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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2017, 01:35:58 am »
ok review time.

like the bike a lot, runs great and seating position is good for my body and it is comfortable for the most part. it does put out a lot of heat on the legs but is easy to just get them in the wind a little and its not too bad. the shinko tires are crap but brand new so will run them for a little bit and sokething new on order. the front tire has a butt load of weights on the rim and I think that is the cause of low speed wobbles. will put on a new tire and balance it better before i say the steering bearings need to be replaced. I think I need to adjust the valves, there is a little clatter on cold starts but it goes away quickly and it seems to be running well but still want to do valves and plugs and see where it goes from there. MPG wise it got 41 the first tank and 44 the second so jetting seems good and no hesitation with smooth idle.

gear and upgrades

the oxford heated grips are awesome, install was a snap and the work very well and feel great too, the controler is clean and looks good and not in the way at all. I have been following the headlight threads and think I will go with the LED of some sort soon since I ride in the dark a lot. I thought about tip over bars so I can run highway pegs but my legs are just too long so not a good reason to get them since that just wont work for me. i think I will get a 6" led light bar to put under the headlight for auxiliary lighting just gotts see how tht goes.

schuberth C3 pro helmet is the bomb, it is very comfortable super quiet and just overall awesome. I got the Schuberth SRC bluetooth that replaces the neck roll and love it too, the audio is plenty louc and clear and the buttons are easy to use. I rand pandora and qooqle maps for a 10 hour day and it worked all day  so battery seems good too.

went with the tourmaster transition 4 jacket and it is good over all so far, dont think it will work once the temps get over 70 just too hot. the liner is great and in 40 degree weather it was plenty warm . it is very comfortable but even with the liner out and all vents open it was very warm . Also got the tourmaster over pants but have not used them yet, it isnsupposed to be raining tomorrow so will get to test out the water proof of both.

so the upcoming things will be a taller windshield, think I will try the 19" clear for my rifle base. I am 6'4" so it should put the air flow iin just the right spot, right now it just makes a littlemore noise at speeds of 75 and up so for all day riding I want to bring the decibles down a if I can. There is no buffeting at all this is purely for sound dampening.  The big ticket item will be a russel day long seat, after only 300 miles I was starting to get a slight monkey butt burn going so experience tells me for 1000 mile days I am gonna want to change that up. I found the oem seat had me sliding forward a bit so some angle chane a little more support will go a long way. with the fuel range at an easy 250 to 280 miles between fill ups I want to be able to stay in the saddle for all of that to make the most of travel time.

oh and the last bit was the kako throttle lock, I played with it a bit and it does work but was riding in a group and it was not steady enough for that, but suspect going solo it will be just fine.


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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2017, 08:37:51 pm »
Maybe I missed it, but you may want to anticipate: 1. no cell phone coverage, and/or 2. coverage but you may need a Canadian phone until you get back into the US.  I lived in Anchorage for many years and did the Al-Can three times.    Don't underestimate how remote the Yukon and some of AK really is.  Road surface in the Yukon can be marginal; have very good luggage and/or straps.  Figure gasoline at 100 mile intervals at best in some areas.  Double your anticipated gas, meals and lodging expenses when in Canada!  Never, ever carry a firearm into Canada from the US. Make sure your passport is valid.  Get 2017 Milepost magazine immediately if you haven't already...It's the bible for road travel to and from Alaska. I'd rent a sat phone or get a SPOT locator for emergency if you are traveling solo.  Will not get very dark at that time of year, but watch out for moose, bear and caribou on the roads. Good luck!   
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2017, 09:36:31 pm »
Maybe I missed it, but you may want to anticipate: 1. no cell phone coverage, and/or 2. coverage but you may need a Canadian phone until you get back into the US.  I lived in Anchorage for many years and did the Al-Can three times.    Don't underestimate how remote the Yukon and some of AK really is.  Road surface in the Yukon can be marginal; have very good luggage and/or straps.  Figure gasoline at 100 mile intervals at best in some areas.  Double your anticipated gas, meals and lodging expenses when in Canada!  Never, ever carry a firearm into Canada from the US. Make sure your passport is valid.  Get 2017 Milepost magazine immediately if you haven't already...It's the bible for road travel to and from Alaska. I'd rent a sat phone or get a SPOT locator for emergency if you are traveling solo.  Will not get very dark at that time of year, but watch out for moose, bear and caribou on the roads. Good luck!

All great advice and very much in line with what I have found researching, I was going to buy a spot but found you can rent of for $40 a month so will go that route I think. Actually have started downloading music to my phone since I know I wont have coverage, and will consider it lucky if I find wifi. Part of the point for me is to get away so don't mind the remote thing at all, don't think I mentioned it but I am a Marine and avid outdoorsman so none of that will bother me at all and I look forward to it. Again thanks for the good advise, I will def look into the Milepost magazine!!

