The TAT Preparation Thread-the logistical side of it

Discussion in 'Americas' started by leftystrat62, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Engine mileage?

    Personally, I would say take the XR400. The DR650 is great and all that, but the XR400 is the bike you know. I say this as someone who has a DR650 and loves it.

    I have spent the better part of 7 months getting this bike ready. Its amazing all the little shit you end up tweaking. I cant tell you the number of times Ive had the entire front wiring portion behind the headlight apart, the number of times Ive taken the carburetor apart tweaking jetting, the number of times etc etc. The XR400 is a reliable bike, its light, and its good for the job. Its prolly also better solo than a DR650.

    I vote take the XR400, build even more dirt skills, THEN get you a DR and build it up. Use this TAT run to find out what works in the camping and traveling aspect- the bike is the easiest part once all the prep work has been down.

    FWIW YMMV :freaky

    **DISCLAIMER** I havent done the TAT. I see XR400 and the first thing I think is "Perfect TAT bike"
  2. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    I like this. All's left to prep the XR is figuring out saddlebags, bearings and subframe reinforcement. I did just get a taller seat just for the added butt padding, so I might throw a lowering link on there since I'm only 5'9 and the seat height is probably around 37, 38 inches now.
  3. 8gv

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=865675
  4. LateNate

    LateNate Been here awhile

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    For your around the world trip, doesn't matter about the bike, just go. its not about the bike, kinda.

    For the TAT, Im thinking food. How do people eat? I am a big healthy eater too and its hard enough eating right normally let alone being on a trail for 5 weeks.

    How are you guys eating?
  5. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

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    You will have no trouble finding a place to eat mornings and evenings, usually lunch too. Lunch is problematic out West, so take snacks. Also, be sure to take some back packing meals and a way to heat water in case you are caught out, break down, etc. Sam has it planned so that you can have a roof and a meal every evening if you want it.
  6. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG

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    Have you heard of Mondo Enduro? Those guys did a 40k mile RTW on DR 350's.

    Size doesn't matter.
  7. jakeybob

    jakeybob Adventurer

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    Just read this whole thread, great info in here.

    I'm looking at leaving from NJ early or mid June on a DR350. Working on getting gear together and getting the bike all prepped up. May even ride the rest of the way to Alaska depending on how my bike and I are doing at the end.

    I'm kind of torn on a couple things though. Part of me wants to do the whole coast to coast ride, but part of me also wants to just truck/ship my bike to TN (or farther) and get to the better stuff, then I might have more time/energy for the ride to Alaska.

    Right now I'm planning on going solo and camping out most of the way, but I see the benefits to riding with others. Would have to find someone on the same page as far as timing and goals for the trip. Not quite sure what I want to do there :p
  8. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    I'm on the same page. I'm planning to get out to Dallas and visit my brother, and start the TAT in Shawnee where my gramps lives, but I really don't want to ride my XR400 all the way out to Dallas, especially in the summer. I'm going to be desperately looking for rides come August.
  9. drkab1

    drkab1 n00b

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    Gentlemen,
    This is my first post and I want to thank every one for sharing all of the info. I am planning to start the TAT in late June and have been prepping for several months. Just one naive question - I bought a Garmin Montana - do I need to buy maps for it - or can I just use Sam's GPS coordinates?
    drkab1
  10. justlookin

    justlookin Been here awhile

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    I think you have a very basic base map - major roads only and not autorouting as I recall. Anyway yes you can just load up Sams waypoints and tracks but I think you really will want a mapset that you can also use for planning on the trail - emergencys,gas, food etc. My 600 with the standard routable road map 2012? or something like that will tell me closest gas, hospital etc -would have been nice to have on the TAT. Good luck and have fun on your trip. :wink:
  11. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Good call by justlookin. I will say that the Montana with city navigator will show you nearest gas, medical, etc. I still think the maps would be a nice backup. I intend to do my tat portions with GPS and maps.. I prolly won't use the roll charts
  12. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    Where can these maps be found? I'm still pretty GPS dumb.
  13. SATEX

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    I rode the TAT on an XR400. There were times when I wanted e-start, but it was never a big deal. I'm doing a TAT variant this summer on my Husaberg 650, which I would never consider if I relied too much on the advice of others. :lol3
  14. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    The XR has only given me starting problems when falling at high altitude (9000+ feet). I figure I just won't drop it at altitude and it shouldn't be a problem, haha.
  15. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    Congrats on the Montana..but a steep learning curve comes with it. Learn all you can..go to "Layin' down Tracks" forum and search for the Montana. You of course can draw your maps from Sam's paper maps onto BaseCamp then transfer them to your Montana..but it takes time and precision.

    If you don't want to the above....Sam also sells GPS tracks per State that can be downloaded after paying him ...from there you transfer these to your Montana and be done with it!

    You can purchase his GPS track of the States you think you will pass through..so don't have to buy the whole shebang.

    Good luck on you trip..

    cheers...
  16. drkab1

    drkab1 n00b

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    Thanks for the imput. Never a dumb question - right? Got a PM from an inmate leaving around the same time. I'm thinking "CONVOY!"
  17. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    There's never a dumb question...we're always here to help! Great and wonderful to have someone tag along...for safety reasons... BUT do bring whichever set up you have: maps/GPS maps/roll charts, or,... etc. etc available for yourself just in case of... :muutt .... :boid ... :pain ... :ksteve !

    cheers...
  18. leftystrat62

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    I'll second Abenteuerfahrer, it has been a steep learning curve for me with my Montana. I'd spend as MUCH time with it as possible (in your car & on the bike) to work the kinks out . I have the 100k topo maps in mine, but have actually only found a few roads on the TAT that are shown on the topo that are not in City Nav. I have been painstakingly plotting Sam's wp's into the Montana to lay down the tracks,but if your leaving in a few months, you may want to consider buying his tracks for $20 per state and use that extra time to get ready. I don't regret mapping it out the "hard" way because it helped me better understand my Montana,how to use Basecamp,and really get familiar with the ride. Best wishes on your trip.
  19. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    What do you mean in terms of learning curve exactly? I have found the Montana fairly intuitive, but you guys are definitely deeper into it than I am. I know how to create tracks and routes in basecamp, waypoints on the GPS, trackbac, searches for fuel etc through city nav, different modes for street vs dirt, and how to manipulate the track manager. What else would you suggest I know?

    I did get messed up by a few things- I prefer a GPS to have North up, where the montana is setup to track up. Fixed that. Also, sometimes I have issues getting my zoom levels correct depending on what im doing, but you just have to get used to that I guess. Im thinking of setting up a profile for tracking on street and one for tracking on dirt.
  20. leftystrat62

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    Heck from what you just said, your "in the know":lol3 Seriously,I'm almost up to your speed,but it took me a long time to get there,with lot's of reading and asking for lot's of help on forums. Computer/gps stuff is not intuitive to me so the learning curve has been tough. It sounded like our fellow rider was in the same boat,so if he is he'll probable be struggling like me.