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Getting ready for Alaska.

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.
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Looking forward to your report & pictures - I plan to leave on my first Alaska trip in mid-July.
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You will enjoy the ride. I did the trip to the Arctic Circle 2 years ago. Once I hit the Alaskan Highway the hills, views and animals were great. It is a trip you will never forget.

I took an extra gas can just in case and it served me will.

Looking forward to hearing about your trip.
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I saw someone is selling their extra fuel cell they used on their 1200GS on the ADV site in case you're interested.
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I'm envious of the trip you're about to make. Maybe someday...
Until then I'll look forward to your reports. Good luck and safe travels.

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I bought one of those tire gun repair kits. I was told to drink a lot of water even when it is cold and we taking a extra fuel, via good'ld red 2 gallon gas can, which will later throw away. Have my laptop for pictrues, camera and about 8 days worth of clothe Taking heated gear for up north. I was going around and around on what helmet. I have 1/2 helmet that I love to wear sometimes. I know, I know, I know, but there is something about the wind hitting you in the face. The smell and I seems I see more, but anyway I will take my Nolan Flip up. Be safer, warmer, better rain protection. I am taking my air-flow boots with rain master covers. 4 tie downs for the ferry ride from Haines City to Bellington. Should be fun. 2 more weeks.
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I bought one of those tire gun repair kits. I was told to drink a lot of water even when it is cold and we taking a extra fuel, via good'ld red 2 gallon gas can, which will later throw away. Have my laptop for pictrues, camera and about 8 days worth of clothe Taking heated gear for up north. I was going around and around on what helmet. I have 1/2 helmet that I love to wear sometimes. I know, I know, I know, but there is something about the wind hitting you in the face. The smell and I seems I see more, but anyway I will take my Nolan Flip up. Be safer, warmer, better rain protection. I am taking my air-flow boots with rain master covers. 4 tie downs for the ferry ride from Haines City to Bellington. Should be fun. 2 more weeks.
And just how do you think you're going to sleep the night before the trip?



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You will have a great time! Might be cold, though.

I did this ride last year in Late April, May and early June, and it was COLD past Whitehorse. In fact, I turned around and went back to the HD dealer in Whitehorse for an electric vest. (trip saver...very comfortable after that) I was on my 05 GS, so you'll have a lot more protection. I rode in snow quite a few times, but all the roads were open. Some of the dirt roads were nasty muddy, but most were nicely graded and fast. In general the roads were great, and I had to find off road...most roads were paved. If I were going up there again, (When I go up there again...) I would take my 02 LT and skip the off road...the best parts of the trip were on-road, and I would have been a lot more comfortable.

What route are you planning? I started from California, went up to Vancouver Island for a few days, then North through Whistler. East through the Peace River valley (to visit family) and then up the Alcan. Rode up to Ross River (dont recommend it...very creepy place) out of Watson Lake and looped back down toward White Horse off road. (500 miles of MUD)

Then Haines Junction, Tok, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok, Haines Junction, to the ferry in Haines, and back to Washington.

Great trip....I'll post a few pics when I get my laptop back.

If you haven't done so yet, pick up a copy of the Milestone (I think it's called) It has a bunch of cool stuff listed (like the Liard Hot Springs...don't miss them) and tons of good info, like ferry schedules, ect.

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And just how do you think you're going to sleep the night before the trip?
Can not sleep now, seriously, I just can not wait.

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You will have a great time! Might be cold, though.

I did this ride last year in Late April, May and early June, and it was COLD past Whitehorse. In fact, I turned around and went back to the HD dealer in Whitehorse for an electric vest. (trip saver...very comfortable after that) I was on my 05 GS, so you'll have a lot more protection. I rode in snow quite a few times, but all the roads were open. Some of the dirt roads were nasty muddy, but most were nicely graded and fast. In general the roads were great, and I had to find off road...most roads were paved. If I were going up there again, (When I go up there again...) I would take my 02 LT and skip the off road...the best parts of the trip were on-road, and I would have been a lot more comfortable.

What route are you planning? I started from California, went up to Vancouver Island for a few days, then North through Whistler. East through the Peace River valley (to visit family) and then up the Alcan. Rode up to Ross River (dont recommend it...very creepy place) out of Watson Lake and looped back down toward White Horse off road. (500 miles of MUD)

Then Haines Junction, Tok, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok, Haines Junction, to the ferry in Haines, and back to Washington.

Great trip....I'll post a few pics when I get my laptop back.

If you haven't done so yet, pick up a copy of the Milestone (I think it's called) It has a bunch of cool stuff listed (like the Liard Hot Springs...don't miss them) and tons of good info, like ferry schedules, ect.

