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post #1 of 20 Old 02-24-2011, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Trans- America-Trail

Have any of you "done" this trail in entirety. I plan to in June. I could sure use some advice if any of you have "been there done that". Also, for my '09 are these tube sizes right? 2.75/3.00 & 4.00/5.10? THANKS in advance.

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The stock tire size is:

F- 90/90/21 (3.25x21)

R - 130/80/17 (5.10x17)

Those should be the correct tubes. the front being a 2.75/3.0 should be OK.

The Trans is on my bucket list. I was planning on doing the ride to Prudhoe Bay this year and the Trans the following, but the wife andI are off to the UK during the best time to go to Alaska, so it's put off a year.

I'll look forward to your experience on the Trans!


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Thanks Tom, Is it okay for me to run a rear tire---130/90-17 I would like to use the Cont. D606 for the 2nd half of the trip? Thoughts about H.D. tubes V. "mid- weight"?
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I have a neighbor who rode it from Tellico, TN to Oregon. His biggest comments were that most of the route has gas and food near by. I think his biggest issue was weight while riding to the west because of deep mud in flat desert areas. His most interesting stories were only once he reached the mountains. From TN to Texas looked very flat, Hot and boring in comparison. A couple mountain storms sprang up on him in CO that put early ends to his daily travel.

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Thanks Tom, Is it okay for me to run a rear tire---130/90-17 I would like to use the Cont. D606 for the 2nd half of the trip? Thoughts about H.D. tubes V. "mid- weight"?
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The '90' in the tire size designator is the aspect ratio. The stock tire is an 80, meaning the sidewall dimension is 80% of the tire section (130). A tire with an aspect ratio of 90 is just a bit taller; the section is still nominally 130.

In real terms, 130 X .9 = 117 and 130 X .8 = 104. The tire with the aspect ratio of 90 is theoretically 13 mm taller in the sidewall, making it 26 mm taller in overall diameter. In very rough terms, that's 4% taller, and will have that much effect on your gearing, rpm, speed, etc.

That sure as heck was a wordy way to say "Yes! It'll be OK. If it fits, run it!". Sorry.

Heavy duty tubes are... heavy. I've always figured that anything that would puncture a standard tube will puncture a heavy duty tube. I've also figured that the heavier tube would be a bit less supple and would generate more heat. How material or true that is, I don't know. I reserve the right to be full of crap.

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Does anyone know if it's legal to ride on abandoned railroad beds???
http://www.abandonedrails.com/
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Have any of you "done" this trail in entirety. I plan to in June. I could sure use some advice if any of you have "been there done that".
We did the TN, MS, AR sections in Late May/Early June. Dusty in TN where it wasn't paved, and a lot was paved. Muddy and hot in Mississippi. Arkansas was nice in the Ozarks... not too hot and it was moist enough to keep the dust down.

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Does anyone know if it's legal to ride on abandoned railroad beds???
http://www.abandonedrails.com/
I think in large part that depends on where that railroad bed is. If it passes through private property there's a good chance it's not legal to ride. If it's on BLM or NF it should be legal unless the government has taken steps to block off and reclaim the area.
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I thought it might depend on if they could catch you?

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As times draws closer, this fresh request is for 3 retired guys who take I long trip/year..(We call it the "Geezer tour")If any of you have done all or parts of the T.A.T. we sure would love to hear your thughts. Bikes:Fred's DL650/Mitch"s Dakar/My KLR. We plan to camp 2nights,hotel 3rd night-repeat.Any suggesstions from you sages is appreciated. Last couple years;Inuvik,Prudhue Bay,Dempster Highway,etc.
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