TAT my first ride report.

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

  1. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG

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    I'm in. Do you still have that Nighthawk?
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  2. pyoungbl

    pyoungbl Colonel Blood

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    Did you start from Jellico or Tellico Plains? If from the latter you should have had 5 water crossings in the first 20 miles! After that it's mostly hard surface, at least as far as Winchester, TN.
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  3. Shmandy

    Shmandy Fat guy riding!

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    Cant wait to follow this. It looks like you have the NUVI GPS. How did you put the TAT route into that?? i didnt think it accepted tracks or routes well :huh??? anyway good luck!!!! :clap
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  4. AirborneAndy

    AirborneAndy Vagabond

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    Awesome... Solo TAT rider! :clap Im in... looking fwd to your RR. Have fun but be careful out there. :norton Sounds like you already had a close call with a deer. I find it best to slow way down whenever I see large, fast animals like deer as they will often freeze on the side of the road and wait until you get right next to them before they bolt. And, they seem to take the clearest, fastest route which is often strait across the road... right in front of you! :eek1 I've nearly hit a couple deer myself and once was on the TAT.

    I see you are camping... cool way to do the TAT on the cheap but you have to carry a lot more stuff. You may want to lighten up your load a little when you get to the western states as it gets a bit more technical in a few places which is not so much fun on a heavily loaded bike.

    Anyway... thanks for taking the time to bring us along for the adventure. :D
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  5. See-Three

    See-Three C3

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    Thanks for all the replies. It's nice knowing people are watching. I will get to all your questions.

    The last 2 days have been a blast. Tennessee finished with a bang throwing in some killer dirt roads and more great scenery. This is my first time in the mid south and i really wasn't expecting much in Mississippi but i was totally blown away by the twisty dirt roads and great views.


    TN knows how to do it the easy way, who needs bridges anyway?
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    First whoops
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    Got a little taste of deep sand in Mississippi. I gotta loose some weight before i get to far out west
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    if you see this place get the large BBQ sandwich, trust me.
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    love all the old building down here
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    Incoming thunder storm. The rain felt nice!
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    been seeing lots of these guys. Had to help this one across the road
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    simple quick and clean dinner.
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    while stopped here a guy in a pickup pulled up and asked if i was heading to Oregon. Hell yeah:clap
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    60 some miles into Arkansas my second gps route had to many markers in it to be used in my nuvi. Guess i'll be using the roll charts.
    Where am i anyway?
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    Tight fit
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    It's worth a shot. I'm some sore...needs more duct tape
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    Got a rock stuck in my rear brake peddle today, while down there i noticed this:eek1 I had put that sprocket on right before i left, it might have had 1000miles on it. Guess it's true you should never use front and rear sprockets that are worn differently.
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    Need to find a new chain and sprocket set ASAP:deal
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  6. See-Three

    See-Three C3

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    Any suggestions for a place that i can find a chain and sprockets would be greatly appreciated. I'm currently in Clinton Arkansas :ear
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  7. cp1969

    cp1969 n00b

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    South of you in Conway is Freedom Suzuki.

    1620 East Oak StConway, AR 72032
    501-327-7471
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  8. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Alloy chain rings are worthless....Get a steel chain ring, JT makes good ones. That's what I used it lasted the entire trip, make sure your chain isn't too tight. Your getting ready to throw that chain.

    Best thing is to just order a chain rings a few days in advance...but your past that now, and have it sent to where you'll be.

    Motorcycle super store is quick.also Rocky mountain ATV and motorcycle.
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  9. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Previously asked; Jellico or Tellico Plains starting point?

    Assume Jellico . . .
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  10. bigdon

    bigdon Long timer

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  11. Nomomo

    Nomomo Adventurer

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    Subscribed - I enjoy following these TAT ride reports.
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  12. Ryel

    Ryel Been here awhile

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    Do not know that area but I did find out that rural hardware stores carry stock chains by the link and usually can hook a guy up with a good sprocket. The motorcycle shops I went into were not helpful but the local people were great. Ask around.
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  13. yosso

    yosso We gotta go now.

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  14. tcourdin

    tcourdin Resident Spooner

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  15. Capt. Egregious

    Capt. Egregious Been here awhile

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    Dito, Aluminum sprockets suck on singles. Get a cheap steel sprocket and the best quality O-ring/X-ring chain you can afford. You will be adjusting a cheap chain the whole trip but a good chain you won't need to. I'm of no help on where to purchase parts local. Good luck on your adventure. Keep living the dream.
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  16. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    Does the dRZ use the same sprocket as an RM250?
    I have a couple I think for the ATK it uses same sprockets at RM.
    I'm not far off the tat either.

    It does!!!
    Call me I'm in Central Arkansas.
    With a shop and plenty of tools.
    Terry
    501-269-0996
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  17. DrLewall

    DrLewall The Human GPS

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    TNX Catfish..I was thinking of you down that way..I just sent out a tweet abt this for any of the central ar bunch..whats funny is, there is also a TAT rider over here in Locust Grove OK looking for a DRZ sprocket too!
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  18. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    I put the JT steel sprocket on for the TAT, busted the chain as it was adjusted too tight and wore out the counter shaft sprocket. Replaced the chain and CS sprocket still have the steel chain ring which has over 9,000 miles on it and still looks very good. Note the chain was oiled EVERY tank full, about 200 miles. No adjustment problems.

    Alloy chains have no use for the TAT and IMHO are junk. Weight savings gained from alloy has very minimal effect on acceleration as the weight is centrally located at the hub and not the rim. Heavy duty tubes have more rotational weight than a steel chain ring.
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  19. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    A post in the regional forums says that you are in locust Grove OK. Are you stuck there? I am 40 miles from you, 15 miles from a suzuki dealer and 20 miles from cycle gear. I'll be glad to help, just let me know. I'll be at work tomorrow though.
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  20. See-Three

    See-Three C3

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    Wow! thanks for all the effort being put into finding me the parts guys.

    I got frustrated in Arkansas looking for parts and decided to continued down the TAT into Oklahoma, being much easier of the throttle now! I made it to Newkirk and after a look at my sprocket i decided i shouldn't risk it anymore. I found some internet in a burger king and decided a Suzuki dealership in Oklahoma city was my best bet. It being the 4th of july is making this a real PITA as i haven't been able to call anyone.

    As of right now I'm staying in a motel just outside of the city with a sprocket missing a few teeth. I'm not going far until i get this issue resolved!

    bummed i missed out on catfishes offer, thanks again man

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    Oklahoma been fun besides stressing about my sprocket. I've really been enjoying the Looong straight roads. Also the Oklahoma plains were wicked cool!

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    Happy 4th :freaky
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