TAT 2018 - Honda Grom Edition

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

  1. Night_Wolf

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    I have a small 143 cc Big Bore Kit that I'm hoping will help me keep some speed on the hills. I'm not looking for a "rocket ship" just a bit more power for hills & yes wind, as we get plenty of that in Southern Alberta (flip transport trucks type of wind!!!)
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  2. dtaski

    dtaski Been here awhile

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    Ride on and be safe !
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  3. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Saw an article on the Grom Reaper today, thought of you guys out on the trail.

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  4. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    DAY 21 - Tuesday 21 August

    335 km (208 miles) - Ponca City OK to Buffalo OK




    Wow what a day. After yesterdays fast gravel, we thought we would be in for more of the same. If you think Oklahoma is boring, you need to ride it on a grom.

    We got off to a leisurely start this morning and once back on the TAT pootled along. Good gravel, cool temperatures, lots of wind farms and oil rigs to look at. It was very much straight roads with 90 degree turns here and there. One stretch of road called Noble road or maybe Indian road was 52km in a straight line followed by a quick zig zag onto another road for another 47km. Simon had been looking forward to this section since we printed the whole TAT route and stuck it on our living room wall.

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    Pic - drill baby drill

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    Pic - windmills are pretty

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    Pic - heading west

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    Pic - screenshot from the gps app


    A few km into Noble/Indian Road we came across a TAT sign and stopped for a quick chat with the local farmers. They have pulled many a TAT rider out of the mud. From here on the road surface changed to hard packed dirt, the kind that turns into the famous mud. Thankfully it had dried out since the recent rains. Well mostly dried out. There were the occasional muddy puddles in the middle of the road, one of which was hiding very cunningly behind a blind rise, ready to jump out and surprise an unsuspecting rider that was going a bit too fast ie me.

    Simon says my rear was wobbling all over the place. It happened so fast, I don't even know what happened myself exactly, but I remained up right throughout. After that close call I had to get off the bike and take breather, giggling all the while like a mad woman.

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    Pic - one of the muddy puddles. Not the one I pooed myself on. This on I just got stuck in

    We took it a bit slow after that, and the roads from there onwards were a mix of dirt, occasional mud puddles, deeply rutted dry dirt and partially graded dirt. It took a lot of concentration to negotiate our way to Alva and stay out of the grom wheel size ruts. It was fun but tiring.

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    Pic - these ruts were ok


    After Alva, the road conditions and the scenery changed again. We got into more rolling hills, cows and sand. Horrible horrible sand. Turns out groms do not like sand at all and neither do their riders. It was fine sandy stuff that would chop and change between a thin layer on the hard pack to deeper stuff. There was a lot of screaming and swearing, it was slow going but we both made it through. A LOT of close calls but no actuall offs. When the horrible sandy stuff ended, we were able to actually look around and enjoy the scenery more.

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    Pic - this stuff sucks


    We had honestly thought these straight sections of OK would be boring and easy enough that we would want to put an audio book on or podcast and just power through. It has been nothing like that so far. The roads have been varied and challenging, the scenery varied and quite pretty. We never got bored once


    We arrived in Buffalo which looks a bit bleak to put it politely. Not much accomodation options, the local motel looked abandoned, but we found a nice little guest house type inn conveniently located across the road from a car wash, a pizzaria and the post office where our shock should hopefully arrive at tomorrow.
  5. Seth S

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    FYI I am in Vietnam right now and I went to the Honda dealer and a new grom here only costs $2300. It’s called an MSX I think but is the same bike. They also have modern Honda cubs that are fuel injected. Pretty cool to transplant that engine into an old ct90
  6. bdaughtry

    bdaughtry Engineer - Explorer

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    I think the new Honda Monkey 125 would make for a good TAT adventure ...
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  7. reddirtjoe

    reddirtjoe motorcycle addict

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    Buffalo has a marker for TAT. ...Somewhere

    My favorite part is out that way
    Rolling hills etc etc
    Cowboy Cemetery in the middle of nowhere .
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  8. joenuclear

    joenuclear Still here....

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    Buffalo caters to the Grain Harvester crowd. A lot of homes have a cottage out back for rent. I stayed in a converted utility building with King bed, shower and kitchen.
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  9. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    I think we passed it already :( I vaguely remember passing a cemetary on the route, but we have passes a LOT of little cemetaries along the route from New York
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    reddirtjoe motorcycle addict

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    This is the one
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  11. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    Yeah its only the US where i think the model is officially a grom, everywhere else in the world it is a MSX and our model is a MSX125SF. The SF stands for Street Fighter which makes it very clear it is a street bike.
    Honda Grom is a much better name though
  12. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    Ok, I just read the article 27hp engine. Holey cow!!! We want one.... No we want 2!
  13. Night_Wolf

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    Called the GROM in Canada too :hide Great report so far :ricky
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  14. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    Should we stay or should we go?
    Shock is on. Thank you Ken.

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  15. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    Riding that far, on those bikes is "thrilling" enough. Don't put the work "dangerous" in there too.

    just wait it out a day. Live longer, hurt less.

    NOTHING gets better in the rain. (well, except the green grass hills)
  16. ROAD DAMAGE

    ROAD DAMAGE Long timer Supporter

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    GO! :D

    Great report Kiwis ............... stay safe and thanks for posting.

    Holler if for some reason you get to northwest CO.
    We'll get you some "proper biscuits". :lol3

    RD
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  17. victay

    victay Enthusiastic Noob

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    We have decided to stay. Drink tea, watch crap tv and finish off these yummy swedish fish. Yum. Definately buying more of these guys.
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  18. Todd157k

    Todd157k Long timer Supporter

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    ummm... let's see.. it's raining outside... and you're warm and comfy inside after traveling for quite a while... and all you can think of to do is watch cartoons?

    you guys have been married too long. :hmmmmm:fpalm
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  19. Little Bike

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  20. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi Supporter

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    In Texas those oil "drills" (pumps actually) are commonly referred to as 'donkeys'.

    Also of interest is that the slow turning tips of those windmills can reach 180mph !
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