2018 TAT Planning

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

  1. Old Hanker

    Old Hanker n00b

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    I will begin the TAT late next August. I will be trailering down from London, Ontario thru Buffalo and connecting somewhere in Pennsylvannia. Does anyone have any first hand experience with that eastern portion of the TAT? Is it worth riding thru P.A or should I connect further south and west.?
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  2. RickB1975

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    I rode the entire TAT on an XR650L, then slabbed back from Oregon to PA. The XR is the perfect TAT bike, the DR would also be very good.

    I've ridden most of the PA section of Kevin's TAT. I've ridden it many times. It's actually not a bad ride. Nothing technical at all. There are some nice gravel roads but it's mostly paved. Some nice views and some nice forests. I've ridden most of PA to Winchester VA, and slabbed home in one day. It would be a nice warm up for the rest of the TAT if you ask me. I'm sure South of Winchester the track gets more interesting, if you haven't been to the mountains of Virginia, you should certainly do this. Depending on when you plan your trip, I could ride with you from PA south a day or more. Just PM me if your interested.
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  3. SATEX

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    I don't think most would find the DR650 too big for the TAT. There's no single track, and the low seat height helps in the slow stuff.
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  4. SATEX

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    Determine where you want to start, and then get help from advriders in the area. Ideally you could purchase in advance and get needed mods done.
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  5. Old Hanker

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    Thanks for the offer Rick, I guess what I am trying to figure out his this. We are experienced road riders and have ridden many of the roads in P.A and Virginia over the years on our roads bikes. Ideally we would like to find a connection point on the TAT, coming south from either Buffalo, or Detroit, that would eliminate as much pavement as possible as we headed west on theTAT. From what you’ve said I would assume that connection point would be at least south of Winchester.
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  6. Kenneth Winter

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    Hello My Name is Kenneth Winter.
    I live in the USA. TN.

    I am looking for a small group to ride the TAT with in 2018.
    May I join your conversation?
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  7. rkdwp

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    Hello, I'm planning a 2018 TAT ride starting from New York City in late August. I'm hoping this won't be too late in the season to make it all the way to the Pacific & that I will miss the wet late summer weather in the east & hottest weeks in the southwest. I've read reports of folks finishing in late September or even early October, maybe encountering some snow in Oregon, but I'd appreciate any advice from those who have experience. I'll be riding solo on a 690 Enduro and will camp as much as possible, probably hotel every few days for laundry, etc. I'll be following a mix of Kevin & Sam's tracks with some reroutes to parts of the UTBDR. I'd be interested in riding sections with others if schedules & attitudes align. I have riding experience offroad but am by no means an expert. I look forward to hearing about everyone's preparation & adventures!
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  8. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile

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    I stayed at the TAT Shak -- and they had a long drive way and it looked like areas to park around it. I don't know if the owner is amenable to staging a truck/trailer there -- but you could ask.

    http://www.tat-shak.com

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  9. VStromNC

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    Too early to start 2018 TAT Roll Call & Schedule thread?
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