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Old 02-12-2013, 05:40 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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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...
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:33 PM   #3
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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...
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Old 02-12-2013, 06:35 PM   #4
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Yes you are worrying too much. The roads are what they are when you get there. Drive to the conditions.
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:10 PM   #5
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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.
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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
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:45 PM   #6
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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.!
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:05 PM   #7
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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 .
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:02 AM   #8
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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!
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:04 AM   #9
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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 :)
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Old 02-15-2013, 04:16 PM   #10
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.... 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...
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Old 02-15-2013, 10:06 PM   #11
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This man speaks many truths :)


*internet HIGH five +




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





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Old 02-15-2013, 10:46 PM   #12
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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
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:20 AM   #13
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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:





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

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Old 02-17-2013, 07:42 PM   #14
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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.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:04 AM   #15
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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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