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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    Got rid of the one-way battery tender on the top and replaced it with a 2-way.
    While I was making the new cable, I made the negative side a little shorter so everything would line up nicely.
    Made one for Garrett's bike too and installed them both this evening.
    Works as expected now.

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  2. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    I put new tires on front and rear.
    Tractionator on the rear and TKC-80 on the front.
    Checked front and rear bearings - all good (only 1.5K miles on this bike), but packed in some more grease.

    Garrett put on a new rear.
    He's running the same combination I am.

    He had a bad bearing.
    Fortunately, he had procured new bearings for the front and rear a few days ago just in case (he's got about 10K on his bike).
    Thanks larryboy for mentioning the bearings. :thumbup

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  3. Thunder-dog

    Thunder-dog Been here awhile

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    Rooting for you guys and I am impressed on your packing! Mine is about 80 lbs at the moment but I did opt for the Caribou Comando side bags for easy on and off and they weigh 6 1/2 lbs. each. I need to look at your list and see what you're NOT taking that I am???:scratch I'll be starting behind you now and cannot make the entire TAT due to my knee injury (8-10--8-12 departure to Water Valley). I think you guys should still be ahead of me; You've got what, 4-5 days to cross the Mississippi?
  4. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Don't forget that we share tools and spare parts.
    Garrett's carrying the tool roll, chain oil, and spare quart of oil.
    That's at least 10 lbs.

    We should cross the Mississippi on day 4 and be well into Arkansas.

    Good luck on your trip - and most especially your knee.
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  5. Thunder-dog

    Thunder-dog Been here awhile

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    Well, at least I'm down on the weight from last year. Those Gobis are wonderful but the pair is 26lbs empty. Thanks for the good luck. The knee should be ok, MRI says torn cartilage but it hurts less each day! (I detached my ACL in college running x country and didn't know it until 15 years later when I had surgery for a stretched lateral collateral.
    Good luck to you and Garrett and I hope you can find time to continue your excellent ride report as you go!
  6. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    It sure would be cool if one of you guys ran with the traction control on for a tire life comparo in a short amount of time.
  7. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Traction control sucks off pavement.
    It's very "jittery."
    It's well beyond annoying; it significantly reduces one's potential for forward movement.
    I don't want to imagine trying to ride uphill on loose ground, for example.
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  8. VStromNC

    VStromNC DNS/DNF

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    Wow! 267 posts even before you start your first day of riding? I will add that TAT starting from Andrews, NC probably had some of the best trails including some single track like narrow forestry service roads.
    Not sure exactly although about an hour ride into TAT from Andrews, NC.

    Good luck.

    Jon
  9. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    We got a lot of good suggestions in those posts, including discovery of a bad wheel bearing and the ATO rack solution for my busted up rear end; so it was worthwhile.

    Thanks for the good luck wish.
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  10. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    For this type of riding I prefer a modular helmet as it makes dealing with my glasses much easier and when stopped for fuel, etc... it's a lot cooler having the entire front open as opposed to just the shield.

    Last year I wore a Schuberth E1, but as I posted earlier in this thread, I've had to add some rubber pieces between the shield and body in order for the shield to stay up as the detent is gone.
    While that sort of works, it's not a great solution as it mostly just reduces the rate at which the shield slides down and it makes it difficult to close the shield all the way.
    I took it back to the dealer from whom I purchased it last week and inquired as to possible solutions and he informed me he didn't have much experience with the E1 as I was his only customer that bought one - everyone else buys the Klim. :confused

    So I bit the bullet and purchase a Klim TK1200.
    I'm a little nervous about relying upon any new gear at this late hour, so I wore it around the house for an hour this evening - seems OK.
    I like the idea of the Transitions visor. My glasses are Transitions, but don't work with the visor down on the E1 as it cuts out the UV that triggers the darkening of the lenses.
    It's a bit lighter than the E1 too, and that doesn't hurt.

    I hope this doesn't turn out to be a mistake.

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  11. KenCM

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    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Good luck men. Safe travel


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  13. Thunder-dog

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    Ken & Garrett, watch out for critters on the roads, & shoulders, especially dawn & dusk. You'll survive turkeys, buzzards, and possums but a deer will take you out. Ride safe!
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  14. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Stopped for fuel for the bikes and us.
    Near Turnerville, GA.
    Garrett wants to try for Telloco Plains yet today.
    We can probably make it before midnight.

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    gluaisrothar Been here awhile

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    I'm all up to date with this build thread and the RR, as of 3PM Eastern on the 13th. Great reads both. Learning lots and having some laughs at the same time.

    One thing has occurred to me having read comments from naysayers and seen a couple of references to the various Iron Butt rides. I randomly met a guy by the name of Dick Fish in a hotel parking lot in Illinois in 2006. I had noticed an auxiliary tank on his Buell Ulysses and asked him about it. We talked for quite some time. He mentioned that he had ridden from Prudhoe Bay in Alaska to Ushuaia in Argentina (on a GS, I think) in about 23 days. A record breaking time, I believe. I think he said he was riding for 16 to 20 hours each day. I'll bet everyone told him it could not be done either.


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  16. Justintimesc

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    What happened to this ? Did you make it in 12 days ?
  17. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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