Monday, January 3, 2011

Some Modest Moto Goals

Sunrise on New Years Day seems like a good thing to have on the first post of the year. I've been reading a lot of posts which either summarize the last year or list goals for the upcoming year. I've never been one to make personal goals or resolutions in the past and I suspect that is possibly due to fear of failure. I suspect that by the end of the first week, any resolutions I've made would be forgotten but moto goals may be doable.

  • Ride 5K miles this year. Given that I've only ridden about 9K miles over the last 3 years this may be a little ambitious.
  • Ride to the Arctic Circle. I've ridden as far north as the Yukon River bridge before turning around. As long as the road isn't muddy it should be fine, right...
  • Ride the Fairbanks-Anchorage-Valdez-Fairbanks loop
  • D2D - Dust to Dawson (it is not a rally) ride to Dawson City, YT, near the latter half of June
These sound like pretty modest goals. There are some things that I would really like to do but they aren't realistic such as other MSF classes since they aren't offered up here.


  1. Very commendable goals on the RT. Would it have street or aggressive tires for that Arctic Circle ride? Can't wait to see a picture in front of the sign!!! -Lori

  2. Dear Richard:

    Happy New Year!

    I too have been unproductive as far motorcycles go during the holiday break. And I have decided not to clutter up my life with superflous resolutions this year. In fact, I have one: to become an official and professional moto-journalist or writer someplace. I'm sick of business travel writing (after 31 years) and have decided to see if I can make a buck at moto-humor. I just bought a new textbook titled, "How To Write Jokes and Congressional Testimony." I'll let you know how this turns out.

    Fondest regards,
    Jack • reep • Toad
    Twisted Roads

  3. I have long given up on new years resolutions since I haven't been very successful in achieving them. But when it comes to travel I am all in. Your plans sound great, and I wish I could be around to accompany you on the ride to the Arctic Circle. Please make sure you let me (virtually) ride pillion on this.
    Happy and healthy New Year!

  4. Richard

    a worthy goal, riding to the Arctic Circle...I hope to do the same someday too.


    Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner

    Redleg's Rides

  5. RichardM:

    a couple of years ago I had a chance to ride to Alaska as I had two sets of friends going up there. One with a group of bikers, and other via car caravan but I could only go for two weeks and wasn't enough time.

    All I need is a yellow F650GS, if only I knew where to "borrow" one . . .

    bobskoot: wet coast scootin

  6. I'm liking your goals and I'm looking forward to the photography such treks will produce. Plan, prepare and execute. You'll be glad you did, and we be cheering for you.


  7. Lori:
    I'm still trying to locate some more aggressive tires for the RT but it uses weird sizes which are hard to find in the US.

    I usually don't do resolutions but thought I'd take a crack at some goals.

    When I go up there, I will definitely take pictures as I'll probably be going pretty slow anyway. I'm told that the road is actually in pretty good shape as long as it's dry.

    With your Ural, you could even make it up in the wintertime. I see a couple of sidecar rigs around here all winter. One is a newer BMW cruiser and the other is a Royal Enfield. I occasionally see Urals but only in the summer.

    Remember, Alaska is only a couple of days from Vancouver. Two weeks should be plenty of time as long as you don't want to take the ferry...

    Allen & Stacy:
    Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I'm really looking forward to Spring (actually mid April is when I can get the bike back out again)

  8. Best of wishes on the upcoming goals.

    I think last year was the first time I attempted any notable goal making. I made easy, fun ones that jived with my favorite interests and surprisingly I hadn't forgotten them a week later. Made a few, missed a few, it's all good.

    You have a short season up there, but what a lovely, wonderful place to ride when the weather and sunlight cooperates.