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post #1 of 21 Old 02-10-2011, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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I'm planning a ride to Alaska in July of 2012 and was planning on doing the Haul Road up to Prudoh Bay. I have a few questions about luggage. I was looking at some hard bags but a friend said hard bags would break with the constant jarring that road will produce. Are soft bags with the metal racks a better solution? They don't seem to be that big.

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post #2 of 21 Old 03-07-2011, 01:01 AM
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All are the same. Hard to break ammo cans as luggage (my favorite). Make sure all the equipment is fixed (no rattles) against the racks. Haul road will teach you a lesson. I got both types, and travel/ pack according to where i am going. See how you can pack your mule the best, and make your decision after you try both ways. Make sure you feel comfortable with the load and response of bike. Must wash the mud (calcium chloride) off the bike as soon as you can, otherwise it will become concrete. That is the compound used for the haul road in winter.
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post #3 of 21 Old 05-08-2011, 11:40 PM
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Bill I might be up for that ride. At least for the Way Up portion. I might hangout in HAines for a couple of days and head east to visit friends in Edmonton on the Way Down.

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I'm planning a ride to Alaska in July of 2012 and was planning on doing the Haul Road up to Prudoh Bay. I have a few questions about luggage. I was looking at some hard bags but a friend said hard bags would break with the constant jarring that road will produce. Are soft bags with the metal racks a better solution? They don't seem to be that big.
Pelican cases are Alaska tough and very water resistant. I think Sea Horse makes a less expensive version of the Pelican case.

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post #5 of 21 Old 06-01-2011, 08:53 PM
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we are on our way up there june 23rd. im going with soft bags on the bmw. maybe next yr ill try pelican and the KLR! guy im riding with did it last year with hard bags no problem (jessie bags). i was thinking about wolfman soft bags, but borrowed a set of others for now.

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post #6 of 21 Old 06-02-2011, 10:08 AM
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Planning to do the same run this summer if the stars align. From what I gather the run up the haul road is best done with minimalist gear, i.e., stash most of your stuff and take only sleeping gear and maybe a tankbag. Makes the bike light and no need to worry about your panniers.
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post #7 of 21 Old 06-02-2011, 03:06 PM
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Wow what a coincidence, I'm planning the same trip. I was trying to plan a trip from Prudoh Bay to the tip of Argentina, but I'm hitting allot of resistance from my whole family about security safety concerns down south. My in-laws and my Mother are telling my wife I'll get kidnapped and murdered and that I'm irresponsible to even think about it since I have to little girls to provide for. I'm getting the "if you go, your a bad father" speech! Geese, I thought at 44 I was a big boy and could make my own decisions! I guess I'll have to put off the southern part of the trip until they are graduated...WHEN I'M 54!

They don't want me to go to Alaska ether, but I told them that the Canadians aren't holding people for ransom anymore. LOL! I'm going and they will just have to deal with it!

I will get a tiny taste of what it will be like at the end of the month. I'm riding to Seattle, WA and back to see my girls compete at Nationals. It's about 1600+ or - miles. I'm sure it will enlighten me on what works and what doesn't as far as gear and such. I have my long distance seat with gel inserts from Spenser's and I'm planning on adding a sheep skin cover to help with the long haul.

If you all are looking for a riding partner keep me in mind. More people, more tools!
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post #8 of 21 Old 06-02-2011, 09:38 PM
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I'm not sure if it makes a difference what KIND of bags you use as long as they're secure and not overloaded. I've got two friends who made the trip from Peoria IL to Alaska all the way up the haul road. One was riding
a BMW cruiser...with the stock ABS bags...and other guy was on a Harley Springer Softail. And the guy on the softail turned around and went from the end of the Haul Road all the way to Key West, FL. Just goes to show you don't have to be equipped by Ewan and Charlie to make the long ride...

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The Haul Road is not the road you're looking for, move along.

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post #10 of 21 Old 08-23-2011, 12:56 PM
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Took the Dempster two summers ago, I on my DL1000 with Givi cases, my one buddy on his DL650 with Givi cases, last guy on his BMW Adventure with hard cases. No problem with cases.. Last guy, had a 12gauge pump with all the legal paper-work. Never needed it.

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