PNW Vintage Dual Sport ride

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Miguel Sanchez, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #99

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    :freakyOk, here it is -– the PNW Vintage Dualsport thread –or “VD” for short. Why, just imagine the looks you'’ll get as you pull up to the 7-11 in a cloud of blue smoke on your DT175 and proudly tell folks "“I’'ve got VD!"” :D

    This will take some time, but I'’d like to put together some form of a PNW VD camp & ride for 2015. This thread will serve as a place for discussion, planning, pic’s of your bikes and gear, pic’s of you and your bike from back in the day, links to CL finds that fit with the plan, and I’'m sure all other sorts of general abuse and hilarity.

    It will evolve over coming months, but my current thought is a dual sport camping trip on vintage (’75 or older?) bikes while sporting vintage (or period-correct) riding and camping gear. These were the bikes we all had back in the day – the ones we couldn’t wait to put Preston Petty fenders and knobby tires on, the ones we now pay $200 to find a speedo for, even though we remember removing and scrapping a cherry one back then. At the time, they were known as “enduro”, “trail”, or even “play” bikes; when all we really wanted was a dirt bike. They were what you had back when you rode with jeans, lace up boots, and an old Bell helmet. They were what you bought with the money made from that summer job while school was out.

    They are what you now miss the most about your long-gone and misspent youth. …


    My idea is to spend a few days to a week cruising around the PNW (not gonna lie, most likely Oregon) and camping off these sorts of bikes. No high-dollar gear allowed. If you can’'t build a fire and cook over it, you better like cold food. :deal

    And yes, extra points will be awarded for anything with a working Jake Brake! Hang on -– it’s gonna be a bumpy ride on 3”" of rear wheel travel.

    Let's hear what you think!! :ear




    Edited to give folks direction in their life:

    Date: August 10-13, 2017
    Location: 43.650616, -122.679284
    (Lund Park Campground on NF22)

    No reservations, first come, first served - if we can't find enough camp sites, we'll move this party!

    The accommodations this year are a little bit less deluxe than previous years, but it is a campground with a vault toilet - what more do you want? Any special requests or things you might need, better bring them yourself!

    Spark arrester - yep
    Fire extinguisher - yep
    Street legal with tabs - I don't care, but the cops might?
    OHV tag - no, we aren't in an OHV area
    Ass wipe - don't leave home without it!

    More news as I get it..

    VD 2017
    1. Miguel Sanchez - Thu am
    2. Dansrc51 - Thu pm
    3. Grant - Thu am
    4. Burrito Industries - Thu pm
    5. TK421 - Thu pm/Fri am
    6. RockyRue - Thu pm
    7. Oeste Sanchez - Fri pm
    8. Beeker12 - Thu pm
    9.
    10.
    etc...
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  2. linkweewee

    linkweewee tantum quantum

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    You donks need to spend a night at Crystal Crane. Just sayin'.
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  3. oldmonkeybut

    oldmonkeybut Digital Emigrant

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    IN duh!

    I'm thinking extended time off is an issue for a lot of us. A weekend with a pre determined campsite would be perfect. That way if you can't make the whole time at least you could come in early or leave late and get to enjoy some of it. Realistic mileage, available gas, food, beer, firewood.

    Pre 75 is ok with me but I think we should also include "inappropriate" Vehicles also. What the hell is an inappropriate vehicle?.....How about your street legal Lawn Mower with the 750 Honda motor. A 50cc Scooter with all your gear strapped on. A certain Gold Wing/GSXR Hybrid comes to mind. An old HardTail Chopper on a gravel road would qualify. Motorized Barstool.......
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  4. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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    Yes!!!

    can't wait for some 70's VD! Only one cure for it, get out and ride the old beast.

    I think the hardest part Miguel will be road legal bikes. I could be wrong, but that would be my first guess. I would also suggest saying 79 and older, but that's your call.


    And for any of you FF who want a reason, these bikes are going for as little as $500 with title in running condition on CL if you look hard enough.


    this is gonna rock :freaky
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  5. bigzack

    bigzack 6'6" of awesome

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    Pre 75 puts me and the wife out, '76 and '77 Bultacos. But here are some photos anyway. Take that suckers :2cry:ksteve
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  6. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Smells like Bacon

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    pre 75 sounds a bit restrictive - how about dual sports with dual shocks? That will at least include some of the early XR's and XL's and everything before them?

