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#26 2011-07-26 15:45:26

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

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Alaskaleather.comProbably The Motorcycle Shop in Anchorage, I'd anticipate needing a new rear and possibly front tire at that point, so I'd definitely be a customer.

Just got a reply.  It was Alaskaleather.com, still in Anchorage.  They specialize in aftermarket, including tires.  He said there's the possibility of a discount by dropping his name.

Ah, another good one.  They sell the best sheepskin seat covers in the business I hear.

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#27 2011-07-26 22:07:32

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013


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#28 2011-07-27 12:37:39

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

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Alaskaleather.comProbably The Motorcycle Shop in Anchorage, I'd anticipate needing a new rear and possibly front tire at that point, so I'd definitely be a customer.

Just got a reply.  It was Alaskaleather.com, still in Anchorage.  They specialize in aftermarket, including tires.  He said there's the possibility of a discount by dropping his name.

Ah, another good one.  They sell the best sheepskin seat covers in the business I hear.

I was talking to him last night for a bit.  The owner and her husband recently switched over from BMWs to the KTM 990s and like them a lot.  However, they said that if they were doing a trip like this, they wouldn't settle for anything less than the bimmers.  It also seems that the folks in the ADV report you first linked to seem to agree.  They seem to like the Tigers, but seem to miss their bimmers.

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#29 2011-07-27 13:22:53

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

I'll have a bike by then. So count me in. But I would probably trailer to CO.

In 2013 I'll have hit three years of employment and will be able to tap into my dream catchers account. My work gives me two extra weeks paid vacation and $5k. They match $ for $ up to that amount and put it in an escrow account.

So the timing is perfect.

Makes me lean towards a Versys; vs the Nightster that I almost put a deposit on last week.


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#30 2011-07-27 13:55:50

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

Well based on responses so far, looks like this is 2 years out, eh?  big_smile  Probably good, I need time to convince the wife that it's ok to have 3 bikes and find a way to pay for the third.  I really don't care for the cast wheels on the Strom, otherwise it's a decent bike, though I keep coming back to the 1150's.  They're getting harder to find, but many out there come nicely farkled.

For those that are really interested, how much time can you take off?  I realize that's a big question 2 years out, but the more I read, the more I think it'll be 3 weeks minimum.  Also, how big do you want to go?  Like I said, I want to take the Dempster all the way out to Inuvik and the Dalton all the way up to Deadhorse.  Neither are for the faint of heart.

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#31 2011-07-27 14:08:50

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

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I'll have a bike by then. So count me in. But I would probably trailer to CO.

In 2013 I'll have hit three years of employment and will be able to tap into my dream catchers account. My work gives me two extra weeks paid vacation and $5k. They match $ for $ up to that amount and put it in an escrow account.

So the timing is perfect.

Makes me lean towards a Versys; vs the Nightster that I almost put a deposit on last week.

Just bought a Versys- an '08 with plenty of mods (farkles, as they say) I'll post up more as I have time. Have to sell the Ninja.


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#32 2011-07-27 14:11:54

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

Yeah, it's hard to say so far out, but since I'll still be new in my career, 2 weeks is probably my max. However, I really would like to find a way to make the whole trip.  Still need to figure out how I could afford a bike by then, anyways.   neutral

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#33 2011-07-27 14:41:10

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

Here's a good use for my 4600th post - a starting point.  Just put this on the first post, will add details and riders as they come about:

Departure - Saturday, July 6th, 2013, location TBD
Duration - 21+ days, some odd thousand miles
Destinations - Hyder, Dawson Creek, Inuvik, Fairbanks, Deadhorse, Anchorage, Homer, etc.
Tentative riders - Hyperboarder, Avmaviator, Topher, b dash rian
Interested riders - Azrael, Oodles-Of-Noodles

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#34 2011-07-27 14:57:15

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

I usually know in Nov/Dec what my vacation schedule will be like for the following year. I have to bid for it. 

