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Old 03-04-2012, 12:18 PM   #31
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I'd put a good sealed battery on both bikes if they don't have them already. I like the Odyssey.
I replaced the battery on one of the bikes a few months ago. I replaced it with a Walmart battery. I looked at the Odyssey but wasn't sure how it would fit.
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:58 PM   #32
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it's very easy to load the TAT route to both your garmins. when you perform this operation, scroll through it on both GPS to make sure it is loaded correctly. saves a whole bunch of time.

bikes look well equipped, make sure the whole bike is glued together. road conditions can change in an instant, stay alert.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:15 PM   #33
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KLR = blue loctite everywhere.

Sounds like the bikes are shaping up nicely. Do you guys have any shakedown weekend rides planned yet?
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:18 PM   #34
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I replaced the battery on one of the bikes a few months ago. I replaced it with a Walmart battery. I looked at the Odyssey but wasn't sure how it would fit.
KLR's have a tendency to boil out battery fluid. It's a pain to check it so most just go to a sealed battery. Most of my riding is done in the Feliciana's and southern MS. including the Homochitto. I rode the Cat island road yesterday that was muddy and would have given you some good training for the TAT. I think your KLR will be good for the eastern portion. Western will be harder based on what I've read. I rode Warloop road in October on my WR250R and thought it was easy. I doubt you'll have any trouble there.

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Old 03-04-2012, 05:43 PM   #35
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KLR = blue loctite everywhere.

Sounds like the bikes are shaping up nicely. Do you guys have any shakedown weekend rides planned yet?
Thanks. We don't have any weekend rides planned yet but we will do the Mississippi Hill Country ride within the next couple of months as a shakedown for the TAT
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Old 03-04-2012, 05:45 PM   #36
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KLR's have a tendency to boil out battery fluid. It's a pain to check it so most just go to a sealed battery. Most of my riding is done in the Feliciana's and southern MS. including the Homochitto. I rode the Cat island road yesterday that was muddy and would have given you some good training for the TAT. I think your KLR will be good for the eastern portion. Western will be harder based on what I've read. I rode Warloop road in October on my WR250R and thought it was easy. I doubt you'll have any trouble there.
Once it warms up, we'll probably go explore the Homochitto.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:06 AM   #37
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I did the eastern and western TAT in two different trips on a new 07 KLR with the stock battery.

But after a couple of years the battery would boil all the water out in about 500 miles. I think it was gettng weak and getting charged too much.

I have an Odyssey. It mounts sideways and fits perfectly in the stock space. Mine came with a small jumper cable for connected to the stock wiring for lights and accessories. It seems best to mount it with postive electrode down.

You have to be careful how you route that jumper cable. I had mine between the battery and the frame and recently discovered it was getting crushed. This would have been real bad if it had worn thru since that segment isn't fused.
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Old 03-05-2012, 01:10 PM   #38
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Just a heads up that Sam came out with new routecharts for the TAT.

If your set starts in Tellico Plains, you have the new version... all new route - more dirt. This is coupled with a new route for MS.

In the next month or two I'll be building a new connector from Tellico Plains to my TET-S route, and I'm also adding a connector to Savanna, GA, so there will be a coast to coast option available probably in late April as part of the combined TET/TET-S/TWVT package available here on ADVRIDER in the Layin' Down Tracks section.

I'm thinking it's going to be about 3 days from Savanna to the start of the TAT.

We already have a connector from the TNJT/TET/TWVT to the old start in Jellico, TN.
So, is Tellico the Eastern most spot of the TAT now? I know from Jellico to I think Sparta was pretty fun with lots of dirt, but I think west of there is where it needed some updating.

We rode from Jellico to AR/OK border a few years back. Might have to try this new section here.
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