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Old 04-02-2010, 08:57 AM   #1
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Lower 48+ on an XR650L

All right, the time has finally come. Im going to be taking my '02 XR650L to all the lower 48 states, and possibly more. I live in Orange County, California, and will be heading in a counter clockwise rotation. My '02 XR650L has 1,700 miles on it currently, and I'm looking to put around 20,000 miles on it by the time I'm done. I've planned on being on this trip for around 4 - 6 months. I've been wanting to do this for over a year now, and have had a great time planning it.

I have many goals for this trip including; hitting the 4 extreme corners, seeing a shuttle launch, and seeing my friend's wedding. I also want to stop and take a picture at a Honda dealer in every state. I know that some states don't have "only" Honda dealerships. So as long as there is a Honda sign then I'm good. Other than that I don't really have any other times or places to be. I do have places I want to go and people I want to see, but those are all flexible. So if anyone wants to get together and do some riding, let me know.

I've created an email for this trip for anyone who wants to contact me. People can either contact me here or PM me on this site, if you're a fellow inmate.

I'd also like to thank all my friends and family who helped make this trip possible. You all know who you are.

My Lower 48+ ride on my XR650L -

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Old 04-02-2010, 09:28 AM   #2
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Good Luck!

You've got the right stuff! Although some may disagree and criticize your minimalist approach to such an epic adventure, most detractors will have just never got it between their ears to start off on such a great ride with such a simple approach. You can't buy enough stuff to make it happen. F@#% farkles and Just Do It.

Nice bike!
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:44 AM   #3
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I'm in!
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:45 AM   #4
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Have a great fun adventure..I know you will have a blast!
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:49 AM   #5
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Old 04-02-2010, 09:58 AM   #6
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Go for it!


Go for it! I will be whatching this one for sure.

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Old 04-02-2010, 10:04 AM   #7
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Lucky I'd love to ride with ya a while have fun OHH!! almost forgot what kind of tires you have on that thing? They look pretty good.
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:06 AM   #8
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Location: Loudon, NH
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Oh yeah, I'm in. I'll be on the BRP (Blue Ridge Parkway) in early July heading up to NH and points north. Maybe we can meet up?

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Old 04-02-2010, 10:12 AM   #9
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I envy you! Sounds like a fantastic trip. If you come through Mississippi, and need anything give me a shout. My BRP is jealous of the trip yours is taking.
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Old 04-02-2010, 11:26 AM   #10
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You rock!
Lefthand brew, a weber grill and the rocky mountains, all goes away!
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:25 PM   #11
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This is a great way to start out the riding season. Make sure to post lots of pics of your daily travels.
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:29 PM   #12
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Sounds Like a Great Trip!

Ride on!

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If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough - Mario Andretti
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Old 04-02-2010, 12:52 PM   #13
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Charlotte, NC - Open Garage if ya need it.

NASCAR Country, real NC BBQ, loads of fun!!!

Ride safe, enjoy!!!
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Old 04-02-2010, 02:30 PM   #14
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Lake Saint Louis Missouri open garage

Good luck.
I have an open garage for you as well if needed and a BRP to steal parts off of.
If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home. ~James Michener
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Old 04-02-2010, 08:14 PM   #15
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Sounds like a good ride.
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