Yukon Alaska Bound 09... 4 guys ride the 3D's!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by CAGE FREE, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. CAGE FREE

    CAGE FREE Been here awhile

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    Back in 2007 I had the idea of riding my motorcyle to Alaska. Not knowing anything about Canada or Alaska only hearing of the Alaska Hwy. That summer my brother was getting married. That meant all my family would be hear to tell them of my idea and ask if they are interested in riding along with me. Right away my brother Mark was in so was Dad and Alvin. Now all we needed was bikes and a plan.

    This will be my first real post and my first ride report so hang on. I work with metal all day so not very good at writing or typing. I will try to give info on the bikes and the gear as I go along. Ok lets get this ride going.

    Now we have a plan. We plan for 11,400 miles in 30 days averaging 380 miles per day. AZ crew 1,000 miles less. We plan to camp most every night and do our own tire changes. My brother Mark and I will ride from Kannapolis NC to Rugby ND, the center point of North America. Dad and Alvin our Step Dad will be riding from Show Low AZ to Rugby ND. We will Be leaving on June 06 2009. Plan to be back to work July 7th. This gives us two years to prepare.

    P.S. The 3D's are the DEMPSTER, DALTON AND THE DENALI HWYS.
    P.S. There are only three bikes that ride back to the states.


    We bought some bikes My brother and I bought new Stroms mine is an 07 Marks is an 08. Alvin went the used route alot more affordable with all boxes and ready to go his is also an 07. My dad was the first to buy a bike he went with an almost ready to go 2006 BMW Dakar 650.


    Here is my bike the Silver 07 and my brothers Flat black 08 in the Smokey Mountains.
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    Mark and I took Our first practice ride in June of 08. Four hundred miles in one day Kannapolis NC to the Smokey Mountians and found some dirt roads to ride. Our butts were so sore this being my first ride over 100 miles at one time. This is Marks first street bike and first long ride of any kind.

    Now I go home in Oct 08 to visit family. Dad and I go on a practice ride while I was out there. We ride from Show Low AZ down through the Salt river. Some of the best roads in AZ. Head from Globe to Morenci AZ there is a huge open pit mine there. We are on hwy 191 heading North to Alpine. What a scenery change you start in the desert where it was about 80 degrees and head up to the Mountains and the Aspen trees. Just a great day for a ride. Dad road his 81 sportster all day and I got to ride his Dakar. I really like the Dakar.
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    The dragon of the Southwest Hwy 191 use to be hwy 666.
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    Now that was a fun 400 mile day in AZ with dad.

    Alvin finally buys his bike in early 2009 with all the boxes and bike gear.

    Here are the riders:
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    Now lets get to the ride report.
    Time to head out! We leave for our adventure at 7:00 am June 06 2009. All the NC family is here to watch us leave and wish us luck and a safe ride. My friend Nathan rides over on his CB900f to ride the first 50 miles with us.

    Day 1 June 6th
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    One of the hardest bye bye's ever. To my son and my wife Melissa.
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    Lets Roll.
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    Tomorrow I will post Day 1 and beyond.
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  2. Bluesjammer

    Bluesjammer Adventurer

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    Can't wait to follow this!!!!! I want to see how the V Stroms handle Alaska, it's on the short list of adventure tourers I'm looking at. How do they do!!!!

    Steve
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  3. kootenay kid

    kootenay kid Lets Ride

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    Looks good, lets have it.
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  4. agplant

    agplant Ride Fast Travel Slo

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    Hope you don't mind if I tag along.
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  5. smilin jack

    smilin jack Grandpa Adventurer

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    Looks like your wearing Kathmandu Pants and Jacket. I just got some and am interested in how the riding gear performs on your long trip. Haven't worn mine yet... still wearing the FirstGear insulated rain suit. It's the best and doesn't leak.

    The highway worker vest helps cage drivers see me. I always wear it.

