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I am a bit embarrassed to post this. I have always ridden my motorcycle to every place I plan to ride a motorcycle. Even more so since I like to ride long distances.

I guess I will start with a question: Have any of you used Ayres Adventure Tours or MotoQuest tours?

I have ridden to Alaska but not Prudhoe Bay. I have planned to do Prudhoe Bay for at least 5 years. I just do not have the time to ride from Dallas to Anchorage then the about 1800 miles round trip to Prudhoe Bay. Plus I do not want to take either of my motorcycles on that road for that many miles. I have ridden the X and the RSV on some hellish roads but not that many miles.

I know some of you have ridden the X up there and many other riders have ridden GWs, Ultras, trikes, Spyders, motorcycles with side cars, and some even pulling trailers. I just do not want to have to clean all that calcium chloride off of mine, fix the broken parts, or worry about a place to sleep. Plus they have a chase vehicle for repairs and they have to clean the motorcycles. All hotels are furnished with some meals. Ayres was going to furnish all hotels plus two meals per day for a little more money.

The reason for asking the above question, which I guess is too late now, is that I first signed up for the Ayres Adventure tour. I sort of knew Ron Ayres (he has passed on) and I liked what I read about the tours. So initially I signed up for their tour but it was cancelled in March for lack riders. I had met the Owner of MotoQuest last year. Low and behold I got an email from him in March almost the same day as the cancellation by Ayres.

Have any of you had any experience with MotoQuest? Even Ayres as a future reference.

It is a little late to ask since I signed up for the MotoQuest Prudhoe Bay tour.

The short of it is I will land in Anchorage (The Wife gave me her frequent flyer miles from work) June 24. Then I'll rent one of MQs BMW F700GS June 25 to ride to Chitina, Valdez, back to Anchorage then to Homer and Seward. The afternoon of the 28th I'll meet up with the tour in Anchorage after my personal solo 3 and 1/2 day, 1200 mile tour of Alaska. The next morning we are off to see "Santa". Well close enough.

I hope to be able to say I got my personal parts wet in the near freezing Arctic Ocean.

I was willing to put it off another year. However, The Wife reminded me I was not getting any younger, 70 this past January, so I had better grab the gusto while I can. This will sure put a dent in our bank account. Oh well, The Wife still works. :grin2: The American dream... wife works, husband plays.


This trip will be days after our long saved for trip to Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the D-day landing. We will be on the beaches June 6. The Wife and I both have wanted to go there for many years. I am sure I will be much more emotional at Normandy than Alaska. I am also sure Normandy will be my most memorable trip ever.
 
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I admire your ambition!
I have a friend who rode his Bergman to Alaska from the Atlanta area.
On his return trip he took the Ferry from Alaska to Seattle.
I wish you well on your journeys.
Some day I may get to the northern west/mid-west states.
Probably not on two wheels.
Take care, enjoy the ride!
 

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Thank you, Hans.
 

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That would not be enough time for me between Normandy and Anchorage.

Good to see you can still do it.

Have a safe journey. :smile2:
 

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That would not be enough time for me between Normandy and Anchorage.

Good to see you can still do it.

Have a safe journey. :smile2:

Thanks
I know what you mean but both are a now or maybe never. The 75th anniversary at Omaha Beach for D-day is a once in a lifetime for sure.
 

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Glad to see someone doing what they enjoy in life. So many people seem to spend their life just living and never take time to live. Next spring will be 35 years that I have worked 12 hour days for the same company. I will be 55 years old and plan to retire from my current job as I will be eligible for retirement. I may have to pick up another job but if I do it will be on my terms as I plan to do some of the things that I enjoy and have always wanted to do. Long motorcycle trips is one of the things that I too enjoy and plan to do. Also, like you, I have a wife that supports me doing the things that I enjoy and I am thankful for that.
 

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Corkerb,
Glad to hear that. I had to change jobs and often had second jobs to break up the boredom. I admire anyone who can stay with the same company as long as you have but it sure paid off. I haven't been bored since I retired 7 years ago. I am busier now than ever.

I did manage to retire from one career that was eating me up at 58 then work for 5 years at what I called semi retirement. Like you said, it was on my terms.

Retirement is the best job I have ever had.

We are blessed to have supportive wives. I thank God every day for blessing me with my wife and the health I still have.
Take care of your health and you will get to enjoy some fantastic retirement rides.
 
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That sounds very exciting. Alaska is on my bucket list. I live in OKC now but originated in Canada and worked a couple winters out of Fort St John on the Alaska Highway. Then I moved to Rapid City, SD so lots of great riding there. It's funny we have the same bikes. I've had my X since new in 02 and bought the RSV two summers ago for the girlfriend to come with. We will have to get together and make some miles. I also like the long rides and am not even sure what my longest day was but I do know I did 775 miles in 12 hrs one day on the way home from Vegas. Some years ago I was looking into doing a rented bike trip in South America but the economy crashed and the company folded.
 