Length wise, I could possibly do 20 ish days, all depend on my bid award and what I can drop from my schedule.  But if this thing really does come together, I will make it work.

Next for me is the bike situation... Hell I would even do it on my YZ400F, love that thing smile  But realistically I need to get something else.  I'm going to put my YZ for sale and see what happens.  Then start keeping my eye out for some bikes. 
Then I need to figure out shipping the bike to the starting point or where ever.

Could be amazing  banana


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#35 2011-07-27 15:05:37

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

I could probably float 3wks. But I'd prefer to do 2wks.

I wish they made a black Versys.


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#36 2011-07-27 15:21:34

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

I might be in, but not on a bike, I can follow in a lightly modified Jeep Grand Cherokee.  Also thinking of a Tacoma sometime in the future.  Either way, it should be capable enough for light to moderate off highway conditions.


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#37 2011-07-27 15:24:54

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

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I might be in, but not on a bike, I can follow in a lightly modified Jeep Grand Cherokee.  Also thinking of a Tacoma sometime in the future.  Either way, it should be capable enough for light to moderate off highway conditions.

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This would actually be a smart thing to do, to have a "support" vehicle.


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#38 2011-07-27 16:05:17

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

Depending on timing, we could do some of the big parts (Dempster, Dalton, etc.) in the early stages so people could peel off early if need be.  I implore anyone really interested to check out some RR's and spend some time on Google Maps.  This is a long ass trip, probably north of 6 or 7k miles total, and roads up north aren't really 80mph worthy big_smile.

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#39 2011-07-27 17:07:17

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

Not that I could afford it right away, but would this be a fair deal?

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/mcy/2512369083.html

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#40 2011-07-27 20:29:01

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

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I could probably float 3wks. But I'd prefer to do 2wks.

I wish they made a black Versys.

There are some black ones on ADVrider. There isn't that much to paint...
Mine's red.

Here's the link to the previous owner's pics:



http://wadventure.smugmug.com/Motorcycl … 48_X7cGjBb


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#41 2011-07-27 20:36:26

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

Me likey!
Need to get some practice under my belt first though, but given the time between now and then I don't see why not.


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#42 2011-07-27 20:40:58

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

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I'll dream out loud with you. No way I can commit to anything that far out, but the thought intrigues me.

This.


I don't even own a bike though, so....

Do they even make bikes for people as tall as me?  confused


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#43 2011-07-27 21:54:27

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

If I'm working a job I can take 21 days off from I'd be interested.

It would be a good excuse to get that V-Strom I've been pining for ever since they came out.

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#44 2011-07-27 22:51:53

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

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Not that I could afford it right away, but would this be a fair deal?

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/mcy/2512369083.html

I'd say that's a solid price.  Reasonable mileage, not sure if there were any bugs with the earlier years, but I'd probably email at that price.  My only concern with that is no panniers, I'm putting metal panniers as a must on my equipment list (don't trust plastics in a fall).

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Azrael wrote:

I'll dream out loud with you. No way I can commit to anything that far out, but the thought intrigues me.

This.


I don't even own a bike though, so....

Do they even make bikes for people as tall as me?  confused

There are plenty of bikes in your size range.  The XR650L comes to mind, not the greatest long distance bike but a dirt monster.  I think it has a 35" seat height.  The DR650's (mine) at stock height are fairly tall too, I think you could definitely find something that'd work.

For those interested, factor weekends into vacation time.  I think Radioman's ride took 25 days and he was moving about as quick as I'd like to with a few different stops.  Also, as this is getting to be big, we should look into some sponsorship stuff.  Maybe our auto forum overlords, any local dealers or businesses, hell maybe even Saab?  Topher, you know anyone?

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#45 2011-07-27 22:59:42

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

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Azrael wrote:

Not that I could afford it right away, but would this be a fair deal?

