The Perfect TAT bike (and maybe some other things)

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  1. lowerlattitudes

    lowerlattitudes LowerLattitudes

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    Okay First, apologies to the mod's and all you other grumpy bastards who are going to say this is the wrong forum this question. (mods) If it's that bad move it.

    I want to ride the TAT, or at least part of it. I also want to (if Covid ever blows off) do some South America stuff.

    For TAT and even SA, I will probably get the bike transported to a reasonable starting place, not going to super-slab it all the way.

    I own a 790R but think it is too much for some of the TAT stuff (yes I know you rode it on your Goldwing), and am looking for a smaller, simpler bike to do the job.

    Thoughts right now include something like an older XR250, or some other, dead nuts simple, air-cooled, long travel trail bike.

    Opinions? (Flame suit on).

    Cheers,

    LL
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  2. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    DR650 if you're looking for air cooled. On the TAT you really want something that can do 75-80mph on gravel, yet be easy enough to handle on any harder stuff that might be left of the route.
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  3. AwDang

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    Because you can....doesn’t mean you ned to.

    WR250 or CRF250 all the way. Water cooling isn’t a liability unless you plan to throw it off a cliff.
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  4. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Long timer

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    Even if you do, I have thrown both air cooled and water cooled bikes off cliffs and have not found any significant difference is cliff diving resilience between the two.
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  5. lowerlattitudes

    lowerlattitudes LowerLattitudes

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    :rofl


    good to know, more ponies in the wet bikes! and FI!
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  6. Richarde1605

    Richarde1605 Long timer

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    Something like an xr100 is the perfect post apocalypse bike, not many emergency departments, ride the twofiddy slowly and you could get almost anywhere.

    You only need a car tube to float a 100, prolly a tractor tube for an xr250.

    It is an adventure, enjoy it

    Get a quality bicycle pump

    :-)
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  7. wbbnm

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    If I were going to do the TAT again, I would use my KTM 690. For me it is a great bike for this type of ride.

    I actually rode the TAT on a 2007 KLR and enjoyed most of it. But the 690 is a lot more fun in the harder sections.

    But we don't camp. Might want something bigger for camping gear, don't know.

    Having done the TAT, I now stay from one-way canned rides. I have found I can do a much better job planning my own loop rides.
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  8. Addapost

    Addapost Been here awhile

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    crf250L worked perfect for me on the TAT. I'd take it to SA and in fact all the way around the marble.
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  9. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Yuck, not fun going that slow.
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    MCGMB Been here awhile Supporter

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  11. Addapost

    Addapost Been here awhile

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    Lol I guarantee you a little 250 is faster across the TAT than a 1200.
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    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Who said anything about a 1200?
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  14. Socal996

    Socal996 Been here awhile

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    I'm planning a 2021 run at the TAT and will be riding an XT250. It may be a bit slow as I don't mind running fast, but its simple, low to the ground and pretty much bullet proof.
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    Socal996 Been here awhile

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    Donny312 Been here awhile

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    I’ve ridden the TAT on a KLR. I now own a 790R. I’d ride my 790R if I was going to ride it again.
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    I'll be on my 1190R next summer. Fully packed for weeks of riding. I will not have any problems...790r
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  18. lowerlattitudes

    lowerlattitudes LowerLattitudes

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    Maybe I just need to buy a light trail bike as an addition to the stable and keep the 790, but man that CRf450L looks pretty sweet as long as Im not superslabbing too much..
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    Yinzer Moto Sloppy 300 rider Supporter

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    The XR250 would’ve a good choice. I prefer a 250 size bike because they typically use a common 18/21 tire setup. I ride a WR250R. Tires are available everywhere for not much money. The 250 size also means the bike is relatively inexpensive bike. So if the shit hits the fan and the bike needs to be abandoned, it is no big deal. Sure, a 690 or 790 can be abandoned just as easily but that is beyond my personal budget. As far as speed, I have no problem keeping up with any other bike on my 250.
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  20. lowerlattitudes

    lowerlattitudes LowerLattitudes

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    And that 250 size would be right in my (second, smaller trail-bike gun site).
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