The TAT Preparation Thread-the logistical side of it

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

  1. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    I do the same thing with an inverter.

    If you have a tank bag Powerlet makes a kit that alloys you to power the bag. It uses SAE connectors so the bag can be powered from a 12 volt port anywhere on the bike, you only need a cable.
  2. stuntheavy

    stuntheavy Been here awhile

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    How many accessories are you guys running? Heated gear? Handwarmers? Chargers?

    Which stator do you run? Baja designs? Ricky stator? Ebay?

    I'm just curious to see how many watts most guys are operating with.

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  3. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    Baja designs stator, 1x125w leg powering 8" race light, and 1x125w leg feeding the DC side of the system.

    Eastern Beaver 3 circuit
    1 circuit for GPS
    1 circuit for cig lighter
    1 circuit unused

    I will use the cig lighter with a splitter for all charging. Cell phone, ham radio, drift camera, blah blah.

    I don't plan on needed heated anything since its going to be over 100 during my TAT trip.
  4. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    uh you haven't ridden the mountain passes of Colorado and Oregon then have you...
  5. sintax

    sintax Been here awhile

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    Cant claim much about OR, but i've done quite a few of the CO passes during Aug - Sept.

    While its cool at higher elevations, its far from needing grip warmers or electric riding gear. I routinely will do sub freezing riding without either of those. A good pair of gloves and a proper jacket go a long way.

    Just more junk to break and extra weight to worry about
  6. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    Looking like I'm going to have to go in late June now. My only hold up is the heat. I overheat pretty easily, my body just doesn't function well in it. Where are the hottest places, and is it any cooler in august/september?
  7. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    If you really overheat easily, you are going to die in June in Nevada - to say nothing about the heat+humidity in the south and midwest. Nevada will be over 100F in lower elevations.

    September will be much more pleasant.
  8. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    better buy a cool vest.
  9. leftystrat62

    leftystrat62 Adventurer

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    I'm trying to arrive in CO the end of Aug.; and plan to be out of UT probably Sept 8th-ish. If I continue on the TAT with no other detours and plan on camping,would I be right in preparing for possible temps of 20 degrees at night? I thought NV & OR mid to late Sept would have me riding in 40-70 degree weather-is that a good estimate?
    For me I like to use my heated jacket and gloves when temps are in the mid 5o's and below,that's what works for me. I'm also guessing there will be more than just a handful of days in the 40's,and if so then carrying my heated gear is well worth the inconvenience. If I'm off on the temps please let us know:ear
  10. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    By mid September the weather in Nevada can get pretty unpredictable. I'd guess the night time lows would be more like low 40's and daytime temps would run 60-90 degrees. With that said expect snow or temps over 100
  11. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I carry a pretty good rubberized rain suit. It works pretty well when it rains. I think I got it from Columbia.

    But it is fantastic as a near perfect wind breaker. I can ride in reasonable comfort at 10 degrees of lower temps. For me this means low 40s. And I can survive down to about 28.
  12. leftystrat62

    leftystrat62 Adventurer

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    Oldtrucks, so do you think if my sleeping bag can get me down to 32 F -I'll be o'k for the entire trip? I understand you can't predict a fluke cold snap,but if I can expect mostly 40's at night(as the coldest areas) with the possibility of some nights in the low 30's then I won't carry my heavier sleeping system that can get me down to 20F.
  13. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    I think you'll be fine. Plan your camp in the lower part of the basin and stay off of the mountains at night.

    Are you carrying a tent or just throwing down the bag?
  14. leftystrat62

    leftystrat62 Adventurer

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    I'm carrying a tent,but my bag keeps me kind of warm inside my tent to around 32F- out side of the tent at 32F I froze:lol3
  15. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    I have the opposite problem. Im bringing a 10 degree down sleeping bag because I do intend to camp at higher elevations. Its 850 fill down so it packs down well, but i am worried that maybe 10 degrees is a bit too much. I know down has a better range of comfort, and since mine zips down all the way im hoping thats enough to keep me from overheating (by wearing it like a quilt just on the legs, etc). Still.. never know until you do it. I have a tent, but its mesh with a throw over fly so I can control airflow pretty well. Whats anyone think of this setup?
  16. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    I was advised to bring a sleeping bag liner, something you can get at REI.
  17. jmp5us

    jmp5us MY DUDE!

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    I am planning to head to TN to start this trail May 8th... I realize this is early but we are only riding the eastern portion. Due to work we only have about 9 days to ride.

    We are planning on getting to Boise city, OK and jump off the trail and head to Colorado Springs to grab a rental truck and come back home. I figure this will be about 1,900-2,000 miles.

    You guys that have ridden this portion of the trail, is this pretty do-able?
    There is 2 of us riding, both with plenty of riding experience, we tend to ride at a pretty fast pace.


    Thanks for the input! this thread has been great.
    -John
  18. DR. Rock

    DR. Rock Part of the problem

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    Should be plenty of time -- slow down a little and smell the roses, or take some time to ride some trails in NM or CO before you head back. High passes will still be snowed in, but there's still plenty.
    d
  19. jmp5us

    jmp5us MY DUDE!

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    I would love to be able to take our time and enjoy all the scenery, i just want to make sure were going to make it to our end point to pick up our truck to come back
  20. Honkey Cat

    Honkey Cat Tailights Fade!

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