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Old 06-11-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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TAT Trip Planning

Whats up you'll!!?? Starting to plan a TAT trip here with my buddy Art (aka Roaming Art). Figured I would start asking questions now. We will take on the info we can get. Our start date is going to be next summer, June 18thish. We will leave from here (Branson, MO) and head to Virginia Beach. We want to make it an official coast to coast trip. Then we will back track to the trail head in TN. Art will be coming from L.A. It will be our first long motorcycle trip together. We have invited other buddies but are not for sure on there dedication yet. Heres a pic of my horse.

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Old 06-11-2012, 09:28 PM   #2
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I'll be slabbing it from Long Beach, CA. to Branson, MO on my 09 KLR 685 where I'll recover for a few days, hopefully. Goodness, what am I getting in to Nate!? Here's a pic of the bike:

[IMG]My kILL3r[/IMG]

She's a good girl, bought her new 3 years ago, now has 23k miles on her and she's still thumping on. Anxious to see how I'll keep up with the KTM Adventure! Still deciding on routes to Missouri, I'll post up what I'm packing for gear and go from there. We've set a departure date of 10JULY13 for myself to Branson and hopefully everything else will fall in place.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:24 AM   #3
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I'll be slabbing it from Long Beach, CA. to Branson, MO on my 09 KLR 685 where I'll recover for a few days, hopefully. Goodness, what am I getting in to Nate!? Here's a pic of the bike:

[IMG][/IMG]

She's a good girl, bought her new 3 years ago, now has 23k miles on her and she's still thumping on. Anxious to see how I'll keep up with the KTM Adventure! Still deciding on routes to Missouri, I'll post up what I'm packing for gear and go from there. We've set a departure date of 10JULY13 for myself to Branson and hopefully everything else will fall in place.
Good luck on your trip. My plan is to a 2013 TAT trip just and slab it back from Oregon on possibly a KLR 650. Would love to know how does on the trail as well as the highway. Keep us posted and be safe.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:37 PM   #4
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I'll be slabbing it from Long Beach, CA. to Branson, MO on my 09 KLR 685 where I'll recover for a few days, hopefully. Goodness, what am I getting in to Nate!? Here's a pic of the bike:

[IMG][/IMG]

She's a good girl, bought her new 3 years ago, now has 23k miles on her and she's still thumping on. Anxious to see how I'll keep up with the KTM Adventure! Still deciding on routes to Missouri, I'll post up what I'm packing for gear and go from there. We've set a departure date of 10JULY13 for myself to Branson and hopefully everything else will fall in place.

Based on my experience with my KLR and riding with guys on 990s, you will be leaving them in dust most of the time if you are comparable ability riders. Expect to spend a lot of time waiting for them to catch up.

I have my ATGATT on to deflect all the rocks that will be heading my way.
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:03 PM   #5
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Here's another more current picture of her with my Pelican top case and Kenda 761 tires. I got 12,000 miles out of my last rear and front tire combo with the Kendas!!! My goal is to pack only what will fit in the top box and a dry bag strapped in front of it for my sleeping bag/tent/clothes. I'll definitlely be approaching "packing" with a minimalists standard.

Anyone out there trying to get rid of their maps/roll charts that they bought for the trip?

And I wouldn't count Nate out with his Adventure, the man taught me to ride on a plated XR200 in the backwoods of New Hampshire. Good times. Cold, wet and a with a slight chub I learned.

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Old 06-12-2012, 05:42 PM   #6
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Thanks for the kind words Art. Just a top case and a dry bag huh? I am going with my two boxes and a dry bag.

I have heard that hand me down charts and such is frowned upon here. Someone correct me if I am wrong. I heard that we should buy the product outright because of all the hard work the man put into making them. This coming from the guy thats not buying them but...just saying.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:11 AM   #7
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Do you'll have a route planned from Virginia Beach to Tellico?
Go ahead and buy the TAT maps, they're worth the $. We each bought a set for our ride in 2010 and I just ordered the updated Utah, Nevada and Oregon maps last nite to insure the finish is bumpy in July.
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:50 PM   #8
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Do you'll have a route planned from Virginia Beach to Tellico?
Go ahead and buy the TAT maps, they're worth the $. We each bought a set for our ride in 2010 and I just ordered the updated Utah, Nevada and Oregon maps last nite to insure the finish is bumpy in July.
We dont have a route planned. We were going to slab it, but if there is an off road route than better yet.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:28 PM   #9
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Atlantic Ocean to TAT

There is an extension available to go from the Atlantic over to Tellico Plains, the start of the TAT.

Currently it goes from Savanna, GA, which is south of where you had been talking about, but it is an established dual sport route.

It's part of the TET-S, and the routes/tracks are available here on ADVrider.

It's about 3 days worth of riding, and there is some fair stuff and some really good stuff.

I should know... I built it. My buddy Chip is handling the distribution as usual over on LayinDownTracks, East Coast.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:49 PM   #10
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There is an extension available to go from the Atlantic over to Tellico Plains, the start of the TAT.

Currently it goes from Savanna, GA, which is south of where you had been talking about, but it is an established dual sport route.

It's part of the TET-S, and the routes/tracks are available here on ADVrider.

It's about 3 days worth of riding, and there is some fair stuff and some really good stuff.

I should know... I built it. My buddy Chip is handling the distribution as usual over on LayinDownTracks, East Coast.
Ok that is something we are definitely going to look up. I love Savanna. I have spent a lot of time there in the past.
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Old 08-10-2012, 06:03 PM   #11
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Ordered some Pro Taper SE High handlebars and some Acerbis Pro Rally handguards for the bike, pics to come after install! Interested to see the viberation comparison before/after going from the stock steel handlebars w/ bar end weights to the aluminum ones with out.

Also, still debating the pros/cons of getting a centerstand vs. the trail stand that people rave about on here. We'll see, aside from that and normal maintenance (due for a valve check in the next thousand miles) I'm thinking I'll leave the bike as is. I really like my set-up.

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Old 08-11-2012, 09:50 AM   #12
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Eek Hey

Reading this forum is making me want to go even more...
I should know for sure by October if im going to b able to make it on the trip.
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Old 08-11-2012, 10:44 AM   #13
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Ordered some Pro Taper SE High handlebars and some Acerbis Pro Rally handguards for the bike, pics to come after install! Interested to see the viberation comparison before/after going from the stock steel handlebars w/ bar end weights to the aluminum ones with out.

Also, still debating the pros/cons of getting a centerstand vs. the trail stand that people rave about on here. We'll see, aside from that and normal maintenance (due for a valve check in the next thousand miles) I'm thinking I'll leave the bike as is. I really like my set-up.

-Art
Had a guy ride with me for a while and he wished he had a center stand for ease of tire/chain maintenance. Had to help him daily tilting his bikeso that he could lubricate the chain...! The only negative about the c.stand is: additional weigh.

Wanna do that ?? but in the middle of nowwhere...no rocks, no logs...





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Old 08-11-2012, 12:39 PM   #14
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Nice pics! Haha....Agreed, it would definitely make life easier. But I've gone this long without one, I don't mind pushing the bike forward to lube a new part of chain, and have always had luck changing tires with a piece of plywood (which the Trail stand 2 might replace) or hell, I've even done it by just laying the damn thing down. The weight/rattle factor/stripped footpeg bolt issues have kept me away but I always end up peaking over the neighbors fence now and again. Decisions, decisions.
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Steven, I don't think I know you, but giddy up. Life's too short.
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