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post #1 of 8 Old 07-22-2012, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Alaska trip equipment evaluation

Just completed a 8700 mile round trip from Northern MN to Alaska. I have a 2011 Wee which was trouble free. I averaged 54.99 miles per gallon. Givi windshield and Sargent seat were very good too. Mounted K60 Scouts before trip and performed excellently. Ran through many days of rain with no drama from tires. They are noisy for sure but you get used to it. Handeled the dirt and mud etc.. Hyde Racing protector did a good job. Had two Ortlieb rack packs(89) liter each. One for camping gear and one for clothes. Strapped one on the larger rack (purchased off Ebay) on top of RotoPak gas container. The other I Rok strapped on the seat behind me, worked perfectly. Olympia AST2 jacket was good, Tourmaster Caliper pants were not. Claim to be waterproof, nope. For the price should be false advertising. Frogg Toggs to the rescue. Boots were not waterproof as advertised either. MotoCentric boot covers to the rescue. The Toggs and boot covers are good to use on the Dalton, keeps mud dust etc.. off your clothes, much easier to clean them. Had a Nemo Morpheous tent which is fantastic, not poles to mess with. If any questions would be glad to answer if I can. Will put camping gear and things I no longer need on the For Sale area.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-22-2012, 12:41 PM
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Wow! 8700 om the K60 scouts? How did they hold up? How many of those miles would you say was paved?
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The Scouts were great. Just guessing about 7900 was pavement. The rear still has alot of tread left. We thought the rear would have to be changed when we got back but still has a lot of tread left. If I was going on another long trip I would change it but has quite a few thousand miles left. The front is in real good shape and would use it for another trip if I had to. My friend who went with me has a BMW GS 1200 and his are in similar shape.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-22-2012, 04:32 PM
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K60 Scouts

I hope to make a trip from 'Bama to the Arctic Circle someday (next 1-2 yrs) on my 2008 Wee. The K60's......did you go with 110/80R19 and 150/70R17 sizes (stock)??? Of course, by the time I actually go, some other tire maker will have something different/better!! Did you use (need) heated grips and/or heated clothing?? Any wildlife close-calls.......including "skeeters" :biggrinjester:

Will you publish a trip report somewhere with pics and daily entries......I hope so!!!
Thanks........congrates on the long trip,
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Mark I used the stock size for my wee. I used my Gerbing jacket liner almost everyday up there. My buddy used his Aerostich heated liner also. I have Gerbing G20 gloves which I bought for the trip but never used. Heated grips are very nice to have. No problems with animals for us but Moose, Bear, Caribou etc.. can jump out on the road anytime. Skeeters: lets just say when you stop keep your helmet on and face shield closed. I'm selling my gerbing G20 gloves which are virtually unused, 100 bucks and includes shipping. Mark going to the Artic Circle would be a nice easy round trip from Fairbanks. Sorry no ride report just to lazy.
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I would love to have seen pics of your bike and gear all loaded up at the very least!
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I got 15000 kms out of my K60s and only replaced them because the rear had a couple of nasty gashes in them.

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A very good tire that I would recommend if you are running fire service roads and dry trails. If you want something with a little more bite, have a look at the Mitas E-07 (have it on the Wee now and it has a lot more bite off road).

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PM me and I'll send you a picture by e-mail. I haven't a clue how to put pictures on the forum
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