    I've often thought about organizing an orienteering ride in the Tillamook Forest on vintage dual sports - as in here is a compass and an map, go find these checkpoints. This might be a good way to find interested parties...
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  7. Hohmie

    Hohmie Long timer

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    Interested to see this develop! I will join in one way or another, even if it is just a chase, sweep, support type deal.

    Loops throughout the China Hat area incorporating Fort Rock, Lapine, East Lake and beyond may bridge the gap for non road legal vehicles to participate.
    Just throwing it out there.

    :clap
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  8. tundradirtbiker

    tundradirtbiker Been here awhile

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    Zack, I remember the Alpina being Blue, and sort of a trials/Street bike hybrid. Been awhile...
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  9. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #99

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    Yeah, 1975 or older might be a bit restrictive for folks who weren't even born by then!:huh

    I hate rules more than most, but some sort of "guidelines" will be necessary to keep the groovy 70's spirit alive. How about any year bike as long as it starts with a 7 or smaller - i.e. 1979 and older bikes. Also, bikes that are (or were when they were new) sorta street legal would be good. Not that I don't love the thought of a 1976 RM370 with a plate pop-riveted to the fender, it just doesn't feel like it fits with the vibe here, man :freaky. I don't give a shit if it's street legal now or not - that's your problem :D.

    Combining the weekend camp-n-ride idea (thanks OMB!) with a 2 or 3 day camping trip on the bikes the following week sounds great. You can participate in part or all of the festivities! I just love the idea of bombing across the Cascades on gravel roads, camping in meadows, fishing in streams, getting lost, breaking shit, pretty much everything we tried to do on my ill-fated 555 ride (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800565) a couple years ago, only not grenading a bike on the first day!

    Was thinking of riding my TS185, but now I'm toying with taking the Road Toad! :clap
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  10. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #99

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    Great idea! We need a 1974 Chevy van with twice pipes and bubble side windows for a support vehicle!!
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  11. bigzack

    bigzack 6'6" of awesome

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    The Alpinas were a street legal enduro version of the Sherpa. Alpinas had a larger tank, larger seat, lighting circuit, etc. Similarly the Frontera was the street legal emduro version of the Pursang. Many of the Buls imported to the US were Blue, but they were also offered in many different colors. Red being the second most popular.
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  12. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    If my XL still looked like this, I would be in.

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    Even the camping part might work, because my tent and sleeping bag were made in 1962.
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  13. Dansrc51

    Dansrc51 I need a cape....

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  14. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Thanks, but I still have it, though it isn't quite street-legal anymore.

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    Nor have I started it in several years.
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  15. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    i love this idea!
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  16. tblume

    tblume Always Be Gambling

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    Oh man is this going to be stoopit. :amazon




    So in.:deal
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  17. Crocker

    Crocker Just passing through

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    Alright, I'm in. This just looks too damn fun. I wish I still had the my cl450, but I'll have to pick up something for this. I wasn't born until 1981 but my pops still has all his old camping gear in a box somewhere. I'll raid it when I head back east over Christmas.
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  18. HydroDog

    HydroDog Been here awhile

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    How about 1980 and older? You could still buy a DT 400 in 1977.


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  19. Miguel Sanchez

    Miguel Sanchez VD #99

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    So, we need a large unimproved camping area close to lot's of dirt road riding, lakes and streams for fishing/swimming, gas and beer sales, and the best broasted chicken in Oregon (hint :norton).

    After a weekend of tearing up the neighborhood on old bikes, those that want could join up for a trip over dirt roads to hot springs and camping, including a stop for lunch at an awesome brew pub that serves cask ales and a trip through an OHV area for the daring. From there, head up to a cool lake in the Cascades to camp again if so desired; or go south for more lakes and hot springs. From here, or anywhere for that matter, I'd suggest people kind of pick their own route towards home or more adventures, depending on their schedules and degree of wanderlust.

    Of course, there is always a trip down Fandango and a night spent at Summer Lake hot springs. The next day could loop up over Winter Rim from Paisley and drop down to Thompson for another campout including the Cowboy Dinner Tree. Head back to wherever you're from the next day via whatever route gets you there?

    Lotsa options!! Let's hear some :ear
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  20. Hohmie

    Hohmie Long timer

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    I'm startin to follow ya, hopefully then too!:clap
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