1950 miles in 7 days on a WR250R in Alaska?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Chris7521, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. Chris7521

    Chris7521 livin on the rock

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    :lol3Yup, that's right 1950 miles and my ass hurt:huh But, she's all I had and on a spur of the moment decision to see The mainland of Alaska I went. I've lived in Kodiak, AK for 7 years and I'm normally too busy spring-fall to get out and see the great land I call home. It's been slow at work and i had someone to cover for me. The time is now:clap First of all I'm not set up for long outings on a bike so all my stuff for the most part was either heavy or too big as you can see with all the crap I brought. My camera gear alone was about 20 lbs. That part was coming no matter how i packed since I love taking pictures.
    My trip started by taking the ferry from Kodiak to Homer where I was riding from. I really thought this whole trip would be around 1200 miles but that changed as I had time to see more. My map shows my route: green roads I traveled twice and yellow once. Kind of a screwy way to go but, with a lot smoke from wildfires ruining the views I have to go back to see them again with the skies clearer. The weather was great other than the smoke. Only got rained on a total of 2 hrs coming into Fairbanks. Was pretty hot the first couple of days. As high as 94 but most days were high 70's to mid 80's. Always cooled off at night which was nice.
    The bike had no issues except possible bad gas(a little water) she died on me going up one of the many hills but, then started back up after 2 tries. It was fine the rest of the time( about another 1300 miles). One other thing was the FMF Q4 that started leaking....AGAIN:kboomIt was getting loud so, I tried resealing it but couldn't let it sit for long since i had to ride it the following day. I'm not to happy with that thing. Anyway I'm not going in to much more on the ride. I'll just show you some pics. There would be more if it wasn't for the smoke in the air some days. Was an awesome trip and I'll do it again sometime. Enjoy:freaky
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    Lots of these all the way to Fairbanks. Ya better hold on when they pass.
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    on the begining of the Haul Rd.
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    up by Denali
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    Denali Hwy.
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    Rt.4 North of Paxon
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    Just outside of Tok on RT.2
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    RT1 around Eureka
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    Palmer
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    Cook Inlet
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    A river near Girdwood somewhere
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    That's it for now. Hope you like them.
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  2. BillsR100

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    WOW. :clap
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  3. SheWolf

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    Absolutely stunning, Chris. Great ride by the looks of it, and glad the bike didn't give you any trouble other than the bad gas.:clap
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  4. clarkebd

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    Beautiful pics! Thanks for sharing!

    I hope to one day to be able to ride Alaska. Dream of mine.
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  5. TaZ9

    TaZ9 Been here awhile

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    Good thing you took your good camera...wow! What kind of milage did you get with the WR?
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  6. Chris7521

    Chris7521 livin on the rock

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    Everyone has to do it. Pictures do it no justice as always. I live in a very beautiful place and I was in awe at every turn. You have to do it on a bike too. You can pull over so many places a car or RV can't. Make it happen. Don't dream about it too long!
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  7. Chris7521

    Chris7521 livin on the rock

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    I only figured it one fill up. Then i just didn't check anymore. I ran it till it went dry and got 50 mpg with all that crap on it and going up and down hills miles long. So, all in all not too bad.
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  9. idea man

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    Nicely done. How cool that in 7 days you can see all that.
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  10. Malifice

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    Awesome pics mate!

    Seriously awesome!

    Own a WR250R myself and plan to take her on some BIG adventure rides.

    Nice to see she's up to the task.
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  11. HighFive

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    Wow&#178;

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    I've got to go there. Thanks so much for sharing!

    HF :thumbup
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    Incredible pictures, awesome scenery!

    Smoke filled the Yosemite valley when I visited last year, it was a disapointment at the time, but now I'm glad for the need to go out there again...:deal
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    Simply Brilliant!
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  14. Jaynen

    Jaynen Been here awhile

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    Very beautiful. You must have buns of steel to pull the mileage :)
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  15. bobfab

    bobfab Long timer Supporter

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    WOW! Beautiful pictures and country. AK has alway been on list of places to go! Awesome!

    Do you have a mod list of what is done to the bike, also what you did the bike to get all that storage/packing on there?

    Looks great, major props:clap
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  16. Joe Siphek

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    Hope there are more!!! Found myself right-click "save picture as" almost everyone of those...amazing!!!
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  17. Poodoo

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    Wow nice pics T boy
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  18. Chris7521

    Chris7521 livin on the rock

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    Thanks for checking it everyone. You have to do it for yourself.

    JAYNEN~ Buns of steel? I wish! It was a little painful at times especially the last day back to Homer.. Just knowing I could finally get off:lol3 It was worth it though. Good thing is you have plenty of reasons to stop:deal


    The mods I had on the bike for the trip was an opened up air box, FMF Q4 and programmer. I put the stock sprocket and tires back on. I normally run knobby tires and a 47 rear sprocket. I was getting around 50 mpg and could cruise comfortably at 65-70mph
    The whole rack set up was home made but similar to the dirt bagz rack. I had no time to order anything since it was a go in a few days or don't go.
    Worked ot good.
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  19. cyborg

    cyborg Potius Sero Quam Numquam

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    Great pix Chris! :clap I've been up that way all the way to Deadhorse on the Dalton/Haul Road and way up the Dempster in Yukon and NWT, but on a much larger bike (Triumph Tiger). Amazing country up there and I bet it would be fun on a R² :getiton

    Just got the FMF Q4/PowerBomb setup and PCIII programmer on my R²and your experience of the Q4 leaking a lot is of concern. I'll see how it turns out.
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  20. Lars1974

    Lars1974 Been here awhile

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    great pics...and what a nice trip...

    one day i will come across the pond.. and ride up to dead horse and back south...

    thanks for sharing
    Lars
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