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Old 03-24-2012, 09:13 PM   #3241
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spend some time on this site reading and learning. The answers to all your questions will come in due time grasshoppah.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:20 AM   #3242
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Did you do your pre-ride today?
the prerun was good Luckett was on small bike so we didn't ride the wide open parts. we tried to go more goat trail.
pre Oysters are good! I eat 6 small, 6 med, 1 large, and 4 more small +17 1 Beer some bread.

May 19th oyster run? will that work for you guys?

as for the 4-1 run you guys have the gps and are welcome to put it together and go then if you like
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:31 AM   #3243
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Alaska....

I'm contemplating doing the same from here in Oakland. Thinking of leaving June 10th....
Will be in contact as I give it more research. Anyone else up for a ride to Alaska? Anyone local that's made the trip that would be willing to spill some knowledge over a few beers?


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Im a noobie to the Adventure Riding world. Got bit when I watched around the world . I really dont know where to start. I am thinking of doing an Alaska ride from SF (where I live) to Anchorage, but not knowing where to start.

What kind of bike do you think I need for that trip?
What gear and what shops do you recommend buying from?
And what accessories do I need for camping?


Thank you so much for the help.
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Old 03-25-2012, 07:35 AM   #3244
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Sorry I couldn't make the "pre-ride." Love the oysters. I think I might have topped your 17.
I'll miss May 19 as I'm riding the Sheetiron that weekend.

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the prerun was good Luckett was on small bike so we didn't ride the wide open parts. we tried to go more goat trail.
pre Oysters are good! I eat 6 small, 6 med, 1 large, and 4 more small +17 1 Beer some bread.

May 19th oyster run? will that work for you guys?

as for the 4-1 run you guys have the gps and are welcome to put it together and go then if you like
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:26 PM   #3245
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Alaska ...

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I am thinking of doing an Alaska ride from SF (where I live) to Anchorage, but not knowing where to start.

What kind of bike do you think I need for that trip?
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I'm contemplating doing the same from here in Oakland. Thinking of leaving June 10th....
Will be in contact as I give it more research. Anyone else up for a ride to Alaska? Anyone local that's made the trip that would be willing to spill some knowledge over a few beers?
Hi GreenWolf and ColdC,

I've ridden up to Alaska from San Francisco a couple of times, once on a streetbike and once on a KLR ...




A 1988 BMW K75s near Homer, Alaska, on the Kenai Peninsula ... any streetbike is suitable for a ride to Fairbanks or Anchorage ... I saw mostly Harleys and Goldwings ... The second trip, I took the KLR with TCK80s in order to ride up to the Arctic Circle on the Dempster Highway and to go to the ADVrider.com rally, Dust to Dawson in Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada.


The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon Territory Canada, during the Dust to Dawson rally ...

The Dust to Dawson rally is held in late June on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, June 20th this year. The rally is a hoot, and you can make a run up to the Arctic Circle on the Dempster Highway before or after the rally, depending on the weather ...




A campsite on the Cassiar Highway, and spring flowers on a dirt road near Kispiox, British Columbia (near the south end of the Cassiar Hwy).

I'm happy to talk about trips to Alaska almost any Thursday night here in San Francisco from 7pm 'til late, at the San Francisco Motorcycle Club at 18th Street and Folsom Street ... a few blocks away from Zeitgeist ... we'll also be there during the MotoGP season on Sunday afternoons, too, from 4pm to 7pm, any Sunday where there is a MotoGP race ... we'll be watching the race at the clubhouse ... maybe BenJava will show up to tell us about his Alaska adventures ...

I grew up feeling like a motorcycle trip to Alaska was a sort of pilgrimage all motorcycle guys made at least once ... June is the best time to go, IMO, weather-wise, mosquito-wise, rally-wise and daylight-wise ... but any bike and any time are the best bikes and times to go!

See you around the campfire,
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Old 03-25-2012, 04:17 PM   #3246
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SFMCjohn - Alaska

Excellent John, look forward to meeting you & downloading your knowledge.
Your photos made the desire even more acute. Arctic Circle on the Dempster Highway and the Dust to Dawson was what I had in mind. Fairbanks, Anchorage, Prudhoe Bay?....I have at least a month or more....
I'll be making the trip on a KTM 990 Adv.
The only reason I won't go is that I have always ridden somewhere in Asia at least every other year and I skipped last year.
It will either be Alaska or Northern Thailand & Lao... done Thailand many times, Lao once... NEVER been to Alaska.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:53 PM   #3247
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Im a noobie to the Adventure Riding world. Got bit when I watched around the world . I really dont know where to start. I am thinking of doing an Alaska ride from SF (where I live) to Anchorage, but not knowing where to start.

What kind of bike do you think I need for that trip?
What gear and what shops do you recommend buying from?
And what accessories do I need for camping?


Thank you so much for the help.
Do gear research at REI, buy some there and some at Campmor.com, depending on price.

Practice makes almost perfect. Take your gear out as often as possible and carry a note pad. When you think of something that would make life easier write it down, when something worked poorly write it down. When you get home use your notes to improve your gear. If you dont use something at least 1 time in 2 trips, consider whether it is needed, unless its a safety item.
Use/buy items that can do 2 or more jobs when possible. A good example, carry a knife, spoon and fork or this:

Which has all that plus a cork screw, can opener, bottle opener and an awl! A little more weight but alot more uses!

