Trans America Trail – On for 2014!

the-trans-am-trailLooks like I am “on” for the Trans America Trail in 2014!  About 5000 miles of off-road motorcycle riding from eastern Tennessee  to Oregon.  I am not sure that I can take the time to do the whole thing – minimum of 22 days, but will at least get a few weeks in this year.  Pretty much decided on a BMW Sertao for the ride – about 150 lbs lighter than the GSA I rode g650gs_sertao_zoom_1to Alaska and much more manageable off-road.  Some say this bike is still too large, but I think it is a compromise between the highway miles to get to the start and the single track stuff I may encounter.

Can’t wait to find and outfit the bike.  As I said above, much lighter and simpler than the big GSA.  One cylinder and fuel injected which means about 65 mpg.  Just need to find one at a reasonable price – might be a challenge.  Then the outfitting starts…  Soft luggage and a few minor modifications and I should be ready to go!  This trip I am planning on taking the time to enjoy the outdoors and scenery.  Have invited my son, Ben along – hope he can make it…

Stay tuned!

 

 

7 thoughts on “Trans America Trail – On for 2014!

    1. Ted Post author

      Looks like I Wil have to break it into segments. 1st will be about 10 days end of July. 2nd probably in September – weather permitting.

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  1. Steve Ferguson

    Greetings, I am an avid BMW bike guy and plan on doing the TAT in 2016 with my best friends from childhood on our 60th BD year. I want to ride a Sertao and saw your blog. Did you make the trip and did you ride the Sertao? If so how was it? Looks like a great trip. BTW, I have a son named Ben and want him to go with me also. Hope your Ben made the trip. Steve

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    1. Ted Post author

      Sorry for the tardy reply, Steve. Have been occupied with a bunch of other stuff. But, never did the TAT. Family and work commitments got the best of me. Sold the Sertao – to be honest – hated the damn thing. I would never have trusted it off and away from civilization – very finicky and unreliable. I would probably lean towards a KLR 650 or something. Still on my bucket list, but may be 70 ’till I get to it!

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