Urals on the TAT?

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Urals on the TAT?

Post by Emoore » Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:25 pm

:?: Been looking into riding a small piece of the Trans American Trail. From VA, to NC and on to Tenn.
Some 500+ miles of back paved roads and dirt roads and muddy messes. Anyone here ever do that?
I'll be 50 come 2020, and plan on riding the whole thing for my Birthday. So this year I want to "scout" it out a bit, with this small section of it.
My Ural is a 2012 T, 1 Wd.... Running Duro 308 tires.
My limited off roading has shown me that the 308s fill easy with mud and become slicks. I was thinking of getting the 307 knobby tires.....will I need all 3 or will the 308 be ok on front and sidecar and run the 307 on the pusher? Also, I understand there are web sites with gps files for routing, what gps would be good for both off and on Rd? And will work with these files?
The rest is packing and I got that part...lol
I got camping gear, of biblical proportion.....lol
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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by cateyetech » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:56 pm

Emoore wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:25 pm
:?: Been looking into riding a small piece of the Trans American Trail. From VA, to NC and on to Tenn.
Some 500+ miles of back paved roads and dirt roads and muddy messes. Anyone here ever do that?

Not those sections, yet :twisted:
But we have ridden the AR-OK-NM sections :D
http://www.sovietsteeds.com/forums/view ... ea#p512379
http://www.sovietsteeds.com/forums/view ... ea#p608561
I can't find the thread but I think URAL CT (Charlie) and Old Timer (Barry)
attempted some of the OK section :D


I'll be 50 come 2020, and plan on riding the whole thing for my Birthday. So this year I want to "scout" it out a bit, with this small section of it.

That's a good idea :thumbsup:

My Ural is a 2012 T, 1 Wd.... Running Duro 308 tires.
My limited off roading has shown me that the 308s fill easy with mud and become slicks. I was thinking of getting the 307 knobby tires.....will I need all 3 or will the 308 be ok on front and sidecar and run the 307 on the pusher? Also,

To quote DaveO "if a Ural only has 1 knobby it should be on the front" :bow:
You gotta be able to steer! You will encounter the full spectrum of road/trail surfaces on the TAT :boogie:
IMHO the hack would get a knobby too :? yes even on a 1wd :o


I understand there are web sites with gps files for routing,

Here you go :)
https://www.transamtrail.com/


what gps would be good for both off and on Rd? And will work with these files?

Do some research :lol: but Garmin for us :D
A lot of riders use their phone and a app. But HAVE A BACK UP!!!! (1 bike & 1 handheld or 1 bike & your phone or all 3 :lol: )
Sam will send tracks & you can change that to a route (turn by turn directions) with the FREE Garmin Base Camp program.
or if you pay more he will send a sd card that is plug & play. I recommend the paper maps also :)
But keep the tracks on 1 device for back up, GPS's have a BAD :evil: habit of trying to reroute :x


The rest is packing and I got that part...lol
I got camping gear, of biblical proportion.....lol

Weight on the back of the bike HELPS in the dirt (tools & heavy stuff)
ONLY take what you need!!! ONLY take what you need!!! ONLY take what you need!!!
If you think I might need that, DON'T TAKE IT :D ONLY take what you need!!! :lol:

I recommend 130-160 mile days enjoy the ride :)
:!: Don't get hung up on ridding ALL of the TAT (especially on that 1wd) if needed reroute :)
Enjoy the ride, it's not life changing but it a wonderful experience :boogie:

Be safe & be sure to post a ride report :deal:

we're doing the TN-MS sections this year :moto:
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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by stagewex » Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:07 am

For a moment there I thought those were rolls of $$$ ala "Easy Rider".
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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by vitz » Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:02 am

I’d run 307 all around and on your spare. Been getting good mileage out of mine and no problem lasting you your trip. Yes, they are a little bit noise on the road but worth having them in the fun stuff. 307s and a Cobb skid plate are the best off roading modifications I’ve done. Hardly touch 2wd anymore.

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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by Lokiboy » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:18 am

Ernie,

At one time I had thought about doing the TAT And bought maps for the entire route starting in Tennessee. The states I also have maps for are Arkansas, Mississippi, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah and Oklahoma. If you’re interested in these let me know I’m sure we can work something out.
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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by NxtGoRnd » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:00 am

@ cateyetech we're doing the TN-MS sections this year. When you planing on? will you ride west to east or visa versa? :) :thumbsup:
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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by NxtGoRnd » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:00 am

@ cateyetech we're doing the TN-MS sections this year. When you planing on? will you ride west to east or visa versa? :) :thumbsup:
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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by cateyetech » Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:40 pm

NxtGoRnd wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:00 am
@ cateyetech we're doing the TN-MS sections this year. When you planing on? will you ride west to east or visa versa? :) :thumbsup:

Hey NTG
We're going mid June :)
We'll be ridding the TAT East to West

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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by cateyetech » Sat Feb 16, 2019 11:35 pm

stagewex wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:07 am
For a moment there I thought those were rolls of $$$ ala "Easy Rider".
Hey sw
Shh, don't the cat out of the bag :lol:

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The only Ural to post a second gear wheelie :evil:

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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by Emoore » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:44 am

cateyetech wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:56 pm
Emoore wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:25 pm
:?: Been looking into riding a small piece of the Trans American Trail. From VA, to NC and on to Tenn.
Some 500+ miles of back paved roads and dirt roads and muddy messes. Anyone here ever do that?