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2017, 11:28:55 pm »
The trip to AK is no longer scary:  the true old-timers had to deal with hundreds of miles of gravel and mud.  But lately, it's all paved, minus the road construction zones...which can be temporarily paved with amazing baseball-sized rocks!  Good news: motorcycles can go to the front of the queue at the flagman.  Take advantage of that...or choke in dust.   

There will be plenty of slow-poke RV traffic in June, so don't worry about being stranded anywhere.  Plan your overnights carefully if you want to stay in civilization (i.e., a hotel or similar)....The limited motels along the way fill up early at that time of year.  (Use the Milepost Magazine to find motels.)  If you're camping, no problems,  except for the giant AK mosquitoes.  BUY A GOOD HEADNET and maybe light gloves!!!.  You will thank me more for that bit of free advice than anything else.     
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #29 on: January 31, 2017, 12:03:58 am »
my 19" rifle replacement came in today and I put it on, will test it tomorrow and see what difference it makes. Can't see over it easily so will be looking through it, not a huge deal I did that for 2 years on the wing with no issues. Also got my USB charger/volt meter, but the mounting bracket it came with is just a tad wide and does not fit like I thought it would so will need to think on it a bit before I install those.

have done more planning on the route and have a huge laminated wall map now so can dry erase mark my route and study it. So far the miles would be 8900 round trip so I should not need to replace tires if all goes well. Still need to do homework on tires but believe I should be able to get 10K out of a set with no issue. I think I saw where some have used goldwing rear tires and on my 1500 I could get 16K out of the Dunlop E3 rear. I ride lots of highway miles and not a corner carver at all, I will do that but not my main riding style so will be looking for tires that get me the miles.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #30 on: January 31, 2017, 05:15:05 pm »
You may well get that mileage out of a set of tires but I would not trust that you will.  Make sure you watch the ware and be in a location to do something about it if they only last 6k like most of mine do.
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #31 on: January 31, 2017, 05:17:48 pm »
was wrong, i can see over the shield much better than ai thought than just sitting in the garage. This was a great choice, cut the volume in half again, can open my chin vent now and no change is the sound level, in other words I love it.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #32 on: January 31, 2017, 05:21:03 pm »
was wrong, i can see over the shield much better than ai thought than just sitting in the garage. This was a great choice, cut the volume in half again, can open my chin vent now and no change is the sound level, in other words I love it.

I am gonna try the Dunlop Elite 4's, stock size in the rear but have to go up to a 130 in the front. If I can only get 6k out of tires I will have to get a different bike, I am not changing tires every couple months.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #33 on: January 31, 2017, 05:42:06 pm »
It is not always the bikes fault.   Try running hard on Tx. chip glass roads at 80-100 degrees and a 40 mph side wind and it will rub any bikes tires off in half the expected time.   I suspect you will do better that far north.  Roads will be cooler and made from real asphalt maybe but still.  Don't trust it, check tires every day as you should anyway.
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2017, 08:10:02 pm »
 :)  Oh I get ya now, and know exactly what you mean about Texas roads and weather. I hope to order a set of tires this month and will have them worn out before June so should get a good judge on how they last with the way I ride. To your point I dont think road conditions will be any worse than what I ride on now, most of what people say are bad roads seem good to me compared to rural Mississippi.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #35 on: February 07, 2017, 02:37:14 am »
Riding to Alaska is my one Bucket List ride.  :beerchug:
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #36 on: February 08, 2017, 04:07:30 pm »
17 days is very doable, but will limit on what you can sight see on the ride up and back.  My only real suggestion is not to do the Taylor Highway or the Haul Road.  Not because the C-10 can not handle them, it is because these roads take a toll on the bikes, and it increases the chances of having a problem with the bike, getting a flat tire or unfortunately going down.

You will be able to put in some long riding hours the farther you go north, lots of daylight, but what is going to slow you down is the construction zones and fuel stops.  The construction zones may be 10 feet in length, or a 100 miles, some will just be dirt, others will be deep slick mud.  If you are going to ride long hours on the Alaskan Highway, plan accordingly.  The C-10 has plenty of range, but those roadside places do close, and when they do they usually turn off their generators, and you will have to be extremely lucky to wake one of the owners up and they agree to fire up the generator so you can get gas.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #37 on: February 08, 2017, 04:44:03 pm »
oh yeah, good point I sorta did not consider, riding during business hours which may be different than around here, and as you said they may turn off the pumps at "night". Well that just added a new level of planning for me, I am glad you brought that up so I can add that in.

