TAT Trip Planning

Discussion in 'Americas' started by LateNate, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    look at the Sven saw...this thing is great. If you need to cut something bigger you better just go around...

    TAT last year-

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  2. roaming_art

    roaming_art In transit...

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    Wow!!! :clap Ive never even heard of the Sven saw, that looks like something right up my alley. Thanks for posting.
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  3. BigDogAdventures

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    As one Less Harley said----------------an axe is a horrible choice to make for cutting firewood or a tree out of the way.
    It has no advantage over the Sven saw and many disadvantages.

    The Sven saw weighs almost nothing----the axe is very heavy.

    The axe is harder to pack-------the sven saw is so compact when folded you can pack it just about anywhere.

    But the deal breaker is "ease of use".

    IN the picture below the sven saw took very little effort and about one minute to cut thru that log.

    Try that with your axe---------it will take forever and you'll be wore out.

    There are 2 sizes of sven saws----------------don't get the short one---------it won't cut a log like the one below---it might but the short stroke you will be using will wear you out.

    I never go camping without my sven saw. And just last year it cut a tree out of the way on the TAT that kept us form a huge re-route and go-around.
    When people see my sven saw they are eager to try it out---------and of course I let them---while I sip some coffee and watch as the woodpile gets bigger !!!!

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    On my WR250R (bike in front) I strapped it to my handguards---------see that red thing ??? That's my Sven saw---------completely out of the way and weighs almost nothing.
    On my Husky I strapped it to my rear rack-----crossways.

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  4. roaming_art

    roaming_art In transit...

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    "When people see my sven saw they are eager to try it out---------and of course I let them---while I sip some coffee and watch as the woodpile gets bigger !!!!"

    Hopefully I can get an action shot of Nate using my saw while I'm hanging out in the background! :rofl
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  5. roaming_art

    roaming_art In transit...

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    I have been doing some last minute maintenance today. Swapped the front brake pads out, didn’t need to do this… at 28,000 miles the original front pads were still not up to the service limit mark, but I’d rather save the space in the duffel bag then lug them around, cleaned the air filter, upgraded the sub frame bolts, checked the wiring harness out and so on. Also ran out and bought a foot of fuel line to be able to siphon fuel out of the gravity fed Yamaha Raptor fuel petcock. Very convenient, glad I did away with the vacuum petcock unit. So now I’ll be able to clean my air filter with the bikes own gasoline on the road without having to carry any unnecessary cleaner. Oh, and I did pick up the Sven Saw (21”), very cool, thanks for the recommendations, can’t wait to use it on the trail! That’s about it, head out Monday morning, probably around 9:00 am. That’s 0900 for you military types. Hopefully I’ll be able to avoid some of the LA traffic by then. Some pics:

    Didn't get a side shot of the old pads, you'll have to take my word for it.
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    Look at all that pad! Hopefully another 28,000 miles out of these :D
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    Clean, oiled, ready for the TAT!
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  6. BigDogAdventures

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    You are going to love the sven saw.

    One thing about it that is very important--------well 2 things.

    Don't apply downward pressure on the saw------it doesn't help----you almost let the weight of the saw provide the downward force-----------it will cut like mad using no pressure. Don't even put your hand on the top of it.

    And---------------put some WD40 on the blade-----to keep it from rusting and it keeps the tree sap from sticking up while sawing.

    My blade is a good year old------and it cuts like new--------new blades can be bought of course.

    BigDog
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  7. roaming_art

    roaming_art In transit...

