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Old 07-13-2014, 08:23 PM   #1
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from Orygun to Inuvik

there are 4 of us riding north next june with our sites set on Inuvik. I'm looking for some advice on must see places between here and there. We rode to Prudhoe Bay a few years ago

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and would like to see some different places if possible.
so.... how bout some of our northern ADV riders give us some info on your favorite places to ride between here and there.
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Old 07-14-2014, 07:26 AM   #2
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there are 4 of us riding north next june with our sites set on Inuvik.
Well having been to both places...

The road to Inuvik is far more remote and that brings a whole other level of challenges if there is a problem in your group.

1. A sat phone is a good idea

2. As a winter team bonding exercise I would suggest that all of you take a First Aid Course together. It will bond the group and help out if things go bad. We saw 17 vehicles between Inuvik and Eagle Plains. Make sure your FA kit has all the scary bits in it.

3. Bug Hats

4. Carry extra Fuel for the ride up and back. My rule of thumb is if you are 10 miles south of Eagle Plains can you as a group get some (2) bikes back for out for fuel if the slide is going to be closed for a few days and you are stuck.

5. There is a photo thread going on here on the Dempster. Have a look.

6. The road construction work is far more knarly and primitive

7. We rode it prior to the better tires available now and my 990 ate up a TKC. I did not listen to Dick Fish and forgot to take few tire boots, when I tore my sidewall I was able to limp a few miles for help. It was a stupid move and we were off the Dempster by then. I ran too low a pressure for the speeds we ran on the way back and cooked of my rim band and then the tire overheated and the tube and tire booth failed

http://www.bellautomotive.com/Farm-B...-5-08793-m.htm

8. Don't ride down the hills too fast. The water accumulates in the lower pitches and even when the road is dry and you are riding briskly after a mile long downhill you only need to be doing 80 K when you get into the slimy mud once to have your asshole permanently attach itself like a Lamprey to your seat.

9. We were running up to a mile part to manage the dust one day. good communication between the bikes is critical because with a 1 - 4 mile gap between the bikes someone could go off the road and be missed for a long time.

10. Take decent cameras

11. Do the day trip out to Tuk if the weather is good.

12. We rode all the way out one day

13. It will be an amazing ride.

14. Route suggestions. Go to Haida Gwai on the way up for a few days. it is simply amazing, then ferry up to Skagway from Rupert.

15. If possible get your bikes North in a pre stage on the May long Weekend and then fly back and forth so you can really enjoy the trip.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:12 PM   #3
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Old 07-17-2014, 07:48 AM   #4
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excellent info Bill!

Thanks for the input.

I wish we had more time but its looking like a 14 day total, for me at least. That's a lot of riding to cover the miles needed and still be able to relax some.
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Old 07-17-2014, 11:10 PM   #5
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Well it is daylight a long time everyday
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Old 07-18-2014, 07:08 AM   #6
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Well it is daylight a long time everyday
Bill,
between say Dawson and Inuvik. How much time is needed to get there and back ,not taking into account any bad weather ?

is it a day trip up and a day back ?

where would you stay if you overnited it somewhere in between?

Thanks for letting me pick your brain
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Old 07-18-2014, 09:14 AM   #7
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Bill,
between say Dawson and Inuvik. How much time is needed to get there and back ,not taking into account any bad weather ?

is it a day trip up and a day back ?

where would you stay if you overnited it somewhere in between?

Thanks for letting me pick your brain
well at almost 800km from the junction to Inuvik on dirt roads, it can be done in one day, but if it rains the road changes dramatically , to where it gets quite slick. When I went we took 2 days to get to Inuvik with an overnight stop at Eagle plains the halfway stop. Which has a restaurant , bar , hotel, camping, showers,gas station.
Coming back we did it all in one day back to Dawson.
Like others will say if the weather is bad it can change the conditions of the road.
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Old 07-18-2014, 09:26 AM   #8
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Bill,

You said you ate up the tkc on the rear. What is the better tire now or is the tkc been improved?
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You said you ate up the tkc on the rear. What is the better tire now or is the tkc been improved?
I was planning on running the Heidenau K-60 for the trip this time. We stopped and put on a fresh TKC-80 for Prudhoe Bay before we hit the Dalton. it was toasted in 4000 miles later.
But, if the TKC-80 is the best and safest bet to get there then I have no problem with putting one on.
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Old 05-21-2015, 03:58 AM   #10
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Anyone have any last minute words of wisdom? We roll out this weekend!!

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Old 05-25-2015, 07:48 AM   #12
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Look forward to your riding report.. I planned to do Deadhorse but due to epic flooding it looks like I will have to consider Inuvik instead..
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It's hot and dry all across the Yukon this year. Dempster highway to Inuvik should be good, but there is the danger of nearby forest fires. It might be smoky. So far there are no fires by the road, but that can change.

Also, the Bears are out early because of the warm weather. The fauna hasn't grown as fast because of the lack of water, so the grizzlies are taking a more carnivorous approach to meals. Careful where you camp.
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