Solo to Alaska on a KLR-650 a Decade Later...

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  1. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    Part I

    I leave for an adventure in about a week; So Why Alaska? and Why a KLR-650?


    I hit the rapid release on my pack and a loud THUD followed when it hit the ground after retiring in September 2015. With the monkey off my back and no longer duty-bound by work responsibilities, I turned my attention to something that I’ve wanted to do; ride a motorcycle solo to Alaska.

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    In May of 2005, I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance when I was offered a job assignment in Anchorage. My wife and I were ecstatic and took advantage of this unique opportunity. In short, our two years of Alaska living were some of the most memorable moments in our life. We tried to make the most of our stay in Alaska but work often got in the way and left us wanting more.

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    The seed to this adventure was planted in 2007 when we left Alaska and moved back down to California. We were warned by local residents that Alaska would call us back someday. Alaska calls to many people but only a few ever get the opportunity to travel to the 49th State - even fewer are the amount of people that make the trek on two wheels. Now that I’ve retired, I’m going back to recapture some old Alaska memories while making new ones on my KLR-650. More on the KLR later.....

    For the longest time I just snooped around AdvRider to get the information I needed for my trip to Alaska. Then I realized I needed to pay-it-forward and contribute to the community with a Ride Report to help other riders that want to make the same trek someday.

    My alternative reason is to record my adventures along the way so that someday I can reminisce about the good times I had in making this epic adventure ride...

    See you on the road....
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  2. Zubb

    Zubb he went that-a-way...

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  3. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Looking forward to it! Most times I hate cold weather, but Alaska does call to me. One day...on my KLR...maybe. Perhaps you'll convince me.
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  5. black 8

    black 8 coddiwompling motographer

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    Now that I have some latitude in my life, I try to make each day count.

    From my perspective, each day is a bonus day that I get to spend enjoying the time I have left before I officially get TOTR.
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  6. Irons593

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  7. klrhino

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  8. ShineySideUp

    ShineySideUp Long timer

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  9. rideittoday

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    I'll be following along....... Thanks for sharing ...can't wait!
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  10. Old Codger

    Old Codger Been here awhile Supporter

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    Looking forward to this ride report on a KLR, I had one, one of the most trouble free bikes I have owned. Have fun and enjoy the ride...:rayof
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  12. Elad

    Elad What oil is best in my motorbike?

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    I am planning from Nashville to Prudhoe leaving late June on my AT right now I have a bit over 11k miles planned. I'm getting excited. Are your camping and hoteling? I plan to split the nights.
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  13. black 8

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    I plan to camp the entire time unless the weather conditions can't support camping for the night (winds and standing water) then I might get a hotel for the evening.

    My guesstimate is about 10k miles round trip.
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  14. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts. Supporter

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    Rode from Charleston, SC to Alaska last year on a '12 KLR. I was very satisfied with the bike's performance. Total round-trip distance was 10,580 miles.
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  15. squonker

    squonker Stupid is the new norm

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    Your KLR will be perfect for that trip. People dis them but mine took me on an 8,000 mile trip that included Inuvik and California and I'd be happy to do the same trip again on the same bike...

    Looking forward to more :D
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  16. black 8

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    I agree, the KLR is a great platform as long as you know it's capabilities and limitations. I consider it the Jeep (2003 four cylinder version) of the motorcycle world with all the aftermarket farkles they have created for it. Properly equipped it can take you most anywhere.....

    Just my opinion - either you like/love the KLR-650 or you dislike it. I'm of the former opinion...
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  17. hvilla

    hvilla Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to this...thanks for taking us along!!
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  18. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    I'm in. Hopefully in a couple of years I'll go on my KLR.
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  19. Motormom

    Motormom Been here awhile

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    I'm in! Dream of doing this on my DR
    Where will you be leaving from, California?
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  20. Long Trail

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    Like many people Alaska has called to me for a long time. I enjoy the RRs on here about making the trip. At some point I will make the trip myself, however I am still on the younger side of things (just south of 40) and work and family hold precedence over everything.

    Looking forward to your story, will be following along.
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