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albany-dave 02-12-2013 05:40 PM

Riding experience how much do I need?
 
Yes, I too have wanted for many years to ride to and experience Alaska. Now as I read the forms I am becoming very aware to the serious of the trek. Some ride reports make it sound fairly easy and some make it sound like deep slimy mud for 000's of miles. Maybe the truth is in the middle, or just dependent on weather and luck.

The main question is at this point how much off road experience will I need. The facts of the trip would be limited to roads and not single tracks out there. I would plan on swapping out my K1200GT for a GS. My traveler / trip experience to date would include two cross country, lots of BC, as well as long distances on the east coast.

Looking forward to your thoughts and any saged advice.

Lone Rider 02-12-2013 06:01 PM

I think you are worrying too much.
If you are comfortable on a bike for long runs, you will adapt to changes and be fine.

All you need to do is release the the ball, and then go chase it...

Mr_Gone 02-12-2013 06:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Lone Rider (Post 20712007)
I think you are worrying too much.
If you are comfortable on a bike for long runs, you will adapt to changes and be fine.

All you need to do is release the the ball, and then go chase it...

+1

Go ride.

roglsa 02-12-2013 06:35 PM

Yes you are worrying too much. The roads are what they are when you get there. Drive to the conditions.

Sjoerd Bakker 02-12-2013 07:10 PM

What does BC stand for in your post Baja California or
British Columbia ? In and en route to either of those two destinations it
is safe to assume that you must have hit some road construction ,unpaved
road and detours and wet weather combined with that .
Going to Alaska will be no different , just an extension of
theCanadian BC . You can do an entire tour to and from Alaska
on pavement and throw in a bit of good gravel like Top of the World
Highway if the weather suits you.
Lone Rider said it well +1
The muddier expeditions are intentionally sought out by those
who feel they must" challenge " themselves so that they afterward
can tell the tale with relish . No need for that if you don't want to .
You can do it on anything fom moped to a Goldwing

nuttynu 02-12-2013 10:45 PM

i had majorly street ride / paved road experience, got to the Dalton highway, first few mile was a bit Skippy. then i got use to it..


JUST DO IT . it ain't as bad. take your time, see what you bike likes and handle in the mud/off road and you'll be good..

oh and i'm on a sport bike..

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/i...a/IMG_5537.jpg
http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/i...a/IMG_5581.jpg


DOnt let Alaska scare you.!

Sliverpicker 02-14-2013 05:05 PM

Yeah=====You will be alright. Just don`t pack to much crap so you are like a whale going down the road !

Good tires will be the your savoir .

Two Wheeled 'Tard 02-15-2013 10:02 AM

It's easy, don't even think about it. Just go. You do NOT need a GS, you'd be fine on your K1200. I'm serious. You can do it on ANY bike. You DO NOT need a giant E&C-approved beheamoth of a "dirt bike".

Alaska isn't hard, especially if you stick to the Alcan. It's just like any other paved two-lane road you'll find anywhere in North America. There's a spot of construction here or there, but it's no problem.

I headed up there a couple years ago with a motorcycle license that was a month old, riding a '97 Yamaha Virago 750. I took that thing to Prudhoe Bay and all kinds of other places that a low-slung cruiser with butter-smooth street tires is never supposed to go.

Seriously. It's not hard.

STOP OVER-THINKING IT AND JUST GO. It'll be amazing!

Two Wheeled 'Tard 02-15-2013 10:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nuttynu (Post 20713868)
i had majorly street ride / paved road experience, got to the Dalton highway, first few mile was a bit Skippy. then i got use to it..

JUST DO IT . it ain't as bad. take your time, see what you bike likes and handle in the mud/off road and you'll be good..

oh and i'm on a sport bike..

DOnt let Alaska scare you.!

This man speaks many truths :)

Lone Rider 02-15-2013 04:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sjoerd Bakker (Post 20712641)
.... like Top of the World
Highway if the weather suits you.......

You 'do' want to do that route...if weather allows, like he said.

We are here to fart around and have some fun. It's pretty simple.

Just be well equipped for wet weather that can get into your bones...:)

Plan, ride, be super happy...

nuttynu 02-15-2013 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Two Wheeled 'Tard (Post 20732603)
This man speaks many truths :)



*internet HIGH five +

:clap


oh and don't be scare of dirt!!
just be prepare for a 30 mins so bike-pressure wash once your finish. :rofl

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/i...a/IMG_5565.jpg

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/i...a/IMG_5548.jpg

http://i262.photobucket.com/albums/i...a/IMG_5603.jpg

crashmaster 02-15-2013 10:46 PM

How much experience do you need?
 
About as much as Rob had when he took off for Alaska, and then Central and South America.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...php?p=13572010

lightcycle 02-16-2013 08:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by albany-dave (Post 20711823)
Yes, I too have wanted for many years to ride to and experience Alaska. Now as I read the forms I am becoming very aware to the serious of the trek. Some ride reports make it sound fairly easy and some make it sound like deep slimy mud for 000's of miles. Maybe the truth is in the middle, or just dependent on weather and luck.

This is ADVRider, so all the Ride Reports seek out the gnarliest roads to ride and take pictures of.

In terms of the roads, Alaska is just like every other state in America. There is smooth blacktop that will take you to 99.9% of all the major towns and cities in the state. You never have to touch a single dirt road if you don't want to, and can take a full dresser Harley if you really wanted to.

*HOWEVER*, most of the really amazing scenery is off the beaten path: Atigun Pass on the Dalton on the way to Prudhoe Bay, Top of the World highway, etc. Those are the pictures you see on ADV, and is probably why you have those misconceptions.

This is the Alaska Highway, and is indicative of almost all of the roads in the state:

http://mym0ry.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...DSCN9821-L.jpg

http://mym0ry.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...DSCN9783-L.jpg

Just have to add that this is fun as well, though:

http://mym0ry.smugmug.com/Motorcycle...DSCN9681-L.jpg

YukonTracker 02-17-2013 07:42 PM

Totally agree that about any "road" can be conquered on any bike. But... yes up north, you can find yourself in cheek squeezing situations easily and common sense and riding skills and techniques can get you a long way.

Even on tar, there is unpredictable climate to deal with, idiotic rv-drivers, kamikaze wildlife encounters and frost heaves. No need to get scared, but its smart to be sensible about the conditions you are riding in.

Herr Bae M. Vae 02-18-2013 12:04 AM

If questioning whether one is up to remote long distance motorcycle trips I think the question is often misplaced in evaluating prior riding experience. Of course it is ideal to be a skilled off-road rider. But it might be better to instead ask yourself whether or not you are prepared to be self-reliant enough to deal with likely mishaps if assistance is unavailable. Most trips don't require very advanced technical riding skills, but most any trip could require you to be able to do things like properly diagnose and repair common mechanicals on your bike or deal with an unexpected get-off of yourself or a riding partner. Hopefully you have considered these aspects of your journey as much as you have the actual riding of the bike. If you are sufficiently prepared for the unexpected, then by all means get going, because the only way to become a better rider is to go out and ride.


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