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Old 01-05-2011, 03:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UTV's For Wounded Warriors 4800 Mile UTV Ride

The Trans-America Trail is a west bound ride across America. The Trail starts in Northeastern Tennessee (as of now), and ends at the Pacific Ocean in southwestern Oregon. Some 4,800 miles of mostly off-pavement riding.





So I have wanted to do this ride for years in a UTV and it looks like this will be the year Im Planning on loading up my UTV on a trailer or a Uhaul truck July 6 2011 and leaving Gilbert Arizona for the Trail Head in Jellico Tenn. Figuring three days to get to the trail head from Gilbert Az that should have me Starting my adventure July 9 2011 and hopefully arriving in Oregon Just in Time for Dunefest 2011 DuneFest 2011 - Official Website - Reedsport/Winchester Bay, Oregon

Im looking for atleast 1 other fool with a Like New RZR S Model RZR 4 or RZR 900 XP with low miles and a little extra change in his pocket going jingle lingle ling to Make this trip with me.

I will be building a 2011 RZR XP 900 with a custom cage with roof rack, led light bar, 2 spare tire mounts , racks for at least 4 3 Gallon fuel jugs and 1 3 Gallon water jug, heated seats , 3500 or 4000 pd warn winch , turn signal kit, horn kit, mirrors, nice big GPS , Ipod, and 2 way radio car to car , spare belts, tools, and air filters, and first aid kit, and removable windshield.
It will be Street Legal in Arizona

I also plan on buying a satellite phone for the trip ...

2Trans-America Trail, Cross-Country Motorcycle Adventure, Motorcycling, Trans-Am Trail, Sam Correro, Dual-Sport, Motorrad Media, BMW, F650, GS, Road Less Traveled documentary, <--- This is Sams website with more info on the trans am trail

UTV Off-Road Magazine :: Everything Side-By-Side for the Off-Road Enthusiast <--- Don from utv offroad magazine will also be covering this ride and possible hooking up with me for a few days along the trail ...

Anybody is welcome to meet up along the way and ride along for a hour or a day or what ever you want but please understand you will need to be self reliant as we can not stop for hours and days at a time to repair your utv
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Old 01-05-2011, 03:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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now thats a ride ! Johnny have fun , be safe and take lotsa pics !
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So I guess only someone from arizona can do this?
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Old 01-05-2011, 05:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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NO Sir anybody from any Place is welcome just meet me at the trail head in Jellico Tenn. and make your own arrangements to get your machine home when the ride is done ... I plan on renting a U haul to get home
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Then how would I get my UTV street legal in Arizona?
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What about the paved road sections. You're UTV will be street legal?
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Yes My utv will be street legal in arizona
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"It will be Street Legal in Arizona and if you need help making yours street legal here in Arizona for the trip I can help with that ..."

I will only help somebody making 100% of the trip with THIS
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I would love to do this! But with a baby scheduled to be here mid-March, I don't have the time or money.
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well cangrats on the new Kid .. wish ya could come
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It looks like I have a Second and Third rider for the Ride both from Arizona and One will be in a 2010 Kawasaki Teryx ... Let The Good Times Roll
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I'm sure this will not be the last time you do this trip right? I would love to do this maybe next year. If utvs can get threw the trail what is preventing people from taking zukis or the such on the trails?
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I dont know if I will ever get to do the Trail again ,,, we will see ... and you can take anything you want on the trail ....even zukis
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So if your UTV is licensed in Arizona, you can legally drive it through other "non UTV friendly" states, as long as you don't get too comfortable?
I hate California's government!
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i demand a full trip report and pics when this trip does get done, sounds like a hell of a lot of fun.
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So if your UTV is licensed in Arizona, you can legally drive it through other "non UTV friendly" states, as long as you don't get too comfortable?
I hate California's government!

Im Hoping so ... also thinking we should make one of our charity's for the Fallen Police Officers Family's ...

I just wanted to say Thank You to Trey From http://www.mcx-usa.com/ for offering up the use of his Satellite Phone for my Trip
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I'd like to know more about the licensing
I'd be afraid to get a plate, then be several states away and be sitting on the side of the road with a state trooper lecturing me....

Man this looks fun
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Johnny, keep me in the loop on this one!!!
I may even be able to pull off some days to come ride!
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Johnny, I won't be able to get away for the full run, but may get out for the Colorado-Utah portion. If nothing else, I am close enough to run support or help out if anyone needs while running the Colorado-Moab sections...

Awesome run this is, some magazine writers need to write this up in their mags.....
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I live in Eureka NV, the trail comes right through here. You are welcome to crash at my place and use any tools/ shop space you need. Also if you want to ship a "re supply" here your welcome to. I'm hoping to run some of the trail this summer in my 4 runner. Shoot me a PM for contact info.

It sounds like a fun trip, I'm just not sure I could pull it off this summer and I don't have a UTV.
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Thank for the offers for help everybody ... Right now we have 4 guys willing to do the trip ...

Me RZR 900 Gilbert Arizona
Tim Phoenix Arizona 2010 Teryx
Tim Prescott Arizona RZR 900
Tom California RZR S 800

And I would Like to Thanks a Few Sponsers

1) Trey from MCX Turbo, providing Sat. Phone

2) Ken from Liquid Eyewear, providing Sun Glasses and Goggles for all 4 riders

3) Mike from Pitbull Tires, providing Tires for all 4 machines for the duration of
the ride

Thank you for your support...
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Good luck, let me know when your heading through town i'd love to grab a beer with you guys and hear about the trip. It sounds like a blast.
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Awesome. Wish I could go...You need a trip report thread....
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Do you have tentative date to leave from jellico? Cant do the whole trip, but would love the chance to cover tn! Mike
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