Alaska 2018 summer

Discussion in 'Americas' started by franki, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. Tewster2

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    Not if they pay for breakfast :lol3
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  3. froger

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    When you first cross the border its only natural to be on your guard. But when you been in BC for a week and have met only friendly and helpful people, it's easy to quit noticing. I once got my helmet lifted in Golden BC by a local I'd been drinking with. Damn near went to jail riding around drunk with no helmet and a busted windshield! But the Mountie took pity on me. Another time a clerk shortchanged me when he saw I wasn't paying attention. Don't take this as a slam on the Canucks, quite the opposite. A guy cant complain about two jerks in thirty years. Just saying its easy to quit watching when most everybody wants to help.

    The only people I'd worry about where your going would be blundering into some random methhead's. It's not just a city drug, a lot a hicks like that shit too. I think your chance's are good you wont meet any, but you know there's no guarantee's. I'd rate e'm with the bears. Both might well leave you alone most of the time.
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  4. franki

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    Absolutely correct. We have good people and bad people in this world and my traveling taught me not to generalize people. One of the main reason I love to travel is meeting good people with very different cultural background and enjoy the experience. The downside is that we may encounter a few worse then bears. Spice of life. More stories around the camp fire.
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  5. franki

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    A few of you have mentioned about fuel issue, the 950 can only do 180 miles from a full tank. Is there any internet info on gas stations in both Canada and Alaska? If I have to carry extra fuel on bike, is there any regulations regarding canister (i.e. I used a yellow plastic 5L lub oil can to carry extra fuel on my S. America trip and never had any problem) ?

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  6. djroszina

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    “They” like to see gas carried in a red “approved for gasoline” container specifically designed for that purpose. That being said, it’s very loosely enforced. I carry fuel in fuel bottles designed for camping, but lately, for short term storage/ carry, I’m using a MSR dromedary bag 10L that I only fill to 8L max. Giant loop has a fuel bladder also, but is $$$$.
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    @franki , fuel issues will only come into play on certain roads, like the Dempster Hwy, and the Dalton Hwy (Haul Rd). On those roads, you want to be able to go at least 250 miles with the fuel you are carrying. All other locations you should be fine with the 180 mile limit you have on the 950 you are riding. There is a wide variety of canisters that can be used for carrying additional fuel. That "yellow plastic 5L lub oil can to carry extra fuel on my S. America trip" is fine in South America, and most of Central America. You could even get away with that in most of Alaska, and the Yukon/NWT. However, I think it might be wise to not have that filled when crossing the borders between the USA and Canada. The border agents might view that as being a little more "Beverly Hillbilly" than they like to see.

    But it could be a good conversation starter. :dunno

    If you don't want to carry a permanent....more expensive...fuel container, then what a lot of riders do is to use the kind of container you have, or buy a 2 gallon red plastic fuel canister at one end of the long road....use it along that road...then leave it with a known source for other riders to use when they start out on that same road.

    I am using the 50 oz. Primus fuel bottles, two of them on the back of my panniers for fuel, and two of them on the front of my panniers for water.
    That gives me 100 oz of additional fuel, or a total of 6 gallons of fuel on the bike, so going 250+ miles is not a problem.

    Whatever canister you use for fuel, secure it well to the bike, especially when filled, and once the main tank is down enough......empty that extra fuel into the main tank, so you don't have that extra fuel sloshing around on the back of the bike. :-)
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    I recall there were a few spare portable fuel containers at the moto campground Tok (not Tuk!).

    As mentioned above, I've seen people use Dromedary water bags for short term fuel storage, just be aware that fuel stations won't let you fill them on site. Drain it when you are done with that stretch of your road.

    Never saw more than 150km between fuel stations on the Cassiar / Alaska Hwy. Id sometimes pass 2-3 stations before fuelling. My longest stretch was around 320km. Of note, those on r1200gs would stop much more often but managed without spare fuel. Dempster / Dalton would be different.

    The Milepost has good information on location of gas stations. The book inludes a free pdf download which is more convenient on a moto.

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    I am thinking you might have meant.....gas canisters available on TOK....rather than TUK.

    Easy to get the names mixed up.

    By year's end, we should have everyone differentiating those two T_K places :-)
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    You can fill a dromedary if you do it quickly and stealthily. In North America if someone approaches you while in the act, just look confused and talk to them in a made up German language. Pay the man and carry on.
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    Right! Eagle Claw campground...

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    +1 for Vanessa's place
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    I have yet to even go to Vanessa's place (e.g. Eagle Claw Campground in Tok, AK), but I am already adding the +1 in anticipation of my good experience there.

    You can generally trust motorcycle people site unseen
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  14. franki

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    It's just not practical for me to buy an expensive canister and only use it a few time. Therefore, I asked the question. Having said that, safety and hassle free travel is also on top of my list. If I stay within "populated" area, I guess I'd be fine doing without extra fuel.
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    Good info, I'll look for the Milepost in pdf format. :lol2
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  17. Tewster2

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    Unless you're traveling on the Dalton or Dempster you will not have to carry any extra gas. Just like folks carrying tires the whole trip...no need, tires are available everywhere if they just do a bit of planning beforehand :thumb

    When I come through Anchorage on the way back home I'll just stop by Alaska Leather and get Barb to have a set of tires installed, easy.
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  18. franki

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    Its good to know a good bike shop at far away places. I'll check if they have the tires I want in advance. :ricky
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    OK, here is my next question: Which mobile SIM card to purchase for good coverage and value on the road (Reno to Alaska)? I bought a AT&T SIM card last time in the US and many places I go within the lower 48 can't get signal. Only some major cities. My main purpose is to check the web. not much chance for voice calling.
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