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Old 05-25-2011, 03:12 PM   #121
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You can't have enough lighters and small flashlights. Put a few in the tank bag, the tool bag, the jacket...

Amen to that! I have them all over and still can't find one at times :)

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Old 05-25-2011, 04:20 PM   #122
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My leave date is looking like the June 17th, can't be taking on any more work. If I don't do it this year who knows when it might happen.

I was going back and forth on the Seedhouse SL1 and SL2, Brad got me to thinking about the SL2 being more of the free standing tent, not that much more weight or stuff sack size than the SL1, just 10 more inches at the foot and head. In a moment of indecision I ordered the SL1 later. But reviews talk about needing all the stakes and a small door size. I think I'll send the SL1 back and keep the SL2, but will see how the SL1 is sized compared to the SL2.

I have a very small pillow which is nice, can't do w/o. I had forgot about a lighter, was thinking of using the stove for that, plus I always have two flashlights oh yeah a weather radio too!!

Also, Brad, man the sven saw is cool!!!!
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Old 05-25-2011, 07:48 PM   #123
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Set up the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2, it's possible to set up the poles on the foot print first then attach the rain fly. If doing it this way it is possible to crawl inside the rainfly and then connect the inner tent to the poles this might help keep the inner tent dry!! Also a good way to break it down keeping it dryer. Of course it's harder to do this way, but any way to keep the inside dry.
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:33 AM   #124
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Sam has rerouted CO to go around Hancock and Tomichi passes because so many had complained (even though there were clearly marked big bike go arounds). Mistake in my opinion. This was a fun section and would be perfect for the bike you're riding.
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Wow! I can't believe he'd take out one of the best parts of the TAT! Craziness!
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Old 05-27-2011, 03:35 AM   #125
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You can take those passes out of the TAT but not out of CO. We are still gonna ride that way.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:30 AM   #126
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I'll give Hancock and Tomichi pass a shot as a generous member sent my the routes for them.

Yeah there are some places Sam gives a alternate route for bike bikes or weanies (which I might be at times).
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:59 PM   #127
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I'll give Hancock and Tomichi pass a shot as a generous member sent my the routes for them.

Yeah there are some places Sam gives a alternate route for bike bikes or weanies (which I might be at times).

I guess that lot of riders have come to grief going up these passes and this was conveyed to Sam. So Sam decided to re-route after having toured the sections in a truck for updates on his Colo. maps /rollcharts.

There's no need to take the risks on Hancock or Tomichi ? Better to have a whole trip than a partial one because something gets messed up on man and machine there. I think the alternate is still a good choice just as high up there and scenic…..
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:27 PM   #128
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This novice trail rider got some practice in today at a friends field, nice little dirt bike track, with some ruts, and a little mud hole. Kind of fun learning what I could get away w/ on the bike. Locking up the rear brake to get the rear to slide around. I wasn't hot dogging it too much, but was getting a feel for a more controlled slide. Then in the tight turns getting my body over the bars sure helped getting the front to turn tighter, not to mention it required less muscle from my spindly arms. Wheelies felt a little more controlled and smoother. Also trying to bounce off some raised hard dirt in the curves.

It may sound like I was blasting through the path, but just taking some small steps, getting a feel of the bike. My front MT 21 is looking really bad now. Too many road miles on it. It might be good for one more short trip.
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Old 05-30-2011, 08:52 AM   #129
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Did you do this offroad practice fully loaded? If you've never been on trails with much gear, I might advise it.

Then again, you will likely get used to the balance of the bike long before you hit the technical sections of the TAT.
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Old 05-30-2011, 10:01 AM   #130
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No not loaded,I must walk before I can run.... it was the first time playing with the bike, off road. Nowl I've done pretty decent fire roads on it loaded up eating a better rider's dust. Just following his EASY pace, but it helps me to follow a better rider. Road on loosely packed gravel on my G/S fully loaded. My experience is probably less than 200 miles on gravel and hard pack.


I've figure TN is an easier trail so my ability should improve mile by mile.
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Two months of prep and reporting and only 200 dirt miles ,before riding across the U.S.A. on unpaved roads , well that'll work .


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Two months of prep and reporting and only 200 dirt miles ,before riding across the U.S.A. on unpaved roads , well that'll work .


Good luck to you !

HUM, trying to figure if your are being sarcastic or complimentary????
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Had a small leak near the water pump so the gasket was replaced. Believe it or not there was a very small piece of old gasket on the flange which caused the leak. Good reason the change the oil too!!






Also activated my Spot locator, link to follow on my TAT report.

Things left to do, attach one LED light ( didn't want to buy two), to be seen on the highway. Plus still need to locktight the counter shaft sprocket and lever on the TCK 80's. Sure hope they last the trip!!!!
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HUM, trying to figure if your are being sarcastic or complimentary????
Well, this is no time for sarcasim .
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:23 PM   #135
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here's a shot of the 15" Sven saw which will be carried. Wish I had seen the little pull chain saw sooner it looks nice and small.







One more mod for the bike, the headlight is so pitiful I decided to put a Vision X round light on. Adds a lot of light, plus will help to be seen on the paved sections of the TAT. Had to add a black plastic side shield to the stock fairing, as the position of the light put unwanted light on the back side of the fairing. Only bought one though, no seperate switch comes on w/ high beam only.




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