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Old 12-27-2012, 07:53 PM   #91
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What a sense of humor! That was a group that had been following on our heels on the TAT ever since we left Tennessee. They caught up as Kevin and Richard were dealing with a nail. I, on the other hand, was down the road and up the hill, waiting, and thinking they had taken a different route the last few miles into Trinidad. That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

The other pic is in La Veta, NM where we made some tire changes. I think I'm pointing to a puncture on Kevin's rear if memory serves. That little stool was really handy. Kevin had ankle issues from a bad crash years ago, and I have a bad knee which makes it difficult to get on the ground and back up again. It's hell getting old! Kevin is a tough old bird though, and strong! When it came time to air up tires he just nudged me out of the way and wailed away. Great trip, and you'll be passing thru there soon.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:01 PM   #92
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man..now I really want to go along with you.. Ill just follow along and take advantage of all your hard work
Did you change your mind on going? I was starting to warm up to the idea of having someone to ride with at least part of the trip!

Lefty, glad you started this thread. Just what I have been looking for! I am loosely planning on August time. I have quite a bit of gear I need to get by then but I don't see it being a problem. My biggest challenge is going to be getting the time off from work. As a firefighter I assume you work 24/48s? How did you swing 9-10 shifts off to your chief? I only earn 3 shifts off a year so if I want to get the time off I will have to do out of pay period swaps. We have a "no out of pay period swap" policy so I may have to threaten to go part time to either get them to give in or actually be part time.

I will be following this thread closely to see (copy?) how your planning goes. Good luck with everything!



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Old 12-28-2012, 08:46 AM   #93
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Did you change your mind on going? I was starting to warm up to the idea of having someone to ride with at least part of the trip!

Lefty, glad you started this thread. Just what I have been looking for! I am loosely planning on August time. I have quite a bit of gear I need to get by then but I don't see it being a problem. My biggest challenge is going to be getting the time off from work. As a firefighter I assume you work 24/48s? How did you swing 9-10 shifts off to your chief? I only earn 3 shifts off a year so if I want to get the time off I will have to do out of pay period swaps. We have a "no out of pay period swap" policy so I may have to threaten to go part time to either get them to give in or actually be part time.

I will be following this thread closely to see (copy?) how your planning goes. Good luck with everything!



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oh,I still plan on going. We have a 4 platoon shift.We work 4 days on,4 days off. I've got 25 yrs. on so I get 5 four day vacations slots that I'm taking back to back plus some personal days. This is the first time I've ever been able to do something like this with my time because of my seniority.
Don't under estimate how much $ you can spend getting ready for a trip such as this,it's the reason I had to bag it last year( I believe in paying cash-or I don't buy it). I know you don't "Have" to buy all the goodies so to speak,but I chose to get ready my way,and it wasn't cheap.
So I guess this is a good segment into my next installment-my specific bike prep
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:11 AM   #94
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My bike choice and modifications

There seems like there are lot's of great DS bikes to choose from today DRZ,WRR, KTM EXC, etc.; certainly all very capable for the TAT and so much more. My choice-the WRR came after doing much reading/research on this site for many,many months.Special thanks to HF & BigDog who generously shared their experiences that helped me with my decision.
I'm not saying it's the right bike,best bike,because I truly don't believe there is such a thing as one best bike(too many diff. riding styles & situations). I did sell my beloved Harley (full dresser) to make this purchase so when I share the details of what it took me to get the bike where it is today-you'll know I'm not independently wealthy -just married the right girl
One of my intentions of this thread was to keep it real. I could try to only share things to give the perception that " I've" got the answers,but as you'll see in this next installment-that's NOT the case. I purchased many item that I ended up reselling at a loss in trying to learn how to properly set up my bike. My hope is that I can help you weed through what to do as well as what not to do. Also, thanks to our brother ADV riders who are helping share their personal experiences which help in rich this thread.
One other thing worth mentioning-I set up and carry the same stuff on this bike and my GSA weather it's for 2 days,2 weeks or 2 months. I never carry more clothes because I'm traveling longer. I really try to choose my bike,tools,gear to reflect; and obviously this is STILL a work in progress.

I purchased this 2010 WRR (640 mi) mint on 11/10/11 with lot's of mods for a very fair price form an inmate in NC-terrific gentleman!![IMG][IMG][IMG]Photobucket[/IMG]


He had done the 290 kit,go race suspension,hand guards,tail bag,skid plate,foot pegs,exhaust/computer,and all the standard mods that you read about on the mega thread(sorry BigDog-I know you like em' stock). He gave me air filter,oils filters and put on the 3.1 gal tank.ironman sprocket,new chain,13/47 w/ 110 chain.Just a great deal!

