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Back to the Arctic Circle - on the CTX?

Hoping to go back to the Arctic Circle and trying to decide if I should take the CTX or buy a different bike for the trip.
Can't do the ride until 2018 (they're still working on the road) but if I need a different bike I want to buy it this fall.
Setting up another bike takes time!!

The ride to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories would include almost 1100 miles of gravel and there will be mud and calcium chloride.

I want to use a Shinko 700 Series rear tire on the front so I would need to raise the front fender at least a 1/2", that will be a challenge because of the brake line and ABS wiring crossing over the fender.

The rear - run flat snow tire
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Can the CTX make it to the Arctic Ocean?

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One would think and ADV tourer of some kind would be a better choice. Particularly something with longer travel suspension. Not to say it can't be done a CTX. There was an article in Motorcyclist magazine a few months ago about someone riding a Victory bagger (Team Grizzly) around the world in all types of conditions. Bike was setup with studded tires & such. As the saying goes where there's a will...Best of luck,hopefully you'll give us a detailed ride report when it happens.
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Hope that you have a great trip.
Never done a trip like this but these are just my thoughts.

I know people who have rode to Alaska on Harley's but they are Harley riders :-) they also stayed mainly on the roads.
If the roads are good ctx would make it there and back.

But every picture post or YouTube video I saw of trips in Alaska.
I would go with an Adventure touring type of bike for the gravel and or mud roads and the extra road clearance.

I cannot see wrestling the ctx out of a mud hole or going down a rutted country road. Or going off road on trails
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I agree with @Arnzinator . It probably could be done with the CTX if all the conditions are just right. But with all the mods and prep work you'd need to account for all the what-ifs, especially up out there hundreds of miles away from anybody, you might be better doing it on a machine like an ADV bike that was built for that kind of job.
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This is the tire I want to use.
Shinko 130/80-18

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Someone else posted about an off-road type trip with dirt and gravel roads and such. They specifically mentioned that the ABS and Traction control got a real workout. If you get another bike it would seem like these options would be a good choice to have on your trip.
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I finally took the time today to see if I will be able to raise the front fender, I had been looking at it for weeks and trying to guess if the Shinko would fit.
I removed the fender and made a temporary mounting bracket. I was able to raise the fender a full inch!!

Now I have the dimensions to make the permanent brackets and after the current tire wears out I can try the Shinko. Can't wait to try it!!

If the tire testing goes well I think the CTX will be heading north.
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This will be my third trip north of the Arctic Circle. I rode to Prudhoe Bay, AK in 2012 and Inuvik, NT in 2015.
Both of those rides were done on a Victory Vision.

I wasn't sure if I would find tires for the CTX that would work on the Dalton Highway AND I thought I was going to be nicer to the CTX, I guess not!

The Vision on the Dempster Highway.



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This is so kewl, the expert asking us peons for advice......I'm honored.
I know from reading so many of your other posts on the adv site, you probably already made up your mind.
You just fishing for ideas. That Shinko looks like it could eat gravel/mud for breakfast. And again, you should know.
I can hardly wait to see your final gear arrangement, photos, and another epic RR.
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This is so kewl, the expert asking us peons for advice......I'm honored.
I know from reading so many of your other posts on the adv site, you probably already made up your mind.
You just fishing for ideas. That Shinko looks like it could eat gravel/mud for breakfast. And again, you should know.
I can hardly wait to see your final gear arrangement, photos, and another epic RR.
Thank you! I can't wait!!
I enjoy the planning and preparation almost as much as the ride!
I'm always looking for information and have learned a lot (always something I need that I didn't know about) on this site.

The Shinko has worked great. Its not just the thread pattern but also the thickness. There's a lot of sharp rocks on the Dempster Highway.

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