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  1. #2901
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    So, I picked up my (new to me) 2016 KTM Super Adventure 1290 in Wenatchee last week, basically brand new with 5000 miles, what a Machine! 160 horsepower at ~9500 rpm, anywhere between 6,500-10,000 rpm was absolutely insane!!!

    They call this bike the White Whale, but they are wrong. This beast is a Great White Shark!
    It gobbles up the road and is the top predator in it's class.

    The trip back to Alaska took me 6 days and covered ~2600 miles.
    Temperatures ranged from 96* to 26*.

    First I checked out my 72 year old Dad’s newest race bike, a fully built out Yamaha R1M race run SuperBike!



    GSXR 600 race bike next to the R1M, his paint work.


    He is also working on a fully original custom concept HyperBike.
    He designed and is building it to the ultimate specs in hopes of selling the design/production to a company like Koenigsegg.
    If you want to be a part of it let me know.







    Due to some Covid outbreak craziness my route and time frame had to change.
    I lost 3 days of my trip, which meant I had to ride hard everyday, instead of taking a more leisurely cruise like I had originally planned.

    So, Dad and I took the opportunity to cruise the beautiful North Cascades Highway, up and over to Diablo Lake, (~410 mile day total)
    *There are a lot of deer on the East side around Winthrop and my Dad got ran into by a terrified yearling on his way home. Luckily it only smacked his leg and bent a pannier, no crash. Damn close…







    First night at Birch Bay CG in Blaine, WA.
    -rained all night…




    Got across the Canadian border at Sumas with no issues, besides all of the hoops.

    Fraser River Valley, awesome riding!


    Freedom camped just North of Williams Lake (~360 miles)


    -I primarily ate hard salami and sausages for the trip.



    Started raining around 11pm that night, didn’t stop until I rolled into Prince George.
    Hauled ass through beautiful Smithers and up the Cassiar Highway to Meziaden Lake CG. (~570 miles)

    This is a sad road with all the Maddy Scott Missing signs, as well as the many other women who have gone missing here.

    "Wish You Were Here"
    Last edited by DeathVan; 09-19-2021 at 01:35 PM.

  2. #2902
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    Meziaden Lake

    -a Grizzly bear was eating the berries from the bushes in my campsite when I rolled in, sorry no pics. Sun went down within 15 minutes of my arrival, my ears were piqued all night.

    Huge day, started raining and continued to pour for 7.5 hours of an 11 hour wheels down ride to Whitehorse, the final hour was in the dark, which I hate.
    (~660 miles)
    I brought my massive Trew Beast as I knew I would have weather on the trip, lived up to the name.
    Seth lobster claws were also dextrous AF!





    The sign over there says Welcome to the Yukon, I was too wet and cold to get any closer.
    I sang songs about being warm for the next couple of hours. It kinda worked, but I was starting to lose it.
    Thank God for heated grips and a heated seat, also without Pinlocks this ride would not have been possible.

    All my camping gear was soaked so I rented a cheap hotel in Whitehorse and dried out.

    Tough getting out on the road in the morning…

    Rode out of Whitehorse with a plan of getting to Tok, Alaska, pretty cold.
    (~410 miles)

    Kluane Lake




    Crossed the border in about two minutes.
    Alaska was full of Sun!
    So weird to be the only person at the sign.





    Treated myself to a helluva steak sandwich at Fast Eddie's in Tok!

    Camped at Thompson’s Eagle Claw Motorcycle Camp in Tok.
    Killer place! I stayed in the bunkhouse for $15, I was the only person in the whole compound.


    Temps dropped to the mid 20’s and my bike battery crapped out and needed a jump.
    -the camp owner had a friend drive over and help me out right away, so Stoked! (I didn’t even think of bringing my Jump Box, I will now).
    It didn’t warm up until around 11am…

    Drove back to Anchorage, it is a spectacular ride! (~380 miles).

    Wrangell – St. Elias


    Eureka


    Chugach Mts., Home!


    The Super Adventure is soooo Sick!
    It makes every ride a Thrill, with just a twist of the wrist. It rides like a bad ass mofo sportbike!
    If you can, get on one, you will not be disappointed.

    This was an amazing Fall cruise, I literally saw 100 million trees in all shades of beautiful colors during The Turn.

    I’m happy to answer any questions you have and hope this brings you some Stoke!

    X-post: TR: Riding up the ALCAN on a Great White Shark
    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...08#post6406608
    Last edited by DeathVan; 09-19-2021 at 01:39 PM.

  3. #2903
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    Damn. That’s awesome. Great TR

  4. #2904
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruiser View Post
    Just wanted to check in and let you guys know I'm still alive despite owning a 3 wheeler. Good god is that thing ever fun! That little 200cc motor smokes like a chimney, especially when you get the rpms up. It doesn't shift well, doesn't start well, and the brakes barely slow the whole thing down at all. Going straight is pretty darn stimulating and turning is enough to really wake you up cuz it always wants to fall over. Heck, it fell over sideways just getting it out of the truck.

    If you have the means, I'd highly recommend it!
    Big Red!

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    Glad I follow this thread even tho I don't ride. Thanks for the TR. Amazing trip!

