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The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« on: July 13, 2017, 12:38:21 AM »
Or, at least never finished. 

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Are you excited yet?   ;D
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 12:57:26 AM »
HOT DANG - YES!
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2017, 05:50:00 AM »
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2017, 05:51:14 AM »
Excited-unless the pictures all come out as black boxes saying they no longer exist. Then I will just be frustrated, and I hate that.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2017, 06:05:03 AM »
Excited-unless the pictures all come out as black boxes saying they no longer exist. Then I will just be frustrated, and I hate that.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 08:44:10 AM »
It's a ruse.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2017, 09:55:29 AM »
Excited-unless the pictures all come out as black boxes saying they no longer exist. Then I will just be frustrated, and I hate that.

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:)

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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2017, 10:12:14 AM »
Excited-unless the pictures all come out as black boxes saying they no longer exist. Then I will just be frustrated, and I hate that.

 :naughty:

:)

Still working on the upload!  :)  402 pix didn't quite resize right.

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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2017, 10:29:48 AM »
Right!  So, here's another test. 

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(*Heh, I should be able to drag at LEAST 4 pages of ride report out with just testing and settings, right?   :naughty: )
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2017, 10:38:49 AM »
 :bigok: Here's my contribution.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2017, 10:45:01 AM »
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2017, 11:03:49 AM »
Its about freakin' time!  :popcorn:
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #12 on: July 13, 2017, 11:39:30 AM »
Its about freakin' time!  :popcorn:

8 YEARS in the Making!   :rolf:
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #13 on: July 13, 2017, 01:12:06 PM »
 :facepalm:

Only you would do this. Waiting....  :popcorn:
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #14 on: July 13, 2017, 01:15:49 PM »
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« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2017, 01:39:07 PM »
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2017, 01:47:40 PM »
AK is on my bucket list - looking fwd to seeing the write up.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2017, 01:59:57 PM »
I have a recollection of reading Poof's a while ago...  That was a pretty good one.  Just sayin.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #18 on: July 13, 2017, 02:05:59 PM »
I have a recollection of reading Poof's a while ago...  That was a pretty good one.  Just sayin.

Is it as in-depth as the stick-on clock ride report she did? That one was epic.

2 pages, and it hasn't even started yet, pretty good start.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2017, 03:08:18 PM »
(*Heh, I should be able to drag at LEAST 4 pages of ride report out with just testing and settings, right?   :naughty: )

Well, at least we have some actual AK teaser content and not just the "I'm ready to dismember you psycho dog" to set the tone.



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« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2017, 03:27:06 PM »
(*Heh, I should be able to drag at LEAST 4 pages of ride report out with just testing and settings, right?   :naughty: )


Well, at least we have some actual AK teaser content and not just the "I'm ready to dismember you psycho dog" to set the tone.



Of this...you have no idea. 

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Here, let me zoom in on that juuuust a bit for you. 

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« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2017, 03:37:40 PM »
 :rolf:

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SANTA CLAUS won't be coming to town.
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Sadly, my dogs EAT Charcoal.  DAMHIK.   :hurl:
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #24 on: July 13, 2017, 07:44:34 PM »
Alaska.


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The name conjures up images of wild, untamed frontiers and vast unexplored lands teaming with wild and danger.  A breakdown would surely be painful at best and most likely life-threatening as a Brown Bear responds to the dying bleats of a motorcycle horn tooting out Ess...Oh...Esssss...

So far away from home, from loved ones, from help.  From...anything.  The distances are known to be huge.  Hundreds of miles without turns and roads so treacherous and full of gravel and potholes large enough to swallow a bus.  To be safe, one has to carry spare gas just to cross the street!

This trip was months in the planning and it came at a time in my life that could never have been predicted.  It was both lifesaver and inspirational beyond words and at least in my riding is quite possibly the single best tour I've ever done.  Even better is that I was gifted to share it with my Beloved wife.

