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Old 10-02-2014, 04:40 PM   #1
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Solo TAT ride from coast to coast on 690r

Well, I will start this thread bluntly. I had worked in the same job since leaving school, I had gained my qualifications in engineering and had completed my time in my appeenticeship. I felt that had fallen into a rut. I needed to do something!!
Firstly, I needed to find a way to make money without a job. I had a business plan and went ahead with it while still working in a full time job. Everything went well and before I knew it I got myself into a position that meant I could quit my job and still support myself.
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:42 PM   #2
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I went to China in February to manipulate any opportunities I could find in their market. I stayed in China for 5 months and managed to grow my business to the point that I could hire staff to do most of the work for me.
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:49 PM   #3
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At this point I came back to the UK to enjoy summer and relax after all my hard work. I very quickly discovered that I am not very good at relaxing and get restless very quickly.
I started to think about what I can do to keep myself occupied.
While browsing the internet I came across the TAT trail, I have always wanted to ride a bike from coast to coast across the US and I love offroad riding.
Without much thought I booked a flight and joined advrider.
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Old 10-02-2014, 04:54 PM   #4
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I managed to get in contact with some members and one in particular who goes by the name Rich helped me by looking at local bikes and receiving some parcels for me.
Rich, I am very grateful.
I originally planned to buy a wr250r as I had heard only good things about them but they can be a bit underpowered.
Rich persuaded me that 250cc is not enough to cover such a large distance with the terrain that I will encounter.
He then sent me some links to some other bike, I then got interested in the 690r.

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Old 10-02-2014, 09:18 PM   #5
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Rich is wrong.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:25 PM   #6
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Keep it coming (don't listen to the peanut gallery)
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Old 10-03-2014, 06:27 AM   #7
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I suppose it is possible on a 250 but on a 690 would be a lot more fun. I'm glad that I got the bigger bike.

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Old 10-03-2014, 07:17 AM   #8
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We found a nice bike up in New Hampshire, it was only a couple months old with 300 miles on the clock and they were selling it for a great price. I called to confirm with them and then hired a car for the journey from NJ to NH.
This is the bike all shiny and clean in the showroom.
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Old 10-03-2014, 07:20 AM   #9
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Here is the bike all ready to go with luggage.
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Old 10-03-2014, 08:27 AM   #10
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Hey why spend $5000 when you can spend $10,000 & have the same amount of fun. Good luck & take us along.
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:04 AM   #11
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The first ride from the dealership confirmed that I had made to right choice. I opened her up in third and the front wheel lifted with very little effort. I could tell that we were going to have fun together.
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:29 AM   #12
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Great to see your report started. Subscribed!
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:48 AM   #13
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Hopefully you got a GoPro or something to take some videos with. Either way I look forward to seeing more.


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Old 10-03-2014, 11:11 AM   #14
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Some radiator guards might be a worthwhile investment if you're going solo.
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Old 10-03-2014, 12:17 PM   #15
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