TAT here I come! - Solo Kiwi and KTM 690

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by vegemanNZ, Jul 26, 2017.

  1. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    A few years ago, I was planning to ride the TAT and for a lot reasons (injury, life, work, family etc) it was cancelled which was a real bummer. So much planning had gone into that and was going to be my 50th birthday escape, but fortunately, I treated the failure as a postponement more than a cancellation which made this second attempt a little easier/quicker.

    I have a window of opportunity that doesn't come often in life, so I've grabbed it, packed my trusty 2008 690 an said 'I'm coming and if I have to go solo...I will'...well, here I come!
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  2. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Today was a big day, as the realisation that this shit just got real, as the bike was picked up today and begins its 6 week journey from Wellington NZ, to Atlanta GA...wahoo

    I had such a crazy day yesterday doing last minute repairs and tweaks but having a sunny day in winter made it all worthwhile. I had to replace the counter shaft seal, as well as make a gasket for the clutch slave unit which decided to have a wee leak as well...but hey, Might as well get it done at home, than on the side of the track somewhere. To get it ready for shipping, I then had to drain the fuel from main tank as well as the rally-raid side tank (great bit of kit) but since I had never turned the isolating valve off of that RR tank, the bloody thing jammed closed... so not only could I not drain it, I now had another thing to fix...and the truck is due in the morning. Managed to get that off, worked out how it functions and then proceeded to gentle persuade the internals with CRC, a small drift and very light taps with a hammer... 20 minutes later it was all done.

    MY bike is the orignal 2008 E model and I've used it fully. It's approaching 70,000k and I know it well. I've replaced, modded and maintained it thoroughly over the years so am excited to ride it in the US of A. It has served me well, although we did have a rather slow and awkward accident together and it destroyed my left knee leaving in an external frame drilled through it for 4 months..but hey, shit happens and Im still riding...that's all that matters.

    I'll be sharing my prep, plans and other stuff as I count down the days...

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  3. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    Sounds like an adventure, I'm in. I will be here waiting for the next installment, have a safe journey!
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  4. Allucaneat

    Allucaneat Been here awhile

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    Good luck, and let me know if you need any help getting the bike or need a place to stay before your start. I'm about 30 minutes south of the Atlanta airport.

    Looks like your bike will be here roughly around September 6th, which puts you starting the TAT about a week later than the last person who's posted here so far. http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/tat-2017-roll-call.1212976/
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  5. Mackayla01

    Mackayla01 Been here awhile

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    I'm in, good luck.
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  6. dgeezer

    dgeezer Time's fun when you are having flies. Kermit

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    Stay in touch. I'm about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta.
    If I can help in any way, feel free to ask.

    This is payback for all the nice people on
    the north and south islands who helped and
    housed me in 2003, 2006, and 2010.
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  7. Kiwi Canuck

    Kiwi Canuck Adventurer

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  8. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Thanks to all, and yes, I'll probably need a hand. The 'plan' is that I land Atlanta about 7pm on the Monday 4th and then will need to stay somewhere, and then get back to the Airport area for pickup at the freight area. The bike will be at CAROTRANS or something like that, which is across the road from the Hartfield Jackson Airport. I was just gonna uber/airbnb but having an adv-rider brother helping...has to be a good thing. I'll PM you closer to the time as I will know how things are tracking.

    The only official thing I am waiting on is my EPA.gov waiver that allows me to just ride my machine without the Carnet process. The response I have had from them has been very quick (yay) yet there is a 3-4 week processing timeframe, so since I have 5 - 6 weeks before I get there...it should be fine. .
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  9. dhilt

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    Good luck!!!
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  10. TheNetworker

    TheNetworker Been here awhile

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    I am in. Safe travels and great adventures to tell.
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  11. OldTriumphRider

    OldTriumphRider Livin the Dream

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    Sounds like a real" Adventure ! I'm near the start of the TAT if you need anything.
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  12. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    Pix of the knee in traction man! :)

    Seriously, very much so looking forward to the ride.
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  13. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Thx man, the generosity from everyone is fantastic and really inspiring. Wife is now understanding why I said going solo is cool. Cheers

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  14. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Picture of the first day, had a rare reaction called compartment syndrome as well, so they had to cut both sides of my leg open to reduce the pressure. Nothing like 4 extra general ops plus 70 stitches. then the last day before removal. Kinda weird how the body coped with being skewered with wires from one side to the other and some 6mm bolts taped into the shin.

    It'll never be good so gotta get this done before its truly wears out. [​IMG][​IMG]

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  15. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

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    Proper!

    First off, way to recover and way to get back on it!

    I'm in.
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  16. BornAgain

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    I had one of those medieval torture looking things on for a couple of weeks. I thought that was agony four months would be tough. Glad to see your back riding have fun on the TAT.
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  18. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Enjoy the ride, and our country!

    Seems a bit odd at first, someone from a distant and exotic land wanting to come here, seeing how a lot of us here want to go to other countries in our time for traveling. But then I realize it's all relative. Our country is just business as usual for us but an exploration journey for you. I hope you enjoy coming here as much as we've enjoyed other countries. Godspeed.
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  19. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    yeah, I know what you mean, while it seems weird leaving NZ which is awesome and fantastic for riding...I've done a lot of it, and done it several times. For parts I have not motorbiked, I've walked, mountainbiked, skied, hunted, fished so it will be exciting to just be there. Meeting people, riding , adventures...is just awesome.

    Thanks
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  20. i4bikes

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    I don't know how your are navigating but when I was riding the TAT I ran into some guys from your local and they were surprised how often they didn't have cell coverage. That was still in Arkansas.
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