2 Guys and a Girl Tackle the TAT: Part One

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by motogirl25, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. motogirl25

    motogirl25 Been here awhile

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    About Us


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    Amber Cooper
    AKA The Girl
    5’8”
    GPS navigator
    Bike: 2009 Suzuki DRZ400S (9,000ish miles)


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    A little about me. I will be our trip reporter for this adventure. I am 25 and work as a middle school special education teacher. I have been on two wheels since I was 4. I grew up around vintage motorcycle racing (AHRMA) and traveling to races around the country. I was lucky enough to have parents to support me for chasing the women’s championship in 2009 and won the championship. I live for and love motorcycles. It has always been in my blood. I am lucky to have meet an amazing guy that fell in love with riding and puts up with my motorcycle disease! I am ecstatic about this trip and can’t wait to get started.



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    The Knox Kinser
    AKA The Rookie
    6’1”
    Devilishly good looking
    Mr. Mechanic and muscles
    2007 Suzuki DRZ400S (4500ish miles)
    I’m 33, a painter at Gulfstream Aerospace in Savannah, and Amber’s better half. Haha! The Rookie. I have been actively riding for about two years. I have had a few small cc Hondas over the years but never a real bike. I have always wanted a dual sport bike and talked my girl and best friend the Wheelie King into the upcoming great adventure! Found the TAT almost two years ago online while Skyping the girl. She bought a DRZ first, thus forcing my hand haha! Amber got me into dirt riding on our second date and have been hooked since! I can’t wait for the trip and don’t really dread anything other than the monkey butt and Wheelie King’s loud a** muffler!!!


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    Garrett Jennings
    AKA The Wheelie King
    6’3”
    The other mechanic and roll chart navigator
    Bike: 2001 XR650L (4400ish miles)


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    I’m 25 years old and currently a quality inspector at JCB in Pooler, Georgia. I have been riding off and on since I was 12. I always loved Hondas because it was my first bike. I was fortunate enough to find Knox and Amber and be invited on this awesome adventure called the TAT. I was not sure if I would be able to go due to not having a bike and a little something called life. Then, I thought why not do it while I can. You only live once! Definitely the least prepared out of the three but always up for a good challenge and adventure. Looking forward to antics of two friends and seeing parts of the country I never thought I would ever see. They call me the Wheelie King because they always tend to find me on the back tire! (Bald tire, I must add, up until the beginning of the trail----added by Amber) They swear they can tell whenever I’m wheeling because of my obnoxiously loud pipe “brrrraaappppppppppp”! (More on this annoying muffler issue later—added by Amber)


    **Wheelie Pic Coming Soon....as soon as bike is finished....****



    Our Trip
    Knox is responsible for starting this idea of a great adventure by doing the TAT. One night during a Skype call, he said to me, “Hey, have you ever heard of the Trans-American Trail?” I said, “No, but please tell me more!” Ha! Thus, the whole process begun of finding out about adventure riding, buying our majestic steeds, and researching more about the TAT. We love adventures and camping in our VW buses. So, we thought it only natural to set out on a great adventure on motorcycles. We have had our DRZs for about a year and hope our preparation is enough. Enter our friend Garrett, Mr. Wheelie King. We met this crazy guy because he lives in our neighborhood and loves vintage Volkswagens like we do. Probably the best rider of our group, but also the craziest! So we will have two guys and a girl (don’t be dirty…) on this adventure across America. This year will be Part 1 of the adventure. We will start the trail June 21<sup>st</sup> in Tellico Plains and end sometime around July 4<sup>th</sup>. We hope to make it to Colorado. Works forces us to have to break the trip up into two parts. We don’t really know what to expect. We have tried to learn through multiple ride reports for what to expect and what gear to bring. We are currently at 10 days and counting down. We are working hard to finish equipping the bikes. Let’s just say we have quite a few packages coming to our house in the next few days!



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  2. swamp

    swamp Woods Junkie

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    well, as a fellow Southerner .. may the force be with you. make sure you take pictures when you have to show the men how to change a flat.

    you are starting at the right time of year. Now go get'choo some!


