TAT my first ride report.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by See-Three, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. See-Three

    See-Three C3

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    Hello Fellow ADVers,

    My names Erin, you can call me C3. I'm 22 years old, i've lived in southern NH my whole life and i've been riding motorcycles for just over a year. I bought my first dirt bike last October, a 1985 xr200 that I beat the hell out of in a sand pit for a couple months. Regrettably the xr is sold and has been replaced with a 2000 DRZ400s. I've put about 5,000 miles on it over the past 5 months, Over all i've got about 30,000 miles on 2 wheels. I really dont know what my skill level is on a motorcycle let alone technical dirt stuff as i've also ridden solo or with my brothers who have just started ridding. Needless to say I'm sure i will struggle with some sections of the trail, But a challenge is what i'm looking for!

    On a one night test run up into Maine.

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    I've been on a couple single night trips and one couple week trip i took down to Florida this last winter. here's a couple photos of the Florida trip

    The morning i left, So cold the lady at the toll didn't let me pay.:deal
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    NJ Pine barrens. Love this place. Might camp here on the way down to the Tennessee.
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    Just went to replace my throttle cable with a motion pro and found out it's an inch or two too short. also found out the cable that i'm using is frayed. I'm going to have to find a cable while on the move.
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    I better finish this beer and get back to packing. The bike currently looks like this :freaky
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    To be continued
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  2. pavemike

    pavemike I fall down alot

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    Looking forward to your report. The DRZ is a great bike for that kind of adventure.....now post up some more pics! :lol3
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  3. willierides

    willierides Been here awhile

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    Nice. I'll be watching from NY!
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  4. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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  5. Paratrout

    Paratrout Been here awhile

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    Lookin' good bro. The DRZ is a solid bike, we have couple we use at work.
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  6. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    you'll be glad you did the cross brace on the wolfman mounts. It serves two purposes, strengthens the frame and adds a nice grab handle. Check my link below on tools to carry for your DRZ. looking forward to your report. Take care young padawan.
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  7. rhino_adv

    rhino_adv Gnarly Adventurer

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    :lurksubscribed!!

    ride safe :ricky
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  8. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    A noob on the TAT eh? IN!!! :freaky
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  9. Baja Ho

    Baja Ho Been here awhile

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    This looks like a good one. Good luck to you. :lurk
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  10. Fast Canoe

    Fast Canoe Adventurer

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    Totally in bro! Hope your having a blast already!:D
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  11. PAJay

    PAJay n00b

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    I've been waiting to see a TAT trip on a DRZ. I'm in!
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  12. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    you haven't looked very hard as there are plenty of DRZ veterans, look below at my sig for one.
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  13. mrprez

    mrprez KJ4WMZ

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    Read OLH's prep thread and then his ride report. Most informative and entertaining. He has been most helpful to me in prepping my DRZ for the western TAT. As soon as my wife goes on her vacation, I will roll the DRZ into the dining room and finish up the maintenance on the swingarm!!!
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  14. See-Three

    See-Three C3

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    The night before my planned departure I was doing some last minute maintenance on the bike when I went to start the bike to warm the oil for an oil change i got nothing! You've gotta be kidding me! this was the first time i ever had trouble starting the bike. I ended up finding a couple cut wires that fixed my neutral light being out but that was it. 5am the next I went out with with a clear mind and removed the clutch safety switch. Problem solved!
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    The ride down the the start of the TAT was absolutely brutal. partly because of the serve lack of sleep and the fact that I stuck to interstate on a stock DRZ seat with 14 46 gearing. The lack of sleep was the real killer, i had to stop about every 50 miles for a quick sugar buzz or a nap on a park bench. I rode right thought the night dodging deer on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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    Also rode most of the next day on the BRPW. Didn't take many pictures, we've all seen them before
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    break time
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    End of day two. I made it a few miles into the TAT and found myself a campsite.
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    End of day two
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    Both wrists look like this, ouch.
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    First full day on the TAT:

    Back home I painstakingly put the TAT into my GPS. turns out half the files for TN got screwed up which has forced me to use the roll charts, It's definitely slowing down.

    The heat has been debilitating. Must find water and shade!
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    Overall I'm a little disappointed my the lack of dirt roads in TN. Other than that the roads are fantastic for riding. By the end of day three i had put 238 miles on the TAT, 254 in total.

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  15. BreakNeckSpeed

    BreakNeckSpeed Adventurer

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    Looking good, be safe, I'm in...
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  16. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    In.

    Mike
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  17. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    Count me in as well.
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  18. HellCat650

    HellCat650 Been here awhile

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    And I thought I loved my bike!

    Ride safe...I'm in.
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  19. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

    NotAllWhoWanderRLost Lost

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    Following along from Oregon. Our crazy weather is still trying to decide if it's spring or summer so it shouldn't be too hot when you get out here.
    Have fun! :beer
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  20. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    haha love the pics of the bikes right in the motel rooms! enjoy your ride
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