The Best bike for TAT?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by upweekis, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. upweekis

    upweekis Long timer

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    I thought this might be an interesting discussion. I should like to get the opinions of those who have ridden it.
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  2. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    There is no "Best bike..." Twenty different riders could have twenty different responses. Size of the human and rider skill would need to be considered

    For the sheer "fun factor a small bike would be better.

    For me it would be a 650 +/- Thumper of some sort.

    For a challenge it would be something larger. 950 or 1200

    If I were to do it, say next summer and could have any bike I wanted I would have a 800 GS as a first choice and a TE 610 as my second...

    I am 6'5" / 210 lbs. RIDE RIDE RIDE
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  3. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    The best bike is the one you already have that's capable of making the journey.
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  4. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    The finest mocycle made is the XR650R.
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  5. Chuck_V

    Chuck_V Been here awhile

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    A Super Enduro would probably fit the bill nicely!
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  6. z987k

    z987k Long timer

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    anything 4 stroke and 400cc's probably up to 650 if you don't want to do the large dualsport bypasses. A talented rider on a 800 or 950 maybe could still do these?

    I would consider it on a 250 as well.
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  7. upweekis

    upweekis Long timer

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    see, it's already fun.....
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  8. fmfpunk

    fmfpunk Hooligan in training

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    What's TAT?
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    fmfpunk Hooligan in training

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    Gracias.
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  11. Jman955i

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  12. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Administrator Super Moderator

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    What, there's no dirt trails east of Jellico TN?

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  13. DaWhip

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    Thats where you get off and hike the Appalacian Trail to Maine:evil
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  14. Seth S

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    The best bike for the TAT is the one YOU are comfortable on. Nuff Said.
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    space a.k.a. Jake

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  16. BikePilot

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    I would lean toward something simple and dead reliable. A DR350SE or XR650L seem about right:)
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  17. goodtimes

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    I was really happy with my 650GS on the TAT last summer.

    But I would have prefered a lighter bike just before Scott took this picture. :lol3

    On the other hand, I would have preferred a heavier bike for the 1400 mile, 2 day ride home.

    Overall, the 650GS was good to me on the TAT (I did take the bypasses though).
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  18. BCC

    BCC I know better

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    This is a great question. I would think the skill of the rider is the biggest factor.

    In my case, I've got a year and 600 miles of dirt experience, so the lighter the bike the better. On the other hand, I'd like to tarmac back.

    I'm thinking a ktm 530, which I have, with an oil cooler would be a great one way bike. I haven't ridden one, but I'm thinking an 800gs (using the big bike bypasses when necessary) would be a nice 2 way machine.
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  19. Drufiddy

    Drufiddy Been here awhile

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    Just completed the Western TAT on a DR350SE. Worked great.
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  20. gordonlee

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    has any one done the tat this yr. I am leaving sept. 8 from trinidad co. to oregon.
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