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Question for sureshot and leroys73. Always liked the RSV and just happened to find one close by. 2005 with 45000 miles listed for 3800.00. If I decide to look at it anything I need to look for? What are your thoughts on the bike in general? Gas mileage? Power? Comfort?


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Question for sureshot and leroys73. Always liked the RSV and just happened to find one close by. 2005 with 45000 miles listed for 3800.00. If I decide to look at it anything I need to look for? What are your thoughts on the bike in general? Gas mileage? Power? Comfort?


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I swear I responded to this days ago. I really like the RSV for two up. The price you are looking at seems reasonable. I paid $4500 for an 01 with 38k. The clutch seems like the common thing like many and if you open the oil filler you will be able to see the purple pressure plate if it has been upgraded to the Barnett pressure plate. The rear shock can be an issue I'm told but no problem with mine. PM me if you have any other questions.
 
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Same as Sureshot on the shock and pressure plate. I have 38,000 on mine and no problems with either yet. I was told around 25,000 is when to expect trouble with those two parts. I will be sure my shock leaks before my warranty expires next March. I will replace the pressure plate before next summer unless it slips sooner, not covered by warranty. As far as shocks go to the Royal Star Venture and Royal Star Tour Deluxe site. The Venture Rider site is OK but the RSV RSTD is better for technical stuff. There are two good replacements for the shock. One is Hagon but not readily available in the US but still can buy from UK.



Some have had the fuel pump go out. When it does it is a hit and miss. There is an after market for it as mentioned on the RSV RSTD site.



I was on the above sites for a few years before I felt I needed to buy a long distant replacement for my VTX which I still ride. The RSV/RSTD site gave me a lot of info on the RSV. They are very reliable and comfortable. As far as price I can only say I bought my 2012 in October 2015 with 650 miles on it for 11,500 about half of a new price. It was bought new in March of 2015 so it still had 4.5 years left on the factory warranty.



If you buy it purchase the Yamaha service manual and another well known one also the owners manual. They like all motorcycles have their quirks. One is when it is near freezing you may see some coolant seeping out of the freeze plug. It worried me until Tank on the RSV/RSTD site said it was not unusual. Just wedge something between it and the cover. I was fortunate to have a very good tech at the Honda shop who had been certified on the RSV do my 26,000 service on it so I got new freeze plugs.



The cruise is a little primitive. Also it maxes out at 85 which is really a little less than 80. So in west Texas it will hold at less than the speed limit of 80. I had trouble getting the tank full consistently. It traps air. I was getting from 25 to 35 mpg. I then, once again per Tank on the RSV/RSTD site, punched holes in the filler neck so air would escape faster and more complete. Now I get close to 35mpg at interstate speeds. Now, with a head wind and running interstate speeds the mpg drops quickly to about 30 or less. 4 carbs can be hungry rascals.



I hope this helps.
 
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Up date on my adventures:

The D-Day tour was fantastic but emotional. Being there really drove home the suffering that went on. I am so glad we were able to go.

We spent extra days in Paris. The city was much cleaner than I remember back in 1967. It is probably cleaner than most big cities in this country including Dallas. The people were friendly unlike what I have heard. I am glad I was not driving, the traffic was suicidal.

Normandy was awesome. The people there still love us. We did get to go to the Battle of the Bulge area. The fox holes are still there. It was another very emotional experience. It would sure be fun to ride a motorcycle around Normandy and Belgium.

We did rent a car in Munich to visit McGraw Kaserne where I worked in the commissary and went to college. We did get to see the apartments my family lived in while Dad was stationed there. Oh yes, I did revisit the beer halls for a man sized beer. I couldn't handle the five I did back in my college days. I am out of training.

As for the Prudhoe bay tour. I rented a BMW F750GS for three days to tour around. I went to Homer (not impressed) but a good ride there with a night in Seward. Also Valdez with a night in Chitina. It was very good and the GS was not bad even without a windshield.

I had the same GS for the ride on the Dalton. I secured a ticket along with 5 other riders north of Fairbanks. We got a group discount. It was knocked down from 15 over to 9 over. That 750 will do at least 108 mph.

The weather was extremely hot for up there. We did have rain at about the time the dirt thus mud started on the Dalton. Without a windshield my face shield got covered with mud so I had no choice but to run my glove over it to clean it. Yes, it is all scratched up now. I have another plus I am due for a new helmet.

I have had very little dirt experience and I was the oldest (70 and a half) on the ride. However, often I was the first to the next stop and never last. I was more ready to head out after a lunch or fuel stop than anyone else. Every stop was at least 30 minutes just standing around after eating or fueling. I wanted to get to the next overnight stop so I could clean up and relax. On one stretch of good road a marine in the group on a BMW R1200GS was hauling butt through the curves, I was right on his tail. We had a good spirited ride.

