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Old 05-29-2013, 02:42 PM   #1
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Reviving Lucy

Reviving Lucy

Hello, This is a thread documenting the rebuilding of my Minsk Motorcycle-”Lucy.” Lucy purchased in Vietnam in December of 2011.

Lucy and I rode throughout Vietnam and Cambodia, while meeting people and handing out bunny teeth. I have found that handing out Bunny Teeth breaks the ice and elicits smiles. Many of these people and children have nothing to call their own and a little present is always welcome. I handed out several hundred pair of teeth while I was in SE Asia and will continue the practice in the future.

Some background information on Lucy. She was Purchased in Saigon from an English man named Kevin Raven for $250 dollars. Kevin asked me several time if I was sure I wanted a Minsk instead of Honda scooter. I am kind of stubborn and being mechanically inclined decided that A Minsk was right for me. I brought a copy of the Minsk manual with me and thought how bad could it be-life is about adventure and so is Lucy.

I had some racks welded onto the back of Lucy. These were made of Rebar and were quite ugly.

Originally she was painted in a horrible green with a Red star on the tank. I had definite ideas of what she should look like so I went to the hardware store and bought some flat black paint. Having a plan, I had brought two Lucy decals for the tank. The name Lucy came from the fact I look like Charlie Brown; and I think Chuck Brown would ride a motorcycle named Lucy.



Once Lucy is rebuilt I intend on taking a couple of shake down rides and then start a tour of the USA and then off to see the rest of the world.

Thank you for reading and following along.











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Old 05-30-2013, 05:27 AM   #2
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Old 05-30-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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Leaving Saigon

Here are some pictures from the first couple of days on the road. It took two days before Lucy broke down the first time. Old Minsk and I imagine new Minsk are not too terribly reliable. The coils for the generator were old and worn. When I tried to find new coils I was told they did not exist.





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Old 05-31-2013, 01:59 AM   #5
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This looks and sounds like a good time, so I'm in with a grin
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:00 PM   #6
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Some shots of Lucy In Vietnam and Cambodia.

These are some shots that I took of Lucy while travelling through Vietnam and Cambodia. Minsk motorcycles are not the most comfortable or the fastest motorcycles in the world but she took me to some amazing places.



Mui Ne, Vietnam



DaNang, Vietnam



Kham Duc, Vietnam



Outside of Phong Nha, Vietnam



Ferry ride Halong Bay, Vietnam



Cat Ba Island-Halong bay, Vietnam.




Outside Cao Bang, Northern Vietnam




Outside Cao Bang, Northern Vietnam


CAMBODIA



Outside of Bokor Mt, Cambodia




Sihanoukville, Cambodia



Ream National Park, Cambodia



HWY 6, Cambodia



Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Old 06-04-2013, 03:56 PM   #7
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Bunny teeth photos.

Here is a small selection of Bunny Teeth photos from my trip in SE Asia. As I said in a previous post, Bunny teeth help break down barriers. Some people don't like them, some people don't get it, but when you makes someone laugh it makes the world a little smaller. If you run into Lucy and I on the road, make sure you ask for a pair.



























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Old 06-04-2013, 04:11 PM   #8
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Shipping Lucy to the US.

I shipped Lucy to the US from HCMC or if you prefer Saigon. It took about one month for Lucy to arrive. I was very excited when she finally arrived. Total cost for shipping and fees $800-seems a bit ridiculous considering I only paid $250 for her originally.



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Old 06-04-2013, 04:16 PM   #9
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Lucy front and center at "The One Motorcycle Show."

This is Lucy days before I started the restoration. She was placed in the entrance to "The One Motorcycle Show" which was held in Portland, OR February 2013.

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Old 06-04-2013, 05:58 PM   #10
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:59 AM   #11
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Deconstructed.

I took Lucy apart, cut off the horrible Rebar racks installed in Saigon and then sand blasted her. After the blasting I was able to get a good look at the condition of the Frame. The frame is in such horrible shape; bent and broken.

I had the motor mounts welded up several times while in Vietnam. They don't wear face masks when they weld or bother with cleaning mud, dirt or grease before welding. This leads to some really horrible welds but I guess strong enough for a 4000 mile ride.















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Old 06-05-2013, 10:05 AM   #12
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Wow, the bike really took a beating :-) But it has a nice story to it
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Old 06-05-2013, 06:30 PM   #13
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Wow, two people brought their Minsks back to the US!

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=618122

Most people just abandon them on the side of the road. We saw this one in George Town, Malaysia on our last trip.

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Why did you bring that piece of shit back?

I guess I should answer the question of why I decided to bring Lucy back instead of leaving her on the side of the road. Lucy and I shared a lot of adventures together. Whether it was deep mud and freezing temperatures in Northern Vietnam or a ride through the Temples at Siem Reap in Cambodia, Lucy helped me experience some amazing things. There are certainly better bikes to ride but Lucy and I have a connection.

I have been working as a photographer most of my adult life and enjoyed shooting pictures of Lucy in the wild. I intended on giving presentations of my trip and I have always found that props help people feel more connected. As of this date I have given three presentations and Lucy has been in one motorcycle show.

I have spent enough money and time on Lucy to have bought a nice Dual Sport motorcycle but I love this little bike and sometimes love is blind or stupid. I will let you decided which you think I am.

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