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

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

  1. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the offer, but like I said before, we're already back from the trip!:D
    I'm just writing up the report now. Just wait till I get to the part in Kansas, you're gonna see some real "mechanical issues!" :eek1
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  2. comes naturally

    comes naturally renewed hope

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  3. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    Today was officially a "rest day" but since we already took over half a day off messing with the KZ650 the day before, we unanimously agreed to make today another "half day." The two god fearing individuals in our group went to mass, while the rest of us watched TV and packed our things.

    Next, we went to Fort Donelson, the site of a Civil War battle that is considered to be the Union's first victory. It was very well done, and the A/C was much appreciated.

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    We stopped by a grocery store and stocked up on lunch foods: PB&J, watermelon, energy drinks.

    We swam in a bay of the Tennessee river, which was piss warm and had a bunch of dead fish floating in it.:puke1

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    We kept riding and eventually made it to the Kentucky border.
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    that evening we finally made it to the Mississippi, and stayed in an almost deserted campground. It was $25 a night, somewhat pricey, but showers were free :deal . For dinner we had burgers cooked on a griddle and two camp stoves.
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  4. Rick G

    Rick G Ranger Rick

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    Great story! You guys made the trip that I only dreamed of making at your age. Unfortunately, I could not gather the courage to buy a motorcycle with out askind my father permission (he hates em) until I turned 40!

    I hope to make my first cross country trip next year.

    I look forward to the rest of your story.

    Rick G
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  5. kktos

    kktos on a bright side of life

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    Great Report so far !
    It's back to the future...in a way.

    know what... I'll be 40 this year and I hope I'll be able to do such a trip !!!
    And why not next year ? :D
    Let me buy a lotterie ticket before.....:D


    Keep going this Excellent Report, guys.

    /thierry
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  6. OptimusLeo

    OptimusLeo Adventurer

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    Great report so far! I totally envy you guys and I love because this is what adventure riding is all about. Doing it on a budget and without a fully decked out bike.

    Goes to show it's not about the equipment, it's about the riders. Looking forward to reading the rest of the trip.

    BTW this is Starscream from /26 :freaky
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  7. p_s

    p_s Nerdly Adventurer

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    I rode an '85 Suzuki to Seattle from Illinois in May and I'm about to ride it back. These kinds of trips are not that exciting by advrider standards if you were all on new bikes but I'm glad to see everyone else likes this story--maybe I'll post a ride report too. (I was born in 1980, so I really wanted something a little older than me just because, but it didn't work out that way.)

    I guess I just can't afford a new adventure bike that could take me anywhere, and you don't want to stray too far from civilization on something old and fickle, but just riding thousands of miles on something that you'd expect to find rusting in a junkyard is quite an adventure too. I'm looking forward to the rest of it. I had an "adventure" with my stator coils a week ago as well. :evil
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  8. MrDude_1

    MrDude_1 Loser says Duc?

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    great story so far.. keep posting about it...btw, once you get all the posts together, you might want to post it up on Pashnit.com those guys would love for you to post your story too.
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  9. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    In the morning, we had breakfast, took showers, and my brother had another look at the KZ650. Remember how the two possible culprits were thought to be either a bad connection or a bad rectifier? Well it turns out it was both! :eek1 A spare Yamaha rectifier soon found its place in the Kawi, and we were golden.

    As we were leaving, the guy in charge of the campground (who wasn't particularly thrilled about having 5 guys on bikes staying at his campground the night before) rode up on his golf cart and told us to be careful in a town called Cairo Il. We just so happened to have our route planned through that town. He told us it was a dirt poor town and that the local law enforcement likes to make an easy buck off people passing through.
    Right before setting out:

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    Riding through Cairo, I was appalled at the poverty and general disrepair of the town. 3/4 of the storefronts were boarded up. Heeding the old gent's advice, we rode through town at a cool 25mph:lol3 (30mph zone). No sooner had we entered the town, an unmarked crown vic pulled out from a side street behind us. Unable to find a reason to pull us over, he passed us.

    We crossed over into Missouri a little before lunch.

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    Our plan was to stay at a friends' house in Colombus, so we rode until 9:30pm in order to make it. We had dinner at a Jimmy John's.
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  10. Grad

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    Great report so far, can't wait to see more drama! :lol3
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  11. Buffalo Bill

    Buffalo Bill kickthetire.litethefire

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    Reminds me of 30yrs ago...just out of school did a similar ride on SR/LTD/GT/and GS bikes....Best ride ever.....:clap



    Keep the greasy side down...
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  12. Land

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    How is that last part different from those of us on Beemers? :dunno :lol3











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    :zilla
    This is not meant to hijack this excellent thread.
    My comment is probably 205, anyway.:lol3

    Chris
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  13. Oly

    Oly Deadlines whooshing by

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    :clap wing and a prayer, the only way to fly. :lol3

    Keep it coming. :thumb
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  14. Nessman

    Nessman Legalize It

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    Well.....we're waiting.

    Great story so far.
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  15. Ragin Rabbi

    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    Subscribed, great story....:clap
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  16. Vic Vegas

    Vic Vegas serendipity

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    Wow, I road these types of bikes in the 70's & 80's. We did not know how bad they handled and how under powered they were, that is what we had so that is what we rode.
    Make you appreciate modern motocycles. But I must admit that two of the three bikes I now own are older bikes a 92 BMW and 83 BMW.
    In the last year or so I bought a couple of late 70's Yamaha XS650 (ah the good ole days) but soon sold them, they were fun to buzz around town basic and simple to work on but ride them across country.:rofl
    Are your hands still tingling?
    My hats off to guys good job!
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  17. Frey Bentos

    Frey Bentos Probably doing a drawing. Or scratching my arse.

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    enjoying the thread chap. Keep it coming.
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  18. All4Fun

    All4Fun Let the good times roll!

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    Thanks for the story, really enjoying it. You did something I REALLY wish I'd done when young. Congratulations. :clap :clap :clap
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  19. Slavcha

    Slavcha traveler

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    МОЛОДЦЫ:thumb
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  20. toothy

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    nice

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