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Old 03-24-2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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I've been trying to sell my 1976 Honda MT250, then I got the bright idea to use the money to fund more motorcycle fun. What type of fun? Well why not take the money and blow it on doing the TAT??? It won't fund the entire trip, but it'll help. Only seems right to sell a motorcycle and use the money for something motorcycle related...right??? Here's a picture of the fund raiser....



It's not my intention to use this thread to sell it as I'll have better luck selling it at the end of the driveway here at home. SO WISH ME LUCK IN A QUICK SELL. Hopefully this won't take long, but I can't even think about leaving until finishing up a class I'm taking at the community college. Presently barely employed in the construction field, hence going back to school to change profession.Getting to old for manual labor. After this semester, I'll have three more classes to take before having the chance to be accepted into the Surgical Tech program. Unfortunately those classes can't be taken all at once and must be taken sequentially.

Usually one doesn't have enough time to do something like this, due to to much work. Well currently that's not the case, hence seeking to reinvent myself through furthering my education. I have money saved up to weather the economic storm until finishing the program. Selling the bike and having some extra time on my hands, the opportunity is banging on the door. I don't see a better time to do this than now, plus a great time to get away from the typical crap that goes on being self employed in the construction field.

If I sell the bike soon, I'll leave mid or end of June from Jellico TN and go all the way to Colorado or until I run out of the Honda money. No plans to go past Colorado as it will be to early to clear the passes.

The steed for the trip will be my 1984 R80 G/S, which is well sorted out with a barley broken in 109,000 miles. Check the link below for bike info. Quick lowdown on the bike refirb since acquiring- rebuilt tranny, valve/rings/rod bearings, enduralast, R100 front end, HPN tank, HT hard bags, swing arm/wheel/headset bearings. Extra Heidenua K60 tires to take along as the current ones are more than half gone. Might be shot by May.

I plan on cooking for breakfast and dinner and camping 75% or more, to keep cost down. My concern is being able to find free camp sites along the way. Any advice for this???




Stay tuned for further updates

BTW- been getting lots of calls on the bike, but most people expect a sorted out $300 dollar bike. Spoke w/ a guy today which seemed very interested, but only serious when money changes hands!!! Seemed serious about another look on Friday or Saturday...
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Old 03-24-2011, 05:16 PM   #2
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:38 PM   #3
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Good luck on the Honda sale, and be safe on the TAT. Keep us informed!
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:50 AM   #4
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sure why not. owing 2 motorcycles and not having the $ to do something fun with either is missing the point.
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:47 AM   #5
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Ok a little update- looks like I've got a job which will delay the TAT for about a month, which isn't so bad as the high passes in CO, stand a better chance of being clear. If that happens then there's a possibility to continue past NM.

I had purchased TAT maps TN to NM a year or two ago and put all the coordinates into the Zumo 550 GPS. It sure takes some time!!! I have the tracks saved on a 512mb scan disc. Monday the rest of the maps were ordered, all but Utah came in on Thursday, Sam is having the roll charts redone in color!!! Nevada hasn't been changed over. I'm waiting on the updated color Utah version. So far the GPS coordinates on the roll chart are dead on, except for a couple. The PRECUT color roll charts are 10 times better than the others previously supplied, which had to be cut to width.



It took me about 3-4 hours to input Colorado coordinates. Then connect the dots for a route. Sometimes points had to be added to keep the GPS routing correctly. As it might take a different route than intended. I'll also save the routes to the netbook for an on road backup.



The tubes currently on the bike were standard (i.e. thin) tubes. So to lessen the chance of having any flats front and rear inter-tubes were switched out for heavy duty ones. The front Michelin tube is 4mm thick and the rear was swapped for a 3mm thick IRC. Then ballance the tires w/ the Marc Parnes wheel balancer.







So stay tuned for the prep work for the TAT. It might take a while but the preparation may be useful.
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Old 03-26-2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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I'd make a backup of those waypoints on the SD card. "Just in case"
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Old 03-26-2011, 09:57 PM   #7
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I've been doing the way points on the desk top, then downloading that to the scandisc (probably take two) and checking to make sure it works on the GPS. Then copies are downloaded to my laptop then to the netbook which I'll be taking. TAT maps and roll charts will be taken as a backup, since anything electrical can fail.

The TAT route has be divided into smaller routes. Two separate routes for each state. The earlier 550 wouldn't take a full state route and waypoints. The newer version (two old ones crapped out) took all of Colorado w/o any complication. I don't know kind of weird the way it worked.

BMW independent shops and dealers have been added, you never can tell and the MOA Anonymous Book will be taken.

I'm not very good w/ maps and directions the GPS will help keep me on the right track.
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Old 03-27-2011, 01:40 PM   #8
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I have spent my entire working life in the construction industry and am now going back to school to enter the medical field. I know exactly where you are coming from and how daunting it feels to make that huge change mid life. I hope your trip goes smoothly and helps you get your head wrapped around you new career. It should give you a lot of quality time to think and make peace with your choice. I will be fallowing along and enjoying your trip, good luck!
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Old 03-30-2011, 04:42 PM   #9
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Ok a little update- looks like I've got a job which will delay the TAT for about a month, which isn't so bad as the high passes in CO, stand a better chance of being clear. If that happens then there's a possibility to continue past NM.

