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SteveTS

Going to Alaska. Tires?

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I have heard that tires wear out very quickly in northern Canada and Alaska. The story is that the road surface, that is designed to survive the weather extremes, is very abrasive. To the point that I will need to plan a tire change during the trip. Anyone have experience riding up there?

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Uncle Fester

I know a rider (read about him) who went from like Dead Horse to Fl Keys mile marker "0" in like 96 hrs, Doubt he had time to change tires. . . . just saying. I am sure someone else will post up soon.

 

BTW, that rider was on a FJ1300 or something like it. . . I forget exact details.

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Ghost Rider 2

Was just told by a gentelman that just made the trip in a pickup pulling a camper. He said the roads are like a shale. Very sharp and abrasive. He cut a tire on his camper. He said nice country, but hard on equipment. Not a trip for me I don't think.

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yooperfan

It will be a long ride from start to finish, so make sure the bike is in great running order. I don't know how far apart the gas stops are in some areas. You should check into that and maybe carry extra gas and spare parts like fuses, lights, fluids, and tools. It might be a good idea to replace the tires before you go and if you have a trailer, you could bring the old ones as spares. It beats waiting for replacements in BFE.

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SteveTS

Great feedback. I'm not sure why I want to do this ride. I have routinely done 3000 mile summer rides in the midwest. The more I look into the Alaska ride the tougher it seems. I'm 50, the last kid is away at college. I'm in good enough shape to do it. It just seems like I need to do it, and now is the right time to check it off my "bucket" list.

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yooperfan

There are others that have posted questions regarding future long trips. You could read those to get good info on long rides to unknown territory. Keep looking.

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yooperfan

There are a bunch of Canadian riders that might be able to give helpful hints for their area.

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Wingunner

Hi SteveTS,

 

I don't know if this will be of any use or not. Becky and I went up this summer...for not nearly long enough! We took the ferry up to Skagway and rode back to Washington State from there. We visited the youngest up in Fairbanks for a week or so, but flew up from south-east and did not get the wing onto any of the far-north roads. The road through the Yukon and BC was fantastic. Most of the right-of-ways are cut way wide...there were 'deer shoulders' cleared 50 to 100 yards on either side of the roadways in most areas.

 

I put a set of Metzlers on prior to the trip, and after their first riding season they still look new. Great set of tires for this bike (1200) and the way we were loaded.

 

The road surface was very similar to the rural roads here in Washington. I didn't notice them being especially coarse or 'sharp' in any way. We were told the road north from Skagway to the Alaska border was ugly, but we did not go that way.

 

There were stretches of gravel and road repairs due to some wash-outs, but the Wing handled them fine. Most of the bridges thru Canada are the steel open deck surface type things and made me feel like we were on grooved pavement, but you just give her her head and she takes you across.

 

We did not have any gas issues, but were advised by some rider friends in Juneau "don't pass up an open gas station". There is no way of knowing 100% what time different stations close, or if they are even open at all. I don't think we went over about 120 miles between top-offs. Most of the time less than that.

 

We kind of took our time (6 days) so we stopped at the hot-springs and some days quit before dinner time. Tailgunner tried to call ahead to make sure we had a place to stay each nigh, but we were never for sure how far we would get. Most of the lodges etc. would hang a sign telling you to take any room that had a key in the door and settle up in the morning (they placed keys in the unoccupied rooms locks).

 

That was an amazing trip and we can't wait to go again. We will take the bike North to Fairbanks the next time, it will just require that we have more time to play with.

Good people, good trip.

 

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yooperfan

[user=1839]Wingunner[/user] wrote:

Hi SteveTS,

 

I don't know if this will be of any use or not.

 

Any info is better than no info.

 

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