North to Alaska!

Here it is!  Early notice of an intended double group motorcycle in Alaska late next summer (8/25 – 9/1) with MotoQuest tours.  Both tours will begin and end in Anchorage. This grew out of  a conversation with Phil Freeman, owner of MotoQuest International.  He asked what he had to do in order to get me to experience the joys of riding in Alaska, and this is what evolved.  It is the wildest and most far-fetched idea I’ve ever hatched  – hope we can make it work.

Two groups – one trip.   My group (the pavement ride and sleep in the hotel group) shall be referred to as the “Miss the Moose Tour.”   Ride West GM Dave Swezey’s hard core adventure camping group will be called the “Bear Bait Tour.”   Which one for you?

Prices vary, as below, and the trip will be limited in two ways.  6 or fewer and the group does not go, and there is an upper limit of 20 – minus Swezey and myself leaves 18 slots.

Best of all – $100 of the fee for each rider will be donated to Riders for Health


Paved Group   (Miss the Moose Tour)

Saturday August 25th – Arrival Day

Sunday August 26th – Anchorage to Seward

Monday August 27th Seward to Homer

Tuesday August 28th Free day Homer

Wednesday August 29th – Homer to Girdwood

Thursday August 30th – Girdwood to Whittier to Valdez Ferry 

Friday August 31st – Valdez to Anchorage

Saturday September 1st – Depart

Minimum 6 riders
Cost –  $4,150 base bike shared room    $4,850 base bike own room
$5,000 base bike own room with pillion

Included:  Welcome and farewell dinners, F650 Twin rental 6 days, T-shirt and hat, ferry tickets, 7 nights of hotel lodging

Not included:  fuel, meals on the road, gas, flights, trip insurance

Off-Road  (Bear Bait Tour

Saturday August 25th – Arrival Day

Sunday August 26th – Anchorage to Gracious

Monday August 27th Gracious

Tuesday August 28th Gracious to copper center

Wednesday August 29th – Copper Center

Thursday August 30th – Copper Center to Valdez 

Friday August 3st – Valdez to Anchorage

Saturday September 1st – Depart

Cost:     $3,350 base bike camping

Included:  Welcome and farewell dinners,  F650 Twin rental, T-shirt and hat, ferry tickets, 1 nights of hotel lodging (Valdez), knobby tires

Not included:  fuel, meals on the road, gas, flights, trip insurance

Bike Upgrades for either trip
BMW F800 = $240
BMW R1200GS = $420

Want to use your own bike?  $1000 off (either group) and you take responsibility for getting it there and getting it home.

Registration form – If you want to sign up this is the place to do it, just list Dave Preston or Dave Swezey as the ring leader for your  trip so MotoQuest  knows which trip you are doing.

About david

I am a 69 year old motorsports nut who lives in Bothell, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I have been married forever and have two grown children. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Bonneville T 120 , a Triumph Thruxton, a Fiat 500S and a VW Tiguan. What else would you like to know?
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