Not those sections, yet :twisted:
But we have ridden the AR-OK-NM sections :D
http://www.sovietsteeds.com/forums/view ... ea#p512379
http://www.sovietsteeds.com/forums/view ... ea#p608561
I can't find the thread but I think URAL CT (Charlie) and Old Timer (Barry)
attempted some of the OK section :D


I'll be 50 come 2020, and plan on riding the whole thing for my Birthday. So this year I want to "scout" it out a bit, with this small section of it.

That's a good idea :thumbsup:

My Ural is a 2012 T, 1 Wd.... Running Duro 308 tires.
My limited off roading has shown me that the 308s fill easy with mud and become slicks. I was thinking of getting the 307 knobby tires.....will I need all 3 or will the 308 be ok on front and sidecar and run the 307 on the pusher? Also,

To quote DaveO "if a Ural only has 1 knobby it should be on the front" :bow:
You gotta be able to steer! You will encounter the full spectrum of road/trail surfaces on the TAT :boogie:
IMHO the hack would get a knobby too :? yes even on a 1wd :o


I understand there are web sites with gps files for routing,

Here you go :)
https://www.transamtrail.com/


what gps would be good for both off and on Rd? And will work with these files?

Do some research :lol: but Garmin for us :D
A lot of riders use their phone and a app. But HAVE A BACK UP!!!! (1 bike & 1 handheld or 1 bike & your phone or all 3 :lol: )
Sam will send tracks & you can change that to a route (turn by turn directions) with the FREE Garmin Base Camp program.
or if you pay more he will send a sd card that is plug & play. I recommend the paper maps also :)
But keep the tracks on 1 device for back up, GPS's have a BAD :evil: habit of trying to reroute :x


The rest is packing and I got that part...lol
I got camping gear, of biblical proportion.....lol

Weight on the back of the bike HELPS in the dirt (tools & heavy stuff)
ONLY take what you need!!! ONLY take what you need!!! ONLY take what you need!!!
If you think I might need that, DON'T TAKE IT :D ONLY take what you need!!! :lol:

I recommend 130-160 mile days enjoy the ride :)
:!: Don't get hung up on ridding ALL of the TAT (especially on that 1wd) if needed reroute :)
Enjoy the ride, it's not life changing but it a wonderful experience :boogie:

Be safe & be sure to post a ride report :deal:

we're doing the TN-MS sections this year :moto:

IMG_20181128_225418.jpg

:foilhead:

Thanks for the info. I will get the 307s on her before the trip. I am sure your section of the trail will be far more interesting than mine.
I hope to see some pictures when your done. Ill take my cameras and like always never use them..lol I plan on a small 2 man tent, sleeping bag, clothes, cooler, and the rest will be spare parts. I figure that if I need anything else the trail isn't that from from a store. (except the spare parts)
Thanks again. safe travels.
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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by Emoore » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:49 am

vitz wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:02 am
I’d run 307 all around and on your spare. Been getting good mileage out of mine and no problem lasting you your trip. Yes, they are a little bit noise on the road but worth having them in the fun stuff. 307s and a Cobb skid plate are the best off roading modifications I’ve done. Hardly touch 2wd anymore.
Your right. Ill run 307 all the way around plus spare. I found them for $65 + free s&h, sound about right?
Ive always run the 308 which are very good road tires, but like i said they collect mud in the tread and become slicks.
what is this CObb skid plate you speak of?
I appreciate it. Thanks
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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by Emoore » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:52 am

Lokiboy wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:18 am
Ernie,

At one time I had thought about doing the TAT And bought maps for the entire route starting in Tennessee. The states I also have maps for are Arkansas, Mississippi, Colorado, Oregon, New Mexico, Utah and Oklahoma. If you’re interested in these let me know I’m sure we can work something out.
I appreciate it. The wife has already got me the GPS files. Ever since I got my life insurance policy she seems to want me to ride more and in way out of the way places......hmmm......funny huh?.... :lol:
your maps paper? I would like the VA - TN one if you have it.
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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by vitz » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:32 pm

Emoore wrote:
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:49 am
vitz wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 2:02 am
I’d run 307 all around and on your spare. Been getting good mileage out of mine and no problem lasting you your trip. Yes, they are a little bit noise on the road but worth having them in the fun stuff. 307s and a Cobb skid plate are the best off roading modifications I’ve done. Hardly touch 2wd anymore.
Your right. Ill run 307 all the way around plus spare. I found them for $65 + free s&h, sound about right?
Ive always run the 308 which are very good road tires, but like i said they collect mud in the tread and become slicks.
what is this CObb skid plate you speak of?
I appreciate it. Thanks
Mr Cobb. on the forum makes some amazing skid plates. I don’t know if he still makes them but are serious protection for the engine. Having a solid skid plate gives me a peace of mind that any rock won’t leave stranded out in the middle of no where will a busted oil pan.

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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by Emoore » Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:45 am

Saw a company on the gray market that sells skid plates and light protectors. Skid plate was kinda expensive.
I will look more into this. I appreciate the suggestion, I never thought of it.
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Re: Urals on the TAT?

Post by Claus » Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:47 am

cateyetech wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:56 pm

If you think I might need that, DON'T TAKE IT :D ONLY take what you need!!! :lol:

This is the most useful advice! With a full loaded sidecar you´ll get stuck easy where you just drive thru with a light weighted rig.
A great experience, I guess. And I´m a bit jealous :cheers:
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