TAT 2020!

Discussion in 'Americas' started by wilso122, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. wilso122

    wilso122 Been here awhile

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    Hello,

    Been looking at the TAT for some time and going to do it, wont be until 2020 need to save money and get the green card from the wife, reckon 3 years should be enough time to build up the points!

    Have some questions from the wise ones here. Totally comfortable with the trail riding and the whole distance will try and take enough time off work and route looks good. could be 3-6 of us going from the UK.

    Whats the best time of year to be able to complete the lot, June or September?

    Options are ship bike's from the UK easy for the start, nightmare for the return and potentially lots of hassle shipping bikes over storing until we get there, return logistics etc etc.

    Or buy a bikes in the States. Are duel sport bikes easy enough to come across over there?
    How do you go about registering and insuring bikes?
    Whats the chances of getting upto 6 bikes all in good order all in the same place!
    Should we buy sooner and find storage?
    We would then try and find someone to sell them for us at the other end.

    Of course the other option might be to hire something?

    Has anyone done something like this and can help with insight could be an interesting logistics challenge!

    Pretty sure there will be more questions coming!
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  2. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    Do you want to your trip on buying down risk or higher risk/lower cost?

    If it's the former, you probably want to send a private conversation to inmate @TUCKERS . You could fly in Los Angles International Airport (LAX) and reasonable be hopping down the road quickly. The bummer about this is that California has some of the highest registration costs in the Nation. And the best TAT riding is Oregon --> Colorado, so you will need to spend a few days riding up the California coast to stage at the TAT beginning.

    I suppose you might be able to score used bikes through Craigslist.org, however, caveat emptor. Also, registering them could be problematic unless you have a US address to use.

    Lastly, you might look into Air Canada's program that runs May-June. You can buy a ticket and your bike flys as cargo. It only includes certain airports thought and might be spendy, but you would have your own bike.

    Most bike rentals in US would be >$100/day. And once you were done with the TAT, you would need to return the bike to other end of the US. I think this option makes the least sense financially and logistically.

    I would highly recommend aiming for starting the TAT in the second or third week of Aug. This will give you lowest bugs, the mountain passes would be free of any previous season snow (but they could always get an Early snow!), and it's the "shoulder season" which means there are less travelers (e.g. more hotel rooms available).
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  3. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Thanks for the recommendation.
    If any International Traveler wants me to buy and register a bike for them and you want to ride away with the Title in your name I am going to need AT LEAST 2 months lead time, 3 months is better. I don't charge for storage if I buy you a bike.
    A DMV appointment to register can take 2 weeks to get, title then takes 3 weeks to arrive back in mail....so you have 5 dead weeks there AFTER the bike is bought. The sooner you start the better the deal you are likely to get on a used bike. Scrambling around with weeks to spare is costly and fraught with failure.
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  4. Lizzard323

    Lizzard323 Solo rider. Lover of solitude and corn meal.

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    Hi. You would most likely need to nail down the number of riders about 1 year out. Airfare, buying the bikes, gear gathering, etc. @TUCKERS is right. It takes a while to get paperwork done. You need to decide if you want to ride east to west or west to east, where you want to sell the bikes at, if you are going to ship them home, etc... Many ideas, many questions.

    Eddie
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  5. wilso122

    wilso122 Been here awhile

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    Thans guys this is really helpful, had no idea the timelines were so long to register a bike in the US. I may have an address I can use in Denver or New york state, both a long way from the start of the TAT though. this is the reason for asking questions now, gives plenty of time to figure out options. Hiring I think is out already though.

    Going to be running the original TAT by Sam east to west

    @TUCKERS Thanks for replying, I did look at what you do which looks like a really great idea if only there was someone on the east that does similar! You are certainly in the planning for it though when we figure out exactly what were going to do....

    Lots more thoughts to your question Dorito, if we dont ship ours we thought about doing it whacky races style, buy a bike and prep for no more than 3k USD. On the other hand we thought about buying new and selling at the other end.. Still all open for debate!
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  6. wilso122

    wilso122 Been here awhile

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    Have I understood USA registering correctly. You buy the bike, then get it registered, this gives you the licence plate.

    For that you need the title, proof of insurance and driving licence? Would it matter if your driving licence is UK / UK address but title and registration is a local address?

    In the UK we need an annual vachicle inspection, is something like that also needed in the States?
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  7. Lizzard323

    Lizzard323 Solo rider. Lover of solitude and corn meal.

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    Vehicle inspections are determined by the state. In Florida there are none. Many other states have them. California for example requires that your motorcycle's emissions smell like roses and are breathable........

    Some states charge sales tax, some do not. States that do not charge a sales tax include New Hampshire, Oregon, Delaware, Montana and Alaska. Where You Register the Vehicle: You can only avoid this tax if you purchase the car in a no sales tax state and then register the vehicle in that state as well.

    Insurance requirements are also determined by each state. Florida requires you have medical insurance and proof of that is your insurance card. That means that if you want you can carry NO collision, theft coverage etc. You would drive through states that have mandatory motorcycle insurance but you are only bound by the requirements of the state your bikes are registered in.

    Our states here are kind of like mini countries and make their own laws as long as they don't go against federal laws.
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  8. Kenneth Winter

    Kenneth Winter Adventurer

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    Hello My Name is Kenneth Winter.
    I live in the USA. TN.

    I am looking for a small group to ride the TAT.
    May I join your conversation?
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