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Old 01-27-2010, 03:43 PM   #121
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Great RR! Really enjoying it...I had a 79 400T honda hawk, which I regrettably sold last summer :( Looking forward to the rest of the story.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:23 PM   #122
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Great report. Best line, "where camping goes to die."
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:30 PM   #123
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Great report. Best line, "where camping goes to die."
Too many Best lines in this report to list



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Old 01-28-2010, 02:28 PM   #124
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Great writing kerncountykid! On a cold January day, it has been a very good read. Keep writing, take us home!
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:11 AM   #125
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It seems any ride report with Jap bikes from the 70s/80s is always superior. Great read, guys. I was sad to see the CX get trailered away though. That's not supposed to happen!
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Old 02-14-2010, 09:20 AM   #126
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Old 02-17-2010, 05:31 PM   #127
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Aw man, how did the trip end?
Inquiring minds need to know!
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Old 02-18-2010, 10:59 PM   #128
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Yes. Please do tell. How did it end?
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Old 03-03-2010, 03:34 AM   #129
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Right after she graduated, my girlfriend moved to San Francisco to go to college. I made a couple nerve wracking flights out to visit before she moved on to New York. It had been several years but I managed to find her diggs at 685 Geary Street. I snapped a picture for her.



We found Lombard Street and gave our brake pads a good glazing. For all the beatings she endured on this trek, the single mechanical failure was one I built in to the trip. The little four's oil pan had been weeping through a hairline crack for months before I set out west, before and after I rebuilt the engine. I left it be in anticipation of visiting Charlie's Place in San Francisco, a shop run for the sole benefit of old Honda's like mine. Sure enough he had a new pan waiting for me. I strapped it over my pack and skipped port.

Justin and I ended up in Berkeley on accident, but made the most of it with an ice cream at Fosters Freeze. Our northern aim turned west for the fabled Yosemite Valley. Past Modesto we rode long through the short grass. Approaching the park boundry, Justin's glowing pipes were a welcomed distraction from the crippling cold that halted us at Mariposa, where we camped for the night.







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Old 03-03-2010, 03:38 AM   #130
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Justin's teeth hurt. Mine didn't because I brushed them the night before. He mistook my good hygene as an aversion to the nomadic roads and living beyond the humming cities. I didn't have any hard learned experience left to offer him, you have to sort that out for yourself. He complained less about my personal grooming after that, although our riding styles remained a topic of contention.

Still in Mariposa, we ate breakfast and talked. This morning I saw my first true doppelganger. The man seated behind Justin looked so much like my grandpa that I would have confidently sat at his table if I had walked into this restaurant back home. Out of Mariposa we climbed highway 140 deeper into the Sierra Nevada. Just within the park boundry of Yosemite I pulled aside, climbed down to a beach of pummeled granite and gulped a handful of the Merced River. If there's anything more pure I haven't tasted it.

























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Old 03-03-2010, 06:12 AM   #131
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Very cool. The trip brings back a lot of memories of roaming the west over the years. Good stuff.

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Old 03-03-2010, 06:18 AM   #132
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Great update. Anxious to see if the pan made it the rest of the way strapped on with one bungee
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:57 AM   #133
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Cool report dudes. Keep it coming .
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:59 AM   #134
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Fun Ride

Great report as it does bring back some interesting honda riding memories.

That being said; for all the riders making comments about the good ole days, on their old bikes, wake the Frig Up!

I am very happy to ride farkled out MC's with uber suspension and heated grips blah blah blah; vice my old 400 twin that used to send such a servere buzz through the bars and up my arms that it would eventually cause temporary brain failure after just a few hours of spirited riding. Dam!

Thanks again for the great report, and do include some Laverda Pics as it sounds like a step up the evolutionary chain away from Brain Damaging rice rockets.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:33 AM   #135
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Thanks.

I was really excited to see that you had posted some more of your trip this morning.
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