Three Friends, One Direction: West on the TAT! Giddyup!!

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by mathewsturtevant, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Questor

    Questor More Undestructable

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    As long as your bike is street legal and has plates you're good.
    Also they may check for spark arresting features in you exhaust, but it looks like you're running stock so you should be good to go.

    As for tires, you may want new ones when you get to Colorado, but you are running a common size so you can pick up more if you need them.

    Good luck!
    Q~
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  2. Doug329

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    Ditto on what Questor said re: plates. Nothing special needed in 2010 & 2011 when we did TAT. Only in CO do they have an off-road sticker, but only needed if you are registered in CO.

    Don't remember any problems with gas on TAT. If you have a 200 mile tank range you should be fine.

    Tires: Good choice. I ran a set of Dunlop 606's the entire way. Many swap in Mohab (Yamaha Dealer is one good place).

    You might consider a"Spot" or "In-Reach" device as cell coverage is sparse in areas. In-Reach is blue tooth so you can Text to anyone, and get a response where there is no cell coverage, plus all the regular Spot features.
    Ride safe,
    Doug :clap


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  3. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    Questor ans Doug 329, Thanks for the info! Questor, I've read all your ride reports, very inspiring!!:clap
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  4. ATXPirate

    ATXPirate n00b

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    Getting excited....
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  5. Paratrout

    Paratrout Been here awhile

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    This is going to be good!
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  6. nickgindy

    nickgindy Doing it Wrong

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  7. HappyCRNA

    HappyCRNA AllTalkNoAction

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    I'm in!
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  8. troyfromtexas

    troyfromtexas Been here awhile

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    I'll be following. All the best.
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  9. Kirkster

    Kirkster Parts Murderer

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    We will be starting our TAT trip in late June... Keeping the fingers crossed that the passes will be open.
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  10. goodquest

    goodquest Adventurer

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  11. Ferguson Valley

    Ferguson Valley n00b

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    Try www.bushducks.com for Colorado High Country Pass Status.
    Looking forward to your RR.
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  12. Doug329

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    Ferguson Valley gave you a good one. http://bushducks.com/tripreps/passopen.htm

    On main page, click on pass you want to check. There will be a District Ranger phone number there, call it, and you'll get up to date pass information.
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  13. ukturfrocks

    ukturfrocks Been here awhile

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    sounds like a blast.
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  14. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    :huh[​IMG]

    Don't worry, the above photo is just us learning first aid procedures from Jason, our friend who knows this stuff from working in an ambulance for quite a while.

    Spent $100 bucks at REI and still need tourniquets and a couple more cold compresses. IT's one of these things, your might not need but.... if you do.... [​IMG]

    Thanks Jason, for informing us on heat exhaustion, dehydration, trauma, hypothermia, trauma, broken ankles, wrists and collar bones. Many of the protocols were not as intuitive as I imagined. [​IMG]
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  15. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    on snow on mountain passes Doug and Ferguson Valley!:clap
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  16. =[BAD]=TEX

    =[BAD]=TEX Adventurer

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    :lurkDefinitely in!!!
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  17. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    Went to Doctor today to augment our first aid kit. :evil Wasn't sure he'd write scripts for STRONG pain killers in case we have a broken bone or whatever. I told him what I was up to, he gets this big grin on his face and says " Back in the 70s I rode from Panama to NYC on a Honda 250cc......"
    So...
    Vicadin....................................Check
    Industrial Strength anti Fungal.....Check
    Antibiotics................................Check
    Anti Diarrhea............................Check
    Burn meds...............................Check
    and 5 other things I can't remember. So we're one step closer to ready.:rayof
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  18. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    Have a great time. Don't over pack! Run as light of a kit as you can.

    Remember, if you can get gas, you can most likely get other things as well.
    Bikes are easy to work on & people are friendly and want to help. Be considerate and don't underestimate western hospitality.

    Your fellow riders are your safety net. Relax, have a blast, and don't forget the most important part of the first aid kit.... a flask. :clap:clap
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  19. Beagle001

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    Thanks Tele-Steve! Good to hear that stuff! Solid advice and wisdom. It's getting close now...
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  20. Burro driver

    Burro driver dba John

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    I'm in the same agoraphobia state as you. I've been riding from my home in AZ to Utah, NM, and CO.....Your going to have a blast! And I'll defiantly be following along!
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