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Old 01-13-2013, 04:29 AM   #16
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Sorry to digress - but why is it called "Top of the world" when Inuvik according to Google Maps is at a mere 68 degrees north?
Am I missing something?

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Most of the roads up north follow the rivers and valleys.....just flatter and easer to cut thru. The Top of the world road is just a summer only road.. that has been made following the tops of the mountains (mostly rolling) so has some spectacular views. It is also MUCH short way to get to Tok than going back thru Whitehorse.
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Old 01-13-2013, 06:53 AM   #17
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Sorry to digress - but why is it called "Top of the world" when Inuvik according to Google Maps is at a mere 68 degrees north?
Am I missing something?

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ive been to 71,68 degrees north on my bike, but that was in europe, so i guess that does not count
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:20 AM   #18
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ive been to 71,68 degrees north on my bike, but that was in europe, so i guess that does not count
And...where would that have been?
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:56 AM   #19
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And...where would that have been?
ANyone can ride (on paved roads) to Nordkapp, Norway, at 71,17 degrees north.
I had four degrees, rain and fog in mid July.

Deadhorse airport is at a mere 70,20 degrees.

But we are digressing - carry on.

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Old 01-13-2013, 10:13 AM   #20
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If you start with fresh tourances in Missoula you should be fine up and back. We stayed at the hotel across the street from the NAPA in Dawson.

Montana has tons of dirt roads. Start riding them and get comfortable. I took our low experience guy down the Montana farm roads to get him experience and skill. He crashed and his brother and I almost crashed on a spot where they just fluffed up the gravel. We were a mile from pavement. The sign said road equipment working but it was after 5pm so we thought we were safe. The gravel was loose for 8 inches.

AK and all those roads are much more scary and dangerous at your computer than actually there.

I went to Deadhorse. The bad parts of the roads give you warning. Take it easy and enjoy. We met a guy on a cruiser who crashed but his front tire was bald/slick.

Ran into a guy from chicago who went to Inuvik. He was on a GSA and said it was no problem.Top of the World
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:38 AM   #21
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For my trip last summer from CA to AK I went with the K60s F/R. No regrets, very good in gravel, OK in mud and decent on pavement.

Like you I didn't want to change tires during the trip. I have 8000 miles on the K60s and they will go another 3-4K.

I'll probably go back to Tourances as my normal riding leans more to street with a little gravel.
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Old 01-13-2013, 11:57 AM   #22
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For my trip last summer from CA to AK I went with the K60s F/R. No regrets, very good in gravel, OK in mud and decent on pavement.

Like you I didn't want to change tires during the trip. I have 8000 miles on the K60s and they will go another 3-4K.

I'll probably go back to Tourances as my normal riding leans more to street with a little gravel.


I was on this trip and ran the k60's on a 2010 1200 gs. I got no complaints. And still a ton of tread left.
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:46 AM   #23
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Hey Capt2U, were you there in late August? I saw a guy on a 30yr Ann. bike. The rider must have been tired. I saw him and his bike taking a nap in some soft dirt on the side of the road.
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:43 PM   #24
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Conclusion

Well, to this point, I have settled in on a TKC front, Heidenau K60 rear.
Will I be happy with the TKC front on payment of 4-5,000 miles remembering that I wanted something good on the Dempster, Top of the World Highway, and other construction areas? I realize I cannot have the best of both. I just want what will work for both, especially if I get in wet/muddy conditions off-road. The reason I am thinking of going with the TKC front is that it is quieter than a Heidenau K60 front and just seems to be a better handling tire based on others opinions.
Thanks again for all your advice and input and please continue to give me your thoughts.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:21 PM   #25
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Bring an extra set of tires and change them when you're up there and need knobbies?
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