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post #1 of 6 Old Dec 31st, 2010, 2:25 pm Thread Starter
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Alaska Trip on LT - what's your experience?

To my Beemer friends,

My wife gave me a hall pass for one week, so what better thing to do than take the LT on a road trip.

My buddies and I are planning several options for this trip. One of them is to take us and the bikes on the state ferry from Bellingham to Skagway, then ride back. If you have been on this trip, how are the roads? What are your recommendations? I hear there's lots of gravel which can chew up an LT. Is that a misconception?

Thanks for any feedback.

Mike

3 months after buying the LT and wish I had done it much sooner.

Mike

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post #2 of 6 Old Dec 31st, 2010, 8:56 pm
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Re: Alaska Trip on LT - what's your experience?

Normally, the roads are pretty good these days. There are, however, frequent road construction sites due to weather and permafrost damage. The surface is something called 'hardpack' which is a substitute for asphalt. It looks the same but does chew up tires pretty quick so be prepared for a tire change mid trip. Gravel sections are pretty much history other than being part of the road repairs. One note, the construction sites can be slippery due to the clay like road bed. A little unnerving but doable. The wood and expanded steel bridge decks can get your shorts in a knot as well. All in all, it's worth it. I'd do it again in a second.
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Re: Alaska Trip on LT - what's your experience?

I rode my LT up in 2004, and the GS in 2005. The LT had better weather protection and comfort, the GS was more confident off the pavement. I wouldn't hesitate to take the LT again. It's probably a good idea to get some crappy road experience before you leave.

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Re: Alaska Trip on LT - what's your experience?

Here is a recent trip report of a guy who went in late Sept 2010. On AdventureRider.com there are quite a few reports to read and lots of pictures so you can see for yourself what the roads look like and you can ask them questions. Some of the guys here have done it so I am sure they will chime in and let you know also.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=644419

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Re: Alaska Trip on LT - what's your experience?

Thanks to all that replied about my plans for an Alaska trip. It was quite encouraging.

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Re: Alaska Trip on LT - what's your experience?

I did a Tennessee to Alaska run and back in 05 on a 77 R100RS as well as an Anchorage to Montana one way on a 79 XL1000. Having toured most of the US, the Alcan (Alaska Canadian) highway was the most interesting riding I have ever done. True, the roads leave something to be desired and miles of gravel (or worse, slippery clay like construction zones) can be tricky, the scenery is breath-taking. It is not a case of if I will take my LT, but rather, when. Just keep a sharp eye for moose (the babies like to run out just behind their mother!), bear, buffalo, caribou, frost heaves, motorhomes, etc. and live it up! Dress warm, even in summer. You will need it, particularly at high elevation.
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