2009 - Vintage TAT Ride - NC, Tn, Ms, Ar
Fairytale's I'm told start with "Once upon a time" and Motorsickle stories start with "This ain't no shet".
So, with that being said we start our 2009 Vintage TAT Ride - Eastern Section and making of more "Rocking Chair Memories". This is Part III of an adventure that I dreamed about long before Sam took the time to develop this great trip.
One thing I have learned about the TAT Adventure. Sometimes the TAT takes, but it always gives much more than it takes.
The history of the ride began in 2006. Finding ADVrider.com, reading BigDogAdventures, GasPipe's and so many other great adventures decided to get my big ass off the couch and back on the bike. I had long dreamed of ride from Broken Arrow, Ok to Salida, Co on my 1975 DT400 Yahama, where I spent my youth riding the Rocky Mountains instead of getting in trouble here at home. Many of the rides I took covered much of the now TAT in Colorado. I also, had the joy of riding New Mexico and much of the Oklahoma routes as well. Sam putting it all together just made it all become this great adventure.
Myself and a few other Vintage Yahama Riders found our shared interest here on the world wide web in another forum YahamaEnduro.com dedicated to vintage Yahama's. I was restoring a couple old DT400's when the TAT was introduced to me by ADVrider. One thing always leads to another and off the story goes.
Looking forward to the report, your vintage reports ROCK.
Like I said, I started riding the parts of the Colorado TAT 1975.
Marshall Pass Road, doing a little hill climb.
My first 10 day Adventure Ride in 1974, camping, riding and enjoying.
Top of the mountain South Face of Tin Cup Pass up on the Mountain.
Finally, my Favorite Weapon of Choice for Adventure Riding my 1976 DT400C Mountain Bike.
2006 into 2007 was putting together the TAT Vintage Gruppe. Misfits maybe, but a hell of a challange to find 6 guys who never met, never rode together and did not really know if one might be a serial killer. Pretty sure Joe would be the killer guy, just has that look.
The TAT Vintage Gruppe.
May of 2007, the day we met.
The gang always around the table some damn place.
Little, "what the hell we trying to do".
Little "Oklahoma assisted sight seeing". 26 miles of it actually. Hell, I had a good time, not sure about Gary (makotosun)
Little "Midnight Overhaul"
Along for your RR
Little "Welcome to Oklahoma Dudes" The Mile-O-Mud
The wonders of the adventure
The broke bones of the ride
Finally, the 2007 Ride, two very tired Vintage Yahama's
Let it be NOTED, Joe, took a few Advil, one good nights sleep and then rode his 1971 RT1 Yahama from Monticello, Utah to Marithon, Flordia. Now "that ain't no shet".:eek1
Check the whole 2007 - Vintage TAT ride out on the link in below.
My foot was killing me! "they said no problem just ease it over" sounded good on paper but you dont just ease 400 lbs of bike and 300 lbs of an old fat man over a 10' embankment. Needless to say the big red pig did an endo at the bottom applied its full force on the side of my foot and broke a couple joints in my arch. SWELLED up big as a watermellon, still hurts sometimes even after 2 1/2 years. Oh well the TAT just keeps on taking. We be a much better rider now and dont do 10' banks.
I guess we be just a few more of the many inmates here on ADV:
I think it was more like, "hold still Dave, I gotta get a picture", we felt bad, but then hell, gotta have the picture to tell the story. More on pain later.
The Beginning Is A Very Delicate Time
Know, then, it was the year 2005. The group of misfits destined to become GruppeTAT, AKA the Vintage Enduro Adventure Riders (we have to change our name regularly so we can still get a motel reservation after D-man took that shower in his muddy riding gear in Richfield, Utah) met in the dusty netherworld of the internet.
Vinnie the Snake tossed down a nasty old riding glove on the oil stained dirt of Oklahoma and challenged the assembled to a ride. Not just a ride - but even in itís infancy, an epic ride. A ride that would eventually grow to include a complete transcontinental crossing of North America, following the Trans America Trail, in the knobby tracks of Sam Correro. Not satisfied with a simple crossing, Vinnie decreed that the steeds must all be two stroke motorcycles. 30 year old vintage, twin shock Yamaha two stroke motorcycles.
Fast forward to 2009. As we sit poised to make a final assault on the Trans Continental Vintage Trans Am Trail Adventure Epic it is once again time for reflection. Why am I doing this again?
Oh yea - my bike is sitting in Vinnie's shop in Broken Arrow, and if I ever want to see it again I gotta show up in Kitty Hawk in two weeks. But I digress.
Tickets are purchased. The bikes are already on their way to the starting point. New video equipment has been procured. Time off has been arranged. Significant others have been bribed. Packages are being shipped to the east coast. All that is left is the countdown . . .
Joe, Dman, Mark, Big Nick (chase truck) Vinnie, DEET and Makotosun
Time until Kickstands up . . .TAT EAST
I hope to have the new and much improved website ready for prime time in a few days. We will have our signature mailing list to directly receive GPS and other updates.
Now if we can just keep Mark off of his other bike until we go kickstands up!
Back in the Day my DT400 with oil injection seized up on me more than once,lol. I never got as far from home as you gents, hats off.
Thanks for sharing
I'm in!!!:clap :lol3 :wink: :evil
:clap :clap i've been waiting for some more vintage TAT RR from you guys. you're gonna love the east. you guys starting on the coast? dont know what you're plan is but if you need anything while you're on this side of the big river:huh i'd be happy to help. vinnie, you and all the boys in tulsa have always been big help when i've been out that way so dont hesitate. lots of good riding here in western carolina and east TN. let me know if you guys need a place to hold up around asheville,nc and do any :dutch :dutch maintanance or want to:ricky ride some nasty trails round these hills. truck and trailer avail. for emergencys:becca . do it to it fellas! i'll be watchin!:lol3 PM me if you need.
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