Joined: May 2013
Location: North Georgia
100cc Hodaka Road Toad on the TAT
I have wanted to ride the Trans America Trail for some time now. In fact, I bought myself a retirement gift, a new KTM 530 EXC, to make the ride. However, my wife and I were on Interstate 84 near Pendleton, Oregon last summer on our way to Portland when we noticed truck after truck going down the road loaded with Hodakas. It was people going home after the Hodaka Days event. My wife then looked up the information about Hodaka Days on her I-Phone as we were driving. She found the article on Jack Broomall's trip from Pennsylvania to Athena on his Hodaka Wombat, which she read to me as we drove. I thought that it was pretty cool that this fellow had the courage to hit the road on a 34 year-old 125cc trailbike.
When I was in college in Arcata, California, I put myself through school working for a BMW dealership in Eureka, California called Pacific BMW. Another local dealer, Fred Villopoto,of Eureka Cycles (Ryan Villopoto's grandfather, no kidding), was looking to get out of the business and sell off his inventory. Fred sold Bultaco, CZ and Hodakas at the time. We ended up buying all of his Hodaka bikes and parts and established a relationship with the business that was liquidating Hodaka inventory nationally (Wheels of Time, I believe). Anyway, part of Fred's old Hodaka inventory included a 02 Model Road Toad which I ended up buying for my wife (Donna) to learn how to ride on. It was her very first bike, and we have carried it around all of these years. She used to compete in enduros on it, but became interested in vintage MX and so the Hodaka sat in the corner of the garage unused for decades (she has a Super Combat and some MX Yamahas that she uses in AHRMA events). For whatever reason, I ended up acquiring another identical 02 Road Toad along the way.
So, inspired by Jack's ride, I will leave the new KTM in the garage and head across the country on the 100cc Hodaka around the first of June, giving me a little over three weeks to make Hodaka Days. I am doing the ride solo, but will meet up with friends who will ride portions of the trail with me in places like Colorado. Donna will drive our motorhome and meet me at the end of each day's ride. The motorhome will serve as a support vehicle (sag wagon, if needed). I will bring the additional Road Toad on a trailer behind the motorhome to cannibalize any major components, if needed. I will also get the Super Combat going and throw it on the trailer so Donna and I can race the MX at Hodaka Days.
The bike itself, other than having the motor freshened, up, new tires and an MZB electronic ignition, will be stone stock. Since I will have a support vehicle, I will not need to carry a lot of gear, other that my GPS, maps, spot locator, plugs, tubes, CO2 cartridges, jets and basic tools.
Of course, I don’t know if the 35 year-old 100cc two stroke trail bike (or my body) will be able to make it the 4,000 plus miles in the time allotted, but I am going to find out how far I can get before I have to throw the Toad on the trailer. If I kill both of the Toads in the process, I will have at least had some fun doing it.
The support vehicle. Note vintage Holsclaw trailer. (Thanks Tom!)
ABee screwed with this post 06-06-2013 at 08:51 PM