Going for Broke: TAT 2011

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

  1. threadkiller

    threadkiller Semi-feral Pappy

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    I'm really enjoying this thread! Hope you get your computer problems fixed soon!
  2. DougZ73

    DougZ73 Fading off.........

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    Good RR so far. I never get tired of the TAT RR's or the ones on the WRR. :D

    Does make me envious though.....some day, I'll get to do one of these kinda trips.

    Good luck with the Acer..I am posting from one now. Aspire one. I bought it for taking on bike trips, but have used it for street trips only so far. If I was to use if on a dirt trip..I'd probably make a hard case for it.
  3. fotobo

    fotobo KTM rider

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    Did you try the regional forum?
  4. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Ahoy Simon, just read through your RR, great stuff! Sorry to hear about the netbook; that's just a little bit of bad luck. Hope you get that all sorted out soon, especially with needing to upload you Nevada & Oregon maps. Even though I'll be using GPS mostly for the trip, I'm still bringing the roll charts with me in case of something like this. I'm also bringing a back up of all my routes on a thumb drive. Hopefully though I wont have any need for these extras and I'll just get to enjoy carting around extra stuff! :norton Oh, by the way, I/we are leaving tomorrow morning for Jellico! :happayI did the TAT solo back in 2009, and now I'm running it again but with my dad, and some friends for at least the eastern portion. Good luck with the rest of your trip, I'll be keeping an eye on you.
  5. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Stroke of good luck. Found a monitor and mouse and packed as many of the tracks as would fit on my unit. The Bordertown Motel is awesome. Great food, nice people and it the hotel looks like its on the set of the last scene terminator when Sarah Conner drives off and the camera pans up to show thunder ahead. Very cool.

    Thanks Stormyweather for offering up your monitor and mouse setup. I was hauling ass after coming down from elevation in Utah so by the time I got your PM I was already WFO in the desert. The whole western part is straight and fast.
  6. AJxr

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    looking forward to any and all desert pics. great RR so far.
  7. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    what mile marker are you at today??? Just curious as to where you stayed the night.
  8. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Utah 492.12. Then end of Utah. If you're askin me where did I sleep last night you just gotta wait. It was a pretty fantastic place and probably illegal.
  9. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Trying to figure out the motel you stayed at. gambling casino across the line but the "hotel" on the Utah side. Looks like rooms you'd rent by the hour!!! At least that's what I've "heard" they look like.

    You gonna love gotting out of Nevada!! It's fun for the 1st half, then you'll be ready to get out. You'll be SO HAPPY to see OR trees!!!! :clap
  10. fotobo

    fotobo KTM rider

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    Glad you was able to get your tracks loaded. It would really suck having to use roll charts. I know some guys that don't even load maps, they just load the tracks. They say it is easier for them if they only have one line to look at. Only problem with that is when you have to take an alternate route, you don't have maps to figure our your route. That will happen to you a lot, especially in Oregon. Good luck!
  11. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    9/6/11 (Tuesday)
    Maintenance day

    Woke up today at 7:30am started yesterdays ride report and researched room rates for the evening. I found the best rate at the red stone inn and promptly booked it. Moab is a very touristy places so rooms at a good rate can be hard to get.

    With that off my list, I call up Moab powersports but they did not have a d606 in stock. Called Mad Bro powersports and they did so I went down and picked it up, threw it over my shoulder and rode back to the sleep inn for the install. The owner of Mad Bro is super nice and the store is spacious. They have a decent amount of tires in stock and I was curious to try a michelin desert or a Kendal trakmaster. Stuck with the 606.*

    First I had to get the f outta the room cause 11am was checkout time and I didn't think 30 minutes was enough time for me to comfortably switch out a tire and pack.

    And so with all my gear downstairs next to my bike. Beginning at 11am I get to work. Everything was going well with removal and installing the tire.

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    Observation: if any of you are potential users of tyreguardian tire sealant, I wouldn't recommend it for you off road riders. There too much moisture from airing up and down of the tire for it to seal. In fact, the rear I changed, the compound looked like a maggot farm, and the front, all the solution was clumped in one section at the rear. Save your money. I think if you never change tire pressures it's fine.

