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Old 12-06-2008, 04:26 PM   #136
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Good job, Frank !!

Very pictoral and entertaining ride report. I'm sure your adventure will spark even more growth in the TAT community. Three or four years ago, this was pretty much an obscure ride.

In July 2007, I generally made the first tracks in Utah, Nevada and Oregon, and a couple of friends who were trailing me a couple of days used these tracks to confirm their gps routes.

In July 2008, I was often following 4-5 fairly recent tracks.

Glad you had a successful adventure !
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Old 12-06-2008, 05:29 PM   #137
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Hi DP!

Got an e-mail from DK today telling me all I wanted to know. So thanks for the response! Again, awesome RR. It is one of the best TAT reports I've read on this forum.

I was on a solo ride on my Beemer street bike out to the west coast back in Aug. which fulfilled a dream I've had for l lot of years. Saw a lot of territory and relatives I hadn't seen in more years. But now I gotta do it off road and like you say, see the real America! Planning has begun!!!

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Hi KBear,
I'll answer for him, DK's busy cleaning his cameras at the moment.
DK changed his oil with the rest of us in Battle Mnt. Nevada which was about the 1,200 mile mark. He did have to top off his oil daily though. He carried a small container of oil with him and simply topped up at the end of each day. Bot that sight hole on that bike is small though And when it get dust on it.......
Your 450 will do just fine, don't worry.
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:48 AM   #138
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No problem my freind. Don't worry, you'll enjoy this trip, just leave yourself enough time. The 450 will do just fine out there.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:05 AM   #139
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Disaster Peak

I just don't remember you guys saying anything about the fantastic ride around Disaster peak--or did I forget ???

I do remember it was of my favorite parts of Nevada----we went thru a gate that just looked like we were trespassing thru a ranch--and riding on a private dirt road behind the ranch that was in really bad shape and washed out. And came to a creek that we thougth was impassable--but we found a way.

Did you guys ride thru that area ??? Disaster peak was in our view most of the day as I remember.

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Old 12-07-2008, 08:53 AM   #140
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The worst bit of this RR is the fact that it's finished!

Thanks for the fantastic write up and taking us all along with you guys on your trip.
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:53 PM   #141
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I just don't remember you guys saying anything about the fantastic ride around Disaster peak--or did I forget ???

I do remember it was of my favorite parts of Nevada----we went thru a gate that just looked like we were trespassing thru a ranch--and riding on a private dirt road behind the ranch that was in really bad shape and washed out. And came to a creek that we thougth was impassable--but we found a way.

Did you guys ride thru that area ??? Disaster peak was in our view most of the day as I remember.

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Hey Big Dog, didn't the trail road beyond Disaster Peak just suddenly end at vertical dropoff at a ravine ? I seem to recall having to do a workaround to cross a big washout somewhere around there. Truly would be a disaster if one wasn't paying attention.
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Old 12-07-2008, 05:32 PM   #142
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Hey Big Dog, didn't the trail road beyond Disaster Peak just suddenly end at vertical dropoff at a ravine ? I seem to recall having to do a workaround to cross a big washout somewhere around there. Truly would be a disaster if one wasn't paying attention.
I just looked at Sam's route as I laid it out and our track logs-----and we followed it exactly---but I do recall at least 2 places in the disaster peak area that if they got worse would be impossible to cross--one was a near washout as you said---the other was an impassable big creek where a culvert was gone--both sides of the creek were near vertical and very deep--we luckily poked around and got around that one too.

Sounds like things have gotten worse since we went thru.
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:06 PM   #143
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---the other was an impassable big creek where a culvert was gone--both sides of the creek were near vertical and very deep--we luckily poked around and got around...


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Old 12-07-2008, 07:48 PM   #144
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Well, depends on the rider of course and how much you want to work. Bruce rides that 950SE like most guys ride 250's. The 1200GS might be a bit much. But you can take the big bike alternates with no problems. Dont overload the bikes.
Hi am enjoying your pictures of your trip across the west. I am living in missoula mt. now but have ridden a good share of the west in past years but you guys found some stuff i missed. Next spring i am heading for moab to ride and a lot more of Montana. I have been a husky rider since 94 starting on a 610 wxc what a bike and i bought a 06 610e last year since my te250 is not real fast on the road. Do you have trouble with your 610 in sandy sections i have had some issues with my 610 that i never had before with a husky. seems very front heavy. Bill young
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Old 12-07-2008, 07:58 PM   #145
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A most excellent ride report. You guys know how to do some epic rides. I read your Idaho RR a couple of months ago and thought it was awesome. For some reason, I don't recall too much about your eastern TAT ride - perhaps because I knew the east just can't offer what the west does in terms of adventure riding. I'll have to go back and re-read that one. It's good to know that there are still great places within this country that are unspoiled by man. Nevada looks like the real wild west. I would love to do the TAT some day, but like many others, can probably only do it in sections, which is still fine by me.

Johnpitts01, we probably live within a mile of one another. Would like to hook up with you guys for a local ride some time. I just picked up a used XR650L a couple of weeks ago and am in the process of acquiring all my riding gear. Might take me a month or two to get my stuff together.

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Old 12-07-2008, 08:21 PM   #146
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Yup, found it...that's the spot !


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Old 12-07-2008, 08:27 PM   #147
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Great ride dockingpilot! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to do the TAT.
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:43 AM   #148
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At this very spot (as I'm standing in the picture)------we went left about 200ft.---and there was a way thru the creek-----you had to look for it. You see me sitting there bewildered--next thing I know GasPipe is on the other side
And he took this picture of me.
And that is disaster peak in the background
That peak was named after a guy who broke his leg up there.
Guess I'd a broke mine if I tried to jump that creek.
Then the creek would have been called "Disaster Creek"

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Old 12-08-2008, 05:01 AM   #149
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Mark, you mean you couldnt jump that 610 across ? You could have expelled a little gas for extra propullsion
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Old 12-08-2008, 05:08 AM   #150
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Mark, you mean you couldnt jump that 610 across ? You could have expelled a little gas for extra propullsion
Well you can see I was backing up to get run at it
Always plenty of extra propulsion !!!!
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