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Old 03-19-2013, 07:41 AM   #241
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Ahem....the Montana is quite sophisicated and powerful compard to the rest. You can see that as of today 7270 pages have been written regarding questions/setup/problems, etc on the Montana in the "Layin' down Tracks". Great that you are in the "know" . Personally I think the Montana is one of the best "tracking" GPS. Just wish it had a bigger screen for my old eyes.

So for those not yet in the "know" I urge you to study it throughly before embarking on the TAT, CDT..or whatever.



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Old 03-19-2013, 03:02 PM   #242
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Personally I think the Montana is one of the best "tracking" GPS. Just wish it had a bigger screen for my old eyes.
I JUST upgraded my Delorme PN60w to a Garmin Montana, it feels like going from a 26" tube tv, to a 65" LED flat screen....

And talk about easy to use.... this GPS is great.

I'm planning for the TAT this year as well, my buddy and I are scheduled to leave Aug 29th.
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:31 PM   #243
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All this discussion of Garmin GPS units...

I thought I would share an interesting thread I found a while back:

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=619167

Enjoy!
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Old 03-19-2013, 05:46 PM   #244
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I am mulling over the idea of transferring my 950 SuperEnduro to the USA just for doing the TAT. It's already equipped with roadbook and ICO for navigation, panneers to carry my stuff around.

A daring friend would like to be pillion rider. I'm wondering how much she'd have to walk? She's been riding with me once for a long offroad day and had a blast, all the other solo riders in the group marvelled at her: "My wife would never dare this!"
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:15 PM   #245
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I am mulling over the idea of transferring my 950 SuperEnduro to the USA just for doing the TAT. It's already equipped with roadbook and ICO for navigation, panneers to carry my stuff around.

A daring friend would like to be pillion rider. I'm wondering how much she'd have to walk? She's been riding with me once for a long offroad day and had a blast, all the other solo riders in the group marvelled at her: "My wife would never dare this!"
Paging LittleWan to the white courtesy phone.

Seriously, look up ride reports started by LittleWan. She rides on the back of BigWan's big KTM on all kinds of gnarly stuff, including the Western TAT twice.
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:10 PM   #246
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Paging LittleWan to the white courtesy phone.

Seriously, look up ride reports started by LittleWan. She rides on the back of BigWan's big KTM on all kinds of gnarly stuff, including the Western TAT twice.
Here's her current ride report from Baja, follow along and you'll be amazed at the skill of these two

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=867128
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:15 AM   #247
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Found the report, thank you!
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=493953

I'll forward it to my friend, let's see what she says.
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:56 AM   #248
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I am mulling over the idea of transferring my 950 SuperEnduro to the USA just for doing the TAT. It's already equipped with roadbook and ICO for navigation, panneers to carry my stuff around.

A daring friend would like to be pillion rider. I'm wondering how much she'd have to walk? She's been riding with me once for a long offroad day and had a blast, all the other solo riders in the group marvelled at her: "My wife would never dare this!"
We did the entire TAT 2 up last year. Depending on your riding ability, there's only a couple of places that your pillion may need to walk. The places we had trouble was a well known sandy section in Cat Canyon in Utah, a loose rocky climb in Nevada and another loose rocky climb in Oregon. All up only a few hundred meters.
Keep your gear to a minimum, tricky with a pillion, which makes it impractical to take camping gear. That's no drama, motels are cheap, but a bit of planning is needed out west. Here's our ride report.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=815869

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Old 03-20-2013, 12:43 PM   #249
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Paging LittleWan to the white courtesy phone.
You rang?





So this is where everyone has been hanging out!
(hi guys! thanks for the kind words)


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Found the report, thank you!
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=493953

I'll forward it to my friend, let's see what she says.
Oh, not that one. We totaled the bike. Your friend won't like that part.


Try this one from 2010, it was better: TAT west starts here.
(That trip was with camping gear)



Video of Cat Canyon from 2012






We haven't done the TAT East, we always like to focus on the good stuff (rocks & sand).
In my opinion, any extra time is better spent in Colorado, Utah and Nevada.
That's where an 950SE belongs!


Hancock Pass isn't on the TAT anymore, but it's a must-do.




I would try and spend a few extra days exploring the San Juans, actually.
Again, that's just MY opinion.

At any rate, there's tons of info out there...
Have a great time, no matter what!
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:02 PM   #250
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We haven't done the TAT East, we always like to focus on the good stuff (rocks & sand).
Don't you mean Sand with Rocks?
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Old 03-20-2013, 01:16 PM   #251
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Don't you mean Sand with Rocks?





ha ha, very funny!
Well, there was this....

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Old 03-20-2013, 09:01 PM   #252
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Dont knock the eastern sections of the TAT. There is some really nice riding in those States. Except Oklahoma,which apart from a couple of bits is flat, straight and hot. Maybe not as hard as the West (unless it rains). We really enjoyed those sections. Probably more than Oregon, where all you see is tree's. Some good riding but always in tree's !
If you were like us, coming from another country, you want to be able to say at the end of it, "we've done the TAT"
Saying "we've done half the TAT" doesn't quite have the same ring to it.
As LittleWan said, if you've got more time then Colorado is worth more time. Utah also has a lot to see.
Utah and Nevada are the 2 hardest States, and Nevada the most remote.
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Old 03-21-2013, 02:13 AM   #253
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I'm traveler and offroader. My friend is traveler, offroading on my pillion seat with a group of friends excited her for a day but she has no experience doing it for weeks and months.

It is the only time of the year we meet, living about 10.000km apart from each other and both 10.000km away from the US (do your maths ). We want to see a lot, talk a lot, do private things which talking about could get us a ban in a puritan US forum.

Means, we won't ride all day. For us 100km (about 60 miles) offroad per average day is more than enough. Looking at 4800 miles it'd mean, we'd need 80 days at least, if riding each day, but we have only 2 months time, including getting there, getting the bike out of customs, repairs, injuries, etc. Means, we can't do it all in one run: Either be selective or split the journey into two years.

Your videos look like tracks I'm riding in Andalucia, I've never tried that stuff with pillion. "Can you push the bike up, please?" Bwahahaha, I love that. Pillions are useful!

Oh, btw, I scared her with telling her we'd meet dangerous wildlife like rattle snakes, mountain lions, rednecks ... what's the reality in that respect?
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:03 AM   #254
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We want to see a lot, talk a lot, do private things which talking about could get us a ban in a puritan US forum.
Vegas may be a better destination

60 Miles a day really isn't much, probably 2-4 hours depending on the section you're riding. Even at a snails pace you should be able to do 120 and still have plenty of time for your other endeavors
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:11 AM   #255
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Vegas may be a better destination

60 Miles a day really isn't much, probably 2-4 hours depending on the section you're riding. Even at a snails pace you should be able to do 120 and still have plenty of time for your other endeavors
Vegas? You've got to be kidding.

We want to travel, not ride a rallye. At least not this time. Please accept my definition of traveling: Take time to see, take time to experience. Mile-crunching is not my style. Even onroad I rarely take more than 120 miles per day on average because there is so much to see and touch besides the road. We might even *gasp* walk a bit once in a while.
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