14 days - Western TAT for 5

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Catastrophic Failure, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    :smile6 Here we go... 5 Seattle Dual-Sporters rolling for 14 days through the Western TAT. Thank you TAT master Sam for your guidance, roll charts and maps. Our planning has been completed over the past 3 months, and the bikes are loaded and leave today for Denver. Our 14 days of riding will begin in the Mile High city and head south on the CD route, quickly hooking up with the TAT at Trinidad. Epic riding, views and adventure are sure to follow through the high routes of the Rocky Mountains and the Desert lands of Utah and Nevada.

    The hardware: 1 each KTM 950 SE, 3 each KTM 640 ADV, and 1 each KLR 650

    The riders: Led by mulit-time C.D. finishers and experienced North American Dual Sporters Mike R. "all about the ride" and two wheel "map man" Mike F. "Certified mechanics" Paul V. and Mike S. Photographed and documented by Marc M. "cat-failure".

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  2. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Only a day into the exercise and we have lost a rider due to some health issues. So this just became a KTM only ride... that damn KLR was gonna slow us down anyway!

    Mike F., good luck with your health program and we will ride again with you soon brother :thumbup
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  3. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    The planned route, with a couple 1/2 days open for exploring and bike maintenence...

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  4. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Looks like you're coming through the Bend area. If you fellas need anything, give us a ring. :freaky
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  5. cmreimer

    cmreimer Adventurer

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    Way to go Marc! Thanks for putting this RR together for all to see and read! Glad to be a part of the adventure.... just try to keep up with the 950SE! KTM's rock!!

    Hey Wachs, two of us have Giant Loops. First trip with these bags. Do you make bigger ones?!
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  6. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    We've got roll charts and several types of gps' hitting this ride.. this is a short shot of one day in Colorado, moving south towards Trinidad. Where our TAT program begins.
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  7. svs

    svs Posts too much...

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    You bastards - you are there and we are here..:lol3

    Ride well. Keep us posted on your progress.
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  8. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Below are a couple of the bikes on this TAT ride. Yes, that is the Pacific Ocean, this shot is from a shakedown cruise two months ago. We got chased off the beach shortly after this shot was taken by the local fuzz. My 2003 Silver KTM has just over 22,000 mile on it. I purchased it from a guy who rode primarily on the road, and dolled her up with lots of TourTech hardware. The key upgrade was a pumper carb with Akrapovic exhaust and a Riches saddle... Ahhh.... comfortable. Pauls KTM is a fresh 2007 640 with a clean pedigree.
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  9. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Mike F. on the KLR has had to drop from the ride.. sorry again brother. Mike R. has the KTM 950 SE... we all hope he doesn't wake up one morning on the trail, and we have agreed to arm wrestle to see who rides it first....need I say more
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  10. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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    If you hit Trinidad about meal time, try the Diner. It is just North of downtown. It looks like it is about to fall down. It is bad enough that I started not to go in.
    The food is GREAT . Don't let the building fool you!
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  11. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    and a slam on the KLR:lol3

    I'm so in on this. My buddy and I are doing the same trip 14 days western states TAT begining 9-3-10. Our route starts with u-hauling to Las Vegas NM then riding to Trinidad CO.
    Looking forward to more...:clap
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  12. LippDog

    LippDog n00b

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    Gentleman, good luck, keep it right side up, bummed I can't ride this time.:ear
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  13. wachs

    wachs just passin' through

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    Do you guys have Coyotes? The Great Basin is significantly bigger and fits all those bikes. But it ain't gonna snow - take less stuff - bike rides better - you have more fun! :clap
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  14. lopaca

    lopaca Been here awhile

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    We leave from Trinidad on Sept. 10, so keep the dust down and have a great time. We were planning on going all the way to the Oregon coast, but alas, that repeating theme in life, you know the one about a job, keeps getting in our way. Looks like we will have to stop in Nevada somewhere, we will do about 8 days of riding.

    We too, are looking forward to this RR.
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  15. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    '09 Husky TE610 wandering around looking lost, just point us in the right direction and we'll be on our way:lol3 :lol3 :lol3 . Have fun and keep the rubber side down. (sorry for the hi-jack)
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  16. Catastrophic Failure

    Catastrophic Failure Catastrophic Failure

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    Mike S. has arrived in Denver with the goods... Mike R. Paul V. and myself will be on the 6 AM out of Seattle. Schedule is set for rolling shortly after noon. The adrenal glands are kicking in and have forced an early exit from work today:wings Feeling the 640's vibes already!!
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  17. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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  18. lionsroaar

    lionsroaar I meant to do that!!

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    Hmm, looks like I'll be following another RR from the road as well...:clap Be safe guys and Redog1 and I will be on your six shortly...
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  19. outfront

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    Hello all,

    Im here in Denver ready to go.
    The truck ran great!

    Paul, Mark, and Mike R. I'll see ya in the morning:clap

    Mike S.
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  20. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    Drink lots of water... that is my only advise.:photog
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