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Old 03-02-2014, 09:33 PM   #1
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stupid Alaska .. . .

OK so 2 months ago talking to my brother hey I have 8 weeks vacation to burn for 2014...RU u going to fix that goldwing? We should take another trip..

OK Alaska. . .

My Inventory
90 concours . . .ready
97 Honda pc800 . . .ready

I dunno if either can be ready for dead horse by August

His inventory
85 gl1200 apencade not running? Parked in 08 not all fixed up head gasket maybe timing belt tensioner
75 gl1000 parked in 08 bad leaky water pump

I know the hardware could make the trip with proper preperation but should we just look at finding capable KLR or vstrom
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:26 PM   #2
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Sell Concours and both GL's. Buy another PC. Put dualsport tires on them. Go! Have fun.
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:48 PM   #3
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Sell Concours and both GL's. Buy another PC. Put dualsport tires on them. Go! Have fun.
I was thinking the same!
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:50 PM   #4
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Looks like you'll be OK but he should likely find another ride.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:00 PM   #5
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Sell Concours and both GL's. Buy another PC. Put dualsport tires on them. Go! Have fun.
Put on car tires, you know there are no curves in Canada!
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:02 PM   #6
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Where in AK?

Where in AK do you want to go?

Any bike CAN do it. Depends on how you guys WANT to do it.

Does he want to fix up the Wings or are they just projects to tinker on until "someday" comes?

For an average sized person, I think and KLR/DR/Strom would be the best tool for the job.

I love riding in Alaska.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:06 PM   #7
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My Inventory
90 concours . . .ready
97 Honda pc800 . . .ready


I know the hardware could make the trip with proper preperation but should we just look at finding capable KLR or vstrom
What's the problem? Just loan your brother the PC800 and point yourselves north. Either of your bikes can make it to Deadhorse and back... as long as the riders do their part.

Take a look at Rick's videos: Sport-Touring the Dalton
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:55 PM   #8
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85 gl1200 apencade not running? Parked in 08 not all fixed up head gasket maybe timing belt tensioner
This "sentence" broke my brain.

My suggestion would be that when asking for advice err on the side of coherent sentences instead of formatting.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:55 PM   #9
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Thanks guys looks like a few trial runs down the echo trail would be good primer.

http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail...lid=XFA118-016
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:57 PM   #10
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This "sentence" broke my brain.

My suggestion would be that when asking for advice err on the side of coherent sentences instead of formatting.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:55 AM   #11
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I've had one Alaska trip so I'm not an expert, but...

1) GO.
2) Any bike CAN make it as mentioned above.
3) Dump all of the bikes you mention above and get two used KLR's. If your PC is in good condition, please don't ruin it on the Dalton.
4) Whatever you ride, it will be in pretty rough shape when you get back. The Alaska dust is like no other and will get into every crack and crevice on you and your bike.
5) See #1 -- just go, don't over think it.
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:21 AM   #12
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I've had one Alaska trip so I'm not an expert, but...

1) GO.
2) Any bike CAN make it as mentioned above.
3) Dump all of the bikes you mention above and get two used KLR's. If your PC is in good condition, please don't ruin it on the Dalton.
4) Whatever you ride, it will be in pretty rough shape when you get back. The Alaska dust is like no other and will get into every crack and crevice on you and your bike.
5) See #1 -- just go, don't over think it.

Confirmed. Also, any tires can do it. People get hung up on the details, but just keep the larger goal in mind.

I've only been 2x, so I'm no expert either.

A realization I had was that it isn't as desolate as you might think.
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:17 AM   #13
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Confirmed. Also, any tires can do it. People get hung up on the details, but just keep the larger goal in mind.

I've only been 2x, so I'm no expert either.

A realization I had was that it isn't as desolate as you might think.
What he said ^^

Re tires -- unless you get crazy, the worst you'll see is gravel, it may be wet and mushy, but it's pretty passable. Top of the World, Dalton, Dempster; mostly gravel, but well traveled by trucks, cars, RV's and even bicycles. Plenty of black-top that's in pretty good shape except for the frost heaves.

Re desolate - -again, stay near the main roads and you won't have any issues. Plenty of people moving around. There are only about 15 major roads in the entire state
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:55 PM   #14
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Put on car tires, you know there are no curves in Canada!
That's right no curves here... (my daily commute)

"Hwy 33 east of Osoyoos (910ft) to the top of Anarchist Mountain 4200ft, Though widened and somewhat straightened in the late 1950s, the road is still rumoured to include “the longest continuous hill in Canada” – 12 kilometres of seven and eight percent grades"



nothing to see either. Keep telling people that, we like our uncrowded roads.
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:29 PM   #15
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Fortunately, timing belts/tensioners arent terribly hard to replace on old GL's, and waterpump/headgaskets are actually easier!

If he needs info on how to get it done, ngwclub.com has a lot of helpful info and walk-throughs.
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