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2touringtheworld 04-28-2008 09:24 AM

Screw Bill and Ted! Kim and Mike's Most Excellent 2008 Alaskan Adventure
 
Being a bit older than Bill and Ted, we still both like a "Most Excellent Adventure" every once in a while. Last year we did Atlantic Canada (NH, VT, Quebec, Labrador, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and ME) via the Trans Labrador Highway and had a blast! Rain, mud, gravel, some sun, awesome people, icebergs, whales, moose, just a great time. Go to http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=240316 if you are interested.

This year, it's Alaska and the Canadian Yukon Territories with a stop at D2D to meet up with fellow ADVers at Dawson City. We've got 3 weeks of travel time for our journey while in AK/Canada. With the limited time, we're flying to AK and shipping a bike (more on that later).

So I thought I would post as we go along this time, including some of the prep and all the fun from start to finish. Hopefully, I can gin up a good ride report and share the fun.

So to start, here's the route:

http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285963677_QjMGF-XL.jpg

More soon!

2touringtheworld 04-28-2008 09:48 AM

The prep begins
 
Kim will be riding a DR650. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any travel gear on it so I have to add some.

So, viola'... UPS delivers....

http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285955386_2DDWT-X2.jpg

Some Happy Trails Teton 9" panniers and a Happy Trails top box.

Time to start the assembly project. First off with the side panels, seat, turn signals and rack...

http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285955179_Bfcb9-X2.jpg

Then sort out the frame and miscellaneous bits and get to work...


http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285955365_r8JZZ-XL.jpg

Although I love the panniers and top box, there is a small hitch in the assembly. The instructions say that you MAY have to lengthen the turn signal wires. It should say that you HAVE TO lengthen the turn signal wires. Anyway, not that big a deal but another step added...

http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285953420_oU25g-L.jpg

and then...

http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285953323_YdbA4-X2.jpg

About this time, there's a bit of an interruption. My three "helpers" need to be fed and are banging on the door of the garage. So it's time to feed (and I'll use their best pics :lol3 ),

DESMO - What me? I didn't do anything.

http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285968036_3HgUx-X2.jpg

His sister: PRILLER - Who you looking at?

http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285968279_jnfxf-XL.jpg

and as if you couldn't tell our unrelated cat, ZIPPER (head); not the brightest cat we've ever had. You can't tell from this pic, but he is 23 lbs. That's why he's wearing black. He thinks it's very slimming.

http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285968797_KDgu8-L.jpg

Mission completed, it was time to go back into the garage and get back to work.

cbxtc6 04-28-2008 10:26 AM

Have fun! Looks like my route for June/July! Maybe see you along the way!
:freaky

2touringtheworld 04-28-2008 05:01 PM

Back to the "Shrine"
 
I have a little room off the back of my garage where I do some of the work on the bikes. It's lovingly called the "Shrine".

Because it's a Shrine, there are signs of reverence. Like this one after entering.... :deal


http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285953750_tNh4n-X2.jpg

When one enters hallowed halls, one must tread lightly. :lol3


Having obtained the proper tools, it was time to make a template of the DR's luggage rack so appropriate cuts could be made to the top box plate.


http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285952656_oqUhk-L.jpg


I'm no Michelangelo as you can see.

http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285953005_xuL3J-L.jpg


And ultimately, mounted it looks like this...

http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285953854_tqQND-XL.jpg

I'm too embarassed to show you the plate. It was pretty butchered by the time I was done, but the top box was on and it was on good.

Oh yeah, so was the windshield.

Ultimately, Kim's DR looked like this with a few more tidbits to go...

http://kimike.smugmug.com/photos/285953777_DGTVH-X2.jpg

The big test will be when Kim gets on it and passes preliminary judgement. Stay tuned.

GB 04-28-2008 06:12 PM

You're ready to roll! Be sure to give us a full ride report! :deal Safe journey :thumb

:lurk

curty 04-28-2008 06:23 PM

Myself and six others will be up there as well. See ya up there.

www.curtisgoestoalaska.com

2touringtheworld 04-28-2008 06:27 PM

Great! The more the merrier! Look forward to meeting you all. We'll be arriving in Anchorage on the 13th of June.

Mike and Kim

Gizzard 04-28-2008 07:04 PM

I strongly recommend going to Haines, Skagway and Homer. You have plenty of time to do it.

*Gravy* 04-29-2008 07:15 AM

:lurk

Incredulous 04-29-2008 08:57 AM

This looks good...:lurk

edit: What luggage system is that? Need some for our DR650.

Thanks

2touringtheworld 04-29-2008 10:14 AM

Luggage
 
The luggage is all Happy Trails. 9" Teton Pannier and their big flat top box. The panniers come in different widths and sizes.
I will say one thing. The top box I chose for the DR is BIG. It remains to be seen if Kim will ride with it or we use something smaller.

Anyway, you can check out the DR specific Happy Trail Panniers here:

http://happy-trail.com/ProductInfo.a...ANKIT-DR650-TE

Tim Bernard is the owner and a super guy. I can't say enough about the luggage. When we went on the Atlantic Canada loop last year, Kim had Jesse panniers and I had the Happy Trails. Lots of rain and mud etc. Guess whose panniers leaked like crazy? Also, the Happy Trails are lighter than the Jesses. That's why Kim now has Happy Trails.

Mike

Irish John 04-29-2008 10:22 AM

windshield
 
Where did you get that windshield for the DR?

2touringtheworld 04-29-2008 10:31 AM

Windshield
 
The windshield came from Turbocity. It seems pretty sturdy, went on easily and can come off with 4 nylon screws in a couple of minutes (although the frame would still be on).

Details of their DR stuff at:

http://www.turbocity.com/default.php?cPath=69_78

Mike

Incredulous 04-29-2008 10:45 AM

Mike

Thanks for the good DR info. just got the bike for my girlfriend so we can ride togather and all my knowledge is klr related.

Looking forward to the report.:thumb

Hijack over.

Tyler

SS in Vzla. 04-29-2008 11:42 AM

Oh yeah...ALASKA!
I love AK RRs...
:lurk


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