Solo to Alaska on a KLR-650 a Decade Later

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by black 8, May 6, 2017.

  1. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    ~ Riding on US 97 quickly brought back past memories when I would come down from Spokane to San Diego for business or go to Disneyland with the family. It had been some 15 years since I’ve been on this road but somehow it’s like seeing it for the first time. I guess I had blinders on back then and only interested in getting from point A to point B. The speed limit was 65 mph but I chose to go 55 and enjoy a relaxing ride with some playlists I’ve created for this trip on the Scala Rider. There were too many great photo opportunities and I would recommend this route for the views alone.

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  2. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    ~ The sun was still high so I decided to stop for the evening at a KOA in Klamath Falls and set-up camp early to call the family letting them know everything is well and work on the next post. Afterwards I moseyed over to the KOA office/store and bought beer and a bundle of wood for the camp fire to wrap up the second day.

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  3. black 8

    black 8 Been here awhile

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    I need to stop being lazy and get out the DSLR! It's too easy to break out the iPhone which doesn't give the landscape any justice, thanks for reminding me.
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  4. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    So where do you sleep?
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  5. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    FWIW, I installed the Twisted Throttle 1" shorter kickstand on my KLR. Makes a huge difference when the bike is loaded.
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  6. Caxny

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    You, sir, are already a legend! And you haven't even left the states yet... :clap

    Thanks for the great pix and write-up...
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  7. bobbyimp

    bobbyimp Adventurer

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    I'm also doing this trip from SF to Alaska in 2018 in my Africa Twin. Wishing you a safe trip!

    Bobby
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  8. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    Bummer about the tip over. You'll need to make up a story about a crazy bird strike or something to tell all the non riders that are going to ask what happened.
    I cut a inch off of the kick stand on mine, you might do that when you get back.
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  9. Project Mayhem

    Project Mayhem Moto Aficionado

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    A thought (few and far between for me): Would it be helpful for someone (yes I'm volunteering) to get a replacement windscreen shipped to you somewhere? Friendly Inmate along the way or hold at a post office somewhere?
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  10. oneway

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    I had to replace a shock on my Alaska trip. Just get it shipped to a FedEx store. Show I.D. on pickup.
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  11. Bugzy

    Bugzy 2014 VStrom DL1000a

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    You could ship it to my place in delta bc canada if you are passing through this way. Happy to help.
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  12. NorthPole

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    Could ship to my place here in Fairbanks.
    Once you get in Alaska the highway condition report phone number is 511. I suggest you call that number before heading up the Dalton in case they are replacing a culvert and have the road closed for a day or so.
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  13. wallydude440

    wallydude440 n00b

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    I know I'm a little late to the party, but I'd still like to wish you good luck on your adventure. One day I hope to ride to Alaska. During my 26 years of Army service I tried many times to get stationed in Alaska but it wasn't in the cards for me. I look forward to your posts. Hooah!


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    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Just found this and really liken it!
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    There are several weld shops in San Diego that I've found to get the job done but I chose to forgo that option - in hind sight I should have done it and will probably get 'er done when I get back. Even though the preload is set to 4 with a 9k spring, the kickstand is so high it pushes the bike upright.
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    Really really appreciate the offer inmates and thanks for the idea. I was going to Macgyver the screen but shipping a new one is a better option.....

    I have the OEM screen and a new Zero Gravity screen at home. Oddly enough my wife worked for the UPS Store while we lived in Alaska. I am currently in Spokane, WA and will serve as my forward operating base for two or three days while I go on a photo safari. I'll call her and get her to 2nd day one of the screens... :thumbup
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    Cheers from Whitehorse, Yukon and a new KLR convert. She'll get you a speeding ticket on any road in Canada. [​IMG]

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    Rider1807 Love To Ride

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    If you come through Seattle I would be glad to shorten it for you. Shouldn't take too long. PM me if you are interested.
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    black 8 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the kind comments inmates and much appreciated.

    As stated in the beginning I'm paying-it-forward from previous adventurers that have written RR helping riders like me; that and so family can follow along.

    An unintended consequence would be to inspire other inmates to get out here and create their own adventure as I was inspired from those that have gone before.
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    There is a separate sleeping area. I can also sit in the garage with the bike when it rains.

    That photo was a test fit - I took off the panniers and pushed the bike in sideways as much as I could to give me more elbow room and stuffed the gear opposite the bike.