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Old 08-25-2010, 09:44 AM   #1
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14 days - Western TAT for 5

Here we go... 5 Seattle Dual-Sporters rolling for 14 days through the Western TAT. Thank you TAT master Sam for your guidance, roll charts and maps. Our planning has been completed over the past 3 months, and the bikes are loaded and leave today for Denver. Our 14 days of riding will begin in the Mile High city and head south on the CD route, quickly hooking up with the TAT at Trinidad. Epic riding, views and adventure are sure to follow through the high routes of the Rocky Mountains and the Desert lands of Utah and Nevada.

The hardware: 1 each KTM 950 SE, 3 each KTM 640 ADV, and 1 each KLR 650

The riders: Led by mulit-time C.D. finishers and experienced North American Dual Sporters Mike R. "all about the ride" and two wheel "map man" Mike F. "Certified mechanics" Paul V. and Mike S. Photographed and documented by Marc M. "cat-failure".



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Old 08-25-2010, 11:13 AM   #2
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Thumb Bam! One man down and out

Only a day into the exercise and we have lost a rider due to some health issues. So this just became a KTM only ride... that damn KLR was gonna slow us down anyway!

Mike F., good luck with your health program and we will ride again with you soon brother
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Old 08-25-2010, 12:24 PM   #3
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The planned route, with a couple 1/2 days open for exploring and bike maintenence...

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Old 08-25-2010, 01:36 PM   #4
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Looks like you're coming through the Bend area. If you fellas need anything, give us a ring.
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:16 PM   #5
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Way to go Marc! Thanks for putting this RR together for all to see and read! Glad to be a part of the adventure.... just try to keep up with the 950SE! KTM's rock!!

Hey Wachs, two of us have Giant Loops. First trip with these bags. Do you make bigger ones?!

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Old 08-25-2010, 10:42 PM   #6
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We've got roll charts and several types of gps' hitting this ride.. this is a short shot of one day in Colorado, moving south towards Trinidad. Where our TAT program begins.
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Way to go Marc! Thanks for putting this RR together for all to see and read! Glad to be a part of the adventure.... just try to keep up with the 950SE! KTM's rock!!

Hey Wachs, two of us have Giant Loops. First trip with these bags. Do you make bigger ones?!

Do you guys have Coyotes? The Great Basin is significantly bigger and fits all those bikes. But it ain't gonna snow - take less stuff - bike rides better - you have more fun!
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:11 AM   #8
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Only a day into the exercise and we have lost a rider due to some health issues. So this just became a KTM only ride... that damn KLR was gonna slow us down anyway!

Mike F., good luck with your health program and we will ride again with you soon brother
and a slam on the KLR

I'm so in on this. My buddy and I are doing the same trip 14 days western states TAT begining 9-3-10. Our route starts with u-hauling to Las Vegas NM then riding to Trinidad CO.
Looking forward to more...
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I'm so in on this. My buddy and I are doing the same trip 14 days western states TAT begining 9-3-10. Our route starts with u-hauling to Las Vegas NM then riding to Trinidad CO.
Looking forward to more...
We leave from Trinidad on Sept. 10, so keep the dust down and have a great time. We were planning on going all the way to the Oregon coast, but alas, that repeating theme in life, you know the one about a job, keeps getting in our way. Looks like we will have to stop in Nevada somewhere, we will do about 8 days of riding.

We too, are looking forward to this RR.
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We leave from Trinidad on Sept. 10, so keep the dust down and have a great time. We were planning on going all the way to the Oregon coast, but alas, that repeating theme in life, you know the one about a job, keeps getting in our way. Looks like we will have to stop in Nevada somewhere, we will do about 8 days of riding.

We too, are looking forward to this RR.
'09 Husky TE610 wandering around looking lost, just point us in the right direction and we'll be on our way . Have fun and keep the rubber side down. (sorry for the hi-jack)
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:03 PM   #11
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Bikes are staged and ready to roll

Mike S. has arrived in Denver with the goods... Mike R. Paul V. and myself will be on the 6 AM out of Seattle. Schedule is set for rolling shortly after noon. The adrenal glands are kicking in and have forced an early exit from work today Feeling the 640's vibes already!!

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Good Luck Guys....

Gentleman, good luck, keep it right side up, bummed I can't ride this time.
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Old 08-31-2010, 08:43 PM   #13
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4 summits in one day

We left Salida and headed directly for Tin Cup Pass. 6 miles of up with only the last 1/4 mile very technical.

Rolling up to the summit.



A few quad riders were at the summit of Tin Cup, with one rollover right in front of us. Everyone survived with limited injuries.



Summit Tin Cup





Next was Hancock Pass, which was a bit more technical.



KTM's shined here, but there was some banging going on!



Summit Hancock Pass



Going down was steep but very rewarding.



You then start immediately back up Tomichi Pass.



This is a narrow climb, a bit wider than quad track. Sportsmobiles not advised on this tight track.



If you feel like running a little faster, this is a solid track to run on.


The veiw back to Hancock Pass is a vivid remider of where you just came from.


Going down from Tomichi Pass is loose and slick.


Lunch at Sargents then continued West towards Los Pinos Pass. This was fast and fun at 10,000 feet.


We spotted some Big Horn Sheep.





Then another summit, Slumgullion Pass at 11,530'


Finally a fifth gear run into Lake City. The Matterhorn Motel is a great place to crash. A few electrical repairs on bikes, air filter service, and a true Man versus Food dinner... More high routes tomorrow!

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Old 09-01-2010, 11:29 AM   #14
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Lookin' good you guys!
Hey, was Hancock open or did you do the ol' rotten-board-behind-the-tree work around ?

Nice pics of the big horn sheep
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Old 09-01-2010, 10:01 PM   #15
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Left Lake City and rolled to Monticello UT

Engineer Pass takes off immediately out of town from Lake City. Its an easy climb up to 12,800 with 360 degree views from the summit.



Check out this high end cabin on the way up.





Nice trail with few suprises. Unlike Tomichi and Hancock yesterday.



Someone scrambled up to 13,000 plus just for kicks.



KTM's at the top of Engineer Pass



The high altitude crew...

We took a quick run up Cinnomon Pass.





Not too steep or rough



Great views again!

Onto California Pass.


Clean trail, with no step ups

Lots of impressive overlooks





Lots of traffic on California Pass, and I smoked my breaks on the way down. Had to take a 10 minute cool down to get some brakes back!



Right on to Ophir Pass



Spectacular colors and a clean trail.



The sky in Colorado at this elevation is more blue than any where I've been



Lunch in Telluride, with lots of comments on the bikes, everyone wants to be a ADV Rider





Onto Willow Divide, and it must have just poured here because there were 2 foot deep mudders around every corner up on top. Big bikes will wallow around in the mud here, but the lighter KTM's played in it...




Then fast wide open marble roads into Dove Creek.




Goodbye Colorado, hello Utah



More of the same to Monticello, we must have played around too much today, because we got in at dark.


8 PM sunset here. Moab tomorrow

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