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Old June 30th, 2008, 11:40 AM
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Trans-America Trail on a KTM 950

I have been preparing for my adventure on the Trans-America Trail, which has included modifications to the KTM 950 Adventure and a series of challenging overland routes.

Overall, I am pleased with the 950, and do not doubt that it is the proper machine for my needs. I have since tested a BMW 1150 ADV and a KTM 640 ADV for comparison. The 950 ADV favors dirt performance, while still being acceptable for long touring, which meets my needs perfectly.

Here are a few images documenting the progress...

Ride #1: Table Mesa, FR24 and Bloody Basin Road. This was a ride with Brian Dearmon, who will ride the entire TAT with me.




The trail was recently graded and very loose. The heavy bikes struggles a bit to maintain traction. Overall, the KTM had an easy time of it, but did get a little hot through the technical sections. Here is a video of Brian working up a particularly loose climb on his heavily modified F650GS.

Climb Video
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Old June 30th, 2008, 11:50 AM
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Trail #2: Prescott to Crown King

Trail #2 was an all-dirt route from Prescott to Crown King, which is an unimproved, but mostly moderate two track route. Very easy for the KTM, but a long route to test endurance and pace.

I rode the route with a good friend, Andrew Moore, who owns a well-used 1150GS Adventure. A great trip through the Bradshaw Mountains.



















I also had the chance to ride the 1150GS ADV. It is an exceptional adventure bike, and I could see easily riding it around the world. So comfortable, smooth and refined. Some may class the KTM 950 and the BMW 1150 in the same category, but they are nothing alike. One clearly favors smoothness, road performance and comfort (while still being adequate on the dirt), while the other is a 450 lb, 3.4 second 0-60, Dakar ready race bike that can be tolerable on the road.
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Old June 30th, 2008, 12:12 PM
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Fantastic!

A friend of mine rewired the fan on his 950 to add a switch for contant on if needed.
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Old June 30th, 2008, 07:36 PM
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Thanks for sharing, Scott. I'm enjoying the reports.

I gave my GS a little love this past weekend;






















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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:59 AM
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Great shots Bruno. The sailboat looks like a nice place to spend a few years...
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 07:02 AM
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Leaving from Denver

We start the Trans-America Trail in Denver and will head south to pick-up the route.

For those of you in the Denver area, we are going to have a little "overlander" meet-and-greet at EarthRoamer before our departure.

Here are the details, if anyone would like to stop by:

The festivities start at around 11:00 am, and will go until 3:00 or so, when Brian and I will leave for our first leg of the TAT.

1460 Overlook Drive, Lafayette, Colorado 80026
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 08:02 AM
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I hope you have a great ride, Scott.

It will be interesting to hear your thoughts on the 950 after some of the more challenging sections of the TAT, if you opt not to bypass them.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 01:58 PM
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Scott, Bruno.
Nice photos guys, watching with interest. I always thought a KTM would have been a better choice for Charlie Boorman & Ewan McGreggor's trips. Maybe they made that decision based on sponsorship.
Scott, we will be in your area in a few weeks, shame you wont be there but this looks like a great trip. Maybe meet you on the trail for some TD5/KTM love.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 07:05 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kevb
I always thought a KTM would have been a better choice for Charlie Boorman & Ewan McGreggor's trips. Maybe they made that decision based on sponsorship.
It was. KTM turn down sponsorship because KTM didn't think their bikes would make the trip. BMW immediately jumped in to sponsor them.
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Old July 5th, 2008, 06:58 PM
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IIRC, I think KTM didn't think Charlie and Ewan would be able to finish the trip, not the motorcycle.
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Old July 5th, 2008, 10:14 PM
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On page 46 of the book, they said KTM didnt think their bikes weren't up to taking 2 movie stars around the world.
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Old July 6th, 2008, 11:47 AM
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I stand corrected. I never read the book, just watched the documentary. I guess I mis-interpreted what they said. I definately should get the book though.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 12:17 PM
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You don't have a poster of a young Obi-Wan over your bed either, so CvonC has you completely beat as a Ewan fan.
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Old July 7th, 2008, 12:31 PM
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Jack, seriously.. how long are you going to remain bitter at me for beating you fair and square on that eBay auction? Its not my fault you couldn't snipe it fast enough.

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Old July 7th, 2008, 02:32 PM
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Not the trans-america trail on a KTM 950, but I've been wondering what a novice would best learn on for a short commute to work each day with $4.00 + per gallon at the pump?

Been looking at a 1984 BMW R100RS I found at Blue Moon Cycle in Atlanta. I've never riden anything but a dirt bike a couple of times as a kid, but I've really been thinking about buying a reliable but used bike to train on and use as a clear weather commuter for my exhausting 5 mile round trip to the office daily.

Flame if you feel the need, but I'm looking for some input from you pro's out there.

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Old July 7th, 2008, 02:55 PM
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Not a bad bike. But not a great bike to learn on. I am a huge fan of Dual sport or standard style m/c's to learn on.
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Old July 10th, 2008, 05:12 PM
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Ready to go...



We are about half-way to Denver and the beginning of our adventure.

I also have SPOT tracking live, which will track our progress and location to within about 30 minutes. Tracking HERE

3,000+ miles of dirt roads and trails, here we come...
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Old July 10th, 2008, 07:38 PM
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Awesome!

Travel safely.
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Old July 11th, 2008, 08:52 AM
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Sweet.

Bon Voyage.
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Old July 13th, 2008, 08:18 PM
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That bike looks mean

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Old July 15th, 2008, 03:45 PM
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A cool thread on AdvRider.
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Old July 15th, 2008, 09:51 PM
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I'll say.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 07:28 AM
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Very nice. Thanks for the link, Aaron.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 07:55 AM
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Great link.

What ever happened to our cajones?

We think we are so hard core in our leather upholstered, crawl anywhere, albeit with some minor engineering flaws, British trucks over trails that have been beaten into submission after 50 years of use.

Break something in the middle of Utah? John and Ho will Fed Ex you a replacement.

Need to know the weather? Just dial in the 2M or turn on the GPS.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 09:20 AM
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Great link.

What ever happened to our cajones?

We think we are so hard core in our leather upholstered, crawl anywhere, albeit with some minor engineering flaws, British trucks over trails that have been beaten into submission after 50 years of use.

Break something in the middle of Utah? John and Ho will Fed Ex you a replacement.

Need to know the weather? Just dial in the 2M or turn on the GPS.

You need to get the DHS to let you leave the country.

There are plenty of risks to be taken just 1.5 hours south.
Plenty.
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