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Old 03-29-2010, 08:37 AM   #226
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I have purchased three Day-Long Russell motorcycle saddles (for a BMW F650 - which I still have if anyone is interested in buying it!, for a Honda ST1300 and for a BMW R1150 GS), and I've loved each one of them! I HIGHLY recommend the Russell aftermarket seats!

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Old 03-30-2010, 01:50 PM   #227
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Good Luck!

Should be a good trip!

Be sure to keep us updated! Lookin' forward to it!
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Old 03-30-2010, 09:18 PM   #228
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Well it has been an interesting but unproductive day today. I had chores to do but stupidly started reading your epic journey. Well I simply blew 2.5 hours out the window. It was a most compelling read, stunning scenery and overall I simply could not stop reading it. Thank you for this compelling read. I have enjoyed it immensely.
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Old 03-31-2010, 04:49 AM   #229
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Right now I'm recovering from bilateral total knee replacement surgery. Having both knees done at the same time is either very brave or very stupid - I haven't decided yet! I'm three weeks out from the surgery, and I hope to be riding in another two months. I'd love to do the Alaska trip again!
John
get well and get back on the bike soonest.

and want to thank you as your ride report was a big help in planning my 09 ride to Alaska
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:16 AM   #230
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Yesterday, six weeks and one day after my bilateral total knee replacements, I sat on my Honda ST1300 and rocked it side to side between my knees. Truthfully, it didn't feel any different than it did before surgery. I easily got the bike off the kickstand, could easily support it when it leaned over as far as the kickstand allowed (uh...with my son very close by just in case!!!)... And I can bend my knees sufficiently to put my feet on the pegs with relative ease (not so when I got on the 2005 Yamaha FZ1...)

So, it looks like I might go riding this next week! Riding 6+ weeks after two total knees??? I'm pretty pleased!
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:13 PM   #231
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I just found this, epic report!
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Old 12-10-2010, 11:11 AM   #232
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TWO THUMPERS and a TWIN: NORTH CAROLINA to ALASKA

John,

Wow, did I arrive late to this party! I was just poking around on the forum and stumbled across your fantistic ride report. As I beganread it, I noticed the picture of Ray and his wife and something clicked in my 63 year old brain. I met those folks in Junction City, Kansas earlier this year and recall what nice, engaging North Carolinians they are. Ray approached me as I fiddled with my GSA and said, "Where are you from?" and I replied, "North Carolina." He chuckled and said, "I know that 'cause I saw your license plate. Now, where are you from?" Hearing that familiar accent, I said, "High Point." We had a great conversation under the portico of the Courtyard.

I saw his Wing loaded in the truck and he told me how he just hated to cross the Plains. I think he and his bride were heading to Denver and I was going to Colorado Springs. Anyway, he told me I'd be in for some weather the next day. When you talk to him, tell him he was right!

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Old 12-10-2010, 09:06 PM   #233
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Good motorcycle! Very beautiful!
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:46 PM   #234
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Great RR!!

Too bad about Doug's bike. As a rider of a DR 650 I have a built in bias against the KLR, but obviously still feel for the guy. The BMW fuel economy is almost unbelievable and making it look quite attractive as a DS tourer.

By the way, how'd you enjoy the "Canada Dry" (ginger ale) with your salmon? You won't find any of that South of the 49th!

The detail in your RR will be a resource to many of us for years to come! Thanks for taking the time to post. If you ever make your way up to Nova Scotia, be sure to look me up!
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Old 07-05-2011, 08:29 PM   #235
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With my purchase of the 2004 BMW R1150GS, I found myself riding the BMW F650GS Dakar less and less. So, despite my reluctance to part with an old friend with whom I had shared a six-week adventure, I traded it in on a 2005 Yamaha FZ1 (with only 2500 miles on the odometer), this latter bike's primary purpose being for my eldest (adult) son to ride. With it, we have shared more enjoyable time together, and bonded more closely, than we have in many years.
Hey John, thanks for the posts. I had an opportunity to visit Alaska back in 2001, unfortunately not on a bike. Beautiful scenery; I'd like to go back some day. At any rate, I think I have your old bike. I bought it at the beginning of the year from a guy in NC who had purchased it in 09 from Matthews Fun Machines in Matthews, NC. The farkles and stickers look identical to what I see on your post. The guy I bought it from removed the large ADV sticker from the front but left the ones on the cases. It still has mefo explorer tires on it although I need to put a new rear tire on her. Anyway, I feel like I own a piece of history after reading this post. Now I need to plan to take it to Alaska
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:07 AM   #236
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I believe you DO have my old bike! Congratulations! I hope it provides for you the same amount of fun and excitement as it did for me! And I hope that you do take it to Alaska ... again!
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:13 PM   #237
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Moto Guzzi dealerships?

Hi John,
I will join the group that is impressed by your adventure and envy all of you for the good time you've had riding.

I am looking to buy my first motorcycle and I "fell in love" with a Moto Guzzi model: the Griso. The design is very appealing and also it doesn't use a chain. Still, I am not sure if it has the necessary endurance for long trips.

My question is: have you seen anybody else riding a Moto Guzzi on your way to Alaska and back and, also, have you seen any Moto Guzzi dealership on the way?

Thank you.
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:13 AM   #238
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Awesome adventure! Thank you for sharing.
If you don't go, in 1 or 2 years you will forget the reason you didn't... If you take the adventure, you'll never forget it!
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:18 AM   #239
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Hi, ChiriLeo!! I'm glad you enjoyed reading about our adventure! It's hard to believe that this all happened three and a half years ago!

I, too, have been impressed by the specs of the Moto Guzzi Griso. However, while I was not looking specifically for Moto Guzzi dealerships while riding to and from Alaska, I certainly don't remember seeing a single one. It was hard enough to find dealerships for the more common motorcycle manufacturers - Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki. BMW dealerships were available in Fairbanks, Anchorage - and then the next closest (I was told) was Edmonton, Alberta! Personally, I'd be very leery of riding a motorcycle to Alaska that didn't have dealership support unless you were a VERY knowledgeable motorcycle mechanic and willing to carry a ton of spare parts!

I continue to believe that the best motorcycle for an Alaska trip of the type I did (considering bike specifications and abilities, availability of service, overall reliability) is the Suzuki VStrom.
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