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post #1 of 10 Old 10-04-2006, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hello from Alaska

I'm Mark and I'm born and raised up here and I still LOVE it!

The KLR is my first venture back into the dirt in a long time. I've been and still am to a certain degree enamored by sportbikes and that style of riding. Elsewhere throughout the cyber-world I'm know as AKDuc as I am very much Ducatisti.

I like having "AK" or "Alaska" in my title as an ice-breaker. I love talkin motorbikes and Alaska. Among other things, I'm pretty big into photography and enjoy sharing piccys in my posts.

I'm at work (REI Co-op) right now and don't have access to my photobucket acct so I'll have to post up a photo later. I've Worked at www.rei.com as a salesman for a LONG time and still love it. Ice climbing is what got me my job here but ocean kayaking was my passion before I reimmersed myself in the wonderful world of motorcycing about 8yrs ago. Fun!

Heard enough? There's LOTS more as I also love the outdoors and have been alive for many years as an active participant in this wonderful world we live in. :wink: 8) :P

See ya, Mark H.
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post #2 of 10 Old 10-04-2006, 08:34 PM
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I'm Mark and I'm born and raised up here and I still LOVE it!

The KLR is my first venture back into the dirt in a long time. I've been and still am to a certain degree enamored by sportbikes and that style of riding. Elsewhere throughout the cyber-world I'm know as AKDuc as I am very much Ducatisti.

I like having "AK" or "Alaska" in my title as an ice-breaker. I love talkin motorbikes and Alaska. Among other things, I'm pretty big into photography and enjoy sharing piccys in my posts.

I'm at work (REI Co-op) right now and don't have access to my photobucket acct so I'll have to post up a photo later. I've Worked at www.rei.com as a salesman for a LONG time and still love it. Ice climbing is what got me my job here but ocean kayaking was my passion before I reimmersed myself in the wonderful world of motorcycing about 8yrs ago. Fun!

Heard enough? There's LOTS more as I also love the outdoors and have been alive for many years as an active participant in this wonderful world we live in. :wink: 8) :P

See ya, Mark H.
Howdy from Austin, Texas Mark!

Welcome.

Looking forward to some Alaskan pics. Never been there, but thinking of trying to take the wifey on an Alaskan cruise next Spring. Any tips?
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Wait...you live in Alaska where the salmon are plentiful....AND you work at REI? What a great life you have!

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I'm just going to borrow Mark's thread because I'm too lazy to start my own. I'm Mike and I too was born and raised here. I was beginning to hate it though. Twelve years in a crappy little cabin in Fairbanks is not the most pleasent life at times. Now I have a nice little house in Anchorage with indoor plumbing. I'm a lot further from Alaska now but much closer to real skiing. Now I just have to figure out how to mount an 8 foot long pair of skiis to a KLR.

Mark, I still have those nerf bars if you're interested. I've been too busy moving to stop by REI and see you though. You can't even rent a Uhaul from Fairbanks to Anchorage one way so I bought a Suburban and been going back and forth. One more trip to go.
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Hi Swish. Yep I'm VERY happy up here.

Here's a piccy of my best bud, Comet. He's a rough coat Jack Russell. We've been together for about 10yrs.


Anyone here appreciate a Ducati Superbike or a homemade Christmas card? This was last year's entitled 'Santa Paws and His Little Helper Mark'. I've been making my own X-mas cards for years but when I got my first red Duc, a '98 748 (now my brother's), I felt moved to include them. I titled the first Duc card 'Santa's Got a Brand New Sleigh!'. Will this year's incl the KLR? Hmmmm.....


And here's my lovely '07 KLR taken near Eklutna about 30mi north of Anchorage. Fun!
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I'm just going to borrow Mark's thread because I'm too lazy to start my own. I'm Mike and I too was born and raised here. I was beginning to hate it though. Twelve years in a crappy little cabin in Fairbanks is not the most pleasent life at times. Now I have a nice little house in Anchorage with indoor plumbing. I'm a lot further from Alaska now but much closer to real skiing. Now I just have to figure out how to mount an 8 foot long pair of skiis to a KLR.

Mark, I still have those nerf bars if you're interested. I've been too busy moving to stop by REI and see you though. You can't even rent a Uhaul from Fairbanks to Anchorage one way so I bought a Suburban and been going back and forth. One more trip to go.
Hey Nanook! Now now, you're not THAT far from AK. They say the best thing about Anchorage is it's only 15 minutes outside of AK! :wink: :lol:

Can't believe you're not able to rent somethin between here and there! Sorry about the hassle.

I think I'm gonna pass on the nerf bars as I think they're more than I'm lookin for. Are you still gonna put a sidecar on your KLR for your dog? Hey, did you see some of the guys over on ADVRider are puttin together a 'studded tire' clinic? I've already got a pair that Barb at www.alaskaleather.com had that were made by Hackymoto. Usually winter is when I leave all motorized activities behind and get back into my beloved human powered recreational activities. 8) :P MH
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I'm doing my best to make my little island of Alaska inside the city. The blue tarps are up and there's a moose carcass in the back yard.

Uhaul will almost pay you to drive a truck to Fairbanks. They won't let you leave there with one though without leaving your first born. I bought the Suburban for cheaper than renting a Uhaul anyway.

I have the sidecar kind of on. It's been around the yard a few times. I finally got my snowmachine trailer down here so now I have someplace level to get the alignment right. I forgot all my levels and angle finders in Fairbanks though. I'm debating the studded tire thing. Since I don't have to worry about falling over I might just throw a few screws in the knobbies or build a set of chains. I haven't lived in Anchorage for 17 years now and don't really know just how much traction I need. If it's that bad out I'd rather get hit driving a Suburban anyway.
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Yeah! Welcome...
You live in a beautiful state and true retirement looms and the wilderness calls.
Please post some interesting roads that don't end in a dead end.
My son and I in summer '05
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Hi Mark,
I remember you from my 05 Alaska trip. We were talking about your coming to the lower 48 with your Duc to visit some club here in Atlanta. I was on my 01 KLR, and as I recall you had a broken hand. My wife had flown in the night before and we had to buy her a sleeping bag which is what led us to the REI. Nice store by the way.
Anyway, it is a small world if you know what I mean.
Take care,
Doug
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-26-2007, 08:41 AM
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Squarebanks

I dont have KLR as of yet but I have been researching it. I bought a 1400 Suzuki Intruder from a guy at Eilson AFB and rode for about 2 years in Squarebanks. I also had 2 4wheelers and it was a blast riding there. I spent alot of time down at Ft Greely camping out Army style. I miss the open space but not the -40 weather. We live in Florida now but still see our AK friends when they come to Disney. We will stay here a bit longer to take care of parents but can't stand how destructive they are about clearing land for expensive homes that nobody can afford.
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