Originally Posted by motorman587
Two more weeks and I am heading for Alaska. Just had the bike service for the 36K and new tires. The valves were all in order no adjustments. Can not wait. I will try keep a day by day log for miles and locations. I will make another thread at ride tales once I get going. I am very excited to start this trip.
A couple of items I didn't address in my previous post have come to mind:
You stated you just completed a 36,000 mile service on your LT. Did the dealer change, and carefully inspect, your rear drive lubricant? A few forum members have suffered the infamous rear drive failure when their bikes were near your mileage figure. You should consider obtaining a complete rear drive unit and take it along as a spare with the necessary tools to perform a R&R. From other posts it appears the BMW dealer in Fairbanks is very accomodating; the only problem is the nearest dealers on potential routes (other than the Anchorage dealer) are in Spokane, WA and Missoula, MT. You have about 3000 miles of "nothing" (service-related) between Missoula and Anchorage/Fairbanks. A rear drive failure in the middle of the Yukon would really put a damper on the trip.
Be sure to take plenty of mosquito repellant. The mosquito is universally recognized as the unofficial state bird of Alaska. The best repellant is "BEN'S 100". It smells and tastes about as nasty as anything in existence but it really works. The mosquito hatch will be in all its glory in June and you will need the best stuff available.
I don't know how much time you will spend in Alaska. You will have 4 days of hard riding to get to Anchorage or Fairbanks once you cross the US/Canadian border (2800 miles from the border crossing at Eureka, MT to Anchorage). If you have at least 10 days to spend in Alaska, try to ride south of Anchorage down the Kenai Peninsula to the towns of Kenai, Soldotna, Seward and Homer (Homer is the southernmost town and is 260 miles from Anchorage). If you and your friends enjoy fishing, I would highly recommend booking a Salmon fishing charter at the towns of Kenai or Soldotna. The first run of King Salmon will be making their way along the coastline of Cook Inlet to the mouth of the Kenai River where they will proceed upstream to spawn. This would be a great opportunity to to experience catching a 60-70 lb king. Seward is one of the most picturesque places on earth and is situated at the end of Resurrection Bay. Tour boats offer the "Kenai Fjords" day trip to view some of the most prolific sea life anywhere in the world. Homer is the halibut fishing capital of the world and sits at the entrance of Kachemak Bay (my personal choice for a "happy place"). If you are so inclined, fishing charters can be booked through Central Charters for half-day or full-day excursions. It is common to catch Halibut well in excess of 100 lbs. I believe the record is slightly over 500 lbs for a halibut caught on sport-fishing gear.
Be very aware of the road hazards (gargantuan moose) between Anchorage and Homer. Moose are active and moving at all hours of the day, and the Kenai Peninsula has a very dense moose population. Big bulls weigh up to 1500 lbs and would be like hitting a brick wall.
Hope your trip goes well. I and a lot of others on this forum would like to trade places with you for this trip. Keep us posted with photos, commentary, etc.