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Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by Jeff@TheQuadShop, Sep 12, 2013.
Added the hill from the video and some waypoints?
This is part of Hard 3 on the north side of Hwy 421. If your thinking about doing this on a big bike, pay attention to 4:25 and 11:35.
Jeff, which direction are they running Hard 3?
Was that a vid of part of Renfro Sat. loop?
The video would be clockwise
It sure is
Great info, thank you. Does anyone have experience with riding a 690 on the KAT hard sections, like the one in the vid?
It's more about your ability to ride your 690 in those types of conditions. Someone else could be a pro rider and have no problems at all as where an average rider may struggle.
Hard 4 bikes running counter clockwise...
IMO it's always more about the rider than the machine. There are people who could ride a 1200GS through there and there others who can't do it on a Beta 250. Having competent equipment is a good thing but not the most important thing.
Does anyone happen to know the general availability of premium along the route? The website says ~60 miles in between stops so that's nothing to worry about. I ran into a few stations in WV last year where it was regular or nothing from old style rotating dial pumps. I mixed in some of the premium I was carrying as extra that I didn't really need for range but I wasn't planning on bringing those containers along.
I can't remember off the top of my head but you may run into that. Are you running a built motor?
No...the 701 manual calls for premium and there's nothing in there that says anything less is OK unlike my old R1200GS that said something to the effect for best performance and fuel economy, use premium, but the computer will handle less. This is the newest generation 693cc LC4 with the dual counter-balancers.
It will run just fine on 89.
No issues finding premium when we did the KAT. 690 & 701.
We just finished 4 days on the KAT , 7 riders from Georgia started Sunday morning as the rains stopped in Jellico and rode clockwise. We made good progress on the gravel roads but the hard section north of the tall steel bridge was very muddy after four days of rain. We got to Beattyville that night (208 miles) and had a warm welcome from Hoss at the Travel Wise Inn. The trails started drying out on Monday with lots of great scenery around Slade, DBBB, Red River Gorge , Nada tunnel, etc. Miguels Pizza is a must stop for lunch with lots of rock climbing groups based near there having lunch .
Tuesday was warm and things really dried out except for the big mud holes in the deep shade. Really enjoyed the off road sections through the reclaimed mine areas and running down Little Sheppard Trail along the high ridge line for 20-30 miles.We cut off the West Virginia eastern sections to save time and because some of us have ridden the Hatsfield McCoy Trails before. We treated ourselves to a nights stop at the Kentucky State Lodge at Pine Mountain and it was very nice. I don't think they get many dirt bike riders in there but they could not have been more accommodating and the food is very good.
We finished at noon yesterday with great weather but of course the next rain system is coming in today for the weekend. That seems to be our weather pattern in the Southeast for this spring!
Thanks to Jeff for putting the route together. Excellent job. We marveled at his great selections of gravel, hard red sections and twisty blacktop. We covered about 600 miles in 3.5 days so there is talk of another ride this fall to see more of the route.
Did you end up going alone?
I like the food at all Ky state parks.
Yes...for one day. I started from Williamsburg ccw to Jellico. It was a good day really but I just couldn't shake going on my own especially in some of the more technical sections. Plus I wanted to do the Hards and doing those by myself where even some of the pros don't go alone, I decided to call it after the first day. I've done several BDRS on my own but the KAT is more technical and is just a totally different animal. To those that have gone alone. Awesome work. Below is some of the vids I took. The plan is to do it again in the fall. There is a local person here that may be able to go with me. But if there is a group going in the late September-October range and wouldn't mind me tagging along that's wanting to do the whole thing, please send me a pm. Thanks.