    Dave

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  6. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    :lurk sounds like an adventure is about to unfold..............
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  7. BluegrassPicker

    BluegrassPicker Been here awhile

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    Can we have more details on your water bottle setup .... :jkam
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  8. Mullet

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    Right on!! I plan on a similar trip in the near future.
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  9. VascoMerlin

    VascoMerlin He'll Stab Your Cat

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    I noticed that even though you chose the same steed, you farkled them slighty different. I am interested to hear the comparisons.

    How did the windshields perform?

    And I hate to ask the question as to which set of crash-bars worked better.... Don't want to imply that you had to use them... haha.

    Thanks
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  10. CAGE FREE

    CAGE FREE Been here awhile

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    Shall we continue?

    Before I start day 1 I am going to give a little info on the two DL650 V-Stroms and our gear.

    2007 Strom. Marks 2008 Strom flat black
    Crash bars built at home. Marks bike Givi crash bars weld skid plate tabs
    Pannier Mount and rack built at home
    Pelican cases for panniers. Marks Military boxes Kitchen use
    Rear rack home built
    Radiator guards home built
    Oil cooler relocation Touratech. My 07 has home built guard on cooler.
    Seats Day long
    Windshield National cylce V stream. Marks Givi
    Tires Tourances. Marks Stock Battle wings
    17 tooth front sprocket
    Hand guards Suzuki w/ ext. Marks Suzuki
    Wolfman tank bag. Marks Joe rocket tank bag
    Powerlet plug by key
    AP 2 fuse box under seat
    Cigarette lighter under seat for cell phone charging.
    Home made water bottle holders Made from sheet Aluminum. Put in a roller then tig weld down seam. Gravity held the camelback water bottles in place. Velcro hose to tank bag. Drinking and riding no problem. Water that is.
    Ortlieb bags bought online one new one was used.

    My riding gear
    I am wearing Fieldsheer Highland Jacket and Katmandu pants Gaerni 2009 boots tall and Arai profile helmet for my weird shaped head. Mark is wearing Fieldsheer Highland Jacket and Fieldsheer mercury style pants, Gaerni boots and Shoe helmet. We both wear Bodz under wear top and bottom and socks. Only had one pair for whole trip. Ha Ha.
    Ok if any questions please feel free to ask.

    Bikes are loaded and ready we both have Continental TKC 80s on back. Thought of shipping tires north or buying up there but one cost and two peace of mind. What if I had a bad flat and need a tire early. One day before the trip I was riding to work with the stock tires and ran over something I did not see and the back tire went flat. I had four large gashes in the tire. No way could you plug mayby patch with large patches.

    Ok Day 1 June 6th 2009
    Plan to ride from Kannapolis NC to Danville Illinois Kickapoo SP. Starts out cool and warms up to be a great day just a little rain in Charelston WV. We got off of I 64 and headed north west on Historic 52 along the Ohio River to Cincinnati. Then I 74 to Danville Illinois.
    Day one we had our first parts failure. Riding up I 77 I noticed he was dropping back so I slow down and he catches up. We pull to the median and his center stand is dragging on the ground. The springs were gone. He was lucky that the rear tire did not find the springs. So he wips out some wire ties from his jacket and fixes her up.
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    Our lunch off of I 77 in WV Wife made bread.
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    Make it to first nights camp. We rode through six states. NC,VA,WV,OH,IN. and IL. The bikes sure are heavy.
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    Sure was alot of emotions the first night out away from my little boy and wife. So not much of an appetite this night.
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    Funny thing about first night camping. It was right next to a dirt track. They had Ump modifieds and Sprint cars that night so it was late when finally went to sleep.

