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BigDog & Gaspipe Do The TransAm Trail West

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by gaspipe, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. ra2bach

    ra2bach drive-by poster

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    Mark, what happened to your pictures? I see Bruce's but not yours... :dunno
  2. strongleftleg

    strongleftleg Party Guy Supporter

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    Wow!:eek1 :eek1 Just finished reading this epic tail! I'm new on the site so bear with me. Thanks for taing the time to post all the pics,etc. Gaspipe and Bigdog, hats off to yah!
    :thumb
  3. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul

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    Mark just switched hosting servers for his site - they should all be back up and loading faster than ever.

    In fact, over the next few weeks, I'll be swapping all my images to another server, so they might be wonky for a little bit.
  4. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul

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    Thanks Leg.

    If you do a search in ride reports for threads I started, you'll see a bunch more stuff. Have fun, and thanks for taking the time to read this report.

    :thumb
  5. JimWilliamson

    JimWilliamson Ya Hey Derr

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    Here, I fixed the photo for ya...

    And gents - thanks for posting - I really enjoyed the ride!
  6. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul

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    Jim,

    Nice job on the image aging. And thanks for blowing the dust off of this old report.

    :freaky
  7. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul

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    I'm decommissioning the chopperbruce.com server soon - that's where the pics for this ride have been located. I painstakingly have gone through this report, and have updated the image source for the new server. And added quite a few new pics.

    It will load much, much faster for y'all on broadband.
  8. leeo45

    leeo45 Longtime Lurker

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    Sounds like I'll need to read all 37 pages again. :eek1 :freaky
  9. Rhyolite

    Rhyolite Been here awhile

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    Gentlemen, uh, er, well you know...

    What an adventure!!!! Thanks for taking us along! :clap :clap :clap
  10. Teeds

    Teeds Don Quixote

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    Bruce: Thanks for fixing the links.

    Nothing is worse than a bunch of [​IMG] boxes instead of cool photographs.

    I just posted this report to a bunch of guys I know.
  11. Oni

    Oni Ronin

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    Well...guess I'll enjoy reading through the whole report again! :clap Thanks Bruce! :D
  12. blackbirdzach

    blackbirdzach Daily Adventurer

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    Thanks for moving the images over. This is in my top five favorites reports of all time. Gold! :bow
  13. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul

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    BBZ, teeds, rhyolite, leeo45...... -

    When I saw how many folks were still looking at ithis report, I didn't have the heart to disembowel it by pulling my image server.

    I transferred the pics to baldy and they should be there for as long as ADVRider lives :thumb

    And thanks for reading this old tome.... :freaky
  14. Mr Head

    Mr Head Adventure Hippie Supporter

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    Fresh pictures! I have to read this all over again.


    Cool.:thumb

    Should be a great weekend then.

    Thanks for all the travels and reporting. An inspiration for some of us still corraled in cloth covered cubes.
  15. Zecatfish

    Zecatfish XTique Rider

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    Great ride and report, only sad too :cry you shuld've turned north to Alaska:clap and then made the journey home. :deal

    Thanks for sharing.
  16. TexasShadow

    TexasShadow Where's the escape hatch?

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    So, how about a 250? (NM --> OR)

    Fantastic tale and photos. You two are a baaad influence on me.
    I'm going........
  17. gaspipe

    gaspipe Wandering Soul

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    Thanks.

    A 250 would do fine - but there are some long stretches of desert that *could* benefit from the cruise speed and carrying ability of a bigger thumper. A 450 class machine with a six speed would be perhaps the perfect bike for the west, IMHO.

    Pretty much any 400-650 class thumper is fantastic for the ride. Bigger bikes, like the 950 ADV, would be a handful in certain sections, but still rideable, all depending on your skill level.

    There are some stretches of deep sand, endless miles of deep, rutted sage roads, and some steep and rocky 4wd roads. Plus, if it's been raining, the incredibly sticky, yet also slick mud is alway there in a jiffy.

    Long story short, run what you have. If it's a KLR650, KLX650, DR650, XR650L, XR650R, XR400, DR400, KLX450, TE450/510, 450/525 EXC, LC4, etc......it'll do just fine.
  18. Boxall

    Boxall Adventurer Supporter

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    Awesome job guys! The pictures and the writing are both EXCELLENT!
  19. Boxall

    Boxall Adventurer Supporter

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    I haven't gotten anything done at home or at work since I found this thread!
  20. DataDaddy

    DataDaddy @ the new dad thing

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