The Summer of Stupid: 7400+ miles of 2up - OBCDR, CDT, TAT West and more...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by LittleWan, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. keenerkeen

    keenerkeen Adventurer

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    thankyou, for a great adventure to share with everyone , especially on a cold winters night up here in Alberta .. HAPPY NEW YEAR :freakyWAN,s
  2. Yorkybar

    Yorkybar Adventurer

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    Thanks Little Wan/Big Wan for such an interesting RR. I am comeing over to the States in May and will be riding from New York to Astoria OR. I would so like to be able to ride like you both but unfortunatly I am not fisicaly able to do so. To be able to ride a bike like Big Wan is still only and will stay a dream,he has extraordanary skills that I envy. I have been riding bikes now for over 45 years but have never tried anything like what you have achieved, brilliant. Big Wan said in one of his replies that he shipped a bike from SF to Germany can you send me any info i.e. cost, time, and shipper. The reason is that I have bought a bike in New York and might want to ship it back to Germany. I shall be doing one of my childhood dreams to ride east to west in the US. I thank you once again for your remarkable report and perhaps I could meet you on the way through.

    God bless you

    and a happy new year

    Eddie
  3. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey Guys!
    Thanks for the sweet comments! Glad you're still reading :D


    Hi Eddie,
    Wow, how exciting! I'm so happy for you - making a dream come true! :thumb

    First of all - this was about a million years ago (okay, 18 years), back in 1993, so none of our info is going to be of much use to you.
    You guys were still using Deutsche Marks!
    :lol3
    :gerg

    I don't have the shipper name, but we dropped the bike off in San Francisco and picked it up in Bremerhaven.
    It was 8 weeks from drop off to pick up, but that includes 2 delays.
    We were notified of the 1st delay in time to change our travel plans.
    Second delay happened while we were in Europe, so we took a last minute trip to Prague. :beer
    Actual time on the ship was 6 weeks.

    We paid $539 when we dropped off the bike (and crated trailer).
    The bike went into a container with other vehicles (no crate - I think this is known as "roll on/roll off" or "RO RO").
    We had to give them the keys and pink slip (ownership papers), too! :eek1
    It took a lot of faith. :lol3
    We had been assured that everything was paid, in full.

    Unfortunately, when we got to Bremerhaven, we found out that it was only paid on the US end.
    The German office required another $317 for customs, tourist fees and a 15% tax.
    Not sure what your costs would be, as a German.

    Since most of my info is completely useless to you, I have some linkies that might help:
    I asked my best friend, Google, to find some information:
    This website might be useful...
    http://shippinginternational.com/automobiles.htm

    I did an advanced search for ADV using "Ship bike to Germany" and sifted through some threads...

    This shipper has been used with success:
    http://www.2wglobal.com/www/customerSegment/cars/index.jsp

    As has this one (website is in German):
    http://www.interfracht.de/

    If I were you, I'd start with Interfracht.
    Anyway, hope that helps!
    Keep us posted as your trip progresses :deal
    (Maybe we'll manage to meet up someplace?)



    In other news...
    Do you guys remember this?:
    I just heard form AUtiger86 - the safety cone is snug as a bug in Alabama and, yes, it was the one from Swasey Cabin.
    AUtiger86 intends to pass the cone along to another FF at some point - keep your eyes peeled!

    So - that's 3 out of 4 accounted for. :thumb
    If anyone finds out what happened to the last safety cone in Port Orford, Oregon (left it on the Welcome sign), let me know!

    It's probably HERE.
    :lol3


    Anyway,
    Happy New Year!



  4. WOXOF

    WOXOF Just wander'n

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  5. Ramv

    Ramv Been here awhile

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    Ok, Awesome report, I am only to page 28 but working dilligently!:rofl


    My wife saw it and said absolutely not, we are staying on road!

    A few quick thoughts:

    My great Grandfather was a blacksmith in Bannack. Cool you made it there.

    There is better food then McDs in Jackson. (The Mexican joint comes to mind).

    Chinese in Pinedale is as good as anything except breakfast at the Stockmans.

    The rigs are are actually natural gas rigs. Pinedale Basin is one of the most prolific basins in the Rockies for natural gas. It's very dry, no liquids (oil). Currently QEP, Ultra, and Shell are the main operators in the area. Encana operates NW of Farson in the Jonah field. It is one of the largest gas fields in the word.

    I am glad you got the ice cream! Only reason to visit Farson in my opinion. First time I was there it was -40 between Eden and Farson. No ice cream that day!

    Cool report, I am going to keep reading!:freaky

    (and planning our next adventure).
  6. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hey Guys,

    Thanks for the HU info, WOXOF! :thumb


    Hi Ramv -
    I've been trying to respond to comments via PM, but I see that you're a super n00b and this is your very first post!
    First of all, thanks for taking the time to sign up and leave a comment.
    Glad you're enjoying the report. :D
    You must be a WY local!

    Yeah, we know there's better food in Jackson - but I don't like to wait around just to get something decent.
    I like to eat whatever is fast and hassle-free and then get back on the road.
    :ricky

    Anyway, thanks again for reading! Glad you found some inspiration in this mess, haha.
    I sent you a PM - look at the upper right hand corner of the page.
    See where it says, "WOZZUPPP Ramv"?
    click where it says "Private Messages: Unread 1"
    Congratulations! Your first PM :D


    And, lucky you - I just went through and fixed a bunch of broken links. So many of those videos have been removed :cry
    Anyway, as of yesterday, every link was working. It won't last long.


