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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by ABee, Jun 6, 2013.
Never owned a Hodaka, but raced against several of them way back when...
What a great job! I had a 125 Wombat in the early 70s that I used for enduros in south Florida. It never let me down but I was never very fast. I miss it almost as much as my 66 GTO. Thanks for sharing!
I just wanted to thank you for this RR! I have been dreaming of a way to take a little bike across the country since I started fixing up a suzuki ts-90 (no fun name like the Hodakas) and learned how much more fun it is to blast around on a 40+ year old, small displacement 2 stroke.
Thanks again for the amazing RR. Time to get wrenching!
Awesome job, you and the Toad did great!
Great ride and report; thanks for sharing it!
Did someone mention a Hodaka Wombat and a GTO!
My Hodaka Combat Wombat & '72 GTO
Awesome undertaking on a " Road Toad "!
Nice report, takes me back to the 70's when I had an Ace 100. Great bike.
Just think, if you had a Tote Gote you could have had a Goat totin' a Tote Gote!
RobinsBro, thecanoeguy, Madhouse, John65, wiserthannone, Bob, WECSOG, norham, Slowernolder- Thanks for the comments!
Critic- I would not have wanted to push the Toad 30 feet up that snotty hill, let alone a 950 twin! You also have a sharp eye. One of the mistakes I made was not loading a good topo map for every state I passed through; it would have helped with the reroutes and detours. In Oregon, I just followed the TAT GPS track with no topo at all, just the basic road map that came loaded into the 62s. This was not smart, and it caused me a good bit of aggravation when I had to find alternative routes. I think I need to do a posting about “what I learned from my mistakes” while on the trip as well as what seemed to work well for me. It might save someone a little trouble.
JackB1- Thanks for being the inspiration for my choice of the Toad over the KTM for this trip. As someone mentioned earlier, I would have had fun either way, but I made a lot of new friends just being on that little old bike. As you know from your own journey, it is more about what you choose to do with what you have. Sometimes it is a little more fun being the underdog. I am sure that we will meet at an event or on the trail someday. I appreciated your support during my ride.
stuntheavy- I scouted that trail as well, for about 300 yards. You are right, the undergrowth was way too heavy to ride through.
JerryH- I worked on a lot of F-7’s back in the day. They had strong motors for a 175. Thanks for the warning on the fires, but the TAT ran through Utah and Nevada to the north.
bakaster- I am sure that little TS-90 is just waiting for you to hit the trail with it!
mefadv- Love the picture!
For everyone asking about Donna, she has rewarded herself with a vacation from me, the Toad and our two sweet but hyper Brittanys for a couple of weeks. She is now off the coast of Maine on a sailboat. She deserves a little quiet time after being my crew chief for the past month!
So what is next for the Toad? Now that they have extended the TAT through North Carolina, I plan to do that sometime in the late summer or fall and invite others on old 2-stoke bikes that may be interested to join me on the ride.
great ride Abee!
Im happy you made it ok.
I saw you mention the TAT thru N Carolina, but I cant find any information on it?
I dont have topo maps on my zumo, and as I know very little about gps's, not sure how easy that is to put on it, or really where to find them.
Any input would be appreciated!
Just finished the report and it was great. Thanks for taking the time and documenting it for us. Maybe next year for me.
rwtdoug- give me an email and I might be able to help you with the NC tracks.
First off Abee I really enjoyed your ride report . Glad you and the toad made it .
This interest me about the TAT in NC , Ive been stringing together dirt roads in Va to see if I can make a 50/50 or close as I can dirt road route to the area of the TET but maybe I can work down to the TAT also ......
Yellow and green are dirt road , the red is back roads that are a general route that Im trying heading on ...... its a slow process .. lol
If you happen to pass thru Peoria, IL, send me a quick pm. I would love to show you my friends vintage collections. There are some bikes you will never see anywhere! Yes, there a few Hode's in the group.
Enjoyed your ride report with a lot of pictures.
Congratulations too both yourself and your wife, ride well done.
Your planning had to be excited to do and execute it what a achievement.
Ride Often and Ride Safe
Look here Doug, http://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/state/all
rtwdoug- I just sent you the information on the tracks and maps for your GPS in a PM. Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you at Barber's.
Critic- I used to come to Peoria every year for the AHRMA races there, but Peoria is no longer on the AHRMA schedule. That's a shame, I really liked the track there. Still, I would love to see your friend's collection some day.
stickman1432- Thanks, and I hope you get the chance to ride it someday!
There is an existing eastward extension of the TAT - first there is a connector to the TET-S, then if you follow the TET-S and SL southward there is an extension that goes to Tybee Island past Savanna GA.
I built them Spring 2012 and Sam blessed them as an eastward extension at that time.
Sam talked about maybe building his own route to the east coast, but don't know if he's done it yet.
To get the tracks/route, go to Layin' Down Tracks, East Coast on this site and request the files in the TET-S thread.
After the legal battle/power struggle, the AHRMA event attendance was dropping. I thought, Tom Boyd was working on having an AMA vintage event; but there is nothing on our schedule. Looks like I need to go to more PMC meetings. Tom, and I with a couple friends did the Alaska thing in '79.
My vintage friend's and myself are not getting any younger, so sooner rather than later! I hope you can make it back this way soon.
Dales bikes (look very close at his bikes, they are not what you would see elsewhere). R&K is interesting: