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. DiggerD

    DiggerD DougFir from SuperDuke Days

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    Congrats !

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  2. Ctetro

    Ctetro n00b

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  3. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    I have just headed him west for the ferry. New chain&sprockets, a belly full of Newfoundland grub and a head full of Newfoundland culture. A fine young fella.
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  4. ckjj888

    ckjj888 Been here awhile

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  5. just jeff

    just jeff Long timer

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    You're a good man Damurph!
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  6. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    I have a couple of exes that would argue that point with you.
    I just happen to be at the start/finish of the TCAT. It takes some hard mileage to get here and ADVers break stuff. Glad to be of help and all I ask is that the riders pass it on to another rider. At some point I will be the receiver of the goodwill.
  7. usedtobefast

    usedtobefast Been here awhile

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    Wow, congrats! Thanks for taking the time to write up your adventures it was great to read along. What you did is amazing!
  8. rofon

    rofon Adventurer

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    Day 34 and 35
    From St-John's to Acton Vale (HOME)
    So last nigh when I went to bed I had in mind to take my time to go back home and to visit on my way, but when I woke up this morning I didn't want to go on the bike again. So that was my sign that I was time to go home. But before leaving St-Jon's I had to make it official, on photo, that my bike made it all the way!

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    A very powerfull cote from Terry Fox:
    “I just wish people would realise that anything is possible if you try. Dreams are made if people try.”
    And yes, I did try, and yes I've made it till the end!

    The most East point in North America
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    So on day 34 I did 955km.
    Took the night ferry to North Sydney, sleep on the floor in the ferry
    one last ferry, tring to dry my wet gear
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    and then drove 1458 km to make my way home!
    I arrived at my parents place around 9h45, they were waiting for me. It felt nice to be back home and to see them!


    It was not the plan I had made but it was the best decision!

    So now I got lots of stuff going on at the same time, but I did not forget what I've told you about the wrap up of this EPIC adventure. I'm still sorting pictures, videos and bills.
  9. BuiltnotBought

    BuiltnotBought Perpetual Project

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    Congrats! My butt felt sore just reading the milage of those last couple legs there. Glad to hear you have made it home safe, I'm sure it will take some time to decompress.
  10. Ctetro

    Ctetro n00b

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    You drove 1458 km in one day on a stock 690 seat !! Man you must have SUPER POWER or a very sore butt :)))
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  11. simonpig

    simonpig droppin' jewels

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    Congratulations Rofon. Whats your total mileage tally and how many total days? Looks like a sprint to the finish. The prospects of coming home does that to you. Early on, I once rode from the smoky mt of TN to NYC all in a day. 660 miles all on a vibey F650 Funduro. It sucked, but I wanted to be home and off that paint shaker.
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  12. rofon

    rofon Adventurer

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    I have a SEAT concept! Glad I had one one that day, and no it was not a funny day, but when you want to go home you go home!
    HAHA
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  13. jackalsour

    jackalsour Dreamer

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    :clap:clapGreat adventure! I'm not sure any Canadian has completed the entire TCAT let alone TAT+TCAT in one summer. Thanks for sharing
  14. Bugzy

    Bugzy 2014 VStrom DL1000a

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    That trip report was fantastic, thank you, I really enjoyed reading about all of your ups and downs. That KTM sounds like it has a lot of issues, but if you throw enough money at it, it will get the job done as yours did. Maybe that isn't the best choice of bike for this?

    That crash you had, sounds like you got really lucky and didn't break any bones, and your a light guy which definitely helps when you hit the ground.

    Ready for more adventures?
  15. sidewayz_control

    sidewayz_control Been here awhile

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    Ummm? He has just done the TAT & TCAT in 70 days... I would like to see any bike survive that with no issues. :nod

    "Dozens mention issues with japanese bike (ahem Africa Twin :bow) but no one bats an eye. One person mentions one issue with non Japanese bike and everyone loses their mind" :deal
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  16. fasttortoise

    fasttortoise Been here awhile

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    Congrats Rofon! How does it feel to be home?
  17. rofon

    rofon Adventurer

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    Hey Guys! long time no post!!

    It took me long enough to get my accounting together, so here is, as promises, the expenses of my trip. I’ll be short, since the graphic are self-explanatory. I spend 6’8230CAD$ and 2’950US$, plus the mechanical issues that I’m fixing right now.
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    I just finish last night a short video of my journey, I also got a long version on my YouTube page, feel free to like and comment!

    Hope this may help you to plan and REALLYSE your dream ride!
  18. Xblobx

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    Good job Bob!
  19. tedmarshall

    tedmarshall Been here awhile

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    Jeff: what was causing all the injection problems for Robin and how did you fix it?
  20. rofon

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    Well I did clean my fuel tank, I found some sand in it. My fuel filter in the tank is very dirty. So I think that's the main problem... But I'll have a better ideal in spring.

    The oil leak come from a stripend bolts.