I am not a blogger or vblogger much less so there isnt a full ride report like other riders who rode there and blog/vblog it.
I actually watched a couple of them prior to my trip as planning and prep. I kept watching the weather forecast for the days I believe I would ride up and possibly arrived at Prudhoe Bay.
I knew if there was any chance of rain/snow during those days I would have to cancel that section of the trip. Little did I know I would eventually pick up sooo much mud on the Dalton.
Let's see. Well, on the Prudhoe Bay section. I got mud ALL over the radiator and oil cooler and brake caliper and fairings and exhaust,etc. You seen the picture, haha. So just about the entire run to and back from Prudhoe the Duc was running at near max temp. For some reason, it stayed around the 225 mark.
When we finally made it back to Fairbanks, come to find out I was probably down 3/4 on coolant and I also had a broken gasket on the coolant expansion cap. Luckily the bike never just gave up running that hot during Prudhoe.
I am sorry to say I knew the gasket was already bad before I left for the trip and had order the unit before leaving. I was that determined to go on this trip that started with a bad cap. I had it shipped to my brother who had it shipped to me in Fairbanks :P.
Oh. Another mechanical issue which was not entirely my fault but who knows, maybe I pissed someone off, some was jealous, I dont know. The morning I was to check out from Whitehorse, I go out the bike to start it up and noticed some thing odd. There were some fluid along the top of the right air runner and signal light, and 3 of my dzus fasteners were on the ground.
Lo and behold, some ass wipe took the hose from the brake master cylinder and reservoir. I didnt know how to describe the feeling at that time. Thought my trip was over. There was a Toyota dealer across the street from the hotel. I walked over and attempted to ask if they had the part.
I think my mistake was to say someone stole my brake line off my bike. They thought it was the line from the brake master to the caliper so they didnt have anything. A few blocks away, there was a Napa. I made the same mistake and said brake line. Guy was helpful and tried his best but couldnt find anything. I got directed to a local motorcycle shop.
I had to ride my gf ninja to get there while she waited back at the hotel and watched over the Duc. Made the same mistake and said brake line. After he tried to show me anything close that might work, I realized that I needed to clarifiy. Stupid me. Should have been more clear from the beginning.
There was another guy at the same shop and he was more knowledgeable and THANK GOD they had a hose that worked. They didnt have brake fluid for some reason though. Bought the hose, put it back on bike, quick bleeding and was back in business even though it was somewhat low on fluid, it was enough to allow good solid braking.
During the Prudhoe section though, I had to pump it a few times before it was braking solid for some reason. Scared myself as I thought it was really running low on fluid. It was not fun to grab the brakes and feel it all mushy till I pumped it while riding in gravel and mud road.
Made it to Prudhoe and their general store had brake fluid to top off.
One other issue I had was vapor lock. It was after coming back from Prudhoe and stopping off at the Yukon River Camp for gas and some food. Came out and was ready to roll back into Fairbanks. The bike started, idled just a bit and died. Tried to start a few more times but it wouldnt run. It was one of those "Oh Shit, what could be wrong now" moment.
I took apart the bike, checked/swapped fuel pump relay, checked any loose timing pickup sensor connection(had this happen to me once), all fuses, check air filter for any clogs,etc. Luckily my gf was there to say "Maybe vapor lock"? Light bulb went off in my head and facepalm too. Yes, I had vapor lock issue once at the gate to Pikes Peak but that's another story.
Put bike back together and it must have been an hour or more already, so went to fire the bike back up and it started :P.
Sore and Aches:
My back was not too bad. Definitely sore but not to the point of not been able to get up or stand straight :P I guess I have gotten accustomed to riding it on long trips plus the more frequent gas break and standing up on the bike during the ride to stretch the legs and back muscle helps.
I cant stand up like the touring bikes but enough to stretch out while still having my hands on the bars. The bike has Sargent seat and Heli bars which helps.
I made the mistake of putting on superbike grips ( I dont know what I was thinking). Most of the trip, it was my right hand and wrist which was sore the most. It would be numb and tingling at times so had to get off throttle every so often to get blood flowing.
I will try to post a little bit more about the trip but as you can tell I'm not a blogger or good writer. No Shakespeare here. haha.
Thanks for reading and the support. This was an adventure and I believe the more obstacles that are overcomed during the trip makes it more memorable. :P
I will post more later.