And +2 on reading up on here!
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:38 AM   #3248
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So SFMCjohn which trip did you enjoy more, the street bike or the KLR trip?? Too bad I dont live in SF anymore would like to make one of the club meetings. Born and raised just a few blocks from the Cow Castle, MANY moons ago.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:21 AM   #3249
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So SFMCjohn which trip did you enjoy more, the street bike or the KLR trip?? Too bad I dont live in SF anymore would like to make one of the club meetings. Born and raised just a few blocks from the Cow Castle, MANY moons ago.
Hi WRC51,

Had to look up Hydesville, and turns out I know it as the sharp turn at the end of Rt 36 where we often sit and wait for each other in order to regroup ...

The Cow Palace is still there, but they blew up Geniva Towers (as I'm sure you know) ...

Guess I liked the KLR trip because I got to Ross River and the Arctic Circle, but the streetbike trip was wonderful, too ... We went backpacking in Denali NP, did a glacier tour and a kayaking tour on the BMW trip ... Really fun things I don't seem to do when I'm by myself, which I was on the KLR trip ... Can't bring myself to let the bike out of my sight when I'm alone ...

The SFMC has been at 18th Street and Folsom since 1947, just a mom & pop, AMA sweater club ... Lots of different bikes, and lots of KLRs ... Hope you can visit someday, or to catch up in Hydesville ...

See you on the side of the road,
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:44 AM   #3250
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It will either be Alaska or Northern Thailand & Lao... done Thailand many times, Lao once... NEVER been to Alaska.
Hi ColdC,

A month or more is just about perfect ... Wish I were able to go to D2D this year, I think it's the 20th one ... Not to be missed!

Hope to see you (and/or anyone else reading this) at the club one of these days ... I'll try to bring a map ... Otherwise, I've paid for the Mendo Rally on May 3-6th and should be at the Funduro and Sheetiron ...

See you around the campfire,
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:04 AM   #3251
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Hey guys,
I live in ALaska and am looking to do a fly and buy this summer. I've never done this before, but 2 of us will be buying bikes in the bay area and then visiting a buddy in SF (Green Wolf - noobie just signed on) and then riding back up to Anchorage, camping along the way.

Once we find the bikes we want, is there a local place to prep them for the trip? We'd have the tools we need, except for maybe a drill. We're not overhauling anything, but just bolting on parts, wiring heated grips, changing seat and gas tanks and such.

If you or anyone you know is looking to get rid of a road-worthy dual sport, we'd be interested: DR650, KLR650, DRZ400, W250R I'd consider a KTM or BMW if the price was right.

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Old 03-29-2012, 06:26 AM   #3252
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Once we find the bikes we want, is there a local place to prep them for the trip? We'd have the tools we need, except for maybe a drill. We're not overhauling anything, but just bolting on parts, wiring heated grips, changing seat and gas tanks and such.
http://www.bayareamotoshop.com:

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Moto Shop is a 4,000 sq.ft. do-it-yourself shop where you can work on your own motorcycle, or scooter, or take a class and learn how to do it yourself. We offer the tools and resources to help you fix and maintain your Moto.
I have no personal experience, but it sounds like the place you're looking for.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:20 AM   #3253
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I know of a friend who just added a KTM 350 to this collection or 5, but will be selling his DR 650 and a non-plated 250 here in san jose.
I'll send you a PM with his contact details.

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Hey guys,
I live in ALaska and am looking to do a fly and buy this summer. I've never done this before, but 2 of us will be buying bikes in the bay area and then visiting a buddy in SF (Green Wolf - noobie just signed on) and then riding back up to Anchorage, camping along the way.

Once we find the bikes we want, is there a local place to prep them for the trip? We'd have the tools we need, except for maybe a drill. We're not overhauling anything, but just bolting on parts, wiring heated grips, changing seat and gas tanks and such.

If you or anyone you know is looking to get rid of a road-worthy dual sport, we'd be interested: DR650, KLR650, DRZ400, W250R I'd consider a KTM or BMW if the price was right.

Thanks
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:05 PM   #3254
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Hey guys,
I live in ALaska and am looking to do a fly and buy this summer. I've never done this before, but 2 of us will be buying bikes in the bay area and then visiting a buddy in SF (Green Wolf - noobie just signed on) and then riding back up to Anchorage, camping along the way.

Once we find the bikes we want, is there a local place to prep them for the trip? We'd have the tools we need, except for maybe a drill. We're not overhauling anything, but just bolting on parts, wiring heated grips, changing seat and gas tanks and such.

If you or anyone you know is looking to get rid of a road-worthy dual sport, we'd be interested: DR650, KLR650, DRZ400, W250R I'd consider a KTM or BMW if the price was right.

Thanks
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Although a little way out from the bay area the local salvage yard is selling a 1991 DR650 for $800... Runs, doesnt look downed hard.

It needs an ignition switch (but really does it?) and new tires. For the price it looks like a steal.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:10 PM   #3255
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If I were riding from S.F. To Alaska I would be on a fresh or lightly used bike. Certainly not on a $800 roach I bought at a junkyard. Get the right bike for this trip or suffer the consequences.

Have a friend or find one to cruise craigslist everyday until the right used bike comes along. Then pay him to set it up for you so its turnkey for the trip. Better yet, ship your own bike to the starting point then ride it home.
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