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Alaska trip failures

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

  1. PITS

    PITS Adventurer

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    !!!!!!
    what a trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :clap :clap
  2. Kurt

    Kurt Philosopher

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    Hey, I recognize that fuel stop. Isn't on the way to Dawson City, YT? At the end of the Dempster. Last year I paid $30 to fill my tank there!
  3. JZracecolor

    JZracecolor Adventurer

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    Nope......

    That's Cold Foot on the return from Deadhorse
  4. TPD

    TPD Serious Dreamer

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  5. Kurt

    Kurt Philosopher

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    My bad. The old memory ain't what it used to be! :lol3
  6. bobinaustin

    bobinaustin planning for the adv

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    alright i cant take it any more...

    i just got my first BMW, a new to me R1150GS (2004) and i am planning on a trip to Alaska next summer. i stumbled on this thread and i have looked in vain for any information on what exactly a ring antenna is.

    i am noob. i own my noobness.
  7. ricohman

    ricohman Long timer

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    Your bike doesn't have one. So start planning.
  8. bobinaustin

    bobinaustin planning for the adv

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    well, i mean i have been planning for a while now. actually i am quit far along in the plan. but i was curious what some of the expected maintenance issues were on such a long journey. this one (the antenna ring) is the one that i wasnt sure of.

    just out of curiosity, what is it? and what bikes is it on?
  9. bananaman

    bananaman transcontimental

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    It's an anti-theft device forced on the bike by paranoid insurance companies. The key has a chip and the ring picks it up and if it doesn't pick it up, or if it malfunctions, then the motor won't run.

    There's an alaskan legend about a guy who stopped in Alaska to photograph some grizzlies. He turned off his bike. The grizzlies got closer... and he got eaten alive because his antenna ring failed. The grizzlies ate everything- side cases, handle bars, tires... everthing except his 'stich and his stock seat.
  10. Stonewall

    Stonewall The Wild

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    I need to follow this :evil
  11. scooteraug02

    scooteraug02 Dog Rancher

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    I use to think my bike was safe because when it is out of the garage I am always on it but this has me a little concerned:

    From Phuck me! Bike stolen last night...

  12. ricohman

    ricohman Long timer

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    Just compiling my parts list now. Got a new set of TKC80's delivered yesterday. I plan to install them in Whitehorse.
    I was going to order:
    air filter
    oil filters (I'll change it out in a WalMart lot if I have to)
    spare bulbs
    brake pads
    Since I was going to service the bike before I leave the plugs will be new. How much dust on the Dalton? Do you need to swap an air filter out?
  13. KHud

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    Dust??? Dalton??? I guess... maybe. Think mud.
  14. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil Supporter

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    Yep :nod -
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    That too :eek1 -
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  15. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil Supporter

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    Going back through this thread (can't believe I hadn't noticed it earlier :scratch ) and reading riders' concerns with the damaging effects of CaCl2 on metals, reminded me of one of the tricks I've adopted for my bikes: The axles get a good coating of anti-seize before being inserted. After having to drive an axle bolt out once, at the risk of ruining wheel bearings, decided that prevention is a better method. That Dalton mud will get into every crack and crevice, and even a pressure washing in Fairbanks will only remove the stuff on the surface. There will always be some left to discover in a major teardown. "We don't need no steenkin' souvenir, we got the mud to prove it!" :lol3

    There may be other fasteners on a bike that can benefit from the application of anti-seize (although on my KLR Loctite gets priority :rofl ), and I use a lot of the stuff when maintaining my machines. While some advise using a waterproof grease, my experience has shown that anti-seize adheres better, and will do a better job of protecting the surface. When I worked at a salmon hatchery years ago, we used to coat the threads on shackle bolts with anti-seize before putting them into saltwater in the spring, and when we had to remove them in the fall they came right out.
  16. KHud

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    Now I just knew that you would post a picture of the dust on the haul road. I had imagined it might be a pic of you covered in an inch of dust. But I think you'll agree that the dust kicked up by the trucks is a minor concern compared to the muck and mud of the calcium chloride.
  17. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil Supporter

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    Well... at least you don't breathe the mud. But it seems that sometimes you actually taste it. :puke2

    On one ride there was a strip of mud about a foot wide all the way up my back, to the top of my helmet. Didn't wash that suit for three months, looking for a chance to have myself photographed wearing it. :rofl
  18. AdventurePoser

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    Hi,

    I spent 41 days and 10,500 miles riding around the far north, ie, BC, Yukon, and Alaska. I had a flat tire near Valdez. Sure, mechanical things can and do break, but if your GS is in mechanically sound condition and you've done your preventative maintenance, and have good rubber, I wouldn't worry too much about it.

    I'll don my flame suit now, but I think the "myth" of Alaska as being the rugged place where only the hardiest riders and toughest bikes survive is funny. Sure, there are lots of "off road" opportunities, and countless miles of dirt roads, but in general the riding in, and to AK is pretty benign.

    I only say this, because I know of riders who didn't go because they were put off by the distances, the supposed rigor of the ride, or they felt they didn't have the mechanical aptitude to cover the challenges. Just make sure your bike is in good shape, spoon on some new rubber, make the appropriate ferry reservations if need be, and have fun!

    Of course, take all this with a grain of salt...I decided on a Monday to do a "Four Corners in 21 Days" ride and left on Wednesday morning, so YMMV!:rofl

    Have fun up there, and take lots of pix!

    Steve
  19. Alcan Rider

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    +1

    In countless trips up and down the Alcan and Cassiar, along with circling the U.S. a few times, I have needed little more than a screwdriver and crescent wrench, and that only a couple of times. (Not counting the duct tape and zip ties, mind you.) You probably do not plan on carrying a spare final drive and the tools to swap it out, and a thorough job of preparing the bike for a long trip will take care of most of the things you could repair along the side of the road, or in a motel parking lot.

    On another forum several years ago, I used to tell people who were looking for advice on driving to Alaska "It ain't yer grandpa's Alcan any more". And having driven it before I was a father, and now being a great-grandpa, I speak from experience. :lol3 Heck, a couple of my high school buddies rode up and back in '63 on their HD's without any real problems. The biggest risk factor today is the high speeds everyone thinks they should ride because of the miles and miles of beautiful paved highway with hardly any traffic. :eek1
  20. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    Now you've said it...:thumb :thumb :thumb

    After 35 years of riding everywhere in North America, I can't agree more...!:ricky

    I have seen way to many riders "overprepared" for their trips from the amount of gear they were carrying.....but did not seem to have a clue as to even the basic necessities such as the means and ability to start a campfire.:uhoh

    I'll always remember the loud cursing in German, heavy smoke and broken "Axen" that woke me up very early one morning in Alaska.:D :D :D
    But because he had just smoked up my tent and was arguing with his girlfriend over that "Axen", I did not bother offering him my good $20.00 axe....!:nono

    Tools Yes, but for me, mostly to fix up others on the side of the road, and most of that overpriced gear has a tendency to aggravate you when it breaks down. I like basic stuff, cheap, rugged and easy enough to replace anywhere, even in Alaska.:thumb