2017 TAT, Ocean to Ocean in 12 days

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by KenCM, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    I do moderately long rides on an 300XCW.
    How do you carry oil?
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    These A
    These Africa Twins are USELESS in mud without a significant fender lift.
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    Trailace Dumb Ass

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    Great report Ken keep it coming. Looks like a lot of fun.
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    So this is what the forks look like after a day's ride:
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    Glad we opted for the Shok Sox.
    This is what they looked like under the Sox before cleaning.
    Used a piece of paper after sliding off the spring and got a little bit of redidue out.
    Cleaned the Sox out in the motel sink. That took a lot actually.
    New morning ritual.
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  5. KenCM

    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    I spend about half my time standing, so I have adjusted my right mirror for standing and my left for sitting.
    Left for sitting because it is useful for merging where there is traffic.
    I'm sure others do this, but I've never seen mention of it and it took me a while before thinking of it.
    So there you go if you haven't heard or thought of it yet.
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    KenCM Been here awhile Supporter

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    This clearly demonstrates why that mud is such a problem. It is so sticky that you end up riding slicks on the equivalent of an icy surface.
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    Just in case you don't know the seal you can see is a dirt wiper. It will pry out easy and you can clean the debris out that gets past it. The oil seal is the next one in. Lots of the time you can clean it out with a thin plastic hook if it starts to leak. I use a piece I cut out of a milk jug.
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  8. KenCM

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    Bag damage from the crash.

    The Mosko Moto bags faired quite well.
    Garrett said that when he saw the bike sliding he was wondering if we had enough duct tape. We were both surprised we didn't need any.

    I guess my only option for the broken tank bag zipper is a new base?
    Fortunately there is Velcro on the bottom of the bag and that plus one zipper is holding it fine.

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    Thanks. I know those come off, but how?
    I didn't want to pry too hard.
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    How to make your bike 50 pounds lighter in 10 minutes.
    Doesn't look that dirty in the photo until you see it clean in the next.
    $5 bought 10 minutes in the car wash. Could have used 15.

    The front fender is bungied on the rack.

    Got back to the hotel and put the kickstand down and as we were walking away we heard something and looked back.
    Several fist size clumps of mud had fallen out of somewhere.
    I don't know why these places let us stay!
    There's probably as much mud left in the room as the parking lot - it's just spread thinner.
    We really try not to leave too big a mess, but that works out about as well as trying to remain upright in that stuff.
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    I listed every issue with converting the smoker to an adventure bike and solved every problem. I'll find out if I'm wrong or missed anything during the trip or if someone points it out as I post my work here.

    Carrying 1 qt of two stroke oil, half a gallon of water and a hubba hubba tent. I customized the rack so these three heavy items are attached to the rack. There is a machined 1" threaded tube welded to the back of the rack. Inside, there is a shop made pipette, graduated in quarter gallon of gas to measure and dispense oil. I'll have maintenance items like air filter, chain cleaning supplies, Amsoil 80-1 oil etc shipped to post offices every 900 miles or so.

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    Garrett doesn't complain, but I can tell by all the shifting around he does that he wishes he had a more comfortable seat.

    Take a close look at his leg position.
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    I think it will work fine!
    I love my 300 2-stroke for long dual sport rides. No worries with the water crossings, torque to spare, and agile as a cat.
    The ONLY downside is that even with the big tank I only get about a 200 mile range.
    Oh... and spark plugs need replacing more often - usually suddenly and at the most inopertune time.
    And the oil mixing.
    I carry the oil in two different sized containers and multiples of each in a big plastic bag in case.
    I have a little chart on the tank bag that shows the necessary combination of cotainers for the amount of fuel added.
    I could never find a graduated container that didn't leak.
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    You can work the outer seal out of the fork leg with a screw driver. Usually you can push them back in with just your fingers. If you can't put a little lube around the out side of the seal.
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    Hopefully you will be past all heavy mud when you get west of Ok. You can run into slop anytime you run into rain though.
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    Had me a 86 600R Ninja I use to ride side saddle.

    Put 86K miles on it. Fun bike. Even bike camped two up off it.
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    How big a tank? Mine is 5.4 gallons. I'm counting on 40mpg and 220 mile range as a worst case.

    You seem to have had quite a bit of dark riding the dirt. How was the lighting?
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    I do this too. Right for standing in the US. (Left one in the UK - easier as you can adjust with your clutch hand while standing)
    I considered a third mirror for standing, but with double take mirrors, it's so easy to adjust, it wasn't worth it.
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    Glad to see he's put the front brake back on before trying that!
    He's still holding the bars though - needs more practice!
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    yup, I'll have a look to...will you post it to this forum?