2007 Diablo Black ZX-14...*****I am also a Former ZZR1200 Owner.
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Here ya go Arthur....this thread is full of street bikes converted to enduro hybrid "beasts" There is some classic old iron in here.....
Is Wanda going?
Here's another thought. Ride your Connie to Wash. state and rent something once you get there. Seems a waste to buy another bike that would be a competent dirt-roader, but would be a compromise for such a large part of the trip.
This thread has gotten me thinking about what I missed out by not going all the way to the Arctic Ocean. If you use Google maps you can view the road. In places you can use the street view and see the road surface. Where it is gravel it is hard packed. A ZZR or C14 should have no problem as long as you have decent tires. No telling what it will be like if it rains. I may not make it back up there on a bike but I am considering the trip in a vintage air cooled VW. Either a bug or a bus. Not sure which yet.
Don't trust Google street view to give you a true picture of the road surface. When we went to the MotoGP a couple of years ago, I street viewed the road in front of the motel and it looked fine when actually there was a pothole big enough to lose a VW in right in front of the motel driveway. They blur things so you can't read signage (probably a lawyer thing) and that takes away all the important detail.
The Haul Road is a beast best tamed with spoked wheels and low speeds. There is a reason why car rental companies prohibit their cars being driven north of Coldfoot or even Fairbanks. The road is rough in the summer. It is better in winter, but you wouldn't want to ride a motorcycle then.
The potholes, gravel traps, mud, and other perils of the northern reaches of the Haul Road are legendary... and true.
How To Cheat on Personality Tests
1. When asked for word associations or comments about the world, give the most conventional, run-of-the-mill, pedestrian answer possible.
2. To settle on the most beneficial answer to any question, repeat to yourself:(a) I loved my father and my mother, but my father a little bit more.
(b) I like things pretty well the way they are.
(c) I never worry much about anything.
(d) I don't care for books or music much.
(e) I love my wife and children.
(f) I don't let them get in the way of company work.From <cite>The Organization Man</cite> by William Hollingsworth Whyte, 1956