The Ice is Nice

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by PistonPants, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. Denalidirt

    Denalidirt High Plains Drifter Supporter

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    I've been looking at that 525 and thinking, ice screws, lately.
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  2. AK650

    AK650 Been here awhile

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    If I come across a set of used 18/21 wheels for a DRZ400, I'd like to give it a go. Been watching Craigslist/Alaskaslist.

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  3. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    The Nenana and Jack are in nice shape. Kit up the 525 and we can go rip it! Hoping to do the shakedown ride this weekend. Maybe it won't be 20 below.

    Piston
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  4. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    Cool, glad to hear others are riding the ice. I try to stay exclusively on ice with my tires. My rear ice tire is heading into its ninth season. The old Dunlop was the OEM rear tire from my KDX. Presently mounted on my 200 KTM.

    Piston
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  5. sledneck

    sledneck Been here awhile

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    I have a t dub with kold kutter ice screws that gets ridden around gwood/crow creek. Would much rather be riding pow though. Piston, your vids are amazing. Looking forward to more.
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  6. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    Conditions are superb. For the first time in 3 years I am able to leave from my driveway, get to the Jack and access the Nenana. Acres and acres of polished river ice, lots of tapped out sixth gear. Made up a cool supermoto track complete with a jump, nice sliding corners. Riding on the ice the last two days. Great way to enjoy sucky snowpack.

    The Mert Lawwill Concepts sticker is cool. Got it from Mert himself!
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    The Panorama Rapid usually is the end of any further downstream travel.
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    Peace

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  7. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    Last four weekends were dope out on the rio. This week God came through with His Own Zamboni!

    Stay Tuned
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  8. AKmud

    AKmud Muddy Gruver

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    Nice, we have too much snow around here to do much free riding. I can't even get my wheeler out on the lake to plow the track...
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  9. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    Sneak out of work early.....I was going to go back, but....It was really nice out! The labor units can soldier on without me.
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    The Jack/Nenana confluence is a real special place.

    Peace

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  10. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    This morning dawned it was -20°. The North Wind finally stopped. After 5 straight days of cloudless cold windy days. The ice is nice. The moon is full, too.
    I've been seeing moose, otters and wolf tracks on my after work freeride outings.
    I got a really bitchin' LED helmet light, and my wife is back east visiting kin. My dog doesn't get too bent out of shape when I suit up and go for a solo moonlight Nenana River rip. Wives sometimes frown on perceived risky behavior.
    Out there the moon on the glare river ice surrounded by dope ass mountains is surreal. I've made this run enough times that a followable track is laid down and I can cruise with confidence. Get on the pipe. Make a joyful noise as the front wheel gets light. A world of pure frozen magic. I got a short track (1/10 mile) with a big jump on one straight and two beautiful drifty glare U-turns. I did like 30 laps around that grin machine on tonight's rip. Then I parked and shut down my light and took a walk around. After my eyes adjusted, the scene was so sublime. Wind polished undulating and meandering, big river rocks; the Panorama Rapid. Right where the Parks Highway is squeezed against the foot of Panorama Mountain by the Nenana. Freeriding Shangri-La.
    My LED light is pretty badass. Also, I wore clear goggle lenses this time as opposed to smoke lenses. Makes a ton of difference.
    I gotta go to Healy tomorrow and get some more Amsoil. The mix gas Jug-O-Fun is on fumes.

    Peace
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  11. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    Seven above, full moon rising. White Zombie assailing the speakers. I'm almost ready to go riding.

    Piston
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  12. PistonPants

    PistonPants Crankcase Scavenger

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    All last week was cold and windy. Brrrrr! A lot of what was open water got locked up pretty solid. I had superb ice conditions and access to parts of the river that I've never been able to go before. This morning was -25°, but by noon it was 6°, nearly 20° afternoon high.This afternoon's run was one of the best ever! I did about 20 miles. Traveled further up the Jack River than I ever have before on glassy new ice, then back down river to Panorama, my more familiar stomping grounds.
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    Someday I will have to deal with editing gopro footage I've accumulated this season.

    Stay Tuned
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  13. Solarmoose

    Solarmoose electric Supporter

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    Great pics Piston! keep 'em coming.
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  14. AKmud

    AKmud Muddy Gruver

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    My daughter caught a pretty cool pic of my adventures today.

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  15. Salsa

    Salsa Long timer

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    Front Page !!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. PistonPants

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    Nice Shot! If you ride where there are other people, you can get your picture taken! Lookin real good!

    Piston
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  17. PistonPants

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    Scenes from the Saturday ride:

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    Prior to taking to the ice on the KTM, I rode the B-dub on the trails and up Windy Creek for several miles. It has no studs but still hooks up good on hardpack. If you drop off of the trail though, it's a trip over the handlebars and you have your work cut out extracting the heavy machine from deep sugar snow. Fun, but not as good as tapping it out on the river ice.

    Piston
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  18. PistonPants

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    Sunday on the Nenana River.
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    OK, this actually the Jack River. About 2 miles upstream of the Nenana.
    Let's head down river.

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    Peace

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    Peace
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  20. PistonPants

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    The Breakup Tour. Scenes from a Dog Walk.

    No crossing here until next winter
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    Lexus, my furry pal
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    Ten days ago this was fast sixth-gear ice
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    The trails will also soon rot forcing me onto public roads
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    Ice Hole
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    What you do when you find soft sandy river-bar dirt
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    Time to let it go. It was a real good winter.

    Peace
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