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Old 02-01-2012, 06:12 PM   #6196
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Jay & Oscar have good points on both sides of the question(s).

With regard to the two-up issue and stress on the rider, I would submit that with Kim being an experienced rider along with Jerry, and has logged some physically challenging rides, that swapping off rider/pillion positions when needed could greatly enhance the overall stamina, performance, ability.. whatever to call it... of the riding team. The combined total experiences means that either/both can be effective as operator or pillion - and an experienced rider in both positions is just gravy. Just a thought.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:05 PM   #6197
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We have been round and round about her being able to ride the bike, just in case I am not able. And we have not found a good solution. The Russell seat added quite a bit to the ground reach. Kim can ride the bike empty, just fine with the stock seat, but can barely reach the ground at all with the Russell. My legs are at least 3" longer, and I am up on the balls of my feet.

I don't want to lower the bike, because it already drags the center stand quite often. I am seriously considering a new rear shock and heavier spring to handle the load better. This will raise the loaded ride height a bit.

I have been a pillion once, on the back of Kim's XT. I suck at that, because I don't feel comfortable in back. I am sure I could overcome this with time. Maybe we should try it a bit, with the stock seat first.
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:14 AM   #6198
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We have been round and round about her being able to ride the bike, just in case I am not able. And we have not found a good solution. The Russell seat added quite a bit to the ground reach. Kim can ride the bike empty, just fine with the stock seat, but can barely reach the ground at all with the Russell. My legs are at least 3" longer, and I am up on the balls of my feet.

I don't want to lower the bike, because it already drags the center stand quite often. I am seriously considering a new rear shock and heavier spring to handle the load better. This will raise the loaded ride height a bit.

I have been a pillion once, on the back of Kim's XT. I suck at that, because I don't feel comfortable in back. I am sure I could overcome this with time. Maybe we should try it a bit, with the stock seat first.
With the weight of you, your gear and Kim, the bike might be low enough for her to put her feet down. Just a thought.

I know what you mean about the Russell though. When I put one on the Harley, it went from feeling too low to just right for me.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:38 AM   #6199
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Two-up to AK

Take her car and rent a bike where you want to ride

For what it would cost to take two bikes you could almost pull the bike behind your Tahoe Jerry

You really need a full size Pick-up with your bike in the back

I'm just saying Good Luck

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Old 02-02-2012, 08:48 AM   #6200
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I saw a Mercedes type van...

Rental unit by I'm thinking Ryder

I wonder what they get for 10,000 miles on that thing

A bunch I bet

Anyway, that would be the ticket there

Bike in the back along with a mattress and port-a-pottie

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Old 02-02-2012, 10:03 AM   #6201
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We have 3 1/2 months to get there, just wandering around out West seeing sights. Then we have 6 weeks or more to get back home, with more sight seeing on the way. Also, I am not planning on going to Prudhoe Bay or anything like that, just Denali National Forest. We can't carry tires, and I don't want to do a lot of gravel 2-up.

Does that sound crazy?
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:24 PM   #6202
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We have 3 1/2 months to get there, just wandering around out West seeing sights. Then we have 6 weeks or more to get back home, with more sight seeing on the way. Also, I am not planning on going to Prudhoe Bay or anything like that, just Denali National Forest. We can't carry tires, and I don't want to do a lot of gravel 2-up.

Does that sound crazy?
Not at all. You guys should be fine doing that trip two-up taking your time.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:02 PM   #6203
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We have 3 1/2 months to get there, just wandering around out West seeing sights. Then we have 6 weeks or more to get back home, with more sight seeing on the way. Also, I am not planning on going to Prudhoe Bay or anything like that, just Denali National Forest. We can't carry tires, and I don't want to do a lot of gravel 2-up.

Does that sound crazy?
Geeeeze, with that kind of time, just enjoy a leisurely trip. Except for getting west through the great plains. That you should do as quick as possible. Set up camp before dark and enjoy the fire, etc. Bring lots of wine.

The only problem you might have is deciding which site you DON'T want to see. But let me advise you -- even tho you don't think it's possible now, it's likely you'll get fed up with the travel and return sooner than you now anticipate. So - DO set up an itinerary being sure to hit the favorite highlights early in your adventure.

Take your time and enjoy.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:20 AM   #6204
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Chit Jerry...

With that time-frame you could ride bicycles

Go for it
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:34 PM   #6205
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Chit Jerry...

With that time-frame you could ride bicycles

Go for it
Hummm You might might be on to something there Alan. Oscar? Google map

They show 18 days which would be crazy 12 hr days averaging 25 mph.
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:53 PM   #6206
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Anyone up for a last minute fastburn tomorrow? It looks like I don't have to work, so I'll be around....
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:05 PM   #6207
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Hummm You might might be on to something there Alan. Oscar? Google map

They show 18 days which would be crazy 12 hr days averaging 25 mph.
Given the proper bike I would make that attempt but not at 25 mph but at a more leisurely 15, as adding camp gear to a cycle will slow you down, unless someone wants to drive a support vehicle with all the gear.....
I like your Ferry idea Jeff.
That is what PK and Kim should think about, as it saves tires, time, very $$$$ gas in Canada, lodging etc.....
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:37 PM   #6208
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Anyone up for a last minute fastburn tomorrow? It looks like I don't have to work, so I'll be around....
Sorry, meant to post this in the PAR thread......
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:28 PM   #6209
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Stay a while, guy. It's a whole 'nother world that 'fastburn' can't encompass
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:43 PM   #6210
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I agree with this totally. You should replace it. But I keep a close eye on my tires and feel confident running around locally with a plugged one. I would not get on the hwy and run all day at high speeds on one. I was putting air in my plugged rear twice a week and looking for signs of oncoming separation every day.
I rode a fully loaded bike back from Oregon on a plugged tire.
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