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Old 07-02-2013, 08:40 AM   #376
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How fast is the fastest someone has ever done the TAT?




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17 days for gaspipe and crew. I don't have much interest in the east side, but the pictures make it look a lot like the CDT, just roads and you can really crank it up on that stuff...I rode almost all of Wyoming in one day, not sure if those little 250's can run that pace though, you lose a lot of time coming out of corners compared to a big bike putting down the power with me behind the bars.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:53 PM   #377
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not sure if those little 250's can run that pace though, you lose a lot of time coming out of corners compared to a big bike putting down the power with me behind the bars.

Haha nice. Our plan is to go as light as possible so we can spend a lot of time trail ridding once CO. I think the 250, although small really makes up for it in character and simplicity.

Thanks for the info on camping and speed. I'm starting to feel much better about our time estimates. I just hope we don't run into any major mechanical or navigation issues.

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Old 07-03-2013, 07:54 AM   #378
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(edit) I just asked a friend who is a puter geek. PC cooling fans are 12v, and dirt cheap. I'll rig one of those up, & see how it does.

(I used to ride a KLR)
Check out how much air the H-D parade fan moves - WAAAY more than a KLR inspired PC fan would ever dream. I have no doubt that Mother-Motor (H-D) would want to supply you with one for a little off-road r&d.[/QUOTE]

Hi Doug, I agree with Jarrod, A puter fan would not do, those HD fans move a LOT of air over both cylinders.
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Old 07-04-2013, 05:30 AM   #379
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its 'basically stock'

Great looking rig! By the way...is it set up to drive BOTH rear tires? If not..then you will need that winch in some places in Utah...Sandy uphills and steep rock steps might give you a problem if only the one rear is driven...But that is what makes it an adventure!
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Old 07-04-2013, 06:37 AM   #380
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yep, just 1 wheel drive. The winch isnt just for show. Plus I have an extra 50' cable.
if I had more time on the build, I thought about an electric motor to drive the sidecar wheel thru the tough stuff. but thats just more things to break.
and break things, I will.
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Old 07-04-2013, 07:51 PM   #381
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Hey Doug, I leave the 11th as well, but from R.I.-maybe I'll catch up to you in the CO passes I actually sold this to buy my WRR-go figure??[IMG] photo Picture988_zps9aeabd39.jpg[/IMG]
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:37 PM   #382
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That HD is sick! Although the box looks a bit like a casket...you riding alone?

On a separate note I once heard of a guy riding the TAT in about a week (6-7 days). Does this seem doable? The videos I've seen of Utah make me believe that it would not be possible to ride it that fast. I'd love to ride the whole thing but I don't have 30 days to devote to it. I can only get about half that many days for it. I've begrudgingly come to the conclusion that I'll have to half of it one year and the other half the next.

Good luck Doug!
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:04 AM   #383
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On a separate note I once heard of a guy riding the TAT in about a week (6-7 days). Does this seem doable? The videos I've seen of Utah make me believe that it would not be possible to ride it that fast. I'd love to ride the whole thing but I don't have 30 days to devote to it. I can only get about half that many days for it. I've begrudgingly come to the conclusion that I'll have to half of it one year and the other half the next.
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Myself and a buddy are starting the TAT in early September. We have 16 days to get from Vermont through Colorado and back to Vermont. We plan to try and finish it up a year or 2 after. We are going to ride the eastern section as fast as possible so we can do some trail ridding out in CO before having to head back.

I imagine that if you have a light bike, your navigation dialed, a willingness to ride at night and very good dirt ridding skills then you could do the whole TAT in a week. From what I have seen there is nothing "terribly" technical on the western section. I think for us navigation will be what is going to slow us down. We are going to try and ride everything without GPS we also have zero roll chart experience but we are both good with maps and quick to learn.
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On a separate note I once heard of a guy riding the TAT in about a week (6-7 days). Does this seem doable?

Anything is possible if you put in the hours per day. I did 6500 miles of dirt around the west a few years ago, 23 days with a moving average of 37.5 mph...that is hauling ass if you've ever looked at rally finishers times/speeds. 37.5 average doesn't seem like much until you try to maintain that speed. To do the whole TAT in seven days you'd have to have multiple two state 18-20 hour days. The nice thing about the way Sam laid the thing out...E to W, you're tuned up and in shape by the time you get to the more challenging trails.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:11 AM   #385
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We are going to try and ride everything without GPS we also have zero roll chart experience but we are both good with maps and quick to learn.

I tried to ride the Oregon section with just the roll charts, it wasn't possible due to the fact that Sam doesn't use 'resets' in his mileage, get off track or go look at something cool and your odo is off and you can't get back on track. He should have a reset at every major intersection so that you can find one on the ground, roll your chart to match, zero your odo and get back on the trail.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:42 AM   #386
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Folks on the road heading to OK. I'll be looking for replacing tires in CO. I recall a good shop in Salinas, CO? I have some tires on standby ready to ship to a shop for changing.. Thanks
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:43 AM   #387
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I tried to ride the Oregon section with just the roll charts, it wasn't possible due to the fact that Sam doesn't use 'resets' in his mileage, get off track or go look at something cool and your odo is off and you can't get back on track. He should have a reset at every major intersection so that you can find one on the ground, roll your chart to match, zero your odo and get back on the trail.
Most of the electronic odo's and GPS's allow you to manually key in whatever you want the trip to be if you need to adjust.
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:56 AM   #388
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Most of the electronic odo's and GPS's allow you to manually key in whatever you want the trip to be if you need to adjust.

You'd be stopped all day fiddling...not for me. The roll charts suck, take the time to convert them to gpx and leave the charts/maps at home.
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You'd be stopped all day fiddling...not for me. The roll charts suck, take the time to convert them to gpx and leave the charts/maps at home.
Oh I did, I spent a solid week converting all of Sam's maps via basecamp. I was just trying to solve the problem presented :)
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Oh I did, I spent a solid week converting all of Sam's maps via basecamp. I was just trying to solve the problem presented :)


The real solution would be for Sam to fix the roll charts, a roll chart when done right can be as fast as a gps and more reliable than electronics.
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