Edit: I just posted more pics on pg 3 of this thread. Pre-report tally: Miles traveled: 8800mi in 25 days Bikes dropped: 3 (each of us dropped it once!) Other VStrom & BMW adventure bikes seen in 8800 miles: 239048239487234 Other VFRs seen in 8800 miles: 2 I discovered the Adventure Rider forum in early 2009. The first thread that got me sucked in was Amblin About in North America. After reading that and a few other threads, I had made up my mind - I too would ride to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. I registered www.alaska2011.com in late 2009 and planned the trip for 2011. In late 2010 I had two more friends confirmed for the trip - Dave and his 2010 BMW F650GS (Twin) and Reid with his CBR F3 (but looking for a new bike for the trip - bought a VStrom 650 w/ ABS). I've got a 2004 Honda VFR800 w/ ABS. Both Reid & I hadn't taken a trip longer than about 1200 miles before... and Dave not much more that that. We all do semiregular do 2.5 day (after work Fri to Sun night) rides to the Sierra Nevada mountain roads, however... 600-800 mile weekend trips. At the beginning of the ride, I had about 50k of riding experience (All on Honda VFRs, no dirt), Dave had about 25k (He did have a DR650 for awhile, but little dirt experience), and Reid 15k (no dirt experience). While I knew my VFR was absolutely the wrong bike for the trip from day 1, it's what I've got. When I started trip planning, I'd be evaluating my finances to see if another bike would be in the cards. It wasn't. While I officially have no dirt experience, if a dirt/gravel road helps me complete a curvy road loop in the mountains, I go for it. With a challenge comes an adventure. So.. I've probably done maybe 50 miles of dirt roads on the VFR. That should prepare me for the Top of the World & Dalton highways, right? Prep Reid, Dave, and I scheduled monthly planning meetings to drink beer, talk about how awesome of a trip this will be, and occasionally talk about actual planning. We decided that we should probably camp about half the time to save money. The Alaska trip certainly did give me an excuse to spend money on gear. I had been wearing the same Aerostich roadcrafter for 10 years and it was finally falling apart. After researching replacement suit options available, I ended up buying another roadcrafter. I'm happy with my decision. I'm picky when it comes to gloves and finally found a set of new Dianese gloves that fit me fine. I bought a pair of TCX MatrixII boots 2 years ago and they are still in good condition. Picked up a new Shoei RF1100 to replace my 2-3 year old HJC FS-15. Bike: I already had the factory luggage set for my bike, a starcom advance communicator,a zumo550, and a kenwood 2 way radio. I had to start thinking about a packing strategy, tools, tires, and camping gear. I generally work on my own bike but I let a local mechanic do a plug change and give it a once-over. Chain only had 10k miles on it and was in good condition. Tires... well, that's a challenge for what is essentially a sportbike. I run Michelin Pilot Road 2s (now 3s) on the street. After doing lots of googling, the only tire that comes in a wide rear (180/55/17) rated for ANY dirt is the new tire that Pirelli developed for the new Multistrada: The Scorpion Trail (95% street 5% dirt). I wanted them on before I rode the Top of the World Highway (between Dawson City, YT and Chicken, AK), so I called Yukon Honda in Whitehorse 5 weeks before the trip and asked them to order me a set. Two weeks before I was scheduled to arrive, I gave them a call again to make sure everything was A-OK. They had the rear but the front was backordered. Uh-oh. I call my local dealer, he can get one the next day.. so I bought it locally and FedEx'd it (FedEx international air - 3 day, spent more on that than the tire). The tire got stuck in customs. More on that later. I purchased a REI Quarterdome T2+ tent, Jetboil Flash, & Big Agnes Grouse Mountain 15º down sleeping bag (I'm extremely happy with all of these products). Up to a month prior to departure, I started doing test packing. First, my clothes snugly packed in Rick Steves Packing Cubes which are easy to stuff in my top case: (1) Hat, (2) Champion G9 pants, (1) Warm pajama pants, (5) Base layer long underwear, (6) Pair socks, (2) T-Shirts, (1) Jeans, (1) Workout shorts,(1) Sweatshirt, (2) Boxers, (1) Long sleeve windbreaker top, (4) Base layer t-shirts, (2) Long sleeve tshirts, (1) Shorts. I had already found that under my aerostich, I am most comfortable and temperature versatile with the long underwear, then the G9 pants over them if it will be under 60ºF. Up top, a base layer moisture wicking t-shirt (+long sleeve t-shirt if <65ºF, + a long sleeve windbreaker top if <55ºF). I have an old Widder heated vest, but decided not to bring it. Also in my top case was a zip lock bag with toiletries and a zip lock bag with my electronics: 3 extra camera batteries, iphone/ipad charger, extra Lithium 8x AAAs for the SPOT, Kenwood radio charger. iPad2 loaded with: Milepost PDF, Service manual for all of our 3 bikes PDF, pre-paid international 3G data plan for Canada, camera connection kit to download pics from SD card and post online/email [iPad2 made an *excellent* trip companion]. In my left side case I was able to fit the jetboil, tent (although the poles were too long), sleeping bag, cup, bowl. In my right side case I put: Tools (multitool+screwdriver+everything needed to do an oil change, remove a wheel, plus a few extra). Slime motorcycle kit (includes slime and compressor, compressor has the same battery attachment as my battery tender). Additional tire valves and sticky rope repair kit, and 4 CO2 cartridges. I was pretty paranoid about tire problems. Food: Half a dozen mountainhouse meals, coffee (both ground [I bought the Jetboil coffee press attachment] and starbucks Via instant), powdered poweraid, oatmeal packets, power bars Other: Hot hands (large and small), nitrile gloves, alcohol wipes (good for instant showers AND starting campfires!), extra earplugs, clear visor, electrical tape, DEET for mosquitos, epoxy, excedrin, advil Netted down to the pillion seat were: Tent poles, camping chair, 2x Platypus 2L water bags, a pair of shoes. In my suit pockets: credit card+d/l in the sleeve pocket, license/reg/emergency contact info for all 3 of us + a nice Fenix LED flashlight in my other pockets.