Trans-Am 500 - the seven year itch

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Re: Trans-Am 500 - the seven year itch

Post by gbags » Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:43 pm

Hi Jen,

That was the best ride report I've read. Great pics, very informative and your price breakdown for Spanish Pat was great.

I'm really sold on having a go at this trail. Thanks very much.

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Re: Trans-Am 500 - the seven year itch

Post by The Spanish Biker » Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:03 pm

... and, er, Simon X
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Re: Trans-Am 500 - the seven year itch

Post by Dutchgit » Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:58 pm

Plans are in the making Simon.

But let's keep this topic on topic !

Carry on Jenny. (thumbs)
It'll end in tears I tells ya.

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Re: Trans-Am 500 - the seven year itch

Post by nuttynick » Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:40 pm

Only just found the time to sit and properly read this whole report, and it's superb! Thanks Jenny for all the time and effort you've taken to document your epic trip, I really enjoyed it :-)

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Re: Trans-Am 500 - the seven year itch

Post by Bart1 » Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:08 pm

aaaahhhhh FreeBird....love it...nice one Simon

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Re: Trans-Am 500 - the seven year itch

Post by Tourist-Biker » Tue Dec 01, 2015 1:48 pm

Hi Jenny,

Thanks for a great report, what a great read & pictures.


Hi Steve,

Thats looks like a great setup, I will be waiting to see how you get on with the exc.

Have you looked into oil coolers, I found this one oil cooler but not sure if it would fit with your fuel tank.
I also thought about a rally bash plate that has a water compartment and use that to carry oil.

SteveW wrote:
By the way, here's may 450exc in "TAT trim" I just need a small rack and may be look into an oil cooler.
I also need to plot suitable dealers on route for oil changes (I don't want to carry oil) I expect I'd change oil every 1200 or so miles.


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Re: Trans-Am 500 - the seven year itch

Post by SteveW » Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:00 pm

Thanks Tourist-Biker,
I won't be getting an oil cooler, but I've got a Cush drive hub and Heavy duty rim and SS spokes on order.
I'll be using a tubeliss system.
It will be interesting to do the TAT on the 450exc. I may get a ali bash plate, but the stock one's pretty durable.
I probably won't carry any oil, I plan to change the oil may be every 1000-1200 miles, but I'll use KTM dealers near the route, I don't want the hassle of carring and then disposing of oil.
I'll have the bike serviced may be two times.....I'll probably be covering about 8-9000 miles over eight weeks.

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Re: Trans-Am 500 - the seven year itch

Post by Tourist-Biker » Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:28 pm

SteveW wrote: I've got a Cush drive hub and Heavy duty rim and SS spokes on order.
Please excuse my ignorance but is the cush drive to protected the chain/sprockets or gearbox or just to for the feel.

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Re: Trans-Am 500 - the seven year itch

Post by micksea » Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:51 pm

mainly to protect the gearbox and chain,the difference in feel is quite minimal but it is noticeable

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Re: Trans-Am 500 - the seven year itch

Post by SteveW » Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:55 pm

What Micksea said.
I'll be doing a lot of road miles, and I expect the majority of the trail to be hard packed and gravel.

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