Tiny Bike to Alaska 2016 (Planning and Bike Prep)

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  1. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer Supporter

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    Hello Everyone,

    I'll be leaving my home near Asheville NC the middle of May and heading to Alaska. I'll be riding my trusty WR250R Yamadama that has served me well for many miles (Coffee And New Friends, One 250cc Explosion At A Time). The little bike is now well sorted for comfort as is my travel kit. I've got as many months as I want to wander around. My travel style these days is low and slow. Camping mostly with the occasional friend I've met through the forums. I plan on going west out to Utah then north to Deadhorse before turning south back home. T minus 126 days :)

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  2. oneway

    oneway Tehachapi CA

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    I have a June 10 departure on the Bellingham ferry. I have a wr250 also, but this will be on the KLR650.
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  3. Tewster2

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    Sounds great! I'll be the guy cruising along staying out of everyone's way....I'm planning on heading west from my home in the mountains of western NC across to Utah then following the spring north to Deadhorse. I'll wave at ya and I'm sure my arm will get tired with all the KLR's on the road :) Really popular bike for Alaska from what I read.
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    You might enjoy the ride up to Inuvik more than Deadhorse especially the weekend after D2D.
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  5. Tewster2

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    You know, I looked at the Dempster also. The website OneWheelDrive.com has a great series of videos about riding the Dempter to Inuvik. Beautiful road. I plan on doing the Haul Road, TOW, Denali Hwy for sure. I will have plenty of time so the Dempster will be on my list to consider.
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  6. Tewster2

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    Hello all you fellow intelligent and above average idiots that ride 250s long distances :). Here is a list of mods I've done to my little WR to make it comfortable for me and hopefully reliable for the trip. I'm not wanting to start arguments on what stuff is good or bad....just throwing out my set up for all to see. This stuff works for me and YMMV. The list will evolve and I'll update frequently.

    Bike is a 2015 WR250R bought new on December 9, 2015. The motor is completely stock except for the removal of the flapper. I put almost 18 thousand miles on it last year.

    List of add ons or mods to the thing for the trip:

    Avon Trail Rider tires
    Cogent Dynamics 10.5 kg rear shock spring
    Madstad 20 inch “adventure” model windshield.........NO wind buffeting
    IMS 3.1 gallon gas tank…………………………….….........gives me about a 200 mile range
    Trail Tech tach/hour meter......simple and works perfect
    Rotopax 1.75 gallon fuel container with conventional spout (no EPA mandated crap spout)
    Russell Day Long “sport” seat……………………….........like sitting on a pair of angel's hands
    Fastway foot pegs……………………………………..............great quality, large footing area and about 3/4 inch lower
    Renthal/JT sprockets……….…………........…13/47 is 7k rpm @ 60 mph GPS verified, motor is glass smooth there
    DID Gold X-RIng 110 link chain………………..…….......strong and should last well
    Moto-Racks with Rotopax mount……………….……......beautifully made and functional
    Jared Skaggs billet rear top rack……………….……......super nice looking and strong
    Warp9 320 mm large front brake rotor and caliper relocation bracket....great stopping power and easy to modulate on gravel
    Yamalink rear lowering thing
    Wolfman Enduro tank bag……………………….........……Wolfman quality what can I say
    Wolfman Rocky Mountain saddle bags……………… (2016 model)
    Wolfman tool roll………………………………
    Wolfman fender bag for spare tube
    Wolfman bottle holders.......one for drink bottle, one for spare tube, and one for a can of chain lube
    iM2300 Pelican top case…………………….……........…..good solution for security and water proofing
    24 liter Ortieb dry bag (tent)…………………….....….….best there is IMHO
    Cycra hand guards…………………………….…...........…..pain in the ass to get fitted properly
    Waterproof dual USB outlet…………………….….......…good solution to a simple problem
    Eastern Beaver 3 circuit relayed power harness....powers the GPS, heated grips, USB outlet
    Power lead for Gerbing heated stuff………………… direct wired to the battery....I do unplug it when I stop
    Garmin Montana 600 GPS.....no problems after 70 thousand miles on my GS and WR
    RAM AMPS mount for Montana 600 GPS…………....…holds the GPS well and somewhat secure from theft
    Oxford Heated Grips with Intelligent Controller…......great fit and finish,
    work well
    PVC 4 inch tool tube mounted on front frame…………………………………….....carries all my tools, tire levers and bead breaker
    SPOT Gen3...........good little "“I’ve fallen and can’t get up thingy"
    Aerostich mini compressor……………………………......blows air out one end just like me


    Camping stuff:

    Nemo Sonic 15 degree 850 loft down sleeping bag
    Sea to Summit Reactor Plus bag liner.....adds a bunch of warmth to my bag
    Nemo blow up pillow
    Big Agnes Q Core SL 25 inch wide insulated sleeping pad
    Eureka Mountain Pass 2 XTE tent....has big vestibules for my stuff
    Cheap tarp ground cloth from Walmart
    9 hour candle and holder......keeps tent warm and condensation free (mostly)
    small Coleman LED lantern
    Nalgene pee bottle
    Jet Boil Zip for coffee
    small hatchet
    First aid kit
    EZ Touring Wanderer bike cover
    very small Touratech camp stool
    paracord for clothes line



    Spares for the trip:

