TAT the hard way - 2up on a 950

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BigWan, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. BLUE(UK)

    BLUE(UK) Long timer

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    Gotcha..!!:D
  2. Coastalcop

    Coastalcop Been here awhile

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    you can find aux gas cans at rotopax have a couple would rate as better than the kolpins by a large margin.
  3. LXIV-Dragon

    LXIV-Dragon Been here awhile

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    Great. Thanks for that.

    My DR came with 3.7 Clark and I am too tight to buy an other - plus a larger one would not be used too often so these seem the right solution.

    I see inmates also get a discount
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=429693

    Great reviews and mounting ideas!

    Cheers,
  4. schismatic

    schismatic Been here awhile

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    incredible report... just sent a link to my wife:D
  5. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Great story and pics. Hope the bike gets the appropriate fix.
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  6. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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  7. hollislewis

    hollislewis Adventurer

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    I enjoyed your thread, I am riding from central Texas this Friday to Arizona and Utah. Where did you get your map, and could you give me the route you took in Utah. You described hitting your foot in a tight spot, I have the Gobi bags on my 990 Adventure S, will I have a problem with their width? Any advice you can give me about traveling in the back country is appreciated. Thanks, Hollis, hollislewis@yahoo.com or PM me, Thanks again
  8. kaia

    kaia team F5 ⌘R

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    welcome LittleWan - may there be many reports of girlieness & craziness in ride reports in your future!
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  9. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hi Hollis,
    Hmmm. I'm not sure I understand your question ("Where did you get your map, and could you give me the route you took in Utah."). We were following the TransAmerica Trail. The maps and roll charts are available here: http://www.transamtrail.com/. If you are leaving this friday, I hope you already have your maps!
    Maybe you want the map for the Canyonlands loop from Day 5? You can get one for 25 cents at the Moab visitors center. If you go to the entry for Day 5, I explain where to catch the loop on 313.

    Matt thought his Gobi bags would have been fine on the TAT, but he's used to riding on narrow trails with them. He does suggest carrying straps in case the bags get knocked off and the locks break.
    Hopefully, if you're thinking about riding the TAT (or just off road in Utah) with your 990, you are comfortable riding fully loaded in rocks, sand and silt. Be prepared to handle any mechanical problems on your own. We rarely saw another person on the trail.
    Oh yeah - watch out for slick mud after heavy rain and avoid falling into giant holes :D
    Good luck and have fun!
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  10. jcd1111

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    Great ride report. I've ridden those passes on the Alpine Loop in CO between Lake City and Ouray. 2-up on a 950? well done!

    Question for ya. What can you tell us about the gas can panniers in this photo:

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  11. BOBaloo22

    BOBaloo22 RIP Baby Girl

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    I've been riding slabs for over thirty years with a little dirt on the side but your report has me thinking, wifey look at all the beauty we could see on the TAT and stay away from the herds of cagers we seem to draw like flies. We will see, I hope you guys are all healed and I really, really enjoyed your RR. :clap Hope to leave Va and head west again soon.
  12. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Oh I soooo completely agree!

    Loving your report so far; I'm on page 2. Currently in the process of doing the TAT myself, in Green River, Utah tonight. I salute you both; I can only imagine what it must to be like to ride the trail on that big a bike with a passenger, or to be that passenger!
  13. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Our description / photos of the "fun fun fun" section starts here:

    I too hadn't heard anyone document anything about it... It was an ass-kicker at the end of that day! :knary
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    That looks like my idea of fun dual sport riding. Also why I like the DRZ over some of the heavy trailies. It does look fun, fun, fun. :ricky
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    A well documented passage, such a fine report. I'm just amazed at the strength of your wife to have taken such a trip two up. The affection between you both seem very strong. however she seems to be very much a part of this adventure not just a passenger along for the ride. What a personal achievement congratulation!
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    NOTAR_520 Been here awhile

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    2 Up on the TAT, hat's off to both of you, and thanks for sharing the ride.
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    Kelly and Matt you are my idols - Reading your RR just made my day, simply fantastic:clap :clap :clap :clap :clap :clap
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    Sanam Dare to Win Well

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    simply fantastic y'all.
  20. XC Rider

    XC Rider Motorcycle Vagabond

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    Just finished reading your RR while having dinner here in Winnemucca, NV.

    Great Job! Both on finishing the TAT, and this great RR; loved it! Thanks for the tips about Oregon, luckily I have topo maps on my GPS. :norton So between your wonderful heads up and my topo maps, I hope to fare a little better.

    Hope you're healing up well Kelly, and I look forward to reading another one of your RRs when you're riding your own bike!:ricky