A New Engineer on the TAT and TCAT Back to Back Solo with his 690

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by rofon, Jun 11, 2016.

  1. rofon

    rofon Adventurer

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    Another TAT ride report, but if everything goes right, there will be a TCAT ride report coming next! The objective is to start at NYC on June 26th and stop a PortOxfor, than Vancouver to head back to QC on the TCAT.

    I’m 22 but I will turn 23 the day of my departure. I will celabrate my birthday before my departure at NY wirh my famlily. I graduated from engineering school this April. I’ve been riding for a long time, I did dirt biking and then moved to Dual Sport with my KTM 690 Enduro. The 690 does not have a lot of millage since I had a summer semester last year. But I think I’m ready for this long trip! The bike is not ready yet, but I’ll receive my parts Tuesday: tires, tubes, brakes, sprockets and chain.

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    I was planning to ride the TAT but I did not have any way back home until I uncover the TCAT which is the Canadian version of the TAT (http://www.graveltravel.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=featured&Itemid=71 ). The journeys will be quite big and impressive, I’m even a little intimidate by it, but I’ll take them day to day until I go back home the head full of souvenirs! As I’m writing I added up the millage of the route, and it ended up to 10 640km (6 600miles) for the USA and 11 400KM (7 700miles) if I stop at Ottawa, for an impressive round trip of 22 000km! Distance is one thing, but the amount of time is another, I’m not stress so I don’t know yet I much time it should take. Honestly I’ve plan my trip to be between 2 or 3 months, but only the future will tell us if I need more time. I would like to spend some time in specific area, like Colorado, Mohab, Canmore, Lake Louise, ect.
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    I'll be camping, so my bike is loaded, here some pic of what is look like almos ready to go! I’ve been able to reduce my luggage weight to around 45 pounds.

    Oh yeah by the way I’ll be riding by myself so if anyone would like to joint feel free to contact me on my Delorme!
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  2. ryker

    ryker Been here awhile

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    Strange, pretty much as soon as I got qualified as an engineer I also went on the TAT on a 690.

    For that mileage I would fit a manual cam chain tensioner and pack some spare rocker arms.

    Enjoy.
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  3. Critic

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    I am looking forward to following you on your ADVENTURE, especially the Canadian half! You picked the right moto for your trip trip. I rode the southern TAT on my 625exc and the western on my 690e, basicly the same bikes. Milage was never a problem, in fact, the only problem I had was losing the counter sprocket cover on the 690. I say pace yourself and enjoy the people, places, and things! Keep it safe out there!

    I should add; I went to school to be an engineer, but ended up in design. Then spent my working career with engineers. Now I spend my retirement riding with engineers and almost engineers! In my generation, there were a lot of seat of the pants engineers, that learned from experience and hands on.
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  4. yobuddy

    yobuddy Been here awhile

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    From a fellow engineer, enjoy your time before you get embedded into the workforce.
    Looking forward to reading your reports and following along.
    Wish you well on your adventure!
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  5. jackalsour

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    The 690 is the right bike for this undertaking but TAT + TCAT in 1 season is very ambitious indeed. Many hit sub zero temps before completing the TCAT alone, even having started sooner. At full tilt I imagine an experienced rider could pull this off, but at the expense of an enriched adventure

    Enjoy the ride and don't get "summit fever" trying to complete too much.
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  6. NSFW

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    +1
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    Does anyone have links to other TCAT adventures? There loads of riding highways on GS's & KLR's to Alaska and down to S.A., but little on Canada Adventures. Canada is full of beauty and fantastic Adv routes with vast open lands. I have riden some.
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  8. The Breeze

    The Breeze Been here awhile

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    Congrats on your graduation and good on you for taking such a trip!!:clap:clap:clap

    It's going to be a life/perspective changer for you I'm sure. Really looking forward to your ride report (especially the TCAT!) .

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  9. rofon

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    I don't but in a few months opfully you'll have this one! I've been looking quite a bit and did not find anything very good... The best I've seen so far is directly on GravelTravel web site http://www.graveltravel.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2&Itemid=20

    So I've been packing up the bike as lite as possible, my experience of backpacking is usefull here, but I want your help if you see anything missing!

