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    Cool First to Tuktoyaktuk

    Trip to Tuk 2018: Done!

    And just in case you are wondering, the first bike to ever make it up the entire Dempster and into Tuktoyaktuk on the new road was a 2014 BMW R1200GSA, mine, on June 2nd, 2018.

    Boom. Photos...

    https://art.excessnoise.com/Motorcycling/Tuk2018/
    First to Tuk.

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    Congratulations!
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    Nice job! Thank you for the pictures; it looks like the country hasn't changed much since I was last up to Tuk (via tugboat pushing barges).
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    Congrats sir, thanks for sharing the pics
    The lion does not even bother to turn his head when he hears the small dog barking.

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    Fantastic photographs!

    Will a journal of your trip follow?
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    Great ride!

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    Just enjoyed the pictures. Thanks!

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    What's up with the small fence around the tent and bike in the campground? Did you have that on the bike as well when traveling?

    Great photos and looks like a TON of fun. Thanks for sharing.
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    About this time of the calendar year, it makes me wonder who and riding what... was the LAST up & back on the new road.

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    Or, was last rider up and still has not come back.
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    I know this is an old thread, but I'm looking for advice.

    I'm thinking about doing this ride in late May or early June. I live in Interior Alaska. Therefore, I'd have to ride pretty far south to even get to the highway. I live in Nenana. So, it's almost 1,500 miles one way.

    A few questions:
    1. Solo ride. Bad idea or easily feasible?
    2. Distance between fuel stops?
    3. Tires, TKC 80 (knobby) or TKC 70?
    4. Once on the highway, how many miles per day is a reasonable pace?

    Thank You!

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    Quote Originally Posted by defenseengineer View Post
    I know this is an old thread, but I'm looking for advice.

    I'm thinking about doing this ride in late May or early June. I live in Interior Alaska. Therefore, I'd have to ride pretty far south to even get to the highway. I live in Nenana. So, it's almost 1,500 miles one way.

    A few questions:
    1. Solo ride. Bad idea or easily feasible?
    2. Distance between fuel stops?
    3. Tires, TKC 80 (knobby) or TKC 70?
    4. Once on the highway, how many miles per day is a reasonable pace?

    Thank You!
    Doing what ride? To Tuktoyaktuk? Or to the lower 48?
    Kevin Huddy
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    Quote Originally Posted by defenseengineer View Post
    I know this is an old thread, but I'm looking for advice.

    A few questions:
    1. Solo ride. Bad idea or easily feasible?
    Easily feasible. I was #6 up the road, on an R100GS.
    Carry supplies for camping, water and some emergency food, first aid gear, the usual stuff. No cell service until Inuvik, or maybe Eagle Plains. Weather is the biggest gotcha, and May or earlyJune means you may find the two ferries not yet running. I highly recommend carrying a SPOT, Garmin InReach, or PLB.

    Quote Originally Posted by defenseengineer View Post
    2. Distance between fuel stops?
    Plan on carrying fuel for 250 miles plus a small reserve. You can top up at the turnoff for the Dempster, at the unmanned card-only station there. Next gas is at Eagle Plains, about halfway up the Dempster, then Fort McPherson—except on Sundays before 1:00pm. DAMHIKT.

    Quote Originally Posted by defenseengineer View Post
    3. Tires, TKC 80 (knobby) or TKC 70?
    I went on Heidenau K-60s but of your two choices I would definitely take the TKC80s.

    Quote Originally Posted by defenseengineer View Post
    4. Once on the highway, how many miles per day is a reasonable pace?
    Totally depends upon mainly two factors: weather and your comfort level with doing long miles on poor roads. Rain can make the Dempster nearly impassable in some spots, snow even more so. Clear dry weather and dry roads can easily mean averaging 55-60 mph. I hit rain in the Tombstones on the way up and for a time was slowed to 20-30 mph by the greasy road surfaces-they use chloride to keep the dust down and it’s very slick when wet. After clearing the Tombstones the road was dry and I made very good time, guerilla-camping at Nitainlaii Territorial Park as the park doesn’t officially open until later in June when they can turn on the water. Next day I went all the way to Tuk, then returned to Inuvik and camped at the city campground, which has very good facilities.

    My return trip to Dawson City was a one-day ride in clear, dry weather and I stayed at the same motel I had launched from, the Bonanza Gold, where I took advantage of their car wash to clear off some of the Dempster mud.

    Just remember that WEATHER is the gorilla in the room when it comes to the Dempster, so be flexible in plans and schedules so you can adjust for weather. Also, in the time frame you are looking at the ferries can be erratic—they may be shut down to wait for breakup ice to clear and allow ferry operations, or for their dirt loading ramps to be rebuilt.

    Quote Originally Posted by defenseengineer View Post
    Thank You!
    You’re welcome, and have a great trip! My only regret on that trip was not spending more time in Tuk, but I was eyeing a snowstorm forecast to move across from the Prudhoe area so bugged out. That storm did end up creating havoc on the Dempster, with riders stuck at Eagle Plains and bikes and injured riders being transported back to Dawson.

    Best,
    DeVern
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bdiver View Post
    What's up with the small fence around the tent and bike in the campground? Did you have that on the bike as well when traveling? ....
    Interesting. I assume it was to keep certain animals at bay? I noticed the fence was electrified - - possibly hooked up to a portable generator or big battery? It looked like he had a chase vehicle/suv - - maybe all this was carried in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Doing what ride? To Tuktoyaktuk? Or to the lower 48?
    Tuk.

    I won't be riding into the lower 48 until the summer of 2021. At which point I will be doing the Trans America Trail.

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