Ten Months and Counting

Well in roughly 10 months I will be leaving on an adventure. It will be a bit over a month of traveling.

My friend Mike and I will be doing the TAT or Trans America Trail. This is about 4,800 miles of mostly off road riding.

Mike and I have been talking about this for 3 years now. Since we are not getting any younger we decided late last year that it was time. This meant getting Dual Sport bikes as each of us had strictly off road bikes already.

Deciding on the right bikes was a fairly difficult process. We started out looking at BMW F800s. The price was kind of steep and they were very heavy for what they were…

This lead us to look at Kawasaki KLR 650. The weight was about right if a bit heavy, and the motorcycles are cheaply made and inexpensive to buy. But the deeper we looked the more disappointed we got, low horsepower, spindly suspension, marginal brakes, etc. Basically a non starter for us.

We then started to look at Husqvarna 610/630 dual sport bikes and they fit the bill for us, but finding a new one was problematic and finding a used 610 with fuel injection was not easy. Mike grabbed up an 07 but that year lacked fuel injection and I was not interested in another bike without FI. Then BMW bought husky and discontinued the 630 as an new bike. I looked for 5 months for a new or used 610/630 and came close once but the seller backed out on me at the last moment. I was desperate to get the bike so we could start prepping it alongside Mike’s bike, but none were for sale within a thousand miles…

So I started out this year with no bike, but I had a plan, and an eye on a completely different manufacturer…

TBC…

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