Three old guys to Alaska - goldwings and a 300 versys

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Fuzzy74, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Bigbob1

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    Actually there is one spot in that stretch that has cell signal. In the mountains North of Fort Nelson, KM536 Rest Stop. Years ago I pulled in there to take a leak and saw a lady trucker checking her tires, it was getting dark put I could see a glow from all the other trucks. I made some comment about it and she said oh its the last stop with cell signal going north, they are all watching porn :D
  2. Ken in Regina

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    @nuke65 and @Fuzzy74,

    Just a minor correction for your animal ID purposes. So far the pictures of "goats" you've shown, and I'm betting any others you've seen so far, are actually Bighorn Sheep. It's unlikely you'll see any Rocky Mountain Goats on the trip unless you plan to get a lot higher (altitude, not psychoactives) and pretty deep into the wilderness.

    ...ken...
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  3. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    Day 15
    Nice ride up to Whitehorse. Light rain off and on with temps in 50s. The construction zone with pilot car was not active on Sunday but had 9 miles of dusty gravel. Hit multiple more gravel sections for maybe 20 miles total. Goldwings were jealous of my Shinko 804/805 tires.

    Saw one fox, one rabbit and one live wolverine. (Wolverines are the predominant road kill here so not quite as indestructible as the movies would have us believe.

    Some people will ride anything to Alaska including the couple from Ontario riding this all inclusive rig.
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    4500 miles for me so far.
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  4. GeoAdventure

    GeoAdventure Been here awhile Supporter

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    Are are the wings doing! How bad are they looking?
  5. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    Doing OK. On a gravel section 670 made mistake of getting to close to shoulder in deep stuff but managed to keep the rubber down. 99% of road is great and 670 commented that other than gravel the roads are all better than anything back In Illinois.
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  6. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    Thanks. Looked up on line and what we saw were sheep. Fooled by the straight horns they had.
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  7. nuke65

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    Working well. Kept the speed down to 40 mph and it was manageable. Had to be careful not to drift into deep stuff. As far as how they look, may bike is dirtier than ever.
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  8. nuke65

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    A2A Part 9 - Close Counts In Tiddlywinks, Nuclear War, and Potholes

    Not much to tell today. We rode from Watson Lake to Whitehorse. It was an uneventful overcast trip but the scenery was still great. That is, until I started looking at the videos and pictures. My picture taking has been curtailed by bugs, mud, and rain. Everything has come out fogged or blurry. So today, I made it a point to clean the lens at every stop hoping I would get a decent picture.

    We were riding along going in and out of gravel worse than the day before. At one point, I saw some potholes as I went by and commented to Rick that one pothole seemed rather large. He said that he didn’t notice it. Well, road hazards are a part of the trip causing us to zig and zag more than Josef Martinez of the Atlanta United.

    Then I looked at the videos. If you are squeamish, don’t look. (I know, now you have to look because I said not to.) I have attempted to post a very short video that gives you the idea of the amount of time a motorcyclist has to react to a road condition.
    My take from the video is 1 second from the time it appears as a black spot to the time it reaches my bike.

    Then I put several still frames from the video from a different perspective to show you THE pothole. As you will note, I came a little close to this particular depression in the road.


    Angels continue to watch over us.



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  9. Davidc83

    Davidc83 Been here awhile

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    I agree with Greg, the roads are better than Illinois or Indiana...I have bigger pot holes on the road next to my driveway than that you barely missed...LOL...You guys are making me jealous...you guys are having an epic ride...keep the rubber side down.
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  10. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    On a MC trip one thinks about what could have been left behind to save space and weight. A new one for the list up here is flashlight batteries. Haven’t used mine since crossing border to Canada. Up in middle of night last night and sun not far enough below horizon to get dark.
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    Great job guys - fellow versys owner here, I'm totally comfortable on it anywhere around Florida. I also went from a CBR1000RR to the 300. Great scenery, and awesome job with the reports.
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  12. Fuzzy74

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    Yamaha Dealer in Whitehorse is place for help. Riveted EK chain in stock. Loaned me grinder to get chain off. Waiting mechanic to come rivet new chain. Well stocked shop and most knowledgeable, helpful I’ve ever been around.
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  13. AllSeasonRider

    AllSeasonRider Wandering, maybe a little lost...

