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    Trans America Trail

    OK, who fancies this little beauty of a trip?? I did half of it to Salida, Colorado back in 08 on the trusty 1100 but hanker after another go on something a little more manageable on the great roads on the trail.

    For those of you who don't know, the TAT is 90% dirt and winds it's way across the US and takes you into some very remote places. It won't be there for ever as the old places and roads are being modernised. The variety of roads, views, old towns and adventures make this a must if you like a variety of dirt riding on all types of dirt roads. Have a look at www.transamtrail.com for details.

    Here are some brief details which I'm happy to work on if I can get enough interest:

    Trip length: 3 weeks
    Bikes: Take your own bike and I'll arrange shipping to and from Baltimore
    Bike type: I would take a 650 Dakar, XT660, KTM540 or similar although anything from a DRZ to an HP2 to work well. I wouldn't advise a GS or equivalent big traillie.
    Route: TAT from Kentucky to Colorado and back via some very scenic roads
    Maps: I have them all so will supply them
    Time: I could do this in August/September this year or work on it for next year depending on take up
    Luggage: We will stay in motels so will travel very light. Small panniers or soft luggage will be good or even a big roll bag will do.
    Equipment: Off road gear is the order of the day. It gets very hot so light is good!
    Skill level: You don't have to be an off road god but must be confident on dirt and have mechanical knowledge of your bike. If it breaks, we have to fix it because we will be miles from anywhere.
    Cost: If I can get 8 bikes, I'm guessing it will be around £3000 including shipping, flights etc etc
    Fun level: Very high because it is a real blast to ride and you will see things that you thought had long gone and a couple of cold ones after a day on the trail are the best ever tasted.

    Come on then, who is up for it before Starbucks and McShite take over the world????
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    I'd so love to find the time to do this trip.

    Just in case there is some small miracle in the works, when are you thinking of going?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mav View Post
    I'd so love to find the time to do this trip.

    Just in case there is some small miracle in the works, when are you thinking of going?
    What, on your new shiney S1000RR?? Knowing you, you would give it a go

    Sometime in August September of this year or next year. These are good time to go, very hot but at least things stay dry

    Mav, this has got your name written all over it.......
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    sounds good

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    Very very tempting indeed.........

    Depending on what happens with a couple of other things - and assuming it's next year rather than this - I'd be up for it...

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    I am interested.
    Where was that Dakar for sale thread?

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    Looks incredible.

    I wish I had more money!

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    Day length mileage wise ? and are you doing the whole thing start to finish ?

    I'm considering it with my Denver mate. He's on CRF 450 and I'm on KTM 400 EXC...

    Or are you doing a "sanitised" version ?

    Simon

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    This year - no chance.
    Next year - strong possibility.

    I've had a hankerin' to visit the states, but no interest in doing the big cities.

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    I'll check the mileages but I recall them being around 200 to 250 per day which is tough enough as I distictly remember.

    2 weeks would take us from the start in Kentucky through to Salida, Colorado. This 1st half is really good riding and is a mix of reasonably technical stuff to fast open sections. It would take at least another couple of weeks to get right across to the Oregon coast and that 2nd section is pretty tough in places.


    Quote Originally Posted by srace7 View Post
    Chris

    Day length mileage wise ? and are you doing the whole thing start to finish ?

    I'm considering it with my Denver mate. He's on CRF 450 and I'm on KTM 400 EXC...

    Or are you doing a "sanitised" version ?

    Simon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt Bilco View Post
    Simon

    I'll check the mileages but I recall them being around 200 to 250 per day which is tough enough as I distictly remember.

    2 weeks would take us from the start in Kentucky through to Salida, Colorado. This 1st half is really good riding and is a mix of reasonably technical stuff to fast open sections. It would take at least another couple of weeks to get right across to the Oregon coast and that 2nd section is pretty tough in places.
    Chris

    That coffee re Moab and other bits could be a good idea... Dave and I want to do the whole thing. Particularly Colorado to the West given what we have just done !!

    The Kentucky to Colorado bit interests, but given he's Denver based we also want to go west from there...

    he's done Mex2Can on dirt so a start with you guys might be ok but we'd not turn round in CO - we'd go all the way...

    Fancy a coffee or pint to discuss that and Moab ?

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by srace7 View Post
    Chris

    That coffee re Moab and other bits could be a good idea... Dave and I want to do the whole thing. Particularly Colorado to the West given what we have just done !!

    The Kentucky to Colorado bit interests, but given he's Denver based we also want to go west from there...

    he's done Mex2Can on dirt so a start with you guys might be ok but we'd not turn round in CO - we'd go all the way...

    Fancy a coffee or pint to discuss that and Moab ?

    Simon
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    Here are few pics as a taster
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    And some vids...no sound but you get the drift





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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt Bilco View Post
    Here are few pics as a taster
    You big tease

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    I am watching this, if it takes off next year I could be interested.

    Cheers

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