Back to the Arctic Circle-Inuvik

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Rollin', Aug 11, 2015.

  1. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black? Supporter

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    Thanks Bill!! Inuvik is my favorite ride. The knobby tire on the Vision did start a lot of conversations. Fun ride.
  2. GENTLEMANJACKKNIFE

    GENTLEMANJACKKNIFE Come back with a warrant.

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    Another great RR! Thanks. (SpaceBagger rules!)
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  3. GENTLEMANJACKKNIFE

    GENTLEMANJACKKNIFE Come back with a warrant.

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    SpaceBagger Version 2.0 looks like a winner!
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  4. Argus16

    Argus16 Long timer

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    Worthy of a bump.
    You got skillz brother!
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  5. Rollin'

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  6. wandrob

    wandrob Been here awhile

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    Yep, good read and pics. Interesting choice in a motorcycle for that trip too.
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  7. Tim Graichen

    Tim Graichen Been here awhile

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    Would you mind sharing approx cost? I'm planning the UCC in 2018, and trying to get a grip on what i need to have as liquid cash. Assuming all supplies and gear have been acquired, and motorcycle is ready to go. Also assuming a 50% hotel, 50% campsite. Is a 10k reserve enough to do this trip comfortably, or should I reserve more?
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  8. tvbh40a

    tvbh40a PSUViking

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    I did half camping, half motels for less than $7kUS. 19 days from Idaho. 2012
  9. Rollin'

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    Should be more than enough.
    It is hard to guess what a trip will cost, depends on the price of gasoline at the time, your pace - more days on the road add cost.
    Will the tires last the trip, number of oil changes.....

    I try to find cheap motels and eat lightly (I always lose weight on the rides), I had a 700 mile a day average during the full 16 day trip for the UCC.
    The full trip included the ride to Key West, Florida, Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and the ride back home to Milwaukee.
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    tvbh40a PSUViking

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    Stud ^^
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  11. dogon2whls

    dogon2whls Been here awhile

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    I will never look at that kind of bike the same ever again . . . good on ya for just gettin' out there and doin' it !

    I'm currently building up a DR to do that ride , waiting until the road is connected to tuk tho
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  12. Rollin'

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    Thank you!!
    Looks like the road will be completed late 2017. I'm hoping to ride to Tuk in June of 2018.

    Update - http://www.canadianmanufacturing.co...of-construction-on-inuvik-tuk-highway-168541/

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  13. dogon2whls

    dogon2whls Been here awhile

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    thanks for the link Rollin' . . . might see you in dawson , 2018 .

    i'll be lookin' for the " spacebagger " . . . should be easy to spot !
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  14. Rollin'

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    Yes, will have to make another stop at the D2D!

    I will be taking Spacebagger ll, the CTX. I already started ordering parts, ordered a radiator guard and a headlight guard.
    Also made some brackets this past weekend so that I can raise the front fender and use the Shinko 700 series tire. I will be able to raise the fender an inch. That will work. Its early but need to do some tire testing.
    Going to use another run flat snow tire on the rear.
  15. sandsman

    sandsman Shut up and ride!!!!

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    What kind of miles can I expect out of the Shinko and the Dunlop winter tire. I have a Goldwing 1800 and it will use the same tires as you used. I am trying to figure if I will need to stage a tire along the way back from an Alaska run next year. I am in Northeast Texas. Fairbanks is about 4,600 miles from here, so round trip including side trips will be about 12,000 miles.
  16. CLADEL

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    Wow! Just found your page... So...you are Batman???
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  17. Rollin'

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    Both should last the full trip. Even after the trip to Prudhoe Bay the Dunlop lasted to 25,000 miles and the Shinko after the 8600 mile ride to Inuvik still had a lot of thread left.
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  18. Seabees

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    Is the back tire, a car tire??
    Please, explain to me how did you install it? and what are the pros and con of having that car tire installed in your cruiser. I would like to do something similar with my wife's H-D Heritage... Don't tell her ;)
    We rode the western portion of Utah (Upper Gold Hill Road to Pony Express overland stage trail to Snake Valley Road toward Route 50) more than 100 miles of sand, wash boarding, rocks and gravel . I did it in a R1200GS Adventure, and my wife did it in her 2011 HD Heritage!. I wasn't man enough to ride a HD heritage on those routes. She did it. But, she needs different tires to continue doing crazy things in a cruiser. And you are giving me crazy ideas!
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  19. Rollin'

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    Yes, the rear was run flat snow tire. Used them for 4 years with no issues. Had great wet weather traction and the run flat did add some piece of mind.

    Ready to test a run flat on my new Arctic explorer.

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  20. Icarus7

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    Back in MN one of the fellas that rode on the twisties with us had a car tire in the rear of his Valkyrie. That one was a group of riders that twisted the throttle on the curves and he was always in front and ahead of the sport tourers....

    Bottom line for me, for some people it doesn't matter what they ride! Now I'm considering taking my Storm to AK. Ride comfort has been my limiting factor.