Hi guys --
Brand new member of the forum. I took a class, got my license, and bought a 2018 Rebel 300 a few months ago as my first bike. One thing led to another and I decided to take a solo ride from Morro Bay, CA up to Anchorage, Alaska. I crossed the finish line last night.
I took a circuitous route, so my total distance (including a few side trips) was about 4,650 miles in 21 days, with one day off.
In the States, I tried to stick to the 101 up the coast. I crossed the border north of Bellingham, WA. Rode east across Southern Canada to Calgary, backtracked slightly to see Banff and Jasper on my way to the Alaska Highway. Stayed on the Alaska Highway until I veered north to enjoy about 236 km of the legendary Dempster Highway and Tombstone Park, then hit Dawson City and crossed into Alaska via the Top of the World Highway.
As far as modifications to the bike, I added a small windshield, an AirHawk seat, and some saddlebags. I also wore a light backpack the whole way. It wasn't pretty, but I made it.
The Rebel held up more or less perfectly, despite the punishment of bad roads, bad weather, long days, and a rider who was still learning. Vibration knocked the muffler and seat loose eventually, but it was my own rookie mistake in not checking them before the problems became apparent -- and both were easily fixable.
Happy to answer any questions about long-distance riding on a Rebel 300 if anyone's curious. My bottom line is that it was an incredible journey and a pretty big challenge.