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    Thanks Mark! Well noted. :thumb
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  8. MrGoldfish

    MrGoldfish Been here awhile

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    Been lurking your thread for a while now. Can't wait to follow along with this one. Good luck! :freaky
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  9. roaming_art

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    Sweet man! Glad to have you along! :D

    Packed everything away into my bag tonight and was so excited that everything fit with room to spare for some food... Realized I haven't even considered the damn maps and roll charts, they've been sitting in my living room. :baldy Back to square one.
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  10. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    Since I used the maps and roll charts for navigation, I had to carry all with me. I used a waterproof roll top bag for storage, and put it into my top duffel. Every so often I would stop at a post office and send the used rolls/maps home in one of the packs that USPS sells. Actually, all three of us sent stuff home not too long after hitting the trail. I think it's common to carry too much "stuff". Light is Right! 'Hope you have your roll charts rolled "reverse" for storage, so you can thread them on correctly. I had all the rolls labeled and numbered, but doing it again, I would use some color coding, maybe colored rubber bands or Post Its with colored marks, to identify each state. To start with there are a LOT of rolls to sort thru. I suspect others have figured out better ways to tag them as I didn't get to it until right before leaving, and in fact, had to put a few together on the trail.
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  11. roaming_art

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    Thanks for the tips! I spent last night cutting and pasting TN together, rolling them backwards and numbering them. I think I'm going to store each states rolls in separate small zip lock bags, and keep those rolls together with the state maps in larger zip lock bags. And then everything will go into a dry bag and strapped somewhere. These things are still being worked out. Thank God TN is the only state you have to cut AND tape together! Took a little trial and error to figure out how many strips to tape together per roll. On the new, pre cut, colored roll charts I think I was taping 5 or 6 together per roll. Might try to make them longer today. Cheers!
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  12. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    have fun and update often with pictures. You've got a steel rear chain ring I hope!!! Lube the chain every tank full or once a day.
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  13. roaming_art

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    Yessir, it's a steel Sunstar sprocket, replaced with a new chain and front sprocket simultaneously. :thumb

    And yes, chain will be lubed daily, carrying 2 small 3 oz WD40 cans in my bag...
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  14. NeilZ

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    Just got back from a 10 day TAT & other back roads ride (NE New Mexico to Rifle CO.) on a GSA by way of Cape Girardeau MO (MO, TN, AR, OK, NM, CO, KS, MO). Be prepared for windy conditions through Oklahoma and very chilly nights at altitude in CO. Cottonwood Pass was impassable (May 29), so we went through Kebler Pass (beautiful). Enjoy the ride.
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  15. J5k

    J5k Adventurer

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    :lurk stay safe out there
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  16. SCflyer

    SCflyer Long timer

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    Just a heads up...went TN to OK last month. In AR the gas wells are popping up everywhere as well as oil/gas wells in OK. The big trucks/equipment are using a lot of the same roads (even smaller dirt roads) you'll be on. Nice bridges over a couple creeks but big trucks using them too. I went through on weekends so not too much traffic. To clarify, not throughout the entire routes in each state, just certain sections. If I recall more in the western sections of each. As NeilZ mentioned...the trees in OK point North for a reason. At times adds to "fun" of the gravel roads but not as bad as on the pavement.

    Have a great time!

    Also, I didn't have any tree issues but I got a "hand pull" chain saw chain type set-up to save space. Just stuck it under the seat. Never used it so can't advise but bow saw looks to be just as convenient.
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  17. roaming_art

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    Thanks for the update, good to hear a bigger bike then mine is riding these parts :D

    Always ready bro, never safe. Hahaha, glad to have you along.

    Thanks for the well wishes and advice. This will be interesting to say the least. Head out tomorrow morning, woot!
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  18. LateNate

    LateNate Been here awhile

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    Well crap, Art is headed this way and I don't even know when I am going to change my oil on this trip. I feel a bit disorganized, but it will all play out.

    i think I have all my electronics together that I am bringing on the trip and as soon as Sam C. drops me the email with the tracks the Garmin will be re ta go!

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  19. LateNate

    LateNate Been here awhile

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    This is it, well almost, maybe a few more things.
    It does have one or two spare parts in it too, but there is a separate spare part list of course.

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  20. roaming_art

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    What up, bike started a bit rough this morning. Definitely a jetting issue as mine is tuned for sea level and I slept at 7,000 feet. Running fine though, bit warm, but it's also hot as balls out here. Hahahaha! I'm spending more money on water then food, but all's good! Just stopped in Holbrook, AZ. Going to ride through Petrified Natl Forest. Then on to Chaco Canyon for the night! This is friggin too much fun.
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