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

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

  1. tele-steve

    tele-steve ya' mon

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    I think of it as back packing rather than car camping. It puts it into a better frame of reference when I'm pulling gear together for a trip.
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  2. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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  3. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    +1...I've generally found that a minimalist approach and careful selection of gear works well for long distance travel.
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  4. Creeker747

    Creeker747 Been here awhile

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    I watched this a few times, and wonder if he had a steering stabilizer if it would haved helped? I am really looking forward to this r/r for the following reasons:

    1. I too have an 06 DRZ and plan to ride the TAT

    2. Sounds like you have enough life experiences to shed some interesting introspection

    3. Self-admitted head case. Hell, join the club brother!

    Giddy-up. :lurk
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  5. Unclescar

    Unclescar Refried Bean

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    Dang....that had to hurt! Lucky he seperated from the bike on the first drop and didn't continue on down with the bike. I wonder how far he had to ride (if the bike was able) to get back on the trail. :eek2

    Enjoy...subscribed
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  6. FireDog45

    FireDog45 Mid-life crisis sufferer

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    According to his RR: while he was on the way to the hospital someone rode it 30 miles to the Sheriff's office so they could store it for him.

    They pushed/winched it back up to the trail with the help of some friendly ATV'ers that stopped to help.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=867625
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  7. Bumpaman

    Bumpaman Been here awhile

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    Rode that section last summer and a buddy crashed hard at the same spot. Gnarly rock ledge that you can't avoid when you transition from one canyon to another after Black Dragon Wash in Ut. Be careful and commit to good line. Lower gearing is a huge help also. Have an great time. You will most likely have detours in CO. And Eastern Ut. For snow as it still seems to be winter there.
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  8. Burro driver

    Burro driver dba John

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    I've screwed up and gone in some ditches before but never that bad!
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  9. Halen

    Halen Suerte O Muerte

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    Can't wait to see how this adventure unfolds!

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  10. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    A tip for your meds: Many pharmaceutical medications in tablet form have the active ingredient "coated" onto an otherwise inert tablet. If you stuff cotton in the bottles to prevent the tablets from bouncing around they will hold this coating instead of having it knocked off.
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  11. Deseret Rider

    Deseret Rider Been here awhile

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    Hope you have some energy and enthusiasm left by the time you get to our neck of the woods. I'll be following your journey.
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  12. AdventureNerd

    AdventureNerd Been here awhile

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    Try this:

    http://www.fs.usda.gov/wps/portal/f...il&pname=San Juan National Forest- Recreation

    Last year I rode Cinnamon pass in mid june with no problems. But it was a very hot and dry spring (Much of CO forest was burning or about to burn..)
    This spring we've had some late snows (It snowed in CO Springs on May 1).

    You can also contact some of the local ATV rental shops in Ouray or Lake City to ask them.
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  13. Deseret Rider

    Deseret Rider Been here awhile

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    If he starts the TAT from the east coast the winter and spring snows will be gone before he gets to Colorado----Now to worry if he can get there before the fall snows start in Sept.? (Joke) Those of us that ride out here in the West will probably be interested in his early reports ---riding the Eastern TAT country that we haven't rode ourselves. Looking forward to hearing and seeing the pics from that part of the TAT------
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  14. Burro driver

    Burro driver dba John

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    That's what I'm thinking, too
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  15. mathewsturtevant

    mathewsturtevant Motojournalist

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    I just purchased "just in case" Evacuation insurance incase I brake a bone and can't ride out. Surprisingly affordable. $57.00 total. Not bad. Also include in the policy was " REPATRIATION OF REMAINS" I guess that means had I ridden over a land mine in Cambodia they would fly my limbs back to the states.?:tb
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  16. TWC4

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    Thats awesome! Can't wait to hear how those Mefos hold up on your trip. Ive heard good things.
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  17. Casey.

    Casey. Nerd on a bike

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    That's a very good deal indeed. I've wondered what something like that costs.
    I had the return of remains insurance when I studied abroad in Japan. Pretty bleak.
    Hope you have a great time and I'll be looking forward to reading along.
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  18. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    I use Medjet Assist. Pricier but better if your out of the country. It will get you to the hospital of your choice. My plan will repatriate my motorcycle too.
    Also it is important that your travelling companions know you have this insurance, where to find the phone number, and procedure policy in case you should become incapable of making decisions yourself. (read knocked out or worse)
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  19. MasterMarine

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    It is hard to tell how big it is in your picture but it sort of looks like the garter spring for the wheel bearing seal. Especially given where you got it from and the grease leaking out of there. Have you done your wheel bearings already?

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    I am a bit concerned about your rack mounting. I would be surprised if that made the whole trip on paved roads with nothing on it. You might want to beef up that mounting system. :deal Or just leave that add on part at home...

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  20. MasterMarine

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    I would start a trip of this length with fresh wheel bearings in both wheels. They are a pain in the butt to change on the trail. You might bring one spare bearing for each wheel (maybe one of your good old bearings from each axle wrapped up in a ziplock bag). It is unlikely you will loose both of them in one wheel at the same instant and it could be really helpful to have one along if you have issues. It may be far easier to reach into the bottom of your baggage to get a bearing than to wait for 3 days for one to be shipped into some tiny town in NV or OR. I am not too sure about your bike but maybe all 4 of them are the same. I also like to write down the bearing numbers in my service manual so I can get them easier from the bearing shop.

    Is that BBQ grill really necessary for your packing method? I would seriously consider leaving it home. Remember lighter is better!
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