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Old 04-16-2012, 09:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ready for Alaska

Added a few things to my Vision for a trip from Key West, Florida to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
Full trip should be about 11,000 miles. This is a southern coast to northern coast ride.

Added a Arlen Ness engine skid plate, Cee Bailey's headlight guard, front fender mud flap and I made a full length lower belt guard.
Also added heated grips and wiring for my heated jacket liner and gloves.

Also added body air deflectors, Tri-City Polaris floor board foot rests and a Happy Trails tour box and I cut 2" off the standard height windshield.

The rear tire is going to be a Dunlop Winter Sport run flat snow tire with a tire pressure monitoring system.

Can't wait to try this ride -

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Old 04-16-2012, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nice Work. Enjoy the Ride. Sounds like it will be amazing. The bike looks great by the way
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Did you happen to read Ghost Rider by Neil Pertt? The book documents his trip to Alaska. Sounds like a very cool trip!
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Good riding! It should be a fantastic trip.

But, that nice looking bike of yours probably won't be recognizable by the time you get home.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:17 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice Work. Enjoy the Ride. Sounds like it will be amazing. The bike looks great by the way
Thank you!!
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Did you happen to read Ghost Rider by Neil Pertt? The book documents his trip to Alaska. Sounds like a very cool trip!
I have not read that.
This trip is the IBA Ulitmate Coast to Coast ride.

The details - http://www.ironbutt.com/ridecerts/ge...t.cfm?DocID=22

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Old 04-17-2012, 12:27 AM   #7 (permalink)
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But, that nice looking bike of yours probably won't be recognizable by the time you get home.
You may be right about that.
This ride will include 100's of miles of gravel road. (Dalton Highway)
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:50 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Enjoy the trip, when i took my trip tpo cali I ran into two guys from new Orleans that shipped there bike to Anchorage. I ran into to them in SF they both had the same bike heritage softails. I can tell you those bikes were trashed, I couldnt tell you what color the paint was. I wish I was coming with ya lol you dong the trip alone.
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Sounds like a great adventure.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:34 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Enjoy the trip, when i took my trip tpo cali I ran into two guys from new Orleans that shipped there bike to Anchorage. I ran into to them in SF they both had the same bike heritage softails. I can tell you those bikes were trashed, I couldnt tell you what color the paint was. I wish I was coming with ya lol you dong the trip alone.
Thank you!
I am both excited and very nervous about this ride. A lot is going to depend on the weather.
Prudhoe Bay is 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle and it can snow any day of the year and rain turns the road to mud!

I am doing the ride alone.

More info on the Dalton Highway - http://www.alaskageographic.org/uplo...ton-vg2011.pdf

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Old 04-17-2012, 09:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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The skid plate - The skid plate also makes lifting the bike on a jack a lot easier.



My lower belt guard. I hope it works!

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Old 05-11-2012, 10:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My new snow tire -

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Old 07-02-2012, 12:30 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Ride completed?

Total trip mileage - 11,197 miles, 16 days.
The Key West, FL to Prudhoe Bay, AK part of the ride was 5,613 miles. A little over 7 days.

















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Old 07-02-2012, 11:25 AM   #14 (permalink)
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FXDRYDR is reading this now saying WTF is this? FXDRYDR is reading this now saying WTF is this?
Congrats on what must be a trip of a lifetime!
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Old 07-02-2012, 11:23 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Congrats on what must be a trip of a lifetime!
Thank you!

This ride did have a lot of everything.
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