  7. #2907
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    JFC man, that's a helluva trip and kudos for such distances in the cold.

    Yer pops sounds really rad. Now about that Z car...

  8. #2908
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    Great TR! Thanks for sharing.
    "timberridge is terminally vapid" -- a fortune cookie in Yueyang

  9. #2909
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    Excellent TR deathvan! How were your joints after the long cold days? Some of the heat coming off the engine help?

  10. #2910
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    Awesome bikes, awesome pics and awesome trip

    R1M and R6 combo is so sick. My dream set up for track right there.

  11. #2911
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    Well that was an epic little TR. And, your 70yr old dad is much more man than I. Thanks for taking the time to document it man, even if it made me feel inadequate.
    Also still pissed at you for standing me up...
    “I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different.”
    ― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

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    This is OUR mountain - come join us!

  12. #2912
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    Thanks fellas!
    Happy to share and hope to see you out there.
    The plan is for a good long trip this coming Summer with the gal.
    -picked her up a 2010 BMW 650GS, (actually 800cc's, don't tell her), a very fun and capable bike.


    -that's my 2004 r1150GSA, lots of good times on that bike.

    Here's an older TR if you are interested:
    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...e-13-371-Miles

    Quote Originally Posted by Djongo Unchained View Post

    Yer pops sounds really rad. Now about that Z car...
    Haha! Oh man.
    Wouldn't that be something!
    -we had one when I was a kid, 240Z Ski Rig!

    The plan was to put a Ford 289 in it for a while.
    He has so many "hobbies", and it is not on the front burner.

    Quote Originally Posted by Conundrum View Post
    Excellent TR deathvan! How were your joints after the long cold days? Some of the heat coming off the engine help?
    The engine heat was felt when it was HOT out...not desired.
    When it was in the 30-40's I was squeezing my legs for it, to little avail.
    I could really feel the heated seat though, even through my air pad seat system. it can make you forget you are cold for a while.
    My joints are rough from a life of skiing (and surgeries), so they are seemingly always sore.
    -ibu + tree candies help

    Quote Originally Posted by AEvospace View Post
    Awesome bikes, awesome pics and awesome trip

    R1M and R6 combo is so sick. My dream set up for track right there.




    He's also got a track GSXR 1000 and a Honda CBR Blackbird for the street, Fast!

    Quote Originally Posted by garyfromterrace View Post
    Well that was an epic little TR. And, your 70yr old dad is much more man than I. Thanks for taking the time to document it man, even if it made me feel inadequate.
    Also still pissed at you for standing me up...
    He is a unique individual and an inspiration to chase your dreams and passions in life.
    I hope to cross paths this Summer, and wish I could get down there to ski Shames again.
    What a gem! (I've got the "I Love Big Dumps" Shames sticker on my roofbox).
    Last edited by DeathVan; 09-19-2021 at 02:56 PM.

  13. #2913
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeathVan View Post
    He's also got a track GSXR 1000 and a Honda CBR Blackbird for the street, Fast!
    Nice! My father just got rid of a blackbird last year. I rode that thing a few times and the power band hit pretty hard, even though modern bikes weigh less and make more power they are smoother.

  14. #2914
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    Nice weekend for riding around in Southern Colorado. Rode the Alpine Loop plus Black Bear and Imogene passes.
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  15. #2915
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    I participated in the first-ever, Dakar-style, malle moto rally raid this past week on the Western Slope. Talk about some bitchin' terrain!








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    Cool! Haven't heard of that. Wish I signed up.

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    Awesome pics ya'll, thanks for sharing. Anyone got any dualsport-y, double track, easy single track routes in the desert to recommend? It's gonna get a bit cold around here soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    Awesome pics ya'll, thanks for sharing. Anyone got any dualsport-y, double track, easy single track routes in the desert to recommend? It's gonna get a bit cold around here soon.
    Kokopeli? Or Utah BDR-https://ridebdr.com/utbdr/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Name Redacted View Post
    Kokopeli? Or Utah BDR-https://ridebdr.com/utbdr/
    Good ideas. There is also alot near Dewey bridge.
    Skiing in the rockies is like 70's porn

    Lots of bush

    Some wood

    No faceshots...

    -Mtnlion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    Awesome pics ya'll, thanks for sharing. Anyone got any dualsport-y, double track, easy single track routes in the desert to recommend? It's gonna get a bit cold around here soon.
    As part of that rally raid, we rode much of the Rim Rocker trail. Find that and get after it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    Awesome pics ya'll, thanks for sharing. Anyone got any dualsport-y, double track, easy single track routes in the desert to recommend? It's gonna get a bit cold around here soon.
    As part of that rally raid, we rode much of the Rim Rocker trail. Find that and get after it.

  22. #2922
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    Thanks for the ideas. Hopefully I can just go for it and have my wife pick me up.

  23. #2923
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    Thanks for the ideas. Hopefully I can just go for it and have my wife pick me up.
    What are you riding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcat Sig View Post
    What are you riding?
    DRZ400 with moderate skills. That Rim Rocker looks awesome. I need to find somebody to go with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    DRZ400 with moderate skills. That Rim Rocker looks awesome. I need to find somebody to go with me.
    I would do it but I don't have 160 mile range sorry

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