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

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

  1. Ramage

    Ramage needs improvement

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    Think Research Triangle Park. NC State, UNC and Duke all in the neighborhood. Two hours to BRP and Asheville.

    :clap Like everyone else, I really enjoyed this RR.
  2. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    Bingo!
  3. PrtclMn001

    PrtclMn001 Custom User Title

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    Outstanding report guys! I was somewhat sad to see it end!
  4. cpres

    cpres Been here awhile

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    Wow what a great read. I just read it in one sitting. N ow it is time for me to plot and ride what I have.
  5. Seca750RUS

    Seca750RUS Touring minimalist

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    Wow that's impressive!! :clap

    Because it took us more than a month to complete the trip, and then another three months to write about it. :freaky
  6. Keytime

    Keytime Adventurer

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    Great read, guys! ADVenture! Reminds me also a bit of the movie Fandango.

    It's interesting to see how the group dynamic works with different people on the ride. Our trip used to consist of extended weekends down into Arkansas to enjoy the twisties and scenery, and it was a great compromise for riders from IL (where I'm from) and from KS (where I am now). In 2003, we decided to start week-long trips on the bikes. What's interesting to see is how we've ended up with a core group of 5 guys who are regulars and prioritize every ride with few exceptions. The rest have pretty much faded or just don't fit into our riding mindset enough (nothing wrong with that, just different).

    So, I'm curious to see what becomes your "core group" over the years. You and your brother will no doubt remain, but who else will? Thoughts?
  7. upweekis

    upweekis Long timer

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    This RR did me a world of good. I did a lot of this same trip in the early '60s when we had brownie 110 film cameras, ect. and It never occured to me to take pictures. The old EL Harley required something every day, and I loved every minuite of it. As the English teacher said: Ya done good!:clap
  8. PrtclMn001

    PrtclMn001 Custom User Title

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    :lol3 nice
  9. jeep8

    jeep8 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for inspiring me, and congratulations to your group on the adventure ride.
  10. Canuckel

    Canuckel n00b

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    Just finished reading your RR over the last week and wanted to say thanks for the excellent read and the wake up call.

    I have to admit that I was getting a little caught up in the whole "commercial" side of adventure biking :shog (wanting a better bike, better gear, etc.) and then I read you're RR and realized I was missing the point entirely. Getting a newer bike or the latest gear isn't going to transform my riding experience. I just need to get out there and ride with the stuff I've got and enjoy it. :D

    Thanks for the inspiration (and saving me money!) Cheers! :freaky
  11. Rozzkoe

    Rozzkoe Adventurer

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    Excellent Adventure Riding!!! thanks so much for posting this great Journey!
  12. Seca750RUS

    Seca750RUS Touring minimalist

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    Right on!

    The silver lining to riding a "slow", "unreliable", "unequipped", "outdated" motorcycle is that it GUARANTEES more memories per mile, which money can't buy.:lol3
    If your mindset is right (meaning you see unplanned obstacles as bonus adventures), then most of these memories will be good ones.:thumb
  13. 9Dave

    9Dave Bazinga!

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    Well said:thumb
  14. Seca750RUS

    Seca750RUS Touring minimalist

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    I've noticed a great increase in Death Valley ride reports in the last few weeks here on ADVRider...is this time of year the prime time to explore?

    When we rode through DV late last June, we just wanted to make it through without melting into a heap :lol3

    <a href="http://s407.photobucket.com/albums/pp151/Seca750RUS/XCountry%20Xtras/?action=view&current=DSCN1774.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider-photobucket-images/images/S/Seca750RUS_XCountry%2520Xtras_DSCN1774.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    That "DANGER EXTREME HEAT WARNING" sign at the entrance was kind of ominous. It did feel like riding into a perpetual sauna...but you couldn't just step outside for a breath of fresh air :knary

    <a href="http://s407.photobucket.com/albums/pp151/Seca750RUS/XCountry%20Xtras/?action=view&current=DSCN1775.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider-photobucket-images/images/S/Seca750RUS_XCountry%2520Xtras_DSCN1775.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    But less than a couple hours later a 5000ft elevation rise brought temps down, and by the end of the day we were above 9000 ft in Yosemite with some snow in the peaks! :eek1 How crazy is that?