Right now I have been focused on getting the bike set up the way I want, and getting most of the riding gear I want, and I am close to done there. Have all the jacket and pants and gloves and heated gear, still need good rain gear even though my jacket pants seem to be fine and water proof I want a second option just in case. I should be putting on the new tires this weekend Dunlop Elite 4's, also installing the USB charger and volt meter, and last the Evitek LED headlight. Needed to do all that now so I have time to see how the tires last and evaluate the Evitek to see if it will do or need to add additional driving lights as well. Also ordered a Russel Da-long seat today so hope to have that completed by April so I can put in a few thousand mile on it before the trip to break it in good.

Still undecided about tip over bars, I like the idea just not sure on the looks, but if I decide to get driving light they sure do mount nice to the bars.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #38 on: February 08, 2017, 06:21:50 pm »
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Still undecided about tip over bars, I like the idea just not sure on the looks, but if I decide to get driving light they sure do mount nice to the bars
Along with foot pegs.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #39 on: February 08, 2017, 07:45:10 pm »
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Still undecided about tip over bars, I like the idea just not sure on the looks, but if I decide to get driving light they sure do mount nice to the bars
Along with foot pegs.

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I think my legs are just too long for highway pegs on this bike, my feet would be up by the front axle.  I can put it on the center stand and still flat foot the ground with my knees bent.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #40 on: February 08, 2017, 08:02:09 pm »
Now there is an idea.  Mount pegs on either side of your front axle.  I would pay some money to see you coming down the road like that.

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #41 on: February 08, 2017, 10:01:03 pm »
 :) would be a strange site for sure :beerchug:

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #42 on: February 09, 2017, 06:31:29 am »
I also lived in Alaska for some years and keep in mind that is the place where God invented weather!!  Travelled most of Alaska and Yukon and North West Territory and can be very strong rain and winds, not suitable for bike riding plus lots of opportunities to meet up with moose and the moose will win every time.  Unless it has changed your entry point to Alaska will be a small town/village by the name of TOK and a motel, gas station, stores are there but in between just miles of wilderness. Your time frame is way short when opportunities of problems is high on such a trip.  I would not even consider it unless had a month of time available and not sure about that.  If you do go, wish you Gods Speed and may the wind be at your back. 

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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #43 on: February 09, 2017, 12:15:53 pm »
I'm reminded of a member on here who took a ride to Alaska on his C-10 a few years ago. I think the story was that he was riding along minding his own business and a moose came out of the bush, knocked him off and stomped the crap out  of the still running C-10. Fortunately his wife was behind in a SUV and got him some medical care in time. Apparently C-10's are offensive to mooses...
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #44 on: February 09, 2017, 02:11:17 pm »
I have already hit a deer at 70mph head on, tore up my Goldwing but I cam out fine, just a little road rash on my left hand and busted rib. After that I have been very cautions looking for critters on the side of the road, and I sure hope I don't have that close of an encounter with a moose or bear or anything at all really, but cant let that possibility or fear stop me.  :-[


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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #45 on: February 09, 2017, 07:20:02 pm »
I'm reminded of a member on here who took a ride to Alaska on his C-10 a few years ago. I think the story was that he was riding along minding his own business and a moose came out of the bush, knocked him off and stomped the crap out  of the still running C-10. Fortunately his wife was behind in a SUV and got him some medical care in time. Apparently C-10's are offensive to mooses...

Fortunately she is a trauma nurse, or Paulie would have died on the spot. They wound up air lifting him to Sky Harbor in Seattle. It took him a while to recover.
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #46 on: February 09, 2017, 08:54:19 pm »
I hit a big buck about a month ago and really mess up a Hyundai Sante Fe, but it was NOTHING like moose. I saw those in Alaska, and they're HUGE!  I can hardly imagine hitting a deer on a bike. Gives me the shakes to think about it and they're like rats around here.
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #47 on: February 13, 2017, 06:49:18 pm »
The way I heard it the moose knocked Paulie off the bike and danced on him for a bit.  The bike just kept going down the road a ways.
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« Reply #48 on: February 14, 2017, 12:59:41 am »
The way I heard it the moose knocked Paulie off the bike and danced on him for a bit.  The bike just kept going down the road a ways.

Even worse....
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Re: Jackson MS to Fairbanks AK
« Reply #49 on: February 14, 2017, 06:08:52 pm »
A deer (typically) won't attack you. A moose might very well attack you. The moose had injured Paulie had come out of the brush, went back in, came out and attacked him (breaking his neck in the process). Even a HUGE deer is a fraction of the size of an average moose. More Alaskans are injured by moose than by bears. :-\
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