I've been spending countless hours prepping the little DRZ for the TAT, (looky here). At first the G/S was the bike of choice, for two reasons 1) well it's a G/S and for me there is just something about a G/S that was really wanting me to take it. 2) other reason it would make the ride back easier on the rider. Marks against the G/S, shear weight and lack of suspension travel. What nailed down the DRZ was this trip is more about the ride out than the return, plus the DRZ is just more capable....even if I'm not. One of the most important mods was to the rear sub frame, tying the rear wolfman bag mounts, into the main frame. Then there was purchasing some smaller gear to take along, i.e.- tent, small camp chair, stove and other things. Also figuring out what the bare minimum clothes needed. I really hate the space the cold weather clothes take up, seems terrible to take when leaving from 90 plus degree heat and about 90% humidity. Seems like there are quite a few people doing or starting the TAT this summer and here's a list of prospective victims My original leave date was going to be Mid May to 1st of June, but as luck would have it the date got pushed back to June17-18th. This will work out better as there is a better chance that the high CO passes will be open. I was prepared to ride solo and may still do some of it solo, but who knows how that will work out. As luck would have it, I have two experienced ridding partners from Texas, Ken and Kevin. This will help me immensely as my off road experience is somewhat limited. Mostly hard and loose packed gravel. I've spoken with Ken and being an older rider (than me), I get the impression his ridding style won't be all out at a lunatic pace. Of course there may be moments. Here's the DRZ loaded up and just waiting for the rider... Spot Link- if anyone knows how to put the actual spot map in the RR, please tell me as I can't fgure it out.