A some parts of the road was pure hell and other parts were good and a lot of in between with leanings towards hell. Some parts that were paved should have been dirt so they would be smoother. The wooden bridge at the Yukon River was a bit squirrelly while wet.

The Yukon Crossing is where we were supposed to get fuel. On the way north I did not see anywhere to fuel up there so I kept going. By riding the same motorcycle I had for 3 days I knew the range was about 180 miles at highway speeds. For the most part I was running around 50 or 60. Coldfoot the only fuel stop after Yukon Crossing was over 200 miles from my last stop. With 54 miles left showing on my range computer but 75 miles to go I figured I was screwed. Slowing down to 35 and 40 plus pulling the clutch in on the down hill I arrived at the Coldfoot fuel pump with ZERO miles left. The tank was supposed to hold 4 gallons, I put 5.1 in it. I am glad I always fill to the top.

Some of the road appeared very smooth and firm. No it was not. After grading it the surface is very soft and deep and very squirrelly.

We stayed at the Deadhorse Hotel or Camp whatever. Dump is more like it. The place needs to be destroyed. No locks on the doors. Community bath with 4 urinals and 4 toilets with only 3 of each working when we arrived. By morning only one of each worked. I did not use any of the 4 showers, just adult size wipes for me. The food was OK.

I know there are better places to stay, at least 3. One being the Aurora. Another my buddy stayed at when he went last year was about 300 a night (nothing is cheap up there) but they had an all you can eat buffet with prime rib and a all you can eat complete breakfast buffet. He is picky but he said it was very good food.

The Deadhorse stay made the Coldfoot Camp feel like a 5 star which was very, very basic. But we did have our own bathroom and shower. The people at the Cold Foot restaurant were very nice and the food was good.

I am very glad I went. I am very glad I used MotoQuest Tours motorcycle. I did not have to clean it. There was a chase truck for breakdowns and extra fuel between Coldfoot and Deadhorse, plus they made the hotel arrangements which I understand can be tricky at times. I just wish the Deadhorse stay would have been better.

I did go for a swim in the Arctic Ocean, 34 degrees, but no wind and an unusually warm 55 degrees on land.

My VTX could have made the trip with me riding it but it probably would have been a wreck when finished. I do not believe I would want to put a motorcycle of mine through that. I rode the rented BMW F750GS like I stole it.
 

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Sureshot and Leroy73-------Well I did it. Bought a RSV for two up riding with my wife. Found out the one I mentioned earlier had a salvage title so I thought price was a bit high. Ended up getting a 07 with 25600 miles for 4000.00. Thank you both for your input.
 

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Sureshot and Leroy73-------Well I did it. Bought a RSV for two up riding with my wife. Found out the one I mentioned earlier had a salvage title so I thought price was a bit high. Ended up getting a 07 with 25600 miles for 4000.00. Thank you both for your input.
Did you keep your X?
 

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As of now I do have it. A friend has had it since May riding it and is supposed to be buying it by the end of the year. If not then I will sell it.
A buddy bought his X when I did but only kept it a year before trading for a Wing. He has always regretted not keeping it for non touring rides.

So far I still ride mine, 140,000 miles on it, after 4 years ago buying the Yamaha Royal Star Venture for touring. The high miles on the X is one reason I thought I needed a replacement long distance touring. I really like riding my X. I have made it comfortable and it is so reliable. I'd still take it to Alaska again. The RSV is a little more comfortable with about 100,000 less miles and probably just as reliable.

I hate the thought of getting rid of my X. It has taken me so many places. It is about worthless to someone else with the high miles on it. But I really don't need two of them. I have been in the same situation with cars, own more than I can drive.

I can't help it, I like cars and motorcycles. Boats too, but I gave up that addiction when it became way too much work for the limited fun and I don't fish. Airplanes are out of my league, although I do like them.
 

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I hate the thought of getting rid of my X. It has taken me so many places. It is about worthless to someone else with the high miles on it. But I really don't need two of them. I have been in the same situation with cars, own more than I can drive.

I can't help it, I like cars and motorcycles. Boats too, but I gave up that addiction when it became way too much work for the limited fun and I don't fish. Airplanes are out of my league, although I do like them.
I bought a Stratoliner a little over two years ago. Kept the VTX because I liked it so much and like you, didn't think I could get what I thought it was worth due to it having 75000 miles on it. Also a couple of friends would ride it when our group from church would ride together. Also have two bikes that I keep for another friend, a Yamaha 1300 and a Honda Valkyrie. He likes motorcycles but doesn't make time to ride so he has asked me to keep them and ride them. Trying to sell the Valkyrie but they are a hard sell. With that being said, having 4 bikes I have more bikes at my house than I can ride and one of the friends who has been riding my VTX agreed on a fair price so he will be getting it soon.
 
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