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. keithg

    keithg Been here awhile

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    WHAT A BUNCH!
    I am in!
  2. emptyHead

    emptyHead Adventurer

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    This is brilliant. I was thinking there couldn't be many decent bikes available that cheap, but if you go to Minneapolis Craigslist and put in max price $1000 and minimum size 650cc there are a few decent candidates. It seems like the sweet spot is 750 asking but needs a little work, that you can probably get for 650. A little sweat and little cash and your 80's metric is off on an adventure.
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  3. LudemJo

    LudemJo Iron Butt Dreamer

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    If nothing else, this will be entertaining. Best of luck to all of you.

    John
  4. slowriding

    slowriding Dopeless Hope Fiend

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    Just the title to the thread had me smiling, IN.
  5. oneway

    oneway Long timer

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    Yeah... and if you look in Los Angeles you'll see all the older bikes read "Classic....$3500".
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  6. PeanutRider

    PeanutRider Noendv1

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    In! Have traveled the world seeing Americans with Canadian flags on their clothing, luggage etc. It's a safer, most of the world doesn't have anything against Canada. Me myself I like to look them in the eye and swear to the allegiance of the USA. Most be the old soldier in me.

    Keep up the great work and be safe!!!
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  7. advrockrider

    advrockrider Been here awhile

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    This should be a good one, a group that I ride with were talking about doing the same thing but 250cc's max but the same price point!
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  8. Ringobus

    Ringobus Adventurer

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    You will all be sad the know that Jerome's sweet Yamaha Venture final gave up on this epic adventure.
    It was giving us problems 10 miles before Casper, WY. We managed to get it gassed up and drove 20 miles West and it finally quit for the last time and had it towed back to Casper to the Yamaha dealer. They announce it was a stator and with no parts on hand, Jerome handed them the keys and title and walked out the door, He grabbed a cab to the airport and rented a car to drive back to MN.
    Sad he won't be completing the trip. No bikes for sale In the area that could seal the deal.

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  9. Ringobus

    Ringobus Adventurer

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    Then there was 6.
    After we left Jerome behind for the wrecker,
    we headed west to Rawlins and on to Park City for the night. 30-35 mph sustained direct winds made this leg of the trip unbareable.
    We had the throttle pegged between 4-5 gear the entire way. Combined 100 mph headwind.

    Fuel economy made us stop more than we like and really the bikes should have all died from the 5 hours of consistance beating we gave them. A true testimate engineering of 30-35 years ago.

    Bother Jon made it in on his Kawasaki from Colorado Springs and put on 550 easy miles.
    We got into Park City 30 minutes after sunset.

    Ready for tomorrow's ride to Vegas. Warmer, easier and slower paced. IMG_3336.JPG
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  10. tag3

    tag3 Doofus

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    Jerome, that sucks. To the 6, keep the rubber side down and truck on.
  11. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    This looks amazing. I'm in and I can't wait to hear more. Been to Mexico a couple times, Baja once, on a DRZ. It's an amazing place.
  12. blacktruck

    blacktruck Shiftless character

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    Really sad to see any of the bikes fail. I was hoping it wouldn't be the Venture to go first. I had one years ago and ran into the same problem. Also no parts available when I needed them. Keep up the good work on the rest of your ride.
  13. Micah.Berry

    Micah.Berry n00b

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    What a great trip! I’m in. That PC is going to make the whole trip easy for its rider.
  14. skates04

    skates04 Adventurer

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    Glad to see you guys are finally riding SOUTH to warm weather! Enjoy the heat boys, you've earned it.

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  15. ponytl

    ponytl even my new bike is old

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    man hate the venture died... still betting the PC was the best choice... but I think I would have purchased a deep cycle marine battery and strapped it on the venture and rode on... charge at night and repeat... might have cut the headlight for daylight rides... maybe found an LED bulb... I know a guy who did this for years as the bike was his only transportation...
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  16. Ringobus

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    IMG_3392.JPG IMG_3354.JPG Amazing day for a ride. Temps and spirits up.
    The drive out of Park City this morning was epic.
    Bikes running well and we expect to be in Vegas by 4:00.
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  17. SGrider

    SGrider BDR 529

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    Good luck with the rest of your trip, what a bummer to have the Venture breaking down.
  18. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    I'm wondering how many of you guys will bond with the bikes and want to keep them. What a fantastic idea.

    In MY experience, trips like this are always more memorable than using the latest and greatest. I've loved every single trip in my noisy, bumpy, slow Jeep. Top down, bundled up, blistering hot, wet, whatever. My family thinks I'm nuts. It makes me live in the moment more.
  19. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    As if you guys haven't created enough "adventure" for yourself, you all end up with bad gas. I'd be pissed!
  20. SGrider

    SGrider BDR 529

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    Did you guys accidentally fill up with E85? Truck driver fill the wrong tank at the station? That happened to a friend of mine, truck driver put E85 in the wrong storage tank and he ended up with a bike that wouldn't run after filling it.