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post #1 of 45 Old 11-26-2013, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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After several years of planning, a couple false starts, more planning and now about ready I am going to ride the TAT THIS SPRING!
Have a DR 650 for the trip and a riding partner. Wife doesn't want to go, may not be here when I get back, but this trip is on.
My question is, I love my DL Adventure (hate the name GLEE)

Anyone used these for a true long adventure ride? I have seen pics of them off-roaded for short distance, and lots of ride reports showing long road rides, but what about a ride like the TAT? The FI would be great in the high passes, the comfort on the road on the way home would def be a big plus. I know this is no dirt bike, but with the right tires and gear has this been done much? I searched ride reports on ADV but haven't come up with much. I know the DR would be a good bike for this ride for the rough parts

But we are also planning to ride back, maybe retracing some of Pirsig's ZAMM route backwards. I have seen a few ride reports of big bikes on the TAT, mostly beemers, but have not seen anyone on a DL.
What do you guys think?
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Take the DR. The DL is no dirt bike.

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Pardon my ignorance but what is the TAT?
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Pardon my ignorance but what is the TAT?
The Trans-America Trail (AKA: the “TAT”) is a west bound dual-sport motorcycle ride across America.

The Trail starts in Southeastern Tennessee, and ends at the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Oregon – nearly 5,000 miles of mostly off-pavement riding.

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The Trans-America Trail (AKA: the “TAT”) is a west bound dual-sport motorcycle ride across America.

The Trail starts in Southeastern Tennessee, and ends at the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Oregon – nearly 5,000 miles of mostly off-pavement riding.

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Take the DR. The DL is no dirt bike.
Follow this advice. I'm in the hunt for a DR just for more long distance off-roading. The DL is just too damn heavy & top heavy & not sure how much abuse it would like to take. A DR is simple, easy to work on, blah blah more off road ready. For my upcoming Alaska trip, it will be on a DR or KLR for the sake of beating the living piss out of it.

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Go back to AdvRider and look up Travellingstrom. He and his Stroms have been all over the globe.
Try this as a starter TravellingStrom in Mongolia - ADVrider
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I will eventually do it on my WR250R "and a comfy aftermarket seat", it is a real dual sport. :mrgreen:

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Big B, I rode with a WR250 this past summer. I was impressed with it.

trapperdick - My butts not that young anymore either

Thanks for the link Keetmannaa

I know the DL isn't a dirtbike, but we do call em adventure bikes. Ok, I'll follow the wisdom and continue farkling the DR.
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I would take the DR + a Sargent seat.
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