ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Riding > Ride reports
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 09-06-2010, 10:27 PM   #46
rhino_adv
Gnarly Adventurer
 
rhino_adv's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2010
Location: central Illinois (Bloomington)
Oddometer: 627
ride report

Great ride report ! Looking foreward to the rest of it. Awesome photos!!
__________________
Old Bridges Thread
Riding the TWAT
475+ Bridges in Illinois,
985+ Old Bridges in Missouri
PAVED ROADS...... ANOTHER PERFECT EXAMPLE OF NEEDLESS, SPENDING BY THE GOVERNMENT"
rhino_adv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-06-2010, 10:51 PM   #47
Parkstos
n00b
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Bellevue, Wa
Oddometer: 8
Awesome

Dude...why didn't you talk me into going!
Looks incredible, the photography is amazing.
Have fun and I want to watch a slide show when you guys get back.
Rode Blue Lake with Parker on Saturday....nothing like what you have going.
Congrats.
Eric
Parkstos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2010, 10:36 AM   #48
LippDog
n00b
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Seattle, Washington
Oddometer: 3
Way to rub it in guys....!!

This looks really awesome. Great job on the pics.....
LippDog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-07-2010, 07:14 PM   #49
jjgres
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Dec 2008
Oddometer: 156
OK, which one of you almost ran off the trail between Eureka and Battle mountain? We've been following your Knobby trails for two days and one of those plush KTMs must have lulled you to sleep. We looked down in the ravine but there were no broken bits.

Is the solo Honda guy who cheats death still riding with you?

jjgres screwed with this post 09-07-2010 at 07:48 PM
jjgres is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2010, 01:40 PM   #50
Parkstos
n00b
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Bellevue, Wa
Oddometer: 8
too popular, cant see pictures

Photo bucket says your bandwith has been exceeded...apparently too many of us Desk Surfers have been looking at your photos!
I guess you have to pay $3.95 or something!
Have fun.
E.
Parkstos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2010, 08:38 PM   #51
Catastrophic Failure OP
Catastrophic Failure
 
Catastrophic Failure's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Tacoma
Oddometer: 134
Trail Happy

Quote:
Originally Posted by jjgres
OK, which one of you almost ran off the trail between Eureka and Battle mountain? We've been following your Knobby trails for two days and one of those plush KTMs must have lulled you to sleep. We looked down in the ravine but there were no broken bits.

Is the solo Honda guy who cheats death still riding with you?
The autopilot clearly failed to keep one of the 640's between the lines The 950 has the new software upgrade, no near misses. Ride safely young man!! Hondo is still around, and appears magically out of no where when we least expect him too
Catastrophic Failure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2010, 09:38 PM   #52
Catastrophic Failure OP
Catastrophic Failure
 
Catastrophic Failure's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Tacoma
Oddometer: 134
Eureka to McDermitt 290 miles - MEGA DAY

We took off from Eureka and stumbled around Lone Mt. for too long. TAT Riders, do your homework here for a clean start to the day.





Up Three Bar Road to Rocky Pass



Maysville Summit was a high quality Dual Sport ride into Battle Mountain





Then North thru some two track and silica traps. This silica has blown off of the mountains for over the past 100,000 years and accumulates everywhere. It can be a few inches or many feet thick. This powder is hard on engines, brakes and lungs. Space your riders for visibility. Ride through it like it is water, it has the same consistency.



Paradise Valley was a critical stop for us. We needed a minor frame repair and were introduced to Gary, a local resident who generously helped us out. He opened his shop and tool crib for us TAT riders. Thank you again sir



Up out of Paradise we took a detour over Hinkey Summit and Windy Pass. What a great choice, we enjoyed winding high speed climbs and great views heading into McDermitt.








Catastrophic Failure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-08-2010, 10:14 PM   #53
Catastrophic Failure OP
Catastrophic Failure
 
Catastrophic Failure's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Tacoma
Oddometer: 134
McDermitt to Lakeview - Lightning Hail and Rain

Left McDermitt at 7 AM after breakfast at the Say When -Casino. Immediately on the go with slow winding trails that got us into Oregon.



We skirted back into Nevada around Disaster Peak.



After some heavy navigation and a little off track riding, we made it to Log Cabin Creek Trail.

We ran into some locals... thanks for the quick confirmation .





Great two track rocky climb, felt like a quad track.



Lunch at Denio, we all knocked down the Denio Special Burger



The weather changed QUICKLY in the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge, from light rain to hail/snow with lightning striking too close for comfort..



This all took place at about 6000'.



Clouds parted and we cleared Bald Mt.



The rain set in for real now, and the roads became VERY slippery. We rode in 1st and 2nd gear with fogged up visors for MANY miles.

Finally we found cover in an abandoned hay storage barn. We were all wet and cold


When the rain settled down, we finished the ride into Lakeview.

