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Well, my moderately insane bride has decided that we need to ride to Alaska again. We last rode there in 1980. We will attend the BMW National Rally in Great Falls and leave from there. I will be riding my (new to me) 2016 Goldwing with a Hannigan GTL sidecar pulling a Bunkhouse Queen camper. The aforementioned crazy person will ride her 1965 BMW Frankenbike. This is the same bike she rode there 40 years ago. It is on its fourth engine, third transmission, fifth final drive etc.etc. I am the mechanic so no worries. I'm looking for suggestions and info since our last trip up was in 1986.

Thanks, Robert.
 

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When are you going? I'm planning on leaving June 22 from the Salt Lake City, Utah area, maybe we'll cross paths.
 

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When are you going? I'm planning on leaving June 22 from the Salt Lake City, Utah area, maybe we'll cross paths.
We will leave Sunday the 28th from Great Falls. Keep an eye out for a Goldwing/Hannigan rig pulling a camper.

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Yellow Goldwing reverse trike pulling a Leesure Lite camper.
 

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Wife and I flew there, 10(ish)yrs ago, and rented a bike, and toured while in Alaska.... incredible time was had....

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I’m sure a trip to Alaska in 2020 will be a LOT easier than it was in 1980 !
In 1980 we had about 900 miles of gravel one way. We did ride down to Haines and picked up the Alaska ferry. Even conned them into an engine room tour. That will never happen now.

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The scenery is the same but the road is paved (y)

Please check out my thread noted above for some up to date info on riding to Alaska..

Have a great trip and a big tip of the hat to your bride for riding her own ride. My bride and I met on our bikes in the Yukon in 1992 and have ridden together on dozens of trips since then. She is my favorite ridding buddy :)
 

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How many spare engines, transmissions and final drives for the crazy person's Bimmer are you taking??:D
Uuuuh...none. All repairs are done. When you own and ride the same bike for 47 years you do have to take care of maintenance.
 

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Pick up a copy of the latest Milepost. Its loaded with invaluable information
 

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I agree with getting the Milepost. The best guide for the area. I have to hold off on planning until I get back from New Zealand. I need to have a shakedown cruise to test the trailer hitch I built and to finalize the gear we are taking.

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I agree with getting the Milepost. The best guide for the area. I have to hold off on planning until I get back from New Zealand. I need to have a shakedown cruise to test the trailer hitch I built and to finalize the gear we are taking.

Robert

My iPad mini has both the milepost in PDF (searchable) and a service manual and parts manual on it.(in case of breakdown and parts search is needed). Maps, GPS, and tracking programs, all in one very small package. When I went solo (without trailer) to Alaska, or even when traveling in the US, this is the best thing since sliced bread. Have a great trip!!
 

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your iPad is just an over sized version of my Smartphone, a Galaxy Note8 which is almost 6" x ??
I have everything on it that I need, the 64gB SDcard is only about 15% full, and the main memory is only about 30% full. it is a great device to have with me.
 

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Our last trip to AK was In early June, 2018. That was a bit early for us as we hit quite a bit of snow and very cold rain. The roads are rarely a challenge these days. Some road construction is inevitable and can be tough in wet weather just like anywhere else. In 2018, most of the roadhouses were open but seemed to be dedicated to serving the oil industry so I’m not sure if they sold gas to the public. IMO, the Cassiar Highway is now a better motorcycle trip than the AK Highway.
 

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Keep an eye on your rear tire. Pulling a trailer on the rough chip seal pavement on the Alaska Hwy. wears down that rear tire much quicker than the front.
 
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