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Old 12-13-2012, 07:36 AM   #136
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I am planning on catching the ferry back down to Seattle, just camp out on the deck for a couple days. Still haven't looked at cost though.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:43 AM   #137
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Well, if there's any spots left, I just signed up for one. Planning on flying the (will be) 14 year old boy into anchorage after the rally and 2-upping a nice coupla weeks home.

Fingers crossed...

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Old 12-13-2012, 09:48 AM   #138
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Well, if there's any spots left, I just signed up for one. Planning on flying the (will be) 14 year old boy into anchorage after the rally and 2-upping a nice coupla weeks home.

Fingers crossed...

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Congrats - I wish I could get my sons to do this with me. Oh, well...
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:49 AM   #139
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Got a hall pass for a month, so the hard part's done.

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Old 12-17-2012, 08:14 AM   #140
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Whelp, my deposit is sent in. Guess we find out soon if we're accepted?
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:47 AM   #141
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I'm on the list, now i just need a buddy or two, I guess...


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Old 12-17-2012, 11:51 AM   #142
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Whelp, my deposit is sent in. Guess we find out soon if we're accepted?
Check the website and refresh the entry page. Yur in!
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:31 PM   #143
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Alright! Alright! Alright!

Really hope I don't end up regretting selling my 800GS for a KTM 690... Either way, I'll have a blast even if I have to ride a Ninja 250.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:10 PM   #144
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Alright! Alright! Alright!

Really hope I don't end up regretting selling my 800GS for a KTM 690... Either way, I'll have a blast even if I have to ride a Ninja 250.
Nah, its the perfect venue for a 690 (I have one too). If we have lots of mud, you'll be goin' where others are slowin'. If we have rough dirt (those roads change dramatically season to season), your WP suspension and KTM geometry will soak it all up. This particular route favors a smaller bike. Not that it will be technical, because it won't be. It will be fast. But the weather is wild up there. Surfaces change. Mud is always likely. Sometimes, big mud...and babyheads.

You won't prefer to be honking the Canol roads full of babyheads and mud on a 600lb motorcycle... unless that is what you are riding...

Fun, though, no matter what.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:57 PM   #145
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This particular route favors a smaller bike. Not that it will be technical, because it won't be. It will be fast. But the weather is wild up there. Surfaces change. Mud is always likely. Sometimes, big mud...and babyheads.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:12 PM   #146
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Signed with intention of taking the 12 GS but have an xrr 650. If geared properly would the xrr be suitable? What gearing for the speeds and roads?
I am completely comfortable with the GS off road but still think the Honda could be an awesome experience outside of possibly needing to adjust the valves along the way.

Thoughts from those that know or have experienced would be helpful. Thanks
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Signed with intention of taking the 12 GS but have an xrr 650. If geared properly would the xrr be suitable? What gearing for the speeds and roads?
I am completely comfortable with the GS off road but still think the Honda could be an awesome experience outside of possibly needing to adjust the valves along the way.

Thoughts from those that know or have experienced would be helpful. Thanks
The challenge for true dirt bikes is cruise speed. We ride 400-500 miles per day for 9 days. Every day there are 2-3 timed stages that you have to make your start time for. You really need to get there 10 or 20 minutes early so you can get ready and in line. The transits between stages are mostly pavement and long. If your bike can cruise 65-70mph you have no problem. If it is more like 55mph, you will likely struggle to make your starts. I plan to ride my Yamaha WR250R, but it easily cruises 65-70mph all day.

As an example, the club indicates small trailbikes like the Suz DRZ400 are not very good for the task. In my experience, even KTM singles are generally pretty slow between stages. Meanwhile, KLR and BMW 650's with stock gearing have been the gold standard.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:40 PM   #148
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. I plan to ride my Yamaha WR250R
Not the 690?? What was all that one in a million talk??

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Old 12-21-2012, 02:13 AM   #149
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Not the 690?? What was all that one in a million talk??
The Yamaha is already out west. I keep it on Phoenix. Plus it has the big gas tank. But you are right in that it seems a shame to ride those great roads with only 25hp when I could do them with 66hp...I don't have to decide right now.
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:56 AM   #150
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I just ordered the final detail for the KLR for this trip...my Rekluse clutch...looks like I will have the only KLR there so I guess I better put on a good show huh?
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