Sometime in 2006 I had joined another forum - ADVRider.  Tales of exotic, far away lands (Colorado, Arizona, South Dakota!) littered the landscape of the ride report pages.  One ride, I don't recall who wrote it, was about Alaska and lands unknown.  I'd read books of early explorers and dreamt of it...but how was that to ever happen?  I hadn't the foggiest.  Notes on Alaskan travel were scarce, roads were scarcer (*ok, there are only like, two) the logistics were beyond my ability and understanding.  The dangers of coming around a corner and going head on into a moose loomed larger than life in my mind.

And we hardly had the bikes to make it happen.  In 2006 I was on my beloved RSL and my wife was still learning to ride on a natty VF500f. Heck, that bike couldn't even be called a VFR yet...It was a dream...a vaprous dream of the thinnest veils.

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In 2007 my wife and I were blissfully window shopping at Irv Seaver BMW.  I was looking at a used SuperChicken as a potential track bike (that would be a VTR1000 to all of you, the unwashed heathen masses) while my wife swung a leg over a lovely ice blue F650GS - Low.  We were some 6 weeks out from the '07 STN National at the time...

We left with my dreams of stuffing Rossi into a tight Palomar corner, dashed.

I writhed in mental agony as I watched my "special" bank account dwindle to zero and a loan book appear.  Trina ran home to get her riding gear to bring home her first new bike.

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PS:  that's Jimmy.  Jim O'Brien.  One of the finest people I've met walking this earth.  A truly wonderful gentleman...and kindly helping Trina help herself to so many great farkles.   8)

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"You're a good man" Dave Diaz (Gen Manager at Seavers) told me as he handed me a kerchief to wipe away the tears that fell so freely onto the credit reports and signature pages in front of me.  The ink seemingly took forever to dry.  It would be many years before I would ever get that track bike.

I remember so vividly the Guys at Seavers explaining how the GS worked to my wife.  She suited up and took off, careful to adhere to the break-in rules...accelerating smartly away from me on the freeway with the throttle buried to the stops, punching right on through the Ton.

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I laughed, rolled my eyes and laughed some more.  Panicked, of course, the entire time.

"I just wanted to know if it could do it" she said when we finally caught up to each other at home.  Break in period be damned.  She positively beamed with pride.

Two weeks later, a scant 4 weeks before the Nationals, I noticed a tell tale leak under my R1100RSL.  80-90 weight synthetic gear oil emanating from the seam between the gearbox and motor.  Damn.  That's bad...that's a blown mainseal, an 8-12 hour job I'd done before.  I tore into the bike the next Friday removing the rear wheel, final drive, driveshaft, swing arm, gearbox and clutch to replace a $4 seal and finishing on Sunday to catching a flight Monday morning.  Yes, I was breathing hard the whole time.

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I walked out to the garage early the next Saturday morning, two weeks out from the Nationals, ready to give the RSL the last shakedown ride before packing it up.  Under the motor was another puddle of 80-90 weight oil...

As I lay on the ground, inspecting the bike, my heart sank.  I was crushed.  Absolutely gutted.  I was on the road again Monday...there wasn't time to fix the bike.  I rode it over to Seavers to beg their experts to take pity and bump the Service Line for me.  The service bays were slammed for the month...with everyone prepping for summer vacations and rides.  I was damn near on the verge of tears.

I looked around for answers, the showroom floor being devoid of anything usefully used.  Nothing but a Harley or two.  And no time.  There was only one option, only one bike on the floor that didn't have a "sold" sign on it.

A brand new 2007 Yellow R1200GS.

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"How much for the trade in?" I asked Dave, my heart in my hand, knowing full well I was going to have to sign my life way.

Part of the "negotiation" was a Thursday service visit for the 600 mile inspection.

I never wanted a GS up until that point.  I didn't want it then either.  It wasn't my RSL.  It was not Dakar Yellow and it was not one of only 50 ever brought to the United States in that full fairing'd luscious Dakar Yellow color.  It was not the bike I'd put 50,000 miles on and fell in love with.  It was not the bike I'd done my first SS1k on.  It was not the bike I dragged cylinder heads on at Willow Springs with Old Man Pridmore.  It was not...it was not...it just...wasn't.

