Leaving 7 June from Arkansas and Heading to Alaska, EDIT, I Actually went to Tuktoyaktuk First

Discussion in 'Americas' started by VETJET, Mar 6, 2019.

  1. travlr_45

    travlr_45 Been here awhile

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    were you able to get the effects of the environment off the bike?
  2. VETJET

    VETJET Saved My Ass in 2018, Pun Fully Intended! Supporter

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    The bike actually cleaned up pretty good but it has taken several cleanings. Before I departed I removed the Tupperware and sprayed the bike down with Boeshield as recommended by another inmate. I’m not sure if this helped in cleaning or not, my main reasoning was to prevent corrosion. Exhaust behind the skid plate was difficult to clean as the mud turned to pottery on the hot exhaust. I had to scrape it and then steel wool it off.

    The mud up there is slimy and thin and isn’t sticky to the touch but when it gets on to something it adheres to it. I have probably washed the bike 5 times so far.

    The first wash was in a crowded car wash at midnight in Fairbanks where I spent $20 in an effort to clean her. I also asked a nice lady who thought I was crazy to high pressure wash me off. I was amazed that the car wash was so busy during a sunny night at mindnight.

    Anyway since I have been home I ordered special brushes to get into the nooks and crannies and each time I have washed it I give different areas more attention. I think after a couple more washes she will be pretty clean.

    Besides cleanliness, I broke a mirror off when the bike was blown over in Onoway and that also scratched the BMW emblem and crash bar a bit. The right pannier was also dented on the side with the mounting brackets which caused it to leak. Unfortunately this is where my tools were stored so they corroded from the moisture. I had a rear tire puncture on the Dempster north of Eagle Plains that I plugged. My steering lock quit working and they wouldn’t address it in Anchorage and it remains broke. My pannier locks popped out of two locks along the way and I was able to fix them at a locksmith in Fargo. A fault code came on for engine control while in Inuvik after two resets and now waiting longer for the bike the bike to power up before starting it is gone. Rims have a couple of little nicks. The seat has a small tear that looks to be a factory defect.

    But other than that the bike held up great!
  3. TreasureState

    TreasureState A murse posing as a freelance dirt rider

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  4. Motodoc

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    Thanks for posting this. Truly an inspiring ride report.
  5. longtrip68

    longtrip68 Been here awhile

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    It actually came off pretty easily with a pressure washer that was provided at Eagle Creek. It looked like concrete when it was on the bike and I expected it to be a bitch coming off, but once it was wet, it pretty much came off no problem. At least that was my expletive. IMG_2483.JPG IMG_2502.JPG IMG_2492.JPG IMG_2493.JPG
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  6. travlr_45

    travlr_45 Been here awhile

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    Holy moly, now that’s a mud bath. The last pic is a radiator guard? Did you have any problems with engine temps? I’m so looking forward to doing the trip north next spring!
  7. knight

    knight Been here awhile

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    There is a free spray washer in Eagle Plains , without it, I would not have made it back to Dawson City
    As my rad was incased in harden concrete like mud
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  8. daviduk

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    Hi Mate, just starting to plan a Trip in 2020. Starting with the logistics of flying my Bike to Vancouver next May. Riding to Prudhoe Bay via Tuktoyaktuk, then South to Ushuaia. I enjoyed your photographs and was relieved that the roads were not to bad. Compared to Kazakhstan, where you get Bears and Camels.
    Wish you well. Kazacstan off.jpg
  9. VETJET

    VETJET Saved My Ass in 2018, Pun Fully Intended! Supporter

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    Sorry for thee we delay in posting more of the trip...

    Now turning south down the Cassiar Highway.


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    Wolf it Down is name of this restaurant and it was an awesome place to eat. The gentlemen who cooks there is actually a chef and he has an Oddly grumpy personality but prepares great pies and entrees. It is in Nugget City on the Alaskan Highway just before you turn South on Dease Lake Hwy.
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    The photos of the midnight sunset are at the Red Goat Lodge. I was lucky to get the last cabin available here and I was happy to get it as I was almost out of gas. According to the bike it said I only had about 15 miles remaining. I had stopped 30 miles prior for a scheduled fuel stop but unfortunately the station was closed with no after hours gas pumps.
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    At this point I had already sent my camping gear and my cold weather gear home which I should not have done. If I would not have found this room I would have been sleeping in the woods with all of my gear on and a mosquito net. Later I would wish I had my heated gear also...

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  10. VETJET

    VETJET Saved My Ass in 2018, Pun Fully Intended! Supporter

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    I almost didn’t go to Hyder and that would have been a big mistake. I had an awesome bear encounter, the waterfalls were amazing, and the salmon glacier was wonderful. I met a couple from England at the glacier and she had just beaten cancer as well... We gave each other a big hug and celebrated by taking in the view together... 2FF08F00-D4AB-4DFF-8B77-28AA10FB8334.jpeg 57CE9D5D-B73C-4C28-B16F-86EC354A6268.jpeg AF3F3260-793E-4CBC-A435-FAE74523AEC6.jpeg BA2984BD-789A-46D4-B0FE-541D9B488C10.jpeg
    I had a truly magical experience here taking in the views... 33008B78-F571-46FB-A60B-75665A56DC31.jpeg
    The photos I have posted thus far are from my phone, I will come back at a later date and post more photos from my camera that have more of the waterfalls.
  11. VETJET

    VETJET Saved My Ass in 2018, Pun Fully Intended! Supporter

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    I ate at the bus in Hyder and enjoyed some more halibut.

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    The fuel pump in Stewart was inoperative and I needed fuel... I had just enough to make it to hwy 37 where there is a gas station... F7BD6FE7-10F1-4D3A-9A20-E0F8AC2C2C00.jpeg
  12. The Gymmy

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    Fantastic RR. I was in Alaska in 2016 and Tuk in 2018. Great memories from your pictures.

    Thank you! Congratulations on beating cancer. Keep riding