Alaska trip failures

Discussion in 'Americas' started by EM-50, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. idea man

    idea man Remote Plate Spinner Supporter

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    Contact AKTracks. He has a bitchin new tire changer and can do this for you expeditiously. Good people and trustworthy.

    Called the Hot Spot. It's on the left as you go north. It's got flags posted (like a car sales lot) out at the road. Otherwise, you can't really see it from the road.
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  2. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    NO NO NO! Not WD-40! Soap and water! Otherwise your tire might slip on the rim- which can be bad!
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  3. JMead11

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  4. EM-50

    EM-50 Been here awhile

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    Just a quick thanks to all who replied. This has been a great source of info. There is so much information information on the site it's hard to go through.I'm lookin at a early June departure. Anybody up for a beer at the end of the Dalton?
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  5. JMead11

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  6. PukaWai

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  7. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    Never thought of changing the tire that way. And I just bought a NoMar tire changer.
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  8. GOMA

    GOMA Get Off My A$$

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    OK, so I've seen at least four or five posts here about peeps going to Prudhoe Bay in June(ish) 2010. We're doing San Diego up the coast to PB via Dalton. Anyone have/start a thread on planning in the planning section... I'm a friggin noob who is doing it anyway(with another noob, cause noobs do what noobs do) but if I have a reason to raise a glass along the way with others then more the better.
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  9. daq7

    daq7 Been here awhile

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    I will be doing the ride to Prudhoe probably in 2012 when I get my sabbatical. I have not purchased a DS bike yet but likely will next summer to do a bunch of motorcycle camping here in Colorado.

    I am kind of leaning toward an F800, but I must admit it is discouraging to hear that taking it to Prudhoe runs the risk of doing a lot of damage to it just from the chemicals on the road. For a long time I had settled on a KLR for reasons just like this. I don't want to trash a more expensive bike on long adventure rides, but I just can't resist the F800. I am trying to talk myself into spending less by going with a G650 GS, but it seems that might not be as comfortable on the highway.
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  10. Exurban

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    Was a brand new bike. Most of it washes off.

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  11. ricohman

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    Lets see the clean pic now.:D
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  12. ricohman

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    I thought about this but it comes down to departure dates.
    Most of you guys from the south seem to want to leave in late May or early June.
    Being from the north I would rather wait until late June or early July. This is because it is still pretty cool and possibly snowing where I live at this time of year. And I'm sure its only going to get colder in Alaska.
    So we are waiting for some warmth!:D Which is anything above -10 or so. Clouds of mosquitoes we already have.
    But maybe a common thread with some approximate dates would be a good idea. Maybe a few of us could hook up on the Dalton.
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  13. Exurban

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    That is clean :D

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  14. Exurban

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    If some of you folks are looking at dates when to go to Alaska you really, really should be designing your itinerary around D2D. It's in the Alaska forum.
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  15. Z50Pilot

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    You had better bring your own and drink it in your room, there is a strict no alcohol policy up there.
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  16. Exurban

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    He didn't say which end of the Dalton. :evil
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  17. greenjeans

    greenjeans man with purpose

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    plan on being in Tok by June 21st and you'll be with a bunch of alaskan dualsporters who are going on the D2D, called dusk to Dawson, annual party, i was up there in '07 on my KLR...have a GSA now and wanna go too...i left on the 13th June and returned on the 4th July, 21 days 6000 mi. it was grand...but could be better(GSA)..leaving early does give you the jump on the RV crowd..most schools don't let out till end of June so mom,pop & the munchkins aren't out on the road yet:lol3
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  18. motodavid2000

    motodavid2000 MotoDavid

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    Greetings -

    I just did this trip from Ohio to Deadhorse and back in 35 days and I did it solo and happy that I did ~10,000 miles. I do not feel that I would have been better off with another rider or a group. No crashes and my 2008 R1200GS/A gave me ZERO problems.

    I rode across the Yukon Territory on the Campbell and the southern section was more desolate than anything else I rode, including the Dalton.

    BTW, you DO need knobbies on portions of the Dalton when its wet, and I would suggest the same on the Dempster when its wet. PM me with any specifics or drop a note on my RR (in sig line) if you have a question.

    This ride is NOT technical, just lots of miles and if help is needed, it is not that tough to find, but it might be expensive due to distances involved. Alaska is a VERY big place. Take a SPOT with you if you or your wife are really concerned.

    Good luck - Dave
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    No real problems the whole run. Bailed out more than one rider with the extra fuel ( Though I never needed it)
    Took way to many tools but made life easy with "on the road" maintenance

    Three of us made the run from Fairbanks to the bay in one day and back the next
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    The last stretch into Deadhorse was the most challenging riding I've ever done. The gravel was treacherous! 35mph cross wind and us wicking it up 65-70mph the whole run. Bragging rights and all.....

    Was a damn stupid thing to do but testosterone is a helluva drug.



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    ^^^^ My mate from Austrailia... He flew all the way to the states to be abused..... He was ready to fly the hell out of deadhorse by the time we made it in ( I beat him there )
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    Was the trip of a lifetime...

    15000 miles 30 days

    When I got home I was pretty much...been there .....done that.. Didn't buy the damn T-shirt at Dead horse
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    After a few months......... I'd do it again
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  20. TPD

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    $357.- at Barb's shop in Anchorage + $70.- for mounting.

    I was riding a 2002 1150 GSA up to Prudhoe from Florida this summer.
    Changed rear tire as well at Missoula (Tourance), great guys at Big Sky.
    13,600 miles, Burned out headlight, oil change, tires that's
    it, no other problems.
    Avg. was 42mpg. Rear brake pads still
    okay, looks more like a problem if riding through the sticky wet stuff for extended time.
    BMW dealership in Fairbanks is very friendly but expensive (did oil change there)


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