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I've got a 30 day trip coming up starting on June 4th up to Alaska and back. For those that have made the voyage or other longer trips with your Versys I was wondering what kind of mileage you saw on your tires and any modifications you made that were well worth it. Stuff like highway pegs (I've never used them) etc.

I've ridden my V650 12 hours to see how the comfort felt compared to past bikes I've owned (VStrom, Tiger 1050, MG Stelvio) and it's similar to the Tiger 1050 I had where it gets pretty uncomfortable past about 10 hours which is what I'm limiting each days ride too. In the past I've completed Iron Butt rides on the Tiger 1050 and the Stelvio but would obviously rather avoid that and take in the scenery.

My main points of discomfort were in the knees and the seat after a long day (stock, with airhawk). I'll be stopping much more than I normally do so that'll probably help with this trip, I typically cover 500-900 miles a day on cross country trips but this time it's with my dad and a friend so limiting to 500ish.

I'm wondering how to time the tire change up there so I can possibly make it on one tire change. Right now we're looking at swapping out tires in Whitehorse. If that set doesn't make it back to NY probaby Winnipeg or Edmonton would be the next best options on the way back if the tires get smoked by the Alaskan and Yukon roads. Right now I don't know what to expect for tire life as I've only worn out the stock set that came with the bike which lasted about 4500 miles.

The current route has us going NY-Ontario-Upper Michigan-Minnesota-South Dakota-Wyoming-Montana-Albera-BC-Yukon-Alaska. Return leg is pretty much direct back through Canada for about 9 days. I'm taking 14-15 days to get to Alaska then spending 5-6 days there before heading home. We aren't going up the Dempster or Dalton on this trip and won't be on anything other than improved dirt roads.

I've got Avon Spirit ii's on for the way there with plans to swap to Continental Trail attack 3 in Whitehorse at the moment. I'm concerned they won't make it all the way back to NY though as they'll need to go about 6-7k to do that. I'm not a fan of Shinko 705 as I had a harrowing experience with them after a summer in Arizona and having almost no traction in rain on the way home to NY once the temps dropped.

The Versys isn't heavily loaded, probably 35lbs of gear in two panniers and one dry bag as I'm from a lightweight backpacking background and don't like carrying more than i need. I've got the typical layer's, one heated jacket and wear a roadcrafter R3 for outer. Camping is with a hammock with a ground cloth as I'll need to go to ground a few times I'm sure.

I'm from Maine and experienced in midwinter camping, I'm prepped for a low of 35 on the trip. (hopefully not though)

How long do the brake pads last on this bike? I'm not a heavy brake user.
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The brake pads should NOT be an issue, but I would suggest you raise the front of the seat which does make it work MUCH better.

Running Shinko E705s on my '15 in '16 - the front 120/70 EASILY lasted the ride from Kelowna, BC to Alaska and back [replaced after 30,169 kms], but the rear required replacing in Anchorage at 5,116 kms, because I did NOT want to be 'at-the-side-of-the-road' SOMEWHERE IN THE FAR NORTH w/ a worn-out rear tire(!!!) looking to find another one,



replaced by a TKC80 knobby which EASILY made it back to Kelowna, ultimately going 9,075 kms.



LOTS of motorcycle shops along your Canadian route once you're back in the southern part.

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I bought th bike used so I can't help with a comparison on the tires except to say that out of BS 023(or was it 021), Shinko705, Angel GT, and Dunlop RS3 tires on the bake, the RS3 went 6500 miles, but that is a lot of twisty hooligan riding. The Angles went 6k miles. Everything else 35 to 4500 miles.

Some folks on the forum run higher than than normal air pressure to get a lot of mileage and it does help. I would rather get less miles but more hook up for the tires, especially when encountering a surprise on the road. I run mine a couple of lbs over factory recommendations.

I replaced the factory front pads at 55k miles. They still had a bit of life left but I was leaving on a 4k mile trip. At 59k miles now and I still have the rears on and will likely replace them in about 5k when I'll need a fresh tire.

I would also have my doubts about that second tire getting you home. Maybe if you baby it.

Do have an adventure and if it can work for you, do the Cassiar Highway. And visit Hyder.