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What it was, was the only option.  I put on my most winning smile as blood dripped onto the signature line for the second time in four weeks. Brian pushed the keys into my hand and the arduous task of explaining how the throttle and brakes worked began again.

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So that's the story of how, in 2007, one of the key obstacles of an Alaskan dream was removed from my path.

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Day 1...Breaking her in.  Palomar Mountain.

At least the GS was Yellow. 
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #25 on: July 13, 2017, 09:30:15 PM »
...It was not the bike I'd done my first SS1k on.  It was not the bike I dragged cylinder heads on at Willow Springs Texas World Speedway with Old Man Pridmore. And his punk ass son Jason.

I felt the same way when I sold my R80ST in '99.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #26 on: July 13, 2017, 10:51:22 PM »
ALASKA! 

Alaska was this far away dream, to far away from the realm of reality to really get serious about it.  But there it was, this big chunk of unexplored wilderness calling.  And calling.

The more I thought about it, the more the fear of “what could happen” began to creep into my mind.  Where were gas stations?  Every report I saw had guys with countless gas cans strapped all over their bikes.  Or trailers!  Oh to have a trailer with 50 gallons of tow behind!  Spare parts, blown final drives, crashes on the Haul Road.  Detritus strewn for miles and roads that looked like they belonged in Beruit. Or Detroit.

Weather was known to be an issue.  It was going to rain, and rain so hard your rain gear needed rain gear.  And if it wasn’t raining, just wait 10 minutes.  Because it will.

I kept hearing reports about airports and wing markings.  Apparently I got it all wrong as they were actually talking about the Mosquitos.  Apparently the FAA has a special field office outside Fairbanks just to handle that.

The more I read, the more intrigued I became.  I grew up backpacking the Sierras and I did enjoy a decent road trip.  But this, this was going to be a whole different thing.  Early logistics had us covering 6,000 miles in 3 weeks on roads that were known to destroy tires and wheels. Every report evidenced tire wear at a massively accelerated rate.  My head began to swim. 

In 2008 I threw caution to the wind and put the word out.  ALASKA!  It was on for 2009, Trina and I were going to go and put the offer out to friends.  We were as many as 6 for this trip.  ALASKA!  Land of the Conjugal Bear Visit!

ALASKA!

Come hell or high water.

ALASKA!  2009!!!

Trina and I each submitted 3-week vacation requests to work.  This…had never been done before.  Noone to date at my company had ever requested nor had been granted a 3-week vacation.  It was all a pipe dream to me. 

The Dream didn’t become reality until that one day when a very special email popped into my in-box.  “Approved” was all it said.

Trina’s final approval didn’t happen until about 6 weeks before we actually departed. 

With the trip approved, my planning work began in earnest.
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« Reply #27 on: July 14, 2017, 06:03:42 AM »
 :chili: Worth the wait!
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I like that one.  :thumbsup:
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #31 on: July 14, 2017, 02:16:40 PM »
Great start - compelling and mucho expensive so far.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #32 on: July 16, 2017, 04:42:27 PM »
I'm in. 

I actually got back from Alaska in June but I got there on a cruise ship. 

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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2017, 11:17:35 AM »
Even though Alaska was still 6+ months away, the planning was necessary.  I had learned that while back to back to back 500 mile days were possible, it just wasn't very fun.  Further, while that could be doable, the other issue was that there would be zero margin for error.


So the plan was to figure out, roughly, a nice, "easy" route that wouldn't wear us out.


We also wanted to schedule up a few layover days off the bikes so we could wander around, visit towns or do side shows, or replace the inevitable final drive.  Because, well, BMW.


There was also one other really big thing we wanted to do:  leave something for surprise.  I'm quite a planner and in general I avoid surprises.  At the same time we didn't want to kill off the wonderment of a new world.


