DRZ400 chases a Husky FE501 across America: The TAT backwards

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ClutchDumpinDan, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. Downhill502

    Downhill502 Been here awhile

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    Thanks! I will have a full in depth breakdown of my gear as well as the bike shortly but the first thing you need to do is run KTM's phds bar mounts. That is the single best thing I did to help with 500's vibration right before this trip and it was no longer an issue. Believe me I was not happy about the amount of engine vibration when I picked the bike up a few months ago but those mounts with the soft/green dampers installed make a huge difference.

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  2. MXJEEPDOG

    MXJEEPDOG Adventurer

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    Great breakdown on the gear. One of the main things I have always liked about motorcycle travel is that you can't take tons of shit. Like backpacking, you par it down to the bare essential. I see those big touring bikes, loaded down plus pulling a trailer ! WTF ? Nothing better than 30 + days straight to hone that packing list to a fine edge ! Good Stuff !
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  3. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    Nice job gentlemen.................SMIB approved. :thumb
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  4. 4r22mny

    4r22mny Old n' Slow

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    So at this time you should have a really creditable opinion of the 501 as a dual sport/adventure bike. I've been debating between it and the 701 for that purpose and I'd like to know what you think.

    thanx,
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  5. ClutchDumpinDan

    ClutchDumpinDan Go do

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    Easy...




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  6. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    Wimp bike..........should have kept the KLR work horse. Just say'n
  7. Knute Dunrvnyet

    Knute Dunrvnyet ...or wait until we get home.

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  8. ClutchDumpinDan

    ClutchDumpinDan Go do

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    Mashed all my TAT video footage together and trimmed it down as best I could. Still way too long and boring.

    For those snowed in some place or in prison...here's 41 minutes of shaky cell phone footage and grainy GoPro clips.

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  9. ClutchDumpinDan

    ClutchDumpinDan Go do

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    I'm not man or SMIB enough for the mighty KLR.

    Your bike green by chance? Was that you I ran into at the gas station in Gordonsville a few months back? Me and another dude on a DRZ were headed to Laurel Fork. You were headed to some ADV get together in WV. After we left it hit me, that's gotta be that Scotty P dude :hmmmmm
  10. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    Yep........that was me. :nod
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  11. Scotty P

    Scotty P Funny Like a Clown

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    Moab 2015.............

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    VACommuter from Fredvegas riding his KLR hack during the UT/CO BDR 2015.......he had his hands full in some spots:D

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  12. lqgsrider

    lqgsrider Been here awhile

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    Good RR
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  13. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Adventurer

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    Well done Sir.
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  14. Knute Dunrvnyet

    Knute Dunrvnyet ...or wait until we get home.

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    NOT boring. Thank you for this!
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  15. waylongway

    waylongway madmax

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    Not in prison Yet, But i very much enjoyed all the quite.....:drink

    Thanks for all the hard work....:brow
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  16. BLucare

    BLucare Ambitious, but rubbish

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    :clap

    I'll most likely be watching this tomorrow, when I should be doing more important things. Thanks for keeping the distraction train rolling :jkam

    Edit: finally got around to watching this tonight. Can confirm, @ClutchDumpinDan, you fuckers are just as funny on-camera as you are in writing :lol3
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  17. Downhill502

    Downhill502 Been here awhile

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    You really have to be honest with yourself on what you will doing with it. Are you going to be riding very difficult single track or really anything you would consider hard terrain especially with luggage? Or will you be sending most of your time slabbing on the pavement for hours to get to your trailhead. I was amazed with the amount of miles I could do comfortably on this per day and I will tell you right now I was so happy not to be on anything bigger when I decided to go off and try difficult trails. I was just fine going 75mph on the highway and even did 600 miles on tarmac on the final day. Keep in mind I do have a modded 1190 Adv. R at home that I beat the hell out of but I would chose to take my 501 without a question as it just increases the amount of fun/unintelligent things I can do.

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  18. Downhill502

    Downhill502 Been here awhile

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    Just the tip.......



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  19. Dirty bird

    Dirty bird Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy

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    Thanks guys, loved the RR, I concur RR Hall of Fame! You have inspired me to start planning for next year!
    Excellent job
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  20. Deanman

    Deanman Wannabe Adventurer

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    Hi Guys, just found and finished reading your excellent report. Thanks for taking the time to document your trip. We all enjoyed it, and you will be glad you went to the trouble of posting all this in years to come. It is actually a fair bit of work to do a ride report, and for some it can detract from the trip, as it can seem like a chore.

    I did the TAT a few years ago on a DR650 and had many similar experiences and impressions of the enormous USA as you did. I have been thinking about re-tracing my steps West to East, as you did, so this report really piqued my interest again. I have a buddy in SLC, and he gets down to Moab from time to time, and the TAT would be the funnest way to get there for sure.

    I now have added a KLX250s to the stable, and even though it is stock and wimpy, I will consider taking it as I am a bit older now and less interested in wrestling a bigger bike over the few difficult sections here and there.

    Thanks again!