Cannonball! Coast to Coast on a '28 Indian

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by rtwdoug, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    Sounds like my kind of plan. Once you hit the mountains, there is more than one great route over. Personally I thought that the two passes just North of Tioga, Sonora and Ebbets, were just as nice of a ride.

    Congrats on finishing. I enjoyed following along. Hope to see you around Huntsville some time.
  2. OaklandStrom

    OaklandStrom Long timer

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    Doug,

    Have a fun ride home. I envy your ability to do rides like this.

    Going up the mountains out west is slow, but going down them with ancient brakes and limited compression braking could be sketchy. Take care out there.
  3. Kevan Garrett

    Kevan Garrett Been here awhile

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    Hi Doug.

    Great seeing you at Dudley Perkins. Congrat's on another epic ride.

    I just returned from Las Vegas/Death Valley and Yosemite so here's my $.02 worth.

    I would recommend riding across on Highway 4, then south on 49, and up 120 thru Yosemite. I also recommend getting a reservation at one of the Yosemite campgrounds before you head in. I paid $20 for a night at Upper Pines which is right around the corner from Curry Village. I recommend Curry Village Pizza and whichever beer you like.

    The ride over Tioga pass is beautiful, and peaks out just under 10,000 feet up. Don't know what changes you will need to make to your bike (if any), but definitely take the altitude into consideration.

    As for Death Valley, I had never crossed it before and I must say I was blown away by the heat. I spent 3 days in Las Vegas and had ridden through Nevada from top to bottom and over to Death Valley, but D.V. just kicked my ass. It is not just hot, the sun reflects from all around and it will bake you. And your bike.

    Also fill up with gas before you enter. There's a Chevron station but it ain't cheap. I am not saying you should skip D.V. but definitely prepare yourself and your bike. You do not want to stop/break down in the valley.

    Also because you will be over 100' below sea level once you are in the valley, the ride out is long and all up hill. Again, prepare your bike. My V-Strom 1000, with water cooling, was not amused by the heat. I know, your 90 year old Indian is tougher, and you are definitely tougher than I am, but seriously, plan ahead.

    The ride from Yosemite to Death Valley is going to take you a good 8+ hours. I would recommend that you find a nice, cool camping place before death valley, say Bishop or Lone Pine, and camp there. Leave at 0-dark-30 and try to get across D.V. before it really heats up. It may save you a ton of pain.

    Best of luck on your trip. Be safe and tell us all about the ride home.

    Peace

    Kevan
  4. rtwdoug

    rtwdoug prominent underachiever

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  5. Scott_PDX

    Scott_PDX Leisure Engineer

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    Ok, so now that the run is over, were you "DNF" or did you "place"? In my book you were 1st cause you rode there, rebuilt it twice, and are riding it home. Just curious if there was an official standing.

    Regardless, there's more adventure coming, and hoping to see the rest of the story, all the way home. Helluva adventure, for such an old tool (bike that is).
  6. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    Dougs rides are always interesting to say the least.
  7. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    I wish I took that route! I think it would be fantastic!! I took 89 then 395 to Reno then 95 south to Las Vegas- BAD CHOICE!! :kboom
  8. bigequip

    bigequip Ol' fart riding

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    My 2 cents.....
    After you come out of Yosemite on the backside, I would ride North to Hwy 50 and East to Kansas, and then work your way home. Hwy 50 is a nice ride and not to fast, mostly tourists taking in the sites.
    My friend lost his rear cylinder in Death Valley from heat and it was hell getting out of there. No cell towers and towing is expensive. :1drink
  9. kallehof

    kallehof kalle

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    Here's a video I took of the bikes at Fort Baker just before riding over the Golden Gate Bridge.

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  10. charlie101

    charlie101 Adventurer

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    Hi Kalle, nice video. You are a namesake to me, you got a very Swedish sounding name, say Hi to RedFred and his lovely wife from me! I met them in Sweden and Scotland.
  11. Whitehorse2003

    Whitehorse2003 nose pickin GOB

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    Personally, I think anyone that has the chance to go through Death Valley , should, ya ever wonder what Mars is like? ya won't after that. But it is awesome to see!!!!! That being said I will never go through there without a car (truck) and the best AC money can buy again.. but then again, some how, somewhere, along the line, I got old and turned into a sissy. :rofl
  12. red bud

    red bud alky w/motorcycle problem

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    them fook'n beemer dudes

    let me know if ya need a place to crash or a truck if come near memphis
  13. Escaped

    Escaped Been here awhile

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    Here are a few pic from my last trip to DV (in January 2012)

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  14. nachtflug

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    man that is so cool. here are both bikes and riders the night before day 1 in NY and I would have never imagined 89 was going to make it to the Pacific I felt really bad for him. the thing was running on one cylinder and it just did not look good. AWESOME!

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  15. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    Doug has been all through Southern Russia, outer Mongolia, the middle east, you name it. I don't think DV is that different to want to push a 1928 antique through there in 107F weather... If you do go, have a gallon of water on hand.
  16. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Hey Doug, I know your plate is full right now, but the weekend after Barber do you think you can make the Old's Cool Fall Rally in Tellico Plains the following weekend of the 19-21 (same as the old CMR, but new ownership) ?

    I think we can keep you in Dr Pepper for some campfire stories. :D
  17. Packer

    Packer Been here awhile

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    Doug finished in 43rd place out a field of 69. Astoundingly the first 19 bikes/riders managed every mile of every stage. Look here
  18. knybanjo

    knybanjo kinda slow

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    Looks like the bike's age is the first 'tie-breaker' on that list.....are there any other considerations used? I would assume time would be a factor as that's usually the first thing considered in a rally but I haven't seen any charts/columns that tracked time other than the late penalty. :dunno
  19. charlie101

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    Completing stage 15, there was 36 of the 69 riders (52%) that went full distance or "Did Not Finish"(DNF) on just 1 or 2 stages, I think it is pretty impressive result. 2 hiccups is permissable on a 4000 mile journey me thinks.

    20 HD's(out of 33 started), 10(15) Hendersons, 3(8) Indians, 2(3) BMW and 1(1) Excelsior.
    0(3)BSA, 0(2)Rudge, 0(1)JAP, 0(1)Sunbeam, 0(1)Velocette, 0(1)Triumph.

    If the riders went the same distance, the bike's age is the tie breaker, then there is the riders age that breaks the tie. Oldest rider on the oldest bike wins the race.
  20. petefromberkeley

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    Doug left this morning headed back to Alabama. Everyone else is done with the Cannonball and Doug has 3,000 miles to go.

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