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Old 06-27-2013, 02:49 AM   #1
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Finding Main Street
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Location: Main Street, USA
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Finding Main Street - Art, Journalism, and Motorcycle

Hey Folks,

My name's Brant and I've been lurking around here for a few months while preparing for a trip with a few buddies. The ride reports, the trip planning, the bike maintenance (ugh!), and more has all been a huge help and source of inspiration.

What we've got here to share with you guys is a little different than the normal trip I've seen on here. Not in substance really, but in the goal of what we're looking for in the end.

Like all other odessys, Finding Main Street is essentially a trip for three young men to find themselves. We're all at major turning points of either finishing college or moving on to careers, and we need something to get us out into the wild and into ourselves.

We initially set off with planning to just have a trip across the country, from SF to New York and back. Mostly camping, sometimes sleeping in motels or with friends, but always having fun. As three young, ambitious artists, we decided to make something more of the trip. We sat down and came up with Finding Main Street... a two part project of a film (hopefully feature length) and a photo book (hopefully also of reasonable length).

We're videographers, writers, photographers, and journalists alike, so there will definitely be a little bit of artistry along with the movie. As some riders, photographers, bloggers, and filmmakers on here very eloquently demonstrate, a good motorcycle movie can't just be pretty shots of tires and mountains.

We're essentially setting out to explore and document what America is. We are using our trip as a metaphor and an avenue for discovering the heart of America. Our film and book will follow us on our trip, but through interviewing and filming people we will be telling the story of what America is.

Check out our website and our Kickstarter where we're trying to raise some extra funding for the trip, production, and post-production... you know how expensive these trips can be.

A bit of information can be found on our blog and in each about us section on the website.

The bikes we're using: Me - 1980 Yahama 650 Maxim, Dylan - 1982 Yamaha 750 Seca, Wyatt - 1985 V65 Magna. The Seca hums, the Magna thumps, and the Maxim bangs, but we're sure they'll get us there and back.

The camera and videography equipment: Canon 5D MK II, Canon 60D, Sigma DP2, Canon Vixia, 2x Go Pros, 2x Smartphones and 1 Dumbphone. The rest is notebooks (electronic ones), notepads (analog ones), and a bunch of memory cards.

Hopefully we can keep a ride report going here with some photos and videos, but between the blog and handling 3-5 different cameras of footage each day, there may not be time.

Our launch should be within the next 2 weeks (we're HOPING for July 6) and don't be afraid to check out the site and the Kickstarter. There's more information on both explaining the trip and projects more in depth. We'll be trying to be active in the ride reports and definitely are gonna check out the tent share spaces, so hopefully we'll see some of you soon.

Thanks for reading, and glad to be an inmate here!
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Old 06-27-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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Good on you - adventure!!!!

Sounds great - can't wait for more
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Old 06-27-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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Sounds like a very interesting ride coming up! Can't wait to see the movie.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:49 PM   #4
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New blog post up. Check it out at The writing is quoted below, however it's more oriented towards the non-ADV crowd. (TLR; Moto trips take lots of planning). Check out the pictures though! We leave on Friday the 5th, stay tuned for some more exciting content!

There are a lot of things that go into planning a motorcycle trip. There's the bikes, first of all. They must be running smoothly and hassle free -- unlikely to be the source of too much stress and hardship on the road. They must be equipped to hold enough gear to sustain one's self for two months on the road. And, perhaps most importantly, they must be comfortable. Really comfortable. There's the gear, which for a trip of this magnitude includes both camping and camera gear alongside all the other essentials of daily life. There's the actual day-to-day planning, which involves pouring over maps and the internet for places to stop, things to see, and people to meet up with. And finally, there's all the tying up of loose ends at home, because one can't just leave home for two months without closing up shop a bit. Needless to say, the three of us have all been quite busy the last few weeks taking care of all of the above.

This weekend Dylan and myself (Brant) had the fortune of traveling up to Grass Valley, our hometown, where we did some custom fabrication to the bikes -- welding stuff directly to the frame notwithstanding. It was incredibly hot, which probably a good preview of the latter parts of our trip to come, and the work was hard, but we got it done. The bikes are now almost fully prepared. There's just a few last little mechanical annoyances to take care of and we are ready to go.

The rest has been largely finished... Camera equipment is compiled and ready to film, data backup hard discs are to be bought, and camping equipment is ready to be strapped to the bikes. Soon enough we will be on the bikes heading over the Golden Gate Bridge, and we won't be turning around anytime during the next two months.
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