WHERE THE ROAD ENDS – EXPEDITION
In November 2017, four retired U.S. Army Paratroopers will be taking motorcycles from Deadhorse, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. In the process they will travel by land through the 100 mile stretch of roadless jungle that separates Panama and Colombia and commonly known as the Darien Gap. The four month expedition will be the subject of a feature documentary titled “Where the Road Ends.”
In order for the team to pass through the Darien Gap Jungle, they need to arrive in Panama in January at the start of the dry season. Any other time and the team would face rivers swollen by heavy rains, a feet thick slopes of mud and unbearable humidity. To accomplish their timeline the team will depart the Northern most part their journey in November, passing through Alaska and Canada at the start of winter.
The team will be riding specially modified KLR 650s to help deal with the cold, icy road conditions, and the darkness of the north. What follows is a brief outline of some of the modifications made to the 2017 KLR 650:
-The bike build project took less than 72 hours in complete the teams four bikes. The install team at Twisted Throttle provided technical support and installed the majority of the electronic upgrades to the bikes. Upgrades included bike mounted DR1 LED auxiliary lights by Denali Electronics, D4 LED light pods mounted to the sidecar, and R&G heated grips all run to a Denali Powerhub2 run beneath the left side battery cover.
-The stock KLR mirrors were replaced with RAM mounted DoubleTake mirrors with RAM X-Grips for phone and radio holders added to the handlebars for easy access.
-Bike protection and storage has been added by means of Barkbuster, aluminum reinforced hand guards, SW Motech Engine guards and rear luggage rack, and Trax EVO quick lock aluminum luggage panniers.
-Each bike has been outfitted with a custom sidecar designed and built by Eryx Tools and the Edwards Racing team out of Colorado. With input into the sub assembly provided by Claude Stanley of Freedom Sidecars, the sidecars are designed to give the team additional traction control and stability in the Arctic between Alaska and Canada as well as providing the team additional storage space for cold weather gear. The side cars are built of welded steel tubing and use half torsion axles which are commonly found on trailers. While the team originally considered using 21” KLR front tires with custom axle assemblies, the half torsion axles proved more time and cost effective. Each sidecar was also equipped with a Warn XT17 ATV winch, Denali D4 lights, and a Pelican 1730 case for storage. The sidecars will come off the bikes in Portland Oregon when weather and road conditions improve.
-For filming the team uses oversize RAM bases, typically 2” and the RAM Claw to attached cameras and gopros. The increase size and weight of the 2” RAM products reduces camera vibration and results in a clearer and more steady image.
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