Two more WR250R's Washington to Alaska

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ManLee, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. Sidehil

    Sidehil Adventurer

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    I know your gonna say it so I will. This is the last place I slept on my fancy insulated Big Agnes air mat that I was so proud of. Saved 50 bucks at the REI sale and then left it there. I think those jealous Harley boys (stole it).:1drink Carry on with the thread Manley :freaky
  2. ManLee

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    I hadn't forgot about your mattress. Don't know if it was them but they definitely had room in their trailers. I almost forgot about those guys. They were funny. Not funny ha ha though.

    First let me say that we ran into all kinds of people from all over the world on all kinds of bikes. In general it did not matter what you were riding, BMW, Harley, Triumph, KTM, KLR Suzuki, Yamaha, most people were having a great time and wanted to share their stories and hear about yours. We arrived at the campground in Carmacks at the same time as 3 guys all on identical full dress Harleys. All 3 were pulling fairly large utility trailers. Despite the fact that we arrived together, parked next to each other, and set up camp next to each other, they never said a word to us, never made any eye contact with us or did anything to acknowledge that we even existed on the same planet as them.

    The next morning I was loading my bike up next to the head dude sporting a full on Paul Tuttle mustache who was loading his trailer. A father and his little boy walked by and started checking out his bike.

    Father to son: "I'll bet you'd like one of those some day"
    Harley dude: "I don't blame him!"
    Father: "He'd probably want a Honda though."
    Me: I don't blame him!"


    Man I cracked my self up.:rofl

    Working on Day 9 right now.
  3. ManLee

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    Day 9 June 29, 2013
    Carmacks, YT to TOK, AK
    411 Miles


    This was our longest day of riding on the trip. Good thing we broke camp early and headed for Dawson.

    We stopped in Pelly Crossing for fuel but they weren't open yet and we had plenty to make it to the next town. We BS'd with this local for a while. He was quite the character. Dean asked him what he did in the winter. He said he reads and tries to stay warm. Must be a long winter.
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    The town fox. She's been showing up the last few years, has a litter of pups then leaves.
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    All pavement to Dawson. The 3 Harley's with trailers are in front of us. They went by us as we were pulling out from getting fuel. We followed them for about 100 miles until it started to rain and they pulled over to put rain gear on. Probably didn't want to get their assless chaps wet.:D
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    Whats left of this dredge is just off the highway on the way into Dawson. I had way points for a couple of the dredges that are still intact. I wanted to see these but my gps map of the Yukon was not great and the one road I went down had a big locked gate. Maybe you can't access them anymore without going on a tour? I don't know but I want to go back someday and see them.
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    Dawson is a very touristy town but I think it would be fun to stay a night and check it out. It was early in the day, the town was packed and the one place we checked did not have any vacancies. We decided to eat another burger then hit the road.
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    Yukon Ferry Crossing at Dawson.
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    If you take the Top of the World Highway just imagine the most beautiful scenery in every direction. Imagine, that's what we had to do because it was completely socked in, cold, wet, and muddy. We passed 2 guys coming towards Dawson on sport bikes and they were creeping along white knuckling it. That did not look like fun. I was up on the pegs and flew by with one hand on the throttle and the other hand waiving just to show off. Man I was on a roll today cracking myself up.
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    Eventually it opened up enough to see something. Would be spectacular on a bluebird day.
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    Seems odd to come to a boarder crossing way up here in the mountains.
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    Once we crossed the boarder the weather and the road conditions improved rapidly.
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    By the time we got to Chicken it was hot out. We didn't feel like stopping to camp yet and we decided to try and make TOK so we would have a short ride into Fairbanks the next day. Until I got home and started looking at other reports I forgot there was more to Chicken than the gas and gift shop. We never made it into town. Looks neat from the pictures I saw. Another one for next time.
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    We made it to Tok. There were several fires in the area and it wast hot and smokey. We had a good meal at Fast Eddies and stayed in the motel there. Tomorrow on to Fairbanks.:clap
  4. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Great report! Curious what tires you guys are running, and how they held up?
  5. ManLee

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    We both ran a Dunlop 606 on the rear and a Pirelli MT21 up front. We changed tires in Fairbanks with about 4000 miles on them. Fronts were about 1/2 gone and only cupping a bit. The rears were pretty worn but we might have gotten another 1000 miles out of them. I was happy how they both performed.
  6. HPTuner

    HPTuner Been here awhile

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    Awesome report & pics! I'm loving it!
  7. RACINGTHESUN

    RACINGTHESUN Been here awhile

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    Because of you guys, I went and bought a WR250R also. You know dog house hasn't been used in my vocabulary for a long time, but I'm back! On the flip side, really love the bike.:clap
  8. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Great report. There is a road between Ross River and Johnson's Crossing (Hwy1 north of Teslin) called the South Canol. It is about 135 miles of the best roller coaster dirt I've been on. The road becomes the North Canol at Ross River. It is tighter and slower undulating its way northeast to the NWT border. You need about 300 miles of fuel range to go to NWT border and back. I mentioned the Alcan5000. The club hosting the vent spotted fuel for us at the border and prepared us a camp. :thumb Most of us had under 200 miles fuel range.

