TAT Sept 2017 'Fly and Drive' on 250 Rally

Discussion in 'Americas' started by TreblesAllRound, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. vegemanNZ

    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Actually, check this FULL TAT GPX file I got during my planning sessions a few years ago. It was Kev's 2014 version (500pt), which was required for older GPS' that couldn't store higher numbers of trackpoints (hence again why later phones are so good).

    I opened it in basecamp and compared the current TAT version with this older one, and Track 43 stays in Nevada...whereas the newer version have you popping up to Oregon before coming back down to it. That sounds like what you are talking about.

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    TreblesAllRound... You might want to contact the motorcycle insurance company you currently have as they likely have a 'policy rider' they can add to your current UK policy to cover the new bike AND to cover it in the United States. If you do that, you will likely need to bring a proof of Insurance card with you showing you have insurance coverage for the Rally's vehicle ID number and showing the dates the coverage is effective, and, the name of the ins company and policy number. Such documentation will be needed should you run into any iissues with law enforcement (accident/theft, etc).

    Also, at least in my home state, you will be issued a temporary license plate by the dealer and can ride on it for 30 days (I don't know about Florida). If Florida gives you a temporary plate for 30 or more days, you may not need to 'register' the Rally immediately (or if you register it in UK, it may not be an issue at all). You might check with UK and try to purchase a UK license plate for the Rally and bring it with you (I suspect that might work, because people from South America and Europe bring MC's into the country all the time and ride them with foreign plates).

    Can't wait to follow your adventure. The Rally will be a great bike for this trip and break-in should be fun. By the way, the worst/scariest part of your journey my be riding in Florida in route to the TAT, LOL....
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  3. TreblesAllRound

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    @10-96 Many thanks for your suggestions. In the last few days, a forum member from the HUBB has offered to let me use his address in FL to register the bike, so I'm out of that tight spot now. I think this is his handle here: @TeeVee (if that's you, many thanks again! :clap).

    I'm just sorting out insurance at the moment, which TeeVee has kindly offered to help with too. It hadn't even crossed my mind to try my existing insurer at home, so if I can't get insurance in the US (the intention is to use Progressive), I'll look into your suggestion.

    I've double checked with the dealer and they tell me that they'll register the bike and put metal plates on it so I can ride straight off. Again thanks for you out of the box suggestion of getting a plate in the UK and bringing it with me. That's definitely one I might try on a future trip, particularly if I buy a second hand bike in a state that is less easy to register a bike than FL. This time I just wanted the security of a new bike where everything should work.
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  4. TreblesAllRound

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    Sorry, I'd missed this question. I'm looking at getting an InReach, is that what you mean? Assume that would let us share current locations to see where/if are routes are likely to join?
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  5. vegemanNZ

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    Hi, yes that is correct. I have the inreach explorer and they are designed to share your position via your own link. You can make the link public or private.

    here's my link.

    https://share.garmin.com/vivianmorresey

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    Garmin bought delorme who were the makers of the original service and platform
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    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Regarding insurance in the USA, I'm going to use motorcycle express (http://www.motorcycleexpress.com/) They specialise in short-term insurance and will cover me and bike for the TAT.

    I'll pay and confirm once I know exactly when I get there. Its about $300 for a month's cover.
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  8. TreblesAllRound

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    Not sure whether the trip has begun by AdvRider forum definitions... but for me it has as I've left London and I arrived in Orlando last night :)

    I'll go to collect the bike from the dealer tomorrow morning. I've also had a load of kit delivered there, so we'll see how much of it has actually arrived! It's been raining most of the day and more is forecast for the next 3 days, so not ideal.

    If I get everything set up and out of Orlando by the weekend I think I'll be doing well.
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  9. vegemanNZ

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    wahooo...that's great news. Don't forget photos...gotta see photos.

    Am pleased that you are there and it has begun, I'm delayed myself and flying on the 9th...which means probable pickup and ride start the 11th...so am well behind. Good that you are there blazing the trail. Don't forget to post up your inreach tracking link.
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    Promise I'll get some photos up tomorrow of the bike. Did you say your bike was delayed and now due in Atlanta on the 10th? Good to know you'll be following along as a broom wagon!

    I've already spoken to a shop in Orlando about the inReach. I'll go to buy it later this week.

    Best case for me is that I leave Orlando on Friday. I'll then break the journey up to Andrews by spending Friday night on the coast near Charleston (so I've done 'coast to coast'). I'd then take another day to go from the coast to Andrews, meaning I'd be starting the TAT proper on Sunday morning (best case as I say). What's your current estimated time for leaving Andrews?
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    Ha...sounds good.
    All I know at this stage, is that the bike has made it to the LA port and will start it's journey to Atlanta shortly. The freighter estimates 10th Sept (which is the sunday) so I think the earliest I can get it will be Monday 11th. I won't head out to the coast so I'm going punch up North and intersect with the TAT between Ducktown-cleveland- Chattanooga or something like that. That should save me a couple of days and means I will be about 5 days behind you.

    the trackers will be good, as it will very quickly let us know our progress. Exciting times.
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  12. TreblesAllRound

    TreblesAllRound Been here awhile

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    I now have a bike :-) This is the view from my hotel room:

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    Slightly hairy ride back from the dealer on a new bike with new tires in the rain. A few days now of fitting parts. On that note, the rack from BikersBits doesn't seem to fit and certainly didn't come with the right mounting hardware. I'll be getting in touch with them tomorrow.
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    which rack? cant see pic btw and the weather is bad down south
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  14. vegemanNZ

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    yeah man...no pic. How is the weather, I'm hoping that by the time I arrive in 12 days, that its mostly blown over. I'm flying New Zealand to Houston, then fly to Atlanta. Sounds like the storm and flooding has been horrendous...
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    Come on bro...where's the pic's, stop fucking around and share the dramas, trial and tribulations of trying to be a foreigner buying a bike and then riding some 5000 miles in a strange country with little experience...how hard can it be :=D
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    :-)

    The reason I've been pretty quiet is, exactly as you guessed, buying a bike and riding in a strange place where I'm either soaked with sweat from nearly 40 degree heat or with water from thunderstorms isn't easy!