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The brake pads should NOT be an issue, but I would suggest you raise the front of the seat which does make it work MUCH better.

Running Shinko E705s on my '15 in '16 - the front 120/70 EASILY lasted the ride from Kelowna, BC to Alaska and back [replaced after 30,169 kms], but the rear required replacing in Anchorage at 5,116 kms, because I did NOT want to be 'at-the-side-of-the-road' SOMEWHERE IN THE FAR NORTH w/ a worn-out rear tire(!!!) looking to find another one,



replaced by a TKC80 knobby which EASILY made it back to Kelowna, ultimately going 9,075 kms.



LOTS of motorcycle shops along your Canadian route once you're back in the southern part.

At worst I'll swap them at Whitehorse then again once i get back into southern Canada I figure if the set from Whitehorse gets smoked. I've had good luck with Shinko Raven's in the past but not the 705 unfortunately. That tire now scares the hell out of me after the last experience.

What's that flat panel you've got on the back?
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I bought th bike used so I can't help with a comparison on the tires except to say that out of BS 023(or was it 021), Shinko705, Angel GT, and Dunlop RS3 tires on the bake, the RS3 went 6500 miles, but that is a lot of twisty hooligan riding. The Angles went 6k miles. Everything else 35 to 4500 miles.

Some folks on the forum run higher than than normal air pressure to get a lot of mileage and it does help. I would rather get less miles but more hook up for the tires, especially when encountering a surprise on the road. I run mine a couple of lbs over factory recommendations.

I replaced the factory front pads at 55k miles. They still had a bit of life left but I was leaving on a 4k mile trip. At 59k miles now and I still have the rears on and will likely replace them in about 5k when I'll need a fresh tire.

I would also have my doubts about that second tire getting you home. Maybe if you baby it.

Do have an adventure and if it can work for you, do the Cassiar Highway. And visit Hyder.
Damn those brake pads lasted a long time.

Cassiar Highway is on the route we're taking, Alaska Highway on the way back.

Your right about the rear tire probably not lasting. I think I'll probably order one for replacement for the ride home. I think I'd have to call it by winnipeg as the stretch through Ontario to where I live is pretty sparse.
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As long as you are in the neighbo(u)rd head over to Prince Rupert and tour the old fish canning plant. Quite interesting. Very pretty ride over there from Kitwanga. I was lucky and hit Prince Rupert on a clear day.

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Hello everyone.

I've got a 30 day trip coming up starting on June 4th up to Alaska and back. For those that have made the voyage or other longer trips with your Versys I was wondering what kind of mileage you saw on your tires and any modifications you made that were well worth it. Stuff like highway pegs (I've never used them) etc.

I've ridden my V650 12 hours to see how the comfort felt compared to past bikes I've owned (VStrom, Tiger 1050, MG Stelvio) and it's similar to the Tiger 1050 I had where it gets pretty uncomfortable past about 10 hours which is what I'm limiting each days ride too. In the past I've completed Iron Butt rides on the Tiger 1050 and the Stelvio but would obviously rather avoid that and take in the scenery.

My main points of discomfort were in the knees and the seat after a long day (stock, with airhawk). I'll be stopping much more than I normally do so that'll probably help with this trip, I typically cover 500-900 miles a day on cross country trips but this time it's with my dad and a friend so limiting to 500ish.

You have Iron Butt experience so you'll probably already be aware of what I'm about to suggest, but the best thing you can do for long range comfort is to get a Russell Day Long saddle. An uncomfortable saddle can add to fatigue after a while (and thus negatively affect concentration), something you don't need on a LD motorcyle trip. I have ridden with one (on another bike) and was able to ride ride from sun up to well into the night with zero butt discomfort.

As to tires, when I used to do long distance travel on my Honda ST1100's, I followed a recommended technique of using a particular kind of long mileage, bias ply rear tire, with a normal radial front tire. The rear was a Metzler ME880 and wore like iron! Normal mileage on my bike for a rear tire was about 5500 miles, but the ME880 could go well beyond 10k. This allowed me to do a lot of mileage in one trip and not have to worry about being stuck somewhere with cords showing. Not sure if the 880 is even made anymore or if they even make it in a size that would fit the Versys. Tire technology has improved since I rode LD so maybe there is a radial tire made that gets equivalent mileage to the 880 that would fit the Versys.

