Hungry Tenere has Appetite for Miles. (first ride report)

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  1. scudrunner82

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    Hi All. This will be my first valiant attempt at a ride report. Hopefully my lack of creative writing ability won't hamper the adventure to the point where nobody gives a rip about my trip!
    I figure I can supplement lots of pictures to make up for poor editorial skills. :lol3

    My scheduled departure date is Sept. 21st. It may move a day or two either way depending on work, but I'm planning to have at LEAST 17 glorious days on my Super Tenere. I posted a poll in the trip planning section to see if I should either do the TAT on my WR250, or head west on the Tenere. Thanks to you guys I made my decision.

    Much planning and preparation is still in order, but I'm getting a handle on it. I have roughed out a route using google maps as follows: Its not exact, and I still have more planning to do, but it should give people an idea of my general path.

    Highlights I'm planning:

    -Possible Iron Butt, out to Madison WI on the first day. This will get me into position to relax and enjoy the entire length of US 212 (beartooth hwy) from Minneapolis to Yellowstone.

    -Ouray CO (needs no explanation)

    -At least one high pass in CO, yet to be deterimined. (hopefully a riding buddy will volunteer to come along)

    -Moab, in all its glory, with a trip around White Rim Trail (again maybe with a riding partner for safety)

    -And in no particular order: Notom Road, Burr Trail, Moki Dugway, Capitol Reef, and more.

    - On the way back will be a southern route, highlighting northern TX, through the Ozarks of Arkansas, and the majority of the Blue Ridge Parkway. :clap


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  2. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Might be a bit late in the season for high elevation travel on a bike.
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  3. scudrunner82

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    The bike itself doesn't need a whole lot of prepping. After all it is a Yamaha :ricky

    I just installed some Altrider crash bars. I truly despise adding weight to an already heavy bike for offroad, but I figured it would be necessary insurance against a major breakdown in the middle of nowhere. 11 more pounds.... :puke1



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    Buttoning up the install:
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    Looks pretty "adventury" now:
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  4. scudrunner82

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    I realize I might be cutting it tight for the high CO. passes, but I figure I'll play it by ear. With any luck there wont be snow yet...:cromag
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  5. Drachenfels

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    Having done 2 family vacations out west this year (Yellowstone in Jul and Glacier last week), my only advice in that time frame: WATCH THE WEATHER. Late september out there can have conditions change very quickly... and if you're snowed in on a bike, you're still SNOWED IN. Beautiful area, should be a ton of fun (make sure you check out the Issac Walton Inn in Essex MT, as well as putting more time into the Great Tetons - specifically Lake Jackson Lodge, MT)... but be careful.

    Looking forward to lots of photos..
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    Give it hell!

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    Thanks for kind words of advise. I will definitely be careful with the weather. I visit the Rocky Mountains pretty regularly for my day job, so I am pretty familiar with how fast things can go south. Hopefully it holds out for me so I can at least get in one high peak while I'm there! You will be in for lots of good pictures. :evil
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    Hell shall be dished out. :deal
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    Sweet!!! My new GPS I ordered for trip finally arrived! Now I need to spend countless hours figuring out how to use it. Wait I already know how to use it. Oh and batteries are very long lasting~

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    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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    One week till my departure date. Needless to say I'm getting really excited. I'm trying to pack as light as possible.

    The bike is totally prepped now, with the exception of needing a replacement switch for my Symtec grip heaters. I've been trying to locate a waterproof replacement but can only come up with on-off switches instead of the 3 position ones. Might just get a stock replacement.

    Just spooned on the Mitas tires and put about 75 miles on them. So far I'm thrilled with them. I'm trying to stay off the bike this week to keep the tires fresh. It's not easy to do!!!!


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  12. Edmond Dantès

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    Wow, those Super Tens look good in black.

    Post more pics please!
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  13. scudrunner82

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    Thanks!

    Not to worry this is just the tip of the iceberg of pictures :wink:
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  14. scudrunner82

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    I'm off!! 4:45am departure. Stopped for a quick breakfast in Rochester NY. 280 miles down and the Yamaha is still starving for more. My newest mission while out west: find the perfect bristlecone pinecone. :wink:
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    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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  17. CoachDoug

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    Sounds like a fun trip, hope you find your pinecone.:clap
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    I just got back from a 10 day trip - from Salt Lake City, up through Yellowstone and Glacier then back down through the bitterroots. It snowed on Wed (above 7K). You'll definitely be pushing it with the CO passes, but well worth the risk :)
    Safe travels!
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  19. timwicked

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    Black Tenere/snowy background pics could be front page material! Hope to do a trip like this soon, I'll be taking notes.
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  20. scudrunner82

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    Day one is in the books!!! :clap

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    My first iron butt is now complete. 1012 miles in 16 hours and fifteen minutes. It was quite a bit easier than I was expecting, and actually found myself squirming around less as the day wore on. My neck was getting a bit stiff for the last few hours, but regular stretching help that. Very glad to have the bulk of the "boring" part of the trip behind me. Boring is tongue and cheek of course. Any day spend riding is better than most anything else!! The Mitas tires are holding up great, hardly show any wear, also noticed they run very cool compared to regular street tires. Highlights of the trip were a soggy morning departure, complete with wiping the dew from my visor, a rainbow after punching through the cold front, many south bound Canada geese (and a few with broken GPS headed north), and seemingly endless miles of vine grapes in western New York. These were fantastic and the smell was intoxicating. Just one more treat you will never get to experience in a 4 wheeled vehicle.

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    Tomorrow I'm headed to Watertown SD for my first night of camping!! Hopefully there is cell service so I can continue with the live ride report. Sorry for the lack of good pics today I was too busy pounding pavement. :eek1
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