The TAT Preparation Thread-the logistical side of it

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

  1. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,046
    Location:
    San Clemente, CA
    Dibs! Someone buy the eastern section (east of oklahoma) so that I don't have to buy those parts!
  2. jconly

    jconly Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2009
    Oddometer:
    534
    Location:
    NYC
    Ok, I'll bite. I'll take OK and east.
  3. LateNate

    LateNate Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 29, 2009
    Oddometer:
    360
    Location:
    Walnut Shade, MO
    Can you guys think of anything more I need. :evil

    UNI filter
    K&N filter
    Emig Racing Triple Clamps
    Emig Racing Steering Stabilizer
    HWDB Hand guards and top clamp
    KTM Heated Grips
    Powerlet Plug
    Auxiliary cooling fan
    Front wheel bearing
    [​IMG]
  4. byways

    byways byways

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,494
    Location:
    Idaho
    Looks like all you need now is dirt!
  5. Blaise W

    Blaise W Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2010
    Oddometer:
    724
    Location:
    Tucson, AZ
    Heated grips might be a good idea. Even in July you will find some very cold mornings in CO and OR; plenty of snow up there when we went thru. We found plenty of cold, and my hands felt like they were going to fall off a couple of times. Had to stop to let them warm up here and there. Hot down low, and cold up high. Don't count on July to keep the cold away in the mountains. Or, bring really good winter gloves for the few hours you'll need them. Your hands will thank you.
  6. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    303
    Location:
    Emmett Idaho
    What are those vehicles in the background? They look like fire apparatus but no one paints fire apparatus chartreuse anymore :evil
  7. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,046
    Location:
    San Clemente, CA
    My TAT prepped XR400 subframe...

    [​IMG]
  8. LateNate

    LateNate Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 29, 2009
    Oddometer:
    360
    Location:
    Walnut Shade, MO
    Yup, got them on there. Wrote it in my post.

  9. LateNate

    LateNate Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 29, 2009
    Oddometer:
    360
    Location:
    Walnut Shade, MO
    Yup, got them on there. Wrote it in my post. If you are directing that to me.

  10. LateNate

    LateNate Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 29, 2009
    Oddometer:
    360
    Location:
    Walnut Shade, MO
    Thats our Western Green!! Western Taney County Fire Protection District

  11. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2012
    Oddometer:
    977
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    OK, so I've been trying to get in touch with Sam to order GPS tracks and maps, but he hasn't responded to my email. I sent him another, so hopefully I'll hear back. I understand you can order from his site the maps and roll charts, but what about GPS tracks? I see "%gps" is listed as 100% for all states, but if I remember correctly you need to get in touch with him and buy the GPS tracks separately.

    Anyone have any info on this?
  12. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2012
    Oddometer:
    977
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
    Never mind. I got a call from Sam less than an hour after the second email. He says he's redoing the site to facilitate ordering GPS tracks via the site. Nice guy!
  13. stuntheavy

    stuntheavy Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Oddometer:
    155
    Location:
    Tejas
    What maps should I have in my Garmin to convert sams.maps to tracks?

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 2
  14. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    303
    Location:
    Emmett Idaho
    Hard to answer without knowing what GPS you have. The GPS doesn't convert the information. You need to enter the route from the maps into a mapping program and save that into the proper file format for your GPS then load it on the GPS.
  15. stuntheavy

    stuntheavy Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Oddometer:
    155
    Location:
    Tejas

    Sorry yes, I realize that. I was just wondering what map sets (city nav, topo) I would need to build my tracks off of.

    Montana 600 is what I have.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 2
  16. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    303
    Location:
    Emmett Idaho
    The base maps in most GPS units suck, only enough detail follow major routes. Find the Topo map Garmin offers for your unit a d install that on your GPS.

    Then install Map Source on your computer. Here is very good thread that will walk you through creating routes from Sam's maps, and converting them into the format your GPS needs. It's time consuming. I've traced the route into the Benchmark map book for each state as well. Helps familiarize you with towns and highways along the route so if you have to bail out for any reason you'll know where certain services may be available.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=619167
  17. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,046
    Location:
    San Clemente, CA
    Question on making tracks with the TAT map/rollchart info. Should I be making a tracking point at every direction change, often, or just with every turn or crossing I make?
  18. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,101
    Location:
    Minnesota
    You need a mapset that will do autorouting like City Navigator or Topo 24k. And you can use the 100k Topos for Direct Routing.

    I suspect that City Navigator does not have all the TAT roads on it. Some of them are really minor.

    I haven't done the TAT, but have done lots of trip planning. (A friend did the track building for our trip.)

    I would use Mapsource rathter than Basecamp. I would create a route for each state and then put either a via point or a hard waypoint at each turn in the roll chart.

    I prefer waypoints. They will show up when you convert the route to a track and use it to actually navigate.

    When I get to an road that is not in City Navigator, I switch to 100k Topos and Direct Routing. Basecamp does not support mixed mode routing as well as Mapsource.

    If you don't want to buy 2 mapsets, I think you could probably get by switching to direct routing in City Navigator and kind of guessing where the road is.

    I do this occasionally. I then view the result on Google Earth to see how close my guess is.

    When the route is complete, you can convert it to a track using the 3rd party free software WinGDB3 or send it to Basecamp and convert it.
  19. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,046
    Location:
    San Clemente, CA
    I don't understand this language. I'm using google earth to lay down tracks and I'm going to convert it for my 60csx.
  20. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2007
    Oddometer:
    3,101
    Location:
    Minnesota
    Sounds like an interesting approach. I have never done that. Good luck. Hope it works.