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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    Question for the experienced. How many days, at a regular pace, should I plan on taking from Tulsa west? I gotta be home for my mom's wedding late in september but want to cut it close, trying to figure out when I should fly out east (found a nice person to drop my bike off in OK for $100 for me.)
  2. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    helpful thread!
    I'm starting the TAT around aug 11, after the horizons unlimited travelers meeting in NC.
    I'll be on a harley w/ sidecar, so probably goin pretty slow in the rough stuff.
    Ive been reading the various RR's to see what I'll be getting into. It should be a fun ride!
    maybe I'll see some of you pass me on the TAT!

    Doug
  3. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    Doug, a Harley with a sidecar on the TAT; AWESOME! :freaky
  4. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    its 'basically stock' :evil

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  5. oldtrucks

    oldtrucks Been here awhile

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    Basically :rofl
  6. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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  7. Jarrod Weaver

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    RTW Doug - get the parade/police fan before you roll out. You will definitely need it to keep the engine cool. Love your choice of trail bike. Good luck!
  8. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    Thanks Jarrod, I hadnt thought about one of those. I will look for one.

    Doug

    (edit) I just asked a friend who is a puter geek. PC cooling fans are 12v, and dirt cheap. I'll rig one of those up, & see how it does.

    (I used to ride a KLR)


  9. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Fast is two days per state, slow would be three...ten days per state if you're on a stock Harley with a side anchor... :lol3, sorry Doug.


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  10. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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    its 'basically' stock.


  11. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    :rofl


    The nice thing is that you can unbolt that sidecar and ride the hell out of there. :lol3

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  12. CBAT

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    Bring a spare, or two, in case the water crossings eat them up.
  13. Jarrod Weaver

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    (edit) I just asked a friend who is a puter geek. PC cooling fans are 12v, and dirt cheap. I'll rig one of those up, & see how it does.

    (I used to ride a KLR)[/QUOTE]

    Check out how much air the H-D parade fan moves - WAAAY more than a KLR inspired PC fan would ever dream. I have no doubt that Mother-Motor (H-D) would want to supply you with one for a little off-road r&d.
  14. ETD

    ETD Enjoy!

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    How fast is the fastest someone has ever done the TAT?

    My buddy and I will be ridding the eastern section to Durango CO in September. We are planning to ride as light/fast as possible. I'm on a klx250 and he is on a crf250.

    Any advice on guerrilla camping along the trail?

    Any other advice on moving quickly and enjoying the trail?


    PS: I know that moving quickly we will miss what the trail has to offer blah blah blah, to each his own. Sometimes we need to move quickly.

    Thanks,
    ETD
  15. CBAT

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    If you are guerilla camping, you make the rules. :deal

    All i can add is get off the road far enough in the bushes that a passing car doesn't see you. I've heard of people camping in graveyards, behind storage units. Once you get to Colorado a lot of small towns allow camping in the park downtown. Out west guerilla camping is the norm. Lots of extablished fire rings if you want a fire. If no campfire just pull of the road and set up. Most likely there is no burning out west this time of year anyway.
  16. larryboy

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    17 days for gaspipe and crew. I don't have much interest in the east side, but the pictures make it look a lot like the CDT, just roads and you can really crank it up on that stuff...I rode almost all of Wyoming in one day, not sure if those little 250's can run that pace though, you lose a lot of time coming out of corners compared to a big bike putting down the power with me behind the bars.
  17. ETD

    ETD Enjoy!

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    Haha nice. Our plan is to go as light as possible so we can spend a lot of time trail ridding once CO. I think the 250, although small really makes up for it in character and simplicity.

    Thanks for the info on camping and speed. I'm starting to feel much better about our time estimates. I just hope we don't run into any major mechanical or navigation issues.

    Enjoy!
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    Check out how much air the H-D parade fan moves - WAAAY more than a KLR inspired PC fan would ever dream. I have no doubt that Mother-Motor (H-D) would want to supply you with one for a little off-road r&d.[/QUOTE]

    Hi Doug, I agree with Jarrod, A puter fan would not do, those HD fans move a LOT of air over both cylinders.
  19. kingrj

    kingrj Been here awhile

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    Great looking rig! By the way...is it set up to drive BOTH rear tires? If not..then you will need that winch in some places in Utah...Sandy uphills and steep rock steps might give you a problem if only the one rear is driven...But that is what makes it an adventure!
  20. rtwdoug

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    yep, just 1 wheel drive. The winch isnt just for show. Plus I have an extra 50' cable.
    if I had more time on the build, I thought about an electric motor to drive the sidecar wheel thru the tough stuff. but thats just more things to break.
    and break things, I will.
    :lol3