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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Dec 17th, 2005, 11:10 pm Thread Starter
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Exclamation Trip to AK in Jun '06

Kers, I'm planning a trip to AK next summer and wanted to know your concerns on this 'fairing' bike making the trip.

Have any of you taken your K12s up there and if so:
fuel concerns?
roads to avoid? or take? (Route)
are there plenty of places to stay or should I take the tent?
what about rocks breaking the fairing?
any other good info you can lend as I start my planning!

Thankx in advance.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old Dec 18th, 2005, 4:01 pm
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I have been thinking about the same thing. This link might be helpful.

What bike will you be riding?

http://www.bellsalaska.com/alaska_highway.html
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Cool

Not sure of the bike . . . right now I'm trying to find out if anyone has traveled on K12RS and if/how much damage was done enroute. I'd like to make the trip on my RS but if its gonna get beat to he*^, maybe I'll try another ride.

Found another good info source . . . most likely I'll order the 2006 Milepost.
http://www.themilepost.com/road_repo...ng_north.shtml

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Check the link below. Seems like a fun trip, but not for an RS.

http://www.adventurebmw.com/rides.htm#Alaska

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I'd like to make the trip on my RS...
Sounds like an adventure ride. You should check out ADVrider.


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I thought about doing the trip from Seattle to Anchorage on a GS before I took the K12R for a testride and decided to opt for speed over utility. All of my AK friends said the same thing as DC in KC says - Milepost is THE guide to the road up there. It'll tell you things such as distance between gas stations and their hours of operation (good to know in the land where you can ride off into the sunset at 2:00am.).

It sounds like the road's been tamed up there. Its my understanding that little if any of the route is still unpaved.
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I've decided that next summer I'm going to Alaska for sure. The Ducati is sadly the bike I will sacrifice for a new GS. I just can't justify 3 bikes in the garage, what can I say.

With that decision made, who wants to go with? I'll ride with anyone safe and sane who also has a good reliable bike. Timeframe is flexible and since I'm in Seattle, I can meet somewhere along the trail if need be. I really don't plan on camping each night, not fond of mosquitoes.

If anyone has ever wanted to do this there's no time like the present (next summer anyway)

Who's interested?
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Yes I have made the trip on my '02 K12RS. I did the trip from Fredericksburg, Va to Anchorage and back by a round about route. I rode 12,400 miles in 56 days. The RS was fantastic and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Watch your tire wear!!! The ALCAN can wear out tires twice as fast as normal, not really rough, but coarse pavement. Make sure you are good at pluging a tire also. My bike had lost the fender extender in the rear, all else was just fine.
If any of you are out toward the DC-Richmond area let me know. I would be happy to hook up somewhere with you all for a beer and bring the laptop along, about 200 pictures from my trip.
P.S. I was on the job, got paid mileage, hotels, and meals. Sweetttt!!!!
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It sounds like the road's been tamed up there. Its my understanding that little if any of the route is still unpaved.
Except when they're fixing it - which is most of the summer. Not that much but certainly in spots. It can be a bitch to negotiate some of the soft gravel/dirt patches, and cars will send rocks your way, they're much less likely to slow down through the repair sections. Rainy weather is assured for some of your trip but it'll be nice a lot of the time too.

If you've got the cash I'd recommend taking the ferries one way and the Alcan the other, it's fun to stop along the coast where you normally wouldn't go. Check out: AK_ferries.

And for even more fun, ride up through Vancouver Island to Port Hardy, take the BC ferry from there to Prince Rupert, B.C.; then the Alaska ferry to Skagway via Juneau.
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I agree with the Ferry route. I went up the ALCAN, but came back on the Alaskan Ferry from Skagway to Bellingham, Wa. I had to report to work in Blaine, then on down to Seattle to work. The ferry I rode was over Labor Day weekend. I was a nice addition to the trip.
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