|04-27-2008, 11:15 AM||#1|
Joined: Dec 2007
Pre-TAT Trip #2
I've been prepping my pumpkin (KTM EXC-R 450) for a TAT run in July and got quite a few things installed last week:
1. Scott's steering stabilizer
2. 25L Acerbis Fuel Tank
3. EE clutch slave cylinder guard
4. EE rear brake rotar guard
5. Siscass horn/headlights/turn signal unit
6. Siscass rear view mirror
7. Garmin GPSMap 478 w/ram mount
8. Bonz Racing Handguard Mounts
9. Bonz Racing Front Axle Pull
10. EE Rear Axle Pull
11. Relocated Horn from radiator to lower triple clamp
12. KTM Hard Parts cooling fan
13. BulletProof Designs Radiator Guards
I've still got a few more things to do, but I figured I should go ahead and start testing my new parts and gear.
My objective was to find legal dirt/gravel roads that would get me further west towards Jellico. Based off my Google Earth research, I didn't have high expectations, but you never know until you get out there and see for yourself. So, I told my Garmin (GPSMap 478) to take me to Deal's Gap, avoid major highways, prefer minor roads and pretend that I was on a bicycle, etc... I had no intentions of making it that far but I just wanted to see where it would lead me. Coming out of Charlotte, I knew I wasn't going to see any dirt for ahwile, but after about 100 miles, still no real dirt. (Actually, I did find alot of dirt roads, and they were all marked very well with a sign..."Dead End". Not what I was looking for.) In hopes of making it back before dark, I decided to loop back towards Charlotte.
On the way back, I did manage to find about 5 miles of Hwy 16 near Denver, NC that has construction suspended (must have run out of funds? i dunno) and that was fun. There were many, many well developed hill climbs along the embankments that had been obviously cut out by ATVs and dirt bikes. I could have spent all day playing around on this road, but my mission was to find long stretches of dirt that actually got me somewhere, so I kept on truckin'.
Overall I drove 230 miles and saw a wide variety of scenery. I failed to accomplish my objective, but I did get to test out my new parts and gear which all worked out great. Also, based on my monkey butt, hand and foot blisters, I figured out that a new seat, throttle assist and better exhaust guard would be needed.
Anyway, I can't put my thoughts together very well right now (late night ) so here are some pics and commentary:
Here she is all naked getting ready for new parts:
Here's the biggest "dog" I've ever seen, didn't move or bark alot though:
Waiting on a train heading out of the city:
This dog, however, barked alot and wanted to bite my foot. When I had to turn around in the cul-de-sac (behind me) and stopped to take his picture, he decided he wasn't so big and bad after all:
Found a lot of dirt under some power lines, not sure what was going on here, but it was fun to play in:
...which lead to some nice ATV track, but I turned around deciding that it was most likely private property and I didn't want to get shot today:
At last! A gravel road!...
...but as soon as the gravel started there's the old "Posted No Trespassing Keep Out" sign. But this particular one also had a "NC Wildlife Commisison" label on it. There's something about Government property being off limits to the public that makes me wonder:
It's a good thing I didn't bring anybody to bury with me, or I would have had to call Jerry before I started digging a grave!
Here's some gravel, too bad it lasted only about half a mile before transitioning back into pavement (you can kind of see the slab in the distance):
Here's my favorite pic of the day. Running from a rain cloud. This dirt road lasted only about half a mile, but hey, it's half a mile less of pavement!
Welcome to Polkville, NC! On second thought, no, you're not welcome (didn't have cash on me, so I went to the next gas station and they promptly canceled my transaction, guess I looked suspicious):
... and who are they kidding with the "Same Low Prices"? (A whopping .5% savings from the next gas station):
Maybe this will grow up and be a highway one day:
Lake Norman, meh:
Beware of the kitty:
Back at home:
Here's my big, black couch potato posing for a pic. (There was thunder around and she doesn't really like the bike too much):
And back to what I do best, surf and drink free beer:
|04-27-2008, 03:27 PM||#3|
Eager for Beaver
Joined: Jul 2006
Best of luck to you! Doing the TAT is a fantasy of mine, and I live vicariously through threads here on Advrider
Bike looks sharp btw ...
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