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Old 06-14-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Mootsuno and Leadman do the TAT

Just wanted to let some of our friends know we can be followed as we ride from Bethany Beach, Deleware to Port Orford, Oregon via the TAT.

Of course the trail starts in Tennesee but we decided to go coast to coast.

I haven't decided whether we're going to do a real time ride report but we'll
have the SPOT tracking us.

Here's the link.

We're taking the red eye out of Oakland tonight to Pittsburgh where are bikes are waiting.
Actually just outside of Pittsburgh in Butler, PA. at a friend of mines home.

We're planning to leave PA Monday or Tuesday for DL, dip our toes in the Atlantic
and head west. Four to five weeks is our planned travel time, we'll see.

Here's a pic of the bikes just before they were shipped.

As you can see we packed pretty light. We plan on a camp/motel ratio of 2/1.
Of course that depends on weather and where we are. No hard and fast rules.

Hopefully we'll meet some other riders along the way and share some adventures and will try to get some pictures up once we get underway.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:38 PM   #2
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I' jealous,Dean! Have fun, I will be riding vicariosly through you
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:05 AM   #3
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Subscribed Dean ! Safe travels...

Jealous !
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:20 AM   #4
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Happy Trails! Take pics even when you dont feel like it and dont fall off any cliffs!
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:23 AM   #5
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Have fun Dean!
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:50 AM   #6
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Looking forward to following along.
SPOT link does not work for me but maybe it's because you have not started the trip yet. It tells me...
No displayable messages found found for feed: 0SfCzZTvNqo5OTkTizfpDA6Fqv6IDpNFe
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:24 PM   #7
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Have a good ride!
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Old 06-15-2013, 01:54 PM   #8
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Old 06-15-2013, 07:23 PM   #9
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We arrived in Pittsburgh this morning and were picked up by my buddy Russ
and his girlfriend Sue. We're staying at his house until Monday or Tuesday
when we'll head out to Bethany Beach. Beautiful spread by the way just outside

The bikes were shipped here a few weeks ago and we had our first interesting minor mishap. During shipping the driver called and said my Dakar had a leak.
She said it was minor but didn't know what kind of leak it was, she thought maybe coolant. I asked if it was blue, no was the answer maybe it's hydraulic
fluid she said. I told her just deliver it and I'll check when I get there.

So today we check over the bike and it's oil. The skid is full of it and some down the left side of the engine. So I spray it down with simple green get it a clean
and start it up to find the leak. After letting it cool down there's no leak anywhere.

I look around a little more and see some oil at the bottom of the plenum.
So I remove the body work to access the plenum and gee, there's oil dripping
from the bottom of the air filter. Okay I pull the air filter and find over a cup of oil in the bottom of the plenum.

Idiots must has tipped it over and it stayed there for a while. Oil came through the breather hose and filled the plenum. Luckily the filter and the plenum just needed a good cleaning and no more leak.

It's funny they never mentioned the bike falling over. Thank goodness I can't find any other damage. I think the shippers are going to get an interesting email.

Oh, and the spot tracking will start Monday or Tuesday when we get underway.

That's it for now.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:00 PM   #10
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dean and leadman....have a safe journey and enjoy.

let us know if there's anything we can do here if you need a little boost and help.

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Old 06-15-2013, 10:21 PM   #11
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:22 PM   #12
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Dean, have a safe and great trip....I'm totally jealous

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:33 PM   #13
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So I leave Jamestown, Va. This afternoon and ride to Winchester, Va. And as I pull into the Motel parking lot I see this Motley crew of Advriders.
They invited me to dinner with them and over dinner I tell them a friend of mine just moved out there from Michigan.His name is Daniel (Xdbx on Advrider) and they know him.Man, its a small world !!!
Anyway, they are doing good, and they are great guys.

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Old 06-18-2013, 06:52 PM   #14
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Awesomeness. I can't wait to hear the stories.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:44 PM   #15
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I've been waiting for this RR since the Mendocino Rally
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