My wife and I will be riding our Tiger 800's to Alaska later this month. This is the trip that I planned in 2009 when I bought a new KLR650. With busy summers due to my Military Schedule (Oregon Army National Guard - 23 years), my retirement this last March made this summer's trip finally possible. I've enjoyed reading previous and current ride reports and I've learned a bit as well. I wanted to start ours early enough that if I/we were missing something obvious, an inmate would let me know. In the past months we've put together what we believe will take care of our needs on the trip. Although we've taken 4k mile trips on motorcycles before, our destinations were relatively close to resources; Sturgis, Glacier National Park, a sweep through Jackson - Grand Canyon - Yosemite, and a 4K trip through Oregon. Those trips were on a Softail and a Triumph T-100. We purchased Tigers this last year for the trip to Alaska with more to follow I'm sure. We loaded them up two weeks ago for a shakedown, packing everything we think we'll be taking on the trip north, short of spare fuel. I'm still trying to decide on what use for storage. The first thing we learned is that we need to check tire pressure every time before we leave. I should have known this - I race small vintage bikes and I check my tire pressure EVERYTIME I go out on the track. I checked the pressure two weeks earlier before we headed out on a ride and set the pressure for both bikes. Fast forward two weeks later, bikes loaded, with a 15 degree change in ambient temperature, and the bikes handled like old trucks when we left. After getting the pressure set to the right pressure, and increasing the pre-load, the bikes felt like they should have. My wife did have a couple low speed falls in parking lots ( due to sharp corners and an increase in weight ), we now have an extra set of levers to take with us, and Barkbusters with aluminum guards on the way. We found rain at 1230 and road through it until 2030 HRS. We learned a few things during our shake-down. Lisa's new waterproof boots weren't. She sent her new Forma Boots back for testing and they checked them as soon as they received them. A liner failure was found and her new replacement boots are on the way. Her new waterproof pants weren't. She sent them back to Aerostitch and they have tested them and have them on the way back as well. My 10 year old water proof riding pants are anything but waterproof (an off brand that will get several coats of camp-dry and a new set of Frog Togs for over top). My old riding boots we not made for the rain and they need to stay home. I now have waterproof TCX's that will hopefully keep me dry. Lisa's pannier was leaking and we found the source by dunking it in the tub. It will be sealed up as well in the coming days. As cold and wet as we were, I'm so glad we took our trip in the 8 hours of rain. We have the time and resources to address issues now rather than later, when we're 100's or 1000's of miles from home. Services are scheduled for the 13th. New K 60's will also be mounted. I've been asked about chain and sprocket. If we clean and lube them daily, is it likely that I'll need a replacement on hand? I hadn't plan to bring a chain breaker and spares, should I? I'm trying to keep the tools as light as possible. Between the essential and tire spoons, inner tubes and pump, etc., I am concerned about the total weight. I've been doing all of the maintenance / parts installations on the bikes with my tool roll-bag to ensure I have everything I need - I'm glad I did. A simple thing like a 3/8" drive 6" extension was missing (try to adjust the pre-load with out an extension - nearly impossible). Our draft itinerary is below. Some of the stops are locked in because we needed to ensure we had reservations secured. We will be camping 1-2 days followed be a hotel/motel stop so we can get cleaned up. I've gone several weeks without a shower during training, but Lisa isn't into that sort of smell. Portland to Leavenworth Leavenworth to Chache Creek Cache Creek to Fraser Lake Fraser Lake to Prince Rupert AL Marine Hwy to Juneau Juneau to Haines Haines to Beavercreek Beavercreek to Anchorage Anchorage to Valdez Valdez to Old Denali Hwy Old Denali Hwy to Talkeetna Talkeetna to Denali Park Denali Park to Fairbanks Fairbanks to Tok Tok to Dawson City (Top of the World Hwy) Dawson City to Whitehorse Whitehorse to Laird River Laird River to Fort Nelson Fort Nelson to Dawson Creek Dawson Creek to Williams Lake Williams Lake to Vancouver Vancouver to Portland My apologies for the long intro - hell, we haven't even left yet. The 27th or 28th is our planned departure date.