Yellow GS over the bank on the haul road

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Tom S, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it? Supporter

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    Friend sent this link to “another motorcycle blog”. Guy is reporting about his ride up to Deadhorse, they were apparently there today.
    They found a bike off the road & later learned that the rider had been air evacuated.
    He doesn’t say what plates were on the bike.
    There are a couple pix of the bike near the bottom of the page with the below text.
    http://bobmunden.blogspot.com/



    <HR>About half way we came across this off the side of the road. No one around. We had seen this bike yesterday in Coldfoot and it's rider was travelling with a couple of others and left before us. It is a BMW GS series bike and extremely capable in these conditions and equipped to the "nines". There was no one around as we searched in the underbrush and tundra for a body. No one. Interestingly there is no sign on the road as to why he went off. Just the tire track veering towards the drop off and no signs of even heavy brake usage.

    It's hard to see from these photos but it stopped rather abruptly at a trough of rock and it would appear that it won't be going anywhere soon - if ever - after they drag it up to the road again. No idea what happened to the rider but all of his gear was still on it or scattered around.


    Unfortunately there was nothing more we could do so we carried on in a somewhat somber mood. EDIT: found out later that they air evacuated the rider and he was still alive. No other info. The remainder of the trip was simply a long 25 to 30 mph (real scary fast under the circumstances) slog to Deadhorse. The trip took over 9 hours to go 255 miles. Every one of those miles was, it seemed, earned the hard way. Slow and steady persistence overcame the rain and cold. It paid off with the wonderful sight of civilization again as we neared Deadhorse (Prudhoe Bay) <HR>
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  2. AKtracks

    AKtracks Kilted Fükengrüver

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    The rider is in good shape (broken thumbs, possibly a rib or two), and the bike is being shipped south likely today.

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  3. FlyRescue

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    Boo 2010 Yellow GSA down! I hope the rider heals quick and get to ride the bike again soon. I'd love to hear what happened to cause the incident, and what happened to the bike in the process.
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  4. AKBMW

    AKBMW Been here awhile

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    As of about 10 mins ago. I saw 2 yellow ADV's still hanging in dead horse. One was in the back of a truck and look in not so good shape.
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  5. FlyRescue

    FlyRescue Support S&R, Get lost!

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    That's too bad. :( I think dad and I are going to forgo any Dalton/Dempster action this year.
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  6. Dan Diego

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    Look familiar?

    Glad he's OK.

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  7. beamertwin

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    Hope the rider heals well and quickly.
    Looks like he will have a project to contemplate during recovery.
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  8. 4ad

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    Whats the prob?...just ride it out & suck up the pain!!!
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  9. KHud

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    ?????:huh:huh
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  10. AKtracks

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    :asshat
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  11. marbee40

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  12. AKBMW

    AKBMW Been here awhile

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    The damage really isn't that bad. It will be a few bucks to replace some of the parts. I hope he gets a chance to complete his trip next year. At least that what I would tell my wife "Hey I still need to make it to Dead horse!" :evil
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  13. KHud

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    Yes, that was the thought I was trying to convey. You have gift Tracks, a real gift with words.
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  14. AKtracks

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    An artist such as myself works with the tools he's given.
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  15. TUCKERS

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    Hey! I know those two bikes

    Hi from James and Colleen we met you in Hyder :clap:clap

    Sorry for the thread hijack, hope the downed rider heals well :deal
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  16. TouringJoe

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    Hi all. I was riding the bike at the time of the accident.

    What happened was that I was riding like an idiot doing 80 miles/hour on the part of the road that was covered with dry calcium chloride and hit a stretch of deep gravel and lost control.

    I got lucky. Got away with 2 minor fractures in my right arm. The bike was towed to Dead Horse and then shipped to Adventure Cycleworks in Fairbanks for repairs and we will reunite on August 21st to finish the trip.

    Up to that point we spent 4 weeks riding from Los Angeles through Santa Fe NM, Colorado, Black Hills of SD, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, the Canadian Rockies and everything on the way to Alaska for a total of 7,000 miles. You can check our blog, with hundreds of photos, at blog.jemalaska.com.

    Looking forward to touring the rest of Alaska.

    Thanks to all of you that expressed sympathy.
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  17. KHud

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    You know of course Joe, now that you are on the road to recovery and have made yourself known on the forum, the sympathy will turn-in to mockery and brutal criticism. Just the way people around here welcome new friends. :D

    When I saw your rig over at Adventure CycleWorks it was referred as the "parts bike.":eek1
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  18. AKDuc

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    Hello and welcome ADVn00b TouringJoe.

    Glad to hear you and the bike are okay and doing the rest of your trip.

    Have fun, Mark H.
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  19. AKBMW

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    Hey Joe, saw 2 Yellow ADV's hanging in Deadhorse. How do you like the J&M CB's?

    Glad to hear you didn't need me to ride your bike back to Cali for you!! :rofl
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  20. Skinny Moose

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    Hi Joe, glad to hear you didn't get beat up too badly. When I saw the pic my first thought was a washout on loose gravel...definately have to keep an eye out for that stuff. :evil
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