Trans America Trail 2019 - 6 strangers journey to brotherhood

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

  1. 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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  2. Mack4194

    Mack4194 Been here awhile

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    I agree, I stopped by 8 dealerships today and couldn’t find anything I felt better on, the new bmw 850 looks pretty killer in my opinion, but it’s actually heavier than my 1190.

    There are plenty of dirt bike style Enduros that are light and obviously a ton of fun, but they lack the creature comforts, most notably their seats!

    A Honda enduro with a desert tank is looking like it would be perfect for the tat
  3. rtcoker

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    I love BMW. Have two But I wouldn’t spend the extra $ on an 850. Try a weestrom! Big down here in the smokies. Light. Easy to find parts chains tires etc. Bomb proof. Although your 1190 is an awesome bike
  4. Dirty Lloyd

    Dirty Lloyd Been here awhile

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    Greetings! Very much enjoyed this read. Great trip, great trip report.

    Question. Early in there is mention of a XR having oil issues. Was it a Honda XR 650L? If yes, what was the issue?

    Thanks again for the great write-up!!!

    L.
  5. fjmartin

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    Yes it was an XR650L. The bike was belching oil out the breather tube which goes into the air box and was killing the bike. The guy rerouted the tube to be an automatic chain Oiler :-). His carb was the primary issue and running too lean so overheating the bike. After cleaning like 5 times and getting the adjustments right it ran fine.
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  6. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Regarding the seats, a good aftermarket seat (e.g. Seat Concepts) apparently solves this issue. Very good bang for the buck, and let's you have the bike you know you really should have.
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  7. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Enjoyed riding along with you guys. Great RR. Although can’t understand taking an over 500 lb bike when numerous bikes under 400 lbs. Just saying gotta think there would be more fun and less stress. Again well done everyone and good luck on future peddles. Petepilot
  8. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    You are right, lighter would have been much better, but I don’t own that class bike and wasn’t going to buy one for just this ride. Glad you enjoyed the report!
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  9. LenoirLane

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    Nice Report, Just finished reading the whole thing.
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  10. Jedi2Rider

    Jedi2Rider Been here awhile

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    Congrats @fjmartin !

    LenoirLane's virgin post is after reading your TAT RR. Pretty cool!
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  11. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!
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    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    That is cool!
  13. Dusty Pipes

    Dusty Pipes Riding Addict

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    Enjoyed reading your ride report. You are inspiring me to do the TAT. Have added it to my list of future rides. Plus, your ride report was a good distraction for all the other crap that is going on right now, thank you for that.
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  14. HO53

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    Awesome ride. Just finished reading it from start to finish. Thanks for sharing. Under lockdown here in South Africa at the moment so busy prepping my KTM 950 Adventure for a 2 week ride that I have promised myself when this is over.

    Thanks again for sharing
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  15. VStromNC

    VStromNC DNS/DNF

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    fjmartin,

    Thanks for sharing your TAT waypoints. Downloaded and dragged it to our Basecamp track list folder containing Kevin's and Sam's western tracks and it automatically populated with all of your waypoints. Very cool and much more detailed than I thought including trail closures.


    Thanks again as this will definitely come in handy when the four of us start from Trinidad at the end of July to try to finally finish the TAT.


    Jon
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  16. Wierdrider

    Wierdrider Been here awhile

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    Great RR, and a most excellent adventure! Thanks for taking the time to share your journey. So, how was it getting back home to civilization?
    Ride on,
    Jim
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  17. fjmartin

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    It’s always good to get home but it also feels weird as I am retired so all of a sudden there is no daily schedule. Real bed and home shower is awesome! But quickly I start thinking about the next trip!
  18. Overanalyze

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    What does POS stand for as I am sure it is not what I am thinking?
  19. fjmartin

    fjmartin Been here awhile

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    Yeah, it’s not for piece of shat :-)
    On the trip we used both gpsKevins tracks and Sams tracks. This portion was ridden using Sams tracks and that is just the name of the track sections he provides.
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  20. DragonJoe

    DragonJoe Don’t know whatcha don’t know Supporter

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    Pacific Ocean Section I believe.
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