2018 TAT Planning

Discussion in 'Americas' started by DeeGeeF, Feb 10, 2017.

  1. DeeGeeF

    DeeGeeF n00b

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    This week I started planning for a 2018 summer TAT ride from the traditional start point near Ashville, NC. Three of us will ride up from Mobile, Alabama with one in our group starting the route much further south... a true TAT ride for him since he will dip his tires in the Atlantic in south Florida before meeting up with us. We will all dip our tires in the Gulf before we start. Our ages next year will be 38, 46, and 56.

    We are thinking June 2018 but will better nail down dates later. There may be 2 other riders join us.

    So, any other riders made a 2018 TAT decision?
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  2. Texas Mud Taco

    Texas Mud Taco Ants in my pants

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    Im hoping to do a lot of it this summer. It will be my first time on that trail.
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  3. Old Hanker

    Old Hanker n00b

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    I was hoping to begin the east end of the TAT in August/ September 2018, with at least one friend. We may just tackle it in stages because of the timing.
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  4. DeeGeeF

    DeeGeeF n00b

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    I bought my TAT bike last week, a 2015 Ural Gear Up which will carry myself and my 13 year old son. Btw, he is super excited about both the TAT and the sidecar bike.
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  5. papublic

    papublic Adventurer

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    Sounds like a great trip, also thinking about doing it in 2018 - on a Ural might be an option, currently looking at one. Keep us posted about your preparations. Any longterm experience with the bike as to reliability etc.?
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  6. Teutates74

    Teutates74 Adventurer

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    I was planning on doing the TAT this year but had to have foot surgery so that put a hold on it. I will be doing it next year. I'm looking at mid May to late June. I'll be solo on a 2016 Triumph Tiger XCx.
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  7. dan_e

    dan_e DR650 and V-Strom 650

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    I've really been wanting to do this. I'll be 56 then too. Presently, have just one bike... The DR650! I have some suspension mods and it is a great bike... I'm just thinking it may be a bit too big for the TAT and perhaps will downsize by then. Although, I'll run some gravel roads in OH near Columbus but just don't think riding trails solo is a good idea. Do you have an approximate meeting point and is the goal to ride the entire TAT to the Pacific Coast?
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  8. ADVNH

    ADVNH Jim Siverts

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    New Hampshire rider interested in finding one or more riders for a 2018 TAT ride. Flexible on dates. Currently ride 250 and 350 KTMs but I'll buy a TAT bike of some kind in spring 2018.
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  9. Masterblaster

    Masterblaster Been here awhile

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    I will do this TAT next year, following Kevins routes, bought a 690 for thsi trip a few weeks ago, just finished the CDR in June, epic trip that was this one should be better.
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  10. rally roo

    rally roo Total poser

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    I've been kicking around the idea of doing a New England-TAT trek sometime in the near future. What are you thinking as far as a "TAT" bike?
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  11. sailer

    sailer trained Cirus Bear

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    I can only speak for 1st 500 miles out of NC, a 650 is not to big, most of it is just dirt roads, usually graded dirt roads.
    I did it on a F800GSA and besides 2 short water crossing it was not very challenging
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  12. Sertguy

    Sertguy Been here awhile

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    I did it from Colorado to Oregon on an XR650RL. Not too big at all.


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  13. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    I am interested in doing the Western portion of the "original" TAT again, maybe in 2018. I have done the old and the new route from Sam's tracks and have both. The older version is much more of a trail ride, especially thru northern Nevada (what a surprise that was) where the new TAT is fun but can be done on a big bike. I wouldn't ride the old route on my Africa Twin; the new route-no problem. Twice now I have not finished the last part of Oregon, due to time constraints. Want to do it all, and hit the few sections that were bypassed back in 2010 because of weather, etc. If anyone is up for the challenge and is not interested in running at a race pace, let me know. It's time to start working on plans for 2018. Joining a rider/riders doing the entire TAT would be fine. I would hook up in Raton, NM. As I remember, three of us averaged 160 miles a day for the full length of the trip, took time to smell the roses, and spent some extra days in nice spots along the way. One day we rode hard but only made 60 miles (Northern Nevada). Another option is completely different; the Great Western Trail.
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  14. ADVNH

    ADVNH Jim Siverts

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    Sorry for the late reply. Not really sure. I'll be watching the forum to see what people think. I like small bikes and there seems to be lots of riders who do long distances on them. I'm waiting to see if KTM releases a 390 Adventure but my 350 EXC-F set up for distance travel would be fine too. This is my AZ 250 set up to travel. http://d.pr/i/dkLoiE
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  15. rally roo

    rally roo Total poser

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    That 250 looks well set up. I'm happy doing long distances on little bikes; from what I've seen though, the Eastern portions of the TAT are not that technical and mostly challenging because of the mud. I wouldn't want to put undue hours on the 350 for essentially dirt slab. That said, trailering to CO and doing the Western half on little bikes holds some high appeal!
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  16. scanda

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    June 25 - August 2, 2018 from Florida. Riding either a Africa Twin of WR250r...probably AT with slab on way back home.
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  17. redhot1503

    redhot1503 Dumbphuck.

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    Hi, really building the personal interest in doing the TAT. The Problem!!! I'm in Australia and can get myself and riding gear to LA.
    Any advice on where/how to purchase small/ mid bore dirtbike?
    Can return favours on trip across Oz.
    Cheers
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  18. VStromNC

    VStromNC DNS/DNF

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    I completed portions of Eastern TAT from Andrews, NC to near Ozark National Forest this summer before our group ran out of time and turned to head home after 1266 miles of TAT in 6 days. I am thinking about trailering my bike from Charlotte to the Ozarks and continuing next late May/June of 2018 for another 10 days or so. Any inmate living near Ozarks National Forest, + or - 100 miles or so that I can park my truck for about a week to 10 days?

    Thanks. Jon
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  19. MrkHolly

    MrkHolly n00b

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    I'm planning a TAT adventure with a mate starting on 5th June 2018. We are air-freighting our bikes from London into JFK and riding from there. We intend to start from Liberty Park (?) and use Kevin's route to get to the start of the classic TAT and then switch to Sam's route or use a mix of both along the way. We need to be in LA for 14th July for the flight home. Hopefully that's enough time. I'll be on a WR250R and my mate's on a KTM 350-F. We're planning to use each Saturday as a rest and maintenance day - I'll be sleeping while Russell changes the oil and fits new wheel bearings to his EXC ;-). We will be camping as much as possible and hitting motels when the smell gets too bad.
    Hopefully we'll bump into some of you along the way!
    Cheers
    Mark
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  20. Wasfast mike

    Wasfast mike n00b

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    Hey Redhot
    I'm in cold Upstate NY. This is the time of year to purchase a used dirt bike. What are you looking for? I can watch "Craigslist". I've got buddies that swear by KLR's and DR's. I've got a friend in the local motor vehicle department, I'm sure all you need is money to get it licensed and titled. No, I don't have any extra! LOL. Maybe I can help
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