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Anyone hear of an XJ making it up the Dalton to Dead horse?

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:30 pm
by mvk24
Hey guys, so outside of the Bike Life I'm routinely trying to do things that others say cant be done. I like an underdog and whether it's hiking/climbing locations, Equipment Brands that are underrated, physical extremes.. I just get a kick out of doing shit normal people don't want to or wouldn't do. That being said at a bold 23 years of age I have been touring the North East on my little 1981 kz440 Ltd belt drive. No windscreen and a half helmet which is gaining some attention from riders here on Long Island calling me crazy... but it can be done! and I am comfortable doing it.

So here's an adventure idea in the back of my head. My neighbor and good friend has put more miles on a Shovel Head (let alone adding in the other 14 bikes over the years) than anyone I've ever known. You name it he has probably owned and definitely ridden it. The next big one we are trying to put together is taking 2 wheels up to Alaska from Long Island, NY. To then take the Dalton Highway all the way up through the arctic circle to Dead Horse and back... Now even he who will tour with me absolutely anywhere on any bike is 100% committed to me needing an adventure bike to make that trip. Flat out there is no belief another bike will make it as most have failed.

However... I'm thinking it would be one hell of a trophy for Seca riders if I can make that run with my XJ. The biggest problem that comes to mind is lack of long travel suspension. (aside from the bike not being 100% as of yet) short of blowing fork seals before I even make the halfway point do you more experienced guys have any more insight or opinions on the idea of taking my XJ to the most dangerous road in the world (or there lack of a road) and making it back? Even if it becomes a monument in the arctic circle for those to pass it would be one hell of a story! :thumbsup:
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Re: Anyone hear of an XJ making it up the Dalton to Dead horse?

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:06 pm
by cafe_bill
mvk24 wrote:
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:30 pm
Flat out there is no belief another bike will make it as most have failed.
Hardly.

http://lostwithmike.weebly.com/scoot

Re: Anyone hear of an XJ making it up the Dalton to Dead horse?

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:55 am
by Siper2
Sounds like a challenge, to me!

Tires. Lots and lots of tires. All I've ever read about the Dalton is how unrelenting it is, on car/bike sneakers.

Re: Anyone hear of an XJ making it up the Dalton to Dead horse?

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:56 am
by Siper2
cafe_bill wrote:
Mon Jul 10, 2017 2:06 pm
mvk24 wrote:
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:30 pm
Flat out there is no belief another bike will make it as most have failed.
Hardly.

http://lostwithmike.weebly.com/scoot
That's awesome!! My best friend's cousin (who happens to be female) rode cross-country on a Big Ruckus a handful of years ago. Well, from KS to NH and back, anyway. Quite the adventure.

Re: Anyone hear of an XJ making it up the Dalton to Dead horse?

Posted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:50 pm
by mvk24
Yea it's actually pretty popular here on long island for guys to fully customize those Ruckus scooters and our one buddy ha ano issue keeping up with the bikes at all. Pretty cool little bikes