    Day 2 June 7th 2009
    This is My 11 year wedding Anniversary. I got out of that one. Ha Ha.
    Ride from Danville IL to Amnicon Falls SP by Superior Wisconsin.
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    Mark and I by the lake at Kickapoo.
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    I sure was slow packing. It was the first time to break camp and I was slow! It took me 2 hours to eat and load the bike. Better pick it up. I will.
    Friendly people in Illinois took this. Today I did not take alot of pics. The day started of nice and warm. Then in Peoria IL rain all the way to Rockford IL. The temp just kept on dropping. Ride into Wisconsin heavy traffic and cold. There was a cold front that we hit. Once we got to hwy 53 in Eau Claire traffic was light and it was a nice ride to Amnicon Falls SP in Wisconsin next to lake Superior.
    Not alot of pics today.

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    Stop and buy some cheese in Wisconsin. And put our warm clothes on.
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    Stop and get gas just before camp that night and ask a guy the Temp he said it is 46 deg. Rain all night he said.
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    Feel much better tonight getting into the whole not at home thing.
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    Art Decco at camp
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    Checking out the reflectivity of the bikes.
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    Day 2 was a good day. Just got cold. We stayed dry all day.
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  11. CAGE FREE

    CAGE FREE Been here awhile

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    Day 3 June 8th 2009
    We get up at 5:30 am and leave at seven. This is 30 minutes quicker than yesterday. We Saddle up just as it begins to rain. We are pretty cold still. We ride into Superior and stop next to the lake the temp on a sign says it is 37 deg. It was super windy out to you had to make sure you put the kick stand on left of lake. Plan to day is ride to Rugby ND on hwy 2 all the way there. Our first day without interstate. Finally!
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    Crossing the bridge in Duluth was pretty trick in the high cross wind. It was a blast. We get on Hwy 2 and head for Bemidji MN. Rained hard all the way there. Foggy and Wet. Get to Bemidji and find the Babe and Blue Ox. Try to take pics in rain and camera stops working.
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    We are wet and cold. We had the glove gounlets on the outside of jackets and rain ran down sleeves into gloves. Gloves and lower sleeves wet. We find and eve to park under right next to Paul Bunnon Subs. Girl working there was really nice and did not mind us warming up there and drying off.
    Great food.
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    We are warm and ready to hit the road still raining.
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    Stop at a rest stop near Crookston MN. Rain stopped.
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    We made it to Rugby tonight. We almost ran out of gas on the way here. We filled the bikes when we pulled into rugby and the bikes took 5.4 gal in 5.8 gallon tanks. Tonight we were going to head north on hwy 3 toward Canada to camp but decided to get a room. This is where we met the other to tonight. They showed up about two hours after us. They road 600 miles today. They said on there way from AZ on day one they had a great day. Day two they had snow in Colorado and a tornado by Denver. It was cold for them too. Tonight we stay in and rest for the ride to Canada tomorrow.

    I will post some tomorrow night. Thanks
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  12. Pflum

    Pflum Throttle Junkie

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    :ear I'll be tuned in on this one, I'm taking this trip with my Dad and a friend of his this summer.
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  13. Tragic Overlander

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    Thanks for letting us all tag along:clap . This looks like a great ride, and one I am seriously considering in June. Good luck, and keep up the good work!
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  14. Utah Bones

    Utah Bones Gas X ready!

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    Great looking bikes!:thumb :lurk
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  15. Plane Dr

    Plane Dr Been here awhile

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    Enjoy the ride. It is beautiful country all the way to the end. Granted I've only made it to the Alaska/Yukon border.
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  16. Too Tall

    Too Tall Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to reading this trip report. Took a V-Strom to Alaska in '06 and will again this year.
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  17. stromsavard

    stromsavard Serge

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    Really Great RR!!! I'm here, sitting in front of my computer...DREAMING of that kind of trip!!!! please don't stop your RR!!! My V-Strom is same as your 07!!! Tanks for sharing!!!! Serge in Québec, Canada!!!
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  18. CAGE FREE

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    Day 4 June 9th

    Tonight I will type with larger letters.
    Today is the first day we all ride together. First on the agenda is ride over to the Center point of North America. There is a monument here in Rugby ND. for it. There flies the American, Canadian, and Mexico flags.

