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post #1 of 297 (permalink) Old 11-05-2011, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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In Alaska, Not Every Road Is Paved

Snow covering the ground, cloth covering the Wing... for now. That means there's a little time for posting some photos of places the Wing has taken me. For those who don't like photos that don't have a motorcycle in the picture - try to find your BACK button , because some of mine might have just scenery that I saw while riding. For the rest of you, I'll do my best to present Alaska as viewed from the seat of a GL1800.

This fall a fellow rider managed to borrow a Suzuki DR650 and we rode north on the Haul Road together to Wiseman, enjoying fall colors along the way. Stopped at the Arctic Circle, of course -


And a little farther north, at the top of Gobbler's Knob -


Heading south the next morning, the lighting was pretty good for this shot across the valley of the South Fork of the Koyukuk River -


Back at the start of the Haul Road, rather than ride back to Fairbanks, we turned west on the Elliott Hwy and rode to Manley Hot Springs. There were miles of this cobblestone-like rock that the Wing didn't really appreciate -


But the scenery made it all worthwhile -


A few weeks later a lady friend managed to obtain a permit to travel into Denali National Park, so we took the Wing two-up and rode all the way to the very end of the park road. Here's one shot as we were coming back out -


More from that trip later.

More recently, a little ride that was cut short by a heavy snowstorm west of Fairbanks. This was a gas stop at Tok earlier that morning. Temperature had warmed up to around 25 (from a low of 2 earlier), and there were 65 miles of icy pavement before I got on dry asphalt again.


Our summer riding season is too short up this way, so it has to be extended into winter. Makes for some good photo ops -


IF you don't mind a little cool weather -


Will try to add more photos to this thread as time allows.
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wow...

really really nice..

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Great Photos!

I know a lot of guys ride their wings up the haul road but I don't think I would. Too easy and cheap to pick up a used V-Strom or KLR or older GS for the job .....and keep that wing shiny.....


MORE pics please...............

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The more I look at these pics, the more I see......Is that a knobby on the front with no fender? U-DA-MAN

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Great Photos!

I know a lot of guys ride their wings up the haul road but I don't think I would. Too easy and cheap to pick up a used V-Strom or KLR or older GS for the job .....and keep that wing shinny.....


MORE pics please...............
Shiny? We don't worry about shiny -


With over a dozen trips to Deadhorse, all my bikes have had at least one turn on the Haul Road. This was the Wing's second trip to the Arctic Circle. The previous one didn't have the fall colors -

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The more I look at these pics, the more I see......Is that a knobby on the front with no fender?
Yessir. An Avon Gripster rear tire with car studs installed.


A little too large in diameter for the front fender to fit. Maybe after a few more thousand miles of wear...

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Yessir. An Avon Gripster rear tire with car studs installed.


A little too large in diameter for the front fender to fit. Maybe after a few more thousand miles of wear...
Looks like it's mounted back wards, no?

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Looks like it's mounted back wards, no?
Backwards for the rear, yes. Reversed for the front.

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I guess I should have read your sig line.......You have a KLR too.......and a DDS'er to boot..........Great Pics!

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Wow great pics thanks for sharing great pics on smug mug as well

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