TAT on an XT250

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by AT Blizzard, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    Late start out of Winnemucca, but the bike is clean, chain lubed, and sprocket is operating smoothly.

    I'm running out to Battle Mountain to pick up TAT Tracks to Eureka, NV. The landscape is familiar, as are the rugged hillsides and valleys used as pasture for cows and habitat for many jackrabbits...

    Today, there was very fast smooth dirt (felt like a highway at times), as well as a couple of rough sections with very deep hardened ruts, and many rocks. I was up on the pegs, working one of these rough patches when I got launched towards a big bush, and hit the throttle to blast through it (either way I was going to hit it) -- it worked!


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    I've just gone over a Pass and rolled down this steep descent on my way to another huge valley. This was enjoyable terrain, and the views were magnificent -- pictures do not capture the full effect...

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    More sightseeing after passing through a picturesque canyon.

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    A sign!

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    Last TAT sunset...
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  2. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    I rolled into Eureka, NV shortly after sunset. A diverse day of riding, yet familiar and similar to many other riding days.

    Lightning: Check.
    Rain: Check.
    Gusting crosswind: Check.

    Time to head down a wet and windy Hwy 50, and finish this final loop at the Nevada-Utah border. (It rained on me ~30 minutes, then the skies cleared.)

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    I made it back to the Border Inn by midnight...
  3. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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    Good report. :thumb
    I agree, Nevada has some of the best views in the country.
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  4. CloudSplitter

    CloudSplitter Putterer

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    Congrats on finishing your itinerary, and still in good spirits. Greatly enjoyed your ride report, and hope to find your next one.
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  5. Critic

    Critic More or less!

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    Another, thanks for the ride! Your report was just how I remember the TAT. It made me :-)!
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  6. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    Lots of argument about who laid out the first TAT route. The bicycle guys did one for the 200 year celebration of the US, or was Cannonball Baker the first as some say, or did a explorer team like Lewis & Clark do it first.
    I guess take your pick, most say Sam's route was the first modern route for motorcycles. Sam's route could be used for any sort of transportation IMO.
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  7. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    Cheap clean new looking room; watching NASCAR -- as I wait for the perfect time to pounce on the buffet -- but first, my tools.

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    This is in my right (hot side) Wolfman saddlebag. I put the tools/pouches in the Sea to Summit bag, then put that into two HD garbage bags -- it all stayed dry.

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    Wolfman tool roll.

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    Pouch 1. This was inspired by the original XT tool kit.

    On a side note: that little funnel is one of my favorite pieces in this collection.

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    Pouch 2. The black roll above the Sea to Summit bag is the TS3 Trail Stand holster that I used to secure it, while keeping the base disk from damaging things around it.
  8. cliffb

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    And I thought it was hot in Florida.
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  9. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    Left (cold side) Wolfman saddlebag.


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    Standard Bridgestone tubes
    Bubba Rope (tow, snatch or just old fashioned handgrip)
    Chain lube
    Duct tape
    Nemo Hornet 2P tent (not pictured)
    Tubing (for procuring fuel -- I never needed it)
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  10. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    These items go in my Wolfman duffel -- I didn't want them taking hits.

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    RedFuel (more RedFuel and iPhone stuff in the pouch) was used once to start my bike. It's been primarily used to recharge my iPhone and keeps me from hanging out indoors searching for an outlet... :-)

    MotoPumps was used often. However, I never had to repair/replace a tube or seat a bead.

    I carried extra stuff (spark plug, oil filters, etc) to include lithium grease, No-Mar tire lube, and Belray waterproof grease.
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  11. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    Looks like a well sorted tool kit. You must not have carried a lot of clothes. Did you have a sleeping bag.
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  12. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    Keep it coming!

    I a very interested to see what you got for mpg on this trip.

    I hope my XT helps me finish the TAT from UT next year.

    Your NASCAR race is very close to me in NH. Last I checked, they're still turning left. :D
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  13. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    Very minimal clothes, and I used my summer ultra-lightweight sleeping bag.

