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2017 TAT, Ocean to Ocean in 12 days, Planning

Discussion in 'Americas' started by KenCM, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    It would sure be nice if it remembered the last setting.
    Every time I start the bike I run through the same sequence: 1) turn of TC, 2) turn off ABS, 3) turn on G

    As far as TC, I've found even the lowest setting greatly inhibiting in anything that's loose - and that's all we have here in Florida.
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  2. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    You see, with a DCT, these methods don't work.
    The default state of the clutch is 'disengaged' ; gear in neutral, unlike the manual transmission; hence the need for the parking brake.
    The DCT needs a running engine to bring up the oil hydraulic pressure to engage the clutch. Left the bike in 1st gear? doesn't help either
    because the clutch is not fully engaged but in 'ready' state, like you are at a traffic stop.
  3. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    The ATO rack showed up today.
    As the Brits would say: "It's a nice piece of kit!"
    It took about 30 minutes to install.
    It fit great and is quite sturdy.

    Sure cleaned up the mess I had made of the tail end.

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  4. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    The ATO rack doesn't have slots in a good position for the Mosko Moto rear ties.
    Also, the slots it has have sharper edges than I'd like and the steel is thin - resulting in a slot I am not comfortable routing nylon webbing through.

    So I took a piece of 3/4" copper tubing and ran some 3/8" bolts through it.
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    ...using 2 washers underneath to create a gap for the straps.
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    ...and an aluminum bar through the center to ensure the copper doesn't bend much.
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    This gives a nice gentle radius for the straps.
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  5. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    TEST PACKING

    Loaded 98% of everything into its proper place and put it all on the bike.
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    Doesn't look quite as much from the front
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    I'll do some fine tuning on placement and there are still a few small things that will be added, but this is essentially everything.

    The tent, footprint, cot, sleeping bag, and sleeping bag fleece are in the green Sea To Summit bag.
    The backpack contains extra water, first aid, and things like a hat, flashlight, extra spectacles - basically everything I would take if I abandoned the bike (so I can grab it and go without worrying that I have everything).

    I'm ecstatic with my packing this year compared to last.
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  6. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    I agree.
    Looking good; except the backpack doesn't look waterproof.
    Let us know about your cold weather gear.

    EDIT: nevermind found it in your first posts:
  7. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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    I spot a heated grip controller. Did you DIY?
    How's it working for ya?
    I just installed mine and seems to heat nicely without the extra bits for noise cancellation.
    I'm wondering just to use them without the major wire surgery on the RHS harness.
  8. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Everything in the pack is either inherently waterproof, or in a water-repellant bag.
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  9. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Last year there were a few occasions on which my core body temperature dropped enough that it was dangerous.
    Because this year I'm riding in mesh gear, I've added a bunch of layering options.
    It's not easy to tell from the picture, but each of the layers is progressively thicker.
    For example, the black liner at the top is essentially just a windbreaker, the black fleece under it is a fleece jacket, then the light green shirt and then the underwear.
    Similar situation with the pants.
    I also have a Gore-Tex rain jacket and plastic rain pants that can go on the outside of the mesh outerwear.
    This is just the long stuff. I also have short stuff for the warmer weather.
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  10. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    I had 3 friends that purchased their ATs before I did.
    As a result, I had a heads-up on the difficulty of installation of the accessories.
    So, when I negotiated my purchase, I got the dealer to agree to installing all accessories free of charge.
    Mine was the first AT they installed the heated grips and accessory socket on.
    He later informed me he wouldn't be doing that deal for anyone else :lol2
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  12. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thunder-dog Been here awhile Supporter

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    A TIP unless I missed it in one of your previous posts; I use my "empty" cable coming off the battery to power my Montana cradle. The SAE pig tails are available at most any auto parts. It tucks nicely out of the way when in use.
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  14. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Here are some pictures of the pieces I'm acquiring.

    I got the smaller battery since the intended use is primarily for charging electronics.
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    One of these 400 Amp-rated cables (their claim - not mine) goes on each bike and would facilitate a direct connect to the battery, but for "jump-starting" a bike I would propose to use the adapter in conjunction with the jumper cable below and use the other bike's electrical system for jump-starting.
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    24" 10 AWG SAE to SAE jumper (the one in the picture isn't 10 AWG but I don't have it yet so this was the best representation readily available).
    Since the fusing current of 10 AWG is 333A and the Sport is only capable of supplying 300A all should be well.
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  15. DCTFAN

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    I like the way you implement the KISS principle!
    Just make sure you have a proper fuse inline.
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    Thunder-dog Been here awhile Supporter

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    I HAVE no stinking fuse! I bought this one last year and have used it on my auto, lawnmower, Valkyrie several times and once on my 990. https://www.amazon.com/PowerAll-PBJ...coding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=YSQ31NVJ2FRT244X474K The one thing missing was access to the battery or solenoid; Either one required dropping the skid plate so when I saw the EarthX package at the BMW Rally recently it was a no brainer. It was exactly what I was trying to build! I do like Ken's solution (as long as the other bike can be placed within 24" away):D
    As interesting and informative as this thread is, I need to go work on my bike!:photog
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  17. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Waaayyy too much junk for a 12 day banzai run, you're forgetting the lessons learned on the little bike.

    There is no way in hell you can average 500 miles per day with that load. Here is a bike that just did a 450 mile day on the TAT:

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    Tools, rain gear on the fender, an extra sweatshirt and some emergency rations. Camelbak not pictured, bladder full and extra water bottles.

    If I remember right I only pulled two 450 + mile days and I was pushing as hard as possible for the conditions.
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    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Spot on Rob.
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  19. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Wow. I thought I was doing pretty well.

    Here’s the stuff I took last year that I’m NOT taking this year:

    · Z-drag

    · Computer, mouse, power supply

    · 2nd cell phone

    · Camp chair

    · Cooking gear, food, coffee, coffee grinder

    · Spare fuel pump + injector

    · Spare bolts kit

    · Trowel

    · Extra rim locks

    · Spare air filter

    · Air cleaner rim grease

    · Paper maps

    · Fender bag

    · Handlebar bag

    · Sewing kit (just 2 needles and a spool of nylon thread)

    · Multiples of first aid supplies (just taking enough until the next drug store).

    I’ve also procured smaller versions of some items. For example:

    · Multi-meter one half size of last years

    · Smaller size containers of tooth paste, deodorant, insect repellant, foot powder, and soap

    · One spare bladder of water instead of two

    But, I have decided to take some items that others suggested I not, including:

    · Hatchet

    · Spare spokes front and rear

    · Spare piece of chain and chain breaker

    I’ll weigh everything when I pack up for the trial run this coming Friday.
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  20. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Decided to put end caps on the pipe I used on the rack.
    Also got some 3/4" I.D. washers and ground the inside down so they were a press fit - to keep ties from sliding off the end of the pipe.
    Caps are soldered on.
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