Three of TBDBITW Ride to Alsaka

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by eemsreno, Aug 19, 2015.

  1. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Shortly after the Super Teneres came to the USA, Snakebitten coined the phrase " The Biggest Dirt Bike In The World " TBDBITW.
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    So the three of us planned a trip to Alaska to just find out how true that is.
    I'll be slow at getting this ride report up, I must have a thousand pictures to go through and I want to show you a lot of them.

    We rode for 20 days
    26 miles short of 11,000
    Left home July 30th 2015
    Back home yesterday August 18th
    My bike had 104,052 miles on it to start the trip and has 115,026 miles on it now.
    Joey, my son-in-law, just picked up a 2012 with 1,800 miles on it just one month before we left.
    Matt has had his for 3 and a half years and had about 25,000 on his when we left home.

    So here is some sample pictures to just see if you are interested in following along.

    Joey, Matt and Steve
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    Atigun Pass Alaska. Aug. 11th
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    Telkwa Pass, B.C.
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    Stikine River Abandoned Rail bridge
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    So I'll be working on this for a while.
    Thank You.
    Steve
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  2. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Some more info about the ride.

    Camping,
    We camped every night of the trip. No motels , Well we did stay one night at the Mactung Hilton.
    We remote camped for free all but 4 nights.
    Never paid more than $6.00 each to camp and that was at a provincial campground off the south end of the Alaska Highway.

    Weather,
    I thought we probably had some of the best weather anyone could have riding 20 days to Alaska and back.
    We seen some rain in the first part of the trip but it had no effect on our riding or places we would ride.
    By far the most rain we seen was on the last day coming home when we got close to and into Iowa.
    The hottest we seen was in the low 90s on the way out past Sturgis.
    The coldest we seen would have been on Atigun Pass trying to get to Deadhorse.
    It did freeze one more night and that is when we camped at the start of the Dempster Highway.

    Photography
    I mostly just use a $100. pocket camera that I had with me in 2011 when my son and I rode to Alaska.
    I just keep it in my left outer coat pocket so I can get it out quick and easy.
    One time when I dropped it in the water it quit working and I had to use my back up camera for a day. That camera is probably 8 years old and is to large to fit in my pocket.
    I have never taken any photo classes so what you see is what you get.
    Selfies , Get real! Not on this ride report. " Not quite "

    Off Road.
    When I use the term "off road' I mean just that, If a car can go down it then it is not "off road"
    Sorry but roads like the Dempster are not Off road. It might have almost qualified as that a few years ago but not anymore.
    Just because a road is muddy from being rained on does not make it unrideable. We never varied our plans one bit because of rain and had no problems at all.
    Did we ride in mud?
    I think this qualifies.

    Telegraph Creek road
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    Telegraph Creek Mud.
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    Dalton Highway.
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    Bikes
    We all went with Mitas E-07 front and back and they were superb! After 11,000 miles of total abuse they still look like they have another couple thousand left in them.
    We tried to travel lite and not take stuff we didn't need.
    No Aluminum side boxes that might break our leg if we fall.
    We did change oil one time in Fairbanks.
    We did not air down for off road riding. Actually we had to air up about every 4 or 5 days because the tires would lose some air and we ran 40 psi front and back.

    Riding Gear
    I have a Triumph Navigator coat and BMW Rally pants and Sidi Gore Tex boots.
    All this gear proved to be totally water proof and of excellent quality.
    Notice that I do not have Yamaha Adventure clothes, That would be because they do not make or sell Adventure riding gear.
    Six months before leaving on this trip I called the Yamaha motorcycle customer relations number to ask them why they do not sell any adventure riding clothing.
    I told the lady I can't even buy a ball cap or tee shirt that say Super Tenere. Her reply was "I'm sorry, what model did you say?" She had never heard of a Super Tenere
    Yamaha motorcycle.
    It is just pathetic that Yamaha of Japan can build such an awesome motorcycle and Yamaha USA doesn't have a clue what they even have.

    Steve
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  3. woodsxr

    woodsxr Been here awhile

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    wow what an awesome ride
    I need a vacation like that
    thanks for sharing
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  4. Bug Dr.

    Bug Dr. Extroverted Loner

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    Nice trip......550 miles/day is nothing to sneeze at, especially when you consider the roads you were riding.