    You know I can't post without sharing something fun...
    Here's a really cool stop action short:






    Isn't that awesome? :clap




    Anyway, I'll be on a little ADV break for a while. I've subscribed to this thread, so I'll try and keep track of it.
    Might be a while before I get back to any comments or PMs, but you'll hear from me eventually. :deal

    Thanks again for reading - it would have been pointless without all of you! :raabia

    P.S. I don't know if you're still reading this, BluePOOF, but I'm so sorry I repeatedly f'ed up your name.
    When I was checking linkies, I saw that I got it wrong over and over. And over. In PMs, too. :shog



    sigh. What can I say, except:
    "I'm a unitard!"



    :lol3


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  7. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    :lol3

    :wave LittleWan - thanks for that really cool animation video. :clap :clap :clap

    Ya'll have fun on your travels. :thumb
  8. -W-

    -W- Flying Finn

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    Took forever to read this RR through, but damn it was sooo nice to read!:clap
    Thanks for LittleWan for a huge effort to write it down - and also in a very unique and most amusing way too!:poser

    Then just one quick queastion for the school bus driver - which front springs did you have in the bus while this trip? Rear spring was standart (or?), but the front ones were stiffer like was said at some point (what rate?). Just curious..:wink:
  9. Ramv

    Ramv Been here awhile

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    Finally finished! Great ride report, I realized I wasn't logged in though:huh (hence no PM).

    The ride looks tremendous, but the report was epic! Great work. :D

    I do have one question, where is the Spot mount from? I don't have a good GPS yet, (old Legend is about it), so I am considering the new spot or just a new GPS.

    Thanks, keep up the great report!
  10. PYG RYDR

    PYG RYDR Adventure-Dual Sport

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    Thank you Wans!!!

    Enjoyed your adventure immensely!

    Just totally awesome RR and the animations and videos are superb!
  11. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Hola!
    :wave long time, no see...
    Well, hope you're all thawing out and starting to think about riding...
    I've already answered these comments via PM, but I might as well post the info while I'm here.

    Hey -W-,
    Regarding springs:
    front - .54 spring rate
    rear - standard spring, 140.

    Bike felt plush with those springs, but we probably could use increased spring rate for rougher terrain when fully loaded.

    Hi Ramv - our SPOT mount is a home made dealie. BigWan put that together on his own, sorry! :lol3
    Ram-mount makes some:
    http://www.ram-mount.com/NewProducts...2/Default.aspx
    Hope that helps.

    And, gediehl4, glad you enjoyed the report :D!


    Wow, I see that this old thing is still generating views :eek1
    Thanks to all of you for the sweet comments and PMs, too. It's always nice to hear from you guys.


    Anyhoo, the real reason I'm here -
    I just got an email from Victor. Remember Victor? We met him in Lake City, then again in Moab.
    The latest issue of the Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly features the boys and the 2nd leg of their TransAmerica Trail ride (OK, CO, UT)!
    woo hoo!

    read all about it, here: http://mnmotorcycle.com/april-2011-riding-the-trans-america-trail-mmm-crosses-the-rockies/

    I'm sure that all of you are starting to think about this summer's riding and the TAT is at the top of the list.
    Go enjoy Victor's tale and get inspired!
    (I'm talkin' to you, themansfield :evil)

    :ricky

    take care!
    little wan
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  12. canuk_guy

    canuk_guy Adventurer

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    :clap 2nd full read through. More entertaining the second time, laugh before some sections just knowing the stupid to come.

    Excellent read ... great RR. :deal

    Thanks again to Little Wan and Big Wan. :clap

    Cheers, Guy
    aka canuk_guy
  13. nevermind

    nevermind increasingly less

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    I'm jonesing for more antics and gnarley escapades from B&L Wan!!! What's up next, you two???
  14. LittleWan

    LittleWan You can do it!

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    Howdy!
    long time no see...
    :gerg
    Wow, ADV looks totally different! :scratch

    Thanks, Guy, glad you enjoyed the 2nd read (glutton for punishment, eh?)!
    Hi nevermind! Thanks for asking...


    Nope, for those of you wondering, we haven't died in a firey wreck! (yet) :lol3

    I'm sorry to say that BigWan and I squandered our summer this year - no big ride. :cry
    Instead of being stupid in the dirt, we've been stupid on the water.

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    We sailed our little boat from Mexico to Hawaii, and from Hawaii to San Francisco.

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    We just sailed in under the Golden Gate bridge on friday (at 2:30 am)!
    The ocean is a scary place and we're happy to be home in one piece.
    It's nice to be back on the internets, getting caught up with ADV :D

    Thanks for the PMs and inquiries about our plans, and I'm flattered you guys want more Stupidity reports!


    Hope you're all having a wonderful summer!
    take care,
    kelly


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  15. larryboy

    larryboy Stable genius.

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    Dr. Leo Marvin....I'm saaaiiiilllling!!!!


    Good to hear from you's. :thumb


    Loading up to go over for the Dirtbag in a minute.:evil
  16. nevermind

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    Good thing y'all didn't go for a 3 day cruise. We ALL know how those turn out! :lol3
  17. sion

    sion sigh-own

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    I believe it was a 3 hour tour...a 3 hour tour.
  18. nevermind

    nevermind increasingly less

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    Thanks for fixin' my recollection. Ya know, if we're old enough to remember that nonsense we're certainly old enough to remember it wrong, eh? :D
  19. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

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    Awesome WANS!! Sailing isn't squandering the summer...that is another method of Adventure! :clap:clap

    Love to hear about that trip - sailing is my 1st choice of travel! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
  20. WOXOF

    WOXOF Just wander'n

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    Sounds like an excellent summer vacation, But

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