Kim and Mikes Most Excellent 2011 TAT Tour; The Frostbit's Return

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  1. Ride2ADV

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    So OK, you may recall that way back in 2008 Kim and I rode through much of Alaska and some of the Canadian Yukon. You can read and stare at pictures here. While there we saw all sorts of great things, and even met some super nice people. Take these two...

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    That's Mr. and Mrs. Frostbit, or in reality Tracy and MaryLee. We've been threatening to ride with them ever since we left Alaska and we even did once in Nova Scotia when they were on this side of the continent. That's where this picture was taken, at Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia.

    Well, they're coming along on this TAT ride with us. :clap So, hold on folks because this one's gonna be fun. NH and AK collide in Jellico, TN to have some fun on the TAT. More pics soon!

    If you want to follow along with us, we hit the trail on June 2nd, and you can follow our progress in real time on this map:


    http://spotwalla.com/embed.php?id=2c934dd06cd115901&width=600&height=600&scale=on&zoom=default


    Until later!
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    Oh goody, another Mike and Kim adventure ride. Can't wait.
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    So what are we riding the TAT with. Hmmm....? Well I'm a confirmed KTM guy and there's a 690E waiting in the garage raring to go. Kim has her Suzuki DR650 from the Alaska trip. Should we take those guys?

    Nah.......

    Let's take these two little fellas.

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    Twin 2009 KTM 250 XCF-ws. We're pretty good at falling down and who wants to pick up the big guys when we can pick up lightweights. Here's a pic of Kim with her little one.

    Now all I have to do is make them TAT worthy. More to come on that soon.
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    Let's see how you strap your bags to those little puppies.:evil
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    I have been wanting to ride the TAT, even thinking of a Yamaha 250 to do it with, I am in..Send lots of pics!!!
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    Frostbit Is it cold in here?

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    Count me in... can't wait to see how this turns out. :D


    As if we weren't amped up enough already... you two go and start a ride report two weeks before we hit the trail... all the sudden I'm feeling weak, very weak.

    We are very much looking forward to meeting up with the ultimate adventure duo for a little slosh in the mud.

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    ML will be riding a beautifully outfitted WR250R and I'll be on a 650 Dakar that I used to be rather fond of until I found out that everybody else was going with the "light is right" philosophy.

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    Does anybody in the Toledo area want to trade their 250 for a 650 before June?
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  10. Frostbit

    Frostbit Is it cold in here?

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    Oooops... forgot to request a picture of you two in your new riding apparel.
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    I'll certainly enjoy reading your ride story------if I ever road the TAT again---I'd do it on a 250 for sure.

    I rode a KLR on the Eastern part--and a Husky TE610 on the Western Part---and they did well-----but a 250 is so easy and fun to ride--especially the WR with it's extremely wide ratio 6-speed. About the only true dual-sport where they got it right.

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    Have a great ride! I'm looking forward to reading about all your adventures!
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    So it was a rainy Sunday so I might as well spend some time getting the bikes TAT ready eh? I thought I'd endulge and buy a high end carbon fiber, feather weight bash plate and boy did it look nice. In fact, it was really pretty, it looked like this...

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    Pretty huh?

    All this beauty attached to this one hinge and two bolts into the frame...

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    Well the eagle eyed among you may notice that there is that single hinge and a total of 5 bolts. This was going to be e.a.s.y. WRONG! Man, nothing fit. Nothing! So out came the faithful dremel and let the cutting begin...

    First to go was the upper edge of the plate near the exhaust header. Then...

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    About a 1/4 inch of the entire front edge of the tab at the front of the bash plate.

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    Then the other side of the bash plate at the top of the bash plate...

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    And then a hole in the front of the bash plate so the exhaust header could clear and it would not bang on the plate itself...

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    Here's what it looked like cleaned up...

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    Gotta have a comfy place for a perch. So a call to Renazco Racing nets us two very comfy Renazco saddles...

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    and Kim's bike needed to be street legal in the horn department so viola!

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    A high decibel ear splitter! Manual operation of course.
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