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Old 11-23-2009, 04:51 PM   #1
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Go West Young Man!

Hey guys, this is my first post. Wanted to submit a tour report about my ride!

My name is Trevor Ware and this is my 1974 Honda CB550K. I built this bike from the frame up and lived on it for 32 days and 5,536 miles across the American south west.



I bought this bike in Iowa for 965$ in March of 2009. I spent 6 months completely rebuilding it, esentially in two stages. I did a piston rering and carb rebuild just to get it running and tooled around Little Rock for a few months popping wheelies and doing burn outs in grave yards. Then I had my first puff off a marijuana cigarette and was spiritually connected to thousands of dead hippies. They told me to see the great American south west, and also to bring some shrooms.

Seriously, my buddy Justin and I had talked about motorcycle adventures for years. The more I worked on the bike the more road worthy it became and the farther I could ride it. Then in July I got shit-canned from my job and found myself with idle hands. If I was ever going to blow my mind on a motorcycle this was the time to do it. I rolled the bike back in my bedroom for the second time and rebuilt it bolt by bolt, nut by nut.

The top end rebuild shortly after I got the bike



Marking my work (below the primary chain hanging out of the right side engine case).



Coming together, about 2 months after I started the second rebuild and less than a week before leaving for California, the wrinkled raisin state.



Gordy and I hadn't been talking about motorcycle adventures for years. So I was surprised when, after weeks of hounding, I was able to convince him to come with me. We found a 1981 Honda CX500 on Craigslist that seemed like a good candidate. Turned out to be about as good a candidate as Walter Mondale. This thing required some serious surgery to get ready and limited time to do it in. Here we are 2 days before the scheduled leave date putting his motor back in the bike. The stator was bad and required a replacement being overnighted, engine coming out and being opened up, and several huge handfuls of chewing tobacco. The chewing tobacco kept Gordy calm and girls away while we worked.


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Old 11-23-2009, 04:55 PM   #2
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September 17th

I get up around 9:30 and change my oil. Finish packing and Gord shows up. Neither of us can believe we are doing this. I wonder if I'm better at building motorcycles than riding them and hope I am not. It's overcast and threatening rain, but we drag ass anyways. The bikes are fully loaded, top heavy and unruly. We roll out of my front yard tepidly, relearning how to ride our now underpowered and overweight machines. I look back at my house and know I'll see it differently when I'm coming up the opposite end of the street nearly a month from now.




The ride out reveals something is amiss with Gord's bike. He's averaging around 30 miles per gallon. Considering he'd put only a handful of miles on it after we took out the motor I chalk it up to tuning. We agree to ride on and that we'll fix it in Tulsa, our day one destination.



Interstate 40 revolutionized the way people travel in this country. How many ghost towns did this soulless stretch of road leave in it's wake though? No road trip can involve riding this piece of crap. If anyone has had an adventure on a major interstate highway I'd like to hear about it. Riding i-40 to Tulsa from Little Rock was a necessary evil and none of it is worth remembering.

Finally in Oklahoma we hit the Muskogee Turnpike, pay our toll and ride into Tulsa. We meet my girlfriend in a bar. She's visiting a friend and has arranged for us to stay the night. Gord, me and Felicia share the front room. Out of respect for Gord I don't make sweet, sweet love to her in his presence.





Jordan and I spent two rotten days in Tulsa. Riding in we knew his gas milage situation was deteriorating rapidly to something like 50 miles per tank! The bike could only muster a ride out of the city limits before depleting its fuel supply. A tow truck got us to Honda of Tulsa, although they were closed. We got the fanciest hotel we could considering Gord's insurance was footing the bill and slept until about 10:30a.m. like a couple of hobos on abandoned matresses. We headed back to Honda of Tulsa for some help. These guys were the least hospitable people I met on the trip. A thumbs down review and gory details lie here, but it's not directly related to the (amazing) ride: Buttheads of Tulsa

We hunkered down behind a gas station and spent all day going through Gord's carburetors in the blazing sun. That, coupled with switching his bike to premium fuel netted us about 43 miles per gallon. That'll do pig, that'll do...