These were all learned lessons btw.  When we did the 2007 STN Nationals, we covered 6,000 miles in 2 weeks.  Each day was a 500-600 mile slog, many times in big heat.  We were absolutely worn out, getting in late a couple days into a hotel or a town that was full.  Once we got off schedule (left at 10or 11am) we never recovered and the trip was a pure grind.


The plan therefore was for 3 weeks (turned into 19 days on the road). And roughly 6,000 miles.  We would do two "short" days (250-350 miles) for every "long" day of 550-ish miles.  The key to the "short-short" days is that if we wanted to, we could readily combine two short days into one long day and pick up a spare layover day in the process.  Mix, Rinse, repeat as necessary throughout the trip.


This gave us a total of 4 additional possible "flex days" if something went really wrong.  So, if we actually did have a breakdown, we had the ability of flex in some spare days off without affecting the overall length of the vacation.


There would also be 3 semi-planned layover days.  A day in Dawson City for instance, or a layover in Hyder.


So the goal was simple:  depart by 9am at the latest and get into town no later than 5:30.  First stop:  Gas (and recommendations for a hotel), Hotel, Food.  In that order.  If hotels were filled up, we already had tanks of gas to cover the distance.


Other lessons learned from the Nationals:  while we did bring camping gear on that trip, we suck at camping.  It was going to be hotels all the way. That, and I sleep with a CPAP so an outlet is pretty much mandatory for existence.


There were a number of things I either learned...or figured out on the trip.  I can't remember which.  Here's a list:


 1.  Gas is available every 100 miles with only two or three exceptions:  The Haul Road, Campbell Highway (North), the Dempster to Innuvik.  In each of these cases you do need about a 250 max range.
 2.  Canadians are thrilled to take credit cards virtually anywhere.  No need to hit the exchange counters.
 3.  The smaller Towns largely roll up the streets by 8pm and in some cases 6pm.
 4.  The roads are brutally rough.  Notsomuch potholes and the like, just a really rough surface that chews up tires.  We could see and measure the visible wear on the tires between gas stops.  A useful unit of measurement is that you will only get 50-60% of normal tire life.
 5.  Sporks.
 6.  If you are a cheap bastard (*and I am), you can use Revzilla etc. and their free shipping to pre-ship tires to a hotel you intend to stay at and change tires yourself in the parking lot of the hotel.
 7.  Yes, everything really is more expensive in Alaska.
 8.  It will rain.  Lots.  Maybe.
 9.  It is indeed cold above the arctic circle.  My e-Vest sat in my bag right up until, well, I needed it.  :)
 10. MedJet or other evac insurance on the Haul Road is a darn good idea.
 11. AAA towing service will not help you on the Haul Road but RV Roadhelp will.
 12. The first 30 miles and last 30 miles of the Haul Road are the worst.  Unless it's raining and then it all sucks.
 13. Because the days really are freakishly long, you actually have 18-20 hours of riding time a day without the need for lights.  A watch or timepiece is a good idea, it's super easy to get discombobulated and not know if it's 11am or 11pm.
 14. Moose...are really, really big.
 15. People in Canada are embarrassingly kind.
 16. There's free coffee at gas stops!  (*or at least there was!)
 17. It is fully expected that motorcyclists gently ride up to the front of any construction lines.
 18. In 2009, there was lots of road repair and construction.
 19. Metal grate bridges will make you pucker, especially in the rain.
 20. Bring a hat.
 21. A waterproof camera on a tether for pix on the fly.  Yes, I did indeed go to BestBuy and test drive cameras with my gloves on.  And a back up camera is a good idea too.
 22. IF you are concerned about spare parts, check with your local dealer and see what they normally have on-hand...or get friendly with some people who can manage bailout plans.
 23. IF you can, try to pack thin enough to have one saddlebag or top case completely empty.  VERY handy for stashing things when the packing isn't quite perfect.  Like taking off wet raingear. 
24.  A small squirt bottle with a touch of Windex in the water and a rag (in the tank bag) to clean face shields on the fly.  If we stopped every time we got a good bug strike we'd still be in Alaska! 

