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Old 06-28-2013, 12:59 AM   #1
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McCarthy

Anyone been to McCarthy this year ? Wondering about the road condition.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:15 AM   #2
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A good buddy of mine went there a week ago and said the road was great.

He said more gravel has been brought in to raise the road bed and bury more of the old railroad track.

Have fun, Mark H.
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Old 06-28-2013, 02:09 AM   #3
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I stopped into McCarthy for dinner, on the way home from Chena Hotsprings, the last weekend of May. Road was in very ni ce shape, well maintained.
There were a few small "rivulets" or wet spots across the road, slowed down for them, but no big deal. nice hard packed gravel road, about 61 miles east from Chitina.

Beautiful, stunningly gorgeous scenery, crossing the copper river valley is.......... well, it's real pretty. enjoy the ride.
Note that fuel is a scarce commodity there.
McCarthy is 256 miles, round trip from Glenallen.
negative fuel at chitina.
I was riding a KLR650, used only 4.5 gallons, so no problem with fuel...
Riding any other machine, I would bring a spare jug of gasoline.
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:23 PM   #4
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Great, thanks for the info. Was there about four years ago, great ride, beautiful and remote back in there. Hopefully you can still take your bike into town.

That year the road was pot hole highway, no problem on the tiger but this year my suspension wont be so accommodating
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:50 PM   #5
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What are you riding ?
I went on KLR, which tends to ignore 'potholes'
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:33 PM   #6
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I went on KLR, which tends to ignore 'potholes'
a new Dyna SuperGlide
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:55 PM   #7
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a new Dyna SuperGlide
Maybe not the best choice of bikes for THAT specific ride. But hey, if your up for an adventure.
I'd try it on one of these though:
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:43 PM   #8
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Maybe not the best choice of bikes for THAT specific ride. But hey, if your up for an adventure.
I'd try it on one of these though:
Nice, go almost anywhere on that !

Always up for an adventure
if the road is in decent shape I think it is very doable, definitely depends on conditions. If it rattles me too hard I'll turnaround and go to Valdez. If I go I'll post pics and a report.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:34 AM   #9
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A glide will get you there.
It will be more comfortable ride if you pack an air pump... Running your tire pressures down in the 24 to 28 PSI range will improve your bikes manners on gravel.
If you have a compressor handy, you can push them back up to 36 to 40 or whatever you prefer for high speed pavement work once you get back to Chitina.
Proper air pressure for the terrain makes an absolute world of difference in comfort, stability, handling, and of course TRACTION management.
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The last time I rode it was a great 70 degree Fall weekend and I got covered with an inch of dust. The road is pretty much always well maintained in the summer (although I had to wait for a dozer to rebuild the road one rainy summer when a bridge washed out - around 2001) so you should anticipate decent road conditions are far as maintenance is concerned. But it will probably be dusty, especially given this year's weird conditions. A little rain would be welcome.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:57 PM   #11
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Maybe not the best choice of bikes for THAT specific ride. But hey, if your up for an adventure.
I'd try it on one of these though:
That is actually an interesting build, where did you find that, any specs?

Found it
http://carduccidualsport.com

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Old 06-29-2013, 04:04 PM   #12
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That is actually an interesting build, where did you find that, any specs?

Found it
http://carduccidualsport.com
Yup, you got it! I know it's been done before but this is a pretty decent finished product.
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:38 PM   #13
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Yup, you got it! I know it's been done before but this is a pretty decent finished product.
Definitely nice work, wonder what they sell for ? didnt see a price on the web page
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