TAT – Trans-America Trail – ADV Ride Across the USA

The Trans-America Trail, or TAT for short, is a American dual sport dream ADV ride across the US of A! It is a mix of dirt roads, farm roads, back roads, trails, and forest roads that go from southeast Tennessee and ends in southwest Oregon. And just like the TCATTrans-Canada Highway or many other long routes it can be broken down into sections or parts for shorter expeditions. As many of us don’t have a month or so to explore all that is offered on the TAT trail.

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TAT or Trans-America Trail – An Adventure Motorcycle Ride Across the back roads and trails of the USA!

The TAT was originally mapped out by Sam Correro and he runs the website – http://www.transamtrail.com/ where you can get maps/gps files of the Trans-America Trail. Now Sam Correro, is respected as the father of the TAT trail, but many other passionate Adventure riders have extended the TAT and have improved the trail system even further by offering routes for different class adventure bikes. See ADV bike classes.  And have also mapped out a complete coast to coast route as Sam’s route didn’t quite reach the east coast. So it is safe to say the TAT is a living growing trail system that many are now involved in making an amazing trans American route.

If you are interested in riding the TAT, another site that offers the maps and gps files for the TAT is gpsKEvin, see here. There is some controversy as to the ethics of gpsKevin’s offering these routes, many if not all gps files, after Sam has done so much of the leg work. gpsKevin’s initial take was “open-source” view where the trail and gps route is free to ride, but many feel it is a slight to the father of the TAT– now I believe the gps files are no longer free but he is charging for a MicroSD card for your GPS which obviously include his tracks. There is some concern that gpsKevin’s route may take riders across private land, where the land owner’s are not happy about the trespassing.

Another source for TAT route is TATtracks which takes Kevin’s route, but rerouted around all the private property, blocked roads, and closed gas stations. and best of all it’s free.

I’ll let you do your own due diligence and decide your own viewpoint on this one, but it is safe to say riding across America on an adventure bike will give you a taste of America from a real roots level.

And also check out the Big Dog who has rode many parts of the TAT and has a lot of great stuff on his site. http://www.bigdogadventures.com/

So get out there and Ride the TAT and explore the true America the ultimate way– on a motorcycle!


 

WorldCrosser has uniquely USA themed Trans-America Trail (TAT) stickers in stock.
Show off with a cool USA themed TAT sticker today.
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as well as TAT vinyl decals too . . .

Sena SMH10 Bluetooth Motorcycle Helmet Headset

Bluetooth for Adventure Motorcycle riding is becoming standard.
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So you want to listen to Pandora, and talk to you friends while riding, oh not to mention voice navigation for Waze or whichever GPS app you fancy on your iPhone or Android. Well you are in need of a bluetooth headset for your helmet and today we are discussing the Sena SMH10.

This bluetooth helmet headset installs with a bracket or with an adhesive mount, both worked very well it just depends on the thickness of your helmet. It links up easy with your phone or other Bluetooth device by pressing the two buttons simultaneously.  I am amazed at how long this device can hold a charge, it is wonderful in that respect. Also,you can always plug it in and charge while riding your bike, assuming you have a power outlet on your bike. I never have had the need since this device holds a charge so well, but I still keep my cable handy for the day I just may need it.

It has good sound, although I do wish it could go a little louder. Talking back and forth with your buddies works well too. The one downside to the SMH10 is that if you are listening to music and connected to a friend, the music stops and friend talks, it is not smooth transition or overlay from one to the other. You almost need to decide if you want to talk or listen to music. Sena recognized this limitation and have put a fix in the 20S model. For me this is not worth additional $100 for this feature but for some it may be worth the extra cash.

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Couple tips:

  • Use the foam pads to bring speakers closer to your ears
  • When you first get it it is wise to charge fully and then let go all the way down, then do the same thing again. Maybe this is why mine holds a charge so long.
  • Make sure your headset is running the latest firmware – Click here to see latest version available from Sena. I have heard of people having issues with other models, but these were older ones when technology was not as good. But overall I highly recommend this unit and use it all the time.
  • Be careful of which one you buy! I wish Sena’s site or resellers would explain a simple difference between two unique models of the same model number – SMH10 – One has boom type mic that is connected to unit itself – this is used for open face helmets. the other one goes inside the helmet and is for Full face helmets. I know one person who bought the wrong one. It should be better defined on their packaging as it is easy to over look. Take a look at pics below to see what I’m talking about and make sure you get correct one for your helmet.

The Sena SMH10 is good companion for Adventure motorcycle riders as it does it’s job very well. For the price point I think it is fair, there are cheaper products out there but not sure if quality is the same. As technology improves maybe there will be better alternative at this price point but for now I think this is best bang fo your buck. With that said, if money is a non-issue I may suggest or opt for the SMH20, but this post is about the SMH10 and it is a good value and product for Adventure riders.

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