TAT my first ride report.

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

  1. pinocono

    pinocono Fucking Pirate

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    How're you doing out there? We haven't heard from you for a couple days, was wondering if you got your stator problems sorted.
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  2. See-Three

    See-Three C3

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    First thing this morning I started to tear into my bike. The parts were expected to arrive between 8-10am, They arrived at 9:30 and i had everything back together by 11am. Most importantly, problem solved:clap

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    The night before i decided it was a good idea to swap my tires out. The rear went smoothy, but the front:cry ...I've never had so much trouble with a tire... Pinched my heavy duity tube so badly that the patch blew a hole in itself when i set the bead, I decided to trash that tube and use my spare. I then pinched that tube, patched it, procedded to pinch it angain and finnally success, but wait.... I broke the bread on the tire! :mrskbasa the next morning after installing the stator i went to a bike shop down the street to pick up a spare tube, he also had dirt tires at a good price so i picked up a new front. mine was sketchy! After hearing my story he ended up installing my tire free of charge:clap

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    Mikes powersports in Lamar CO. Mikes a good guy
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    Now I'm physicked! New stator and tires! I head back to where i left off of the TAT in Trinidad CO


    OH yeah, On the way i basically ran out of gas. I had to tip my bike sideways to get the fuel from the other side of the tank. I managed to make it to a very run down house on the side of the road to see if i could buy some gas. they ended up fetching about half a gallon out back that was in a laundry detergent bottle! They also wouldn't accept any money.


    Finally back on the TAT, everything seems to be going great, cursing at 50+ when a mule deer jumps out in front of me and is suddenly stuck on the road with barbed wire on one side and a river bed on the other. The deer suddenly tried to jump through the fence but didn't make. It was bad, we were cruising and i knew she must be in bad shape. I stopped not knowing what to do, she was dead within a minute.:cry

    That really sucked, I hate to see a wild animal go out like that.


    Continuing on I start to get into some mountains, Wow Colorado is beautiful.

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    Then an all of a sudden, aww F^^#dge what now!

    Tool tube is open again... throttle cable is is binding very badly, I can hear it's frayed up by the hard grip plus the cable strands are coming unwound. I make the throttle usable by tightening the return cable but it totally sucks.
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    The search for parts continues...

    spending the night at sammies RV campground in La Veta Colorado.

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  3. Nomomo

    Nomomo Adventurer

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    Damn C3, you've got some bad Karma. Your ride report is turning into a "how to repair a bike on the road" report. I'm sending some good vibes your way. Hoping things get better for you, you do seem to have the right attitude tho.
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  4. Tompound

    Tompound M.M.S. Tommy

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    RR = Road Repair
    better check your sprockets and chain, and hows the wheel bearings?
    great stuff I love the feeling of a successful road repair, :clap
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  5. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Good luck on your adventure.
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  6. Fast Canoe

    Fast Canoe Adventurer

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    Hope you throttle cables hold up man! I'm guessing that little box on your bed is the aforementioned cooking supplies and cold weather gear? Awesome to see the help you've been getting from strangers, glad to know there's still a lot of people like that around. :clap Good luck and stay safe bro!
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  7. tcourdin

    tcourdin Resident Spooner

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    I'm not positive on that model, but you may be able to use the return cable for your throttle cable by swapping it over there, and just not using a return cable. At least that worked for me once during a race when my throttle cable broke.
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  8. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    What Ted said swap the other cable over. Find a strong rubber band and rig it to help the throttle back into the off position. Should get you by. Glad the stator fix worked out.


    Charlie
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  9. bcs

    bcs Adventurer

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    You forgot to add "and be darn sure you know where the kill switch is--without having to think about it--just in case it sticks."
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  10. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    Yeah, what ^ he ^ said.


