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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-10-2018, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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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
Gear indicator
USB charger
Throttle lock
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!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-10-2018, 07:01 AM
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Excellent work! I think she should serve you well. Safe riding brother. Hope to meet you on your way back through Alaska.


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Nice build..... thats a great looking machine that should treat you well....

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Looks like you're ready to ROCK and ROLL. Bike looks great. Enjoy the trip.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-05-2018, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Just got back today after finishing 5k miles in twelve days. I made it to Tuk and back. Still wrapping my head around it....once I get through this week I will do a write up. Mad Maxine handled it all in stride. Other than mud in the radiator on the Dempster and some chain adjusters I had no issues. Jeff, from Dawson I did TOTH through Chicken and back into BC. We did get over to Haider for some great Halibut at the Fish bus. Too bad we didn't cross paths maybe next year!
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I've been FURTHER N than Inuvik, but in a C-130, not on a bike. Got to CFS Alert on Ellesmere Island (I believe that's the CLOSEST land base in the world, to the TRUE N Pole!) many times, and visited the Magnetic N Pole (near Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island) which is quite a bit further S. Some buddies are planning Tuk after D2D 2019, and trying to talk me into it....

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I was very fortunate to get in and out before the rain. From what I hear a lot of riders after D2D were waiting for a break in the weather that never came. Those who decided to try were caught with rain North of Inuvik and the last 20k of the Tuk road was a skating rink. We pressed through the rain and when we got to Inuvik it was dry. We got up and out of Tuk when it was dry. The Dempster was challenging but I must admit most of it was luck in the weather. I never saw another V on the road the whole 12 day trip. Wonder if anyone has made it further than Inuvik on a V.
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