    In.
    Mike
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  5. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Day 1 7-30-15
    Miles today 1,006
    Home to Hardin, MT.

    We left home this morning around 3:45.
    There isn't a lot to report on today, just riding hard to get some of the miles out of the way.
    When we switched interstates from 29 to 90 in Sioux Falls, SD I noticed a guy and woman on two Harleys enter I90 behind us.
    We got right up to about 85mph with the posted speed of 80.
    Them two Harleys stayed within sight for about 100 miles then I noticed them starting to gain on us. So I told Joey over the Sena that they were going to make a move on us so he kicked it up a little and that held them off for another 50 miles. Then in the mirror I seen them really coming so I yelled " There is a woman on a Harley that's going to pass us" So Matt flew around Joey and we held 95 for 15 minuets and they faded out of sight and we never seen them again.

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    With Sturgis about to get started on their 75th anniversary we seen a lot of bikes on the road.
    We came into an area east of Sturgis that had bad wind sheers and we came up on an accident, A Harley rider was laying in the middle of the interstate with some people trying to get the traffic stopped from hitting him. He just had cowboy boots on and shorts, no helmet and very little skin left on his body, he was still alive but they had his head covered so no one could see.

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    We did take one lap around the Harley shop at Sturgis.
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    That night we just camped in a field out side of Hardin, Montana.
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  6. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Day 2 7-31-15
    584 miles today
    Hardin, MT to Just north of Crowsnest Pass on Allison Creek road.

    A lot of the day was riding through Montana and I thought it was very pretty .
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    When we got close to Glacier National Park we could see a lot of smoke.
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    Glacier was on fire and we could not enter the park.
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    Chief Mt.
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    We did go up into Waterton Lake Park on the Canada side.
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    At Crowsnest Pass is the most photographed tree in Canada.
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    That evening we rode up Allison Creek road to find a place to camp.
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  7. Killacurb

    Killacurb Dad

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    So glad you didn't let the HD's pass! Great RR, and awesome pics so far, subscribed!
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  8. zman-2002

    zman-2002 n00b

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    Wow 20 days and 11,000 miles and the next day you start a ride report:clap Take a day off man! Nice photos and report so far, I'll be following this one:-)
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  9. Powerslave

    Powerslave n00by tires that would be

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    Yep. Kick ass so far. Good stuff.
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  10. true grip

    true grip Been here awhile

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    Steve always impressed with your rides and the way you carry yourself,
    Looking forward to more!
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  11. sonnystile

    sonnystile Been here awhile

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    I'm in.

    100,000 miles on that bike is impressive!
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  12. U.P. Rider

    U.P. Rider U P R

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    +1, In here too!
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  13. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Day 3. 8-1-15
    Miles today 445
    South end of Allison Creek to just west of MT. Robson. B.C.

    Allison Creek road is now an ATV trail. The bridges have washed out and one new bridge they put in is a width restriction bridge.
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    I wish I could remember things more accurately , so don't take the things I say on here to factual.
    I would think though that Allison Creek trail was about 50 miles long. Very pretty riding! And most of it is an old road bed so only the missing bridge crossings were challenging.
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    Then after this creek crossing it turned back into a forest car road.

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    We did have to ride 272 miles before we found fuel again.
    We seen our first other Super Tenere on this trip south of Banff.
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    We rode the Ice Field Parkway today.
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    Mt. Robson, B.C.
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    Then it was time to camp.
    Just up in the woods will do.
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    That night the craziest sound was out side my tent in the woods, then it sounded like it was right next to my tent so I jump up looking all around when the noise happened again.
    It was this crazy guy right over my tent.
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  14. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Day 4. 8-2-15
    Miles today 448
    From just west of Mt. Robson to just west of Telkwa Pass, East of Terrace, B.C.

    Today we ride the most fun most challenging day of the whole trip. Telkwa Pass.
    Well most fun is debatable, because the whole trip was just a blast!
    Telkwa pass starts off west out of Telkwa, B.C. and is forest road for about 25 miles then about 15 miles of ATV trail then back to forest road the last 25 miles into Terrace.
    It's that 15 miles of ATV trail that took us about 3 and one half hours to complete.
    The whole road is very scenic even in the rain and drizzle we had most of the way.

