Two bikes, one jug, Zero DSR - 2ERide the 2021 TAT with an electric moto coast to coast

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Am.E, Aug 8, 2021.

  1. NoMoreIdeas

    NoMoreIdeas Been here awhile

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    Great RR, what an adventure!

    PM me - I have written code for my own arduino project to control the exact same TC charger using off the shelf stuff (arduino and lcd sheild) hardware and an amazon canbus transiever. Charge amperage can be controlled on the fly too, which has been helpful if I'm charging on a circuit thats already loaded up. If nothing else you can adapt the code to get you out of a pinch.
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  2. modiorne

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    Great RR. Great detail, and of course the people factor, both the riders and those you meet (and help or get help from) along the way.

    Did Sam have any knowledge of anyone else doing an e-bike attempt at the TAT?
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  3. GoneToPlaid

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    As far as he knows, we are the first to try it. He did hear from some people earlier this year who are considering a TAT trip in electric SUVs (I guess Rivians?).
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  4. Am.E

    Am.E Been here awhile

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    Pm sent
    Pm sent. We might take you up on this!
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  5. turtlemoye

    turtlemoye I'd rather not be online. Supporter

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    Waylon is almost as upset about the lack of blue heeler pup pics as I am.
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  6. turtlemoye

    turtlemoye I'd rather not be online. Supporter

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    Well your photo from the TAT Store in AR just got posted to the TAT FB group. Lots of interest there so I shared a link to this thread.
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  7. Am.E

    Am.E Been here awhile

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    Oh hell what did you do.....here come the trolls...:lol3
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  8. Am.E

    Am.E Been here awhile

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    2021 TAT MS AR

    Who’s idea was it to ride across Mississippi in August anyway?

    The riding had definitely been a bit bland, with non-descript back roads and a lot of farm fields. Single wide trailers. Dogs. Litter on the roads. Unexpectedly, the TAT in MS tossed in a little spice:


    I repeat it over and over, but pics and video make everything look much easier than real life. The road was washed out such that I don’t think a 2 track vehicle could go that way. A single track motorcycle was fine, although I’m glad I didn’t have to pick my bike up.

    A morning on the MS TAT:

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    Version 1 (the best he could do with parts from Lowes) of total loss water cooling of the chargers at RV hookups. This is much less work than trying to manually spray the back sides of the charger boxes with a squirt bottle. It’s not necessary, but saves up to ½ an hour.





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    We reached the Mississippi river and border with AR by mid-afternoon, but the heat index was over 100, we were drenched in sweat and having trouble avoiding overheating, the sun was relentless and mostly unavoidable, and we had been riding for 8 hours. If you book online you can get a room at the casino hotel for $40, and it wasn’t too bad! (It wasn’t good, either). Air conditioning and a shower. Score.

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    Goodbye Mississippi, hello Arkansas.

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    We crossed the Mississippi River into Arkansas at dawn.

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    With my GPS showing an elevation of under 200ft, its going to be all uphill from here to Colorado.

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    What, your cross country road trip doesn’t involve riding through a muddy farm field?


    It wasn’t long until another very famous stop on the TAT. These folks were definitely the highlight of our day.

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    I’ve seen pictures of some of these places along the TAT over the years in other trip reports and youtube videos. Those obviously don’t give away the whole experience, and it’s pretty neat to be riding along, having my own trip, and suddenly come across somewhere I’ve never been that’s also familiar. I’m happy that I have a chance to experience some of these places for myself. (The sign in book is definitely fun to look through).

    Also, they posted that top pic to the TAT facebook group, and apparently our TAT trip on a Zero stirred up some attention. That post definitely gathered more interest than anything else we normally do :)

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    AR definitely has more money for gravel than MS. Our first day had so many miles of hot, flat, extremely dusty loose gravel roads. There’s only so fast I’m willing to go with the bike moving around that much, and with the frequent rows and piles of deeper gravel. Rarely was there a hard pack line to follow.

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    On the upside, I think we’re starting to see some hills again. That looks promising.

    Cross posted from here.
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  9. BigStu

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    Glad yall are in Arkansas, Mississippi is going to be very wet next week with Hurricane Ida coming through.
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  10. ROAD DAMAGE

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    What a great update ................... kudzu, coon dogs, cotton fields, churches every 2 miles, single wides, riding the tops of levees, etc.
    You did a nice job of conveying a lot of what that area is about.
    Other than being able to show the heat and humidity of course ................. and I'll be happy to just take your word for it. :knary :lol3

    Earlier when you posted a pic of "supplies" there was a bottle of soy sauce and a length of braided hose in a pannier.
    I had assumed (wrongly!) that the hose was going to be for a makeshift shower set up so that y'all could cool off/clean up when you were at a campground with hookups. Now I see what you were up to ............ your lost water cooling system. :thumb

    Hopefully it's getting late enough in the summer that the bugs (mosquitos and flys) aren't as bad as they were a few months ago.
    And when it's getting close to harvest time in farm country, it sure pays to be extra vigilant with all the ag traffic. :eekers

    As always, thank you so much for taking us along on your adventure and continued safe travels! :ricky
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  11. Am.E

    Am.E Been here awhile

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    You are gonna like v2 of the water cooling system. The r&d continues
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  12. GoneToPlaid

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    We're in OK now, and it's going pretty well. Charger controller is working great. I need some help on two issues:

    1. The steering head nut loosened up today. I felt a clunk in the front end and found the nut finger tight. Anyone know what size nut and the torque spec? Suggestions on what do to beyond retorqueing?

    2. I converted to chain drive 4500mi ago, and the rear sprocket is quite visibly worn. It's aluminum, 65 teeth, from the Zero chain conversion kit. I very much doubt it will last to Oregon. Does anyone know where to buy a matching steel sprocket? Or, failing that, just another rear aluminum one? I don't need the full kit; the chain and front sprocket are fine.

    Thanks!
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  13. norton73

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  14. GoneToPlaid

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    1. Fixed at a diesel truck repair shop. Soaked in red loctite.

    2. Stll need a sprocket. AF1 and other zero shops are closed today, so I'll try tomorrow. Thanks for the link about custom sprockets - good to have if I can't find an OEM one.
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  15. talk2debra

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    I saw @Am.E 's crosslink on Facebook and have been following along since last week. What a journey! May your superior planning and good field engineering take you the distance.
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  16. T3/T4 Hybrid

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    This picture of Mississippi truly reminds me of what we mostly encountered in the state also. LOL
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    I was very happy to cross the state line and enter into Arkansas.

    Ride safe and keep up the great ride report! Really enjoying the travels!
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  17. ROAD DAMAGE

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    Unofficial State Motto of Arkansas: "Thank Gawd for Mississippi, they keep us from being last in just about everything!" :lol3
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  18. WKUWIZ

    WKUWIZ Riding the Highway Supporter

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    Thank you for this RR. I own a 2012 Zero XU and love your set-up.

    My parents still own a lot of land in the Delta (MS/AR) and your title of Soybeans and Kudzu is spot on! Hot, flat, fertile, and Southern. Growing up there you see what machinery has done to the population - it's sparse! Best of luck in AR and OK. The big flat stretch starts after AR! Godspeed!
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  19. GoneToPlaid

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    My Zero dealer (Team Powersports in Raleigh) was able to sort out the rear sprocket today. There is no Zero part number for just the rear sprocket, but they still can ship me one. It should arrive in CO by Friday, as will we.
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  20. Am.E

    Am.E Been here awhile

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    :lol3. I love this. I definitely get it after riding through on the TAT. We've ridden through twice now, once on street bikes, and I can tell you, I do not want to go back to MS.
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