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Opposites Attract! ...From South Louisiana to Arctic Alaska

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by slartidbartfast, May 15, 2018.

  1. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    Spent the night at Wheels of Wonderment, motorcycle camp ground, about ten or fifteen miles West of Cody. I had not heard of it before I saw the sign and this is only their second season open. Strongly recommend this place. Good camp sites with charging stations; Cabins if you prefer (popular already so advance booking advisable;) Best shower facilities I have seen at any camp site, ever; Simple breakfast included. Best of all the owner, Pete, rides a KTM 1290 SA - So obviously a great guy!
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  2. Graphic Cowboy

    Graphic Cowboy Been here awhile

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    As info, the horses fooled me the first time I saw them. They are artwork, but realistic at first sight.
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  3. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    Tuesday started out a little damp but the sun soon came out to dry the dew from my tent and a gorgeous day ensued.

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    The owner of W.O.W showed me a route to Chief Joseph Highway. Motorcycle heaven!
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  4. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I was told by several people that Beartooth Pass was closed. It had just been ploughed open when I got there - Mother nature smiling on me yet again.
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    The photos may be just "more snow-covered mountains" but, for me, this was some of the best riding of the entire trip.
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    The pass tops out at almost 11,000 feet.

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  5. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    Returning to the "flat" country, recent heavy rainfall had the rivers swolen to bursting point and I encountered a couple of detours around damaged or dangerous bridges.
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    Back on the Interstate, heading East, I dodged one compact but ferocious storm that had pouring rain and heavy lightning activity just 1/2 mile or so from me but got caught (briefly ) in another.
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    I wrapped up the day in Gillette, WY

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  6. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I spent Wednesday morning riding to and from Devil's Tower. Made more good use of my National Park Pass and chatted with quite a few other visitors.
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    Fuelled up in Sturgis and then on to Black Hills Cycles in Rapid City where I had the fourth rear tire of the trip installed.
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    ...then I used the Annual Pass for the second time in one day to get into Badlands National Park. Cruised through the park with about a dozen stops for photos.
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    Apparently "Don't approach wildlife" doesn't mean what I thought it meant
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  7. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    Watched this Golden Eagle cruising the wind along the edge of the escarpment, hunting 2018_06_20 18_26_06_P1180672.jpg

    ...and being mobbed by smaller birds
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    I toyed with the idea of camping in the Park but ended up riding another 150 miles to Winner, SD

    I got so used to the long (endless) days further North that I mis-judged the time so rode the last 45 minutes after dark, being hyper-observant for reflections from deer eyes.
  8. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    National Parks "rock" and Mather Nature is definitely in your corner, perfect timing for the roads being open and the photos are outstanding! I like your photo-reminder reference not approaching the animals. During my first ride through Yellowstone at one spot there were dozens of cars and people blocking the road and surrounding and taking photos of a wee bear cub that wandered onto the road. I was thinking, you dumb arses, Mama isn't far off and in a blink of an eye she could tear the crap out of a whole bunch of you morons and then likely she'd pay the price for the human's ignorance.

    How many miles are you averaging on your tires? I leave on a similar route in a week and have a tire change scheduled in Anchorage, but pondering your fourth change before getting to Canada has me researching a few options.

    Hope you enjoy continued safe travels!
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  9. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I was a little disappointed with tire life but I think the roads in N. Canada and Alaska are really abrasive. K-60 installed in Calgary went 3600 miles and might have had 500 left in it but would have had zero tread left in center by then. Shinko 705 I put on in Anchorage made 4300 miles but the last 2000 was on "kinder" roads. The first 2/3 of the tire was gone in the first 2000 miles. I think I'm fairly easy on tires considering the bike and if I went again, I'd plan on 3500 miles per rear tire while "up North". Same tire would go probably 6000+ in normal use in Southern USA.
  10. tmark1301cc

    tmark1301cc Long timer Supporter

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    Really sort of disappointing for tire life as far as I am concerned, but you need to do what is necessary.

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  11. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    I have had tires last a crazy distance after I thought they were on borrowed time and others that looked healthy almost evaporate during a long day. Running out of tire is never good so I'd rather "plan for the worse and hope for the best". I appreciate the feedback.
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  12. MizzouRider

    MizzouRider Long timer

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    Newer bikes, more hp and torque eat up the tires. When I went five years ago on a 08 GSA I got 9,000 out of my rear K60. Now I have a 14, and I can see it’s going through the K60 faster. I can only imagine what that KTM can do to a tire. Going back next year. I hope I can do it on one change.
    Great RR. Really enjoying it.


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  13. slane6

    slane6 Been here awhile

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    The Skinkos are not really know for longevity, more for affordability.
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  14. tmark1301cc

    tmark1301cc Long timer Supporter

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    I have a 750+ pound bike with a shit ton of hp and torque, and I can keep tires on it for 14k miles and beyond. Even the 90/10 tires on the 1290SA, lucky to get 9k out of them.

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  15. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    I am wondering if using lower rpm in higher gears may actually be related to shortened tire life. Not talking about really lugging it but below 4000 rpm/60 mph in top gear, you can definitely feel more of the power pulses - possibly that's translating to more scrubbing of the tire as it "absorbs" the uneven torque?
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  16. Oldschoolrocker

    Oldschoolrocker a.k.a. EZE Supporter

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    I run the K60 and I think the wear is due to the road and how much of our HP we crank into it on those roads. I pushed the bike fully loaded 2up on twisty canyons and it didnt take long for the sides to catch up to the flat center. I do know tire wear sucks..lol! Great trip you are on and love all of the wonderful pics you took the time to take. We will be doing the Montana stuff at the end of July and its amazing you thought of it as some of the best. Awesome stuff! THANKS!!
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  17. worncog

    worncog YBNormal Supporter

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    I think it may all be in the wrist. My Tenere had 9600 miles on the f & r after Alaska. I took a beating with the wind crossing the lower 48 so wear was accelerated. Rear had at least another 1000 miles left in it and the front still look pretty good. Pic on right is my riding buddies rear tire after a round trip from Arkansas to Alaska. Including Campbell, Top of the World, and Denali Highways.

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  18. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    Back to the ride:
    Thursday was just about covering miles (almost 600 of them.) I started in South Dakota and ended in Southern Missouri. Still, the day wasn't dull.

    Set out on back roads through rolling hills and into the Corn Belt. Lots of farms and small towns.
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    Lake Francis Dam on the Missouri River
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  19. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Life is for good friends and great adventures Supporter

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    Once I hit the Interstate, just North of Sioux City, Iowa, I stayed on I-29 and later I-59 for the rest of the day.

    Came across this KLR at an Interstate service area but could not identify the rider (anyone?) Clearly on a long trip somewhere.
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    Ended the day's ride at a cheap but clean and comfortable motel in Nevada, Missouri. Perfect for motorcycles, with covered parking right in front of the door and something to lock the bike too, if so desired. I felt lucky!
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  20. fastpast

    fastpast Been here awhile

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    Looks like an Alaskan Amber....Good choice!! Great RR and pictures.