Minnesota to Cabo in 8 days on 8 -- $1,000 bikes leaving in early Oct.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Ringobus, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. Ringobus

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    IMG_2964.jpg CE40A478-6CAE-4FE3-8B52-7A0C85342EE9.JPG IMG_3623.JPG.jpeg IMG_0833.JPG Ok, here is the deal fellow adventurers!

    Our R.L.D.C. motorcycle group from western Minnesota has been doing epic annual rides for over 12 years mostly on KLR's & DR's but have gotten a little soft in the past few years. We have been renting bikes from Eagle Rider to start our rides in various locations away from Minnesota since a 600 mile radius of home has been beaten down pretty hard by us in the past.

    After renting bikes for 5 to 6 days running nearly $1,000 by the time we return them to Eagle Rider, one of our senior members came up with the brilliant idea of a Minnesota to Cabo San Lucas trip on $1,000 or less motorcycles. The idea was a hit so it was all about coming up with the rules and getting the ball in motion.

    Rule #1
    Buy a metric dependable bike for $1,000 or less road ready. We knew they had to be metric bikes since most of the bikes purchased ended up being from the 80's and stand the best chance making it and are dirt cheap. When I mean road ready I mean new tires and serviced for the run for $1,000 or less.

    Rule #2
    Donate the bike in Cabo to a worthy charity and fly home.
    In our case an orphanage will receive the bikes and sell them for funds to help the kids.

    Rule #3

    If your bike breaks down...
    The group will hang with you and try to help get it going for up to 2 hours and after that you can either abandon the bike, get towed in to get fixed by yourself and catch up later or buy another $1,000 bike at the next town that has a bike for sale. The last option is to hop on the back of another riders bike to the nearest city and fly home giving up or fly to Cabo waiting our arrival.

    Rules #4
    Don't drive at night, Don't drink and drive (when we park we will get our drink on but never too much to not be able to ride the next day) all the gear all of the time... period!! Quality helmets, Cordura jackets with spine, elbow and shoulder protection, boots, gloves and Cordura pants with butt, hip and knee protection.


    Your wondering about once we get on the Baja and a bike breaks down?
    Well, we will help tow the bike to a town and attempt to get the bike going again or donate it on the spot and ride on the back of another riders bike to Cabo or take a chicken truck to Cabo.

    The rest is left for chance and the unknown.

    We depart in early October and the bikes have already been purchased and serviced.
    Every rider has had a chance to do several shake down tours to be sure all loose ends are taken care of.


    The list of bikes going:

    1997 Kawasaki Vulcan 750

    1984 Suzuki Madura 700

    1984 Honda Shadow 750

    1984 Yamaha Maxim 650

    1990 Honda Pacific Coast

    1984 Kawasaki LTD 700 (aka) ZN 700

    1983 Yamaha Venture

    We have one rider on the fence and hasn't bought a bike yet. He is 50/50 at this point.

    Our goal is to ride about 400 to 425 miles a day max and are leaving about 8 days to complete the 3000 mile trip.

    More to come and wish us luck!!!!

    Ringobus
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  2. Ringobus

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  3. tag3

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    Heck yea. I like it.
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  4. Ringobus

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    DualDawg Been Lurking

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    I love this! In! Good luck and safe travels!
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  6. Johnnydarock

    Johnnydarock Been here awhile

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    I started looking at the pictures in this report and said to myself...wow...those are some old bikes. Then I read your story and said...I had this idea back in 1987. Me and four buddies thought we should buy used bikes but nobody could spend more than $500. After looking for a while we couldn't find anything that would make it the 1200 miles from Los Angeles to Cabo...so we pooled our money together and bough a 1972 Plymouth Fury for $500. We never got the car registered and we made it in 4 days 3 nights. I think we hit every road sign with beer bottles the entire way down. We ended up trading the car for 5 plane ticket back to LA with the guy at the Mexicana Airlines counter. Man...I wish I was going with you guys on this one.
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  7. xdsbiker

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    Great idea. Looking forward to the ride report.
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  8. johnnywheels

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    This is an epic plan. It may not become an epic ride, but you've got me hooked anyway!


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  9. eaglescan

    eaglescan Borrego rocks

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    Where are you in N.W. Minn? My last name is Hallock. Great plan ,and very generous of you all. Steve
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  10. i4bikes

    i4bikes Been here awhile

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    I'm in. One more time it will be proven that you don't need a bike that cost thousands of dollars to have fun. I would want the old Venture.
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  11. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck

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    I think I need to stick around for this. :lurk
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  12. Bob S.

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    Wow this is too cool good on you guys! hey if you don't mind if it's not too much work can you list how many miles are on these awesome old bikes?
    Were most of these good ole craigslist finds?
    I just may have to check in on your ride from my own early october ride that i wrote about here:
    http://www.greenhulk.net/forums/showthread.php?t=266092
    Good luck fellow adventurers!
    Bob
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  13. KiloBravo

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    Brilliant !!
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  14. Ringobus

    Ringobus Adventurer

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    Thanks for looking in on our trip.
    Bob S., The Vulcan has 30,000, the Magna has about 33,000, the LTD is 22,700, the Madura has about 23,000 and the Venture has around 50,000 on it.
    Not sure on the others but I know all of them have plenty but nothing would leave us to believe any of the bikes won't make it.
    We did have the local dealer look most of them over and nothing looks out of place.

    Eagle Scan, most of us are out of the DL area and one from MSP and one from Colorado meeting us in Park City along the way.

    Here are the 3 routes we have chosen with the Montana route having the most eye candy and will be the least boring. Since we are leaving in early October we may have to take a more southern route depending on weather.
    Most of us will have Gerbings jackets plugged in. As you know these cruiser bikes offer little wind protection to the body and hands so it should be interesting until we get to Vegas and then we will shed a bunch of cold weather gear into a box and ship it home.


    It will be hot in Mexico but not as bad as it could be. That is why we chose October. Not too late out of MN and temps better for a ride down the Baja.

    More to come soon!
    RIngobus

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    Epic. In
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  16. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Farto Motografist

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    Subscribed.... wish I had the time or the money or the nerve!
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  17. MufflerBearings

    MufflerBearings Been here awhile

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    I like this idea very, very much. Those look to be some really decent sub-$1,000 bikes. This should be fun!
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  18. Ringobus

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  19. Mullet

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    Awesome idea. Hope you have a blast.
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  20. Oznay

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    IN! This should be a fun ride, good luck..
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