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. oldtouring B

    oldtouring B Been here awhile

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    Definitely in..!! Being a member of the over 70 club, I hope you all have a hell of a time! Ride safe..
  2. Ringobus

    Ringobus Adventurer

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    We found out that the four-cylinder motorcycles are only getting about 85 miles to the tank. Little disappointing but we have extra gas cans on board.
    Stopped for lunch in Bismarck and we have 241 miles behind us. The temperature is only 49° so a bit chilly but a bluebird day perfect for a ride. The bikes are running really well knock on wood.

    The F. N. G. Jerome made a rookie mistake and tipped his bike into the gas pump.
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  3. Ringobus

    Ringobus Adventurer

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  4. Ringobus

    Ringobus Adventurer

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    A Christian motorcycle preacher IMG_3234.JPG stopped by our table and said a prayer for us.
    We need all the help we can get!
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  5. TheBuelligan

    TheBuelligan Adventurer

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    This is an idea that I have wanted to do for a long time! Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find anyone with the same crazy mentality. You guys are going to have a blast! I will anxiously be following along!
  6. overlander

    overlander Gravel Travel Tours

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    This sounds like too much fun!! Love the idea. Friends and I planned a similar version back in 04 but on sub 300 cc twin shock drum brake bikes but the distances we needed to do forced us to do it more modern bikes. Everyone but the PC and venture may soon be hating life! Remember... Never pass gas!
  7. oneway

    oneway Long timer

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    We should find a way to wager on the 1st dropout.
    Hmmm
  8. MountainsandRivers

    MountainsandRivers loves dirty things!

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    I think the Vulcan will hold up well. I had an 85 vn700 in high school, and it was great, so really I'm just rooting for you guys, doing something on a bike I should have done more trips on!
  9. Golden955

    Golden955 Been here awhile

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    Luckily it was the light bike........bwahahahahahaha
  10. blacktruck

    blacktruck Shiftless character

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    Now that you got us all hooked please keep us posted on how it goes with the old iron. Back in the day I had one of those and wanted a few others but couldn't afford them at the time. All that and the goal for the end of your trip is more than noble. I applaud you all for pursuing the challenge.
    Ride safe and have fun.
  11. eanderson87

    eanderson87 n00b

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    Jesus Murphy, Ringo! You got us on the edge of our seats! How far did you get day one?
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  12. ponytl

    ponytl even my new bike is old

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    I had one of the early ones white... pretty bike... i might have put 1000 miles on it in 3 years and then sold to a guy who I think has put as many miles on it as yours... this is a guy who could and did have any bike he wanted... he spoke very well of the PC claimed it to be one of the best bikes he ever had.... I've also heard good things about the Ventures
  13. RidewithAB

    RidewithAB Just Ride!

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    My moto, ride your own ride. I believe this bunch has karma on their side, no break downs ahead, only well wishes. I would love to be there with you, but I am cheering you and will take notes for my trip in January. Go team go, you are awesome. Cheers...AB
  14. N-Id-Jim

    N-Id-Jim Long timer

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    What a pile of fun!! I will be watching the show....
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  15. Golden955

    Golden955 Been here awhile

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  16. Ratman

    Ratman Lucky Rider

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    So, have you all got together yet, or did you collect somewhere and all start together? I think this will be a blast.

    85 miles per tank full...must be a hell of a headwind.
  17. Ringobus

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    IMG_3258.JPG IMG_3286.JPG We all met together except one who will meet us in Park City.

    Big day today. We managed to knock out 550 miles and made it to the western parts of South Dakota.

    We did have a bike go down at dusk 13 miles out of BelFouche and I pulled him in. That Vulcan pulls Ventures and squalls tires like you read about. That's right, the Yamaha quit due to fuel issues which should be easily solvable tomorrow morning. An appointments is already set for 8:00 am.
    We think it is junk in the gas line or something plugged. It ran very well for 535 miles. Did I mention what a killer bike I have?
    For all of you Pacific Coast lovers that thing ran like a sewing machine. Jim says it's like sitting in your living room watching tv.

    Riding from Belfield, ND to BelFouche, SD is like riding on the moon. I always wanted to be an astronaut so I got to check that profession off of my bucket list.
    More to come tomorrow

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    We also have a new record set today as a group doing this for 11 years. Once of our riders managed to drive 45 miles with his blinker on before canceling. It's nice to know we have riders with situational awareness and sharp as a tack rider skills.
  18. OR_Rider

    OR_Rider Been here awhile

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    Well it wasn't the Pacific Coast with self-cancelling signals!
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  19. skates04

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    Might be a bit late, but I also recommended Mexi Cali down Hwy 5. Fish tacos in San Felipe and stay at Alfonsinas at Gonzaga Bay for a decent room drinks and food. Visit CoCo. If your going to get hassled it's going to be going down HWY 1 through TJ/Ensenada. The dirt section is better than it used to be maybe? Besides its Baja, you need a little easy dirt/gravel.

    That and you can go straight south out of Vegas, I15/215 is a shit show of congestion and bad drivers in CA all the way from Vegas to the border in San Diego. Tijuana Border is another shit show.

    Also don't bring extra fuel into Baja, they will hassle you at the border and charge a tariff or tax, easier to refill your jugs in Baja. Happened to me in March, added 30 min of confusion/hassle at the border crossing on top of my tourist paperwork.

    Have fun, be safe!!

    MN born and raised here!


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  20. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    well I would bet pc800 will do it. I forgotten the adv imate name but he took a crappy looking one all over . Even went to copper canyon Mexico and that was with alternator that gave up the ghost. Put a big car battery in the trunk and road it like that till the end of trip. Just charged it up every night. I do agree pc800 plastic is a nightmare to deal with.