Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Badger Mountain Washington
Mad Maxine meets the Dempster
I wanted to do a write up on my build in real time, but with work and family it was hard to document in real time. I have finally finished "Mad Maxine" and the culmination will be a ride to Tuk in two weeks.
I bought the bike last summer from a guy whose dream was to make the bike into an adventure touring bike. Unfortunately, he had been battling cancer and was scheduled for a fourth surgery and there was a possibility he might not survive. The bike only had 2,300 miles and was set up pretty well to begin with. He had added a Puig windshield, SW mototech skid plate, TKC 80s front and rear, Barkbusters, and Pyramid rear tire hugger.
As soon as I bought the bike I joined the forum and started reading. Particularly I was inspired by AlaskaJeff, FastEddie, and Joey Rocket's builds. A friend of mine initially had planned to ride from the origin of the Columbia to the termination of the Snake River. As I continued to enjoy riding the bike, I slowly started making plans to improve the bike to complete the ride. As the bike build continued the trip changed as well. Soon, five other riders decided to join and the plan to ride to Tuk developed.
So here are the additional items that were added since buying the bike:
Upper fairing and beak
Givi Crash bars
Givi Luggage Racks
Delkevic exhaust (Sounds awesome)
DID sealed chain
16T front sprocket change
Sequential Integrated Tail light
Solo Box Aluminum Panniers
Home made front fender bracket to raise fender
150/70/17 Mitas EO7plus Dakar rear tire
130/80/17 805 Shinko rear tire on the front
All that is left is too scrub in the tires and start packing for the trip. The plan is to meet in Missoula and head up east of the Rockies and head over to Dawson and up to Inuvik. From there up to Tuk and back to down to Dawson and over to Chicken, Alaska and back down through Western BC, Hells Gate and down to Chilliwack, border crossing at Sumas, and finally over North Cascades highway. Looking forward to getting this off the bucket list!