    2 oil filters
    Brake, clutch, shift levers
    tire tubes ft/rear
    brake pads ft/rear
    Front/rear wheel bearings
    fuses
    cable for heated gear......must have, can't live without my heated stuff
    Wrist rest......I can't ride LD without one

    Riding Gear:

    Aria XD-4 helmet...fits my alien shaped head well
    Klim Badlands Pro jacket and pants.....awesome
    Sidi Adventure Gortex boots....four years so far and all is well
    Klim summer gloves
    Gerbing heated gloves
    Aerostich waterproof glove covers
    Gerbing heated jacket liner with controller
    smart wool socks....2 pair
    ankle socks for walking around in tennis shoes 1 pair
    LD Comfort riding shorts....2 pair
    Smart Wool Merino wool 250 weight top and bottom base layer
    Smart Wool Merino wool 195 weight long sleeve crew neck shirts....2
    Smart Wool Merino wool 195 weight short sleeve shirt....1
    silk balaclava
    neckbuff
    silk head liner
    ear plugs

    Clothes:

    Jeans (1)
    Toiletry kit (tooth brush/paste, razor/cream, soap/soap dish)
    Micro fiber Towel
    Walking shoes
    Flip Flops for shower
    Swimsuit/sleeping shorts (1)
    Sleeping beenie
    Stuff bag for dirty clothes
    Collapsable hat
    sleeping mask

    Cooking Stuff:

    Jet Boil Zip
    Matches
    Cigarette lighter
    instant coffee
    Mini creamers
    Spoon
    Military can opener
    Food bag, paracord, and carabiner (hang in tree for bears)

    Cameras and other stuff:

    Nikon AW130 waterproof point and shoot (hangs around my neck)
    Go Pro Hero 3
    iPhone 6s Plus
    Blueteeth remote for iPhone for selfies
    Apple 13" Macbook Air laptop
    Assorted cables
    Passport
    National Parks Golden Age Pass
    Health insurance card
    Bike registration
    Canadian insurance card
    Copies of all documents
    Small cable and lock
    Locks for Pelican case
    Bug spray
    Sun block
    Clip on thermometer
    Pen and notebook
    Fake wallet
    Small extension cord
    Maps/highlighter pen
    First aid kit
    Lense cleaning pads
    Vitamins
    Spare key
    Wet wipes
    Mozzie net (2)
    Leatherman tool
    MSR Dromedory 6 liter water bag



    I know it looks like a bunch of stuff but there is no fat to my set up as far as I can tell. Everything packs up nicely into the two saddlebags, top case, one dry bag for the tent, one small dry bag behind me on the seat, and tank bag.








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    Pictures!!
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  8. Tewster2

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    I'll do one tomorrow when I get back to the house.
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  9. Fighter

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    For those of you interested in some insight on Tewster2 ..... check out the ride reports listed under his posts.
    Extremely well done IMHO.
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  10. Tewster2

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    Here are a few views of my basic set up. The photos don't show my tent strapped on top of the top box or the bottle holders attached to the saddle bags. My cold weather stuff will be in a small dry bag on top of my bike cover that is behind me on the seat. Also, the new Mitas tires will not be mounted until about a week before departure. I can only upload 5 photos at a time so here's the first ones. I'll be using the Wolfman Rocky Mountain saddle bags instead of the yellow Expedition ones.
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    Pelican iM2300 case, Hyperlights, Rotopax, Wolfman bags, Moto Racks, Skaggs rear rack
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    320 mm Warp9 front brake disk and caliper relocation bracket
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    power lead for my heated stuff and to plug my air pump in
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    my dash
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    controller for my heated grips and wrist rest throttle control
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    close up of my spare rear tube and Wolfman bag
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    BMW roundels to screw with people :)
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  12. Tewster2

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    Russell Day Long "Sport Seat"
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    Controller for my Gerbing heated jacket, gloves, and pant liner
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    47 tooth rear sprocket and gold DID chain
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    Madstadt "Adventure" windshield with Wolfman tube bag hanging on a cross brace I made
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    little fender extention to keep a bit more crap off the motor
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    Eastern Beaver 3 Circuit tucked next to the air box.
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    Mod to the top of the tank in order to let my tank bag sit on top and give me more room on the seat.
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    Excellent setup Sir!
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    nicely done amigo. Care to elaborate on the thingy come off your gas tank. I have the same size tank on my WR and like your set up better than mine. Thanks, Terry
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    Awesome set up , I bet your like a kid on xmas eve counting down the days , if not hours , before you leave.

    Haha love tht Beemer logo on the shrouds , should screw with people more and throw a couple of KTM decals on the swingarm also .....:rofl
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  17. IanInCalgary

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    What is the purpose of the white thing that looks like a cutting board behind the right hand pannier?

    Ian
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  18. Tewster2

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    Thank you sir! It's a work in progress for sure.
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  19. Tewster2

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    Hey, I had a little plastic elbow before and thought it may be a bit fragile for the trip. I got the brass fitting from Lowes and it screws right into the cap (makes it's own threads). Added the filter and now I can mount my tank bag further up on the tank without the vent tube sticking straight up. Now I've got more room in the seating area to move around with the tank bag more forward.
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  20. Tewster2

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    Hi Ian. I added the piece of cutting board to give the saddlebag more support to keep the bottom of the bag from leaning in towards the tire. The Rotopax does the same thing supporting the bottom of the bag on the other side.
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