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Old 07-22-2014, 09:30 PM   #1
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TAT on a DR350

Hey yaal..
Tomorrow morning, I will make the almost 2 day journey on pavement from Detroit, MI to my starting point of the Trans America Trail near Corinth, Mississipi.

This trail is probably the reason that I bought a dual sport in the first place and now I will make an attempt at it. I will be riding a 1990 DR350 and camping the whole way. Shoestring budget for me. It may or may not be a solo trip but it is starting that way. I will see if I can pick up a friend in Colorado and possibly meet up with some other folks along the way.

Hopefully I can keep this thread updated with lots of pictures and words but it might be difficult while camping.

Here is a pic of the bike loaded with most of my gear. The bags are currently slightly more stuffed..
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Old 07-22-2014, 10:06 PM   #2
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I'm looking forward to this RR
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:39 AM   #3
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fellow dr350 owner subscribed.

good luck and have fun.

lets hear some more info on the bike!
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Old 07-23-2014, 04:49 AM   #4
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Old 07-23-2014, 06:54 AM   #6
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:08 AM   #7
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Looking forward to your RR and your progress.

Have fun, it is an adventure.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:35 AM   #8
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Subscribed. Have fun!
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Old 07-23-2014, 11:40 AM   #9
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Have a great ride, and I will be following your ride report until I leave on August 24th for my solo trip. Hope you have great weather and lots of smiles.

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Old 07-23-2014, 01:25 PM   #10
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What do you have on the exhaust protecting those bags. I have seen more than one bag melted by the exhaust. Even when placed forward like you have. The plastic side panels do NOT provide any protection and will melt as well.

Look forward to reading this report.

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Old 07-23-2014, 06:38 PM   #11
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I'll be watching this one!
I just finished the TAT, and I can say you are in for a treat!
The only problems we had was running old tracks that ran us over Hancock pass, in some snow. But, it was one of the highlights of the trip. A true test of man and machine.
Have fun, be safe!!!
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:20 PM   #12
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You'll have fun, and will be riding one of the best bikes to do the TAT on (IMHO)... I did the Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado and about half of Utah sections of the TAT on a '98 DR350SE, with a couple of friends (on DRZ400S, KLR650, KLX250) 3 years ago and had an awesome time. The DR did absolutely fabulous, I couldn't have wanted a better bike.... Good luck and enjoy it.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:22 PM   #13
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I am in!

Good luck and enjoy!

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Old 07-23-2014, 07:41 PM   #14
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TAT Shack----3 step Hideaway

Awesome-----the DR350 to me was the very bike that started the dualsport craze-------------it was and still is a very good bike--but you already know that.

Good luck to you----and since you are traveling on the cheap----there is a place in Arkansas called the "TAT Shack"--------------it's right on the trail---but if you didn't know about it you might pass it up.

Free-------camping inside or out.
Free hot shower.
Nice place to put you bike under.
I think he even has an air conditioner if you want to stay inside---it's an old mobile home.

I can send you the gps coordinates---or give you directions.
But maybe the easiest thing to say is-------after you cross famous Route 7 in Arkansas (going West) --------it's just a few miles down the road on your left.
I've told Sam he needs to get it on his maps and rollcharts---but I doubt he did------yet.

Here is my bike at the edge of the road---see the TAT sign ????
Turn in right there.

3 Step Hideaway

Cheap camping.

After crossing into Colorado------ride for a few miles and watch for this sign.
Turn down that dirt road and go 1 miles to my buddies ranch.
You can camp in a tent--in a tee-pee or stay in a lodge.
He has food there.

You'll have a ball there---me on the left.
Scott--the owner on the right.

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Old 07-23-2014, 07:52 PM   #15
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Look forward to your updates. Hope you
have a great time.
God bless and best regards, Ken
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