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Old 11-21-2012, 07:56 AM   #98
Deadly99
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Location: Merrickville, Canada
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Originally Posted by Pantah View Post
2004 ALCAN5000 Motorcycle top ten results by machine regardless of class:

BMW F650GS
BMW F650GS
KTM 950A
KTM 950A
BMW 1100GS
Suz DRZ400S
BMW R100GS
Suz DRZ400S
BMW 1100GS
BMW F650GS

2006 ALCAN5000 Motorcycle top ten results by machine regardless of class:

BMW F650GS
BMW F650GS
Suz V-Strom
Suz V-strom
Kaw KLR650
Kaw KLR650
BMW 1200GSA
KTM 640A
KTM 950A
BMW 1100GS

Even though I rode a KTM twin, I think the smaller bikes had an easier time of it in the mud. Some singles had the toughest time in the cold because they couldn't power heated gear. The big bikes probably had a comfort advantage.

Roughly 1700 miles will be on dirt surfaces but for the most part they are groomed and fast. The Blackwater, Kispiox, Canol and Telegraph Creek runs will be more challenging since they can be crude and less maintained. Top-of-World can be anything, as can the Haul Road I think. The Denali was slow and beat up in 2006, but fast and smooth in 2010. We should have considerable rain, since it always seems to when we get north. For mud I imagine the tires will be more important than the machine.
I hummed and hawed this and ended up buying an 1150GS for this trip. Comfort to me is crucial The mileage to get home (for me Anchorage to home is 6500 kms) and mileage to get to start ( for me its 4200 kms). So sitting on a bike for almost 20, 000 kilometers...ya I want to be as comfortable as possible. Perhaps this means giving up some stability in the muddy section, so be it. I'm hoping a 21 inch front (Dunlop 606) and a 18 inch rear (Dunlop 908) will make a big difference.

Bike currently has 170, 000 km on the odometer..

20 more months to save $, prep the bike and bank vacation time
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