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See-Three 06-27-2012 06:51 PM

TAT my first ride report.
 
Hello Fellow ADVers,

My names Erin, you can call me C3. I'm 22 years old, i've lived in southern NH my whole life and i've been riding motorcycles for just over a year. I bought my first dirt bike last October, a 1985 xr200 that I beat the hell out of in a sand pit for a couple months. Regrettably the xr is sold and has been replaced with a 2000 DRZ400s. I've put about 5,000 miles on it over the past 5 months, Over all i've got about 30,000 miles on 2 wheels. I really dont know what my skill level is on a motorcycle let alone technical dirt stuff as i've also ridden solo or with my brothers who have just started ridding. Needless to say I'm sure i will struggle with some sections of the trail, But a challenge is what i'm looking for!

On a one night test run up into Maine.

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I've been on a couple single night trips and one couple week trip i took down to Florida this last winter. here's a couple photos of the Florida trip

The morning i left, So cold the lady at the toll didn't let me pay.:deal
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NJ Pine barrens. Love this place. Might camp here on the way down to the Tennessee.
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:huh
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Just went to replace my throttle cable with a motion pro and found out it's an inch or two too short. also found out the cable that i'm using is frayed. I'm going to have to find a cable while on the move.
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I better finish this beer and get back to packing. The bike currently looks like this :freaky
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To be continued

pavemike 06-27-2012 07:00 PM

Looking forward to your report. The DRZ is a great bike for that kind of adventure.....now post up some more pics! :lol3

willierides 06-27-2012 07:17 PM

Nice. I'll be watching from NY!

levain 06-27-2012 07:34 PM

Nice, Did you read Megashreds TAT report?

Paratrout 06-27-2012 07:41 PM

Lookin' good bro. The DRZ is a solid bike, we have couple we use at work.

One Less Harley 06-28-2012 06:58 AM

you'll be glad you did the cross brace on the wolfman mounts. It serves two purposes, strengthens the frame and adds a nice grab handle. Check my link below on tools to carry for your DRZ. looking forward to your report. Take care young padawan.

rhino_adv 06-28-2012 02:49 PM

:lurksubscribed!!

ride safe :ricky

Ginger Beard 06-28-2012 06:14 PM

A noob on the TAT eh? IN!!! :freaky

Baja Ho 06-28-2012 08:56 PM

This looks like a good one. Good luck to you. :lurk

Fast Canoe 06-29-2012 07:23 AM

Totally in bro! Hope your having a blast already!:D

PAJay 06-29-2012 09:38 AM

I've been waiting to see a TAT trip on a DRZ. I'm in!

One Less Harley 06-29-2012 09:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PAJay (Post 19020339)
I've been waiting to see a TAT trip on a DRZ. I'm in!

you haven't looked very hard as there are plenty of DRZ veterans, look below at my sig for one.

mrprez 06-29-2012 10:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by PAJay (Post 19020339)
I've been waiting to see a TAT trip on a DRZ. I'm in!

Quote:

Originally Posted by One Less Harley (Post 19020406)
you haven't looked very hard as there are plenty of DRZ veterans, look below at my sig for one.

Read OLH's prep thread and then his ride report. Most informative and entertaining. He has been most helpful to me in prepping my DRZ for the western TAT. As soon as my wife goes on her vacation, I will roll the DRZ into the dining room and finish up the maintenance on the swingarm!!!

See-Three 07-01-2012 03:58 AM

Saddle sore
 
The night before my planned departure I was doing some last minute maintenance on the bike when I went to start the bike to warm the oil for an oil change i got nothing! You've gotta be kidding me! this was the first time i ever had trouble starting the bike. I ended up finding a couple cut wires that fixed my neutral light being out but that was it. 5am the next I went out with with a clear mind and removed the clutch safety switch. Problem solved!
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The ride down the the start of the TAT was absolutely brutal. partly because of the serve lack of sleep and the fact that I stuck to interstate on a stock DRZ seat with 14 46 gearing. The lack of sleep was the real killer, i had to stop about every 50 miles for a quick sugar buzz or a nap on a park bench. I rode right thought the night dodging deer on the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Also rode most of the next day on the BRPW. Didn't take many pictures, we've all seen them before
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break time
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End of day two. I made it a few miles into the TAT and found myself a campsite.
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End of day two
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Both wrists look like this, ouch.
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First full day on the TAT:

Back home I painstakingly put the TAT into my GPS. turns out half the files for TN got screwed up which has forced me to use the roll charts, It's definitely slowing down.

The heat has been debilitating. Must find water and shade!
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Overall I'm a little disappointed my the lack of dirt roads in TN. Other than that the roads are fantastic for riding. By the end of day three i had put 238 miles on the TAT, 254 in total.

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BreakNeckSpeed 07-01-2012 04:45 AM

Looking good, be safe, I'm in...


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