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  1. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    The Crash

    I had made it to the start of the Dalton Highway marker and had stopped to take pictures. From this sign it’s 414 miles to Prudhoe Bay.
    Two bikes pulled up next to the sign and the riders asked me if I would take their picture.

    One of the riders asked “are you riding to the Arctic Circle?” I replied “I’m riding to Prudhoe Bay”
    They laughed and said “on that?” and added “if we see you in Prudhoe Bay we’ll take your picture” I replied “I’ll see you there”

    I saw them again on the side of the road just south of the Yukon River Crossing and waved as I rode by.
    I made a gas stop at the Yukon River Crossing. It’s one of only three gas stops on the 414 mile Dalton Highway.

    I headed north and was surprised to see them sitting in the road. This time one of them is sitting in a lawn chair. A very strange sight.
    Both bikes were standing there, one rider was standing next to the bikes and the other was in the lawn chair.

    I pulled up next to them and asked “are you taking a break?” The rider that was standing there said “no, he crashed, he went over the side and we’re waiting for help.”
    There was an SUV in front of them and they had given him the lawn chair to sit in. The rider was going to be airlifted to Fairbanks.

    I was talking to the rider that was standing and found out that both of them were from Wisconsin and lived near me.
    I looked at the rider sitting in the chair and said ”hey, how’s it going”. As he slowly turned and looked at me I realized this wasn’t the smartest thing I could have said.
    The next day I found out from a truck driver in Prudhoe Bay that the rider had broken 3 ribs and his shoulder, the bike a BMW GS 650 was also in bad shape.

    They were having a really bad day. They had missed the gas stop at the Yukon River Crossing and the crash ended their trip 350 miles from Prudhoe Bay.

    I found this video on YouTube. In the video the bike is still over the side. The internet is amazing –


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    From the video -

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  2. Tommys04c

    Tommys04c Adventurer

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    I found your adventures while seeing an old post of yours on a 'Your bike with a tank' thread. I read all of your ride reports today. Simply amazing. It's ride reports like yours that makes the cold winter alittle tolerable. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait for your next adventure.
    Btw, your bike kicks ass to.
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  3. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Thanks Tommy!!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
    I have been very fortunate to even be able to try the rides and very lucky on the rides.<o:p></o:p>
    I’m hoping I can try a few more.

    Thanks again!<o:p></o:p>
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  4. pkbinder

    pkbinder Kissing Moose

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    I enjoyed your ride report. It takes a special sot of guy to enjoy that kind of trip.
    I did a SS1000 around Lake Michigan and it was truly a piece of cake and a lot of fun. I was amazed that I never got tired or bored. I supose it was because I was so engaged in the speed/mileage/fuel considerations.
    Going to D2D in June on my 800GS. Paul
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  5. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Thanks Paul and congratulations on the SS1000!! :clap :beer
    I agree the IBA rides are fun.
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  6. onesaintsfan

    onesaintsfan BigJohnHart

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    doing that ride on that bike.........WOW!
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  7. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Thanks for the ride report. I had to share it with a friend who has a Vision. - David
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  8. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Thank you!
    I'm trying to be the first to do some some more extreme IBA rides on a Victory. Currently I have 5 "firsts" on a Victory.
    I am hoping to try a few more.
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  9. VTWIN-The Real VTWIN

    VTWIN-The Real VTWIN ZEPHYR

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    Amazing ride and thanks for posting. I am curious as to what Dunlop tire and size you used?
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  10. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    The rear tire is a 195/55R16 Dunlop Winter Sport run flat snow tire. I run 38 PSI.
    I like this tire, the traction in the rain was amazing. The best tire I have used on a road trip.
    Also worked great on the gravel and mud roads.

    The front tire was a Dunlop E3.
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  11. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Just got around to reading this...

    WOW!

    As a fellow VV rider, this is truly inspiring!

    Thanks for sharing.

    :thumb

    PS will be getting the run flat fitted to mine next.
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  12. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Thank you!!
    Riding a Vision did add to the challenge and the Vision 8-Ball is another inch lower than the standard Vision.
    I probably did the Dalton Highway slower than most.
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  13. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Late to the party, but glad I came.

    That's an incredible story you lived. :freaky
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  14. zoki1

    zoki1 Been here awhile

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    :clap:clap Good job , Nice info :clap:clap......Thanks !!!
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  15. TassieMark

    TassieMark Been here awhile

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    Hi Rollin,
    great trip and RR. Well done. This tyre info is just what I've been looking for. I hope I can get the same tyre in 17". The edges look pretty well rounded too.
    Regards,
    Mark.
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  16. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Thanks Mark!
    The Winter Sport worked well on this trip, the E3 didn't have great traction in the mud but it did last the full trip.
    I'm planning another off pavement trip on the Vision and I'm going to put a dual sport tire on the front. I will be using another Winter Sport on the rear.
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  17. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Rollin,

    I'm another fan impressed with the great rides you've done.

    The thing I don't understand is the Iron Butt pace. It seems like you can't really enjoy the "journey", while you're main focus is crunching miles, staying awake, and not running out of gas. I'm sure that you've had moments when you really want to stop at special places to soak in the view? It reminds me of people who travel to amazing locations for their jobs, and only experience the place from a conference room and the window of an airplane.

    Do you argue with your subconscious about what's more important as you pushing against the clock? Maybe you make a point to stop there on the trip back home?

    I think I'd have a hard time "staying in the race" while passing so many tempting places to stop. Especially after you've already proved yourself on so many previous endurance rides before.

    How do you do it? :ear
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  18. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Thanks Glen!

    I really enjoy the IBA rides. I like the planning and preparation and it's a nice feeling when the plan works!

    I do keep moving but I think I have still been able to see a lot and meet a lot of people. I also do a trip with my wife each year and that trip is done at a much slower pace.


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  19. StrokedNBored

    StrokedNBored Been here awhile

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    Awesome ride!

    I did my 48/10 in '13
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=945244


    The UCC is the current plan for '14... on the Street Glide. That belt guard is a really good idea... need to figure that one out.

    What kind of rear tire were you running? I can't make it out the specifics on it.
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  20. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black?

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    Thank you!

    The rear tire was a 195/55R16 Dunlop Winter Sport run flat snow tire and it worked well in all of the road conditions.

    The lower belt guard did add peace of mind when riding on miles and miles of gravel roads.

    Nice job on the 48/10, I enjoyed your story!!

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