Cross Country on a $50 bike: NY-SF and back

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by XS500RUS, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. Seca750RUS

    Seca750RUS Touring minimalist

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    Just looking at these desert pictures makes me warmer. I remember my black brake and clutch levers got so hot, I had to put on some gloves to use them!
    Hopefully this cold spell we're having on the East Coast ends very soon.:lol3
  2. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    Supposed to be mid-40s and sunny here in northern Vermont on Saturday -- nice change from the -2 we had this morning! :vardy

    --mark
  3. Twin4Me

    Twin4Me Fresh Meat

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    Guys - thanks for sharing this trip, I just came across it and it made my day.
  4. caniculaveritas

    caniculaveritas Adventurer

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    Awesome Report!!! Glad to see the shaftie seca make it!!! I am in the middle of getting my Maxim 650 ready for just summer riding...no grand trips this year =( But I sure would love the simplicity of the twin for on road issues!
  5. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    Glad to have brought another lurker into 'poster-dom.':D

    Yeah, the Seca was rock solid, I was kind of jealous on the wide open sections, my engine felt like a bomb ticking away at 70mph.:eek1 The 'bruiser' comes into its own in the twistier lower speed sections where ground clearance and lighter steering play a factor.

    Vanya and I are planning a couple of rides for this summer (PA, Maine) so we'll be sure to write ride reports for those.
  6. Seca750RUS

    Seca750RUS Touring minimalist

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    Just got her polished up and ready for tomorrow's adventure ride!
    We'll see how the Seca handles abandoned railroad grades :D.
    I'll post up pics and a separate report after the ride.

    Also looking forward to those summer excursions, bro!

    Vanya
  7. Swillmongrel

    Swillmongrel Been here awhile

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    Great ride report! Here a pic of my friend Eric, circa 1990 on the '75 TX500 he bought for $35 at a garage sale. We rode from Minnesota to the east coast and back. He had less trouble on his $35 bike than I had with my $800 '82 GPZ550.

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  8. KSGregman

    KSGregman Flying Close to the Sun

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    Reading a Ride Report like this is PRECISELY the reason I joined this site....to live the adventure vicariously through others....and to find inspiration to get out there and try longer trips myself.

    Your trials in Kansas struck close to home...the wind...hail...tornados....I LIVE here. :lol3

    The collection of bikes at the Motorcycle Museum in Marquette is worth the time to see...I rode up from Wichita to have lunch in Lindsborg and see it....I enjoyed talking with the old timer who owned the place too....though he passed away recently.

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  9. Northern Dog

    Northern Dog Gnarled up Northerner

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    I just finished reading the whole thread, excellent RR guys! :clap:freaky

    A buddy and I did the Canadian version of it (from the East Coast of Canada to the West coast of Canada) 17 years ago. I was on a '78 CB750 Four and he was on a '78? KZ1100. At that point in time I had owned my 750 for 4 years and he just picked up the KZ1100 a month before the trip. At the end of the trip his bike was going through so much oil that it looked like a Pulp Mill going down the road. Near the end of the trip he literally had to add a Liter of oil every time we gassed up. All I needed to do was tighten the cam chain, set the valves and replace the drive chain ... I wish I still had that bike, it was a tough old bugger. :cry
  10. MaduraMI

    MaduraMI Adventurer

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    Awesome report guys!! Very entertaining. I love reading about these old bikes as I have couple myself.

    Paul
  11. pbagley

    pbagley Back in the saddle again

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    Excellent story. Congrats on the adventure, and on all the repairs on the road. You certainly put my little trip around Lake Superior (in 2 days) to shame.

    When you swing through MN you are welcome to camp at my place (25 miles north of Minneapolis/St.Paul). We have a 34 ft Motorhome available (unless we're out camping), 3 acres, and plenty of garage space for the bikes, a warm grill and beer in the frig. The boy and I may even ride with you for a little ways on our old Seca's...

    - Paul
  12. Exevious

    Exevious Competitive Shooter - Team FCO

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    Great ride report...

    When you guys get near Keller come stay at my place!!





































    j/k :rofl

    I actually did read the first post.
  13. barryadam

    barryadam No Value Added

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    Great job on the trip and the report. :clap

    Your description of arriving home clearly shows your love of that place. But thinking ahead, and based on everything you've seen and experienced, have you given any thought to living in any of the states or places that you visited? Or maybe somewhere else in the world?

    Where would you like to make the next "home"? (I'm guessing NOT OHIO).
  14. Seca750RUS

    Seca750RUS Touring minimalist

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    You got that right!! :rofl

    I wouldn't mind setting up camp in the foothills of the Idaho mountains...an infinite wilderness that would never get old to explore by motorcycle, jeep, hiking, skiing, biking, flying, kayaking...anything else?

    In any case, it would be as far away from a shopping mall as possible:D

    I'm just not sure what types of jobs are available in those remote locations...but that is a minor detail:deal
  15. XS500RUS

    XS500RUS Been here awhile

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    I really liked the area around Asheville, NC as well as parts of Virginia. I loved Idaho, but like Vanya said, making a living way out in the sticks might prove to be a challenge.
  16. kennyanc

    kennyanc Long timer

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    Hush, lets keep it our little secret :wink: We don't want a bunch of riff-raff moving in here and crowding up our roads and trails. :thumb



    Kenny
  17. barryadam

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    And that becomes the struggle for most of us. Where you would like to live vs. where you must work. Few are lucky enough to have both at the same time. Some choose careers that make them truly "portable". The rest of us have to find a balance.

    Good luck to all of you.
  18. 2weelz4me

    2weelz4me Been here awhile

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    I don't think I'll ever forget this story.
    and I had nothing to do with it.
    very inspiring guys..
  19. windburn

    windburn Long timer

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    Lift your horizon a bit about making money in the sticks. Idaho is a fine state with many fine engineers making real money.
    The Idaho National Laboratory developed the nuclear powered submarine in the desert west of Idaho Falls. the Lab is still very involved in engineering for public and private sectors of our economy. The BLM, National Park service, simplot aga business, Orida Potatoes, many businesses find Idaho a fine state to do business in. Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Navada, Montana are golden nuggets of opertunity. I have lived in both Oregon, and Idaho in my professional career and retired at 59 with money in the bank.
    Smart young engineers will find opertunities any where
  20. Seca750RUS

    Seca750RUS Touring minimalist

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    Oh yeah, we saw an infoboard about the Idaho National Lab on the edge of a volcano field!

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    Did someone say nu-cu-ler? :norton

    Totally agree about job opportunities...hopefully the economy will be on the up-swing again by the time we get out of grad school :gerg