Trans America Trail 2019 - 6 strangers journey to brotherhood

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by fjmartin, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. DCTFAN

    DCTFAN 2019 CRF1000LD | 2016 CRF1000LD | Supporter

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  2. DirtPoorOverland

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  3. DirtyDoggy

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    If I'm not mistaken, that looks like the same place on Long Canyon Road where I blew out the clutch on my 690R last year. I was solo and headed over to the Green River to run the WRT CCW when I came around the corner and under the rock arch too slow. I got bogged down and had to resort to power walking the bike through the stretch of sand. By the time I got through I barely had enough friction in the clutch to make it out of the canyon and came to a complete dead stop before reaching highway 313.

    I was lucky it happened there instead of after descending down to the WRT, but it messed up my trip pretty badly (no shops anywhere with KTM parts).

    Sorry that it blocked that part of the trip for you but glad you were still pressing on with the TAT!

    Great story so far, and thanks for all the pictures and commentary!
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  4. Mack4194

    Mack4194 Been here awhile

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    How much did it cost you to
    Ship the bike?
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    Mack4194 Been here awhile

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    Darn. I’d hoped for cheaper!!! I’ve got to ship
    From CA
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    fjmartin Long timer

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    I got quotes from a bunch of shippers and they were almost all the same price. I went with Federal Transport due to the good reviews.
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    $850 IS cheap. I’ve shipped a lot, and that’s an almost rock-bottom price.
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  9. MasterB

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    Excellent ride report. Thanks for sharing. The shipping cost coast to coast seems fairly reasonable to me.
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    $650 from CA to FL with Sam Golden @mercury Transport. Mercury Agent Profile.
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    An alternative would be to buy a bike on the east coast and ride it home via the TAT. Sell it when you get home.
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    I watched some TAT vids awhile back in which a dad and his two sons purchased 3 Honda’s in Charlotte and rode them home to Cal. Via the TAT. Good videos. Looked like a Honda helped them out.
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    WalterMitty2 Been here awhile

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    Do you have the links to that video? That would be a good watch.
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  15. DirtPoorOverland

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    Might be a decent idea but I think you're going to take a loss of more than $650 just buying and selling the bikes. Be cheaper just to ship it.

    However, those guys that bought the Hondas east coast and rode back looked like great fun.
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    Thanks for posting!!! I watched all 18 vlogs. Awesome video work done (GoPros, Drone, etc.). It also didn't do any favors for the Africa Twin...a bike on my short list. That thing was down so much and seemed like a total bear to pick up. The video really made the case for a small bike.
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  18. drdubb

    drdubb OFWG Supporter

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    I agree. Back when I first looked at dual sports, the advice was..."How much can you pick up?' Those videos made that quite apparent. I just purchased a Royal Enfield Himalayan. Still heavy, but not 500 pounds, very simple and good to my short legs. Apparently, it's a tractor out in the woods. I tell people its heavy and slow....just like me. I'm still breaking in mine.
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  19. Mack4194

    Mack4194 Been here awhile

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    Ive got an 1190 all set up for a trip but I’m thinking about downsizing. I’m 6’3 220 and I can pick it up, but I also don’t wanna be stressed about falling all the time especially in mud or the like
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  20. rtcoker

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    It's not just being able to pick it up. It's the overall size. And maneuvering around big stuff in tight quarters, and duck walking it through mud and quicksand, etc. Smaller is better, always.
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