    As I begin to fill the inner bladder for the tubliss the compressor blows a fuse. As I am changing out the fuse, I here the tire pop and a rush of air escape. Checked with the gauge and the pressure went from 43 psi before the blown fuse to 3 psi. My worst fear... The tubliss bladder has failed.

    At first I wasn't in the mood to remove the tire, and I thought "hey Moab powersports is across the street, why don't I take it over there and let someone else solve my problem. Worse comes to worst I can install a regular tube.

    But then I slap myself (not literally) and buckle down. I needed to see for myself where this leak is. I pull the tire and the tubliss system and inpect the inner bladder to find a small hole. It didn't appear to be from a tire iron pinch. It resembled a bicycle tube with the numbers 24 x 1.0, so my wheels started turning a I called up some of the bike shops in town. No one in town had a tube that small with most having 24 x 2.0. A guy from moab cyclery told me that size is for a kids size bike. He said it was easy to patch though and they was great to hear.*

    Before exploring that option, I went across the street to Moab powersports and spoke to TJ the owner thinking maybe he had a patch kit. At first he asked what size tube i needed and I thought he meant a regular tube, but then he walked me over to the shelf which sat 5 or 6 boxes with the tubliss logo emblazoned upon. I was in disbelief and overjoyed. In my head, it was like the cubs won the world series.

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    TJ mentioned that they were difficult to get but Tucker rocky started carrying the inner bladders. Knowing that I will carry a spare front and back on these trips. They pack really small. I bought both an 18 and 21 replacement. Go support TJ at Moab powersports. He obviously knows what the riders needs are by carrying such a rare item. TJ you gotta stock more tires though.

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    By 3pm, I had a new front tire. That worked out perfectly as the room at the redstone inn wasn't ready until then.

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    After finally cleaning up and relocating I went grabbed a late lunch at a Chinese buffet.

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    It was a bit late to be riding the white tim trail at this point so instead went back to the hotel and started an oil change. It's been 2200 miles since the last. It's probably ok, but I had idle time so why not.

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    As I work, Brian, a 4x4 enthusiast asked if everything was ok. We mingle for a bit and it turns out he was a fellow mississippian. He had this really tricked out jeep cherokee. If I had a 4x4 it would look like his.

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    After changing out the oil and returning the spent to o reillys, I call up inmate Newner (Brian). He had reached out at the behest of inmate fotobo, so I go out to the hostel and he, ralph, tom, and jason (sorry if i got any of these names wrong) were hanging out and shoot the shit over a couple of beers. A couple of hours later and I'm back at the lodge crashed out.

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  12. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    reading you log I was thinking, why not try Moab Powersports as they are a dealer for Tubliss. Um, you can't patch those bladders so I've been told.

    Good folks at Moab PS, they let us order tires, plus had other things shipped to them. easy to work with.
  13. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    To do or not to do (the bypasses) for Nevada. That is the question. Getting geared up now. What do you FFs think?
  14. Johnny55

    Johnny55 Banned

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    Bypass = Less of an Adventure!


    Unless of course, the Bypass is more adventurous, which more often then not, is not the case.
  15. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    BY pass what are you a pansy????? Don't let us down!!! DO IT!
  16. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    If the Wan's can do the full route two-up on a 990, you'd better do the full route too. :lol3

    Isn't the only bypass the narrows after Baker? It's easy.
  17. simonpig

    simonpig packin' heat

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    Alright already! Im sure i can do it. Just wondering if the juice was worth squeezing seeing as that everyone who does it just can't wait to get out Nevada.
  18. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Not me, I went back and did the Nevada section a second time just to make sure I was really having fun. :lol3
  19. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Hey, you've got to take the good w/ the bad. Really it's worth experiencing. Besides you will really appreciate Oregon when you get there. The 1st stretch is great trees mountains, snow if it's still there at this time of year.

    What out for the scrub brush, that stuff is hungry!!!
  20. jthomas82

    jthomas82 Been here awhile

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    You will regret not going on a section that you could have ridden. Ride On!:clap