Bike Weapons farkle: Shotgun, slugs, photon torpedos, laser cannons, particle weapons, fur-seeking missiles, nunchucks, napalm, throwing knives etc... If you've been with me for this entire thread (congratulations on your persistence), you'll know that I received some conflicting advice about whether to take a gun along or not. There were reports of polar bears on the Dempster as far south as Fort McPherson. One long time resident of the Yukon told me I was mad if I didn't take a gun. The other, Benno Jaeger - a professional arctic guide - told me I was a fool to pack one. Given conflicting advice, I decided to risk being over-prepared and get some firearm training and take some firepower with me. I am not a gun lover, but as I said earlier in the thread, if it's a choice between doing lunch or being lunch, I'm happy to take the other life form out of the gene pool and into my belly. I didn't spend 4 billion years climbing to the top of the evolutionary ladder to be taken out by some grumpy stuffed toy. I chose not to use the stock gun turret that mounts on top of the sidecar (the Ural was designed as an army bike). I didn't want to unnecessarily stress out the locals with a rolling display of my firepower. :eek1 So instead, I went for something more subtle... Hello Papa bear, say "Hello" to my little friend. That's what I call "riding shotgun" old school style! Now, back to reality... It took a considerable amount of time, effort, and expense to get trained up, practice the emergency load and fire proceedure, have all the appropriate paperwork in order, and store the weapon securely during our travels. VERDICT? IT WAS A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME. It was worse than a waste of time. It took away from the enjoyment of the trip because we were always worried about keeping the gun legally, responsibly and securely stored. In the end, after talking to locals while I was up there, I decided to leave the gun locked in the truck, and I drove the bike without it. Okay, I'll admit it was pretty cool to be able to strap a shotgun next to me on the bike like I was some kind of bad ass. But I'm not. You do not need a gun for this trip. Do not take a gun.