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Old 05-16-2008, 07:53 AM   #16
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Great ride and nice photos

Fellow O/C rider,
Excellent report. Can I ask you which brand of HID lights you chose? Does the piggybacking onto the high beam cause an error message on the CANBUS?

Tip for the XM: use the small auxillary antenna. It works wonders for me. The internal antenna is crap, even in wide-open areas.

Holy Crap; 22K+ miles in 10 months? I've got some riding to do...

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Old 05-16-2008, 01:04 PM   #17
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Considering doing something like this and I have one of these for off-road.


Do you think this would be useful for Wifey reports?
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Old 05-16-2008, 06:26 PM   #18
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Seriously - badass. I've done 100 mile mtb races, and wanted to do an Ironbutt - but this sets a new bar. I'd never even heard of a 50cc. Effing -- Nuts!

Man, I like your ghetto pegs too. Would you mind posting a closer/more detailed pic of them? I was thinking of doing something like that myself and then I read this... Ghetto pegs rule.

Great RR. Thanks.
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Old 05-17-2008, 06:59 AM   #19
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Fellow O/C rider,
Excellent report. Can I ask you which brand of HID lights you chose? Does the piggybacking onto the high beam cause an error message on the CANBUS?

Tip for the XM: use the small auxillary antenna. It works wonders for me. The internal antenna is crap, even in wide-open areas.

Holy Crap; 22K+ miles in 10 months? I've got some riding to do...

G
Sure thing G!

HID's: Some cheap $35 knockoff brand from China that cost me more to ship than the unit cost to buy! I found them on some website recommended by Jim Von Baden - Anyway, the total cost was $70 and they had the larger "old-school" ballast.

CANBUS & HID's: very important to note here: I did NOT use the CANBUS to power the HID's. All of my farkles run through a Centech fuse box. The only thing that I ran off the Hi-Beams was a single wire that went from the High-beam to the Relay. Power draw off the CanBus can only be described as "minimal" - I seriously doubt my canbus draw exceeded 1 watt, if that.

Slaving the HID's - Wire to Relay, Relay to HID's, HID's to Centech, more or less.

XM: Yeah, I had the small external antena - it still sucked. IMO, if I'm really gonna do this more I need the Zumo Puck - and I just don't listen to music enough on the bike to really care...MP3's off the Zumo worked just fine.

It was a helluva ride and I can say truly that I am glad to have done it!
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Old 05-17-2008, 07:00 AM   #20
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Considering doing something like this and I have one of these for off-road.


Do you think this would be useful for Wifey reports?
Oh yes. She's already "informed" me that I won't be doing any more riding like this without one!

Errr, so I guess I need to pony up the $150...

That, and having a Bluetooth connection to a ScalaRider Q2 or what not to make cell calls on the road would have been hugely helpful too.
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Old 05-17-2008, 07:09 AM   #21
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Seriously - badass. I've done 100 mile mtb races, and wanted to do an Ironbutt - but this sets a new bar. I'd never even heard of a 50cc. Effing -- Nuts!

Man, I like your ghetto pegs too. Would you mind posting a closer/more detailed pic of them? I was thinking of doing something like that myself and then I read this... Ghetto pegs rule.

Great RR. Thanks.
Sure thing. I'll take a close up pic later today, but in a nutshell it's a quick Home Depot Run...

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1. 1.25" (or whatever diameter fits your crash bars) galvanized steel pipe. Don't use iron pipe or plumbing pipe - it's too heavy. Find the thin-wall pipe.

2. 4x 2" hose clamps. Used to secure the pipes to the crash bars.

3. 2x 1.25" non-marring rubber "cane tips" - it's a rubber tip that you might put on a chair leg or the tip of a cane.

4. A fresh hacksaw / jigsaw blade, metal cutting style.

5. Can of spraypaint: color of your choice. I went with gloss black...


First off, buy some 1.25" internal diameter galvanized pipe. I had to buy a 12 FOOT pole for $6. I still have 10 feet left if anyone wants it!

Cut two 6" lengths off.

Put the first length in a vise. draw an arc in the pipe starting from one end, finishing 2" from the other end.

Cut the pipe in half, tapering near the 4" mark. Basically, you end up with 2" of still solid pipe and 4" of "half pipe".

Spray paint the pipe black.

Slide "open end" over the crash bar, secure in place with TWO hose clamps per side.

And yer done!

Total cost, about $10 in parts.

Somewhere in Louisiana, my buddy (who rode back on the trip) lost one of my rubber bumpers. Oh the Humanity!

They work awesome.

Second:
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Old 05-17-2008, 07:15 AM   #22
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Click the link. It's the weather from one coast to the next, city by city. Absolutely Priceless!
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Old 05-17-2008, 07:19 AM   #23
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I can't even see your pics 'cause I'm at work, but great write up!

Chipmunking, I love it!
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Old 05-21-2008, 09:40 PM   #24
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Nice to see you over here, Robert.

Are you going to get KSann to add his part to complete the wonderous tale??
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:29 PM   #25
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:51 PM   #26
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uhh 50 cc??

Sorry but I just don't get it...am I dumb or something?
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Old 05-22-2008, 12:23 AM   #27
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50CC = 50 hours Coast to Coast
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Old 05-22-2008, 08:48 AM   #28
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Just a plain sweet report.....ride on
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Old 06-04-2008, 01:10 PM   #29
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Congratulations!! Awesome ride documentation and pictures. Very helpful for people contemplating ANY long ride. When I did my 50cc on nearly the same route 17 years ago, on a FJ 1200, my diet was Gatorade and Granola bars in a tank bag! Like Lance Armstrong says, its not about the bike. I ate and drank while rolling at 75 mph. Technology comes in a distant second to determination. Most people can make it thru a night without sleep. Dothat, and your time could well be in the mid 30s. Good luck on future rides!!
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Old 06-05-2008, 07:18 AM   #30
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Like Lance Armstrong says, its not about the bike.

Yeah, but I have one of Armstrong's former team bikes in my garage. It was the best technology available at the time

Seriously, maybe 40% of the folks that do a coast-to-coast ride do so on something other than the latest high-tech bike. I signed off yesterday on the paperwork for a guy who was modest, unassuming, and riding a black Harley with no electronics including no GPS. He was wearing bluejeans and a bluejean jacket rather than any sort of fancy textile suit.

The 50cc is pretty popular with a good chunk of the Harley/cruiser crowd. More power to them.

I also signed off recently on the paperwork for a guy who was riding a retro Kawasaki without a fairing or wind protection. Evidently he had a number of friends and/or online interest from folks with the same bike and they were egging him on.

There was a 100ccc (Jacksonville to San Diego and return to JAX in 100 hours) done two-up on a Hayabusa a year or two ago. Let's just say that they didn't carry much in the way of luggage.

There are a fair number of couples that do coast-to-coast rides two up. I also had a couple drop by last night that were on a R1200RT; they had picked up a nail in the rear tire so they came by our workshop and used my tools and compressor in order to plug the tire. And yeah, I questioned the wisdom of plugging that tire before doing a two-up 50cc but they are adults and I wish them well.

We are all out here to have fun.

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