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I read the entire ride damn son you did an impossible ride. Looking at that road on the way up I don't know how you managed to ride it. Road looked a lot better on the way back when you had the accident. As we all know it just takes a second to be distracted. Reading between the lines I think that is what happened to you.


Great story, thank you for sharing. Did you ever take the CTX on a long trip, I can't remember?
 
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Word on the street is the highway may not be usable as is, in the future. The perma frost is thawing, which will cause parts of the highway to be too mushy. Two years I heard.

A young couple in a van, were murdered about two weeks ago, on the Alaska Highway. RCMP are asking for any video of a two tone blue Chev van.

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I read the entire ride damn son you did an impossible ride. Looking at that road on the way up I don't know how you managed to ride it. Road looked a lot better on the way back when you had the accident. As we all know it just takes a second to be distracted. Reading between the lines I think that is what happened to you.


Great story, thank you for sharing. Did you ever take the CTX on a long trip, I can't remember?

Thank you!! It was a very challenging ride, I was starting to think I wasn't going to make it Tuk but knowing it might be my last ride kept me going.

I did five road trips with the CTX that included 7 Iron Butt rides. It was a nice bike.
 

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Word on the street is the highway may not be usable as is, in the future. The perma frost is thawing, which will cause parts of the highway to be too mushy. Two years I heard.

A young couple in a van, were murdered about two weeks ago, on the Alaska Highway. RCMP are asking for any video of a two tone blue Chev van.

UK

I had also heard that Tuk is sinking (ocean raising?). They spent $300 million to build that road, hope it lasts awhile.
 

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Jasper is beautiful, glad you had a good day to share it with us. Thank you for taking us along on your ride.


How is your wife doing?
 
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Wow, that's super great to hear about your wife rollin'. Hope it continues going well.:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
 
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Some of the gear and what worked.



The MRA XC Multi-X-Creen windshield worked as hoped. During rain I would tilt the top shield back and the extra airflow would help clear the face shield. Even bent, twisted and cracked it was still useful for the ride home.

The Cyclops TPMS was nice to have, I always knew what the tire pressure was. With at least 1000 miles of rain I can say the monitor is waterproof. The monitor broke off in the crash but still works, just needs a new mounting bracket.

The AltRider crash bar and slider protected the left side of the bike, protected the radiator and no broken foot peg or shifter. May have also protected my leg.

The left side Suzuki hand guard took a hit, enough to bend the handlebar back and down two inches but still protected the clutch lever.

The new Zumo 396 GPS worked well but quit working just before Eagle Plains. Could not get it to turn on. A guy in a parking lot in Inuvik let me try his Garmin car charger and that worked so now I knew it was a problem with the charging wiring or GPS dock. I had some time in Whitehorse on the way back so I tried one more thing, I remembered that the Zumo power cord has a self resetting breaker so I removed the cable at the battery and then reinstalled it. It worked and worked all the way home, I still don't trust the power cord and would replace it if I did another long ride.

The Heidenau K60 Scout tires worked well on everything except the deep sticky mud just north of Eagle Plains. I think if I had a more aggressive mud tire I would have made it up the hills that first day and I would have made it to Tuktoyaktuk on July 1st. I wanted to make it to Tuk July 1st for Canada Day but later I was told that it rained in Tuk on the 1st and I had a great day on the 2nd. So thanks Heidenau K60 Scout tire for not making it up the hill. :)

The front fork and rear shock seal protectors did their job, everything was clean when I removed them.

Spot Tracker GEN 3 - no issues

Shoei Neotec helmet - retired
Firstgear gloves - they were old but my favorite. Left glove torn in crash - retired

I had added a lot to protect me and the bike, good to know it works when you need it.
 

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It is always great to have a well thought out plan, execute it and never need it. BUT that one time you do, it is even better when that plan works and it does protect you.
 
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The cleanup. The mix of mud and calcium chloride turns to concrete. Soap and water doesn't take it off, if you don't use a rage and brush it doesn't come off.
Took the bike apart and I'm cleaning each part, removed the front sprocket cover and exhaust heat shields and even after washing the bike many times a lot of cleaning was still needed.
Removed the foot pegs, disassembled them and had to clean each part with a brush.

It's starting to look good but more cleaning will be needed when I remove the wheels.
Replaced the front mounting bracket and windshield, the bike is back together and usable but still waiting for a few backordered parts.

If you have more than one bike and are deciding which bike to take to the far north - take the bike you like the least. :wink2:

 

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That is what I am hearing, if using a cage. Take something you do not care about. Unfortunately my belch mobile is well past its best before date, and would require too much work to make the trip. It is also too stiffly sprung to be comfortable.

The highways folks use a gravel on our side roads, that sets hard.

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