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post #41 of 102 Old 02-01-2017, 10:53 AM
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Guys, I know the Alskan is touted to be the biggest and the baddest there is but consider this: the guy in the link below got back from deployment, bought a brand new Piaggio MP3 500 CC *scooter* (a three wheeler) and rode from Florida, up the Alaskan and back on teeny tiny stock tires - 12" front and 14" rear.
He's not a bad photographer and he writes really well - I suggest anyone interested read this post for inspiration.

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This is a good point. By and large, there's nothing different about riding to Alaska compared to riding in the lower 48, it's just a longer ride.
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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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Prudhoe Bay and going to the arctic circle are much different ride than touring around Alaska. Tires, gear, fuel stops and your overall riding skills need to be considered in the planning. Being behind a couple of guys who went down on road construction areas it was easy to see why they were having problems. I couldn't tell you how many guys using a lot of front brake on the gravel roads, then blaming the rain and mud for crashing out.

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Let us know how much they last. I've been looking at them (Revzilla has them on sale) but they're getting discontinued.
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Tread depth a few hundred miles after install:
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Kind of off topic but is free wifi available often enough "other then campsites and hotels" to make it worth wild to download to milepost app for a reference?

And what the hell size wrench is the rear axle? I got one for the front been using a 1 1/2# crescent for the rear


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Wouldn't rely on the internet. Most of the inland highways are long straight flat sections for sometimes 200 miles. The best road are usually the ones to the towns on the coast like Valdez, Seward, Haines, Skagway. Inland would be the Denali Hwy and TOW, both maintained gravel. The Cassiar Hwy. in BC and out to Stewart/Hyder is very picturesque and fun to ride. Hotels in the major cities usually had wifi although some weren't so good. Not uncommon to have to go to the lobby to use.

Get a Spot tracking system and let friends watch your progress on the internet. And take a good camera, take a lot of pictures. If you have a Go Pro use it also but turn it off at the border checks. Helmet mounted turns out the best with the Go Pro, extra battery pack too.
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I am also planning a (August) 2017 Alaska trip... though I'm doing it by truck, for ease of camping, and because my wife is coming and we can share driving to make a long push there and back home to save on vacation days.

I'm in the early planning phase now so I wanted to subscribe to see what other ideas are being shared, and also offer my own.

I got a copy of "The Milepost" which is highly touted as the bible for AK trip planning, including routing to AK through Canada. It's 700 pages and granted, has some ads and some BS in it, but overall is highly useful:

https://www.themilepost.com/

Another Strom Trooper, who I don't see having already replied to this thread, did this trip in 2012 and has some good advice in his blog (read it backwards, and if you stay on a page too long sometimes you have to refresh the original link to get the above posts to display, the link often defaults to a page number and gets stuck on that page):

https://over3toalaska.wordpress.com/

He offers the advice of turning around after you pass Atigun Pass on the Dalton, as the flat tundra north of there is "meh". Someone else on this thread said that, too, so I'm inclined to pay attention to that advice. I would like to get the Arctic Ocean but it seems this is unreasonable unless you have some sort of "in" with the oil companies to pass through. He also makes reference to a motorcycle shop that he was quite impressed with, which is apparently open 24/7 to aid travelers and change tires. I didn't note the info because I won't be on a bike... but might be worth digging into his blog and checking out. You could arrange to have tires there waiting on you.

The route I am leaning towards includes the Sea-to-Sky Hwy, Cassiar, Alcan, Klondike Loop, Top of the World, Dalton, Denali, Hatcher Pass Rd, Tok Cutoff, and Icefields Parkway. I almost routed right past Icefields until I read his blog and realized how close it was, and it's apparently one of the best rides in the world.

To your selection of tires, I have run Shinko 705s exclusively on 3 different Stroms over more than 100,000 miles total. I ride pretty aggressively and l see about 10k-11k usable mileage on fronts and 6k-7k on rears. I end up keeping the fronts on too long just to even out the tire changes (1 front for every 2 rears). I've never had an issue with the Shinko on any sort of road surface; as long as there is something offering support (hard pack, gravel, asphalt) they are fine; in bottomless mud or clay they are poor choice. I would not hesitate to run them on a AK trip given what I've learned about the roads up there.

I'm also going to read that Vespa blg that was linked, I'm thirsty for intel...

"How rare that we can point ourselves inevitably west and go, go, go. Run out the highway and the hills. Slide our fingertips over the creases and the valleys of the impossibility that is America. You canít grasp its vastness from a plane. Itís diversity from a map. You have to put your feet on the ground. Your hands in the dirt." - Zach Bowman

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Over in Advrider, in the Alaska regional section are a couple good posts, haul road primer and Alaska primer, good read.
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Another entertaining resource (though catered to 4 wheeled travel) is the Alaska / Yukon video series by Expedition Overland:

Alaska/Yukon - Expedition Overland

You can pretty much skip Episode 1 as it's just a recap of prior stuff, and the first 1/2 of Episode 2 is a recap of their last trip to BC as well. But beyond that, there's some good intel if you sift through it.

"How rare that we can point ourselves inevitably west and go, go, go. Run out the highway and the hills. Slide our fingertips over the creases and the valleys of the impossibility that is America. You canít grasp its vastness from a plane. Itís diversity from a map. You have to put your feet on the ground. Your hands in the dirt." - Zach Bowman

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