A long day in the saddle, but worth every mile

Catastrophic Failure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-09-2010, 11:27 PM   #54
Parkstos
n00b
 
Joined: Sep 2010
Location: Bellevue, Wa
Oddometer: 8
that was a long day

looks like you guys are home stretching it.
stay focused!
Parkstos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2010, 10:01 AM   #55
Catastrophic Failure OP
Catastrophic Failure
 
Catastrophic Failure's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Tacoma
Oddometer: 134
Lakeview to Bend, OR

Woke up in Lakeview to a brisk 39 degrees. We started this program at nearly 99 degrees in Denver, CO on August 28, so we have seen some changes in the season. TAT riders, pack the full set of riding gear! Gortex socks and waterproof gloves are recommended.



Rolling through Oregon.





We were wondering how much our machines with fuel, gear and rider weighed. So we hit a scale just out of Lakview.

The 2003 640, with rider and gear was first up on the scale. This scale rolled up by 50 pound increments.




Both riders on the two newer 640's did not miss a meal on this trip...



The 950 SE has a serious diet program ahead of her...





The total bike weights combined with some heavy handed throttlers and abusive terrain, led to complete tire wear.




2835 total miles on this trusty nob

The Continental TKC 80 on the left versus the 908 on the right. Same bike, same trails, same mileage...




So with this weight and these tires, the steep downhill wiggles are to be expected if you choose to ride this size machine on the Western TAT. (P'ute trail decent - Calfornia Pass summit)




Catastrophic Failure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2010, 01:14 PM   #56
fotobo
KTM rider
 
fotobo's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2007
Location: Coweta, Ok
Oddometer: 1,588
Great report guys. Glad you took Hancock Pass instead of the easier Marshall Pass. That's cool you ran into Vinnie. He's a friend and neighbor of mine. Looking forward to the rest. Love TAT ride reports.
__________________
"I don't want a pickle, I just wanna ride on my motorsickle" (Arlo Guthrie)
fotobo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 11:09 AM   #57
Catastrophic Failure OP
Catastrophic Failure
 
Catastrophic Failure's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Tacoma
Oddometer: 134
Winding down

After 2800+ miles we loaded the machines and wound this adventure down. Big thanks to Jeff for the pick up and drop off



I have ridden the CDT, but found the TAT to be a different animal. The TAT seems to offer some challenges that I don't recall from the 2008 CDT ride.



The route planning and navagation was prepared and executed nearly flawlessly by Mike R. Every team needs a lead dog, and Mike stepped up to the task. Thanks Mike



This group a riders was a solid team who picked each other up, literally and figuratively for the past 2 weeks. Between the go downs, the early mornings and the challenges that come with this type of adventure, everyone did what needed to be done.



Machine damage was limited to the following:
Leaking fork seals
Clutch lever snapped
Rear Sproket and Chain replacement
Electrical switch replacement
One flat rear tire
Numerous scrapes and paint gouges
Front counter sproket seal replacement 2x
Minor frame repair

More info. as we debrief over the next few days. Some video of the technical sections will be editted and added to give fellow TAT riders a heads up.

Catastrophic Failure screwed with this post 09-11-2010 at 05:25 PM
Catastrophic Failure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2010, 06:43 PM   #58
rockjohn
Studly Adventurer
 
rockjohn's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: VA
Oddometer: 567
Great report, can't wait to get there.
__________________
Knuckle Dragging Silver Back

Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow
rockjohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-2010, 02:50 PM   #59
Catastrophic Failure OP
Catastrophic Failure
 
Catastrophic Failure's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Tacoma
Oddometer: 134
Routes

Just reviewing some of the higher quality riding sections and interfacing them with the Google Earth option from MapSource.

I still cannot get my short MPEG videos of the tougher sections to show up in this space. Any suggestions would be appreciated... Thank you

Catastrophic Failure is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2010, 12:41 AM   #60
GSman
Ride far to new places...
 
GSman's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2009
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Oddometer: 19
Your TAT Garmin route

This is a great trip, congratulations to the 4 of you!
I am back from a Flagstaff (AZ) / Prudhoe Bay (AK) / Flagstaff (AZ) roundtrip in June with Liard, Top of the World, Dalton, etc. -- 35 days 12,000 miles on R 1200 GSA -- and I am looking for something a bit more technical and a bit closer to home for a couple extended weekends on 525 EXC. Did you save your Garmin Trip Log as a Route? I would love if you could share the file. I will be happy to share mine in exchange :) if you are interested. Please email me, I am particularly interested in the CO, UT and southern CA sections.
Thanks
Pascal
__________________
2011 BMW R1200 GSA
2011 KTM 990 Adv Dakar
2009 BMW K1300S
2006 KTM 525 EXC
Iron Butt Association - A weekend gets good after 1,000 miles...
GSman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

.
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 06:14 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014