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    This is one of my favorite pictures
    Roads don't get any better than this.
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    Then we got on the good ATV section.
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    Top Lake
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    Here at Middle lake there was 3 or 4 ATV guys with a small camp.
    When I rode up I said "hey have you guys seen our buddy come this way on his GoldWing"
    They told us it gets tough from here west.
    They took our picture here for us.
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    In this picture you can just see the ATV guys camp back there.
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    Remote!
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    Look at the wash out behind Joey, I don't think this trail will be open in a year or two.

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    I'm going to try putting up some video links here, hope they work for you.

    http://vid1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb389/eemsren/Alaska 2015/Alaska 2015 first pocet camera 226_zps3dgoqxnu.mp4

    http://vid1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb389/eemsren/Alaska 2015/Alaska 2015 first pocet camera 229_zps5xaw5jjv.mp4

    http://vid1203.photobucket.com/albums/bb389/eemsren/Alaska 2015/Alaska 2015 first pocet camera 230_zpssa3clxvq.mp4


    Then we came to an avalanche that thankfully we only had to go down over. There would have been no possible way to go up. I was a lot steeper than the picture show.
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    One bike at a time here.
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    Then it was time to camp.
    Next to the river here but you can't see it .
    We earned this camp tonight.
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    Here it is. Copper River
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  15. GSPD750

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    I'm really liking this report thus far. Pics are great too. Telkwa Pass on S10's....just wow. I like your riding itinerary which are some of my favorite side roads off of Hwy 16 and 37. :clap
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  16. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    I want to thank everyone that is reading along here and the nice comments.

    You may have noticed in this R.R. that I don't bother telling the details you already know.
    Anyone that travels already knows that we stopped for fuel or we stopped to eat, I don't need to tell you every time that the food was great. Food always taste great when your starved.
    I don't need to tell you that the lady behind the counter or that the waitress was nice, All ladies are nice aren't they.
    I might mention gas or food or a lady if there is anything significant about it.
    I have a lot of crazy stories yet to come so hang in there.
    Steve
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  17. Lollipop

    Lollipop Gator Bait

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    I'm in, bring it on. Great RR!!!
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  18. U.P. Rider

    U.P. Rider U P R

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    That looks like some rugged terrain for a big bike, good to know the S10 and the riders are up to the task! Thanks for the great report thus far!
    EDIT: What topcase is Joey using?
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  19. eemsreno

    eemsreno Super Tenere Rider.

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    Day 5. 8-3-15
    Miles today 415
    Just east of Terrace to Just North of Meziadin Junction.

    So this morning we just rode out the west end of Telkwa Pass forest road and into Terrace.
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    This morning is probably the closest I came to crashing and getting hurt.
    We were just cruising along on this nice forest road and we had crossed about three concrete bridges so I had let my guard down about these bridges. It was raining all morning and I came around a bend in the road with a bridge there, I was doing about 40 mph and at the last second I seen the bridge was wood planked. I tried to line up for the right side car planks but when my tires hit the slick planks I just shot right off in the center of the bridge. Luckily the drop down center has gravel built up in it so my tires got enough traction that I didn't slide across and hit the left planks that were about 4 inches higher than the center. I would have flown right over the side of the bridge head first.
    Like this bridge, but not this one.
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    When we rolled into Terrace we pulled into a Tim Hortons and there was a Super Tenere and a 1190 and 1290 parked out front.
    I went in and asked who was on the Tenere and it turned out to be " YamahaDav" "Deavinder" here on ADV Rider.
    KTMNorth "Tod" was on the 1190 and Raddog.1 "Jonathen"
    Sorry for the poor picture guys.
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    We rode with them most of the morning and just had a blast.
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    Vetter Falls
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    At Gitwinksihlkw
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    Nisga'a Lava beds
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    We rode with them out to Kincolith.
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    On the dirt road back to the Cassiar, Kiteen River
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    Then we had to keep moving north so we parted at Cranberry Junction and headed for Hyder, ALASKA!
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    On the way into Hyder this is the only black bear we ever got a picture of. We seen lots of other ones but wild life just didn't want their picture taken most of the time on this trip.
    I think that lady on the Harley must have gotten around us when we slept and frightened all the wild life.

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    Alaska at last for these two guys.
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  20. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Great report. Just the kind of ride I like.
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