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Re: XT225 for riding the T.A.T [Re: ratbikerandy] #152188 09/02/21 03:57 AM
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Many years ago I had Jerry and Geri come through on the south to north ride of the TAT, we were in Steamboat Springs, CO, they had started out in CA. The XT's are not interstate bikes. 60mph or less they will handle anything, including 10,000'. We rode around Rabbit Ears Pass in CO at 9500 with stock jets. Granted, performance was not as good as sea level, but they did ok.

I now have a 2018 XT250 with EFI. It gets much better gas mileage than my old 2008/09 XT250's did. I am also thinking it will perform better at altitude.

So I am curious when you plan on riding the TAT, which sections? etc, Would your group tolerate an outsider?

Re: XT225 for riding the T.A.T [Re: ratbikerandy] #152190 09/03/21 02:07 AM
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Good to know and I have watched a YouTube series of 225 on the western half; did fine. Also read Tiny TAT on ADV Rider of a 225.
It is a loose plan at the moment but interest is high. Of the 5 interested people, only 2 have dual-sports. The other 3 are thinking and looking. TDub kid on YT rides a TW200 all over the place too and I think he is in Colorado.

I did a street / dirt ride with a bunch of Triumph ADV bikes and scramblers and the deuce and a quarter did great. One of the other riders on bigger bike was impressed and wanted to know more about the bike. Smaller bikes are ust so much easier to ride, but do lack in comfort sometimes.

As far as another party, I would have to check with the group closer to one of the trips. Personally I would rather do the whole thing at one time but work gets in the way of that. I'll post more if/when plans come together.

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