GA to NY on a Clapped-out Bandit

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by gruney1, May 5, 2010.

  1. gruney1

    gruney1 Been here awhile

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    My first ride report: :eek1

    My supervisor walks up to me at
    4:50 Friday afternoon 3 weeks ago and hands me my separation notice. Just Freakin LOVELY! Just when I was getting caught up on bills, now I gotta find another job in this crappy economy. Oh well, that job was going nowhere anyway.

    The company filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy a few months back, and things were not looking good. They said there was not enough work to justify my (just above poverty level) salary. Luckily for me, my wife is understanding
    , and is being supportive. Plus, I think she is glad to get rid of me for a few weeks.

    Four and a half years with the company, and the only raise I got was a pay cut last year. Not exactly upwardly mobile.:huh

    Sitting in the Department of Labor parking lot next to my bike, I noticed some threads starting to show on the front tire. Perfect! The rear doesn’t look too hot either. That’s when it hit me: time for new tires, and a nice long trip to break ‘em in. But to what destination? How far should I venture away from home sweet home? The furthest I’ve been on the bike is about 200 miles, and I never done an overnighter.


    I got the unemployment insurance deal started, it won’t be enough to pay the bills, but I just sold my old truck, and figure if I can sell a few more things on CraigsList and Ebay, I’d be good enough to go. I’ll be taking a tent, and some Ramen Noodles and Oatmeal, I just need to pick up one of those little stoves to cook them. I do have some friends along the way, so maybe I can grab a shower and steal a beer or three when they're not looking! I will be looking for VERY inexpensive accomodations. Free is for me....


    My parents still live on Long Island, maybe I should surprise them with a visit. Yeah, that’s the ticket! On the way I can finally get to see the Tail of the Dragon, then take the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way up north. My kids are in school until the end of May, so they won’t even miss me. :evil



    I got my new tires mounted up, oil change is next. I bought a mount for my GPS, and some odds and ends for camping. I don’t have much money, but that will make it more exciting.


    The bike is a 98 Bandit, it has been very reliable, and with my luck, I won't have any issues along the way.:deal



    Here is the bike in an old picture, it's got more love on it now:
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    And here is the "planned" route:

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    More to follow as it happens...I am leaving tomorrow morning (5/6), and I will post more when I get some interweb service.
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  2. thebigkr

    thebigkr Stupid Freak

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    Sorry about the job, wish you luck finding a new one. Have a fun time on your ride!!!
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  3. steve_k

    steve_k Long timer

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    Good luck! Will be watching for LOTS of pix.
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  4. gruney1

    gruney1 Been here awhile

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    "High Tech Old School"

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    My son (Hollywood) testing out the ergonomics


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    Loaded up and almost ready to go, check out the yard sale saddle bags: $5 but I had to cut off the fringes.

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    Suzy doesn't want me to go, we've bonded since the layoff:(:

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  5. RedDogAlberta

    RedDogAlberta High Plains Drifter

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    Clapped out? That's a fine machine and lookin' good. You go!
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  6. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I wouldn't call a bike made in the past 15 years clapped out:lol3

    Digging the low budget approach, I like reading these types of reports. I'm also looking forward to your impressions of the Bandit's long distance touring capabilities, I've sort of been eyeballing 1st gen 1200S's as of late.
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  7. (none)

    (none) poser

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    Whoa, what tires did you put on that thing? Is this going to turn into an off-road ride report?:huh

    Sorry to hear about the job, enjoy your trip
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  8. GB

    GB . Administrator

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    Nothing like a bit of two wheeled therapy to get your mind off the job situation. Here's to hoping for better days ahead :beer

    :lurk
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  9. SteverinoB

    SteverinoB EstebanarinoB

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    Looking at those tires I thought I had better subscribe to this one...
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  10. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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  11. tjhess74

    tjhess74 Been here awhile

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    sorry about the job, but you have some family support, which is more than what most people have!

    youre going to love the trip..the good and the bad...and youll never forget or regret doing this.

    maybe you have a bad angle on those tires, but it doesnt look like youre going to love them on the dragon...seriously, what are those??

    take your time, take side-trips, and stop to enjoy stuff. ride safe...well be checking in on you!
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  12. guitarhack

    guitarhack Long timer

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    I am probably a day late and a dollar short, but I have a MSR backpacking stove you can borrow if you need it.
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  13. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    That Bandit looks ready for anything....I'm in. :D
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  14. kamicosmos

    kamicosmos n00b

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    I am also curious about those tires!

    I am also interested in reading about your 'less-than-a-shoestring-budget' trip!
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  15. BusyWeb

    BusyWeb Adventurer

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    :clap
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  16. jigdog

    jigdog Been here awhile

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    Nice bike but gee, that looks like a sidecar tire on the front!
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  17. wanderboy

    wanderboy I just wanna ride,ride

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    I'm n :lurk
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  18. FishHunt

    FishHunt slow poking...

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    Don't skip the NC Outer Banks area once you reach south eastern VA. It is worth the time & gas money to see if you have never been. You can take any number of highways from the NC coast to get back to I-85 and home.

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  19. Mike Honcho

    Mike Honcho Got Beaver?

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    This is by far the cleanest representation of your bike I have ever seen. :lol3

    Safe travels Gruney! I can't wait to see what things you encounter. :lurk
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  20. mb90535im

    mb90535im '05 R1200 GS

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    I'm subscribed. Hang in there Ken and safe travels. Sure enjoyed meeting you and riding on the day rides we did last summer.

    Marketing right? I'll keep my eyes and ears open. It is a sucky time to be looking for a job. Best wishes.

    The Bandit looks good as always. Love the tires. That means you can do some DS FS road rides with us D.O.G.S. when you get back to N GA.

    MB
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