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There and Back Again: a 50cc Tale.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BMW-K, May 15, 2008.

  1. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

    Nov 11, 2004
    Anaheim, CA
    Sure thing. I'll take a close up pic later today, but in a nutshell it's a quick Home Depot Run...

    Shopping List:
    1. 1.25" (or whatever diameter fits your crash bars) galvanized steel pipe. Don't use iron pipe or plumbing pipe - it's too heavy. Find the thin-wall pipe.

    2. 4x 2" hose clamps. Used to secure the pipes to the crash bars.

    3. 2x 1.25" non-marring rubber "cane tips" - it's a rubber tip that you might put on a chair leg or the tip of a cane.

    4. A fresh hacksaw / jigsaw blade, metal cutting style.

    5. Can of spraypaint: color of your choice. I went with gloss black...

    First off, buy some 1.25" internal diameter galvanized pipe. I had to buy a 12 FOOT pole for $6. I still have 10 feet left if anyone wants it!

    Cut two 6" lengths off.

    Put the first length in a vise. draw an arc in the pipe starting from one end, finishing 2" from the other end.

    Cut the pipe in half, tapering near the 4" mark. Basically, you end up with 2" of still solid pipe and 4" of "half pipe".

    Spray paint the pipe black.

    Slide "open end" over the crash bar, secure in place with TWO hose clamps per side.

    And yer done!

    Total cost, about $10 in parts.

    Somewhere in Louisiana, my buddy (who rode back on the trip) lost one of my rubber bumpers. Oh the Humanity! :lol3

    They work awesome.

  2. BMW-K

    BMW-K F800GS FTW!

    Nov 11, 2004
    Anaheim, CA
  3. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

    Nov 19, 2003
    New Philadelphia, Ohio
    I can't even see your pics 'cause I'm at work, but great write up! :clap

    Chipmunking, I love it!
  4. DOUG5551

    DOUG5551 Adventurer

    Sep 27, 2006
    Nice to see you over here, Robert.

    Are you going to get KSann to add his part to complete the wonderous tale??
  5. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

    Nov 19, 2005
    right here on my thermarest
    Cool ride!
  6. kj7687

    kj7687 Uncle Sally

    Jan 7, 2008
    SoCal - Inland Empire
    Sorry but I just don't get it...am I dumb or something?
  7. BearII

    BearII No, it's not complicated

    Feb 20, 2007
    Here, there and everywhere
    50CC = 50 hours Coast to Coast
  8. pondorotravis

    pondorotravis pondorotravis

    May 9, 2007
    Rock Island, IL
    :lol3 Just a plain sweet report.....ride on
  9. oldschoolrider

    oldschoolrider n00b

    May 31, 2008
    :clap Congratulations!! Awesome ride documentation and pictures. Very helpful for people contemplating ANY long ride. When I did my 50cc on nearly the same route 17 years ago, on a FJ 1200, my diet was Gatorade and Granola bars in a tank bag! Like Lance Armstrong says, its not about the bike. I ate and drank while rolling at 75 mph. Technology comes in a distant second to determination. Most people can make it thru a night without sleep. Dothat, and your time could well be in the mid 30s. Good luck on future rides!!
  10. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

    Jul 8, 2001
    Uvalde, TX

    Yeah, but I have one of Armstrong's former team bikes in my garage. It was the best technology available at the time :wink:

    Seriously, maybe 40% of the folks that do a coast-to-coast ride do so on something other than the latest high-tech bike. I signed off yesterday on the paperwork for a guy who was modest, unassuming, and riding a black Harley with no electronics including no GPS. He was wearing bluejeans and a bluejean jacket rather than any sort of fancy textile suit.

    The 50cc is pretty popular with a good chunk of the Harley/cruiser crowd. More power to them.

    I also signed off recently on the paperwork for a guy who was riding a retro Kawasaki without a fairing or wind protection. Evidently he had a number of friends and/or online interest from folks with the same bike and they were egging him on.

    There was a 100ccc (Jacksonville to San Diego and return to JAX in 100 hours) done two-up on a Hayabusa a year or two ago. Let's just say that they didn't carry much in the way of luggage.

    There are a fair number of couples that do coast-to-coast rides two up. I also had a couple drop by last night that were on a R1200RT; they had picked up a nail in the rear tire so they came by our workshop and used my tools and compressor in order to plug the tire. And yeah, I questioned the wisdom of plugging that tire before doing a two-up 50cc but they are adults and I wish them well.

    We are all out here to have fun. :lol3
  11. Black Ice

    Black Ice Sovereign Individual

    Apr 10, 2006
    Central AZ
    Just don't count on Ken dropping by and posting his return trip...in anything under a month. :amazon :D
  12. RydinFool

    RydinFool Adventurer

    Jun 26, 2008
    North of the Adirondacks
    This is a great ride post. I am planning a 50CC and am trying to glean as much from previous riders as I can. I have put quite a bit of planning into my ride so far. Plan your ride, Ride you plan....makes a lot of sense to me. This post was particularly interesting to me because I also have sleep apnea and use the cpap. Thanks again.