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I am really the third wheel. This route is a planned by a friend and his other friend. I just tagging along. They are good friends of mine and I work with. The plan is June 7th I am heading north. They are on June 8th heading to Key West. The want to do the Key West to Alaska ride in 30 days by IBA. Which I am not into that. So I am doing my 500 to 600 mile day and we are hooking up in Great Falls, MO or is it MT. Montana which will be Sunday the 10th. We do a border crossing on Monday and end up in Prince George, then Stewart, Watson Lake, Stewart Crossing, Deta Junction, Coldfoot, Deadhorse, Cold Foot, Denali, Valdez, Haines Junction, Haines, Ferry back to the US then home through Grand Teton Park.

Just got the LT back today. I will be taken a lot of pictures will have the laptop with me. So I going to try to record as much as I can. I figure this is the last frontier.
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I rode through Alaska 2 years ago and can't wait to go back. The roads leave a lot to be desired, but they weren't as bad as I had heard. Never had a problem getting fuel, but then again I didn't go any further north than Fairbanks. Keep an eye out for the moose.....they like to stand in the middle of the roads. Ride safe!
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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.
Heres a quick tip, keep a little radio shack tape recorder in your tank bag or chest pocket, that way you can note things as they happen. As a LEO you know for a fact that to much Happens in the day to day, for a good memory (thats why you guys always take notes) this is the same as a note book only on the fly.
I have boxes of the tapes from over the years, and you can spit every thing into them and weed out what you don't need/want at edit time.
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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.
Enjoy your trip!

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Heres a quick tip, keep a little radio shack tape recorder in your tank bag or chest pocket, that way you can note things as they happen. As a LEO you know for a fact that to much Happens in the day to day, for a good memory (thats why you guys always take notes) this is the same as a note book only on the fly.
I have boxes of the tapes from over the years, and you can spit every thing into them and weed out what you don't need/want at edit time.
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I will be taking pictures during the day. I have a camera mount and plan to take pictures and down load them to the laptop on a daily basics. I will e-mail them if the the hotel has internet, I suspect the further north I go, that will be limited.
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There are 4 of us here in michigan that are leaving to go to Inuvik on June 8th . we all will be riding on RxxxxGS's . But we might see ya around Whitehorse . ...patric ...

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Try not to drop your bike . . . too many times! I know you moto-coppers only specialize in parking lots and parades. I have a feeling there won't be many of those in Alaska.
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Congratulations Motorman, you'll be arriving in Alaska with the best possible opportunity to experience some nice riding weather (May/June) and lots of daylight. If you would have waited until July or August to visit Alaska, the quality of your ride here would be directly dependent on the quality of your rain suit. Currently the weather in Fairbanks is clear blue skies and about 70 degrees and there are a lot a bikes riding around town. Be safe and watch out for moose, they come out of no where and hitting one is like hitting a furry wall. You actually become a kind of human meat tenderizer. The state troopers come out and finish off the moose then give the meat to charity and you're left on your own to get going again, and some unfortunately don't survive the experience. If you want to PM me, I'll send you my cell phone number. If you make it to Fairbanks, give me a call and I'll sneak away from work and ride my LT with you to the Chatanika Lodge (north of Fairbanks) for a Alaskan Dredge Burger and a quick visit to an authentic Alaska gold dredge. It's impressive but it's hidden out of the way from most tourist). Whatever you do, be safe and enjoy the state. It's simply an incredible motorcycle ride!
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I will be taking pictures during the day. I have a camera mount and plan to take pictures and down load them to the laptop on a daily basics. I will e-mail them if the the hotel has internet, I suspect the further north I go, that will be limited.
If you have a solid mount for the camera, you can use the cable button (just zip it to the bars) see something cool just push the button. Depending on the camera of course.
Watch your pistols and your weed, they are a little touchy about that stuff, interferes with the hockey game or something
That be in the Canada place.
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Travel well and looking forward to your pictures. Might see you on a ride to FL next winter..
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Smile 4th Alaska trip coming up

You will love the Alaska Adventure....unforgettable.

My brother is going with me this time.... we are leaving on 6-20, and plan to go up the Cassiar Highway, ferry from Skagway to Haines, do Valdez, Kenai, Denali, and return trip down the complete Alaska Highway.

Doing it on my LT again... bro has R1200RT. Doing only paved highways. That's plenty on the visual scale.

Milepost is a good tool with lots of info.

Gas is no problem on Alaska highway. Carrying extra gasoline is a waste and dangerous to boot. Never more than 75 miles to gas last time I went in 2003. With BMW mpg and tank range, its just fine. Just top off tank and don't let it get too low before refueling and you will be fine.

