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Old 03-07-2013, 06:33 PM   #211
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If someone chimes in on their costs,can you also comment on actual prices paid for camping. Here in New England it's usually around $21 per night at a tent site that has bathrooms,water,and usually NO showers.
I'm figuring: $25 gas,$22 sleeping (that's 4 nights pay camping @ $20,2 nights free camping, one night motel @ $80)Hopefully lot's of free camping west of OK to balance things out. Planning on $35 for food & water per day. So I'm figuring $80 per day X 32 days= about $2500
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:36 PM   #212
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When are you oing to ride the TAT?
Are you riding or trailering to TN?
Which bike?
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:23 AM   #213
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This is a great thread. I'm graduating in June and plan to work until early August and head out to Shawnee, OK where my gramps is and start there. Is there anywhere besides here I can hook up with people to do the entire trip with? I enjoy riding with slow old dudes, I'll be on my XR400.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:03 AM   #214
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This is a great thread. I'm graduating in June and plan to work until early August and head out to Shawnee, OK where my gramps is and start there. Is there anywhere besides here I can hook up with people to do the entire trip with? I enjoy riding with slow old dudes, I'll be on my XR400.
Ahem...
That's gradual geriatric gents
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:13 AM   #215
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Ahem...
That's gradual geriatric gents
Yeah but I can't go too old, I don't want to be changing your bed pans while we're camping.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:27 AM   #216
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When are you oing to ride the TAT?
Are you riding or trailering to TN?
Which bike?
Not sure if that question was for me? If it was, I'm leaving this Aug from R.I. on my WR250R,then ship it back from OR.
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Old 03-08-2013, 03:47 PM   #217
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Yes, the q was for you. Your trip will likely be the best reference I will get before my trip in 2014. I look forward to your feedback on the WR and other preparations. I hope to ride with one or two other similar sized bikes. I'll be on a WR or my KLR250. My plan is to trailer to TN, ride the whole TAT west and either ship back or sell in OR. If I take the KLR250 I may be changing bikes mid trip. We'll see!
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:42 PM   #218
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I'm having a moral dilemma and I need some counseling here. I'll be doing a round the world trip in a bit less than 2 years, the TAT is a kind of test of my will for the trip. I plan on doing the big trip on a DR650, which I don't own yet. I do own an XR400. I'm tempted to buy a DR650 asap, and I'm wondering, do I do the TAT on the XR400 or the DR650.

It's basically an argument of light weight/kick start/reinforced subframe but still limited luggage capacity vs. heavier/electric start/better luggage capacity
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:16 PM   #219
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I'm having a moral dilemma and I need some counseling here. I'll be doing a round the world trip in a bit less than 2 years, the TAT is a kind of test of my will for the trip. I plan on doing the big trip on a DR650, which I don't own yet. I do own an XR400. I'm tempted to buy a DR650 asap, and I'm wondering, do I do the TAT on the XR400 or the DR650.

It's basically an argument of light weight/kick start/reinforced subframe but still limited luggage capacity vs. heavier/electric start/better luggage capacity
There's a nice DR650 for sale here on FM. If your test of will is the TAT, maybe a test of bike is in order. Perhaps it's better to discover that you like or dislike the DR before you embark on the RTW.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:07 PM   #220
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There's a nice DR650 for sale here on FM. If your test of will is the TAT, maybe a test of bike is in order. Perhaps it's better to discover that you like or dislike the DR before you embark on the RTW.
There's one that is fully prepped for a RTW trip I found that the owner is holding on to for me when I visit socal in two weeks. The price is pretty good and when I told him what I was going to use it for he said he's holding it for me until I come check it out because he believes in the cause.

Where would I find this one you speak of?
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:54 PM   #221
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There's one that is fully prepped for a RTW trip I found that the owner is holding on to for me when I visit socal in two weeks. The price is pretty good and when I told him what I was going to use it for he said he's holding it for me until I come check it out because he believes in the cause.

Where would I find this one you speak of?
Engine mileage?

Personally, I would say take the XR400. The DR650 is great and all that, but the XR400 is the bike you know. I say this as someone who has a DR650 and loves it.

I have spent the better part of 7 months getting this bike ready. Its amazing all the little shit you end up tweaking. I cant tell you the number of times Ive had the entire front wiring portion behind the headlight apart, the number of times Ive taken the carburetor apart tweaking jetting, the number of times etc etc. The XR400 is a reliable bike, its light, and its good for the job. Its prolly also better solo than a DR650.

I vote take the XR400, build even more dirt skills, THEN get you a DR and build it up. Use this TAT run to find out what works in the camping and traveling aspect- the bike is the easiest part once all the prep work has been down.

FWIW YMMV

**DISCLAIMER** I havent done the TAT. I see XR400 and the first thing I think is "Perfect TAT bike"
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Old 03-08-2013, 10:57 PM   #222
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Engine mileage?

Personally, I would say take the XR400. The DR650 is great and all that, but the XR400 is the bike you know. I say this as someone who has a DR650 and loves it.

I have spent the better part of 7 months getting this bike ready. Its amazing all the little shit you end up tweaking. I cant tell you the number of times Ive had the entire front wiring portion behind the headlight apart, the number of times Ive taken the carburetor apart tweaking jetting, the number of times etc etc. The XR400 is a reliable bike, its light, and its good for the job. Its prolly also better solo than a DR650.

I vote take the XR400, build even more dirt skills, THEN get you a DR and build it up. Use this TAT run to find out what works in the camping and traveling aspect- the bike is the easiest part once all the prep work has been down.

FWIW YMMV

**DISCLAIMER** I havent done the TAT. I see XR400 and the first thing I think is "Perfect TAT bike"
I like this. All's left to prep the XR is figuring out saddlebags, bearings and subframe reinforcement. I did just get a taller seat just for the added butt padding, so I might throw a lowering link on there since I'm only 5'9 and the seat height is probably around 37, 38 inches now.
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Old 03-09-2013, 06:52 AM   #223
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There's one that is fully prepped for a RTW trip I found that the owner is holding on to for me when I visit socal in two weeks. The price is pretty good and when I told him what I was going to use it for he said he's holding it for me until I come check it out because he believes in the cause.

Where would I find this one you speak of?
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=865675
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:11 PM   #224
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For your around the world trip, doesn't matter about the bike, just go. its not about the bike, kinda.

For the TAT, Im thinking food. How do people eat? I am a big healthy eater too and its hard enough eating right normally let alone being on a trail for 5 weeks.

How are you guys eating?
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:16 AM   #225
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You will have no trouble finding a place to eat mornings and evenings, usually lunch too. Lunch is problematic out West, so take snacks. Also, be sure to take some back packing meals and a way to heat water in case you are caught out, break down, etc. Sam has it planned so that you can have a roof and a meal every evening if you want it.
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