My Friend Tom, (62 years old) asked me if I would be interested in riding the TAT with him (I'm 54). We have logged over 20,000 miles together, cross country, on the road only. I agreed to ride with him and began researching bikes. We decided on the WR250R, found 2 used ones, 3 years old and began to modify them (took 6 months to build them up). We also started our research and within 12 months we were headed out on the TAT. We allotted 5 weeks for the trip (for weather and maintenance issues), but we completed it in 19.5 days, riding 10 to 12 hours a day. Modifications for the WR were as follows: Front and rear rotor guards, radiator guard, skid plate, gearing, rear rack, Wolfman soft bags, Oxford heated grips, L.E.D. trail lights, hard wired G.P.S., U.S.B. charging port, IMS 3.1 gallon tank, Rotopax 2.25 gallon tank, hand guards and Renthal bars. We changed the rear tire and oil in Trinidad Colorado. Overall a great trip, some bumps and bruises but the bike performed well (although a lot of weight on the bike) and held up.