    Charlie
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  11. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

    NotAllWhoWanderRLost Lost

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    Great report see three. I'm hoping you got your throttle cables challenges worked out and your enjoying those new tires and less weight. I'm looking forward to the rest of your adventure. :beer
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  12. 1reddawg

    1reddawg Long timer

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    I'm In!!!
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  13. See-Three

    See-Three C3

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    7/11/12
    My morning was spent riding to Pueblo in search of a throttle cable. I first stopped by a big motorcycle dealership, but unfortunately they don't stock any throttle cables. They suggested I try Cycle Works also in Pueblo because they make custom cables. After finding cycle works, (the dealership gave me the wrong address) I found out they don't make cables, but he knew of a shop that did, Tote Gote sales, just a few minutes down the road. Arriving at Tote Gote I find out they usually only make cables once a day towards the end of the day because they have to heat up a pot of metal to forum the ends of the cables. Again, when they found out about my traveling they dropped everything and made me a custom cable. The owner of the shop also install it and wouldn't take more than 20 dollars!

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    Gaining altitude, I've got lighting and rain in front of me, but I press on hoping to use the last couple hours of day light.

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    Looking for a campsite. Failed this hill climb ...
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    Found one
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    7/12/12
    This was without a doubt the best day of riding I've had in my life. Going over the passes in Colorado was out of this world. I wish had more time for this trip as i would have spent a couple days in the area exploring the trails.

    The day was trouble free, got around 400+ Miles done on the TAT!

    I should say almost trouble free as my tail light has gone out. But what do you expect, I just rode over the Rockies:deal

    Climbing Cinnamon pass

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    I'm quickly out of breath up here

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    going down felt far more sketchy
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  14. cypert2

    cypert2 Adventurer

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    Glad to see your ride is going OK and hope your bike problems are over. Probably a little cooler in Colorado than it was in Arkansas. I'm the guy in the pickup trucked that asked if you were going to Oregon.:1drink
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  15. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    C3, glad you are back on track. Great report. Me and my cohorts are right behind you. We leave for Cascade, Colorado on the 20th for a ride through Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. I can't wait.

    What are the temperatures like in Colorado right now?
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  16. tomski74

    tomski74 Silesian American

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    I'm glad you're still moving. I hope you won't have issues with camping due to the fires.

    Charlie... bring lotsa tubes :evil


    Have fun :clap
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  17. NotAllWhoWanderRLost

    NotAllWhoWanderRLost Lost

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    Excellent news! It's great to hear your making good progress and having a good time. What amazing scenery, thanks for sharing the photos and the updates!
    Happy trails! :beer
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  18. Mike_B

    Mike_B Adventurer

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    Subscribed:clap
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  19. TRZ Charlie

    TRZ Charlie That's MR. Asshole

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    I should be ok, Doc isn't riding on this one.






    Charlie
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  20. See-Three

    See-Three C3

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    The weather in CO was nice. I've been wearing mesh pants and a roost protector with a jersey. I found myself getting chilled at times and going for my windproof fleece. Also make sure you've got some rain gear, i've had mine on atleast once a day over the last 3 days.

    7/13/12
    A good 200 mile day on the TAT.

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    lots of rocks on the smaller trails out here.
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    From mountain tops to canyons, gotta love the TAT!
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    Rained HARD most of the night. my trusty 12 year old kelty has finally lost it's waterproofness. leaked like a sieve at times
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    7/15/12

    This day sucked!

    I'm in the kimball wash area, the trails are epic out here, I'm digging all the rock ledges and banked walls to the trails. Then it happens, cruising down a straightaway, maybe doing 25-30 I go to cross a small puddle. All of a sudden I'm laying on my back looking up at the sky! I get up maybe 10 feet from my bike and see it almost entirely underwater, WTF....I took me a good hour plus to get it out. turns out it sucked up enough water to hydro-lock itself. Guess the one tool i forgot to bring, yeah, a spark plug socket.
    This was a bad situation. I decided I'd try walking out to rt70, there was a rest stop 10+miles back at the start of the trail. About 4 miles into the walk i was able to find cell service and called the closest towing company. 30+ miles away...An hour and a half later a guy shows up in his little 4x4 ranger. amazing we were able to make it out to my bike and get it in the back of his truck.


    I got stuck at 8am, and had my bike back and running at this guys shop by 6:30pm.....It was a long trying day. I had to think long and hard weather to turn east or west on rt 70 at the end of the day. I turned west.

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