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OK! IT starts Tomorrow-3500 Mile Trans America 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.

http://members.aol.com/vintageracer/xr4001.jpg

http://members.aol.com/vintageracer/xr4002.jpg

http://members.aol.com/vintageracer/xr4003.jpg

http://members.aol.com/vintageracer/xr4004.jpg

http://members.aol.com/vintageracer/xr4005.jpg

http://members.aol.com/vintageracer/xr4006.jpg

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Good luck to you guys. Send in some reports & pics along the way if you can.

Maybe you can find a place for oil changes and internet access in one. 🙂

Long trip for a 400, let alone a 250, hope it holds up for your bro.

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wondering how you came up with 3500 miles ... has the Trans Am Trail been lengthened, or are you doing a round-trip of part of it ? ... just curious

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That's cool! Have fun, and bring some cash....

Lukejt

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What's the deal with that rear fender? My Brother needs one of those for his 2002 XR Fo-Hundy

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We will ride from the coast of Oregon to the New Mexico/Oklahoma section to the Trans Am Trail. From there we are heading to see friends in Taos, Santa Fe and will ride to Alamogordo and Roswell.

From there we will wander our way back through the Southwest headed back home, but not before the 3500 mile mark is hit. Kind of a meaningless number with no significance aside from having done it.

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The rear fender is a Maier with the Baja Designs LED tail light assembly. WAY stronger than the stock fender with the standard Acerbis light that comes with the Baja Designs kit.

The fender bolts up just like stock, except that you have to drill holes for the side panel tabs.

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Hey, that's my old bike! It looks great and ready for an awesome trip! Have a great time, enjoy, be safe, take pictures along the way and do a long ride report when you get back.

Have fun!

Mark

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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 fields 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:

http://members.aol.com/vintageracer/1003.jpg

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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never heard of this "trans am" trail...anyone know where i can find a map of it?

www.transamtrail.com

I pitched this to the wife and she says that I can't go it alone. Says I need a riding partner to call in the med-evac helo.

She also mentioned something about increasing my life insurance, I don't know...

Haven't worked out the logistics yet, but still working on it. :applause:

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www.transamtrail.com

I pitched this to the wife and she says that I can't go it alone. Says I need a riding partner to call in the med-evac helo.

She also mentioned something about increasing my life insurance, I don't know...

Haven't worked out the logistics yet, but still working on it. :applause:

🙂😛 I'll do it where are you located? :eek:

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You guys are doing awesome :eek: Wicked pics....keep em coming :applause:

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I just got done with a 1200 miles DS ride last week. It was in the U.P. of Michigan and is mostly off pavement. We rode it in 4 days and camped the whole time.

Good job on your trip! the pics are great. You sure learn alot about what works, and what doesn't, dont ya? Your going to have to do a full trip report when you get back, let us know how it went!

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That's so cool, my best friend and I are jealous, he wants to ride that bad boy in the fall LOL. Keep us informed.

Lukejt

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OHHHHH I'm so jealous!!! That's the exact reason I got into DS. But I've never done a trip like that...yet.

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ditto for the jealousy.... anyone in Ontario that wants to do a 5-6 trip somewhere???? SO JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!

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