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What bikes sell well in Alaska/Best bikes for Alaska?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by turbonotch, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. RDJEff

    RDJEff Lost in Alaska

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  2. gsilvernale

    gsilvernale Lowlander

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    Two years ago, my son and I rode to Alaska - put the bikes on craigsList in Anchorage, sold them within hours, and flew home.

    2001 BMW 650 Dakar and 2003 Kawaski Zr7s. Package price of $5000.
    I could probably have gotten $1000 more - but I wanted to be sure that they sold.

    I think that any adventure bike early in the summer (June) will sell quickly, if the price is right. Buy a $4000 bike in the lower 48, ride it there and sell it for $3000.

    Note that flying to Alaska is cheaper then riding. By the time you factor in hotels, food on the road, gas, tires.....

    But the ride was wonderful and I would love to do it again. If you can manage to keep it to 250 miles a day, thats great. We averaged 400 miles a day, which I thought was a good pace. It was constant riding, other than breaks every hour or so, lunch, gas, seeing the sites, for about 10 hours each day. Usually 10 AM to 8 PM days.

    Obviously you could turn it into a race, but that was not the point for us. If we had more time, we would have gone slower.
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  3. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it? Supporter

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    [SIZE=+1]I wish you would send me a PM. :cry Just sent you one.[/SIZE]
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  4. Nanuq

    Nanuq Aventurer by Trade

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  5. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    what you need is a free and I mean free reliable plasticized vtwin 800 with shaft drive.

    There is one aching to go to Prudhoe bay in Subybajas back yard first come first serve.

    vermin
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  6. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer Supporter

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    I might be in the market for a 955 Tiger.
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  7. SlabH8r

    SlabH8r n00b

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    I would do a search of which dealers are available in various locations that provide service. Do a search on their web pages to identify dual purpose used bikes for sale at those dealers and the price. Look for models that are not readily available. Then score a good buy in the lower 48. I traveled from Kansas City to the Arctic Circle during the summer of 2008 and back. I loved the R1200GS but I think the cost would prohibit a quick sale. I didn't see many dual sport bikes on dealer floors, but of course, at 70 + mph it was a quick look :lol3
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