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Discussion in 'Alaska' started by turbonotch, Apr 12, 2009.
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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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.
I might be in the market for a 955 Tiger.
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