Given the time of year that you'll be making this trip, another thing to seriously think about is hydration (forgive me if you already know this stuff but it might help others). The IBA has an excellent article on hot weather riding. Even in the northern most states of the US, it can get seriously hot during the summer. HERE is a cheap, home-made solution to the hydration problem I came up with that served me well. I only got to use it a couple of times before I had to give up LD riding but it worked great.

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...Cassiar Highway is on the route we're taking, Alaska Highway on the way back....
Be AWARE that you WILL be traveling thru a herd of bison on the Alcan, and they can lay a WORLD OF HURT on you in a VERY short period of time, so BE CAREFUL! They are in the vicinity of Ft Nelson to Muncho Lake, and tend to be ON the highway. [I did NOT take pics while riding thru the herd, and EVERY time I've ridden the southern part of the Alcan they've been ON the hwy!]







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...What's that flat panel you've got on the back?
It's something I 'fabbed' to attach to the small Kawi rack I put on, and that is its sole purpose! You can see the Kawi rack behind my seat in this pic.



And here it is w/ the aluminum rack attached (that's 24" x 20".) Works VG to attach my camping gear to.




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You have Iron Butt experience so you'll probably already be aware of what I'm about to suggest, but the best thing you can do for long range comfort is to get a Russell Day Long saddle. An uncomfortable saddle can add to fatigue after a while (and thus negatively affect concentration), something you don't need on a LD motorcyle trip. I have ridden with one (on another bike) and was able to ride ride from sun up to well into the night with zero butt discomfort.

As to tires, when I used to do long distance travel on my Honda ST1100's, I followed a recommended technique of using a particular kind of long mileage, bias ply rear tire, with a normal radial front tire. The rear was a Metzler ME880 and wore like iron! Normal mileage on my bike for a rear tire was about 5500 miles, but the ME880 could go well beyond 10k. This allowed me to do a lot of mileage in one trip and not have to worry about being stuck somewhere with cords showing. Not sure if the 880 is even made anymore or if they even make it in a size that would fit the Versys. Tire technology has improved since I rode LD so maybe there is a radial tire made that gets equivalent mileage to the 880 that would fit the Versys.

Given the time of year that you'll be making this trip, another thing to seriously think about is hydration (forgive me if you already know this stuff but it might help others). The IBA has an excellent article on hot weather riding. Even in the northern most states of the US, it can get seriously hot during the summer. HERE is a cheap, home-made solution to the hydration problem I came up with that served me well. I only got to use it a couple of times before I had to give up LD riding but it worked great.
I'd love a custom seat someday. For now I've had good success with just an airhawk on the stock seat. It's worked for me on all the stock seated bikes I've had. Saves a ton of money!

I don't know that they make the ME880 any more. Todays sport tourers go a long way though and are like glue in the rain.

Hydration is definitely important. I drink plenty of water and limit caffeine to my morning cup of coffee. I've been too a few deserts recently
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Be AWARE that you WILL be traveling thru a herd of bison on the Alcan, and they can lay a WORLD OF HURT on you in a VERY short period of time, so BE CAREFUL! They are in the vicinity of Ft Nelson to Muncho Lake, and tend to be ON the highway. [I did NOT take pics while riding thru the herd, and EVERY time I've ridden the southern part of the Alcan they've been ON the hwy!]
I'm not messing with those Bison!

I remember going through introductory training for being a Park ranger (worked at Acadia Nat. Park when I was younger) and we were shown all kinds of video's of those things mauling people. Bears are not what you should be worried about, it's getting to close to a Bison or between a calf and mom. Obviously don't play with the bear cubs
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I recently replaced the rear brake pads on my 2015 V650. Only about 8k miles on them but the old pads lost their grip. Holy crap the new pads are far better than OEM ever were! When I get the time I'll be replacing the front pads too.

EBC HH sintered pads.

It is a super simple and quick job to replace the pads. While you're at it, lube up the caliper slider pins and flush/bleed the fluid.
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I recently replaced the rear brake pads on my 2015 V650. Only about 8k miles on them but the old pads lost their grip. Holy crap the new pads are far better than OEM ever were! When I get the time I'll be replacing the front pads too.

