Touring on a Ruckus

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by richardak, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. richardak

    richardak Been here awhile

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    I don't know if anyone has been following his trip. Mike left VA in May, went down to Key West, then up to Prudhoe Bay and is in Fairbanks now for at least a few more days. The trip is on a 49cc Ruckus. His blog is at LINK.

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  2. Full Power

    Full Power Long timer

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    First rule of ADV-CLUB:
    " Bring enough bike"
    I guess 49cc will do.
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    F'n awesome.
    wonder how many(few) gallons fuel he used ?
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  3. Alaskahack

    Alaskahack Adventurer

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    His plate says 99 MPG

    What a great blog also
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  4. Herkjerk

    Herkjerk Been here awhile

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    Awesome! I don't feel so small on my 225 now!
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  5. GSAnderson

    GSAnderson Wandering Swede

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    Amazing.
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  6. Rodknee

    Rodknee the post is mightier than the sword...

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    wow, remind me not to bitch about my 990 being slow... :eek1
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  7. Bigbob1

    Bigbob1 Rain Rider

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    We ran into him in Teslin about the 15th of the month. He was heading north at the time. Nice guy to talk with.
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    MartiniUp Long timer

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    And very brave!
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  9. TigerOwner

    TigerOwner LostInAlaska

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    Slowing down and smelling the roses. I love it!
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  10. AK Bob

    AK Bob AKAM

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    That you just Got to Have the latest and greatest adventure bike...
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  11. KHuddy

    KHuddy Survivor

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    Ya, it shows you do not have to have the latest and greatest, but few of us would feel comfortable traveling like Mike has been doing. I admire his toughness and adventurer's spirit, but it is not the way that I, and I venture to say most other riders, would choose to do it. He reminds me of Malcolm Rose, the Brit who passed thru Fairbanks in 2010. At age 70, he rode his first ever motorcycle, a Honda Rebel 250, from Chile to Argentina to Deadhorse and continued across Canada to New England. Unfortunately he died in an accident in NH. Mike and Malcolm are special breed of adventurers for sure.

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  12. Full Power

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    I have a reliable reported sighting of Mike and Ruckus in Homer.
    IF any one has phone or electronic contact, please extend the intrepid 49 cc road warrior my invitation for free camping space, and his choice of hot or cold beverages.
    Send him to Fullpower, maintenance facility, and hospitality await.
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    THANKS.
    Dean
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  13. brbo

    brbo Been here awhile

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    Wow - just wow,, good on him !!

    Thanks for the url I'll have to read this one..
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  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    Mike is very well known in the Mid-Atlantic ADV community and is a very accomplished rider, irregardless of bike or road surface. Mike has a stable of bikes and chose the Ruck for this epic trip. The choice was not forced by circumstance, he has also toured extensively on his 12GS.

    Try to hang with Mike if you happen to find him riding a full frame moto...mountain roads or gravel, good luck to ya.
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  15. tiny-wheel-200

    tiny-wheel-200 Been here awhile

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    Saw that guy driving down seward meridian this evening...
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  16. Alaskajeff

    Alaskajeff Long timer

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    Driving into A-Town Sunday evening I saw him on the Glenn northbound on the flats:D NOT a difficult bike to miss given his speed and size.
    "You go Glenn Coco"
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  17. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Howdy everyone!

    I am that loon riding a 49cc scooter across North America. I am humbled by the kind words and encouragement you've shown me here on this post. Wow.

    Sure I have an 1150GS in the garage but that's too easy. Been there, done that, got the scratches and Hall Effect sensor failure in the rain and FD failure. Don't get me wrong I love the GS but it can be hard to hide behind bushes or in drainage pipes for the night.

    I left my job as Cartographer for Arlington County Govt in May and set off on my 2012 Ruckus. I tagged the buoy marking the southernmost point in the US in Key West, FL then turned tail to Deadhorse, Alaska. I've seen some amazing sights and most importantly, met wonderful people of all walks of life.

    12500 miles on the trip so far and only $550 spent in gas averaging 101.2 mpg. $4 spent on lodging for a militant camp host in VA. Stealth camping or welcoming fabulous hospitality along the way has broadened my horizons to the kindness of fellow man and traveller.

    I'm currently in Wasilla visiting with Alaskahack and hoping to head out in te morning on the Glenn Hwy to McCarthy and the Kennecott mine for a photo(ob)session.

    My next goal is to reach Baja MX by Christmas and then...who knows?

    Check out my blog below for more details. Sorry if you got stuck behinds but I doubt that was the case. I ride around with one eye in my mirror and the other on the road. I may have a lazy eye by end of this journey but I'll try to look you in the eye when talking.
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  18. bobglaub

    bobglaub Adventurer

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    I passed you a few days back. (could have been a few weeks ago, I have no sense of time up here). I was impressed with your little bike and all the stuff you had loaded onto it. You politely waved me by. Keep it up man and I envy you. I wish I could quit and go on an adventure. But I end up spending all my monies on Farkles for my KLR. maybe next season once i'm all outfitted.
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  19. RocketMan

    RocketMan Out Rocketing

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    Hey, Mike. just found out about your Ruckus adventure from Jim VB.

    :wave:wave:wave

    Awesome fucking ride Dude!

    Makes me want to throw a leg over my CB125 and meet ya in Baja. :D

    So, you gonna try for Cabo San Lucas once you get to Baja? Lands End is pretty spectatular and the town is a pretty nice place for a lay over.

    See ya again, some day.....

    RocketMan
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  20. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Nice! Thanks for the well wishes. I'm down in Spokane, WA now soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the 70 degree weather. I look forward to my next adventures up in the land of the midnight sun. :norton
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