And, of course, Farkling the bikes is always fun!

*****

In terms of my riding, the GS was a game changer.  Up until that point I'd been content riding bikes very, ah, inappropriately. The RSL was not a dirt bike by any means but that didn't stop me from hitting fire roads on it.  It certainly wasn't a track bike but that didn't stop me there either.  As a light tourer with a bit of a sporty flair it was ideal (*but truth be told, it was still too heavy to be considered a real sports tourer, IMO).

No, what the GS was, was game changer.  Long travel suspension became a true love-hate relationship.  It was great touring and on rough roads but it held it back in the twisties when more precision was called for.  The long wheelbase was supremely stable but it also meant it didn't want to turn. Telelever ate up potholes and pavement imperfections in a way I can't really describe.  I remember one patch of really rough road, I was laughing my tail off slamming through whoops frost heaves...and then I looked in the mirrors and my much faster friends were nowhere to be seen.  An entertaining road to me became torture to them as stiff track grade suspensions pummeled them into submission.

I remember that ride through the Sequoias, I think it was then that I gelled with the bike.  Track days were interesting...no way was I ever going to get a knee down on the GS.  Not with a 32" seat height and my 30" inseam.

I would not term the GS as fast in any way but I sure worked that bike right to its limits.

Over the 33,000 miles I'd owned the bike up until that point, I'd started to pick up bad habits.  Potholes were meant to be hit.  Curbs and grass burms in the Church parking lot became rather interesting and entertaining exit points.  Sticks and debris in the road were fun, small animals greased the wheels providing plenty of traction practice and the GS feared nothing nature dished out.  Sand, Dirt, rocks - it was all fun.

Mind you, 600# in the dirt is a LOT of Pig to wrestle around.  Rewarding in a strange way but still, a lot to muscle around.  With that, I started to experiment with knobbies. 

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Ok, so I needed to do some work there.  :) 

Tin cans came next. 
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And the usual Farklry ensued.  Lights, Mayer Saddle, top case, several iterations of tank bags...home made highway pegs, suspension by Ohlins and experiments with windshields.  Givi 52 on the back plus 70L of Touratech Zega's.  Plenty of packing space there!  By the time Alaska came around 2 years after the GS purchase, the GS was as good as it was going to be. 

I also did a bunch of work on Trina's GS.  Here is my Beloved modeling SW-Motech's finest crash bars.
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I love that she has the knife in her teeth on this one.  ARRRRRR!
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Givi 20's...these things were awesome.  Drop the bike and the lid popped open.  Just shove it closed again.  Lean against it?  Lid pops open.  Hit a car?  Yep!  You guessed it.  As a top loader at least all the gear in there didn't go flying out!

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Givi V46 / 20 combo.  And Wolfman Tank Panniers.

So by the time Alaska had come to be a reality I had already planned out how the logistics were all going to managed.  Whatever partially eaten tires we had on the bikes would carry us to Fairbanks and we would change to TKC 80's, with tires strategically shipped to a hotel.

Mind you, I'd never changed tires on the fly before.   :crazy:
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #34 on: July 17, 2017, 06:45:29 PM »
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With enough thrust, a pig flies just fine.

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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #35 on: July 18, 2017, 08:34:41 AM »
Let me just put this right here. We'll get back to this I'm sure.

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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #36 on: July 18, 2017, 08:44:39 AM »
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You never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrists' office.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #37 on: July 25, 2017, 10:21:31 PM »
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #38 on: July 26, 2017, 11:19:31 AM »
Mind you, I'd never changed tires on the fly before.   :crazy:

Curious how this is going to work out as well....
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #39 on: July 27, 2017, 12:32:55 AM »
due to Photobucket being a pile of crappola, i've had to reload pix on a daily basis.  Or, more accurately, when I've had time.

The good news is that I've written the next chapter.

