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Start of 3500 Mile Trans America Trail Dual Sport Ride

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Ok guys, it starts Monday...a 3500 mile dual sport ride on my Baja Designs equipped XR400 with my brother on his Baja Designs equipped XR250.

Here are a few pictures of the 400 today with some of the goodies added for the trip. We'll see what it looks like by the end of the trip.

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Good lookin bike. I hope you don't constantly have trouble with that fender pack coming off. And with those full waffle grips, I hope you don't end up with palm blisters 30 or 40 miles into the ride.

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I've ridden with Sam a couple of times in CO and UT. Where are you starting from?

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I would also be concerned about fender mounted pack. These regularly come loose and fall off. They also could restrict air flow to oil cooler. The rear fenders on these set ups also does not hold up well when ridden hard; the rear end flops from jumps and whoops and gets bent under tire. If you stay on easy roads it could be OK. I would have prefered a 4.0 gal fuel tank. You should probably keep weight on rear rack to a minimum because the sub-frame is not the strongest. You probably would have been happier with a little unplugging of exhaust and intake and rejetting. But on flip side you should be getting better milage. Bring tools to check and adjust valves. You will need tires for sure. Keep and eye on oil especially the 250 if pushed on the roads as its oil will run very hot and change when possible. I think the 400 is the best possible choice for a trip like this other than limited fuel range. Very little stuff to break when you drop it unlike liquid cooled bikes and more reliable then electric only starting plus they will run fine on any kind of gas you may be forced to buy in a pinch.

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Have fun and good luck. Looking forward to an interesting ride report.

R

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Man I'd do that trip in a heartbeat on my '95 650L, but never on the 400. I never got my XR400 to get over 25 miles/gallon.

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I've ridden with Sam a couple of times in CO and UT. Where are you starting from?

We are starting literally from the beach in Oregon, heading east.

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Yes, I am not too sure about the fender pack either, but out of all that I checked out, the Moose seemed to be the smallest with the best mounting system. I do not plan on having much, if anything on the rack (it was more of a, "Maybe this could be useful at some point," thing than anything else). Maybe the front fender pack will fall off and I'll have to zip tie it to the rear rack!!!

Funny thing...the reason I went with the fender/taillight combination was that is is very strong as opposed to the stock fender with the standard Acerbis tail light that comes with the Baja Designs kit. Hindsight being 20/20, a rewired stock tail light would probably be best, but then there is the issue of license plate mounting...

The Baja Designs LED tail light that is on the bike has a very stiff and thick plastic mounting "tongue." One can actually drill holes in the forward edge of the tongue and bolt it to the subframe with the top mounting bolts that go through the fender to the subframe. We'll see how it holds up in actual use.

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Good lookin bike. I hope you don't constantly have trouble with that fender pack coming off. And with those full waffle grips, I hope you don't end up with palm blisters 30 or 40 miles into the ride.

EXCELLENT point on the grips! I went out and shaved off the ribs of the OEM Honda grips as soon as I read this post.

In my opinion, the Scott Slimline grips are on of the best grips out there. I'll install some when I replace the bars.

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jon

don't worry about the front fender pack...i used mine for 4000 miles..never has come off..i ride all hard way dual sport rides and enduros.

one issue is that the inner tube inside the pack will get abraided where it rubs against the pack....cure this by putting the inner tube in a sock first then into the pack

definitely post a major ride report for us, we're intereested

matt

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Damn...

I have been trying to work up a minimalist gear list just to do this 3-day(?) trip around the Olympic Peninsula... making me feel like a lightweight... 🙂:D

How much time are you allowing yourselves to make the trip?

What gearing are you going to run?

What tires are those? Don't look like MT-21's. I hope the T-A-T route keeps the pavement to a minimum to keep from going through too many back tires on the trip.

Sounds like a blast!! Ride safe and take lots of pics for all of us that can only dream about making a trip like that!!

P.S. - hope your packing some Anti-Monkey Butt Powder!! Comfy as the XR seats are, they feel like a 2x4 on edge after 150+ miles!! 🙂

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Matt,

Thanks for the tip on the tube in the fender pack. I use Moose heavy duty tubes but any insurance can only help.

By the way, to everyone else who reads this post, I bought a bunch of XR400 parts from Matt and he is 1st rate!!!!

Thanks for all the parts, Matt!!

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You won't have any trouble with the moose front fender pack. it has been thru alot on my bike(s). many many miles and is very solid.

Good luck

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WOW I'm jealous I to am re- dualsporting my XR400 I did not care for the Baja Designs kit myself and figure I can do it better the taillight kept failing even on the wifes XR200 kit the tail light does not work well ...GOOD LUCK and have fun...

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Hello everyone!

We've travelled 1142 mles in 5 days and are taking a day's rest with some friends in Nevada before heading out tomorrow (digital camera is full, change oil, adjust chains, repack, etc).

There are a million little details and anecdotes that I will provide in a full report later, but here are a couple of interesting pictures.

Here is one of three lava fieds we had to traverse:

http://members.aol.com/vintageracer/1001.jpg

This stop sign was in the middle of the forest about 30 miles from any paved road. Location about 30 iles east of Gilchrist, Oregon, Forest Service road 9772 (I think).

http://members.aol.com/vintageracer/1002.jpg

As we travel east, the terrain changes to desert:

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The bikes are running perfectly (400 is a little rich in the very high elevations) and we have had no problems aside from only being about to cover about 200-225 miles per day.

I am not sure how far we will actually be able to get as I think we grossly overestimated the amount of ground we could cover in a day. We are on the bikes for 9-11 hours per day, but some of the sections are trials like speeds, some of the roads do not exist anymore (sand dune route near Silver Lake, spent three hours only finding dead ends), and a lot of time is spent looking are the map and trying to find roads that no longer are marked.

I'll provide anoter update in a few days.

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i find this thread FASCINATING. i have to ask, doesn't the pack become burdensome after a while. i've done a great deal of backpacking and i know what that's like, but never sitting/standing on a bike. perhaps sidebags of some sort would be better, or are they unavailable for the XR 400?

just curious, and above all, envious. i'd love to do something like this.

matt

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