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  3. HPTuner

    HPTuner Been here awhile

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    Best of Luck! Yep, pictures or it didn't happen. :D Should be an epic adventure, we'll be following along!:freaky
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  4. Bearded Hooligan

    Bearded Hooligan Moto Addict

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    Too bad I didnt know there were other ADV'rs in Savannah, I am moving out of Savannah in 6 days. Ride safe!
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  5. BornAgain

    BornAgain Been here awhile

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    I just picked up a KLX250s with the intent of starting the TAT next year so the title peaked my interest. My wife's an elementary English Second Language teacher and her students are always amazed to find out she rides a motorcycle.:lol3 Good luck with the trip preparations.
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  6. fastredbike

    fastredbike Stabil-ized.

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    this is going to be a good one!:freaky
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  7. TahoeRob

    TahoeRob Adventurer

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    Looks like this will be a fun one to follow along...no pressure or anything.
    PM me when you get close to western NV if you need anything. (edit - next year?)
    (ie, someone to show up in the desert with a jeep full of beer...:freaky)
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  8. FBR

    FBR Been here awhile

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    Have a great adventure! We will be a few days ahead of you. If you guys are real fast, or we have troubles, maybe we will meet up. A DRZ, 2 DR's, and a KLR.
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  9. boatpuller

    boatpuller Long timer

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    So far on this thread we have 250s up to 650s. It will be interesting to see how your 400s do compared to the 650.

    I've wondered if there is a "perfect" bike for the TAT, or is the perfect bike the one you already have?

    Ride safe if you can, have fun no matter what.
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  10. motogirl25

    motogirl25 Been here awhile

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    My kids were also amazed that I rode. They always look for my helmet on my file cabinet or check the parking lot lol. I also drive my VW Bus to school sometimes and they love that too. The DRZ400 is biggest bike I would feel comfortable riding. Lol! Maybe one day I will bump up to a Husky. But for right now the DRZ fit the budget!
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  11. motogirl25

    motogirl25 Been here awhile

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    Thanks! NV will be next year for us. But we will definitely look you up! The guys would never turn down a jeep full of beer haha! Thanks for following along! I know I have been reading ride reports for the past year and I love them! It is always fun to read about others' adventures! Now it is our turn!
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  12. motogirl25

    motogirl25 Been here awhile

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    I don't know if we will be faster than y'all lol. That's a good group! Hope it is smooth sailing with no troubles for all of us! Will you be checking adv rider during the trip? I might PM for any detours or such if you are. Are y'all camping or staying in motels?
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  13. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    The DRZ is more than capable. I hope you fit steel sprockets front an rear bore leaving. Aluminum ones will have you trying to source some out on the ride...oh if you were doing the complete TAT. You might want to figure an oil change every 1,500 miles as DRZ's prefer clean oil.
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  14. bearsvw

    bearsvw n00b

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    Nice site, I'll be watching you two on the trip. :clap
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  15. motogirl25

    motogirl25 Been here awhile

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    We are planning an oil and air filter change halfway through. So around 1,000 miles or so. Knox is used to working on vintage VWs. So we are always on top of oil changes around here lol! Thanks for the tips!
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  16. motogirl25

    motogirl25 Been here awhile

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    Yay! Glad to have you on here Phil! Can't wait to see you at the next camp out! Sadly not Brew Bus but hopefully High Country!! Look for pics later when we are packed and you will see your red waterproof bag that you won at Brew Bus last year that you gave me :D It will be making a long trip lol!
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  17. motogirl25

    motogirl25 Been here awhile

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    Busy busy! We have been working on the bikes every night. Well, the boys have at least. Thank goodness mine is pretty much ready. Just waiting on my chain blocks to arrive and put on. Garrett's oil cooler by fellow ADVrider Mark Sutton arrived today, and he couldn't be any happier! The directions are fantastic! Just some pics of the shenanigans that have been going on lol.

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  18. Ejustinw

    Ejustinw n00b

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Wasilla Alaska
    Entertaining to say the least so far. Be following along. TAT is definitely a trip to plan for and all research is good research....or beer fodder.:freakyKeep us all updated.
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  19. byways

    byways byways

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Idaho
    I'm hooked.

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  20. deputygene

    deputygene Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2009
    Oddometer:
    266
    Location:
    Piedmont, NC
    Hi, Deputy Gene here, I'm on one of the DR's with FBR. We are planning to camp until we smell so bad buzzards circle overhead, then get a room. We will check this site as we get service and let you know of any trail problems. I am skipping the first portion, leaving NC 6/22 to meet with the guys at the tat shack the 25th. Have a great trip! I know I am excited, still doing last minute work to my bike.
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