EBC HH sintered pads.

It is a super simple and quick job to replace the pads. While you're at it, lube up the caliper slider pins and flush/bleed the fluid.
I've used EBC HH on a few bikes, good bite in them. Those hanger pins get all kinds of corroded over time. I usually just change the hanger pins when I do the pads since they're around 15 bucks for the front and rear.
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12,101 miles, 3 rear tires, 1 front tire and I'm on my 3rd chain (replaced 2 on the way). The stock seat with a sheepskin and airhawk was comfy enough but the knees were in pain after 8 hours or so. Highway pegs or lowered pegs are in my future as my right knee still hurts after the trip. 27 days total average 448 miles a day.

Versys had no issues other than OEM chain toast at 8500 miles, replacement toast at 4500 miles after that and 3rd chain is probably toast early. Lubed every 500 miles or so. I think it's the stock front sprocket rubber bushing causing a lot of extra heat wearing out the o-rings early. The chains are hot to touch initially vs warm and you can see the wear on the chain from the bushing. For anyone using the stock chain be warned and carry an extra if you don't want the overpriced dealer option. First replacement (all they had in prince george) was the exact same DID chain as OEM. Wore out very fast. Currently an EK SRO6 on it now which is a budget o ring chain but all that was available. All adjusted in loose end of spec. Prior bikes went 15-25k per chain so this is kind of shocking for me to see chains go this fast.

Only other issue for the 3 bikes was a flat in south dakota from a 3" screw in the NC-700 rear tire. Mushroom plug kit couldn't seal it so it took 3 of the slime ropes to keep air in the tire. That got us to the black hills (200 miles) for a replacement rear as it would lose air fast in corners. I'm keeping those slime ropes in the stop and go kit from now on.

I didn't ride up to Prudhoe bay on the Dalton as I just find the Versys too punishing to ride over rough stuff unless you go very slow which I didn't have time for on this trip. My buddy made it up and back in less than two days on his Super Tenere averaging freeway speeds (he races motorcross). Doable on Versys with knobby's and keeping the speeds down but the suspension travel is for the street and it'll take a beating.

Overall the 650 did pretty good, not the best highway bike at 75 as it gets pushed around a lot more than 1000cc heavier bikes but it's got plenty of power for it. Gas mileage was about .25-.5 gallons less than the Tenere and .5 more than the NC700 most of the time. Around 40-58mpg depending on speeds. The Tenere gets amazing mpg for a 1200 but uses premium. @38-51 for the Tenere. Below 60 the lower cc bikes get much better MPG, at highway speeds it's very close but the NC700 and Versys use 87 which is a large price difference over 12k miles.

I used Avon Spirit ST to get to whitehorse, these are amazing tires. Fully loaded the Rear was wearing for 8k miles (super rough roads up there remember) and the Front easily could have done the entire trip had a imbalanced rear tire not caused it to wear strange, probably 15-20k miles at it's wear rate. I'll be running a lot more Avon's in the future. I liked them more than Pilot Road 4's. Replacements were Continental Trail Attack 3's which were not great, the rear wore out in 4500 miles, the front is still on and wearing well but very loud. Last rear was a Shinko 644 to get me home, wearing reasonably for a more sport tire and no complaints in rain or dry. It'll last about as long as the stock Dunlop.

Stock Kawasaki Luggage is very good, no leaks no complaints.

The charging system handled charging two battery packs (10k mah and 25k mah) and my heated gear (jacket and gloves) with no complaints. I used the packs to charge my DSLR, phone, Sena headset, flashlight and Inreach for the trip.

I used a KLIM Hardanger one peice for the trip and it's excellent. Keeps the rain out and great ventilation. It's not as tough as the Aerostich but far better ventilation. Comparable in materials to the Aerostich light version.

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Ill write up a detailed post covering the trip soon after the holiday! That was the quick notes before i forget. Ive got the versys apart cleaning out Alaska which is in everything. Panels come of quick and easy though!
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12,101 miles, 3 rear tires, 1 front tire and I'm on my 3rd chain (replaced 2 on the way).