Count on running only regular gas.... no premium in lots of places, but weather is cooler, so no problem with octane on regular gas.

Have a great time.


PS.... Be sure to start out with completely fresh tires front and rear. On LT, you should be able to get back home without changing tires, assuming you keep proper inflation.

Oil.... on previous trips, I changed oil in Anchorage on way home, but not planing any oil changes this time.. Running Mobil1 which should last 10,000 miles with no problem.

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Two more weeks and I am heading for Alaska....
Can't wait for the after action report and photos! Enjoy.

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There are lots of gas stations. Don't worry about an extra gas can unless your going to Prudhoe Bay via the Dalton Hwy. Which I would not even consider on a K1200LT even though you sound like a very experienced rider.

I did it on a R1200GS modified with an adventure tank. My biggest problem on the Dalton was the road construction, hugh chunks of rock and very soft gravel.

A "must see" is Talkeetna. And you have to go throught the RR tunnel in Whittier. I would also suggest you not waste time in Fairbanks or Anchorage. And don't expect any service from the Anchorage BMW dealer. They nicely told me they did even have time to change my oil. But George will do it for you at Trail's End in Fairbanks as long as you drink a cup of coffee with him at the local coffee shop.

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Yes there are a lot of stations but some of them are closed when you are passing by (seem to open late and close early).

You will passing through a place called Forest of Signs so you might want to take a street or city sign to place there. I suggest you stop at the hot springs. Spent the night there and had a nice hot bath when we arrived and before we left in the morning.

They are always repairing the highway and you may have to be escorted due to one way traffic. They generally move the bikes to he front of the line. As a matter of fact I thought the alternate name for the highway was called Loose Gravel.

As for a helmet, it was my experienc to have a full face, you will be facing some on coming traffice. I found that the camper and RVs wer the worse in throwing stones and gravel. The truckers seem to slow and move to their right.

All in all it is a trip of a live time, one you will remember for ever. Just Remember YOU ARE IN BEAR COUNTRY.

Have a grrreat and safe ride.
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Planning on the Dalton Highway.

We are planning to go way north, depending of course the weather. The other two are on Goldwings. I guess, it something we want to do. Maybe Randy has fuel can I can borrow, so I do not have lug one up there. Buy ya lunch or dinner??

I have ram mount camera mount that I stuck some velco and made a shield for it, for bugs and I guess now flying rocks. It secured with a quick release just it case it bounces off.
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Sounds like you are in for a great trip. I would highly recommend you take a full-face helmet especially if you are riding to Prudhoe Bay (Deadhorse). There are copious amounts of semi-truck traffic on the haul road (now called the Dalton Highway). The truckers do not slow down or stop for anything, and rocks come off their tires like a missile; you could be seriously injured or killed if you take a cranial hit from a golf-ball sized rock. The truckers typically run at speeds of 60-70 mph on this gravel section of the road. You will also want to invest in a headlight protector for your LT.

If memory serves me correctly the pavement ends at Livengood and I think this is also your last opportunity for gasoline. Livengood to Prudhoe Bay is about 250 miles. I don't know if you will be able to purchase gasoline at Deadhorse or Prudhoe Bay as this is an oilfield construction/maintenance settlement and most commerce is done company-to-company through established credit accounts. I worked at Prudhoe Bay from 1989 to 1994; at that time all gasoline was tanker-trucked from Fairbanks and visitors were up-the-creek if they arrived at Deadhorse and needed fuel to get back to Livengood. Unless you can absolutely verify the availibility of gasoline at Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay, I would fill up at Livengood and carry a full 5 gallons extra to get you from Deadhorse back to Livengood.

Because of the heightened border security I don't know if you can transport firearms into Canada. Years past a person could carry a rifle or shotgun across the border (handguns have always been banned). If you are going to be camping in remote areas during your trip (and especially if you will be cooking meals at your campsite) I would recommend at least one member of your party carry a 12 gauge pump-action shotgun as a precaution for bear. The inland grizzlies have a somewhat nastier temperment than the coastal Brown bears and they can smell food for many miles. Although not likely, you may be riding along and have a female grizzly, with cubs, cross the highway in front of you. Female grizzlies with cubs shoot first and ask questions later; they will attack without any provacation on your part if they percieve you as a threat to their offspring. If you cannot carry a firearm across the border, get some pepper spray for possible encounters with Bruno.

Take a fishing pole along. You are too early for the salmon to run into the inland frash water streams/rivers but the Grayling and Arctic Char fishing should be great at any of the numerous streams that cross the highways.

