Road to Tuk.

Discussion in 'Canada' started by MGV8, Jan 22, 2017.

  1. MGV8

    MGV8 Long timer Supporter

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    In reality the Dempster is just a long good gravel road. The adventure begins if the weather is shitty or you have trouble with equipment. Help isn't 5 minutes away.
  2. Cal

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    A long gravel road with very sharp shale in places. I ran a brand new Mitas Daker e07 rear and a piece of shale pierced right through that tire and tube. Its a stiff tire to change the tube on the side of the road but had to be done.
  3. John F

    John F Been here awhile

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    Yep. I rode it in 1993 on a Honda Nighthawk on sport tires. In the right weather it’s a piece of cake. A very long remote piece of cake. And it doesn’t take much to turn it into a total shit show
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  4. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    Dempster tire, i don't recommend it, but it was on the bike, so...

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  5. OnOff

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    We were also scheduled and canceled in 2020 and now have plans for Aug 21 provided Canada opens up. We are also hoping to do deadhorse. I leave from UT.
  6. davenowherejones

    davenowherejones short old guy

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    Canada is medically deficient. I doubt if the border will open soon.
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  7. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Long timer

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    Wife and I are in the same boat, wanted to do it last year. Gonna try for 2021. I'm in my mid 70's and can't afford to pass this over too many years. As it is, we're down to doing trips like this (from PA) in the Jeep.
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  8. OnOff

    OnOff Long timer

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    good luck to you! I grew up in Lebanon PA, moved to MD for 30 yrs and have been in Utah 7 yrs. I hope we both make it in 2021!
    https://www.cbc.ca/radio/whitecoat/...trol-spread-of-variants-experts-say-1.5986692
  9. RockyDS

    RockyDS Lost in the wilderness

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    I'll be surprised if the NWT border opens in time for a trip north this year.
  10. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Long timer

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    That link doesn't make it look good for getting to Tuk.
    Coincidentally, I spent 33 years in Balto/ DC area with career. Retired and moved back to PA in 2005. As a second choice to Tuk we may explore the high mountain passes in Colorado. . . again. Speaking of Utah, we did the White Rim Trail and other desert areas in the Jeep 2019(?). Years ago I rode it on a Yamaha thumper, kick start only. All bikes should be kick start only. :D
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  11. MGV8

    MGV8 Long timer Supporter

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    I was hoping to go explore more of Montana after the Big BMW rally and then late in the summer go explore Utah and New Mexico. The way it's going up here I won't even be able to explore my own Province little lone my own country. Grrrrr.
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  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    the Canadian press has been critical of Trudeau's all-in bet on China vaccine, alternate sourcing has put their vax program way behind. the Canucks are resourceful, so they will catch up soon, maybe with a little neighborly assist from the States. the US has run through the first phase in the vax program, now anyone can get the shots in phase two. when that's near complete, i hope they send more excess vaccine north.
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  13. OnOff

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    LOL we think alike and lived in same areas! I've also got a kicker XR650R
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  14. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Long timer

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    Nice bike! Nice pictures! Nice mountains! :dllama:
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    I just rebuilt the carb on the R, stuck in a 200 Watt Ricky Stator stator and this week, she will FINALLY have a Baja Designs Squadron Pro led with dimmer installed. She will be a new modern R! BD is waaaaay out on shipments.
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  16. KevinZucht

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    "This is where we crashed last time"
    Found it, Bunky.
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  17. northern

    northern Been here awhile

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  18. KevinZucht

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    Way cool story! I need to finish my ride to there...and support the local community. I will close with few make it to Inuvik with fewer to TUK but how many have made it to Herschel Island? Now that place is cool!
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  19. poppawheelie

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  20. Cal

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    I landed there in 1974 in a Twin Otter, also in Tuk the same year. I was a radio Operator for Crown Catering at the Resolute bay Airport under contract by Sun Oil Company. I have many memories after doing that job for 2 years in summer and winter. My last Arctic job was in 1976 when I was a boat operator welding steel cable to large water tanks that were being pulled out of the bay in Resolute. In the winter we filled them with sea water to see how much weight the ice could hold so that we knew what thickness of ice to have for landing Lougheed Electras on the ice. These 4 prop planes usually had a Kenworth inside the belly or a small caterpillar. I have a few very scary stories I could tell around the campfire lol
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