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Versys had no issues other than OEM chain toast at 8500 miles, replacement toast at 4500 miles after that and 3rd chain is probably toast early. Lubed every 500 miles or so. I think it's the stock front sprocket rubber bushing causing a lot of extra heat wearing out the o-rings early.
Something is seriously wrong if you're only getting 8500 & 4500 miles on chains. Is the wheel being aligned with any other method than just eyeballing? I'm at 19,000 miles on my OEM chain and it's still in great shape. No kinks or overly stretched portions yet.

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Something is seriously wrong if you're only getting 8500 & 4500 miles on chains. Is the wheel being aligned with any other method than just eyeballing? I'm at 19,000 miles on my OEM chain and it's still in great shape. No kinks or overly stretched portions yet.

The cheap EK chain (the basic oring SRO6 version) is holding up now better than the last DID (same as the OEM 2017 model). The bushing on the front sprocket now has groves worn in from the chain links. Some excess friction was definitely going on there.

I met another versys gen 3 owner at the Yamaha shop in Whitehorse who also had a chain that wore out much faster than expected. Not sure if his was the OEM or not.

If going on a long trip with the original chain I'd just swap out that front sprocket and chain in advance or carry the spares and something to break the chain. The EK screw links are really easy to use and don't require the riveting tools. They self rivet, you then just need to get something to cut the chain.
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I've ridden my 17 Versys now 18,000 miles in the first year (of which that was in 3 months) and so far it's been what I expected.

Great handling bike and extremely fun on tight twisty roads. Great fuel economy and uses 87 octane which is a big plus. The economy isn't all that different at speeds over 70mph from the larger displacement bikes but you do save a lot over time with 87 vs 91. Drop down to below 65 and the mileage difference quickly separates from the larger bikes.

I love that the panels come off quick and easy, it's one of the easiest if not the easiest that I've owned to strip the bike down, thank you Kawasaki for that.

Now that I lived on it riding all day for a month I'd say there's definitely better long distance bikes but it does a pretty good job. I'm on the stock seat and the slope thing is real but just pulling the airhawk pad forward a little eliminates it. I don't have any complaints using the airhawk and the stock seat. The knee's are really the only downside for me, too bent for long days and I'll probably either lower the pegs or add highway pegs to fix that. I'm debating adding crash bars for the inevitable tip over somewhere but I hate adding the weight to the bike.

I didn't use a radiator guard with all the gravel going to Alaska and other than bugs adding tiny bends to the fins and one large rock that got hucked by a car in Ontario on pavement no real dings in the radiator.

No skidplate used either since I'm not hoping over logs or going down any dirt roads with rocks that large.

Modifications I did do was replace the screen with the Puig touring screen which worked well, the adjusting screws to vibrate loose on one side over time and need to be watched though. The fender bolts where the only other screws that tried to escape so far. I've added a voltage USB (q.c 3.0) charger to the left accessory hole and a Blue Sea OLED temp gauge (air temp, you could do coolant if you wanted). And that gave me the same instrumentation I've had on my past bikes. The temperature gauge is extremely accurate. I've also run a standard SAE wire from the battery for my heated jacket and gloves and use it to charge a battery pack or check voltage when off with some accessory plugs.

Using a large 25000mah usb pack (q.c 3.0 version) worked very well, easily charging up while riding and then ample power to charge my phone, sena, Nikon D750 battery's with a usb charger, flashlight, inreach after the day was complete in my tent. The D750 battery's last forever and with two only needed to be recharged once in a month.

For gear I tried to keep things simple and used most of what I had. We divided up tools amongst the 3 bikes to save weight and space so we didn't carry triple of everything.

Basically I mimicked the factory tool kit with a large 27mm wrench for the rear, a large allen for the front and the standard sizes for the other bolts. Since all the bikes were Japanese (honda, Yamaha) we had a lot of common size tools. The 27mm got used a bunch with the chains going bad and stretching constantly. I use a motion pro tool to alight the chain/sprocket, a slack tool by them to adjust slack ( I go for 35mm loose end of spec as it was fully loaded) and a chain monkey to make getting it set quick and easy. The rear adjuster marks are off a little on my version, nothing huge but they aren't precise. All the tools got used. I carry a aerostich compressor and a Stop and Go plug kit, as mentioned it failed to plug the one flat we had which was a bad one. Now it's got the tire rope kit as well because that one did successfully stop the leak with 3 ropes.

