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View Poll Results: Which is the best time to be in Alaska on a Motorcycle?
April to March 1 2.78%
March to May 1 2.78%
May to June 7 19.44%
June to July 17 47.22%
July to August 11 30.56%
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post #1 of 8 Old 08-22-2010, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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when is the best time to go on a motorcycle to alaska

so please help me with my planning and vote for the best month of the year to ride a DL-650 up there.

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-22-2010, 11:19 PM
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None of the above: August-September. Less musquitos, less tourists, likely better prices, beautiful landscape colours. I bit chillier though so come prepared.

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None of the above: August-September. Less musquitos, less tourists, likely better prices, beautiful landscape colours. I bit chillier though so come prepared.
sadly thats the month I'm most likely not in the states anymore. That's why this is not a choice

Only got the month I counted in the poll
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Mid-July this year I met a father and son who'd ridden their Honda sport bikes from Massachusetts to Alaska and back here to Washington State, then to the southeast states, finally heading home. They said that they had rain, fog, low clouds almost all the way. The only time they had clear skies for sightseeing were the few days they were stuck in cities for bike repairs. And the sightseeing in Alaska on a clear day is spectacular!

As late in July as you can make it and August, if not September. I've made a lot of visits to coastal Alaska, and expect clouds, cold, and wet until mid-July at the earliest. Look at the latitude. Search out average temperatures and precipitation for towns along the way for various months. By all means have great rain gear and tent.

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Mid-July this year I met a father and son who'd ridden their Honda sport bikes from Massachusetts to Alaska and back here to Washington State, then to the southeast states, finally heading home. They said that they had rain, fog, low clouds almost all the way. The only time they had clear skies for sightseeing were the few days they were stuck in cities for bike repairs. And the sightseeing in Alaska on a clear day is spectacular!

As late in July as you can make it and August, if not September. I've made a lot of visits to coastal Alaska, and expect clouds, cold, and wet until mid-July at the earliest. Look at the latitude. Search out average temperatures and precipitation for towns along the way for various months. By all means have great rain gear and tent.
I have close to a year to plan, so yes i will have good raingear and it's always nice to upgrade your tent to a better version
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June and July

I was up there the first week of July last year and it was nice
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Alaska's dry season

I and 3 buddies were in Alaska for 2.5 weeks this year. We chose the last week in May and the first two weeks in June. These are historically the driest 3 weeks in Alaska. We had about 30-60 minutes of light rain the whole trip. One spot near Tok the locals said rained virtually every day. They were right, but it only lasted about 5 minutes. I took Frogg Togg raingear (recommended here) and it was fantastic. Easy to get on and kept me completely dry.

One more thing. That early in the season there are very few bugs (I never had to use bug juice once) and the traffic is light. But we could see it building by the end of the trip.

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post #8 of 8 Old 10-31-2010, 12:43 AM
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I have always wondered this.

Is there any trouble with the snows still melting in the early summer?

Are you planing on riding to Alaska, I kind of figure yes but there are company(s) that will rent a bike up there I believe. How long is the trip from say San Francisco to lower AK?

Have a good trip berlinguyinca
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