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post #1 of 102 Old 01-30-2017, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Riding to Alaska

I'm starting to get my strom ready for the ride from Wisconsin to Alaska to Oregon back to wi I've got TKC80 on now at 80% tread debating on putting a 50/50 tire on for the trip is a 50/50 necessary? Also as long as I already have the tkc should I carry them with if it can be done safely or just buy another set when I need them?
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post #2 of 102 Old 01-30-2017, 08:09 AM
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Wisconsin?

Where about's in Wisconsin do you live and when are you going to Alaska?

Do you go to the crud run?

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I live near Green Bay leaving for Alaska June 1/2 returning around July 2nd I've head of the crud run never done it


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That's early for some mountain areas..we got caught in a snow squall at Glacier....lovely time otherwise

We started June 6th out of Vancouver in 2015 ...valley's were brutally hot ....then the Cassiar miserable and cold.

Prepare for adventure My K60s were perfect for the ride. Kid did okay on his street tires but we did not hit much construction and did not get up past Hyder.


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So I should practice getting up on the pegs with a loaded bike some more lol I'm new to this adv world yet got the basics fig out just not much time


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In the same shoes and from what I understand it is mostly paved with exception of Top of the world (50-60mi) and North Slope. Both hardpack perfectly doable on street tires, if it doesn't rain. If it rains you have a thin layer of mud on top and puddles in potholes.

New or not your TKC80 are not likely to make round trip due to distance and chip and tar abrasive pavement.

We fitted Wee with set of E-07 Dakar which should make the round trip, and my son's bike has rear E07 and front Shinko 705. 705 will make the distance, but the choice of rubber in 17" very limited, so if it gets wet we will have to either leave his bike behind in Fairbanks, change the plans and go south first or get 17" TKC80 front swap locally.

K60 Scout rear/TKC80 front are popular, but wouldn't work for us with 12k trip. Besides Mitas E07 last as long as Scout and not as scary in wet. For grip front TKC80 or Shinko 804, Mitas E-10 or Sava MC60 would be a better choice but E07 will do the distance and will have better road manners.
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Ya I've heard the best roads will chew tires up on the trip I planned on getting new shoes in ak regardless at some point if one set of tires make the trip awesome but not counting on it


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Weather/time permitting I would like to do the dalton that's why I'm considering carrying the tkc


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K60 Scout rear/TKC80 front are popular, but wouldn't work for us with 12k trip.
Why not? ...rider I met in Vermont got 22k miles from his Scout set. You are going to have weight aboard and the Scouts are stiff plus I assume you have ABS.

Choice of a lot of riders heading to Alaska for good reason.

I was heavily loaded ...near max on the Wee as was carrying for two, put on 10k miles then sold the bike and it easily passed safety. Very impressed with the Scouts.

Have a set waiting to put on after the Pilot 3s wear out. I was so used to the Scout's stability on gravel got a nasty surprise with the Pilots...squirmed all over off pavement.


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Instead of carrying tires, why not just send them ahead, or make arrangements with a bike shop halfway? You can send anything to "General Delivery" to a post office and they will keep the item for 30 days. Calling and talking to the Postmaster is a good idea since tires are kinda bulky.
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