what month or months is the best time to go to alaska. on the KLR of course. I am turning a certain age in few years. ( not telling, im young ) been telling the wife at that age, I will be going to alaska on the bike. I am starting to plan now.
Yeah, plan on hittin Dawson around Solstice to meet up with many of us for D2D. There's alread about 50 plannin on the trip. It'll be my first but I've known many of the regulars for year. Fun bunch! (aren't we all?!? )
If you want to read more and see many photos on the trip go over to www.advrider.com and go to the 'Great White North' subforum in the 'Regional Forums'.
Make sure you all have a mosquito headnet for the trip up. Some places can be REALLY bad if there's no breeze. At least one rider decided it just wasnt' worth it and left his 2 buddies and went home on his way up here. He late felt badly as his friends told him the bugs weren't that bad farther into the trip. Lots of variables.
I was born and raised up here and have been ridin for many years and love talkin bikes and Alaska if you have more questions.
If you'd like to take a little (albeit kinda expensive) side trip respit I HIGHLY recommend ridin the Alaska State Ferry between Prince Rupert B.C. and Haines AK. The roads in and out of Rupert and Haines are AWESOME! You don't really need reservations with a motorcycle and don't rent a stateroom. Just sleep up in the solarium in the fully reclining lounge chairs and enjoy mingling with many other fun filled travellers. Also, avoid riding the newest ferry MV Kennicott as it's the LEAST passenger friendly. It was built after the big Valdez oil spill and is an oil spill comand vessel. LAME!
Honestly the only time I had problems with bugs was over the 4th on the Denali Hwy, and they weren't that bad.
Like Paper said I moved up in May for a job and a KLR followed me home from the Kawasaki Dealer. I didn't get much time off to ride this summer but when I could get away I did. Put 7000+ on the odometer since the second week in June.
I went to Valdez and the Kennicott Mine over Labor Day weekend but haven't done a report for it yet. Maybe I'll do that one of these weekends.
You can see the pictures on my Smugmug account. http://www.brd.smugmug.com
Im heading to Prudhoe Bay and if time allows the Arctic Cirle with my buddy when he gets back from Afgan. Im on a '99 krl and he'll be on a 2007 V-Strom 650. We are planning on leaving MT around June 25 and ride like hell. We have to be back in MT before the wild fire season starts.
If I retire this year I will leave CA in May and arrive in AK early June. Travel in AK for two weeks and head south. I have an idea of the route I would like to take though will probably change the more I learn about people I want to visit and things I want to see.
CA, OR, WA, BC, AB, BC, YK, AK, YK, BC, AB, MT, ID, UT, NV, CA
I am guessing May to August.
Riding in the rain is stressful for me so I think I need to paractice before I leave.
I am considering changing to a 18" or 17" wider rim and tire to add a better feel of the road. What are your thoughts and experiences?
I went during the month of Aug 2001.... Didn't know it at the time but Inuvik hosts a sculpture event in Aug. I missed it, but, since I've been known to make sculpture, I will try again in Aug of '09 .
Did the Alaska trip a few years ago. June although rained a good bit of the trip. Wettest June in Montana history I read when I got back. I would do the Casiers Highway and the Top of the World highway along with the Dalton at least to the Arctic Circle. Great riding. I am planning my fourth trip Arizona to Florida in May if anyone interested in the ride.
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