Part II: Dockingpilot & NJ Crew Ride TAT West

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DockingPilot, Nov 25, 2008.

  1. Elefant 900 Rad

    Elefant 900 Rad Hedley

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    I'll have to disagree with some, saying the bikes are too big....but it all depends on skill and experience of the rider.

    If you ride challenging, tough stuff a lot on the big bikes, you can do the TAT on them. If you don't, then I wouldn't suggest the big bikes.
  2. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Which I think was said.
    And Ill ride my 950 almost anywhere, and do, but my 610 was new, a bit more lighter and easier to toss around and therefore fun throughout the trip. Our 950 Super Enduro rider loved it on the trip but not too many guys will out ride this guy on any bike including the big ones.
  3. Elefant 900 Rad

    Elefant 900 Rad Hedley

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    Pilot, BTW....cool video (your Fav) of the TAT you put together, especially with that music. :clap

    Sorry...but I'm new to your thread here, just saw it today.
  4. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks Randy, glad you enjoyed it brother.
  5. motogo1

    motogo1 I don't want a pickle,...

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    Great RR Frank....oh, but I guess thats been stated a few times before. :D But, man, this brings back some sweet memories. I've ridden it Nevada before, with a guide. And I really, really, liked the remoteness and wild west atmosphere. Maybe some day I'll get back out there. Hope to do MOAB area next year.:1drink
  6. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks ! Yea, Nevada was my personal favorite. If you go to Moab, don't miss the White Rim Trail of course or the Schaffer Switchbacks :thumb
  7. Rascus

    Rascus The Realist

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    Dockingpilot, great report. I just spent the last hour or so going through both your threads of the entire trip.

    These threads have inspired me even more to want to do the TAT either in parts or as a whole.

    I like your idea of having 4 or 5 guys going out with you. Myself and a friend are already starting to get ideas, logistics, etc worked out so we're well planned ahead.

    What if anything would you have done differently when it came to planning this trip? Did you miss something that you got half-way through and went, "oh shit, should have thought of that"

    Any other side info like that would be greatly appreciated.

    Again, awesome report!
  8. bmc1025

    bmc1025 Adventurer

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    Great read and awesome pics
    The wild west video is great also. I cant wait till next year I will be doing the TAT for sure thanks for spending the time to do such an excellent report.
  9. upweekis

    upweekis Long timer

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    Any trouble with the KLR on the trip? Did you think it was small/light enough?
    Thanks
  10. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Thanks Dave. Well to anwer your question, we planned this trip diligently. And we had good intel and help from good sources. So, no, we were well prepared and wanted for nothing and the whole journey went off without a hitch. If you dont prep for a big trip like this you just may end up aborting. We did rent a sat phone but never needed it. Make sure you have the route down pat and transfered to GPS. Floundering around inside Eagle Canyon or western Nevada looking for the right way to go is not going to be good. Even more so if your in tripple digit heat

  11. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Well, Im not John, but I'd say no. Maybe a bit heavier than he would have liked but John is an excellent rider.
  12. johnpitts01

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    Or trip planning is beyond reproach. It's all Docking Pilot's work. I think our planning rivals a NASA mission. We have maps, GPS routes and local knowledge.

    I can only think of one thing we might have done differently this year. We might have slowed down a bit in some places.


    Regarding the KLR - for 98% of the trip it was the perfect bike. But those 2% I was wishing for a lighter bike. And I skipped Eagle Canyon. I might have done Eagle Canyon if I was 100%. But with my leg injury I thought it best not to try it.

    This gets back to the planning. We had an alternate route - the "big bike friendly" route to go around Eagle Canyon. Those of us that didn't go in took some detours and visited some interesting arches in the area. Our group is quite amazing too. Somehow we managed to rendezvous on the other side of Eagle canyon. There is no way this should have happened. It's sort of a sixth sense thing with us.

    A couple of notes on the KLR as prepared for the trip. I dropped one tooth on the front sprocket and up 2 teeth on the rear sprocket. I wanted as much low end grunt as possible. I also run Dunlop D606 tires. I was running @ 18 PSI for most of the trip. The bike did really well in the sand we encountered. I might have tried to manage my fuel a bit better to try to be as light as possible in the tricky sections.

    As a result of this trip I put the KLR (and me) on a diet. The KLR has shed the passenger pegs, the highway pegs and crash bars, the E-bay luggage racks and the side panels, the stock luggage rack. All of this stuff adds up and I feel the bike is a bit easier to manage.

    The KLR will do fine.
  13. Rascus

    Rascus The Realist

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    Frank, thanks a lot on responding.

    I'm definitly the type to have every single detailed layed out way before hand before embarking on something like that. The more I see pictures and trip reports on this amazing trail, the more I can't wait to hit it up!

    I may have to pick your brain later when we get ready to go.
  14. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    No problem Dave. :thumb
  15. AOL

    AOL Tequila is good for your

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    Great RR DockingPilot Congratulations I am planning a trip for April, starting in Las Vegas and Ending in Yellowstone National Park but we want to ship the bikes as you did since we are from Monterrey Mexico and do not have much time. Did Allied held the bike for you in their warehouse or you pick them up just in time after they arrived?

    Can you let me know how you did the shipping?

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  16. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    We went through www.motorcycleshipping.biz
    They will hold it for you if you like. We had ours dropped off at a local dealer that held them for us. Excellent service from Allied.
  17. DirtRideRoader

    DirtRideRoader Armed and Dangerous

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    Where did John pick up that fancy boot? I have been wearing something similar for about a month now. Hope to be riding again in another 2-3 weeks.

    Enjoyed the Ride Report, just like I enjoyed your trip through Idaho. Still haven't done an epic ride on the 690. Hope to ride the CDR this next summer.
  18. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    I got the boot at the emergency Room in Battle Mountain, NV.

    should be standard issue from any doc / hospital.
  19. DirtRideRoader

    DirtRideRoader Armed and Dangerous

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    I broke one of the bones in my foot in December out in Arizona. I rode the rest of the day. There is no way I could have gotten my foot in my boot the next morning. Not without alterring the boot. You must be one tough hombre.

    Looks like a great ride. I hope to do it soon.
  20. bpeterson

    bpeterson no other way to say it

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    Loved the ride report DPilot. Well done. :clap:clap

    thanks for sharing!

    wish I was riding more, but I'm living vicariously through those of you that do.