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Ive been doing one or two big trips a year....this year my big trip was Alaska. A buddy of mine and myself left on a Sunday. 11 days, 9500 miles.

Im sure a few here have done it before.....but the Dalton Highway (gravel road) is a nice little ride. Soupy slimy mud is not a good time on a 800lb bagger.....thankfully it was mostly dry.

Here are a few pics from the land of 24 hr daylight.















 

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Helluva trip. How did your drive belt fare on gravel roads?
Did you make up a belt guard?
 

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Awesome pics , I'm jealous ! Looks like a blast !thumb up
 

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Great pics - Looks like you had beautiful scenery for your ride!

Very jealous indeed.


Dan
 

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You got lots of cleaning ahead of you too !:D
 

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9500 miles in 11 days? Wow, I thought my trips with 600-700 miles a day were ambitious.

I'm guessing you didn't do 800+ on gravel up in Alaska? So how big were your longer days back on pavement?

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Helluva trip. How did your drive belt fare on gravel roads?
Did you make up a belt guard?
No belt guard.....and I got not a single rock in it. It did get dusty as all hell and squeaked horribly all the way home....but a quick blast of air and she was like new.


9500 miles in 11 days? Wow, I thought my trips with 600-700 miles a day were ambitious.

I'm guessing you didn't do 800+ on gravel up in Alaska? So how big were your longer days back on pavement?

Rob
Actually I did the Dalton in one day....up and back from Fairbanks....it was about 1000 miles round trip.....but only about 800 was gravel.

I did two fairly large days. On the way out I hit it hard the first day and cranked out 1200ish miles.

On the way back I hit it hard and pulled out 1498 miles on the first run....took the Cassiar back thru the mountains.....down to Vancouver/Seattle.
 

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Kick ass trip aaron..... thumb up
 

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You got lots of cleaning ahead of you too !:D
That was no lie.

I wasnt going to clean it till I got back home.....but my buddy said he couldnt even seen my taillights so I had to hit it with a car wash in Fairbanks.

Then I hand washed it 3 times at home to finally get it respectable....dirt was packed everywhere.

My Lloydz air filter was packed.....there was a pound of dirt in each saddlebag.
 

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Holy **** Brother ... Was the squeaking caused from dirt and grime in your belt ? If not that , did you ever pinpoint it ? Next time maybe leave the air strip around the filter for this kind of trip !
 

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Aaron,

Congratulations on your trip and thank you for taking pictures to share with us. People like you, Rollin and others who do these trips are such a wonderful inspiration. Thank you!
 

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Holy **** Brother ... Was the squeaking caused from dirt and grime in your belt ? If not that , did you ever pinpoint it ? Next time maybe leave the air strip around the filter for this kind of trip !
Yeah it was from the grime in the belt. Happens often on my bike when I ride gravel....especially if it rains after.....squeaks like no other.
 

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I couldn't do that to my bike...no way.
 

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Thats one hellof an effort there mate,I for one could not mentally or physically do those milages and certainly would not want to put my 8 ball through it either,but just shows what can be achieved. I salute you sir.
 

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I couldn't do that to my bike...no way.
Ehhh.....(picked that up in Canada)

It serves me, not the other way around......Im getting my moneys worth. :D

After a real thorough washing only damage I see is some rock chips on the front of the bags and a few on the front fender....nothing important.
 

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I wouldn't feel safe on gravel. Awesome trip you did. I would share this with victory, they could use your trip as proof of reliability and you could get something out of this!

I don't think anybody rode 800 on gravel in Alaska on a Vic.
 
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