TAT 2018 - Honda Grom Edition

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by victay, Jun 29, 2018.

  1. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    2 Groms in a Box

    3 Weeks ago we packed our bikes in a box , said Bon Voyage to our little buddies and sent them on their way to the US of A. According to the interwebs, our box of bikes is currently about ¾ of the way to San Fran. We will be seeing them again in New York City at the beginning of August.
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    We are doing the TAT, the full TAT and nuthin’ but the TAT .. well maybe just a bit more on both ends actually and a few little side trips to make it a bit more of a complete coast to coast Trans America experience, but its mostly just the TAT.

    The grand plan is to start in NY, head over to the MABDR and follow it to Damascus where we will pick up the TAT. When we finish up with the TAT in Port Orford, we will cruise down the coast to LA. It’s going to be an epic 12000 km (sorry 7,500 ish miles). Oh and just to make it a little bit different and far more epic, we are doing it on our trusty little 125cc Adventure Groms.
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    Watch out USA, we are coming to ride all over you.

    V
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  2. RandyG

    RandyG Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to your report! I'm close to Deals Gap, I'll be on the lookout for a couple adventure groms!
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  3. jkav

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    In!
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  4. NevBlu

    NevBlu Been here awhile

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    Your trip will be amazing but on Groms, what the heck ... I have never even seen one. Getting over the western mountains could be one of many highlights. Good luck. The TAT could be on my bucket list too.
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  5. Tewster2

    Tewster2 Long timer Supporter

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  6. endoquest

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    Just looked up a "Grom", you guys have balls. If you get this far, I'm in Oregon not far off your path. I WILL buy you beer on the left coast.
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  7. Sleepyc

    Sleepyc We can't stop here, THIS IS BAT COUNTRY!

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    A Grom with knobbies and some decent suspension is the perfect bike. No fear of falling over, as you can easily pick the bike up. Flat foot over anything and get 100 MPG the whole time. Grom touring will become more popular, especially with the new monkey bikes coming from Honda.
    I'll be eyeballing. My group of morons will be doing the MABDR on inappropriate bikes this September...

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  8. larryboy

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    Like this?

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    Show us the bikes!!

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  9. oldbeer

    oldbeer Grandadventurer

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    Go you good things!!.... this will be interesting. Can you post some links to your SI videos so the good peeps of the US of A know whats about to descend upon them???
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  10. Hakatan

    Hakatan quality > quantity

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    Heck yeah! Sounds like a great adventure. I’ll keep an eye out for you in the second half of August as I ride my ‘big’ 250 from Colorado to Oregon.

    What’s your luggage setup?
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  11. Bob

    Bob Formerly H20Pumper

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    Those Grom Adventure models are bitchin.
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  12. chudzikb

    chudzikb Been here awhile Supporter

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    Wonder what you will be down to horsepower wise in altitude? 5? It's not called adventure for nothing! Best of luck.
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  13. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    Stuff and Things

    We (V and Sim) have another 4 weeks or so of agonizing waiting before we pick up our bikes in NY. We thought we might post a few things about pre trip preparation in the meantime. Who doesn’t love a good packing list right? It’s nice to keep a record of stuff somewhere. Sim will set up a website and of course there is always Facebook, but ADVRider is where we have always stopped off first for ride reports in the past, so we are hoping to post plenty of updates here.

    There are heaps of reasons not to be doing this trip on tiny bikes and many more reasons not to be shipping our own tiny bikes across the ocean to do this trip on. We won’t bore you with reasons about why we decided to do this. Surely the answer is obvious? They are our Honda Groms!

    Here are the bikes. They are 2016 Honda Groms. Fun fact. These are the only 2 SF models in the whole of New Zealand. Turns out small bikes don’t sell so well down here. Honda brought a few of the original model groms in and then gave up on them. After begging Honda to bring in two of the new models, we had to buy them from Australia and ship them to NZ ourselves. After this trip, these little bikes will have been on more sea cruises than us.
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    The bikes have had their suspension upgraded, but other than that everything else is just the usual farkles. Gel seat, heated grips etc… We had hoped to have knobbies fitted before we left but alas USPS screwed us over and ‘lost’ our tires. We have two new sets sitting waiting for us at a friends in NY which we will need to get fitted before we get on the road on the 1st of August. If anyone can recommend a good place in NY in that area to get tires fitted, please pipe up. We are thinking of trying NY Honda Yamaha.

    Oh and here is a cheeky and slightly NSFW gif Sim put together and somehow managed to convince me would be a good idea to post
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  14. wellcraft

    wellcraft Been here awhile

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    Pardon my ignorance but what does TAT stand for
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    PlznMySoul Been here awhile

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    :lol3... This is going to be GOOD!

    I'm in...

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  16. Cobra5150

    Cobra5150 What? Where?

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  17. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    Its the Trans America Trail. A route across America that links up as much back country and dirt roads as possible.
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  18. Zencyl

    Zencyl Been here awhile

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    this is gonna be good. :lurk
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  19. bpeterson

    bpeterson no other way to say it

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    haha - fantastic - in!
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  20. wellcraft

    wellcraft Been here awhile

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    Sounds cool.....I'm planning a cross country trip late August or early September I'll now have to research the TAT and see if I can incorporate it into my trip.
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