.

    Some improvements from the 2015 KTM 690 Enduro to the 2017 Husky 701 Enduro are:
    - Smoother, more powerful engine, valve checks and adjustments are greatly simplified. NO rollers on the cam followers to fail.
    - Better suspension, extra travel, machined triple clamps
    - Larger 13L gas tank (vs 12L)
    - rubber-damped handlebar mounts
    - Plastic body panels fit better and are more narrow up at the radiator/knee area
    - already mounted with Conti TKC80 tires (my tire of choice)
    - hi vis LED brake/tail light
    - 2 year factory warranty

    Some un-improvements
    - dashboard/speedo has less information, I miss the temp gage and gear indicator
    - no 'real' OEM luggage racks like the KTM 690
    - available aftermarket goodies still evolving

    Dave
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    Thanks for that comparison Dave, good to hear from the experienced. Odd(to me) how much I like a gear indicator and simplification of design. Not at the expense of fun factor, however!
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    I don't know about a 6kmi service interval but I have a 180mi range. Interesting trip and report style, thus far. Thanks to @Ratman for turning me on to it.
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    Whats da bum and the 701 up to? Those sidebags ended up being pretty likable?
  20. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Foot dragger,

    Still in love with the 701 Enduro.

    Love the BMW Atacama 25L sidebags. They are eggzactly what I needed: Easy On, Easy Off, Waterproof, Soft.

    Since my side bag problem is resolved, I recently focused on my tail bags.
    Before, I used two bags for my camping gear. I have been entertaining getting that down to one.
    I didn't like all the clips and extra danglies on my REI bag, and wanted something I could get everything in and be waterproof, without a bunch extra stuff on the outside.
    I saw Touratech has an Ortlieb 45L MOTO zip-n-go waterproof bag with a beefy zipper. (I don't like duffle bags that roll to close)
    Touratech internet photo:
    {I can't post the photo in the newest version of Mac OSX}
    here's the link:
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    It works well, I haven't strapped it to the bike, but it holds all my camping gear and my sleeping bag. It weighs 23 Lbs. Not bad for my giant 8' x 4' portable house and camp chair.

    Now, all I have are 2 side bags, one tail duffle bag, and a tank bag.
    Simple traveling for a simple bum.
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