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    Alaska anyone?

    Has anyone taken their bmw scoot to Alaska yet, or plan to?

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    Would be a interesting ride, one make sure you don't have a bmw top case! Two I think somewhere in route you may have to replace tires not certain who would stock the correct ones
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    A few years back we ran into a fellow from San Diego who rode to Alaska on a 500cc Aprilla scoot. He was a retired church missionary who had spent most of his life in Norway. He was riding with two guys on Harleys running straight pipes. Probably had about the same HP output.

    Adventure Cycle Works in Fairbanks is a great place to have tires changed in Alaska. You could have tires shipped to them and have the waiting for you, or you can contact them and they may order them and have them there. They provide 24/7 service in the summer.

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    There are also 2 BMW dealers in Alaska. Trails End in Fairbanks and The Motorcycle Shop in Anchorage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    Would be a interesting ride, one make sure you don't have a bmw top case! Two I think somewhere in route you may have to replace tires not certain who would stock the correct ones
    Send pic's
    Why do you say not to use a BMW top case. I'm a new RT owner and am planning a trip to Alaska.

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    BMW, just recalled the mounting bracket for the scooter, seems a couple have broken off. Does NOT affect other models of BMW bikes.

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    Recall??

    Were all scooters involved in the recall? I have a 2013 C650GT and have not yet seen a recall notice.

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    Top case mount recalled, if you do not have a bmw case no recall
    Side stand issue, mounting bolts need to be removed and tightened with loctite
    Some issues have occurred with fuel gauges, mostly with European bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by 22600 View Post
    Has anyone taken their bmw scoot to Alaska yet, or plan to?

    DW
    It has been on my 'to-do' list for years. But all my friends were married & it just didn't fit their plans...and I kept putting off going alone. Now all my friends have quit riding, and I still don't relish going alone. I talked to a guy from Alaska & he advised not going alone, and not without a gun , [animals like bears] But getting one across the borders & back is all but impossible now...[as I understand it]

    I don't camp, and motel budget stalled some others that considered it in more recent years.. I have ridden to & in 47 of the fifty states. Missing Alaska, Hawaii , & for some reason Road Island? Might get that one done this spring.......getting to Hawaii could prove problematic .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71243 View Post
    It has been on my 'to-do' list for years. But all my friends were married & it just didn't fit their plans...and I kept putting off going alone. Now all my friends have quit riding, and I still don't relish going alone. I talked to a guy from Alaska & he advised not going alone, and not without a gun , [animals like bears] But getting one across the borders & back is all but impossible now...[as I understand it]

    I don't camp, and motel budget stalled some others that considered it in more recent years.. I have ridden to & in 47 of the fifty states. Missing Alaska, Hawaii , & for some reason Road Island? Might get that one done this spring.......getting to Hawaii could prove problematic .....
    I lived in AK for 16 years and have been up and down the ALCAN over a dozen times. Never carried a weapon while riding. I own several weapons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t6pilot View Post
    Top case mount recalled, if you do not have a bmw case no recall
    If you have the accessory backrest it is also recalled.
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    I was specifically wondering

    Quote Originally Posted by 71243 View Post
    It has been on my 'to-do' list for years. But all my friends were married & it just didn't fit their plans...and I kept putting off going alone. Now all my friends have quit riding, and I still don't relish going alone. I talked to a guy from Alaska & he advised not going alone, and not without a gun , [animals like bears] But getting one across the borders & back is all but impossible now...[as I understand it]

    I don't camp, and motel budget stalled some others that considered it in more recent years.. I have ridden to & in 47 of the fifty states. Missing Alaska, Hawaii , & for some reason Road Island? Might get that one done this spring.......getting to Hawaii could prove problematic .....
    if any anyone had taken a new BMW scooter to Alaska. But on your other point, take a couple cans of bear spray; that will get varmits, two legged and four running the other way. You could always take a 12ga shotgun; you can get it across with proper paper work. You probably don't need one until you need one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 22600 View Post
    if any anyone had taken a new BMW scooter to Alaska. But on your other point, take a couple cans of bear spray; that will get varmits, two legged and four running the other way. You could always take a 12ga shotgun; you can get it across with proper paper work. You probably don't need one until you need one.

    DW

    I apologize , I took 'scoot' as a general slang [I.E. motorcycle...] wasn't an attempt to thread steal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjmaszczak View Post
    Were all scooters involved in the recall? I have a 2013 C650GT and have not yet seen a recall notice.
    This recall is only for scooters sold before May 2013. Everyone received the notice even if they did not have a top box. I am in Canada and had my scooter since last october and did not purchase my top box here (I bought it in Detroit and installed it myself so BMW Canada did not know I had one).

    As for the recall on the side stand I have not had any notice on it. I think this is only if the owner of the scooter has had an issue of the engine stalling on them.

    Now for the issue of the fuel gauge, in Canada we have the European scooters and I have not had any problem with the fuel gauge.
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