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TAT 2.0 2021

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by NorCalSteve, May 11, 2021.

  1. Motochimp

    Motochimp Adventurer Supporter

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    Good stuff!!! I will be heading out to tackle the TAT on June 27th and you photos are getting me stoked, can't wait.
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  2. Blaise W

    Blaise W Long timer Super Supporter Supporter

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    I wonder if my old battery is still on the wall inside the red bunkhouse. Long story that.... And, are burgers available at Denio? It's always good to see pics from the TAT; it's the best way to see the WEST!
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  3. NorCalSteve

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    Day 11 Tuesday-delayed. We rode from Lake Powell to Kanab 118 miles. This was supposed to be a shorter easier day but it turned into the hardest day yet. Temps were in 90’s and the struggle was real! Luckily in addition to our 70oz. water bladders we brought an extra gallon of water. By 7:30pm when we finished we were completely out of water and definitely glad to be done. It was exhausting and I didn’t take many pictures.

    This was the red trail on GPS Kevin. I mentioned before that the reds hadn’t been that tough...well this one was! There was a rocky section with some serious rocks, steps and ledges. At the time I was happy to make it through and thought it was the toughest thing we tackled. That changed shortly after this section when we hit the sand.

    I can’t describe how deep and long this section was. It definitely wasn’t fun on a fully loaded 990 with worn tires running high pressure.
    The trail was deep sand for 20+ miles. Definitely not big bike friendly. Bikes ended up on their sides more times than we can count. Picking these beasts up is tiring. This is the one section that the old XR650R’s would have been a better choice. At one point we thought we might have to camp on the trail because we were exhausted but we were also almost out of water. Fortunately we struggled on and made it to town.
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  4. NorCalSteve

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  5. NorCalSteve

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    Day 13 we decided to try to beat the heat by getting a 6am start. We decided we would ride from Mesquite to Coyote Springs, about 60 miles and the last section of the LA TAT that we would do. From there we rode north to Tonopah had lunch. We cut west across highway 6 to Bishop CA. Highway 6 was crazy windy in the afternoon. Riding through dust devils and dodging tumble weeds along the way. 397 miles for the day. 06912CF9-94CF-4890-BCE5-A76782DD04C2.jpeg 4F075922-7AFB-420B-BD20-48E7F5FA7CEC.jpeg 6207C7A3-6243-44A8-B673-080E22950127.jpeg 93786061-568B-4626-8BD5-7F58FB06B58E.jpeg E171F003-98B5-4EAE-B46F-CC37BFC286BF.jpeg 9ECB8233-36B6-44B3-A0D1-E92150AF8A2C.jpeg
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  6. NorCalSteve

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    Day 14 All good things must come to the end. Time to ride home. Rode from Bishop north up 395 to Monitor Pass into South Lake Tahoe. Rode highway 50 west to Placerville for lunch and back to Sacramento/Roseville.

    The trip had a little of everything. Rain, sleet, snow, sunshine and heat. Some camping but a lot of motels. Highway, two track, single track, sand and rock. 1 mechanical issue on each bike that cost us a total of 2 down days. On the 2nd day I got the front fender delete kit curtesy of some sticky mud. Lots of tip overs but no crashes. 5 states ridden in 14 days and over 2,600 miles. More smiles and great memories than I can count. It was a great trip. 62021624-33E5-4DFD-BC4F-AF2BC91578E4.jpeg

    Was it better on 990 or XR650R? All in all I think the 990 was better for this ride. The power and smoothness of the 990 is deceiving. We rode 2 track easily doing 40mph and bladed dessert dirt highways at 65mph. The sand was a killer on these giants but that was only area I wished we were on different bikes.

    Last picture is the last gas stop on highway 395.

    Cheers!
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  7. NorCalSteve

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    Yes, Denio had gas, burgers, and beers! Also they have rooms available if you don’t want to camp.
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  8. powderzone

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    Looks like a great trip! Thanks for writing a RR.
    FYI not sure if the low fender on the 990 is the same as my 1090 but if so; Touratech sell a fender raising kit. Moves it up about 1” so you can avoid the involuntary “delete” option.

    Also that headshake issue is a classic symptom of insufficient compression and preload on the shock when fully loaded. Causes the back to squat under acceleration and the front gets too light. Hence…wobble.

    I can’t wait to get back down there once the Canada-US border reopens.
    Cheers!
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  9. Whodatschrome

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    Thank you for sharing Steve! Those are fantastic pics! I need to learn to slow down a little bit in life and take the time to take pics of the group rides that i go on. Memories can be better remembered and reminisced with pictures!...plus it motiviated others to go out and ride!!
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  10. Belloak

    Belloak road noob!

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    How did those tires work out for you? 2600 miles, are they toast now?
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  11. NorCalSteve

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    Overall the tires did well. They were on the bike when I got it so I don’t know how many miles or how old they were. They are absolutely toasted now. The front are super cupped. I ran about 28 psi front and 30 rear on road and trail. I really didn’t want to deal with getting a flat. F2710DF5-DB86-40AE-9380-235894F210A9.jpeg C5C0FAAB-196D-42EC-B96F-112E4BA07EDB.jpeg
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  12. glfritz

    glfritz Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the pics I have been wondering about buying a clean 990. Riding a 05 640 adv now, was looking at 1090 and 1190 but all the electronics are scaring me off
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  13. Comrade Arturo

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    The Harley's in the parking lot were probably part of the Antique Motorcycle Club (AMCA) Road Runner Chapter Road Run in Kanab. Over 200 antique motorcycles were in attendance.
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  14. docwyte

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    I went from a 640A to a 990 and it wasn't a good move. If you decide to buy a 990, buy a late model one, the early model ones have issues with throttle snatchiness and despite hours spent on Tune ECU playing with mapping I never got it right. Mine also would just randomly turn off when coming to a stop. Compared to the anvil like reliability of my 640, the 990 was a very frustrating experience...
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  15. NorCalSteve

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    Yes, there were lots of early Harleys and Indians around town. It was cool to see them running and riding.
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  16. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

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    Based upon your mechanical breakdowns, what would you do different? Would those issues have been noticed in advance somehow or just failures due to the terrain?
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  17. NorCalSteve

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    Both bikes were recently purchased, although they seem newish they are 10-12 years old. I had two short shake down runs on mine and Matt had only one on his. If I had to do it over, maybe a more detailed pre-trip inspection and a longer pre-ride, maybe. I feel pretty good about the bikes overall and would be confident in taking them on extended trips again. I already started ordering parts to completely rebuild the rear bearings and seals, going with a high fender replacement, new tires, oil change etc. I really like this bike other than getting on/off (she's tall) and picking her up...
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  18. NorCalSteve

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    Little creek crossing video outside McDermitt.
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  19. NorCalSteve

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    Creek at the red cabin was too deep the normal way. I tried upstream a few hundred feet and failed... We ended up removing luggage and Matt made it up after we pulled it back out to get a good run. The amount of time my bike spent in the water during this crossing is likely what caused my rear wheel bearing to finally give up.
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  20. NorCalSteve

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