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    Love it. Though watching you go through this has given me added conviction to my decision to install a new chain and sprockets on my bike before I head north in August. I only have 4500 miles on the original, but I found 2 missing seals on the old chain after I got it off (to be fair, I wasn't great about maintenance).
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    Who’s on the Red NC
  15. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    Retired fellow from Arizona. First bike. Riding with son from Maine. Not in forum. 3rd one we’ve seen.
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    TOO bad you didn't go up there - it's absolutely beautiful! A valley filled w/ larch - the only coniferous tree that loses its needles each fall - and it's called... Larch Valley!
  17. Fuzzy74

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    Day 16
    Wake up was not totally pleasant. When the campground gives you a slip of paper with the code to bathroom on it not a good idea to leave in MC overpaints. Luckily I wasn't dancing a jig too long trying to remember the code when some one leaving let me in. A bit of a sadistic setup if you ask me that in the middle of the night in a sleepy stupor people have to remember a code to pee. I think the trees around the bathroom are well watered.

    Original plan to head north from Whitehorse to Dawson City but we're ahead of schedule so change of plans. First as reported above was off to the Yamaha dealer to see if they had a chain. If you ever need help around Whitehorse this is the place to go. Lots of parts and gear in stock. A wall of tires in back room and they had an EK 520 O-ring chain. They loaned me a grinder to get old one off but told me new chain was rivet so we waited nearly 3 hours for a mechanic to be available to brad the rivet. Then we find out label on box was wrong and it was a clip link chain. Gought 2 extra clip links. Mechanic installed chain with me getting old one off and putting bike back together. Total cost 85 C$ Quickly installed, tension adjusted and cover put back on just in time to stop for lunch. We also stopped at Canadian Tire for some tie downs.

    After lunch we headed west for Haines Junction then turned south for Haines. We had been riding in the rain but as we climbed towards the pass the clouds broke and sun came out. This is definitely a ride to add to your Alaska trip. We felt it ranked up there close to the Icefields Parkway. The pictures will speak for themselves. I claimed all the credit for causing the delay that allowed us to ride it in the sunshine.

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    The road had been pretty empty but we started seeing frequent vehicles going the other way. We assumed it coincided with the Ferry having docked in Haines a short time earlier.
    The next stop was the border. He scanned our passport cards and probably asked a few questions about our trip more from boredom than concern. A black bear was in the road. We slowed down and as we got close he turned tail and headed into the bush.

    We had arrived at a milestone.


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    Shortly after the border a large brown bear stood up on his hind legs in the bush to the left. Magnificent site. As we got close he too ducked down to hide in the bushes from the Yellow monster riding the green steed. Who says you need loud pipes, loud riding gear does just fine.
    We checked into an old hotel, the Halsingrand, that was part of the army base here. Hotel is to the far left of pic in background. The field is the old parade ground. I marched far too many parades in my day, but at least we did it on flat ground.
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    We walked to dinner hoping to get some good salmon but the commercial season just opened yesterday and boats aren't unloading yet. Still had a decent if slow dinner at Lighthouse. Walking back from dinner had a good sign for things to come.
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    The hotel owner has been working on the boiler for the last 2 hours so hopefully we will eventually get a hot shower. He already replaced the nozzle and valve and is working on replacing the flame eye. It has been roaring for a few minutes now so maybe he got it.

    Tomorrow will be a lazy morning *and hopefully hot shower, then getting on the ferry for a 1:00pm Alaska Time departure for Skagway then ride back north. May stay in the same sadistic campground. Thankfully I have a wide mouth bottle in the tent, Ferry said to bring our own tie downs and thus the stop at Canadian Tire. Ferry for individual plus bike about 90 $US for the 1 hour ride.
  18. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    I was there with family in 1986 and it is worth the stop.
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    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    We will see 2000 passenger from this boat in Skagway when we get there. 2 more scheduled to arrive. Won’t be worth stopping when we get off ferry. Haines a quiet town not overloaded with tourists.

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    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    Spoke too soon. Closer than I thought and smaller ship turned to come in here.

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