Preparation – Alaska 2015

It started with getting the R1200GS ready for the trip.  Two 6-LED high intensity auxiliary light which can be used as driving lights when using the amber covers.  Jesse panniers added along with top-case provides storage for 150L.  AeroStich tank panniers provide an additional 16L.  RotoPax 1.75 Gal of fuel.  Off-road pegs, handlebar risers provide stability and comfort.  The OEM bash plate was replaced by a more robust Black Dog product as was the center stand protector.  Tires 50/50 Heidenau K60 Scouts front and read provide the grip. Finally the suspension was upgraded to Wilbers.  Once ready for riding I ventured out to scrub a good 200+ miles on these tires, first thoughts, riding on marbles, but now I’m feeling very stable and secure even in the wet.

HEIDENAU K60 SCOUT

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Today I had my bike serviced and it’s now ready for our pre-Alaska shake-down runs.  The first will be to Joshua Tree NP for an overnight and another in March.  Fine tuning what I need and leaving what I won’t.  Spare items include: F/R spokes, alternator belt, spark plug, bulbs, and  couple of clips.

Rick, on the other hand, is still working on the KTM 990.  He’s going through it, making sure it’s ready for the ride.  I’ve never seen him so involved with the maintenance before, a true learning experience.

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Above, Rick has removed the fuel tanks and has changed out the fuel filters.

Feb 28, 2015

 

Anchorman Ron burgundy, predicted rain for the Southland this weekend 3/1/2015. It was to be our first Pre-Alaska shake-down ride with 2 nights of camping. The first was in Borrego Springs with the second in Joshua Tree National Park. The bikes were prepped, the gear loaded and off we rode.

 

First day, windy, no rain, nice camping but remarkably uneventful. Day two, the rain started at 0800 hrs. just as predicted, and rain it did. For 250 miles it poured entering every crack until thoroughly soaked. Temperatures reaching the high 30s on Adventure bikes provided little comfort.

 

Lessons learned:

  1. Wear GorTex or some other kind of waterproof fabric over the suit. This will keep you dry and also keep the cold evaporative feeling away from your dry gear underneath.
  2. Back, and then repack the bike a few times. This will allow you to take only those items absolutely necessary. Lighten it up!
  3. Make sure you have enough warm clothing to actually keep you warm. Sounds simple but often not followed.
  4. Make sure your tent and gear stay dry. If necessary practice removing the inner part of the tent and packing separately, this will become invaluable if it’s wet. Get a mesh bag for the rain fly this will allow it to drip as much as possible, hey it’s already wet.

 

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