How did it feel to unveil the bike to the public? What was the response and feedback like?
It's always a relief to unveil these projects. I usually don't get too nervous because I know I couldn't have done it any better. It’s a big rush of personal accomplishment. Funny because the big unveiling was also the first time I got to see the bike complete myself! I'm always bolting the last pieces together for the first time as the truck is waiting outside to pick them up. Of course most of the people who approach me personally are complimentary …and that's how I like it - ignorance is bliss! I've had a very positive response, with many inquiries regarding purchasing components or complete builds. A lot of people have commented that it looks like an OEM machine, which in my opinion is high praise. I’m quite proud.
How was riding the bike through Alaska?
Riding the bike in Alaska was truly fantastic. After all the energy, expense, late nights, maniacal shuttling of parts up and down the coast and obsessive scrutiny of all of details major or minor, the bike handily exceeded my performance expectations. With only a few mechanical issues to deal with, our only concerns were the weather, how deep are the water crossings were…and not running out of beer. This is where our REV'IT! gear really proved its worth. The GORE-TEX® waterproofing and venting was so effective that I don't recall a single episode of discomfort. We encountered heavy downpours, immediately followed by 75-degree dusty stretches, followed by mud-riddled double track, all ending in expansive frigid snow fields. I especially appreciated the simultaneous simplicity and technology of my Trench GTX Jacket and Globe GTX Pants. I loved the straight forward function and clean, timeless aesthetic. The fully realized designs and technical features truly worked to keep me safe, dry, and comfortable. The whole load out was so comfortable I pretty much lived in it - including the Discovery Boots and Kodiak GTX Gloves.