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Old 05-05-2010, 08:06 PM   #1
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GA to NY on a Clapped-out Bandit

My first ride report:

My supervisor walks up to me at
4:50 Friday afternoon 3 weeks ago and hands me my separation notice. Just Freakin LOVELY! Just when I was getting caught up on bills, now I gotta find another job in this crappy economy. Oh well, that job was going nowhere anyway.

The company filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy a few months back, and things were not looking good. They said there was not enough work to justify my (just above poverty level) salary. Luckily for me, my wife is understanding
, and is being supportive. Plus, I think she is glad to get rid of me for a few weeks.

Four and a half years with the company, and the only raise I got was a pay cut last year. Not exactly upwardly mobile.

Sitting in the Department of Labor parking lot next to my bike, I noticed some threads starting to show on the front tire. Perfect! The rear doesn’t look too hot either. That’s when it hit me: time for new tires, and a nice long trip to break ‘em in. But to what destination? How far should I venture away from home sweet home? The furthest I’ve been on the bike is about 200 miles, and I never done an overnighter.


I got the unemployment insurance deal started, it won’t be enough to pay the bills, but I just sold my old truck, and figure if I can sell a few more things on CraigsList and Ebay, I’d be good enough to go. I’ll be taking a tent, and some Ramen Noodles and Oatmeal, I just need to pick up one of those little stoves to cook them. I do have some friends along the way, so maybe I can grab a shower and steal a beer or three when they're not looking! I will be looking for VERY inexpensive accomodations. Free is for me....


My parents still live on Long Island, maybe I should surprise them with a visit. Yeah, that’s the ticket! On the way I can finally get to see the Tail of the Dragon, then take the Blue Ridge Parkway all the way up north. My kids are in school until the end of May, so they won’t even miss me.



I got my new tires mounted up, oil change is next. I bought a mount for my GPS, and some odds and ends for camping. I don’t have much money, but that will make it more exciting.


The bike is a 98 Bandit, it has been very reliable, and with my luck, I won't have any issues along the way.



Here is the bike in an old picture, it's got more love on it now:




And here is the "planned" route:


View NY Trip 2010 in a larger map

More to follow as it happens...I am leaving tomorrow morning (5/6), and I will post more when I get some interweb service.

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Old 05-05-2010, 08:18 PM   #2
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Sorry about the job, wish you luck finding a new one. Have a fun time on your ride!!!
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:12 AM   #3
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Good luck! Will be watching for LOTS of pix.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:03 AM   #4
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Loaded up

"High Tech Old School"



My son (Hollywood) testing out the ergonomics




Loaded up and almost ready to go, check out the yard sale saddle bags: $5 but I had to cut off the fringes.



Suzy doesn't want me to go, we've bonded since the layoff

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Old 05-06-2010, 05:09 AM   #5
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Clapped out? That's a fine machine and lookin' good. You go!
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:31 AM   #6
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Clapped out? That's a fine machine and lookin' good. You go!
Yeah, I wouldn't call a bike made in the past 15 years clapped out

Digging the low budget approach, I like reading these types of reports. I'm also looking forward to your impressions of the Bandit's long distance touring capabilities, I've sort of been eyeballing 1st gen 1200S's as of late.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:56 PM   #7
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I am probably a day late and a dollar short, but I have a MSR backpacking stove you can borrow if you need it.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:32 PM   #8
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That Bandit looks ready for anything....I'm in.
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Old 05-06-2010, 07:38 PM   #9
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I am also curious about those tires!

I am also interested in reading about your 'less-than-a-shoestring-budget' trip!
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:18 PM   #10
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:30 PM   #11
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Nice bike but gee, that looks like a sidecar tire on the front!
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Old 05-08-2010, 11:59 AM   #12
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if you make it up into Westchester Co. NY let me know and i'll buy you lunch.

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Old 05-07-2010, 01:00 AM   #13
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Don't skip the NC Outer Banks area once you reach south eastern VA. It is worth the time & gas money to see if you have never been. You can take any number of highways from the NC coast to get back to I-85 and home.

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Originally Posted by gruney1


And here is the "planned" route:


View NY Trip 2010 in a larger map

More to follow as it happens...I am leaving tomorrow morning (5/6), and I will post more when I get some interweb service.
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Old 05-07-2010, 04:23 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by gruney1
Here is the bike:



This is by far the cleanest representation of your bike I have ever seen.

Safe travels Gruney! I can't wait to see what things you encounter.
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Old 05-07-2010, 06:06 AM   #15
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I'm subscribed. Hang in there Ken and safe travels. Sure enjoyed meeting you and riding on the day rides we did last summer.

Marketing right? I'll keep my eyes and ears open. It is a sucky time to be looking for a job. Best wishes.

The Bandit looks good as always. Love the tires. That means you can do some DS FS road rides with us D.O.G.S. when you get back to N GA.

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