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post #1 of 39 Old 12-16-2013, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Arizona to Anchorage 2014

I am planning a three week ride in June of 2014. Me and my DL1000 and two buddies on GS1200's. I have all the gear from previous five day jaunts ready to go. I have read blogs from different Alcan rides and am going to prepare for some rain. Anyone else ride this route before and have some words of wisdom? Sarcasm ?
Any vstrom specific things I should be aware of?

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post #2 of 39 Old 12-16-2013, 02:04 PM
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I too will be heading for Anchorage, departing Portland, Oregon on June 13th. I will keep a watch on your post to see what forums of wisdom/sarcasm transpire, thus reducing another post on the same topic. My destination Cold Foot.

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If you guys have some spare space on your bikes, you might want to pack a couple of Beemer Drive-Shaft Hubs/Bearings........unless you don't mind waiting a few days on your buddies??!! :biggrinjester:

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I'll be doing the full Iron Butt Association UCC on my Wee. I will be leaving Key West on June 25/26 for Deadhorse Prudhoe.

If anyone wants to do the full UCC I would be more than happy to have a riding companion. My wife would really like me to ride with someone but she has grown accustomed to my long solo rides.

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I had to google Deadhorse Prudhoe. That area is really odd looking with all of the oblong swamp style lakes. Looks coldern'ell! That is one long ride. Puts mine to shame. Have a great time!

I will be sending in my clutch basket to RealShelby here in the next month. My tires are fairly new, shouldn't need to replace them but one blog showed a guy that tore through his Anakees on his GS 1150. Now I cant stop thinking about that.

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I rode from San Antonio TX to AK in 2010 on my DL. Before I left I spooned on a brand new set of Shinko 705's and made it to Fairbanks, up the haul road to the arctic circle, and back to Fairbanks. Total was a little over 5500 miles on the tires and the rear was toast. Before I left for my trip I pre-ordered a rear tire from Adventure Cycleworks in Fairbanks and it was waiting for me when I got there, Anakee 2. Buying the tire from them actually worked out cheaper than shipping my own up there, and much easier than carrying it on the bike. The Armstrong's at ADV CW are great to work with. FWIW before everyone starts slamming the Shinko's, I made it home and rode the Anakee for a couple more months and managed 6k out of it. 6000 is about what I usually get out of a rear anyway, regardless of the brand.

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I plan to leave from the Texas coast on June 14th on my 2012 DL650 Adv. Up to Dawson City and Prudhoe Bay. My wife is flying up to Anchorage to join me 2-up over to Valdez and Haines. Southbound ferry to Bellingham, then riding to Mt Rainier. She plans to fly home from Boise, ID while I continue riding solo. 5 weeks total. Getting very excited about the trip!

I'm strongly considering leaving on a new set of Heidenau K60s and hoping they will get to Prudhoe Bay and back to Fairbanks.
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I'm strongly considering leaving on a new set of Heidenau K60s and hoping they will get to Prudhoe Bay and back to Fairbanks.
I've never tried the K60's but I've read good things about them. Here around San Antonio cuz of the heat, chip seal asphalt, and my "spirited" riding style I get the same miles no matter the brand, and I've tried pretty much all of them. So the last couple years I have just gone cheap with the Shinko's and I've found them to be great tires especially considering the price paid.

So based on what I've heard about the Heidenau's and my experience with the Shinko's, I'd say you'll be fine with your plan. I went as far as the Arctic Circle up the Dalton but had no desire to go all then way to Deadhorse. I've been asked if I regret it, and honestly, my answer is no not really. Sometimes I think about it yeah, but my decision to stop was based on not wanting to trash my bike. The wear & tear from the calcium chloride plays hell and I still ended up having to replace quite a few misc parts and pieces when I got back home. But I'm pretty anal about shit.

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Hopefully I can make it all the way up the Haul Road. I will apply some common sense at the time factoring in weather, road conditions, etc. I've managed to keep my DL in pristine condition so far but will not complain much if it gets battered or scratched up north since this trip is the reason I chose this bike in the first place.

BTW, I enjoy riding out in your neck of the woods, too. The Twisted Sisters, Hwy 16, etc. I'm about 4 hours east of you but occasionally spend long weekends carving up the Hill Country. Those chip seal roads out there do chew up tires quickly.
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TeeBee - that ferry ride from Whittier to Bellingham is $1200, without a cabin for 5 days. I would like to do it but cant swing the funds for that right now. Did you find a better deal or did you budget for that?

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