TAT old and new mixed

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by MotoPet, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    I glad that there was no rain while I'm riding that kind of roads.
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    Wide farmland!
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    Abandoned homestead next to the TAT.
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    And a still running homestead. The TAT runs through.
    As I ride slowly through I see a guy working on his machines. Friendly waving from both of us.
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  2. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    More farms.
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    Approaching Tremonton where I want to stay for the night.
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    That didn't work out. Did not find a open campground and had to continue further south.
    The new plan was to stay in the Willard Bay State Park, but they wanted to charge the same amount as the fully equipped KOA next door.
    Very friendly and helpful staff at the KOA, just some of the dog owners have been very rude as they walked their dogs on the tent spots.
    Hmm not so great, especially as the campground has even a dedicated gras field for the dogs. I guess it was to much asked for walking another 30 meters.

    Nevertheless a good stay. Laundry done and a good sleep.
  3. dirt hokie

    dirt hokie Long timer

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    do you think the DR 650 was a good bike choice, or would you recommend bigger or smaller bike.
  4. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    The DR 650 is a good compromise for the TAT.
    The reasons for me have been: Not too heavy, not too expensive so no bad feeling when dropped, Still big enough engine for Hwy when needed, easy to get parts.

    I'm sure there are better bikes for individuell sections but they are either not so good for the longer stretches or they are far more expensive.
    Of course there are not only positive things. It's still a carburetor bike with all the downsides on high elevations. On higher speed the fuel consumption goes up a lot.
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  5. gmountai

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    Moto Pet, great RR! These are Potato Cellars. They are partially underground to control inside temperature. Idaho Potatoes can be harvested and stored, then taken to market as market demands. Would of enjoyed hosting you here in Boise when you passed through.
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  6. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Thanks for letting me know. I had no idea that this is the reason for the construction.
  7. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    13th September
    Day 39

    Out in the desert is the theme of the day.
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    I have to ride a bit north to join back the TAT.
    The route heads West, passing the Golden Spike National Historic Site where the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads joint for the first trans continental railway.
    I have been here many years ago. It was nothing else than the spike and the 2 Lokomotive back then. Now this is different although I was lucky and the parking lot was not busy.
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    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    The Visitor Center was good and there are Rangers? which explain the history and so on.
    3 times a day the locomotives perform live action. Nice to see if you like trains.

    When the next Busload of tourist showed up it was time to leave and continue West.
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    Nice wide open views and some glimpse of the salt lake.
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    The Route follows loosely the old train route, but there is very little to see of the remaining's.
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  9. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Before crossing the Hwy on the way south, you need to cross the Emigrant Pass and just before passing Devils Garden.
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    After crossing the Hwy and this dry riverbed it goes more or less straight south towards Wendover, but it is a long stretch.
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  10. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    You can imagine how remote this area is. I have seen the entire way only 2 cars.
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    If you look closely you can see a first signs of civilization.
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    And than paved road down from the range to the lake.
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    I arrived at the gas station with 1/4Gallon of fuel left in my tank (spare fuel was not touched) and felt really lucky. How lucky I was had been revealed when I wanted to start the engine.
    Noop, not happening, battery dead. And I mean dead. No chance to start the bike with pushing .

    Not such a big deal I thought as there where many semi trucks at the station. So I asked for a jumper cable.
    Apparently nobody had any. Not even race drivers which stopped for refueling their truck as well.
    A father and son where so kind to help me out by bringing me to a Autoparts store. Thanks for that! I got a new battery and because it needed to be charged first they borrowed me a starter pack.
    With this I was able to start the bike and ride into town where I waited to get the new battery for installation.

    After this I searched for a place to sleep and had to stay at the KAO. The town was packed with people who came for the race weekend.
    Anyway I headed out to see the famous salt lake race track. Followed the paved road into the lake first.
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    In the distance you can see the cars in the pit lane.
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    It doesn't look like, but I was to late for a visit.
    And because this was one of the few weekends where the access is closed for the public due to the race (you need to pay an entrance fee) I planned to come back the following day.
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  12. Tankdon

    Tankdon n00b

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    Great job is all that I can say... Going to do tat this year also on a DR.. What rain gear did you take and did you keep the stock gas tank ?
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    Btw, did you change the carb jetting to deal with higher elevations?
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    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    I have used the Klim Traverse set which is Goretex and due to this fully water proof.
    The Gas Tank on the bike is the IMS 4.9Gallon tank. I always had enough fuel but also carried a 1 Gallon Rotopax for safety. (never used)

    Enjoy the trip, and do your research. I was not too good on that. ;-)
  15. MotoPet

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    No I did not, mainly because the problem only was significant on the last maybe 200-300 feet on the high Colorado Passes.
    So not a big deal, especially as I was in no hurry so not required often the full power of the bike. And I have very little experience with carburetor bikes.
    For next time I might take jetting on the trip and use it.
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  16. MotoPet

    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    14th September
    Day 40

    After packing up I headed to the Race track. The markings helped to orient.
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    I have been told that this kind of an event is only happening 3 times a year, so I feel lucky that I see an actual race with all the things I only know from TV. (Registration, Technical Check, …)
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    And of course the real Highspeed oriented vehicles.
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    MotoPet Been here awhile

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    Classic Cars, all kinds of motorbikes, and special cars.
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    Some are very professional.
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    Some more basic setup which was not less ambiguous.
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    1st time on a real Salt Lake.
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    You have been allowed to go a short distance towards the speed measurement point, but always too far away from the actual track.
    Barely seen the cars passing by. This is the view back to the Pit Lane.
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    The Salt Lake is not fully flat!
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    But you can go to the start point and watch the preparation and the start clearance.
    Very interesting and a special flair.
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    After taking in the atmosphere of such an event it was not easy to leave the place so soon.
    I can understand now better the fascination of this ans why people devote so much time and money for it.
  20. Tankdon

    Tankdon n00b

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    Thanks for the answer.. So how much trouble would I be in if I just ran with the stock tank and a 1 gal. extra canister?