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. talmage

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    That was @vermin. He called his bike "the Cack".
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  2. Karlfitt

    Karlfitt Long timer

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    There is one in every group.
    We keep telling our friend Gary he is not allowed to buy a bike without self cancelling turn signals.
    I don't know how he keeps finder new bikes that don't have them.
    This was many years ago but I remember riding behind him heading north following the Sacramento river and thinking "Damn it Gary, just take that right turn into the river already. I'm tired of looking at that blinker already":lol3

    As a side note, I notice in a few of the pictures some of you have on gear that cost more than the bikes you are riding.:-)

    Looks like fun, ride safe.
  3. Ringobus

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    We figured out why we need to stop every80 miles for gas. One of our riders has a plexi glass sail mounted to his bike.
    This would be great if we had a tail wind but that never happens on our trip. I say off with the windscreen.

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  4. Ringobus

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  5. Ringobus

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    IMG_3296.JPG Introducing the Kawasaki Vulcan. 750cc's of pure Yamaha Venture pulling power. Heck, I ain't gonna lie, this thing is the real deal. It's streamlined for fuel economy, nimble in the corners and super strong like his owner.

    $700 purchase price and $250 in new rear tire and tune up. Doesn't skip a beat and never needs suplimental fuel like the others.
  6. Ringobus

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    Jerome's bike is off to the shop.
    Fingers crossed. Plugged artery and needs a stent. Prognosis looks good. Bike runs we know. IMG_3297.PNG
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  7. Ringobus

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    Here is the story from last night.
    As I was pulling Jerome into town a car followed us in and at the stop light he rolled his window down to talk to Jerome.

    Jerome has Mason badges and a Rotary stickers on the back of his luggage. He asked if Jerome if he was a Mason and they did some telepathic signs, some additional alien speak and before you knew it he told Jerome he would be at our Hotel at 9:00 am to pick him up and get his bike handled. Pretty awesome if you ask me.

    I just have Canadian stickers on mine so maybe if I break down I will have a very agreeable very friendly and kind Canadian to wish me well and good luck. I might even be offered some left over poutine from the night before.
  8. Stowy

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    And a bungi cord to hold your knees in so they don't catch the wind. Remember, I rode that beast. When it gets hot, forget the bungi and let your knees catch the wind.
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  9. exmagnarider

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    All sorts of in! Another Minnesotan wishing you guys the best of luck. You've also inspired me to add something like this to my bucket list with @KnightWing and @highwaymanbw . Love the idea!
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  10. Scott Parish

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    What a great trip - I'm definitely envious; but cheering you on!
  11. Macdogg

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    In, I'm partial to the Venture, had a 83' blondie and rode the hell outta that bike.
  12. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    any news on the yammerhammer?
  13. Ringobus

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    IMG_3308.JPG IMG_3307.JPG I don't know where to begin.
    First the word of the day is Karma.
    You reep what you sew.
    What comes around goes around.
    Well, I talked a big game about my bike explaining it's the greatest.
    We went to check air in the tires at the gas stop and the bike tipped over. It broke the clutch lever and worse. It barley started.
    I pulled it around to the pump, filled it and it ran very poorly.
    I managed to drive it to Spearfish popping and sputtering. I got into Spearfish and it quit starting a full day of trying to get it fixed by 6 shade tree mechanics. After 3 sets of plugs, fuel conditioner, starting fluid and a new battery it did not go.
    Mid afternoon we had it towed to Sturgis Motorsports who were expecting us.
    Let me tell you, this is a class act operation.
    They got us in, dropped all gas (which was the problem by the way) and we were on the road by 5:00. Made it to Gillette for a positive net 120 mile gain.
    John's bike died at the dealer due to bad gas and also Jerome's bike (Venture) also bad gas.
    Set me back $300 plus a whole day all to bad South Dakota gas.
    The bikes are all solid now and road worthy but there was a lot of doubt and contingency plans to fly to Vegas etc. was staring us down.
    All good now and spirits high and bellies full.

    Onward and upward I say for tomorrow.
    Since we are behind now it looks like 500 miles tomorrow knock on wood and swear off the bad gas.
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  14. Ol Man

    Ol Man Been here awhile

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    Your bikes are too good looking to have cost so little. Maybe you bought them in 1970s dollars
  15. oneway

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    Yeah.....I'd be having a word with the gas station. Assuming you all got the bad gas at the same station.
  16. Ringobus

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    A special shout out for my new buddies at Sunshine Towing is Spearfish. You guys got it done. Quick response and helped get us back on the road.
  17. Rutsref

    Rutsref Been here awhile

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  18. Rutsref

    Rutsref Been here awhile

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    OK boys, looks like a great trip, glad you're rolling again. IN! BTW it looks like you're going through Southern Commifornia near my stomping grounds east of LA. Interstate 15 through San Bernardino/Riverside. PM me for recommendations etc. I have connections in high and low places for food, beer, repairs, etc.
  19. Fred Oliff

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    Curious about the bike with the 'Canada' sticker. Purchased in Canada and imported to US? That is a fabulous way to get under the $1000 limit, 80c on the dollar.
  20. OdyBandit

    OdyBandit Been here awhile

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    Just for kicks I was looking for bikes under $1000 on Craigslist and Facebook. All kinds of them out there. The ads are hilarious. Best one said runs good, new battery but won’t start because I left the key on all night. Another one will throw in a telescope!