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Old 08-06-2013, 10:48 PM   #16
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Great times Tim. Keep up with the story. I don't suppose this ride would be airhead friendly?
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:11 AM   #17
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Good one Mark! Unfortunately the comment was about the bikes, the door to the bungalow really was locked
I think we were both kinda let down about the whole thing

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Or was "middle aged dudes on big girls" a reference to the titty bar?

Works for me either way!
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Old 08-07-2013, 06:16 AM   #18
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Hey Dave! The route was oilhead friendly so I don't guess there is any reason an airhead couldn't make it seriously, as stated in the first part of the report, the only kinda tricky sections were the first 10 miles or so and the water crossings. I think street tires would be fine as long as ground clearances were not an issue.

Bring on more trail and more riders for next time!
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:39 PM   #19
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Great RR as I also have a Vee and was wondering if I could do part of TAT in one week timeframe and return home. How far do you think I could go on TAT if I started from Jellico, TN for about 4 to 5 days?


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Old 08-07-2013, 02:53 PM   #20
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Hey VStromNC nice to have you reading! I can tell you for sure that we left Louisville, Ky on a Thursday evening after work and rode down to Tellico arriving a little after midnight. Since you are starting in Jellico, which we passed on the interstate, I can not say for sure about that portion of the trail. What I can tell you is that we rode from Tellico all the way to the Mississippi state line starting Friday mid morning and ended up south of Pickwick Lake at the state line around dinner time on Sunday, so basically three days. No real tricky sections other than the first 10 miles or so and the water crossings. I will say that we were both keeping an eye on the GPS and checking daily for average speed which included stopping and only averaged about 20-25 MPH. I know that sounds super slow but when you average in stopping it really takes a toll. We did have one mishap that I'm sure you read about and we were really just moving along trying to enjoy the scenery and ride so I'm sure you could do it faster if you wanted to. After running this section I am super stoked about doing some more as I am sure you will be too! My suggestion is to just get out there and ride, see where you end up at the end of your scheduled time frame. It really is a nice way to spend a few days!
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Great RR as I also have a Vee and was wondering if I could do part of TAT in one week timeframe and return home. How far do you think I could go on TAT if I started from Jellico, TN for about 4 to 5 days?


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Old 08-07-2013, 03:17 PM   #21
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Tim, I believe Sam may have Jellico on his site. Maybe its a distraction to keep revenue flowing ? I noticed that on last years trip.

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Old 08-07-2013, 03:27 PM   #22
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Huh, I thought that is was the starting point years ago and had been moved down to Tellico. Learn something new every day
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:32 PM   #23
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NC, keep in mind we took a rain day and explored northern AL. It could have been ridden harder and farther if we would have made the attempt. By the way, I rode the 1000 and it was great in TN. Made it more fun and more comfortable than when I did it on the KLR. Tim can attest to the back tire spinning on command and eating up the twisty miles. The only mods I have are the Werks basket, Suzuki/Givi luggage, Givi crash bars, Pro Taper bars and running Anakees.

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Yeah you are right, the rainy Saturday wasn't even a consideration since we racked up way more miles screwing around northern Alabama. Come to think of it I am sure your back tire did WAY more miles than your front
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Old 08-08-2013, 09:28 PM   #25
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Good Report,
would love to see a video of those bikes climbing that dirt pile at the little wooden bridge. We rode it on KLRs and bottomed hard on that dirt pile.

We have made the old Tennessee section (from Jellico), new TN section (from Tellico), Mississippi and first 200 miles of Arkansas, all of the TET loop around Ga, and it took us 5 trips to do that much of them.
Don't think it would've been any more fun to do it all in one trip.
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Kind of agree with you there John. As we only have the time to do a little at a time it allows the opportunity to reflect and re-organize before the next run.

HEY JOSH!? You out there man? Speaking of video!!!???
Any news on the pics and GoPro stuff you have? I know there is some goodness we have yet to view for sure!



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would love to see a video of those bikes climbing that dirt pile at the little wooden bridge. We rode it on KLRs and bottomed hard on that dirt pile.

We have made the old Tennessee section (from Jellico), new TN section (from Tellico), Mississippi and first 200 miles of Arkansas, all of the TET loop around Ga, and it took us 5 trips to do that much of them.
Don't think it would've been any more fun to do it all in one trip.
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Good Report,
would love to see a video of those bikes climbing that dirt pile at the little wooden bridge. We rode it on KLRs and bottomed hard on that dirt pile.
The dirt pile was easy for Tim's GS, not because its a better bike but because I made sure to blaze the path for him with the bottom of the Strom. .

I don't remember if the Gopro was running for that? I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance to look through all the video. I'll try to get that to you this weekend Tim.... IF it rains and I don't run this central tag I will. I also need to get the DRZ suspension pulled and clean up my new toy. I'll give you a hint, it's 43 years old and may appear at HNF this year...

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Old 08-09-2013, 12:40 PM   #29
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I just got back from tenn. sec this week the first 30 or 40 were fun the the middle got a little old for my taste but it was ok looking forward to the western sections next year I was running ktm 990
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Oh yes Mr. Breeze the western sections are great! Should be especially fun on a 990!
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