transamerica trail

Discussion in 'Americas' started by panton, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Super Moto with knobs, yes to Trinidad Col, I would anyway.

    But there is one 5 mile section in Kentucky however.........:lol3

    Jeff ??? :ear :lol3
    I have been meaning to give you a call. I will as soon as I get a chance.
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  2. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    LOL, I'm going to have to teach you the art of going around mudholes. :rofl
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  3. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Unless it rains! :eek1
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  4. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    :rofl
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  5. Chendog

    Chendog Get the hell up, we ride

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    Planning on this trip in 08, waiting to see if the rumors are true of an all new 690 Adv. coming out late spring 07..supposed to weight only 300 pds.. now that would be the right bike! :evil Was disappointed that it wasn't available for the bike show in Seattle ....How many weeks does a guy need to do this trip?
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  6. Chendog

    Chendog Get the hell up, we ride

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    Sorry about that, man, 07' down the tubes already...currently own a LC4 but the new 690 will be far lighter with a trelis frame ...we shall see..:lurk
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  7. DockingPilot

    DockingPilot Hooked Up and Hard Over

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    Roughly figure just shy of 2 weeks to the Rockies and 2 weeks after that to the beach.
    Approx.
    I made it to Colorado in about 8 or 9 days. starting in Kentucky though and going a bit further daily than Sams route would have you.
    Heres my daily mileages I have planned for the western half.
    248-144-174-189-163-158-201-123-157-238-186-87-125-145
    Dont hold your breath on the 690 Adv. It will be a while I would think.
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  8. fireblade reject

    fireblade reject Crash Test Dummy

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    You can easily do it in 3 weeks.
    I did it in 3 weeks and 3 days with 2 days off for a look around in Moab and Bartlesville and a couple of short days thrown in too.
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  9. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    yes I too am awaiting to see if this bike is a reality or not.
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  10. spagthorpe

    spagthorpe Long timer

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    2009 at the earliest from every source I've found. The Enduro will be here in early Spring. Maybe that with a bigger tank will do....
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  11. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    I think the biggest impedment to travel on the TAT is Rain. Not so much the rain itself, but the mud that gets created from the rain. The trail seems to follow roads that are topped with the stickiest mud I hav ever seen. I go lucky and it was dry all the way to Colorado. But if it rains in oklahoma you are in for a nightmare...same for parts of Utah.
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  12. alpiv

    alpiv Sr. nOOb

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    We did not hit much rain until CO..
    Yet we were about a month out from the floods, we did have alot of turn arounds do to washed out roads.

    Yes, the roads can be, how do I put this.....Like trying to ride in snow about a foot deep. Yet harder to keep yourself up due to the fact it is hard to throw the mud off the tires.
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  13. fastlearner

    fastlearner Been here awhile

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  14. KiefferGS

    KiefferGS Adventurer

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    Link does not work......

    How was the GSA on the trail? I was thinking about taking my GS but was worried it would be too much even though I feel comfortable on it off road.
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  15. alpiv

    alpiv Sr. nOOb

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    Works for me.
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  16. NativeSon

    NativeSon Long timer

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    there was a RR a guy from kentucky (i think) did on a 1200gsa heading to a wedding in utah. i think he did a lot of the big bike bypasses, and did portions of it on the slab.

    i know rider1150gsadv is planning on doing it this summer on, you guessed it, an 1150gsa.

    good luck.
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  17. JMo (& piglet)

    JMo (& piglet) Unicorn breeder

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    Forgive my ignorance, does anyone have a link to a good source for the maps/route of the TAT, as I quite fancy having a pop at it next spring...

    Many thanks in advance,

    JennyMo xxx
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  18. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    www.transamtrail.com
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  19. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    How did everyone get back home that rode the tat?
    Rent a truck and haul your bikes back quickly?
    Ride them home Interstate at High speed?
    Ship them home, and fly back?

    It would seem after 3 weeks or more you'd be glad to get off for a day or two for the trip home. :ear
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  20. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    I rode from my house in Vermont to a wedding in Kentucky then down to Tennessee to the start of the trail. Rode to Moab where I got off the trail and proceeded to Oregon via Idaho and then on to Washington state. Then came back east on highway 2. Crossed into Canada at Soux st marie and returned to Vermont via Canada and New York. 3 sets of tires and 10,000 miles.
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