08-29-2010, 08:38 PM
Joined: Jul 2006
Location: Broken Arrow, Ok
Our Vintage Gang started in 2007 to ride our old vintage 2-strokes from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma to Salida, Colorado on the Road Less Traveled.
Then GasPipe and BigDogAdventures thru their outstanding ride reports introduced me to the Trans America Trail and Beyond. Meaning, get your ass off the couch, back on the a bike and start enjoying the riding I did before life got in the way. Once again, Thanks guys for a gift that will never be forgotten.
BigDog showing his skills on a Vintage Yamaha. He was on his KTM990 but the guys felt he was old enough to qualifiy as Vintage himself.
Back to the story. Once we found the TAT got the maps, one thing lead to another. Hell, No need to ride the TAT, may as well just ride across North America on the Vintage Two Stroke I grew up on. What better true Adventure Motorcycle than my 1976 Yamaha DT400C Enduro 2-Stroke.
The Orginal Vintage TAT Gang
The 2007 - Vintage Ride was from Broken Arrow, Ok to Monticello, UT
The 2008 - Vintage Ride was from Monticello, UT to Port Orford, Or.
The 2009 - Vintage Ride was from Kitty Hawk, NC to Broken Arrow.
My 1976 DT400C Yamaha Mountain Bike - Kitty Hawk, NC.
Across the United States we worked. Burned up motors, flat tires, rain, snow, rescue. To early in the Rockies, almost to late on the Eastern Section. One hurdle after another, one schedule vacation after another and each mile with a story to remember and some to tell.
The Mile-O-Mud in Oklahoma - 4 hours 1 mile.
A dozen or so top ends and burned up motors for various riders.
Utah and all its splender.
Finally the Pacific Ocean. Some made it, I did not.
2008 - Vintage Ride substancially kicked my ass North of Battle Mountain, NV. Broken Collar Bone, major overhaul of the shoulder and an oil change in my DT400, now its time to attempt to complete the TAT this year.
Hence, the need for the Unfinished Business Tour - 2010