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motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby Nick R. » Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:27 pm



Would like to invite other Riders to join me on a trip to Alaska in July of 2016. I expect the trip to take from four to six weeks and I'm very flexible on the agenda. I'm open to joining a group that's already established, or start a new one.



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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby jim mccarty » Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:48 pm

Damn Nick, looks like a lot of tire kickers on your post. Lot of look sees, no takers.
If you've got a route planned, maybe that'll help.
Are you camping?

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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby dingdong » Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:48 am

I have followed a number of "group" ride threads of relative strangers riding to Alaska. Every one has ended with one or more of the riders separating and going their own way. If you don't know the people you are riding with it will seldom work out. Differing personalities, riding habits, riding time preferences, one likes to sleep in, one likes to get an early start, what speed to ride, what and where to eat, etc. etc. No way I would undertake a ride like that. Good luck to you however.
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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:05 am

Nick,
It is a ride of a life time.
I did what you are doing. I had 10 people who were going in January. By July and got started ONLY one actually showed up to ride.
We found others on their way to Alaska and we rode together for quite a ways.
Do not plan on having internet. When you do find it, it is way slow and time consuming.
Phone coverage is also spotty.
Make sure you have a credit card with the chip in it. Gas stations close early and can only get gas with a card. No chip no gas.
Do not pass up gas when you can get it.
You will remember this ride the rest of your life.
Keep us posted.

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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby Nick R. » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:14 pm

Appreciate the input.. my plans currently are to enter Canada from Montana. From there to Calgary and then take the most scenic route up to Dawson Creek. My plans are to camp out a good share of the way but getting a room if weather looks bad. I am capable of running a lot of miles in a day or taking it easy if the senery warrants it. I look forward to talking to you if interested.

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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:44 pm

That is the way we went. Now we wished we had spent more time on the roads further to the west. I know there are not that many roads that go north south.

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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby Wilcoy02 » Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:44 pm

dupicalate from above

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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby cougla » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:28 am

Hello Nick, I did that trip 3 yrs ago and started out alone on my 2001 Wing. Do not worry about being lonely, you will meet and ride with many others along the way. That is half the fun of the trip to meet different people and trade stories...lol. Make sure you get to Whitter and the Homer's spit (Salty Dawg Saloon) in Alaska. do not do the top of the world hi way to Chicken because it is about 100 miles of very sharp rocky dirt road down to Dawson city in the Yukon. However Dawson city is worth visiting and from there down to Dawson creek is where I found the most diversity of animals near and on the road. Internet can be had at most places and I used a mini i pad to communicate with my wife, mostly to send pictures and updates along the way. As a previous poster pointed out make sure you take advantage of gas stations when you find them. I found that road signs that advertised gas ahead were mostly outdated as the smaller places have long ago been closed up and then I was left with feelings of running out before I could find a legitimate one. Believe me when I tell you there is no better feeling then having a full tank of gas under you when you are all alone in the middle of nowhere. I f you would like to know more about my trip you can contact me directly at .....bigjer50@hotmail.com

I have been all over North America on my Wing and the Alaska trip was by far the best one. I never book any rooms ahead (I just rode till I wanted to stop then looked for places to stay) and I have never been stranded.
I don't ride to any schedules, I just ride stress free. I do half ass plan my days ride but it is entirely open ended and I leave room for changes ie: sightseeing etc. I did ride 1000 miles one day just to prove I could and for a little bragging rights at home later, but mostly my rides average at about 600- 700 miles per day.

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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby H huggins » Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:10 am

My brother and I are leaving Cody Wy. the 1 of June and going up to Calgary and doing a wandering ride to Alaska... my email add.is hlhuggins@gmail.com if interested . We are also going to be camping...

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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby mgarrett » Fri Apr 01, 2016 2:03 pm

Hey Nick I am doing a trip in 2018 from Vancouver BC then north to Alaska. Hitting artic circle for giggles. I am going with a bunch of my Firefighter buds from across the US. We have a rally in Vancouver BC and figured we should go to Alaska to get that state checked off our states ridden in list. We are coming back down the eastern route through Baniff. I believe you may not have allowed enough time to site see, have been told that 300 mile days are very common due to scenery. Look forward to hearing your do's and don'ts when you get back.
ps. new tires before you go is a must

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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby Wilcoy02 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:58 pm

New tire is certainly a must.

Fill them with 'ride on'. It balances the tires and if punctured will heal the hole.

http://www.jpcycles.com/product/353-177 ... aQod4QIEZQ

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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby slickster » Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:45 am

We did Florida to Alaska last summer, (not on bike), trip of a lifetime....the distances are huge, the people are warm and helpful, critters everywhere (no night riding)...did talk to several bikers along the way...most but not all were having fun..days of rain will do that...construction delays/rough roads will also be encountered....multiple layers and quality rain suit for sure....weather was from 43 degrees and spitting snow to 75 and sunny...(June)...wish I were going...ride safe...

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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby cal3san » Sat Apr 16, 2016 2:59 pm

Nick,

I'm planning on leaving for Alaska 18 July. Going from here to Boone, NC (18); Somerset, KY (19); Ft. Campbell, KY (20); Omaha, NE (22) and then west to Portland, OR (27) and Seattle, WA (28). After that it's on to Fairbanks via Cassiar and Alaska Highways. My return is via Montana since I've already paid for Wing Ding at the end of August in Billings. (Numbers in brackets are RON - Remain overnight dates.)

I'm estimating on being on the road for a week up and down to Fairbanks and having the remainder of the time in Alaska for sightseeing.

Jim down in Thomaston, GA is debating where to join me or not.
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Re: motorcycle trip to Alaska in 2016

Postby Wilcoy02 » Sat May 14, 2016 8:48 am

Don't worry about night riding. It is never dark in the land of the midnight sun.
here is a pic at 3AM




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