A Uly On The TAT? Say What?!?!?

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by DolphinJohn, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. DolphinJohn

    DolphinJohn Caveman

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    It's like this...... I rode a good portion of the Trans America Trail last year on my now sold '06 F650GS. My trip had to be cut short because of a hurricane barreling down on Key West and my unattended boat. (Ike, and it veered off and missed KW).
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    So, sold the 650, bought an F800GS and decided to do the TAT again, pick up where I left off (Ouray, Co.)

    Well my friend Steve has a Buell Ulysses. He heard about my trip, and said the TAT is exactly why he bought his bike. He didn't know about the TAT at the time, but that type of riding.
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    I said I would be into doing the Arkansas to Colorado section again on the new bike, and we could get out to Moab area and see and ride around Arches, Canyonlands, etc.

    Steve has a friend, Greg, who recently bought a 2000 1150GS. He heard about the plans and wants in too. Ok, now it's three.
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    Stay tuned.............



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  2. Lance Hardwud

    Lance Hardwud Long timer

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    WTF?? A Uly on the TAT, this I gotta see! I rode my Uly on a few fire roads to find camping spots and thought I was going to shake every screw and bolt loose on rough roads. Not a off road bike by an means :huh
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  3. Lars1974

    Lars1974 Been here awhile

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    :clap look forward to it...
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  4. jblausey

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    So I'm curious about the tires on the Uly and if you have geared the Uly with the XB9 gears or the way too tall Uly gears?
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  5. DolphinJohn

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    Well, I know Steve just ordered some Pirelli MT 60s, but I have no idea about the gearing.
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  6. Hughlysses

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    Tell him to look into the XB9 primary swap if he hasn't already. Looking forward to the ride report. :lurk
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  7. DolphinJohn

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    I think it might be too late at this point, we leave August 23rd.
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  8. Web Foot

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    Something tells me that the GS 800 is the way to go, but I'm interested to see how the Buell does.
    Can't wait for more. :clap
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  9. gregneedham

    gregneedham I seem to fall often

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    The 800 is definitely the way to go. I am going to be trying to throw around my 1150, currently with a set of Tourances on it. It should be good entertainment for John and Steve.
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  10. DolphinJohn

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    The F800GS in "TAT ready" condition
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    RK chain has been shipped and will be put on before we go.
    That was the last thing I needed to do before the trip (I hope!!)

    This ride should be a good test for the Bitubo fork cartridges I just installed.

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    Also, I'm curious as to how the 800 will ride compared to the 650, the 800 is a bigger bike that feels and rides smaller, IMO.
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  11. gregneedham

    gregneedham I seem to fall often

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    Oh, it's beauty shot time....here's the 1150 with the old tires on it.

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  12. Raoul Duke

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    I'm in. :evil Subscribed!
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  14. soupknotzee

    soupknotzee Been here awhile

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    Go Uly! :clap
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  15. portero72

    portero72 Been here awhile

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    WOW. I just did the Ark-Moab section of the TAT on my xr650l with 2 buddies(also on metric 650's). I also own a Uly.

    http://ridedualsport.com/forum/index.php?topic=369.0

    I am DYING to find out how the 2 big bikes fared. Y'all must be the studliest of riders, or have balls o' steel. Or both. Good luck!
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  16. DolphinJohn

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    I read that ride report! Awesome. We will soon see how it goes......

    Get your popcorn ready.
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  17. Buddy

    Buddy n00b 4 life

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    Wow! My brother and I just did the TAT this past summer on a 650 Dakar and a KLR. The bikes held up but man did we ever beat the crap out of them. Can't wait to read how it goes. Going to be a blast for you guys!!
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  18. jphish

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    Well...Having both a KLR (650) & a Uly... I know which one I'd take. But my Kawi is already bashed up from Baja & I'm probably a wooss. (how the hell do ya spell that anyway?!) However - While us BWB members are rootin for all of ya - Steve of course is getting extra volume from our cheering section. The Uly can do it with the MT60s, no problem. The X9 swap would be really nice, but not imperative. Go Steve!!
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  19. gregneedham

    gregneedham I seem to fall often

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    Just ordered TKCs for my 1150 from Southwest Moto Tires. Should be here Tuesday, mounted and ready to go by Saturday. Now when I crash, I can't blame the tires...
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  20. TomN

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    Lets hear this one :clap
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