Clothes I brought 5 underwear, 2 pants, 3 shirts, 5 socks, 1 down jacket, 1 set of thermal top/bottom and one set of rain gear (didn't trust the KLIM yet). All the clothing got used and the pants were some khaki scrubs recommended on ADVrider which are super comfortable, dry fast and don't look too goofy. Cheap on Amazon too and pack small. Highly recommended! I brought 1 pair of athletic shorts and flip flops and one set of sneakers. The down jacket was MVP of the trip and worn 80% of the time. My heated gear came out 3-4 times and was worth it's weight in gold when I needed it. Temps were from about 39-90, mostly around 45-60F as this was early-mid June. We hit everything for weather including some severe hail which covered the road in a sheet 1/4-1/2 inch for a short section in a T-storm, I saw it early and got onto the dirt shoulder and didn't crash as it was up a steep incline through a mountain pass and unridable safely until some 18 wheelers cleaned up a few lines down to the pavement.

All my clothes went in a Enduristan duffel on the rear seat, and the heated gear. My left pannier contained the tools and food. My right pannier contained my camping kit as we camped almost the entire trip. Tent/bag/pad/bag liner (warm nights and a 15 degree boost to the 30 degree bag if needed) pillow and ground pad. I use a Kelty tent with 14" poles to it fits no problem in the pannier. Once it's all out for the night the helmet goes in to keep the bugs out.

I used the Givi tank case for the Versys and it's great. It held my D-750 with a 24-120, 20mm/50mm prime and a 150-600mm. Next trip I'm just bringing my iPhone since I used that the most anyway lol. I did get some decent wildlife shots with the telephoto but I'm not sure it's worth all the bulk to bring it again.

This was the longest trip I've done to date, previously I'd ridden a 10 day 4k mile trip and crossed the country a bunch of times for close to that mileage, never 12k+ miles with no down days.

If I were to go to Alaska again I'd probably use an Africa Twin so I'd enjoy the gravel and dirt and get up to the arctic circle. I know you can get there on a Versys but I'd rather use a better tool for the job in that regard. For now I'm about to move to Alabama from upstate NY and the V650 will be a great bike for the twisty roads around deals gap that I'm not far from.

If anyone's on the fence about going, do it, life's short. It took saving up my vacation and quiting one job to get a gap between my next to get the 30 days off I needed to complete the trip but I'm glad it did. Most of the guys up there are retired and now have the time to make the trip. My dad had a blast at age 66 and just started riding bikes a few years ago.

My route from NY was through Ontario ( I live in upstate) then across upper Michigan, Minnesota, South Dakota through the badlands and black hills. Onward over the bighorn national forest, into Yellowstone than north up through Montana passing into Glacier nat. park. From there we continued North through Banff/Jasper (wow) and then Northwest to follow the Cassier highway (37) to the Alaska Highway. I saw more bears on 37 than in my entire life (I'm from Maine). More black bears on the side of the road then we could keep count of. We saw 4 grizzly's and 1 brown bear. We continued along the Alaska highway to Tok, then south out to the kenai peninsula and seward/homer. Then up toward Fairbanks and Denali. My friend Eric blasted up to Prudhoe bay in shockingly little time (less than two days) and later caught up to us in Montana on the way back. We then made a loop around back to Whitehorse and returned down 37 to Montana and across US 2 into Ontario again and home. My dad and I decided to return down 37 as I just wasn't (nor was he) impressed at all with the Alaska Highway and found it pretty boring and loaded with trucks and construction. We stopped in Hyder (great road there) on the way back.

Highlights were the road to Skagway, The road to Hyder, The road to Valdez in Alaska. 37 in B.C (bears!) Going to the sun in Glacier, The badlands, The black hills, Bighorn national forest. We tried for Beartooth pass but it was closed. The road 83 from seeley to swan lake was really nice as well in Montana.

What's next for adventure? I want to go to Ushuaia. We saw a few people in Alaska who started there, I'm jealous! Maybe Baja first. I've not been though all the States on a bike except for Hawaii and all the Canadian Provinces except the plains area.
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