Riding to Alaska for dinner on a dirt bike

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by daBum, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    OK, last year, breakfast was good. Could have gone without the stuck-in-the-mud thing.

    This year, I'll be needing some dinner. Halibut. Seward. oh yeah.

    Why am I taking the dirt bike vs the humungous GSW? free will.

    Better luggage this year. Yay!

    Bigger house this year. yay.

    I think I'll stop by Inuvik, first and see about that groovy new road to Tuk.
    That looks like a cool ride to the beach.

    Here's my planned route. Very detailed, I know.
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    I'll be taking a few more items on the bike, but not as much as Kevin and Karen on their Guzzi:
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    So me and the boy are getting the bike ready. He supervises, we talk dog, and he chomps at random flying insects.
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    New Mitas E07 rear tire. That was a workout getting that baby on the rim.

    Gotta go ship my extra tires to Fairbanks, along with my new chain and filters care package, so they'll be waiting on my arrival in about a month.
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    Totally in...Remember to give a shout if the excrement impacts the rotary cooling apparatus.
    Woof.
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  4. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    will do!
    tail wag, tail wag
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  5. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile

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    Better luggage? How could that be bad?
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    Welcome back, I am hungry; that is for more adventure! Well, you get to do the adventure. I just read, look, and wish.

    My college room mate and his wife were in FT. Nelson yesterday on the road to AK. This time via Jeep/mini camper. We did it in 1979 on airhead R75s. Photo is me in FT. Nelson 1979 enjoying the old hotel; Alaska_1_0050d-X2.jpg which, I was told, was destroyed by fire.
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  7. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Critic - looks like a groovy place.

    Were you allowed to use the bears' claws as bottle openers? :-)
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  8. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    The house now has weather-abatement porches. Who doesn't like porches?

    Sittin' on the porch, enjoying the view of where we settle down for the night... unless some bum parked his 701 underneath the other porch:
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    Well, in my defense, I did sew a zipper so I could get that beasty inside with me:
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    After all, I do need to keep the weather off of the seat, so it maintains that solid oak feel and shine.
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    That's one big house!




    Next, I'll do some test loading and get my additional 25 gallons of gas somehow stuffed into the side bags.

    stay tuned....
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  10. Dad

    Dad Diapers & Dirt

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  11. Critic

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    Another long story there, but for another time. It was a night of to many open bottles; which was followed by riding tricks gone wrong.

    Hey, you better get on with your adventure. [​IMG] is looking a bit hungry!

    By the way, nice digs for your nightly pleasure and beauty rest!
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  12. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    So I like my new Mosko/BMW BC-25 bags.

    They just pop right off the bike and they hold a lot of gas, too.

    Here's my 8 Liters of extra gas:
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    1.5 L bottles go forward and aft.
    1 L bottle goes beneath.
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    Everything stuffs in cleanly.
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    This is with the big house bag and my fluffy bedding bag:
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    ....ran the preload up a couple of feet to compensate

    That Enduristan Sandstorm 4H tank bag is waterproof and a good size for my needs.
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  13. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Going to Kingman, AZ today.

    These 1st three days riding are long days, but I want to be at a destination Sat afternoon.

    This will be my first real test of the medical procedure from the KTM carpenter-insipred medical team last September.
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  14. PistolPetey

    PistolPetey Been here awhile

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    Hey, We met you at Chevron (94 Octane!) last year in Williams Lake.
    We will try to keep up with your ride. If it works out, we have wild sockeye salmon and a bbq. What more can you ask for: fast gas and a hot meal?


    pete
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    Dad Diapers & Dirt

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    Say what?
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    Really enjoyed last year! In!
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  19. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    Dad,

    Last year's ride required a post flight operation to replace my, uh, um, body part that sits on the seat.
    The KTM / Husky seat department uses only the finest north American and Austrian hard woods.
    That's why I had the replacement in September.
    Good news - so far so good.
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  20. daBum

    daBum Dave the Bum

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    In Gila Bend, Arizona.
    Refreshment break off the interstate. Lot's of tourists. They seem to be melting. Lot's of pictures being taken of the metal dinosaurs in the parking lot.
    They use to have real dinosaurs in the parking lot, but the tourists kept complaining about teeth marks on their vehicles and missing family pets.

    The other dinos just melted.

    It is June.
    In western Arizona.
    Stuff melts.
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