    Now the adventure begins. No more interstate for till back to States. No more cell phone for me. I have a cheap trackphone and forgot to call and say I would be in Canada so the whole time in Canada no Phone. OK by me.

    We head north on Hwy 3 which turns into hwy 10 in Canada.
    When we get to the little border crossing no one is going north just some Semi's going south. The border guard stops us ask for some I.D. or passports. He ask where we are headed. We all tell him Alaska and the Yukon. He says, there are some big bears up there, what do you have for protection. I tell him we have bear bells! He laughs and laughs that will end up in there shit! You guys should get some bear spray he said. We were all laughing the guy was really cool. What do you know we are in Canada. First time for all of us except for dad. We head north to Brandon Manitoba and on the way we got in some construction and been raining so it was all mud. I thought it was great. This went on for about 10 miles it seemed. In Brandon we eat lunch and head west on Prov. hwy 1. I though no more interstate but Canada 1 is about the same as an interstate minus on/off ramps. Our goal today is ride to Regina Saskatchewan and head North west on Hwy 11 toward Saskatoon. We are going to camp at Blackstrap Provincial Park. Todays pics

    Center point of N. America monument.
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    First pic with all bikes together.
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    The wheel turtle
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    Manitoba Canada
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    The Saskatchewan welcome center. The guy was really friendly and gave us some great maps.
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    We got into camp around 7 pm. We met KLR Dave at camp he was driving down from Alaska with his Family. He said the weather is really nice and warm in AK. with not alot of rain. Today was about 44 deg. all day. This after noon was the first time we saw blue sky since Danville Illinois. Later we were sitting around the fire and I was drying my gloves that got wet in Minnesota and one slipped out of my hand and fell in the fire. I just stayed calm and was going to watch it burn. Dad right away reaches in and rescues the glove. Its a dad thing. So the gloves have a couple spots of Character.
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  19. FotoTEX

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    You go towards Alaska and take a photo. of a rabbit. I go to Alaska and take photos. of Grizzlies. Bet that will change.
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  20. CAGE FREE

    CAGE FREE Been here awhile

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    Day 5 June 10th 2009
    Today we will ride from Black Strap Prov. Park on Hwy 11 to Hwy 16 in Saskatoon and ride to Elk Island N.P. in Alberta.
    Short day 280 miles all other days have been over 450. We eat some breakfast at camp I usually have either grits or oatmeal press some coffee and I am ready. The ride today was nice and no rain. Woo hoo. Eat some lunch right at Alberta border by some horseys. The Trucks in Canada all have an extra trailer. They must have a highere GVWR aloud on the roads. Todays pics.
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    Eating some Jerkey
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    Our horses
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    We get to camp early this night. Elk Island. Lots of Buffalo and we say one Elk, the lake was as smooth as glass. We tried fishing but no bites nothing moving. Elk island was nice just a little pricey. After we set camp Alvin and I run into the town of Lamont and get some supplies. On the way there was a huge junk yard with every form of motorized vehicle there and a nice limo display.
    Here are camp pics.
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    Limo Display!
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    Not catching anything
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    The supplies!
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    Our camp friend tonight. We fed the wild life some spicey nuts he loved them. So for revenge he woke us up at 5 am. skreetching jumping tree to tree. Well we learned our lesson on feeding the wild animal.

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    Mark goofing off.
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    To give a little up date of camp. Tents are as follows. My tent is a Marmot swallow I bought on ebay. Mark REI, Dad Eureka and Alvin K-mart tent it worked great the whole time he never had any leaks just when in high wind thing looks as if it is turning into a sail. All the tents did great. Dad and Marks tents were a little cool on those really cold nights. Stoves Dad has and Exponent multi fuel stove Mark has a Jet Boil Alvin has a Coleman full size multi fuel and I have a coleman little pocket thing screws on fuel canister. All stoves worked great.

    Tomorrow Day 6.
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