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Old 06-17-2011, 08:31 PM   #22546
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Battery

10 Cup--agree on the battery, kind of, I usually change mine on a 3 year basis and I do use battery tenders. I just hate the good one day bad the next that sulification causes. Anyway mine is only a year old.
Now the fuel pump--that is a concern, but mine is not in the problem range so I'm just going to turn the key and go!
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:33 PM   #22547
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TAT Planning

My wife and I are heading out to Trinidad, CO tomorrow morning to start the TAT (won't actually get on the trail until Monday). So the "what to carry" topic is quite relevant for me as I have racked my brain and thought of all sorts of scenarios to decide what I needed to bring.

My bike is a 2008 w/ under 4k on the odo.

Here's my list:

Pre-ride:
-I replaced the fuel pump (02/08 model - pump was -still functioning normal)
-starting with new chain and sprockets
-Fresh tires and tubes
-New battery

Carrying with:
-spare 21" tube & patches
-New pre-oiled notoil airfilter
-Extra oil Filter
-Spare nuts and bolts, fuses, bit of wire and hose.
-small chain tool and a couple of master links
-Spark Plug
-Typical stock of tools, duct tape, wire ties, etc...

We are planning on doing a bit of camping, so we are hauling all of that with us


I have started a blog for our partial TAT run (we are ultimately headed to San Francisco) Blog here: 2texansridethetat.blogspot.com

It probably won't be good for much other than locating out spot link, as we probably will not be able to update too much. I do plan to do a full RR afterwords though .

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Old 06-18-2011, 02:21 AM   #22548
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I wouldn't bring anything you've got shown there.

I would take 2 tubes, a patch kit, a bicycle tire pump, some quick steel, a master link, and my tools. That's all I take everywhere I go and wouldn't bring anything extra for a TAT trip if I were to do one.
+1

I've done several 2000+ mile solo trips (2 on the WRR) and I would bring exactly what Krabill said for a TAT trip. The only other things I would bring are duct tape, some chain spray, a small survival kit, and a 1 liter MSR bottle for peace of mind.
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Old 06-18-2011, 09:27 AM   #22549
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He can have mine, no need for anyone to pay anything.

Steez, PM me your address and I'll see if I can get it out tomorrow.


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Old 06-18-2011, 01:09 PM   #22550
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I wouldn't bring anything you've got shown there.

I would take 2 tubes, a patch kit, a bicycle tire pump, some quick steel, a master link, and my tools. That's all I take everywhere I go and wouldn't bring anything extra for a TAT trip if I were to do one.
+2 Krabill's pretty much got it covered....plus some duct tape & small can of WD40.

Honestly, I don't get what the big deal is with the TAT. Its not like your traversing the Gobi desert of Mongolia. For the most part, there is a town every 50 - 100 miles, and cell coverage most the way. Heck, probably not that many dirt roads left either.....since that's the most endangered species in America.

Suggest you take advise from SkierD, since he's basically crossed the continent TWICE on his WRR. That guy packs about as light as I've ever seen for long trips. So, he's learned a thing or three.

Whatever you planned on taking.....leave half of it home! You'll never need it.

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Old 06-18-2011, 02:27 PM   #22551
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Had a great ride with a few riding buddies today.



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Old 06-18-2011, 03:43 PM   #22552
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Is it just the angle or does that tank look like a plucked thanksgiving turkey draped over your bike?
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:58 PM   #22553
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This bike is awesome!

I just put an IMS 3.1 tank on last night. With all of the other farkles I've added, this bike is almost perfect. Next week I send off the seat pan to Rick Mayer and add a couple inches to the height. My KLR was like riding a suburban compared to this thing. And I love the suspension, what a difference.
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:12 PM   #22554
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Is it just the angle or does that tank look like a plucked thanksgiving turkey draped over your bike?
That's a new one. At the end of the day I don't give a shit what it looks like. Because I just rode over 200 miles without filling up.
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:42 PM   #22555
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Aw, I'm just giving you a hard time... my safari looks weird too IMO, but it also gets the job done. What works, works.
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:56 PM   #22556
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Ha! Yep, my thoughts as well. I've been commuting for two weeks on sixteen dollars worth of gas and no stops at the pump.

I also managed to relocate the level sensor to a spot that reliably brings on the low fuel light with .8 gallons left. Opposite side of the pump from where it starts, it is zip tied to one of the vertical plastic rails that make up the cage.



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That's a new one. At the end of the day I don't give a shit what it looks like. Because I just rode over 200 miles without filling up.
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:06 PM   #22557
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Thanks for the props hf, I don't think its deserved but i'll take it lol.

I don't bring much in the way of spares, the bike is good about not breaking after all. Spare brake and clutch lever, shifter, spark plug, f+r tubes, maybe cables zip tied into place though I haven't yet, a spare lower rad hose (the one that comes out of the pump, thanks for that bit of hose HF) and that's about it. Duct tape, zip ties, jb quik weld, electrical tape, patch kit too. Only extra tools are the motion pro combo tire spoons 22 and 27mm, a wire crimper/cutter tool, crimp connectors, and 4mm 5mm 6mm allen L keys, and 8mm and 12mm sockets with the motion pro 3/8 drive adapter for the 27mm combo spoon. The stock tool kit is actually pretty complete for damn near anything I'd be wanting or able to do in the field so I just add the few bits I know I need to get the bike more or less down to components and to do an oil change on the road.
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:27 PM   #22558
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That's a new one. At the end of the day I don't give a shit what it looks like. Because I just rode over 200 miles without filling up.
That blue one is hot. Too bad I dropped it like six times today, and came to the realization( which I already knew) That the stock pegs are made from swiss cheese.

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Old 06-18-2011, 06:50 PM   #22559
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A long, long day of riding today. 240 miles total through some
very remote country. Glad to be back home right now as my
bike decided to act stubborn after going through a series
of big mud holes.

All of a sudden she just up and quit on me. My guess is that
a bunch of muddy water worked itself up under the tank and
seat into the ignition wiring. I pulled the fuses and checked
them - all OK. Pulled the battery sidecover off and checked
the terminals and the main ignition relay - all looked good.

The original 08 fuel pump has been replaced and I was intermittantly
hearing the fel pump cycle after switching the key on and off.

Wiggled and jiggled everything and she finally fired up but was
sputtering and cutting out. I limped 120 miles back home.











I'll be pulling the seat and tank off to try and find where the water
worked its way in.
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:24 PM   #22560
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Wet

Mine has been as resistant to "wet and mud" as any of my other offroad bikes (KTM and XRR). I would hope that a few mud holes would not impact the ignition system.
I've had mine seat deep in the Rio and done hundreds of water crossings with nary a hickup. Hope you can isolate the issue--real pain when you are remote riding.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_ShQ0vt3fs
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