Detroit to San Diego, Zen and the art of motorcycle negligence,

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by vermin, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    I have seen Cal in action and, while being an excellent scooter pilot while rolling down the road, his short legs will Cack (verb) that bike up just fine in low speed adventures in parking lots. As you already know he is good company around a campfire and a credit to beat up motorcycles everywhere.

    Cal has more gross tonnage on his bike than even I do when loaded up for trips.


    Vermin
  2. Dblarrow

    Dblarrow Been here awhile

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    Now there is an understatement. Boy Scout Motto "Be prepared" (for anything that may or may not happen on this trip, the last trip or the next one combined.)
  3. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    vermin, I figured you, if no other, would appreciate this:

    Steampunk Scooter & Other Machines by Arthur van Poppel:

    http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2013/09/steampunk-scooter-other-machines-by.html




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    video:


    scooter in action


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    arthur in action:


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  4. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    as of sometime in the not too distant future the Cack will make a journey to Barbers Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham to be embalmed. hehehehehe
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  5. Shooby

    Shooby Long timer

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    :clap - I approve this message

    Soo, when's the book come out?
  6. OscarZ

    OscarZ one of Gods prototypes

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    Seriously? :freaky
  7. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    Did it sell?:deal
  8. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    CACK to Barbers's in B ham is very true. They want and will put on display.

    Verm is on the ball getting things in order!! Stay tuned and pass the word!!!

    GO VERM GO CACK
  9. HighTechCoonass

    HighTechCoonass Living the Dream....

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    That will be fantasmatic! It will balance out well next to the Britten!

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    Or next to the Jap bike!

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  10. vermin

    vermin unrepentant thinner

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    Ok nothing we do here associated with Cack goes with out some kind of mayhem. I think Cacks retirement should be shared with the people who loved her.

    I want to start another ride report but cannot do so without the perfect
    name. It will be Cacks last ride.

    Now here is where it gets interesting.

    Cack does not have to go directly to B'ham

    Cack does not have to be rode there by me. ala Cack comes back.

    I am looking for good hearted volunteers who might want to risk their minds riding this piece of shit. It would be sweet if someone wanted to fly into Colorado Springs and rock on out final destination Birmingham Bama.

    Remember Ride name and rider time is of the essense so if it drags on it would have to be a way southern route


    vermin p ratkowski
  11. johnjen

    johnjen I've Been Resigned

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    Ok, so here's a thought experiment…

    If pap is like bab
    then dad is like ???

    Just a bit of a mind stretch for fun and entertainment for the whole family!

    JJ :wink:
  12. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    Just found this thread last night and fast forwarded through it! Great stories and ugly bike. Can't believe you moved to CoSPrgs!!! Awesome, isn't it? I am just up the road from you in Castle Rock and ride through there all the time. I had an 89 model from 91-98. Called it my Miata, looked cool, but had no guts. Speaking off butts, every time I saw one riding down the road from that fat behind, I wondered why I owned it. My license plate was W H T I Z I T 'cuz that's what everyone asked me.

    Marketing story on the bike as I heard it was Honda was looking to capture the urban Dinks crowd that had made the Accord a success with a motorcycle that was supposed to remind them on an Accord. Supposedly the dash cluster was right out of an Accord and the rear light bar wrapping around the clamshell trunk was supposed to remind them of an Accord as well.

    I still have one of the original marketing brochures from Honda. Looks like Cack's parents were a very classy couple. Obviously they were appalled by Cack's lack of flair and must have put him up for adoption being the wild wanderer that he was destined to become. Looks like he led a fast and hard life and has become a brittle, old, lifeless piece of polymer before his time.

    RIP Cack, a picture of your parents before you were conceived enjoying their Dink life in Sunny SoCal.


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  13. hmmmm90s

    hmmmm90s Adventurer

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    but fully caught up.

    Man, I can spin a tale, but yours gots way more RPMs. :rofl

    So I got to know, did Cack ever make it to Birmingham?

    <trembling in fear and anticipation that one more tale and epic quest might be looking for a sucker>
  14. Dan Diego

    Dan Diego Long timer

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    Oh, dang. Just found this thread and read through it.

    I relate to the OP on so many levels.

    Well done, sir.
  15. Moonduck

    Moonduck n00b

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    I read this brilliant thread and it reminded me just how much my (admittedly odd) self liked the PC800. Then I happened to see one for sale in gorgeous shape dirt cheap on CL. Doing a coast-to-coast ride next year.

    Inspiration+opportunity= I have a new-to-me motorcycle.

    First ride was surprisingly good for a 20-year old bike. Thanks for the bit of inspiration. Now I have a solid light tourer for the upcoming ride AND something to get groceries with when the car just won't do.
  16. DWR302

    DWR302 Justan Nudderboomer

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    Please give a shout on this thread when you are ready to launch. And u r already armed with so much Verm wisdom. What could go wrong?
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  17. Lornce

    Lornce Lost In Place

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    Still one of my favourite RR's in ADVdom.

    Hope you're well out there, Virm. Wherever you are.

    :thumb
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  18. Blader54

    Blader54 Long timer

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    Lornce.....thanks for bumping this! An all-time great report. Verm.....come back, Verm, come back!
  19. motoree

    motoree Been here awhile

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    :thumbTwo thumps up :thumb
  20. MNimum

    MNimum Been here awhile

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    My favorite ADV post of all time. From movie rankings, channeling an HST look, quotes like "high voltage random organic vertical electricity", and the high excitement of loose truck loads:
    But even years later there are great follow-ups. Good view of the bean heater in the bottom pic:

    Wonderful entertainment Vermin! :thumb