Behind the gas station


Back on the road we hooked up with state highway 412 and ripped across central Oklahoma like wildfire. We met a nice fella on a rare Suzuki GT550. That's a two stroke tripple! Very strange bike. Seems kind of useless considering it was a two stroke, but it looked fantastic. At a stop for gas Gord frantically tells me he has knocked both bikes over as I fill up my water bag. Luckily my bike broke his bikes fall. Then within a couple hours my tach needle became stuck and while thumping the housing I break the glass. We are stumbling out of the gate.









We make it to Boiling Springs State Park just outside of Woodward, OK and the states panhandle. We learn how to pitch up our tent in the dark and are harassed by a Raccoon. Somewhere on the way my stun gun got stuck in the on position and depleted itself, presumably shocking my pillow and three bottles of Ensure for hours. The raccoon suffered no punishment for his rude behavior. Man how I would have loved to taze him.

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Old 11-23-2009, 05:04 PM   #3
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Welcome Trevor! Good start. How did you find such a cute girlfriend?
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:08 PM   #4
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Welcome Trevor! Good start. How did you find such a cute girlfriend?
I bagged her way back in high school, before I got ugly!
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:24 PM   #5
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Sweet! Thanks for your first report

Let's hope this is the last of the stumbling.. but hey.. riding vintage bikes.. it's to be expected..

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Old 11-23-2009, 05:40 PM   #6
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Sweet! Thanks for your first report

Let's hope this is the last of the stumbling.. but hey.. riding vintage bikes.. it's to be expected..

Wish I could say that was the end of it... but I can't...
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Old 03-06-2010, 05:42 PM   #7
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Hey guys, this is my first post. Wanted to submit a tour report about my ride!

My name is Trevor Ware and this is my 1974 Honda CB550K. I built this bike from the frame up and lived on it for 32 days and 5,536 miles across the American mid-West.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0g-j4K9_D4
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:13 PM   #8
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Trevor has Tshirts for sale for $15 apiece. Does anybody know where to get them out.
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Old 05-29-2013, 05:25 PM   #9
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Trevor has Tshirts for sale for $15 apiece. Does anybody know where to get them out.
http://www.zazzle.com/trevor+ware+b+...+young+tshirts
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Old 05-29-2013, 10:02 PM   #10
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Almost a year after he was hit, Trevor is still slowly recovering from multiple surgeries... Please donate.
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Old 06-02-2013, 03:52 PM   #11
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Trevor, this rr is like a mirror. Each of us can see something of, or some possibility of ourselves in this tale. Including being taken out by an inattentive, or inebriated driver - or being that driver. What I really enjoy about this rr is your enthusiasm, lack of pretense and the ability to make the most of what you have and where you are. I'm very sorry about what has happened to you, but also hopeful your sharp mind and adventurous soul will find recovery. All the best.

I encourage anyone catching this thread on this end to read through from the beginning. You'll probably find something that resonates, then you'll find Trevor's assistance fund and contribute.

Here's an article Trevor mentioned:
http://www.modestconquest.com/search?q=groupthink

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Old 06-26-2013, 07:10 PM   #12
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Thank you for the update - glad to hear Trevor is doing well and getting better. When he gets that chair, we'll need a ride report!
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:15 PM   #13
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Yes Felicia,you and Pam are truly Angels. Keep us posted on Trevor's progress, we may not be there but we all do really care.

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Old 08-07-2013, 03:42 PM   #14
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I added Trevor as a FB friend. He is an inspiration to all of, through his ride stories and his strength during his current struggle. Wish him my best.

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Old 08-18-2013, 01:38 PM   #15
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o.k., everyone, this is our turn to step up, pay back for some awesome ride reports from Trev. Give all you can and lets get this guy back on track for a recovery!!!!!!
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