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2017 TAT, Ocean to Ocean in 12 days, Planning

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

  1. Proud Highway

    Proud Highway one hand waving free

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  2. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Hi Mark,

    You have some good points - especially the part about luck :)

    Having ridden this full route last year at the same time of year, my greatest concern is rain in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
    We're crossing our fingers on the weather and recognize that if it's bad we might have some VERY long days.

    We're planning on averaging 40 MPH based on my solo KTM 450 average last year of 38 MPH.

    With respect to getting to the start of the TAT, last year I was there on the second day.
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  3. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    Good deal! I just got mine in the mail today.
    Looks like a good piece of kit. Adds 3 lbs over OEM but stainless steel and removable handles (I run Giant Loop Grand Basin bag) are well worth the added weight....I could stand to lose 3lbs + to even things out :lol3
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  4. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    The adventure already begins!!!!
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  5. Aces 6

    Aces 6 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Over

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    I run the AltRider guard. Pricey but pretty robust. Light throws out the pattern of the guard but doesn't diminish it - pattern doesn't affect the highbeam much at all.
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  6. Migolito

    Migolito Prognosticator and MotoYogi

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    Or, do the 50cc from San Diego to Jacksonville for your return. Throw on some street tires.
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  7. garrett3

    garrett3 Adventurer

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    With the Bandit on our side we can't lose.

    I am the other part of this adventure and mostly the cause for a short schedule. Getting off route and hitting the pavement to make up time is not a option. If I'm late then I'm late. It will no doubt be a tough trip to complete but that's the point. One day when I'm old and grey I'll do it at scenic pace.
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  8. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Smell the roses? You gents won't even see them at that pace!


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  9. Dyrden

    Dyrden Been here awhile

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    If you braaap by the roses in the woods and you didn't see them, were they ever actually there to begin with?
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  10. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    Here's something we're taking that I've never packed before and likely never will again:
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    We'll arrange to be in the path of totality on 8/21.
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  11. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    HELMET VISOR FIX

    I wear glasses because without them I am legally blind.
    Glasses and helmets just don't mix well as getting the temples behind the ears with the helmet already on is difficult if not impossible.
    I've tried numerous solutions including goggles over glasses (this sucks) and RxGoggles (great for motocross but not so much for anything else).

    For this type or riding the best solution I've found is a modular helmet.
    A modular not only lets me put the helmet on and take it off without removing my glasses, but also allows for more cooling without removing the helmet during brief stops by lifting the entire front, not just the visor.

    But my Schuberth E-1 suffers from one problem - the visor won't stay up while riding; which is my preferred configuration if it's not raining or especially dusty, etc...
    I talked to the dealer from whom I purchased the helmet and they didn't have any recommendation beyond the obvious - so I implemented that.

    I cut a piece of rubber and put it between the visor and helmet.
    It works OK, but if anyone has a better solution, I'm all ears.

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  12. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    Ah, the SEAT from Tybee Island to Andrews NC is a proven route.

    Did Sam change the TAT once again? A year or two ago he moved it from Baker NV north to Wendover, then NE around the great salt lake, up and across Idaho, then into OR from the NE corner back over to rejoin old route at Crescent.
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  13. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    What is the SEAT?
    I am unable to find any reference to it.
    Can you provide this route or a link to it?

    I emailed Sam to ask if his route changed from last year and he replied that it has not.
    I have no knowledge of his route prior to last year.
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  14. Motor7

    Motor7 Long timer

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    12 days? It took our party a week to get to Arkansas....so I'll say it...not possible. Prove me wrong(really I'm looking forward to it)
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  15. FASTRacing

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    It always seems impossible until it's done.......

    :-)
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  16. Dyrden

    Dyrden Been here awhile

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    This is going to be awesome either way. Especially since I've got the tat planned for next year on my africa twin as well.
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  17. waybill

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    I think someone needs to notify the Guinness World Records people.
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  18. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    It occurs to me that a test outing fully packed could be highly beneficial - if nothing else, to ensure we haven't overlooked anything.
    I'm thinking one week before departure - July 29th.

    We're disassembling the bikes this weekend and beginning the reassembly as my AltRider crash bars finally arrived (ordered in December).

    In addition to changing out the crash bars, I'll be installing the skid plate, lights, header guard, and some other paraphernalia, which I will document with photos.

    I also plan on redoing the cockpit in order to accomadate the large GPS.
    Initially looks like I will need to somehow move the windshield forward.
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  19. pilotlang

    pilotlang StoneCold

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    I don't see this as possible in 12 days.
    1) Don't forget there are several areas on the eastern TAT that go through neighborhoods where the speed limit is 25mph
    2) You WILL run into trail obstacles that will require either trail clearing OR back tracking to the slab for circumnavigation (All part of the experience)
    3) It is highly likely that you will have some type of mechanical problem; tire/tube change,

    Are you running a Moose or any type of TuBliss system?

    Best of Luck!

    "No matter how fast you go through life, Remember to enjoy the journey"
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  20. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    In reverse order...

    "No matter your journey through life, Remember to get to your destinations as quickly as possible"

    Thanks! We are gathering all the luck we can.

    Running tubes.
    Did TuBliss last year - see all the info I posted in last years thread for the rationale on tubes for this trip.
    Carrying spare tubes, a patch kit, and a compressor.
    Fresh tires prior to departure and at the OK/CO border.
    Fresh road tires for the tarmac back.

    I'm intimately familiar with the issues we might encounter (see my posting from doing this same ride last year - 2016 TAT Solo Ocean to Ocean).
    We have planned for minor mechanical issues like flat tires.
    If we have a major mechanical issue we won't make it in the allotted time.
    That's among the reasons we decided on these bikes.

    We're counting on obstacles - it wouldn't be any fun otherwise.
    However, this year I am committed to NOT riding off the side of any mountains!

    We will be respecting the speed limits in populated areas.
    I did so last year and my average was 38 MPH.
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