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Old 12-28-2012, 10:23 AM   #95
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He was asking me if I changed my mind Keith...Joe and I have talked via PM about taking our two Husabergs on the trail.. I am still wanting to go... I certainly have all the required gear.. and two sets of much of it... because I am the consummate consumer..o m I have to move to CO sometime in june or july... I can move into my house in CO on Aug 1st.. those are my have to do's once I finally decide on my exact retirement date... there is still a small part of me still thinks I might work a couple of more months and sell back the leave I have on the books... would mean a few xtra thousand in my bank account for my transition to civilian life. I have not done any real planning..other than buying up lightweight gear in anticipation of doing the trip someday.
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:40 AM   #96
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He was asking me if I changed my mind Keith...Joe and I have talked via PM about taking our two Husabergs on the trail.. .
That maks sense now,I didn't remember making plans with him
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:51 AM   #97
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So now here's what this bike his morphing into:
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I've added: IMS 4.7 gal tank($399),folding shift lever($41),Explore lite tank bag($150 w/ rain cover),cargo rack($130),front disc protector($85), Freedom case savers($56)

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Sargent seat which I plan to sell,rotopax,and yes I went for that rugged bridge by myself.

I've got to find a riding partner-this was tough getting out of by myself
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Old 12-30-2012, 09:09 PM   #98
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I'll be doing the trip this summer, gradually working out the details and all, but still haven't wrapped my head around the various options of what to do when I get "there." If I take 4-5 weeks riding west, then I won't have the option or time to ride back home since I'll need to get back to work ASAP. I've read every RR and TP thread over the last year and a half and I know everybody does it different. .

I will have left my truck in NC, but I'll need to get me and the DRZ back to FL. I can pick my truck up later. I know one guy who sold his bike when he got to Oregon, and hopped on a flight back to FL the same day. So, how do you go about arranging transportation for your bike and yourself? Obviously it would be nice to have it set up before you get there. How much $ do you set aside for all of this? Do most guys spend the nite and fly out the next day? How does it work? Any recs?
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:41 PM   #99
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I'll be doing the trip this summer, gradually working out the details and all, but still haven't wrapped my head around the various options of what to do when I get "there." If I take 4-5 weeks riding west, then I won't have the option or time to ride back home since I'll need to get back to work ASAP. I've read every RR and TP thread over the last year and a half and I know everybody does it different. .

I will have left my truck in NC, but I'll need to get me and the DRZ back to FL. I can pick my truck up later. I know one guy who sold his bike when he got to Oregon, and hopped on a flight back to FL the same day. So, how do you go about arranging transportation for your bike and yourself? Obviously it would be nice to have it set up before you get there. How much $ do you set aside for all of this? Do most guys spend the nite and fly out the next day? How does it work? Any recs?
I plan on riding from R.I. to OR;shipping my bike home and fly back. I got a quote last year(which flux's with fuel prices) around $650. I've been gathering shipper info and as it get's closer I'll find out who is close to Porrtand OR and go from there.
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Keith There is a Allied hub right in Portland. I rode in, secured the Husky on its pallet and called a cab for the airport.


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Old 01-01-2013, 12:14 PM   #101
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Frank's idea sounds really good, especially with my recent experience on shipping. I sold my BMW RT to a buyer in Washington state and the cost was $600. BUT, the schedule was loose, to say the least. They must have been almost one month late vs. their original target. We had to wait until they came by this area, and the schedule continually changed, slipped, etc. It eventually happened though, and the bike arrived save and sound. Competent guys, but just not anywhere close to the original schedule. Allied sounds good in comparison.

As to time, Sam Correro plans 21 days, but I've read it being done in 19. Not sure if there were any bypasses in that time but I would guess so. You have to hit it hard every day, start early and ride late, to do it that fast I'm thinking. We did it maybe in an all time slow pace of 36, but that included quite a few days off for sight seeing/relaxing, and also for repairs that required mailing in parts or finding them along the trail. A few welding jobs in there too. Taking a month to do it if you have no problems would be a nice pace.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:26 PM   #102
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I plan to start on the ms. ak.border,already done tn. and ms.(believe me you aint missing nothing,mostly paved). So leaving around aug 1 and going hard for 3 weeks,maybe a few more days if needed. Im from al,but will be living in NC by then,my riding partner is from bham,weve already ridden the CDT togather, and have the camping and gear down pat. So we are looking for riding inmates,we can meet anywhere,were flexable,you wanna do TN.and MS we can adjust a few days. Docking Pilot is helping me with my gps,also SAM is offering the maps in an email version(betcha didnt know that) So anybody interested lets get intouch drop me a pm lets go
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Also forgot to mention,we will renting small tk,uhaul or what ever to get back
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Awesome Frank, I had been shopping by price for a carrier,but when I saw you guys use Allied in your Forever West ride report, and the fact that they allow you to ship your bike with all your gear-well in the long run I'll probably save $ by not having to separately ship my gear back via UPS. I think I will go Allied.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:43 PM   #105
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Few pics of some options I've wadded through for electric items: in my hand is Eastern Beaver's 3 circuit unit,and as you can see I went with the Fuze Block which is wired into my fairing. You can place the fuse to operate always on or with your ignition switch. I've got one on both bikes-works well.
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Don't forget your battery tender connection,and connector for heated gear:)
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