I’ve met people touring 2-up with their kids but I couldn’t find any ride reports of someone taking their kid all the way to Alaska, so thought I’d post this in case anyone else is considering this kind of trip. More importantly, this should be a good way to remember this trip when the details start to fade and will let some friends see how it all went. Me: 51 yrs old, started riding when I was 18. Was away from motorcycles for a bunch of years after a bad accident but I spend a LOT of time on 2 wheels - road and mtn biking so never lost my comfort with riding. Got back into motorcycles a few years ago. My son: Yuji - 11 yrs old, loves riding and having adventures, obsessed with going to new places. Really strong with a great attitude. Some of his big goals for the trip are seeing Mt Denali and going to Jasper. The bike: 2009 Honda CBF1000A Bike prep: I added a front fender extender and rear hugger. Custom gel inserts in the seats for added comfort. Invested in new Michelin Road 5 tires based on reviews of wet road performance and durability. New chain, air filter and an oil change. There are some reports of CBF’s melting their stator and regulator so I carried spares of those, and a spare headlight bulb. Probably a bit paranoid, but I didn’t want to be stranded weeks away from home with a kid to take care of. The CBF was never sold in the US so spare parts would all have to be special order from Canada. It’s just easier to carry spares than special order and wait for Fedex in case of a breakdown. Tried to add some engine sliders but one bolt in the set I received had wonky threads so those didn’t work out. I couldn’t get another replacement set in time so went without. I have a Givi box on the back and bought the biggest soft saddlebags I could find - Oxford P60s. Those and a tank bag were all our luggage space. Packing everything for 2 people, spares and tools was definitely a challenge. The Oxford bags came with a bunch of adjustable straps attached, way more than necessary. I spent quite a while figuring out the best way to mount them securely. I ended up taking off all but the lowest straps to hold them down, and customized a rubber bungee cord to run under the fender for side-to-side stability. Trip prep: Yuji and I have done several bike trips together but never anything this long, so lots more planning and prep was needed. Mostly the standard: looking at ride reports on advrider and reading the Milepost for research . After lots of back and forth, I ended up deciding to get hotels every night. The thought of camping in a wet tent with a wet kid after riding all day in the rain was not appealing. To keep the fun factor high and suffer factor low for Yuji, I built a daily travel itinerary and used that to book hotels in advance. Most places had lots of rooms available but we hit a few places on the trip that were fully booked so I was glad I made the effort. I thought that security was worth the trade-off of lack of flexibility. A big rule of thumb when traveling with kids: Twice the planning means (hopefully) half the potential whining. The route: North to Edmonton, Grand Prairie, Fort Nelson, then Whitehorse. Then up to Fairbanks and down to Anchorage. Then the ferry from Whittier to Prince Rupert, across to Jasper, then home. This way we would do a loop and not ride any roads twice. Since I have a passenger, we’ll be sticking to paved roads only. Yuji wants to do the Top of the World Highway; I considered it but decided against. Even though the chance of a crash is slim, if we did slip and go down the consequences would be high. (I try to find a balance between being a nervous helicopter parent and taking him on cool but safe adventures. For example, I take him out backcountry skiing, which many people would think is stupid dangerous for a kid, but I make sure to minimize his exposure to avalanche terrain and review safety protocols every trip to balance things out. Going to Alaska is a big trip with lots of unknowns, so I want to mitigate as many risks as I can with planning and conservative route choice.) With a kid on the back, 1000km days were out of the question. Our longest day of this trip was just shy of 600km. (We’ve done longer days than that in the past but fewer days in a row.) I packed all our longest travel days into the first week of the trip so we could relax and enjoy the trip more as bike fatigue settled in. Those are the high points of the preparation, so now for the trip itself!