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post #21 of 101 Old 01-31-2017, 12:31 AM
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If you ride down Vancouver island and need a place to stay for a night or two, PM me. I'm on Cortes Island. About halfway down the big island.
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I am heading up to Inuvik this year, same kind of trek. I keep bouncing around between tires and what to ride on. I hate the idea of swapping tires in Dawson, what if I get up there and it is constant rain for a week, I will have no use for those tires since I will not tackle that road when it is wet like that, it sounds suicidal.

I would think a new set of tires in Vancouver would still be OK for the trek past Dawson, it is 3100km to that point, then head up, but my plan is to visit Stewart and Telegraph Cove, so that will likely add another 1k. That should be fine right? I can bring an extra flat repair kit, maybe some spray in tire sealer.

A lot of these tires are priced very close. I know the Mitas and the K60's are hard to find in Spring though, so probably best to buy early.
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. That should be fine right? I can bring an extra flat repair kit, maybe some spray in tire sealer.
String plugs and a decent compressor ( those tires are stiff and will take a lousy compressor forever ).
Get good insertion tools too - tires are very - stay away from mushroom repair kits.

The K60s or the Mitas equivalent ( I'd get the Dakar ) are fine for touring distance ...why would you have no use for them.....beleive me the construction zones or a wet Top of the World you'll be glad of them.

WHy not just start out with one or the other ...both will last the whole trip.

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The Heidenau K60 and K60 Scout tyres have earned an extremely good reputation as a true 50/50 dual sport tyre. A perfectly suited overland travel tyre; these tyres last longer than just about any comparable dual sport tyre, and do not get scary in the wet like many hard compound tyres do.

Click on the 'Additional Media' tab for detailed photos of each specific tyre.

Gabriel of Zen Overland, used a pair of these on his 60,000 mile 18 month RTW trip, clocking up an incredible total of over 20,000 miles on a single rear tyre!
This was on a Honda XR650L, ridden on the full range of surfaces. From smooth asphalt, to sharp loose rock, mud, sand and countless river crossings.
http://www.zenoverland.com/tyres_tub...k60-scout.html

that's what the guy in Vermont reported to me on his Wee and I had 15,000 km on a set when I sold the bike....it passed safety easily and I'm pretty sure they were good to 30k km..

Last thing I'd want to do is waste time with a tire change...that's one reason I bought the Wee instead of taking the Burgman 650 ....I would not have made the distance on the Burgman rear without a swap. ( and I needed luggage space which the Jesse cases provided. ) Worst thing about the Burgman 650 is tire wear.


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I am heading up to Inuvik this year, same kind of trek. I keep bouncing around between tires and what to ride on. I hate the idea of swapping tires in Dawson, what if I get up there and it is constant rain for a week, I will have no use for those tires since I will not tackle that road when it is wet like that, it sounds suicidal..
What is the likelyhood of this happening? The total rainfall for the area 0.7"-0.9" a month. Would suck to get stuck for a few days. Also if it does rain, for how long it stays wet?

We decided to save Dempster for another occasion ToW, Dalton and Dempster are too much for 4 weeks.
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String plugs and a decent compressor ( those tires are stiff and will take a lousy compressor forever ).
Get good insertion tools too - tires are very - stay away from mushroom repair kits.

The K60s or the Mitas equivalent ( I'd get the Dakar ) are fine for touring distance ...why would you have no use for them.....beleive me the construction zones or a wet Top of the World you'll be glad of them.

WHy not just start out with one or the other ...both will last the whole trip.


http://www.zenoverland.com/tyres_tub...k60-scout.html

that's what the guy in Vermont reported to me on his Wee and I had 15,000 km on a set when I sold the bike....it passed safety easily and I'm pretty sure they were good to 30k km..

Last thing I'd want to do is waste time with a tire change...that's one reason I bought the Wee instead of taking the Burgman 650 ....I would not have made the distance on the Burgman rear without a swap. ( and I needed luggage space which the Jesse cases provided. ) Worst thing about the Burgman 650 is tire wear.


