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

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    Figured it was easier, I saw that somebody else on the forum had doing it while looking at a few different threads, figured I'd give it a shot. It's going pretty smoothly and fast.
  2. drkab1

    drkab1 n00b

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    I'm hoping to call ahead to Tellico Plains and have some tires waiting for me. Any suggestions on a shop there?
  3. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    try here, not sure if he will hold tires for you but his shop is worth a visit, or if you are camping or hotelling it either place will probably allow you to ship tires to them. I've planned ahead before and had tires or other stuff shipped to hotels. Most places will do it.
  4. PineyMountainRacing

    PineyMountainRacing Oops....

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    Which direction are you coming from and when? What bike? I'm pretty sure Mike would let you ship a set of tires to the store in Tellico, but they don't typically change tires or do maintenance. Not much else in TP. I know an inmate in Vonore, TN and I'm very familiar with all the shops on the NC side of the Cherohala.
  5. Steve Lewis

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    I,m in loudon tn. Approx. 1 hr. from the start of the tat. Plan to ride it this year also starting sometime mid august. Would be glad to help any inmate in any way possable. Have room for parking etc. if I can help give me a pm.

    Thanks steve
  6. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    Slowly getting my 2012 KLR ready and hope to do the TAT this summer. Just a quick question for now. Is it possible to do the TAT on a 16t front sprocket? I've heard differing opinions. Just wondering if anyone has done it like this on their KLR or other dual sport. I'm doing the whole trail and will be taking the highway back to NC. Thanks!
  7. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    Why not just bring a second one and swap them out?
  8. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    Time and space really (and patience). I'm not the most mechanically inclined but I'm guessing it's time to learn how.
  9. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    Probably a real good time, if you plan on doing the TAT you may need it
  10. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    Okay thanks.. I'm just seeing if somebody has done it on the 16t and how it went. If I need to switch to a 14, I was looking at doing it in Oklahoma before the climbs start. Thats what I've read on some of the previous posts. I'll either learn or have someone do it. I'm sure they're will be other mechanical issues to deal with.
  11. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    It might be hard to get an answer to that in this thread, everyone seems to be running different bikes. If you asked about a DR650 or WR250R I could help you out, no so much on the KLR :evil
  12. Kent Glasscock

    Kent Glasscock Been here awhile

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    True and I'm sure it depends on the bike. I did ask one KLR rider that took his and he said he brought a highway sprocket and a trail sprocket but never switched to the trail one. But I don't know what size that was and he did get stuck in one area (not sure if a 14 would have helped or not). He did say a stock one "should" do fine which was a 15. It will get figured it out. Hey, might as well have it with me just in case and know how to do it. Better to be safe than sorry.:pynd
  13. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    I run one tooth smaller counter sprocket on my DR when I'm doing mostly trails and loaded with bags. It make a noticeable difference getting started and rideability in slower sections. I rarely do any extended pavement in that configuration so it doesn't bother me. I think I tend to ride a little slower and casual when I'm carrying a full load anyway, so I'm not worried about tearing up the miles
  14. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    Well shit. Here it is. I'm at a gas station in Arkansas just across the Mississippi river. My tat starts here
  15. drkab1

    drkab1 n00b

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    Have a good trip. I just finished entering the Colorado data in to Basecamp. Hope to leave on June 26 for my TAT. I'll be following your posts with interest.
  16. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface 30-125

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    The countershaft sprocket-swap is easy-peasy. I don't recall the size socket you'll need, but you will want some leverage. Don't forget to readjust your chain (rear axle) to make up for the difference between sprockets.

    John
  17. LateNate

    LateNate Been here awhile

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    My buddy with his KLR will be swapping out to a 15t

    Myself with a KTM 950 will be swapping out to a 16t

    Stock front sprockets for the slab to and from.
  18. stuntheavy

    stuntheavy Been here awhile

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    Where does everyone have their tires sent to for swapping out?

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  19. kingrj

    kingrj Been here awhile

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    If you buy Sam's maps you can take them and using RideLeader (my favorite .gpx file creator) you can spend hours and create great .gpx track files to download into your phone or gps. I have already done this for Colorado and Utah portions of the TAT since I am planning to do those in June. I will be glad to send my .gpx track files to Sam so he can work a deal with you if he hasn't already made up his on. I would just send mine to anyone that wants them but Sam spent the saddle time and did the heavy lifting and he deserves the financial credit.

    kingrj
  20. Backlash

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    I don't know of a place that everyone swaps tires but I sent Sean at info@mountaintechbv.com a Yamaha dealer in Buena Vista, Colorado a set of tires, a couple oil filters, air filter, couple tubes, set of sprockets and "O" ring chain. This is just north of Salida which is on the trail and I considered to be half way. I had scheduled an appointment at 8:00am and was done by 9:30. Both of us worked on the bike. He has a tire machine so was pretty quick. Also, cleaned and oiled the old filter and I packed it for a spare. Worked well for me.

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