    <a href="http://s407.photobucket.com/albums/pp151/Seca750RUS/XCountry%20Xtras/?action=view&current=DSCN1784.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider-photobucket-images/images/S/Seca750RUS_XCountry%2520Xtras_DSCN1784.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    Man those were good times...:freaky
    Vanya
  15. davidji

    davidji bike curious

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    NIce, thx for posting it. I still miss the xs500 I had in college. Back when it wasn't that old. As I remember very comfortable & practical, and fast enough. Nice to see one make a long trip!
  16. Seca750RUS

    Seca750RUS Touring minimalist

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    Actually, on our trek across the country, I did notice a number of small towns that had large old sedans permanently parked by the side of the road at the city limits. Sometimes these were decomissioned cop cars with busted lights and no windshields, but you couldn't tell from a distance so we made sure to slow down to the exact speed limit as a precaution. :deal

    In my opinion, this HAS to be the most effective way to cut down on speeding in populated areas, and it's practically free for the police department!:lol3
  17. Tommy2

    Tommy2 Been here awhile

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    Thank you very much for sharing this. Just spent the last 2-3 hours reading.

    Anyone can write checks for motorcycles and parts (or finance). Nothing wrong with that at all..but being able to fix them yourself and maintain them along the way is very impressive.

    I'm 25 and I can't even imagine doing a trip like that in college at 19 years old. I only wish I had the guts to do something like that back then. That takes an incredible amount of guts.. And actually..Many young people would have the guts to do something like that - but how many would actually succeed and complete the entire trip? I can't imagine most people riding with the same people for that long and not wanting to kill each other after about 3 days, giving up, and going home. I can't say I could endure it.. Not to mention most people that would have the will start such a trip would probably have not been nearly as organized. I'm very impressed that you thought to bring along tools, a few extra parts, etc.. Most people my age/younger tend to not be all that prepared.

    I'm restoring a '80 CM400 Hondamatic that will be my first bike. $200. Fixing it cheaply. Love engine work/diagnosing so I am very thankful for all of the technical posts. Motorcycles are new to me, so I learned a lot..
    Very glad to see there are other young junkyard mechanics out there.

    I've never once considered a long trip on a motorcycle, but I am now!

    I also live in Upstate NY. It's nice to get out of this area once in a while! It's a big beautiful country. From what I hear you really get to feel part of every place you visit on a motorcycle...Being in an RV is just like watching the scenery on TV. :lol3

    Thanks again for sharing
  18. nmarkato

    nmarkato Making it work

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    Exactly right! I'm leaving this week on my '79 CB750 riding to Minnesota from Delaware. I just finished this thread and I'm inspired and more excited now than ever. Thanks for the report.
  19. Seca750RUS

    Seca750RUS Touring minimalist

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    On this day, exactly one year ago, I would be trying to go to sleep, but not being too successful. The following day, June 1, five of us would gather in our driveway to depart on the longest unpredictable stretch of time in our lives to date, without exaggeration.:norton
    <a href="http://s407.photobucket.com/albums/pp151/Seca750RUS/XCountry%20Xtras/?action=view&current=DSC05649.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider-photobucket-images/images/S/Seca750RUS_XCountry%2520Xtras_DSC05649.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    This year however, I'm driving to Baltimore for a conference on lasers and optics...still beats sitting at home :lol3

    My brother and I have a one-week tour to Maine this month...it will probably seem like a ride in our backyard compared to the wild west :wink:

    Vanya

    P.S. Can't wait to graduate again!! The next trip is in the works :ear
  20. Osprey!

    Osprey! a.k.a. Opie Supporter

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    I've really enjoyed reading this thread and like Tommy, part of me wishes I'd have done something similar years ago. I too have a brother who rides motorcycles, and I'm sure it would have been quite an adventure if we did a road trip together. Now we're too busy with work and raising families, but I'm bugging him every chance I get to see if he can tear loose from his time consuming responsibilities.

    See, the trick to a full life isn't to grieve about what wasn't. It's to live as fully as you can, right NOW.

    Some people find they can do more in their 30's then they could in their 20's. Others the reverse. Sometimes people even discover adventure in their 60's.

    I'm 34. Today my wife and I went on a short ride with a group of BMW club riders. We were easily the youngest in the crowd, and probably by 20 years.
    It's clear that plenty of older folks are adventuring these days.

    So stop wishing for the past being different and live more fully, right now.

    As for myself, I'm planning a 4 week adventure later this summer - my first cross country motorcycle trip. I'll be doing it solo on a 17 year old BMW with 70,000 miles on the clock. I'll be camping out as much as possible or staying with friends along the way.

    Threads like this one help inspire me. Thanks for sharing the adventure!