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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    Hey bro...everything is working really well and I think all my previous trips and tests have paid off (eek so far) my custom attachment for bags and things like that are hanging in there. So far I think I have used most stuff and the stuff I haven't, means I haven't had failures so nothing wasted on space or management. The heated grips have been fantastic during these cold days. I've added some more duct tape to the handguards toget a bit more wet weather protection. USB power and phone as gps has been great. I recently upgraded the footpeg studs in my fastway adventure pegs from grub screws to spikes...they have been fantastic. Worth the $25 from Slavens racing. @Allucaneat were trying to mod them at his place...but this was the way to go.

    The seat I bought a long time was a mistake in ordering, as I thought the ktm 690 gel seat was the comfy version, but it really was the same seat with gel...not the most comfy, but am making it work. I only needed that foam in the early days as there was a lot of sitting , and was hot, and my arse was yet to be battled hardened....I haven't had it on lately (probably as it would have been a sponge)

    From what I saw coming into Moab, the views are going to be fantastic...this is more non-earth like than I've seen...temp and weather is perfect.
  2. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Had a bike maintenance day, and part of that was again, I cleaned it and got water In the electrics, I was more careful than last time, but still fucked it up....aaargh. so I took this as a sign to have the day cleaning the connectors of all the crud, checking chain, etc... plus dry out tent from the telluride night. Was good to take easy, [​IMG][​IMG]

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  3. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    I also hunted down treblesall round, found his tent and bike and had a beer with him...i don't think there is any photos of him and when i tried, his helmet was already on... maybe he's like the stig[​IMG]

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  4. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Also took a photo of the spikes on the foot pegs[​IMG]

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  5. TreblesAllRound

    TreblesAllRound Been here awhile

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    Really good to meet you, even if you did use my Inreach to stalk me into the campsite, wander around in the dark with a torch looking for my bike, then get me out of tent for a drink, just as I was trying to nod off!

    You friendly bastard :-)
  6. GoMotor

    GoMotor Adventurer

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    Your 200 mile range may be a little tight from Denio Junction, NV to Lakeview, OR. My gps showed 182 miles plus there has not been gas at Denio Junction for a few years. This requires getting gas in Fields, OR (about 25 miles north of Denio Junction). So the run from gas station to gas station is about 207 miles with no gas between. Some think the place called Fort Bidwell in the cornor of California is a town, but it is just a few farm housed with no gas. Be prepared. My maps from Sam Correro are old and the route may have been changed.
  7. Kawikazi

    Kawikazi Been here awhile

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    That campsite shelter looks alot like Canyonlands Campground. I knew if I mentioned it was across the street from the Moab Brewery, you would probably end up there :)
  8. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Ok. thx for that. Cold and wet on Moab this morning...bah. but I think its better than rocky side of things

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  9. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Maybe not. Did Gemini bridges and by the time I got back to intersect with the green route. It was snowing, didn't think out would be this cold out here. Being 1.6C my helmet fogs, can't go fast enough to clear it, can't open it as the rain hurts eyes. Hmm... bailed to interstate and headed to green river. Weather is supposed to clear up from today, so gonna do the route to emery. Gloves should be warm soon[​IMG][​IMG]

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  10. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    Pick up a Rain-X wipe at a gas station. At least you'll be able to see then.
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    sharpie1 Been here awhile

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    Denio Junction supposedly has gas again. Also at Fort Bidwell, I would go get gas in Cedarville if you are running low before attempting to get to Lakeview. It's kind of a pain in the ass as it's around 30 miles south and in the wrong direction of the TAT but better than running out (of course I forget how far it is from Fort Bidwell to Lakeview...).
  12. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    After green river went off road and with the rain the trails were getting sloppy also throwing up that mud that sticks to everything and then builds up. Ride it for awhile but then the tarmac was so close hmmmmm. More snow ahead, time for the asphalt but that wasnt without its own challenges. Truck spray, rain, cold...i just hunkered down and headed for emery. In saying all that, I still saw magnificent country [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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  13. Kawikazi

    Kawikazi Been here awhile

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    Not sure how much time you have to do this adventure, but it is too bad you could not have spent another day or two in Moab. Starting tomorrow (Tuesday) solid sunshine, moderate temperatures and zero precipitation for the next week. Moab offers some of the most unique riding and majestic scenery that this country has to offer. I hope you can come back to experience it.
  14. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF more off than on

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    Damn cold weather and wet. Being that far from the equator has its disadvantages.
  15. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Oh for sure, i think coming back on a ktm 300 and doing it properly is the right call. At the back of my mind is making sure the bike gets home, as it's had a good long life so far, the places of like to ride, would be places that I shouldn't be taking it consider still several thousand miles to go.

    While I was keeping it safe, Bert decides he wants to make snow angels... come on mate, aint got time for that shit![​IMG]

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    ONandOFF more off than on

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    What happened to Ernie?
  17. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    At home with the wife, he talks to much plus only room for one.

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    Thunder-dog Been here awhile

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    Viv, with your wording, humor, and photos, I'll have to say I believe your ride reports are the most entertaining I've followed!:D Keep up the good work!
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    Bro Viv, I'm thinking hey, no comms for a day are you alright? So I check the tracker and think sh1t, that looks like some gnarly country and your current location is in the middle of nowhere (I can't get that youtoob vid out of my head, the one where the dude rides off the f*&king cliff!). So I zoom in ... whoa, that's a relief, you're in a stopover with a whole bunch of camper vans! Lol.
    :jack

    I guess you've got no comms out there at the moment. Beam in when you can.
  20. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN VIN# JH2SD0451GK000002 '16 CRF1000LD

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    I was within 25 miles East, as the crow flies, from that spot, when I had to bail the TAT.
    This section is on the newer Sam Correro version of the TAT and is a U shaped loop into the Martian landscape- lots of sand.

    As far as phone service, got maybe one bar on Verizon but my FB posts were posting, albeit slow.
    Looks like @vegemanNZ is headed south?

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