I had purchased TAT maps TN to NM a year or two ago and put all the coordinates into the Zumo 550 GPS. It sure takes some time!!! I have the tracks saved on a 512mb scan disc. Monday the rest of the maps were ordered, all but Utah came in on Thursday, Sam is having the roll charts redone in color!!! Nevada hasn't been changed over. I'm waiting on the updated color Utah version. So far the GPS coordinates on the roll chart are dead on, except for a couple. The PRECUT color roll charts are 10 times better than the others previously supplied, which had to be cut to width.



It took me about 3-4 hours to input Colorado coordinates. Then connect the dots for a route. Sometimes points had to be added to keep the GPS routing correctly. As it might take a different route than intended. I'll also save the routes to the netbook for an on road backup.



The tubes currently on the bike were standard (i.e. thin) tubes. So to lessen the chance of having any flats front and rear inter-tubes were switched out for heavy duty ones. The front Michelin tube is 4mm thick and the rear was swapped for a 3mm thick IRC. Then ballance the tires w/ the Marc Parnes wheel balancer.







So stay tuned for the prep work for the TAT. It might take a while but the preparation may be useful.
How many A4 pages of instructions are there per days riding. I just got a small Touratech routesheet holder for a local ride and later for the TAT. I just squeezed 8 A4 pages (cut into 3 strips) into it. Not sure if thats enough for the TAT ?
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:52 PM   #10
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Not sure I follow your question. I plan to put approximately one days ride in the roll chart holder(not sure how far that'll be either). I have a Moose Racing type, not very big. Just plan to reload every night. unless the GPS works to well and roll charts won't be needed. Haven't gotten to the point of dividing out the roll charts into tight little prerolled bundles.

I'm guessing I have 11 strips taped together and rolled up this is about one days ride. It'll hold a little more. I figure to put one days ride into the holder and then at night load up the holder again and check out the maps for the next day.

Really depends on the number of turns per mile as to how many miles covered.

I guarantee you'll not get the complete TAT rolled up in the holder.

For the Moose chart holder for the maps I have rolled up ( just guessing what it'll hold )

TN 600 miles (2.5 rolls)
Miss 217 mile (1- 1.5 rolls)
Ak 472 mile (2 rolls)
OK 745 miles (2 rolls)
NM not many miles
Co 576 miles
Utah (don't have yet awaiting color charts)
Nevda 695 miles
Oregon 514 miles
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Not sure I follow your question. I plan to put approximately one days ride in the roll chart holder(not sure how far that'll be either). I have a Moose Racing type, not very big. Just plan to reload every night. unless the GPS works to well and roll charts won't be needed. Haven't gotten to the point of dividing out the roll charts into tight little prerolled bundles.

I'm guessing I have 11 strips taped together and rolled up this is about one days ride. It'll hold a little more. I figure to put one days ride into the holder and then at night load up the holder again and check out the maps for the next day.

Really depends on the number of turns per mile as to how many miles covered.

I guarantee you'll not get the complete TAT rolled up in the holder.

For the Moose chart holder for the maps I have rolled up ( just guessing what it'll hold )

TN 600 miles (2.5 rolls)
Miss 217 mile (1- 1.5 rolls)
Ak 472 mile (2 rolls)
OK 745 miles (2 rolls)
NM not many miles
Co 576 miles
Utah (don't have yet awaiting color charts)
Nevda 695 miles
Oregon 514 miles
Sorry if I havent made myself clear. I was able to get 8 A4 pages ( same size as Sams old sheets ) cut into 3 giving me 24 strips of paper taped together. This was for a 1 day ride. If 11 strips is about a day I should have no worries.
Dont know if thats any clearer !!!
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:27 PM   #12
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This novice trail rider got some practice in today at a friends field, nice little dirt bike track, with some ruts, and a little mud hole. Kind of fun learning what I could get away w/ on the bike. Locking up the rear brake to get the rear to slide around. I wasn't hot dogging it too much, but was getting a feel for a more controlled slide. Then in the tight turns getting my body over the bars sure helped getting the front to turn tighter, not to mention it required less muscle from my spindly arms. Wheelies felt a little more controlled and smoother. Also trying to bounce off some raised hard dirt in the curves.

It may sound like I was blasting through the path, but just taking some small steps, getting a feel of the bike. My front MT 21 is looking really bad now. Too many road miles on it. It might be good for one more short trip.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:52 AM   #13
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Did you do this offroad practice fully loaded? If you've never been on trails with much gear, I might advise it.

Then again, you will likely get used to the balance of the bike long before you hit the technical sections of the TAT.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:01 AM   #14
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No not loaded,I must walk before I can run.... it was the first time playing with the bike, off road. Nowl I've done pretty decent fire roads on it loaded up eating a better rider's dust. Just following his EASY pace, but it helps me to follow a better rider. Road on loosely packed gravel on my G/S fully loaded. My experience is probably less than 200 miles on gravel and hard pack.


I've figure TN is an easier trail so my ability should improve mile by mile.
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Old 05-31-2011, 10:29 AM   #15
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Two months of prep and reporting and only 200 dirt miles ,before riding across the U.S.A. on unpaved roads , well that'll work .


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