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johndoe wrote:Unfortunately, I'll be doing the arctic via the Dempster rather than the Dalton and probably skipping AK altogether. The Canadians will be the ones fleecing me out of my tourist dollars.
Dawgboy wrote:Have you thought about a bear box for your food? It would really suck to be cmped out somewhere and Have a Grizzly make a lunch out of your Panniers...
Impus wrote:Cash. There are plenty of places in the backwater parts of North America that don't/can't take plastic.
Look at your bike: If you lay 'er down, what might break off? A footpeg? Shift lever? If it's something critical, can you carry a spare? Or something to jury rig it with? A small vice grip goes a long way...
Sufficient personal lighting to drive by, should you lose a headlight. If you're 200 miles from the nearest partz store and a rock takes out your bike's light, you may need to use a headlamp or duct tape a maglight to the handlebars...
Spare batteries for all your electronics. If you can get everything to run off one kind of battery, you'll be able to swap out power from non-critical gear to critical gear. ie; The AA batteries in your headlamp can be used in your GPS in a pinch, then put back in the headlamp when it gets dark.
Camp towel of some sort. The microfiber towels are nice, but I've found myself using a humble shop rag as a: dewrag, facecloth, ovenmitt, snotrag, buttwipe, rising-bread-protector, keep-bees-outta-my-coffee-protector, strain-the-alge-outta-this-water-before-filtering-protector, drying rag, dust guard, nut-n-bolt keeper, ...you get the idea. Many people use a bandanna for this.
Compass. I know you'll be on a North/South road pretty much the whole trip, but it's the sort of thing you just shouldn't go without.
Sunglasses? Some folks need 'em, some don't.
Watch cap and/or balaclava. Considering where you're going, perhaps a tuque.
SAM splint. Crack an Ulna and you'll be happy you have one.
Titanium Spork. 'Nuff said.
Impus wrote:Also, a quick google search informs me that there is an aftermarket kickstart kit for your bike. Bumpstarting a fully-loaded bike on a dirt road is no fun, this might be something to consider.
Spare final drive chain, or at least a couple of master links you can put together to make a small section of replacement chain.
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