Cross Country on a $50 bike: NY-SF and back

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by XS500RUS, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. mrt10x

    mrt10x Dumba$s Jarhead

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    Found this from a post in Olds Cool. .thought I would bump it up for more folks to find.. great RR.. looking forward to next summers epic journey.. try and do the RR as you go this time.. that way everyone can post their "if you travel through...." posts.
  2. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    Yes, it does help smooth the idle and the throttle response.
    But on every bike I have ever done a balance on, if the carbs were more than a little out of sync, it has smoothed out the vibrations at freeway speeds too. not just at idle and lower rpms.

    But that is what I have felt.
  3. yokesman

    yokesman Long timer

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    balance the carbs at hi cruise .this seemed to work well with my large twins. at ide it may sound good, the big twin but we do not ride there.
  4. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    excellent ride reports

    Vanya and Grisha (et al) you should know that there's plenty of excellent riding in Ohio...but you have to get south of I-70 and east of I-71 to find it.

    try the 555, or 664 or 93 or 26 or 35 or 56 or 50 or 78 or 800, just to name a few.

    if you ever find yourselves with reason to come to/through SE Ohio, shoot me a pm and I'll throw a couple loops together for ya. If the timings right, I'll roll out and join ya on some of em on my 80's Japanese ride:

    [​IMG]
  5. jefffrankphotography

    jefffrankphotography Been here awhile

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    This RR is still excellent even after two years. I am longing to take a long trip somewhere and just haven't figured out where. Maybe I should just start riding and let the trip plan itself...

    (not like a RR has an expiration date. I just meant that after two years people like myself are getting inspiration from it. And for that I thank you.):clap
  6. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    I've been riding my '83 Tempter alot these days and it reminds me of your ride report from awhile ago. Thought I'd bump it to the top again so others can enjoy it.:D
  7. JGBrown

    JGBrown Been here awhile

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    Fun ride report, it was actually this report, and Go west young man! that convinced me to work over my CX with unknown issues before hitting Mexico. (incl replacing CDI with an ignitech).

    I would recommend just starting and seeing where you end up too! I started with no spare parts, and no plan other than ending up in California to fix Aurora up, because I was pretty sure the cam chain was messed up, and she wouldn't idle at all, with a fuel range of 120km to bone dry. The most wonderful paved road riding I've had all the way to Panama was from a recommendation of a rider on a modified Harley on the ferry to Port Angeles. Route 195. I actually liked it even more than El Salvador!

    If you have plans, you lose these fantastic opportunities, I had half planned to ride the 101, and almost stuck to my stupid plan.

    Where are the riders from this wonderful trip report these days??
  8. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    I was surprised to see this near on the first page out of the blue:eek1

    Well, we were originally planning on a "XC on cheap bikes Pt. II," had the bikes ready and everything, but life got in the way. I'm doing an internship in Indianapolis for the whole summer, and then either doing another year at Cornell for my masters or getting a job. The other guys (my friends who are graduating) that were originally planning on going are in pretty much the same boat. Brandon, Tom, and Vanya are all in grad school.

    Anybody want to buy a cross-country-trip ready GS1000?:lol3 I had gone through this thing in anticipation of burning some serious miles.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=679776
  9. RhinoVonHawkrider

    RhinoVonHawkrider Long timer

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    read the whole thing today. Most excellent
  10. Wildbill650

    Wildbill650 Adventurer

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    That was a great trip, really enjoyed reading the stories.
  11. joburocks

    joburocks Adventurer

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    Grisha and Vanya thanks for sharing the RR. It was a great story, you both have a way with words and details. Took me a few days to find the time to get all the way through but well worth it. I swear to god, if you guys took that stinking U-haul I would've been saying different things :rofl
  12. WhatThaFrig

    WhatThaFrig Been here awhile

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    That by far was one of my favorite RR! As a guy getting ready to buy his first bike, a Maxim 650, it was good to see the Seca make it. I applaud you guys! I am now green with envy! I would love to do a trip like that. My hat is off to you guys!:thumb:thumb
  13. kitesurfer

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    found this rr yesterday...i just finished it, couldn't put it down! what an adventure!!!! education and work is important, but then so are memories. plan that trip and make it happen. work and family will get in the way --until you retire. that's probably a long way out for you guys :) thanks for taking us old guys with you for a few hours :)
  14. horseiron1

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    Thats a nice looking V65
  15. sion

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    thanks...I enjoy her
  16. Connito

    Connito Adventurer

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    I somehow got to this few days ago and read it. There is not much I can say that hasn't been said already. Very, very nice story and unforgettable trip. Thank you for taking the time to share it!
    If you are ever in Boston...

    Cheers,
    Pete
  17. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

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    still one of my favorite RR's
  18. Eagletalon

    Eagletalon Been here awhile

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    Really liked your original RR and hen the added portions. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

    Later
    John
  19. Dirty Barber

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    Nice