Going for Broke: TAT 2011

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by simonpig, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. Vinbowie

    Vinbowie Been here awhile

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    Really awesome, Thanks for taking the time,
    to do the report.:clap:clap:clap
  2. leftystrat62

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    this deserves a bump-great thread
  3. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    +1!!!
  4. rpet

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    Simon - I'm not sure if I missed it (I read this thread back when it came out), but did you have a pressure suit under the Klim jacket? I'm wondering how the Leatt fit over your jacket as well?

    Yours was the first TAT thread I read, and the reason myself and 3 childhood friends have planned for a 2013 run. Thanks for that!
    I'm still not sold on the WR though... DR or WR or DR or WR or XR or WR?
  5. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    No pressure suit under. I just use the D3o Klim slip in armor. Comfort was paramount on this trip. I rocked pressure suits for the first several years of trailriding, but got rid of it last year, and just going with a chest protector. Kept overheating and was just straight up uncomfortable.

    Leatt Moto GPX Club fit perfectly after adjusted properly. I think all the new Leatts have adjustability. The old first generation Leatt Adventures had limited adjustability, so that might not work, but I know the new Leatt Adventures are basically the old Moto GPX Club rebranded.

    Theres many bike you could ride on this trip. I happened to enjoy the WR and it worked for me — I am a lighter rider, and packed light. Above all else, I really appreciated it's smoothness -- almost no vibes through the bars. Great for the liaison and return.

  6. leftystrat62

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    Hey Simon, I remember you told me you used a Panasonic Lumix for your camera, can you tell me what program you use to "fix" your pictures? You've captioned some great images.
  7. simonpig

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    Hey Lefty, I didn't touch a thing. It came straight from the camera. I used the in-camera "Vivid Saturation" setting. When are you leaving for the TAT in 2013? Keep me posted. Possibly, and if you're cool with it, I wouldn't mind tagging along to MS and on the R80g/s if I still have it around then.

  8. leftystrat62

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    That would be totally fine with me if you want to try to meet up,I think that would b e fun. I'm thinking of leaving roughly either Aug 12th or the 18th. I've got the time to leave either weekend -just not sure if I'd be better off waiting another week because of the heat. I plan to try and take an extra 4 days in CO & UT as well so I'm trying to time it right.
    Would you recommend the Panasonic camera you used? I'm also considering the Canon Powershot D10-similar type of camera. I've got a nice point & shoot that's just too big,and I want something to stand up to the elements,and that will be quick and easy to use so that I'll take more pictures.
    I've got the same Klim traverse pants as you were wearing, how were they in the beginning of the trip when it was hot?
  9. simonpig

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    Cool, lets play it by ear. Plan the leave date however it fits with your needs and if I'm able, then lets do it.

    The suit was fine on the east coast. If all the vents are open and you're moving its good. You can regulate the airflow by the number of vents you zip open and how far opened they are.

    I've never used the D10 and can't speak for its quality, but it widest zoom angle is 35mm—you'll be frustrated trying to capture epic landscapes with that focal length. The wide zoom 28mm lens on the TS3 is a necessity, and for any camera used for travelling. Doesn't have to be a Panasonic, though they do have the best image quality in this rugged waterproof class, just make sure its got a 28mm– XXmm zoom. Personally, I recommend the Panasonic over the others. Its a turn it on, Take picture, Turn it off approach. You do need to learn how to use exposure compensation (-2 to +2 exposure stop range) though to get good pictures in some situations (night, dusk, backlighting, etc.). There are buttons for those on the camera, so you don't have to dig through menus to access.

  10. leftystrat62

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    Did you do much camping in NV & OR,and if so what were the coldest temps you experienced while camping and on the trip overall. Thanks
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    Colorado, the morning riding after camping in Lathrup State Park, the night before wasn't terrible. The higher I got the colder it got so I would ride, stop, zip up and repeat that until all the were closed and then I layerd up with the North Face Hoody, and then finally the balaclava. Climbed from 6000ft to 9000ft that morning and it felt like 15-20 degree difference.

    The really cold days took place in Oregon for 2-3 days but that was abnormal because of an icy front that swept the Northwest—around the time was I was passing through Silverlake, Oregon to visting Crater Lake. It was chilly and got pretty miserable riding during the late afternoons and twilight. I didn't camp at all in Oregon.

  12. leftystrat62

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    I have no worries riding in the cold-I'm well prepared for that. I just came back from a week long trip where it was never above 24F in the morning (camping)and was usually in the low to mid 30's during the day. The reason I asked that question was so I could figure out what type of sleeping bag I will need,because I plan to camp the tat unless I know I'll be in the rain. My sleeping system left me a little cold in the 20's, so I'm trying to decide if it's worth buying and carrying a 20 degree bag for this trip.
  13. simonpig

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    If you want to be covered, get the 20 degree bag,—mine was a 40 degree summer bag. I've been told and from research that you have to add 10-15 degrees the bag rating depending on how your hot or cold you run. If theres not strange weather patterns, I think a summer rated bag or at least a 30 degree bag should be ok.

    I think the lowest temp at night it got was around 25 (+/–3) degrees for those 3 frigid days in Oregon.

  14. KJD19892

    KJD19892 Been here awhile

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    How much of the trail would you say was actually unpaved?? I know people say 80-90% but I was wondering what your opinion was since you've actually ridden it. Im trying to get the motor rebuilt on my dr and talk a buddy into getting a dual sport and riding it with me this summer. :D
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    80 percent feels about right, thanks to Tennessee. Still I enjoyed TN for what it was and it allowed me to acclimate early in the trip.

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    Tennessee is my home state so I know there are very few unpaved roads of much length left but there are still a lot of fun roads. Thanks a lot for youre opinion!! Now I've just got to get my bike rebuilt and talk a buddy into going with me....
  17. simonpig

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    This has been a long time coming, but better late than never. I'll be posting them as they come piping hot out of the oven. Thinking maybe 10 or so, as theres alot of film.


    TAT 2011 - Part 1: August 22--24 (Liaison: New York to Tennessee)



  18. Quantis

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    AWESOME!!!!! :clap

    I've read through this thread about 15 times. Thinking of doing this trip next summer on my WR.
  19. simonpig

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    I'm stoked to be inspiring other inmates as I've been inspired by them. Hope it happens for you next year. Don't overthink it, especially if you're already set up with the core equipment - you, your bike, a tent and sleeping bag.


  20. simonpig

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    TAT 2011 - Part 2: August 25--26 (Tennessee)