The bad news is I haven't uploaded the pix yet.   :o
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #40 on: July 27, 2017, 12:49:04 AM »
Trailer On Good Buddy, Trailer On.
(In Honor of Concho Heritage and cousin' V-Twain)

Once you have ridden the 5 freeway through central California in the summer, you are granted a special exemption:  you can trailer that steaming basin, basking in the glory of an AC'd vehicle for the rest of your lives.  Because much like a Saddle Sore 1000, there is nothing anyway can ever do to take away the mind numbing accomplishment of 796 very straight miles.  The flat spotted tires that eliminate the need for a side stand altogether are testament to the glory that awaits.

Knowing full well that Trina and I have covered the magnificence in the blaze of the summer before, we set our minds to the task of doing it right: We borrowed a trailer.

Not too far past, Miles and James had gone in to buy a legitimate trailer.  This beast ran on tires bigger than my first car and used special oversized 1" marine grade plywood slabs as a deck.  The railings were 2" iron L-beams and the beast must have weight 1000# on it's own.

This, btw, is Miles. 
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Very much so Manly Men.  With a Manly Trailer.  And it would be pulled a truly Manly Vehicle (err, my wife's Toyota FJ...)

There was just one problem with it:  it wasn't painted.  Rust was setting in at an alarming rate and that just wasn't going to do.  As good friends we are, we agreed to paint it in exchange for borrowing it for three weeks.

The first step was to lay down a coat of rust-eating brown.  We leaned back and smiled at the elongated turd in the garage.  This just wasn't going to do.

We both set to work to enhance the appearance.

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Of course, three coats of clear was layered on top of the artwork. 

With the trailer now properly farkled, the bikes properly farkled, and the FJ properly loaded for the journey, it was time.

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Special Thanks to Mr. Sunshine for the gracious use of his home to store the FJ.

We're almost ready...

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And now we are off!

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And fuck the fucking I5. 
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #41 on: July 27, 2017, 06:48:08 AM »
Trailer On Good Buddy, Trailer On.
(In Honor of Concho Heritage and cousin' V-Twain)

Once you have ridden the 5 freeway through central California in the summer, you are granted a special exemption:  you can trailer that steaming basin, basking in the glory of an AC'd vehicle for the rest of your lives.  Because much like a Saddle Sore 1000, there is nothing anyway can ever do to take away the mind numbing accomplishment of 796 very straight miles.  The flat spotted tires that eliminate the need for a side stand altogether are testament to the glory that awaits.

And fuck the fucking I5.

Most in Texas feel the same way about I10.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #42 on: July 27, 2017, 12:30:42 PM »
"Sport-trailering.net"

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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #43 on: July 27, 2017, 01:55:13 PM »
You never see a motorcycle parked outside a psychiatrists' office.
Where am I?

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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #44 on: July 27, 2017, 03:13:15 PM »
Well done, Robert. Well done. 

Now where is the next posting??  :popcorn:
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #45 on: July 27, 2017, 03:21:57 PM »
Well done, Robert. Well done. 

Now where is the next posting??  :popcorn:

Oh come now, we need to get to at LEAST page 4 before I do that!  :)
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #46 on: July 27, 2017, 03:22:34 PM »
Well done, Robert. Well done. 

Now where is the next posting??  :popcorn:

Oh come now, we need to get to at LEAST page 4 before I do that!  :)

DOH!  Make that page 5 instead!

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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #47 on: July 27, 2017, 03:30:25 PM »
In other words, it's not ready yet.
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #48 on: July 27, 2017, 07:27:24 PM »
We're dying here... isn't 8 years enough?
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Re: The greatest ride report I never wrote. Alaska, 2009
« Reply #49 on: July 27, 2017, 10:14:55 PM »
 
   :popcorn:

Ahh,  speaking of Mr. Sunshine, where does he hang out? Does he still ride?
I loved reading his ride reports, and the bikes in his stable were a  :bigok:  in my book...


(sorry for the hijack Robert)


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