    Amongst trying to fit some more parts to the bike and packing everything onto it (for the first time to leave Florida tomorrow) I make some time for a bit more of a writeup!
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    Good to hear from you. That temp sou d's horrendous, I'm a cooler weather operator so my delay in getting there is looking better all the time.

    We will hear from you later. My bike starts the rail journey tomorrow...yay

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    I've got the photo working above. My brain wasn't working (well) before. The following is pretty much stream of consciousness, as I don't have energy for much else:

    I got insurance through Progressive, using eTags as an agent (you have to use an agent. @TeeVee put me in touch with them). I spoke to Harry, he will sort you out.

    I got a Lyft to the Honda dealer on Monday. The process of buying the bike took longer than expected as my credit card kept getting rejected, even though the CC company said the transaction should go through, but didn't. That resulted in about £20 on phone calls back to the UK to resolve it. They had at least got my deliveries from Thailand (rack and rear cylinder guard), Australia (sprocket cover and bash plate), anti-vibration inserts (didn't fit the Rally bar...), Motion Pro tools and Nelson Rigg saddle bags. The dealer then tried to fit the rack, which wouldn't work as the manufacturer had welded the tabs in the wrong place and provided no mounting hardware. They found some spacers and fitted it just well enough to put the bags on and ride away.

    A lot of Tuesday was spend just getting a phone. After lots of threads on here, I wanted to the get the Kyocera Duroforce Pro. I called up Verizon and AT&T dealers before hand. 'Yes, sir you can buy this on prepaid, just come to the shop with your credit card'. When I got there, all was going fine until he was about to take payment, at which point he discovered that the phone wouldn't scan on the computer. After conversations with the manager, they worked out that the Kyocera has a walkie talkie function that can't be sold on prepaid, only on a contract which requires US credit history. So I then had to spend a few hours trailing round other phone shops (all without any phone for easy navigation) trying to research what would be a suitable replacement phone using the tablets on display in the shop and trying to match them to what they had in stock. In the end found a LG X Venture at AT&T, which actually seems like a good alternative to the Kyocera. Got soaked (water running down the inside of my legs into my shoes) in a thunderstorm on the way back the motel. Later, I also got the sprocket cover fitted and most of the bash plate, my first mods.

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    On Wednesday, my jacket and boots turned up (up untill this point, I'd been gingerly riding around in essentially plimsolls, no jacket, and a very OK discounted helmet that was all the Honda dealer had which fitted). Fortunately, the boots fit my feet and my riding trousers fit over the top of them. The jacket fits as expected, as it was one I'd tried on in the UK. My original helmet delivery has been so badly delayed it's not going to arrive until after I've left Orlando. I'm currently debating how far I can continue with the MX style helmet I got from the dealer (it has no visor, so the rain comes straight in). At least now I've got riding boots and jacket, I don't feel like I'm riding around naked. I thought I was having a bad day, but the guest in the motel who had an hour long phone shouting match with her (ex) husband in the hotel car park (a well as around the pool and from the balconies) was clearing having a worse time. She informed all the guests about the 'whore' he was sleeping with and how she was going to 'burn all of his shit'. A message come over the hotel tannoy (similar to in a prison) that she no longer had a room for the night and had to leave, or the police would be called. In the end, the police were called and she also had to leave.

    Also on Wednesday I made a trip back to the dealer to pick up a delivery from CRFsOnly of rotopax, hand guards, grips, double take mirrors, etc. Whilst there, they fitted the grips and cut the throttle tube ready for the guards. On the way back to the motel, I stopped at a welder the dealer recommended to modify the rack to fit the bike. They were fully booked, but Chris around the back of the block was an independent who may be able to help me out. After explaining the situation to Chris, he said he could help me out if I came back in the morning. I felt there was light.

    This morning I made the half hour trip back to Chris's place to get the rack modified. I had to stop the fuel for the first time in the US. Surprise, my card doesn't work, so I have to go and get more cash. With my odo functioning as a trip meter, the bike has only done 90 miles. Is that normal for the first fill to go from full - so the dealer said - to the last bar? It was only 9:30 and it was already 35 degrees and humid. I suppose at least that is helping to soften up my boots, so I can get them under the shifter to change gear. The brakes also seem to have started working a bit now. My fingers are are starting to believe reports from my eyes that there are rubber pads installed on the bike not washing up sponges. My nose is also happier as there the constant smell of lubricants burning off is starting to fade away. Thankfully Andrew, Chris' son, did a fantastic job cutting down the rack arms so they fitted.

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    In the afternoon, I sort of got the hand guards and mirrors fitted. It was so hot working in the sun, my tools and parts of the bike were too hot to touch. Some tools had to be brought inside to cool off periodically.

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    Tomorrow the idea is to set off for the Savannah area to break up the journey to Andrews. I've still got so much to do that I don't have time to write much, but will try to do what I can. My Enduristar trail stand has been sent on to the Atlanta area, I've still got a bad full of electronic bits I need to fit to the bike, I need to see if I can pick the thing up too (and change the tyres... the list goes on).
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    vegemanNZ Been here awhile

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    Sheesh, your adventure really has begun huh :-D, dramas are expected as we know but hey, at least its not happening somewhere without support. Good progress mate, and don't stress about updating the forum and all that crap, you are on holiday trying to sort out a massive ride. You're already doing well!

    Bike is looking good, as they say ride it like you stole it!
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