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Old 08-02-2013, 06:08 PM   #106
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Awesome report & pics! I'm loving it!
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:22 PM   #107
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Thanks a lot!

Because of you guys, I went and bought a WR250R also. You know dog house hasn't been used in my vocabulary for a long time, but I'm back! On the flip side, really love the bike.
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:46 AM   #108
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Great report. There is a road between Ross River and Johnson's Crossing (Hwy1 north of Teslin) called the South Canol. It is about 135 miles of the best roller coaster dirt I've been on. The road becomes the North Canol at Ross River. It is tighter and slower undulating its way northeast to the NWT border. You need about 300 miles of fuel range to go to NWT border and back. I mentioned the Alcan5000. The club hosting the vent spotted fuel for us at the border and prepared us a camp. Most of us had under 200 miles fuel range.

I liked the TOW road too. It was raining for us in the 2006 Alcan5000 and muddy, but I had knobbys and the mud was pretty tacky. We also ate at that place in Tok. Pretty good!

I find the WR250R very smooth and more than capable. My friends ride KLR650's and they are comparable for cruising together on long trips. They generally cruise under 70mph because of oil consumption, so that is a happy speed for me. Climbing long grades at altitude are comparable as well. The little Yamaha motor is really a slice off the R1 superbike motor. It makes it's power at much higher revs than a typical single. It is not stressed there because the revs are still lower than an R1.

Looking forward to more. Thanks for posting this. Thanks for the great pics too.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:27 AM   #109
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Because of you guys, I went and bought a WR250R also. You know dog house hasn't been used in my vocabulary for a long time, but I'm back! On the flip side, really love the bike.
I'd blame Bigdog. His website sucked me in. I guess that's why they call it the doghouse.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:54 AM   #110
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Day 10

Day 10 June 30, 2013
Tok, AK to Fairbanks, AK
210 miles

Short report for today. All pavement, all Alcan.








Dean, where did your legs go?


When we got to Fairbanks we changed oil and filters in the Walmart parking lot and they happily took our used oil at the quick lube. Got a really nice room across the street at the Hampton Inn. Hot tub, swimming pool, free breakfast.

I took a pic of my GPS at the end of every day to track milage. One should to pay attention to whats in the background before you hit the go button though.
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:14 PM   #111
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What a great RR. What gearing were you guys running?
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Old 08-03-2013, 05:59 PM   #112
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What country? I'm surprised the shitty fuel hasn't caused an engine failure
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Old 08-03-2013, 06:40 PM   #113
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WR is going to be in my future for sure, been wanting one , great RR
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:19 PM   #114
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Supersprox 50 and 14 up front. Big Dog and Ding Weed are our inspiration.
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Old 08-05-2013, 10:34 PM   #115
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Day 11

Day 11 July 1, 2013
Fairbanks, AK to Galbraith Lake, AK
370 Miles

Today we ride the haul road. I already said that Day 3 on the Gang Ranch was one of the best days of riding but Day 11 on the Dalton had it all. Good riding, amazing scenery and great weather.




We talked to this guy at the Yukon River Crossing. He had done this on his bike a few years back and now was repeating it via Jeep with his wife.


Yukon River Crossing




We saw this thing quite a bit along the road. Not sure what it is. If anyone knows chime in.


Here it is again. Weird.


Finger Mountain. There it is right behind the shitter.




The Arctic Circle. Cant miss this photo op.


Dean packed this shirt from a fly fishing shop in Montana all the way here just to get this pic. Notice I snapped it at just the right moment when the horsefly landed on the shirt.





This was our tour guide for the day. He worked in Deadhorse at the airport keeping wildlife off the runway. We first ran into him at the Yukon Crossing and saw him at all the stops along the way. Really nice guy and it was fun to have someone who knew the area to chat with.


A couple of moose in the distance at Grayling Lake


I borrowed our tour guides binoculars and used them as a telephoto lens.




I kept my camera in my tank bag to take pictures on the fly. On Day 1 I tried to get the camera out for the first time and gave up thinking I cant take a pic and ride at the same time. By Day 11 I was getting the hang of it.


More Day 11 to come.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:23 PM   #116
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Wow WR!

Incredible ride report, but it's the performance of those WR's that is just amazing! I'm unhappy with my F650GS and I'll have to try one of those WR's.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:38 PM   #117
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That weird thing is the trans Alaska pipeline moving hot oil south ,at least I'm pretty sure thats what it is ,great report by the way o have been following you guys as o to am a proud owner of a wr
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Old 08-06-2013, 06:44 AM   #118
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More Day 11

Day 11 Continued

The road had been closed for 12 hours to replace a bridge deck 20 miles north of Coldfoot. It was scheduled to open at 7PM. The weather was so good we decided to wait for it to open and try to make Galbraith Lake.



They moved us to the front of the line and it opened promptly at 7:00







Going Down Atigun Pass. I expected that it wouldn't be as steep and narrow as the TV show portrays. It's not, it's steeper. I wouldn't want to be a truck driver here in the winter. At least they don't have many bikes to dodge then.


Plus there is a sharp 90+ degree corner at the bottom.




We camped at Galbraith Lake. We had heard that the mosquitos were apocalyptic. That was not an exageration. Head nets and deet were a must. You can see by the smile on Deans face that he has yet to discover that he lost his Big Agnes air matress and would spend the night on the gravel.


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Old 08-06-2013, 07:34 AM   #119
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Weird how the mosquitoes numbers can be different for people.
We had zero mosquitoes at Galbraith--------------but 2 grizzlies.

Mom---and cub

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Old 08-06-2013, 09:16 AM   #120
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Weird how the mosquitoes numbers can be different for people.
We had zero mosquitoes at Galbraith--------------but 2 grizzlies.

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As soon as we stopped you were engulfed in a swarm. We talked to a couple different road workers and they said the bugs had not been this bad in 10 years. After Atigun, besides the birds we saw no wildlife what so ever. Probably chased off by the bugs.

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