San Francisco to Deadhorse to on a BMW K1600GT?? Bad Idea?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Blackfin31, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. Blackfin31

    Blackfin31 Adventurer

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    I only have one bike....and it's a 750 pound pig...Am I crazy for even thinking about this?....Should I just bite the bullet and get a GS just for this trip?...My experience...rode dirt bikes in the sand and hills as a kid...Had Honda's, Triumphs, Harley's as a kid....Quit riding for 40 years after I started Medical School, a family and practice.

    Started riding in earnest again in the past 5 years, had a R1200GS, R1200RT and now a K1600GT...Put 50,000 miles on the K16 in three years, and 20,000 on the GS and RT...I like to ride...


    San Francisco to Deadhorse on a BMW K1600GT...What do you think?


    Paul
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  2. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    Park your bike in our warehouse and ride one of our bikes to deadhorse. The K1600 can do it under ideal conditions, but the conditions are rarely ideal. One trip will age your bike 5 years!
    Keith
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  3. KHuddy

    KHuddy Survivor

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    Keith is a genius. Mind him.
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  4. interiorak

    interiorak Been here awhile

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    Yes ! Wise words.
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  5. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer

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    Any bike can make the trip.
    Full dressers, baggers, hard tail choppers, scooters, mopeds, sport bikes... it's all been done.
    The question is if you want to ride your bike on the haul road up to Deadhorse and beat it up while coating it with calcium chloride.

    I agree with the others that it would be much better in all ways to park your bike for a few days and ride a properly set up rental.

    Other than the long dirt road up to Deadhorse your bike will be excellent for the trip. :thumb
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  6. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Paul, I have to agree with my colleagues above......your K16GT will make the ride.....but at what expense ? As Keith said, leave it in their garage, and use a better suited...more reliable bike...that won't be damaged to the tune of several thousands of dollars by riding just from Fairbanks up to Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse.

    Oh, as a fun jab...if you rode MORE reliable bikes, you would be able to ride MORE miles than what you have listed in post # 1. :jack

    Now, get out there and ride....dang it. :ricky
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