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Old 05-29-2013, 11:16 AM   #1
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Do you know 3 Current TAT Riders (Tiger 1050 & 2 DR650's)

My wife and I were at Hunt's Lodge in Tellico Plains, TN this past weekend and got to talking with 3 riders (1 Tiger 1050 & 2 DR650's) that were starting the TAT and running it for 11 or so days and then ending up in a rally in TX before heading back home. They were hoping to make it to NM before heading into TX. Of all the talking we did, we never exchanged contact info. I thought maybe at least one or two of them were here on ADV. I have done the Eastern TAT twice, so I shared info and hints with them and was looking forward to maybe following their ride progress or report if I could find them?

The gentleman on the Yellow Tiger 1050 was named Wes and I think was from NC? One of the other DR650's was name Joe and I think the other one was Tom? I know we joked around because all of us had 1 syllable, 3 letter names. Both DR's were running white Acerbis tanks. I think one of DR's was from NC also the other was from AR.

Kind of a wild shot, but I thought maybe someone here knew these riders or who they were here on ADV? I have no idea what Rally in TX they were headed to?

Anyway, I hope they have a great ride and hope to catch up on their report.

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Old 05-29-2013, 11:20 AM   #2
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Hi Dan

hope they have their rain gear..

think I will go ride the white rock area (oark and warloop) tomorrow scouting for them..if'n I find em, I will get contact info for ya
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:24 AM   #3
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Hi Dan

hope they have their rain gear..

think I will go ride the white rock area (oark and warloop) tomorrow scouting for them..if'n I find em, I will get contact info for ya
They left Tellico Sunday morning, so they are probably in MS somewhere I would guess right now.

Hope you are doing well!
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:35 PM   #4
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That would be us!

HI Dan,

Jim here on the DR from SC.
You were right about that fourth water crossing.

Tom (on the other DR from AR) and I made it to
the OK/NM border and headed to our rally in
Canyon, TX. Wes, on the Tiger, decided somewhere
in AR, that he had picked the wrong bike and headed
back to NC. I think he is looking at Yamaha WR450s, now!

Navigation was the biggest frustration as many times
the route I downloaded into the GPS from the paper maps
did not coincide with what the roll charts were telling
Tom to do. Since we were on a time constraint with
meeting our other riding buddies in Texas, we did not have
the luxury of stopping every time there was a conflict and
working out the differences. Most of the time we defaulted
to the GPS since it was faster. My hat is off to anyone
who uses the roll charts exclusively, especially in the
Ozarks!

Weather was another major factor as we were in
western AR and eastern OK when the heavy rain, flash
floods and tornadoes hit the area.

I was happy with the DR once I overcame a short,
two-day learning curve. It sure crashes better than I do,
but at age 60, I don't bounce along the ground quite
as well as I used to. No real trouble until I was 23 miles from the
OK/NM border and had a rear flat. We patched the tire and
the patch held for about 20 miles or so. Decided to put a
spare 21-inch tube in the 17-inch tire. That held air until I
was 56 miles from Canyon, TX, our rally site. The second
spare 21-inch tube carried by Tom got me to Canyon, but
gave up the ghost in our host's driveway. I guess I was lucky.
If I don't go Tubliss, I will carry both a front and rear tube, next
time!
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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Hey Jim, glad you guys made it and glad you found my thread! So I missed your name and state you were from, but hey I was close!

I was wondering how Wes was going to do on that Tiger 1050. Even with TKC's, its a bit of a beast for sure, especially if conditions aren't in your favor. Is he on ADV or do you have an e-mail to share? I'd love to chat with him some more.

Glad you and Tom made it okay. I've never tried the 21" tube in a rear tire, but I know it could be done in a pinch. I usually try to carry at least both or since its my wife and I, we can usually each carry one.

I wondered if you guys were hitting any of that weather. Some crazy weather across that area and definitely not fun to be on on a bike. So did you guys catch any crazy muddy areas?

Well, glad to hear from you guys and have a safe trip back home if you aren't back there already? Not sure if you are still in TX?

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Old 06-11-2013, 07:53 PM   #6
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Wes isn't on Adv Rider. I'll ask him if it is OK to PM his email address to you.

We had some muddy spots in MS, even in the dry weather.
A teen-aged hotel clerk in Ripley, MS, told us that when there is a heavy rain,
the schools close for two days due to the large number of people who live on
unpaved roads and are unable to make it to a paved one. When it rained all
afternoon our last day in the Ozarks, we hit a paved road to reach our
destination before nightfall.

I got back from TX on Saturday. One of the guys who met us in Canyon had
driven his 34-foot RV with bike garage from VA. He offered to haul our DRs
back east if we would help drive. He dropped Tom off in Little Rock and
dropped me off on I-40 at I-75. I rode the remaining 370 miles back home.

BTW, the Sweet Cheeks worked great. I was comfortable all day. Tom said
he had Monkey Butt on his DR most of the time.
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Old 06-11-2013, 08:39 PM   #7
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Yeah, if Wes doesn't mind, that would be great. My e-mail is my username @ gmail.

I could believe it with the muddy roads. Some of the worst mud we hit both trips was in MS. It really doesn't take much rain to make a mess of things either.

Ah, that worked out awesome with the RV guy. I know both of you were kind of wondering about that long stint home on DR's which were great to have for the TAT, but not exactly the best bike to ride from TX back home on. Sounds like it was perfect for you guys.

I've looked at that sweet cheeks many times, but have never tried it. On a skinny DS seat, anything can help!

You guys take care and I'll see you around ADV now that I have a name to put with it!
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BTW, speaking of that water crossing on Witt Road. Sarah and I hit that right at the end of the day our last day there in Tellico Plains. She really didn't want to go down that road, but I was looking forward to it and went anyway. She wasn't happy when she realized where we were. I went through on the deep side, but still managed to find one of those shale rocks and just about lost the WRR into the water. If it wasn't for my long legs, I would have been in the water. It was deep enough that both my boots filled with water. Sarah told me that was Kharma getting me back for taking her down that road.

Sarah decided to take the very shallow side nice and easy and actually did a great job. I have a video of our crossings. I'll post it here when I find it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:07 AM   #9
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Tom was lucky and the line he picked allowed
him to get across unscathed.

Instead of getting off the bike and scouting
out the best line, I tried to follow Tom's track and
the front wheel fell into a wheel trap and over
I went on the right side. My Gaernes are water
proof, but not when you get them horizontal
under streams. Due to the suspension mods I can
not flat foot my DR.

Tom waded in to help me right the DR, and we
both waded in to keep Wes's Tiger from taking
a nap. Result - only Wes had dry boots that
day!

In AR and OK we encountered water crossings
that were a lot bigger, but not as treacherous
as that 4th one on Witt Road.

Tom stalled when halfway across this one in Eastern OK.

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Wow, that one looks pretty daunting there and I've never been that far West before.

Any plans for you or Tom to write a ride report?
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:48 AM   #11
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You definitely had to aim a little upstream to keep the current from pushing you towards the ledge.
It was over-the-axle deep so even
in first it was hard to keep from stalling with stock gearing. All the
streams were up that day due to heavy rains and flash flooding the
night before.

Ride report? See post #4, above.

Seriously, I may do one later when I have more time.
Right now I'm trying to catch up with work. Don't know about Tom, he might.
I know he took more pictures than I did, but he also said he was selling the DR and
buying a Harley!
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