I've got 10-12 plugs motion pro irons a cheap $10 slim pump "more for topping of tires" and a co2 kit I'm not worth a shit at changing tires but I can make it happen if I'm not rushed


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We saw many street bikes on the TOW even in the rain, not that big a deal with highway tires. It is very well maintained. Dawson, TOW and old town Chicken are high lights not to be missed. Air down a little, watch for pot holes and go for it. It's more of what your comfortable with than tire choice. The long construction zones are much worse and unavoidable most of the time, but still not really needing aggressive tires. A descent set of 80/20 works very well. Remember your only going to be on the non paved roads a small percent (less than 2%) of the overall trip unless heading to the arctic circle. You will be amazed at the assortment of bike types up there. We saw a couple of guys on Harley softail stretch customs with the big 26" wheel front end. Actually we saw more Goldwing, Harleys and Metric Cruisers than anything. The tire problems we saw on the road were tube type flats and blow outs. We stopped to help a few guys with flats but they had extra tube and said they had things handled, all spoke wheeled.
Lunch in old town Chicken is great especially the homemade Pies. It's off the main road, don't miss it. You can air back up there if you came from Dawson.

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What is the likelyhood of this happening? The total rainfall for the area 0.7"-0.9" a month. Would suck to get stuck for a few days. Also if it does rain, for how long it stays wet?

We decided to save Dempster for another occasion ToW, Dalton and Dempster are too much for 4 weeks.
The road will dry quickly after a rain and that will be the best time to ride as the dust will be down and the road will be smoother with a little moisture on it. If the sun comes out it will dry in as little as 4 hours. I rode the Dalton and the Dempster in 2012/2013 the Dempster was by far the best trip. The Dalton is nice up until Atigun pass and the high tundra. I had rain showers for 30 minute intervals and it did not make the road impassable.
I used Tourance the first year and Mitas 07 the second.
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What is the likelyhood of this happening? The total rainfall for the area 0.7"-0.9" a month. Would suck to get stuck for a few days. Also if it does rain, for how long it stays wet?
Very experienced Alaska rider ( goes every year ) had 21 days of rain two years ago and 20 days a year ago....was away so don't know what happened this year but he was fed up with it....that said...the Pacific storms seem to have drifted south and are watering California.
Anything along the coast tho is subject to local weather/fog etc....the water can be very cold and the atmosphere hot and that = interesting weather.

It really depends on where you are and what is happening in the Pacific...you have to be prepared to go where the rain isn't. Alaska is bloody huge.



If you are not pinned with a ferry ride then you have some flex ....there is a big figure 8 where the centre is Tok and you can sort of make a choice based on the weather as to which way you loop. There are not a lot of alternative routes.

In June you have crazylong riding days...

This is Denali at 11 pm in June



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My K60 Scout after 10000 miles, can't ask for more. Best grip I ever had, especially in 5" mud on Dalton.
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Very experienced Alaska rider ( goes every year ) had 21 days of rain two years ago and 20 days a year ago....was away so don't know what happened this year but he was fed up with it....that said...the Pacific storms seem to have drifted south and are watering California.
Anything along the coast tho is subject to local weather/fog etc....the water can be very cold and the atmosphere hot and that = interesting weather.

It really depends on where you are and what is happening in the Pacific...you have to be prepared to go where the rain isn't. Alaska is bloody huge.



If you are not pinned with a ferry ride then you have some flex ....there is a big figure 8 where the centre is Tok and you can sort of make a choice based on the weather as to which way you loop. There are not a lot of alternative routes.

In June you have crazylong riding days...

This is Denali at 11 pm in June



Highest mountain in North America and rarely cloud free.....did a double take when I saw that monster in the rear view mirror.
From what I understand the Rediculously High Ridge dissipated and all Pacific storms are no longer getting kicked up to Alaska. We will see how it goes as we will have 2 dates to do Dalton. If it comes to worse we will try to get 17" TKC80 locally, (not sure there will be enough fender clearance on his bike). We kicked around a 2up idea.. it's been a almost a decade since he rode pillion on my bike haha

Yeah the days are long sun never goes down at Dead Horse in June and only for 2-3hr in Fairbanks.
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