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Old 10-02-2014, 03:40 PM   #1
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Solo TAT ride from coast to coast on 690r

It seemed like a good idea at the time...

I now managed to get myself into a position that I can work online and don't need to go into work anymore.
I had a good summer back at home but started to get restless.

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.
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.
I then decided to look at some bigger bikes and Rich helped me by sending some links to bikes local to him.

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Old 10-02-2014, 08:18 PM   #2
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Rich is wrong.
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Old 10-02-2014, 10:25 PM   #3
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Keep it coming (don't listen to the peanut gallery)
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Old 10-03-2014, 05:27 AM   #4
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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, 06:17 AM   #5
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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, 06:20 AM   #6
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Here is the bike all ready to go with luggage.
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Old 10-03-2014, 07:27 AM   #7
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Keep it coming (don't listen to the peanut gallery)
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, 09:04 AM   #8
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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, 09:29 AM   #9
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Great to see your report started. Subscribed!
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Old 10-03-2014, 09:48 AM   #10
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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, 10:11 AM   #11
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In.

Some radiator guards might be a worthwhile investment if you're going solo.
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:17 AM   #12
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Subscribed. Keep it coming
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Old 10-03-2014, 01:49 PM   #13
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A Brit solo on the TAT--------I`m in for sure.

Not sure of your route but ya better get over the rockies real soon.
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Old 10-03-2014, 02:49 PM   #14
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I'm in . Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 10-04-2014, 06:12 AM   #15
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A Brit solo on the TAT--------I`m in for sure.

Not sure of your route but ya better get over the rockies real soon.
X2. I bet there are places that are impassable already.
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