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Old 12-10-2007, 08:55 AM   #46
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AND THE BEST PARTS OF ALASKA ARE NOT AT THE END OF THE TARMAC, THEY START THERE. DON'T GO TO ALASKA IF PAVEMENT IS WHAT YOU SEEK
Al so good advice, but be careful I just with go ask for you and a foot long BLT, there. I can totally agree, about not going if tarmac is what you want.

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Old 12-10-2007, 09:03 AM   #47
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See you in June

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I should be going through Denali in June....I hope to stop in and say hello. Thanks for the course knowledge.

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Old 12-10-2007, 12:23 PM   #48
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Old 12-10-2007, 05:55 PM   #49
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Howdy.
I'm sure I'm not the only guy watching this thread and absorbing info for a future trip! It's great to get tips from the locals and exp. riders.


Tell us more about the weather. Most people refer to late May as the earliest time to travel. Are things still snowed in before then? What's the latest to go and still avoid frost on the bike? What's the temperature ranges during those months?


The crappy housing market may stiffle my income for the near future...but I'm still hoping to go in '08
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Old 12-11-2007, 12:06 AM   #50
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best time in ak is mid may to mid sept. most places are only open during this time. weathers iffy also, frost in aug snow in sept. expect to sweat and shiver any day during the summer. alaska is big, twice the size of texas so weather depends on location as well
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Old 12-12-2007, 02:42 PM   #51
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My current plan is to leave Colorado May 14 and ride the Dalton to Deadhorse about 8 days later. I'm wondering if this might be a little too early for the Northern part of the Haul Road. Rode to Alaska in 2003 and had a great trip in July. Now I want to ride some of the roads I didn't do before.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:08 PM   #52
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Tell us more about the weather. Most people refer to late May as the earliest time to travel. Are things still snowed in before then? What's the latest to go and still avoid frost on the bike? What's the temperature ranges during those months?
Riding towards Alaska on the Cassier on July 4 we got snowed on. July 5 in Whitehorse, Yukon, it was below freezing at 6 AM. Two days later, above the arctic circle, it was about 80, sunny, and humid. I don't know when the snow melts completely, or when it starts to snow hard again, but it can snow any day, and temps will range from below freezing to above 90. At a gas station I heard that a few years ago they got two feet of snow in the middle of summer.
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Old 12-16-2007, 12:23 AM   #53
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4 weeks is plenty of time to get up and back but doesn't leave you much time here to see Alaska. I would advise an extra week if you have it available. You can ride the West Coast and the Cassier one way and the Alaska Highway the other and take the East of the Sierras to get back to Baja. Sounds like the makings for a fantastic trip. Bear
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Old 12-17-2007, 02:39 PM   #54
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I will be heading up to Alaska next June from Toledo, OH. What is the quickest route? By quickest I mean the fastest roads.
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Old 12-17-2007, 03:46 PM   #55
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A not so bright idea?

HI just to think a little more, if you to Alaska on 250 cc single, are you asking for it? I know there are plenty of reasons to do/not do it on the plus I can list the following:

+ less weight so if I drop it, I can solo pick it up
+ less speed less likely to get tickets
+ more control in the off road parts
- Less weight, more subjetc to weather
- less speed more time consuming
- less ability to carry stuff that I may need, right?

So should I forget the idea and take the KLR or should I venture on the smaller but lighter 250 ?

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Old 12-17-2007, 03:57 PM   #56
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Definitely get the Milepost mag, it's a great help, tons of info in there.
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Old 12-17-2007, 06:32 PM   #57
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HI just to think a little more, if you to Alaska on 250 cc single, are you asking for it? I know there are plenty of reasons to do/not do it on the plus I can list the following:

+ less weight so if I drop it, I can solo pick it up
+ less speed less likely to get tickets
+ more control in the off road parts
- Less weight, more subjetc to weather
- less speed more time consuming
- less ability to carry stuff that I may need, right?

So should I forget the idea and take the KLR or should I venture on the smaller but lighter 250 ?

Damasovi
You might be interested in this RR: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=255995
Pretty impressive ride!
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:21 PM   #58
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I'm glad somebody always asks these questions. It gives us noobs a chance to learn before we even know what questions ask. I to am planning on doing Alaska as my first adv. trip. I was think summer of '08, but I may not be ready till '09. Anyway, good luck and maybe I'll see you out there...
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:36 PM   #59
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Thanks for all the great info! I'm beginning to plan my ride to Alaska in '09. I'll be watching.
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Old 12-18-2007, 05:49 PM   #60
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HI just to think a little more, if you to Alaska on 250 cc single, are you asking for it? I know there are plenty of reasons to do/not do it on the plus I can list the following:

+ less weight so if I drop it, I can solo pick it up
+ less speed less likely to get tickets
+ more control in the off road parts
- Less weight, more subjetc to weather
- less speed more time consuming
- less ability to carry stuff that I may need, right?

So should I forget the idea and take the KLR or should I venture on the smaller but lighter 250 ?

Damasovi
I can not imagine riding 9,000 miles on a 250.

Me, Dave, Scott, and Siggy kept looking at fire-roads and logging-roads and wishing we could do a good explore on a 250ish. We agreed to go back some day- with a truck full of parts and a trailer full of bikes. We'd trailer somewhere, camp, and explore. Then move on, camp, and explore some more. We'd do it in a group of 4- at least 4- because on a 250 you can get yourself way, way, way back into the boonies. And if there's safety in numbers, then you can ride a little more... not crazy, but FUN! and not worry too much about getting into an awful tight spot.

If we did it in a group of 4, we'd be able to split the gas. Up Canada/Alcan way, gas is mighty pricey.
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