Route suggestions for cross-country (USA) trip

Discussion in 'Americas' started by jlevers, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun Super Supporter

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    Yeah, he seems to be a little awkward, but totally nice. Murray (from the CX500 forum) suggested that I get a picture of his driver's license and the truck before he leaves, which seems like a good idea.
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  2. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun Super Supporter

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    Well, the fuckers with that truck basically doubled the price at the last second, and then lied about a lot of stuff. They then returned closer to their original offer, but I had absolutely no faith in anything they said after that. So tomorrow I'm going to a local shop. RIP my bank account, but at least there'll be noticeable progress.
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  3. oldtouring B

    oldtouring B Been here awhile Supporter

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    Try to find a good independent mechanic rather than a dealer..
  4. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Damn! At least the whole deal fell apart before you gave them your bike!
  5. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun Super Supporter

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    I'm going to ride to this place today: http://www.berkshirecycle.com

    They seem to specialize in vintage bikes, and most importantly, they're not super far away.
  6. oldtouring B

    oldtouring B Been here awhile Supporter

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    From their reviews you picked the right place!
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  7. packn4alivin

    packn4alivin packn4alivin

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    If you come through the Yellowstone park area you should hit beartooth pass, and if you need tent space near idaho falls I've got plenty of space.
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  8. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun Super Supporter

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    Thanks! If I come through up there I'll definitely do both of those things.
  9. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun Super Supporter

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    Ok, plans changed again, and I'm currently in a rented pickup driving to NC with my bike in the back. Since my mom's a teacher and doesn't have work (and is the best mom ever), she's driving down 12 hours down and 12 back since I'm not old enough to rent a vehicle. I'll be riding back in a few days when my bike is sorted...glad to finally be moving!

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  10. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    At least you're on the road finally! How did the ramp work out? Please post youtube video of any loading fails. :D
  11. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun Super Supporter

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    I'm back (a lot sooner than expected. Bike is running well, although there are still a few minor fixes that need doing. I should be on the road by Tuesday at the very latest.
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  12. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    Details Man Details

    What was it?
    What did ya have to fix?
  13. jlevers

    jlevers Type 2 fun Super Supporter

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    Sorry, that was just a quick post from my phone while in the car.

    It was something having to do with the wiring from the stator to the CDI -- neither I nor Murray is sure exactly what, but when we plugged in the Ignitech it worked, so that spoke for itself. It feels like the bike gained a very substantial amount of power between that and the internal engine fixes I did (replaced cam chain/tensioner blades, stator, and mechanical seal). While I was there he also noticed a lot of little things wrong with the bike, like the airbox boots being swapped and not installed properly, some sketchy and non-factory ground points, and lots of other little things that make me think the PO did a major hack job on this bike. It also appears to have a '78 motor in a '79 frame, but the engine serial is from '79, so...not sure what's up with that.

    Murray left me with a list of maintenance items to do:
    - Oil cables
    - Flush cooling system and possibly replace radiator (he gave me a spare)
    - Clean up some surface rust
    - Clean up wiring
    - Synchronize carbs (not sure when I'm gonna do that, I don't have a manometer)
    - Replace final drive oil

    I think that's everything...
  14. DaMonk45

    DaMonk45 I B Da Monk

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    It sounds to me like it was a LOT of smaller stuff that alone and by itself would not bother but they all came into play a the same time with one piling ontop of the other.

    I would take care of the short list you have as you go...One thing at a time.

    Good Luck
    Ride Safe.
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  15. Joezeph

    Joezeph Been here awhile

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    BLAST is the right word for getting across OK, the blast from the constant south to north 100'f 40mph sidewind (across your east to west flight path) is only superseded by the BLAST across the Texas panhandle!!!
    l know there is no other way to get from AR to NM & CO but l can tell you from experience that these are NOT enjoyable routes that merely get you from A to B!!!

    Here is the only thing (on my direct hwy60 route) that is worth looking at, the salt flats at Jet, OK.
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  16. ALinUTAH

    ALinUTAH Been here awhile

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    It's not clear to me when you will be doing this ride. You are brave to take a ride like this on an old bike that you don't know inside and out. But then the upside of a big ride on an old bike is you can always abandon it and get on a plane without losing much, if it comes to that LOL. Let's hope it doesn't. If you find yourself in the vicinity of Utah and in need of help with that old CX shoot me a PM here. I have a 1980 CX500, and although mine has not given me any trouble (knock on wood), I know a little about them and can turn a wrench.
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  17. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff. Supporter

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    That's less than a day's work. For the carb sync, you just need about 20 ft of clear vinyl tubing from any Home Depot or similar, and a little coolant or transmission fluid. It takes more time to set up and is messier than a manometer or CarbTune, but you can do it this way for about $4 anywhere in the world and it'll work for any twin cylinder bike.
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    First, mark the EXACT center of the length of tubing.
    Put in enough fluid to fill about 4-5 ft of the length.
    Hang the tubing so the fluid is at the low point, coming up each side from the low point. In the photo, the tubing is hanging from a garage door track.
    Attach each end to a carb vacuum port.
    Hang a weight from your center mark. I used a pair of vise grips hanging from a loop of wire. Again, you want this to be exactly half way between the ends of the tubing.

    I just checked and there are a number of web pages and Youtube videos on where the ports and screws are to adjust the CX500 carbs. You'll simply adjust till the fluid is the same height in each of the tubes.
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