Go West Young Man!

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by kerncountykid, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. WildsideRider

    WildsideRider Cruiser Adventurer

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    Great RR! Really enjoying it...I had a 79 400T honda hawk, which I regrettably sold last summer :( Looking forward to the rest of the story.
  2. Greenflyfarmer

    Greenflyfarmer I'm better now.

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    Great report. Best line, "where camping goes to die."
  3. airborndad

    airborndad Long timer

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    Too many Best lines in this report to list:poser



    patiently waiting for the finish
  4. Spokanistan

    Spokanistan n00b

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    Great writing kerncountykid! On a cold January day, it has been a very good read. Keep writing, take us home! :clap<o:p></o:p>
  5. RyanIsMyName

    RyanIsMyName Been here awhile

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    It seems any ride report with Jap bikes from the 70s/80s is always superior. Great read, guys. I was sad to see the CX get trailered away though. That's not supposed to happen!
  6. RicH2

    RicH2 Ric H2

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    tap.....tap.....tap.......tap.......
  7. Kframe

    Kframe RN

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    Aw man, how did the trip end?
    Inquiring minds need to know!
    -K
  8. @large

    @large Wheel Man

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    Yes. Please do tell. How did it end?
  9. kerncountykid

    kerncountykid Been here awhile

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    Right after she graduated, my girlfriend moved to San Francisco to go to college. I made a couple nerve wracking flights out to visit before she moved on to New York. It had been several years but I managed to find her diggs at 685 Geary Street. I snapped a picture for her.

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    We found Lombard Street and gave our brake pads a good glazing. For all the beatings she endured on this trek, the single mechanical failure was one I built in to the trip. The little four's oil pan had been weeping through a hairline crack for months before I set out west, before and after I rebuilt the engine. I left it be in anticipation of visiting Charlie's Place in San Francisco, a shop run for the sole benefit of old Honda's like mine. Sure enough he had a new pan waiting for me. I strapped it over my pack and skipped port.

    Justin and I ended up in Berkeley on accident, but made the most of it with an ice cream at Fosters Freeze. Our northern aim turned west for the fabled Yosemite Valley. Past Modesto we rode long through the short grass. Approaching the park boundry, Justin's glowing pipes were a welcomed distraction from the crippling cold that halted us at Mariposa, where we camped for the night.

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  10. kerncountykid

    kerncountykid Been here awhile

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    Justin's teeth hurt. Mine didn't because I brushed them the night before. He mistook my good hygene as an aversion to the nomadic roads and living beyond the humming cities. I didn't have any hard learned experience left to offer him, you have to sort that out for yourself. He complained less about my personal grooming after that, although our riding styles remained a topic of contention.

    Still in Mariposa, we ate breakfast and talked. This morning I saw my first true doppelganger. The man seated behind Justin looked so much like my grandpa that I would have confidently sat at his table if I had walked into this restaurant back home. Out of Mariposa we climbed highway 140 deeper into the Sierra Nevada. Just within the park boundry of Yosemite I pulled aside, climbed down to a beach of pummeled granite and gulped a handful of the Merced River. If there's anything more pure I haven't tasted it.

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  11. M700

    M700 Been here awhile

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    Very cool. The trip brings back a lot of memories of roaming the west over the years. Good stuff.

    Regards
  12. HBN

    HBN lostwithmike.com

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    Great update. Anxious to see if the pan made it the rest of the way strapped on with one bungee :lurk
  13. Mullet

    Mullet Adventurer

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    Cool report dudes. Keep it coming .
  14. yellowknife

    yellowknife Is In Canada

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    Great report as it does bring back some interesting honda riding memories.

    That being said; for all the riders making comments about the good ole days, on their old bikes, wake the Frig Up!

    I am very happy to ride farkled out MC's with uber suspension and heated grips blah blah blah; vice my old 400 twin that used to send such a servere buzz through the bars and up my arms that it would eventually cause temporary brain failure after just a few hours of spirited riding. Dam!

    Thanks again for the great report, and do include some Laverda Pics as it sounds like a step up the evolutionary chain away from Brain Damaging rice rockets. :D
  15. @large

    @large Wheel Man

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    I was really excited to see that you had posted some more of your trip this morning.
  16. Asphalt Assault

    Asphalt Assault Been here awhile

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    Great Ride Report, Thanks for sharing!
  17. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I remember when I was still very young, maybe 16?, I got it in my head that I had to ride across a state line. So one day I slipped off and headed for Alabama on my 1974 Honda CB360. Man that was a long ride. That thing nearly vibrated me to protoplasm. I'm sure the Honda fours had to be much better. Anyway, I didn't try any more long rides on that bike.:lol3
  18. kerncountykid

    kerncountykid Been here awhile

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    sorry this took so long to get back to...

    screen is a Road Shield by National Cycle. Would have been miserable without it in New Mexico. It's 15", I wish it was 17" though

    the camera and video are seperate. All the video is a Kodak zi6. They have a new zi8 that's even better. I wish I had taken more video.

    I saw your post on chris' report, it'd be a disappointing if he and I never met up. Keep chipping away at your 550, it'd be great to do a ride as a small group sometime.
  19. 000jeremy

    000jeremy 1st gear

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    Finally got her back together a week ago. Carbs rebuilt and synch'd, new elec. ignition, all the good stuff and for the first time for me. Im growing more and more confident in my work every day. Im finally unemployed so there will be some rad rides in my near future! Thanks again for the tips.
  20. Skidding650

    Skidding650 Adventurer

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    :freakyFun RR. I had a 79 Honda CBX. Man that thing could go in a straight line but couldn't corner worth a shit. I still miss it.:cry