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Old 06-08-2004, 03:26 AM   #1
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Talking North To Alaska, Whats Up With the Dalton Hwy?

The "V Dog" and I are leaving for Prudhoe Bay Alaska on 06/22. Have heard all sorts of stories about the Dalton Hwy. What's it really like? Both of us are experanced riders (dirt & street) so no worries, but I would like to know a little more about the Haul Road. So let us know if you have first hand skinny.
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Old 06-08-2004, 08:12 AM   #2
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The "V Dog" and I are leaving for Prudhoe Bay Alaska on 06/22. Have heard all sorts of stories about the Dalton Hwy. What's it really like? Both of us are experanced riders (dirt & street) so no worries, but I would like to know a little more about the Haul Road. So let us know if you have first hand skinny.
There are some good trip reports here. Use the search feature above and you will have plenty to sort through. Also, if you go to the Mayer Saddles web site there's a link to a ride report made by a guy who rode from Cal. to the Arctic Circle. Oh, what the hell... here's the link http://clarkejohn.com/page1map.htm

The authority on the northern roads is the Milepost guide (available at most book stores) which is published every year. I think you'll find it useful for planning your trip.

Good luck and safe riding. Looking forward to a trip report when you both return.
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Old 06-08-2004, 11:46 AM   #3
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It all depends on the weather gods. It can be sunny and 60 degrees one day and a GoldWing could make it easily. Next day it could be 30 degrees and raining sideways or snowing and the road becomes chocolate pudding with a little calcium cloride mixed in for fun. Nothing on two wheels is much fun then.

Two things are certain. Your bike will never be the same and conditions will change several times during the 1000 mile roundtrip (from Fairbanks).

Give the big trucks wide berth. Have a burger at the Hot Spot.
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Old 06-08-2004, 12:27 PM   #4
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The "V Dog" and I are leaving for Prudhoe Bay Alaska on 06/22. Have heard all sorts of stories about the Dalton Hwy. What's it really like? Both of us are experanced riders (dirt & street) so no worries, but I would like to know a little more about the Haul Road. So let us know if you have first hand skinny.
A couple of parts of it are paved and the rest is gravel. They lay calcium carbonate a couple of days a week, make sure you don't travel on that day.

If the road is freshly graded and real wet it is like ice. Wet and packed not so bad and dry it will be a highway. The wet calcium carbonate will stick to your bike like glue. With the pipes it will be a permanent addition.

The arctic Tundra side can have lot's of boulders on the road and is extremely washboarded in spots.

Get gas at the Yukon river, Coldfoot and of course Deadhorse
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Old 06-08-2004, 01:29 PM   #5
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Now I know why folks ride KLR650's up there. At the end of the return trip they can just pitch their bike. Sounds pretty rough on a $15K machine. In any event, I am very envious!
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Old 06-08-2004, 03:02 PM   #6
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This thread really belongs in Regional forum Great White North...

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Old 06-09-2004, 02:27 AM   #7
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Thumb Thanks for all the info!!!!!

V Dog bought a copy of "Road Signs" great book. THANKS AGAIN!
Guys that regular this site must stand erect all day! What do you mean , seek medical attention if it lasts more then four hours?
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Old 06-09-2004, 09:42 PM   #8
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I got to see this road at its worst and best on the same day last year. I came across a dry stretch where it was not raining, maybe 15 miles long, and it was like pavement. I could ride as fast as I wanted. (See attached picture)

Then it was back into the rain again, and the surface of the road turned into 4" of lard. Bloodly lucky to have stayed on the bike. Many I met that day did not.

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Old 06-09-2004, 10:03 PM   #9
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changing road conditions

Manxman, that is exactly what is was trying to say but you said it better! Your experience speaks volumes. Thanks for the post.

Any pictures of the shitty road?
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Old 06-09-2004, 10:10 PM   #10
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hmmm,

good to see this. I'm planning on doing it in early july.

I think I'll travel as light as possible for this trip if it gets muddy. I don't want to have a loaded bike to pick up. Maybe just panniers.

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Manxman, do you have any experience with the Yukon 5 into Inuvik? Wondering how it would compare to the Dalton. BC Rules.
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Old 06-09-2004, 11:47 PM   #12
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Manxman, that is exactly what is was trying to say but you said it better! Your experience speaks volumes. Thanks for the post.

Any pictures of the shitty road?
Here's one
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Old 06-09-2004, 11:52 PM   #13
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Old 06-10-2004, 02:24 AM   #14
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Mighty tasty road there That Looks like the road out of Chicken, AK
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Old 06-10-2004, 10:40 AM   #15
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Mighty tasty road there That Looks like the road out of Chicken, AK
Nope, that's the Dalton, but they do look the same.
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