    I'll post that list.
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  14. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    I regularly got over 80 mpg at the speeds I was traveling. I ran a 16T front sprocket and just rode and rolled over terrain -- no roosting or jumping. I did get up on the pegs and charge up rocky hills, but that was only as needed.

    I look forward to your RR!
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  15. OV10

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    :clap
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  16. CloudSplitter

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    The TransAmerica Trail is a bicycle route (or routes) across America, all on paved roads, developed and used many years before Sam's route.

    The Trans-America Trail, or Trans-Am Trail, is Sam's, mostly off-highway, route which he developed for motorcycles (but has been used by mountain bikes and other vehicles). Not only was his original route the first such trail across America, but it provided the genesis for the free GPS tracks posted in the Mapping & Navigation forums here in ADVrider.com and Sam deserves much credit for his idea and work.

    The routes that GPSKevin posts are his, and other's actual tracks, initially based on some of Sam's earlier routes, I understand, but greatly expanded, and including bypass tracks where they might be needed, fuel, camping, and lodging waypoints, etc.

    Many people despise GPSKevin, saying he's giving away what Sam has a right to sell. However, as I've said, it seems to me that Sam is degrading the experience in an effort to sell his maps and tracks at costs far exceeding what anyone would charge for a normally-published book or set of files. He certainly has the right to sell his stuff at whatever the market will bear, but I think what GPSKevin is doing is much more in the interest of the motorcycling public, and in the spirit of ADVrider. If it's illegal, I'm sure Sam will sue. Is it immoral? I don't think so. Sam charged me hundreds of dollars for his tracks, which contained a significant number of flaws which shouldn't have been there. Is that immoral? Would it justify someone giving away actual tracks, which can actually be followed?

    For many months, Sam,s site has carried multiple links to a warning that GPSKevin's tracks lead through posted sections, and more recently has added an actual example of one such infraction, which is located in the extension, by GPSKevin, of the route to allow starting on the actual East Coast. Before riding that section, you should verify that GPSKevin has routed around the illegal area, but if he hasn't already done so, you can be sure he'll re-route around it next winter.
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  17. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    Wolfman Duffel packed with the following gear:

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    1 sleeveless Patagonia quick dry shirt
    1 Exofficio underwear
    1 Hiker's towel cut in half (very small)
    1 Lightweight Gortex pants
    1 OR wide brim lightweight hat
    2 lightweight boot socks
    1 Smartwool balaclava
    1 Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer (puffy)

    1 Sea to Summit Spark sleeping bag
    1 Silk liner
    1 NeoAir
    Tent Poles

    Bathroom kit
    TP
    "Bubba Rope" mesh laundry bag

    1 Medicine pouch (in red bag above)
    1 Electronics pouch (RedFuel+iPhone gear)
    1 "MotoPumps" kit (oil filters, spark plug, grease...)
    1 Unmarked pouch with the air pump

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    All the above fit in the Wolfman Duffel with room to spare.

    Note: you will see my tent pole bag on the outside of my Duffel in some of the photos. That is because a group of earwigs got into my poles -- even with the connecting cord in the poles, those pesky earwigs were loaded in there. That is why I stopped putting the poles into my Duffel and mounted them on the outside -- and that led to my poles getting lost somewhere between the Border Inn and the KOA Campground last night.

    So now I'm even lighter... :D
  18. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    The gear I wear:

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    Plus lightweight hiking shorts (like underwear).

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    Tourmaster Sentinel AW Jacket -- I wear it or it packs down small and goes in duffel.
  19. AT Blizzard

    AT Blizzard Been here awhile Supporter

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    Finally, I have Waldies (very lightweight Croc style) and lightweight bike cover that packs down small -- these go in my right saddlebag on top of the tools; this also helps fill the volume and provide a very lightweight cushion.

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  20. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    Looks very thought out. I never got that light. Have you done a lot of back packing?