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Old 03-29-2014, 10:02 PM   #211
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We arrived at the campground in Carmacks at the same time as 3 guys all on identical full dress Harleys. All 3 were pulling fairly large utility trailers. Despite the fact that we arrived together, parked next to each other, and set up camp next to each other, they never said a word to us, never made any eye contact with us or did anything to acknowledge that we even existed on the same planet as them.
I ride a Harley......... When I went up to Alaska on my Hog I found the same thing! Harley riders were the MOST unsociable. Everyone else I ran into was very nice and friendly. I was on the Alaska ferry from Juneau to Prince Rupert for three days and the other 4 Harley riders never even blinked when I said hello.

You guys had an amazing ride.
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Old 04-02-2014, 02:31 AM   #212
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I ride a Harley......... When I went up to Alaska on my Hog I found the same thing! Harley riders were the MOST unsociable. Everyone else I ran into was very nice and friendly. I was on the Alaska ferry from Juneau to Prince Rupert for three days and the other 4 Harley riders never even blinked when I said hello.

You guys had an amazing ride.
I did a local ride called Charouleau Gap, and it finishes in Oracle, AZ. It's a tough, but very entertaining ride. About 30 miles long, took me and two buddies a few hours. Oracle happens to be a usual staging point for riders. We got to the one gas station in Oracle, and there must have been 30-40 guys on Harleys in the parking lot. Every single one of them was too busy bitching that the gas station didn't have premium gas to say a word to us.
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Old 07-27-2014, 06:11 AM   #213
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So what is the percentage of dirt roads on this trip? Looking at doing something like this but hate the long stretches of long flat straight
pavement.
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Old 07-27-2014, 02:10 PM   #214
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Fantastic read. Guess this is another trip I must do. Was wondering about mounting your Wolfman over your Rotopax. Did you have to get extention straps? I had problems mounting my Rotopax under my Wolfman.

I'm in the process of maybe picking up a 250 cc for my son. It will really be for me to do some trips on.

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Old 07-27-2014, 04:38 PM   #215
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So what is the percentage of dirt roads on this trip? Looking at doing something like this but hate the long stretches of long flat straight
pavement.
It was about 50/50 for us but we skipped a few dirt sections to make up some time. Even if we hadn't there are a couple days each way of mostly pavement. The Cassiar Highway is pretty much a full day of pavement but its a nice ride. Not flat and straight at all and the scenery is great. A day on the Alcan is pretty boring on a 250 though.

Get Big Dogs tracks. He probably did as much dirt as possible.
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:47 PM   #216
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Fantastic read. Guess this is another trip I must do. Was wondering about mounting your Wolfman over your Rotopax. Did you have to get extention straps? I had problems mounting my Rotopax under my Wolfman.

I'm in the process of maybe picking up a 250 cc for my son. It will really be for me to do some trips on.

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I used these extensions sold by Wolfman.

http://wolfmanluggage.com/products/rotopax-strap-kit

Glad to see a year later people are still reading this report. Wish I was up there again this year.
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Old 08-25-2014, 07:49 PM   #217
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Glad to see a year later people are still reading this report. Wish I was up there again this year.
Nice read, great pics, thanks for sharing!
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Old 04-23-2015, 01:43 PM   #218
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Great ride report.....

Dang, don't tell me I'll be getting one of those bikes! Great photos too so thanks for taking the time.....

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Old 04-23-2015, 10:05 PM   #219
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Just found this thread, likely cause someone replied and brought it back to the top. Great report, I really enjoyed it as I will be picking up a WR250R later this summer. Not your fault, it was BigDog's fault for posting the AZ trip.

I have road bikes but a few years back I wanted to run some local logging and mountain roads. I tried a F650GS (twin) and knocked off the skid plate on one trip, crushed the heat exchanger on another and finally punched the oil pan through the expensive and heavy duty aluminum BMW skid plate. So, I riveted diamond plate to the inside and my daughter now rides it.

Last year I picked up an F800GS for easy gravel and fire roads and hope to have it fully set up by this summer so I can ride some of AZ next winter, with a skookum Black Dog skid plate. But, I have been stewing about which light bike, in the 650/400/250 range, to use on tougher trails and is light enough that I can pick up. I ride alone a lot and I am not so young anymore.

Even though BigDog sold me last year, I started to think again, read Colebatch, the Eastern Dirt 14 trip, then there is RTW with Noah, and the new CCM is coming to Canada, maybe a new Honda, but, then along came you guys and that settled it. The WR250R will be my light bike. Whew, what a relief!
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:04 PM   #220
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Old thread i know, but wow! Small world!

I met (more like) barely shimmied by) the OP on the ruby grade section of the WABDR during this trip in 2013. My wife and i were driving a large green turbo diesel jeep cherokee, pulling an old army trailer.
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Old 04-30-2015, 02:31 PM   #221
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Old thread i know, but wow! Small world!

I met (more like) barely shimmied by) the OP on the ruby grade section of the WABDR during this trip in 2013. My wife and i were driving a large green turbo diesel jeep cherokee, pulling an old army trailer.
That was an impressive rig you had. I did not get a pic but here's a grab from Deans go pro vid.

Still dig it when this thread gets a bump.
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Old 05-01-2015, 04:52 PM   #222
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Amazing RR! Thanks for letting us ride beside you guys! I'm taking notes, as I'll be riding up there next month!
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Old 05-01-2015, 06:27 PM   #223
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great report. Always great to see AK reports, brings back memories of all those places.
It's a ride that most people want to do but only a few get to actually do it.
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