For your trip to Deadhorse, try to pick a day that has been preceded with 2 or 3 rain-free days. The Dalton Highway is gravel and gets to be a real mess after a rain. A heavy rain on this road would make the trip on an LT practically impossible. Good luck and keep the forum posted on your adventure.
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I have opted for the full face helmet. No guns on the trip, can get across the border. I really like the pepper spray idea. Will just have to be faster on foot than the other two I am riding with. Deadhorse will only be done if the road/weather is ok, otherwise we will skip it. I hope not.
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Dept. of the Interior recommends pepper spray for hikers and other outdoorsmen in "bear" country.

In event of finding yourself in "bear" territory, keep a watchful eye on your surroundings, especially Bear scat which smells of pepper spray.

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Slowly packing.

I have packed four tie downs for the Ferry ride. I already have a headlight protector installed, got that about two weeks ago. I have packed my heated pants and jacket liner. All my rain stuff is already packed too, with passport and Canada's insurance card, from my insurance company.
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We're planning an Alaska ride for next summer so I will be watching your reports closely. I am not planning to ride my LT, I really want to ride from Key West all the way to the Actic Circle. So we are choosing bikes knowing that the last 250-300 miles is all gravel. I'm thinking about getting a Vstrom 1K. The GS series are a little tall for me, especially the Adventure, as well as a little pricey. Did you consider using a different bike? What about you folks who've been there, is an off-road capable bike required anywhere else besides the trip up the haul road?

Have a great trip and keep the info flowing!

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No on a different bike.

I have taken the RTP in places most people would not think, so I sure I can make it with the LT. I know there is a little weight difference, but as long as we do not hurry ourselves and enjoy the trip, I think it will be ok. I am keeping my mind positive. Some people say you can not do on a LT, and I some say not a problem. So I will be the judge coming up in a couple of weeks. I am trying to keep the packing low to keep the bike light. Keeping the bike light I hope in more millage on tires and gas.
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Safe riding on your Beeg Adventure. I'm working on my 3rd trip. One good idea is to talk to folks who live there. Would be a great suggestion to call "Iceberg" and most definitely call George Rahn, who owns the BMW Fairbanks store, Trails End BMW, (907) 479-2367. Likeable and loves to talk. They can give you the latest either just before you depart or just before you get there.

As a side note on types of bikes to ride...have seen every imaginable ride up there, from various manufacturer vintage to HD's, Wings and LT's to GS/KLR off road modified. And the fun part is I saw these on the haul road to Prudhoe. Any bike can make it around Alaska on the pavement...but it's the weather conditions that determine success or not on the haul road. One poster said it right...if you can get 2-3 days of no-rain prior to riding to Prudhoe- that's perfect conditions. Then it wouldn't matter the ride as long as you take er easy.

Best wishes for a successful journey....

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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.
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Motorman-----my 2 cents worth....

rode to fairbanks and up almost to the artic circle 3 yrs ago from southern calif on an 03 HD road glide..... turned around because the road just got too rough north of fairbanks for me and the bike.....the trip of a lifetime and cannot wait to return next year on my LT.

my experiences: no mosquitos to speak of the entire trip, late june thru early july.... i hear i got lucky......minimal rain, a bit of snow out of skagway northbound..... quite a bit of gravel where the resurfacing was occurring but for the most part was 50 mph gravel.....

the ferry boat from bellingham to skagway was great, people/crew great.....cabin was comfortable.....bike was secure with no problems.....

i took a folding 22 cal rifle and ammo......declared at the border both ways and no problems at all. northbound you will pay a fee to "import" the rifle, i think it was about 50 dollars or so......in the future i would leave the rifle at home, not worth the trouble......in hindsight, what in the world would i have used it for anyway???? being a cop for over 30 yrs, i think i was just in the habit..........

take your time, esp on gravel with oncoming trucks/motorhomes......i found the trucks courteous but they do have a schedule......slow or pull to the side of the road and all will be fine......i travelled the entire trip without a scratch or ding on the bike (or myself).....if i had tried to continue north from
fairbanks i think i would have bent something on the HD.......

be safe and update us all if you can....looking forward to living the trip thru your posts.........

steve c.............
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What do you mean north???

When you say north, do you mean the haul road??? How do you think the LT will bear????
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Quote form previous post:
"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)".


The correct mileage figure from Eureka MT to Anchorage is 2200 miles, not 2800. Sorry about the error.
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sorry--by north i did mean north from fairbanks towards the artic circle.... ...my goal was to go to the artic circle and turn around...

i made it about half way and the road was getting quite rough, it was supposed to get worse as i got nearer the circle, so i turned around......

i never looked to going north of the artic circle.....not on the HD.....local knowledge said the road to the circle would be worse than the alcan (it was) and past the artic circle even worse yet.......

so, i cannot really speak of the road past where i turned around, about 60 miles north of fairbanks......

ride safe....

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