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    1- Left saddle
    a. Stove optimus multi fuel, can use normal gaz
    b. Pot, pot cover, pot/pan holder, pan that fit in each other
    c. Multi tool
    d. Small towel for dish/hands washing

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    2- Right saddle
    a. Sleeping bag 0C (32F)
    b. Linner to fit inside my speeping bag, in case I'm dirty (which I'll be)
    c. Boxers
    d. Shirt
    e. Zipper pants (short and long)
    f. WD 40
    g. Multi use soap
    h. Muscol + bug net

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    3- Top bag
    a. Tent + tent poles
    b. Chair
    c. Large towel
    d. Camping mattress
    e. Head lamp
    f. First aid kit

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    1- Tool Tube (NEED HELP FOR THIS)
    a. 3 iron spoons
    b. Zip ties
    c. GPS (not this one but Delorm explorer) on the handle bar :hmmmmm
    d. Ratchet
    e. Box 8mm, 10, 12, 14 exetention elbox, torks 40, torks 45, rear weel box
    f. Brake and clutch lever (attached on forks)
    g. Pasty metal

    5- Tank bag
    a. 2 Gopro
    b. LOTS of Wires
    c. Electricity to charge all my electronique
    d. Digital camera (don't know wet where it'll fit)
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  10. v4play

    v4play Throttlephile

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    Congratulations on your educational success! Well done.
    Great plan for an epic ride!
    Take your time and enjoy your trip. Consider riding the TAT, winter in Portland, maybe get an internship, and TCAT next summer. Explore professional possibilities on the West coast.
    Make the world yours! Never a better time than now.
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  11. jackalsour

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    There's thousands of posts in the dedicated TCAT thread.. More and more TCAT ride reports are popping up, but few complete the entire route. I have a day trippin' thread on the Quebec sections.
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  12. gunnerbuck

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    One of the nicest sections of the TCAT I have ridden is the one that takes you through the BC Chilco/Cariboo region... I see rofon has included the TCAT island section in his map, there is a ton of riding on Vancouver Island off both sides of the TCAT corridor: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/van-isle-adv-riders-sign-in.637404/page-57
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    I found a little fanny pack pouch that I was able to zip tie to my tank bag. I have a point and shoot (shock, water and dust proof) that I have attached to the tank bag with a retractable gear keeper. The camera is easy to get out on the move, and if dropped it is not lost.
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    Thanks for your replies TCAT links! I'm pretty much grounded, but still .love to follow others adventures
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    Good on you for graduating and taking on the adventure! Just pace yourself and get as far as you can!
    I did the eastern TAT out to the middle of AR and back last fall on my 690, just under 4k miles. Looking forward to seeing how you make out!
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  16. rofon

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    did my preride this weekend! Did not pace myself, 26h 890km on gravel.

    Conclusion of the trip, almost fine, expect two things:

    1- Lost my skid plate... loose bolt and a broken one, need a new one fast.

    2- MT21 is not good for long run, they are more than half way used, will install new before leaving, any suggestion??
    motoZ HT? dunlop 908rr?
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  17. sidewayz_control

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    Re-check your tool list on the bike. You may want to swap the 12 and 14 for a 13 and 15 ;)

    If you can get the Motion Pro combo tire levers and wrench, one for the front axle one for the rear. http://www.motionpro.com/motorcycle/tools/category/t-6_combo_lever/ You can get away with only 2 levers to do a tire change.

    Ivan
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    I do agree with you Ivan for the lever that they look very handly! but since I'm used to mind using 3 I rather carry little more wieght than changing my tube twice cause I pinch it with tools that am not used to! but I'll look foward to buy them as futur tool to have.
    Thanks for the suggestion, we never have enough of them!
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  19. stefg

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    Trip of a lifetime at such a young age. Keep in mind how lucky you are to be able to live such an adventure. I think you will do well if you keep your pace down and make it for the long haul. Will be there in mind with you and you know you can always con't on my support. Keep the rubber side down and have fun. :)
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  20. davidp14

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    Better get moving. Thats a lot of miles to cover in one short summer. Good luck! I wish you the best!
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