    I liked the TOW road too. It was raining for us in the 2006 Alcan5000 and muddy, but I had knobbys and the mud was pretty tacky. We also ate at that place in Tok. Pretty good!

    I find the WR250R very smooth and more than capable. My friends ride KLR650's and they are comparable for cruising together on long trips. They generally cruise under 70mph because of oil consumption, so that is a happy speed for me. Climbing long grades at altitude are comparable as well. The little Yamaha motor is really a slice off the R1 superbike motor. It makes it's power at much higher revs than a typical single. It is not stressed there because the revs are still lower than an R1.

    Looking forward to more. Thanks for posting this. Thanks for the great pics too.
  9. ManLee

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    I'd blame Bigdog. His website sucked me in. I guess that's why they call it the doghouse.
  10. ManLee

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    Day 10 June 30, 2013
    Tok, AK to Fairbanks, AK
    210 miles

    Short report for today. All pavement, all Alcan.


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    Dean, where did your legs go?
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    When we got to Fairbanks we changed oil and filters in the Walmart parking lot and they happily took our used oil at the quick lube. Got a really nice room across the street at the Hampton Inn. Hot tub, swimming pool, free breakfast.

    I took a pic of my GPS at the end of every day to track milage. One should to pay attention to whats in the background before you hit the go button though.:eek1
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  11. 2wiresdave

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    What a great RR. What gearing were you guys running?
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    WR is going to be in my future for sure, been wanting one , great RR
  14. Sidehil

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    Supersprox 50 and 14 up front. Big Dog and Ding Weed are our inspiration.:clap
  15. ManLee

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    Day 11 July 1, 2013
    Fairbanks, AK to Galbraith Lake, AK
    370 Miles

    Today we ride the haul road. I already said that Day 3 on the Gang Ranch was one of the best days of riding but Day 11 on the Dalton had it all. Good riding, amazing scenery and great weather.


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    We talked to this guy at the Yukon River Crossing. He had done this on his bike a few years back and now was repeating it via Jeep with his wife.
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    Yukon River Crossing
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    We saw this thing quite a bit along the road. Not sure what it is. If anyone knows chime in.:evil
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    Here it is again. Weird.:rofl
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    Finger Mountain. There it is right behind the shitter.
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    The Arctic Circle. Cant miss this photo op.
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    Dean packed this shirt from a fly fishing shop in Montana all the way here just to get this pic. Notice I snapped it at just the right moment when the horsefly landed on the shirt.
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    This was our tour guide for the day. He worked in Deadhorse at the airport keeping wildlife off the runway. We first ran into him at the Yukon Crossing and saw him at all the stops along the way. Really nice guy and it was fun to have someone who knew the area to chat with.
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    A couple of moose in the distance at Grayling Lake
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    I borrowed our tour guides binoculars and used them as a telephoto lens.
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    I kept my camera in my tank bag to take pictures on the fly. On Day 1 I tried to get the camera out for the first time and gave up thinking I cant take a pic and ride at the same time. By Day 11 I was getting the hang of it.
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    More Day 11 to come.
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    Incredible ride report, but it's the performance of those WR's that is just amazing! I'm unhappy with my F650GS and I'll have to try one of those WR's.
  17. Off Road USA

    Off Road USA Been here awhile

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    That weird thing is the trans Alaska pipeline moving hot oil south ,at least I'm pretty sure thats what it is ,great report by the way o have been following you guys as o to am a proud owner of a wr
  18. ManLee

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    Day 11 Continued

    The road had been closed for 12 hours to replace a bridge deck 20 miles north of Coldfoot. It was scheduled to open at 7PM. The weather was so good we decided to wait for it to open and try to make Galbraith Lake.

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    They moved us to the front of the line and it opened promptly at 7:00
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    Going Down Atigun Pass. I expected that it wouldn't be as steep and narrow as the TV show portrays. It's not, it's steeper. I wouldn't want to be a truck driver here in the winter. At least they don't have many bikes to dodge then.
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    Plus there is a sharp 90+ degree corner at the bottom.
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    We camped at Galbraith Lake. We had heard that the mosquitos were apocalyptic. That was not an exageration. Head nets and deet were a must. You can see by the smile on Deans face that he has yet to discover that he lost his Big Agnes air matress and would spend the night on the gravel.
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  19. BigDogAdventures

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    Weird how the mosquitoes numbers can be different for people.
    We had zero mosquitoes at Galbraith--------------but 2 grizzlies.

    Mom---and cub :huh:huh:huh

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  20. ManLee

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    As soon as we stopped you were engulfed in a swarm. We talked to a couple different road workers and they said the bugs had not been this bad in 10 years. After Atigun, besides the birds we saw no wildlife what so ever. Probably chased off by the bugs.