Another yahoo here wanting to go North...

Discussion in 'Americas' started by northsoutheastwest, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. northsoutheastwest

    northsoutheastwest Alaskaless....for now.

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    Me and a buddy are contemplating a trip North in the summer of 09(yeah I am a planner) and our journey will take us from the ATL, GA area through Chicago, then through Wyoming and MT(Road to the Sun) and into Canada. From there we intend to drive NW and hook up with the Alaskan Hwy and ride up into AK with the ultimate goal being the cold ocean up top. About face and then south towards Seward for a Ferry ride to Seattle and then down the PCH and then turn eastbound to transit NM and AZ and come back. We are thinking 9-11k miles and are budgeting 4-5 weeks.

    My question is this.

    If you could pick any bike for this journey, what would it be. Assume 5'11" with 31" inseam and very experienced rider(MX, Hare Scrambles, WERA Expert, 30k accident free street miles, etc).

    Thanks for the input!!
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  2. tejasbusa

    tejasbusa Adventurer

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    Only one comes to mind, A Suzuki Hayabusa
    :D
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  3. Bollocks

    Bollocks Farts with an Accent™

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    I think the only reason you came on here is to make me jealous. [​IMG]
    Well...it's not going to work.:nah
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    Edit: Get one of the 09 models...that way they would have fixed the gremlins of the 08’s by then. :lol3
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  4. northsoutheastwest

    northsoutheastwest Alaskaless....for now.

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    I will add the Hayabusa to my backup plan although I hadnt considered up to now. :rofl

    Do you think the range on the 800 would be sufficient? Why would you say the 800 over the 1200?
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  5. northsoutheastwest

    northsoutheastwest Alaskaless....for now.

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    since this got moved...anybody else have an opinion in this section?
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  6. AKDuc

    AKDuc Alaska Born Ducatisti

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  7. okbob51

    okbob51 okbob

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    add some character to your journey.....go vintage
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  8. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil Supporter

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    There's a vintage character on all my trips. :gerg



    :D
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  9. swjohnsey

    swjohnsey Banned

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    KLR650 immediately comes to mind since I own one and that's what I used to do a similar trip. It is cheap and has the desired range (it is 240 miles between Coldfoot and Deadhorse).
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  10. GhostriderADV

    GhostriderADV Adventurer

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    Get a bike that has two wheels, an engine, and a seat. The rest is just an accessory.

    Seriously though, if you want a cheap and reliable bike, get a 2008+ KLR. If you have some money for accessories, get a F800 GS and get a touratech catalog.

    I'll be doing Alaska from Seattle this summer on a 2004 BmW F 650 GS. I weigh about 170, 5'11" inseam about 31. Would have preferred a Dakar version with the higher seat and better ground clearance, but whatever. The F 650 is a great bike and you can probably pick up a used one for around 5k with panniers. Its been ridden around the world, but so has the KLR. Best of luck.
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  11. vegasphotog

    vegasphotog Las Vegas Cheechako

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    Grasshopper...the ride is about the rider not the bike. Any and every bike has ventured north. Just enjoy the ride.
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  12. FotoTEX

    FotoTEX Long timer

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    GS worked flawlessly for myself last year to Alaska. It is more about the rider than the bike. Saw alot of differennt bikes along the way, most worked well. Some better than others. Go with what works for You.
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