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/mcy/2512369083.html

I'd say that's a solid price.  Reasonable mileage, not sure if there were any bugs with the earlier years, but I'd probably email at that price.  My only concern with that is no panniers, I'm putting metal panniers as a must on my equipment list (don't trust plastics in a fall).

It comes with the factory panniers , but I'd prefer something like the Jesses.  Either way, I'm not ready to buy now.  Just figure I can start researching what my options are for when I'm ready.


And some sort of sponsorship would be good.  My first thought earlier was to reach out to 5hr energy, since god knows I'll need it for those long days on the bike.

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#46 2011-07-27 23:21:40

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

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And some sort of sponsorship would be good.  My first thought earlier was to reach out to 5hr energy, since god knows I'll need it for those long days on the bike.

That stuff works?...I'll be damned.  Or, are we plugging products again.  Red bull gives me wings star


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#47 2011-07-27 23:24:52

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Not plugging.  That shit really works.  I used to keep caffeine pills in the car for road trip, now I just need two bottle to keep me alert all day long.

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#48 2011-07-27 23:49:03

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

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Not plugging.  That shit really works.  I used to keep caffeine pills in the car for road trip, now I just need two bottle to keep me alert all day long.

Yep it does work. I was skeptical on a long drive but then tried one. It works.


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#49 2011-07-28 08:28:28

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

I'm more a fan of energy drinks, but that's usually because sipping them on long car rides helps me stay awake.  5 hour energy is definitely more bike friendly.  Either way, definitely a possibility.  It'd be cool to get a tire sponsor too, I can almost guarantee that most of us will go through a set or two.  Az, you can tell your friend that I'd happily whore out Alaska Leather if they'll do some maintenance items for cheap/free.

On the luggage conversation, I've heard mixed things about the older BMW panniers but I think they'd be enough.  I had Jesse's on my KLR, they're top notch.  I was leaning more towards Happy Trails as they tend to have a skinnier profile, but as I don't even have the bike yet it remains to be seen.  I think I'm going to go sans top box unless absolutely necessary, I prefer a big dry duffel or something similar behind me to keep the weight down a bit and make the bike easier to balance.

More planning stuff, after talking to the wife I think her and my daughter (who will be 2 by then, Jesus) will fly up to meet me in Anchorage, which will likely be a stop after Inuvik and Deadhorse.  Assuming we can haul tail getting up there I'm guessing we can be in Anchorage in less than 2 weeks, that'd probably be a good place to get any maintenance done on the bikes and a good place for anyone on a tighter schedule to part ways.  Does anyone else have any places they want to stop or visit on the ride?  Like I said, my big 3 are the Dempster, TOW, and Dalton and the places they lead.

Also, for those scared of 2 wheels big_smile :

http://neptune03.smugmug.com/Motorcycles/Mikes-Ride-Videos/i-ztvBrHm/0/M/15699811l1pg1-M.jpg

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#50 2011-07-28 09:47:13

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Re: The Saab 92x motorcycle trip to Alaska - July 2013

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On the luggage conversation, I've heard mixed things about the older BMW panniers but I think they'd be enough.  I had Jesse's on my KLR, they're top notch.  I was leaning more towards Happy Trails as they tend to have a skinnier profile, but as I don't even have the bike yet it remains to be seen.  I think I'm going to go sans top box unless absolutely necessary, I prefer a big dry duffel or something similar behind me to keep the weight down a bit and make the bike easier to balance.

My new bike was the Happy Trails test mule... they designed their racks for the Versys on it. I can attest how well made the stuff is. The woman who owned my bike managed to lose both cans at one point, and they're barely dinged- (she had trouble getting the attachments tight enough) but she was trying to turn the bike into a true dual-sport, and it's not. Anyway, HT did all the mods- heated grips, motor guards, skid plate, heated clothing connector, etc.. I think the boxes I have are a tad on the small side... I might try and trade up to something a little bigger.

I like the sound of your trip... who knows what I'll be doing then.


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