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Old 08-29-2010, 06:56 PM   #1
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Unfinished Business Tour - TAT, CDR and Shadow of the Rockies

The "Unfinished Business Tour - 2010" has begun.


The 2010 - Vinnie the Snake Chase Vehicle Departing For Baker, Neveda 29-Aug-10


As with all Adventures there is a beginning, the journey and an end.

However, at times there is just some Unfinished Business that has to be delt with. That time has come for Vinnie the Snake, JJGresh and friends.
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2007 - Vintage TAT - Ok, NM, Co
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233901

2008 - Vintage TAT - Ut, Nv, Or
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331983

2009 - Vintage TAT - NC, Tn, Ms, Ar
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507149

2010 - Unfinished Business Tour - TAT, CDR Shadow of the Rockies
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615279
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:38 PM   #2
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Introduction

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.





Monticello, Utah



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
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http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233901

2008 - Vintage TAT - Ut, Nv, Or
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331983

2009 - Vintage TAT - NC, Tn, Ms, Ar
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507149

2010 - Unfinished Business Tour - TAT, CDR Shadow of the Rockies
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615279
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:53 PM   #3
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Now I understand that many Inmates travel all over the world on mopeds to modern steeds and as we all know, the stories they tell, pictures they post and dreams they live help all of us thru the daily grind of life. Infact the daily grind still dictates my time available for Adventure Riding as well as my mates.

January, 2010. Vinnie the Snake decided that it is time to take care of his Unfinished Business. Finish the TAT from Baker, Nev to Port Orford, Or. While I am at it, and if the DT400C Mountain Bike holds up, go ahead and ride a modified route of known and unknown trails from Canada to Mexico. Last goal of the Unfinished Business, leave work behind and see the Road Less Traveled at an undictated pace.


Lesson Learned #1 - BidDogAdventures never ride with a schedule.

Ok, I listened to my friend, I have taken a leave of absence and the next xxx weeks is for me to finish my Unfinished Business without a schedule.

Lesson Learned #2 - BigDogAdventures, and hundreds of Inmates on AdvRider.com. Less is more.

Ok, riding a 2 stroke that is Vintage at best on the trail. Travel lite, be mobile and enjoy. Done.

Lesson Learned #3 - Vinnie the Snake if having a chase vehicule available, riding a Vintage Bike that could tire at any moment, then spare parts and backup bikes will allow maximum trial time without interupton. Again its about the ride.

Ok, with the blessing and support of Boss. Chase Vehicle #2 shall be procured.

Lesson Learned #4 - Vinnie the Snake - Dont matter what bike you riding. As long as one has ones ass in the saddle of an adventure bike then adventure should not be contained.

So be it. No schedule, only a couple destinations, and 10000 miles of Unfinished Business lies ahead.
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2007 - Vintage TAT - Ok, NM, Co
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233901

2008 - Vintage TAT - Ut, Nv, Or
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331983

2009 - Vintage TAT - NC, Tn, Ms, Ar
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507149

2010 - Unfinished Business Tour - TAT, CDR Shadow of the Rockies
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615279
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:59 PM   #4
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Chase Vehicle Procurment

Once the decision was made, Chase Vehicle was my first task at hand. Small, agile, kinda cool (old farts like me need cool too) and user friendly.

Weapon of Choice - 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser.

Into the shop for modifications.


New front bumper and winch assy.





Finished Front Assy Modifications


Then to the Rear, pursuant some road testing need a little support on the back side.



The Unfinished Business Tour - 2010 Chase Vehicule
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2007 - Vintage TAT - Ok, NM, Co
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233901

2008 - Vintage TAT - Ut, Nv, Or
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331983

2009 - Vintage TAT - NC, Tn, Ms, Ar
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507149

2010 - Unfinished Business Tour - TAT, CDR Shadow of the Rockies
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615279
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:39 PM   #5
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Long winter days and nights allowed for a new trailer to be built. My old one is now 30 plus years, gave great service but need a mate for the FJ.

So Fabrication started here in the Sickle Shed





New trailer, LineX Coated, Alumunium decked and a set of trailer brakes. All ready for action.
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2007 - Vintage TAT - Ok, NM, Co
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233901

2008 - Vintage TAT - Ut, Nv, Or
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331983

2009 - Vintage TAT - NC, Tn, Ms, Ar
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507149

2010 - Unfinished Business Tour - TAT, CDR Shadow of the Rockies
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615279
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:46 PM   #6
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:07 PM   #7
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The Ride

Unfinished Business Tour - 2010

Chase Truck left today with my 2008 WR250R as a primary back up and the 1976 Yamaha DT400C Mountain Bike. Destination Baker, Nv.

Chase Truck Driver for this ride is Wild Man Robert. Retired Army, hard as stone and a great asset to helping accomplish the upcoming effort.


Joe Gresh, my long time riding buddy from the net, boat mechanic and writer for Motorcyclist Magazine will be riding his KLR250. Joe just got back this week from Russia, riding the Road of Bones for Suzuki and Motorcyclist. I hope he is tired so he is not so pushy this trip and is leaving Godzilla his 1971 RT1 360 Yamaha at home.





I hope to get the old Mountain Bike down the TAT to the Pacific Ocean and then from Canada to Mexico.


Along the way making and sharing one more set of Rocking Chair Memories.


Kick Stands up 01-Sep-10 departing Broken Arrow, Still not sure which bike I will be riding to Neveda but at this present time the XR650L is packed and ready. My KTM990 is on standby just in case.

We have a couple destinations that need to be ridden on the way out to bake so to start taking care of Unfinished Business.

Kick Stands Up 06-Sep-10 in Baker, Nv heading down the TAT to Port Orford, Or.

From that point a day by day adventure down the next Trail and the Road Less Traveled to Mexico via Canadian Border.

I have no idea where this Ride Report will go, we are meeting Vintage Rider Gang Members along the way, we hope Inmates join up and ride along, and then we may be loaners just out for a little outback offroad ride.

As always, with the Chase Vehicle out and about, assistance is available, hopefully never needed and we will do all we can to help any Inmate or Rider at anytime throughout our journey.

Hope y'all enjoy the upcoming weeks ahead of the Unfinished Business Tour - 2010, I know I will.
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2007 - Vintage TAT - Ok, NM, Co
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233901

2008 - Vintage TAT - Ut, Nv, Or
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331983

2009 - Vintage TAT - NC, Tn, Ms, Ar
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507149

2010 - Unfinished Business Tour - TAT, CDR Shadow of the Rockies
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615279
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:21 PM   #8
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He mowed the lawn at 1:30 this morning........
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Old 08-31-2010, 02:59 PM   #9
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He mowed the lawn at 1:30 this morning........
Time is running out and Greystroke had to be is shape before departure .
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2008 - Vintage TAT - Ut, Nv, Or
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331983

2009 - Vintage TAT - NC, Tn, Ms, Ar
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507149

2010 - Unfinished Business Tour - TAT, CDR Shadow of the Rockies
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615279
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:24 PM   #10
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SO, Joe has arrived at Greystroke. Like always ready to ride. Wore out tires, 8000 mile chain, hasnt started the bike in 3 months. Yep, thats Joe, he is ready.

Go goes straight to work to get the KLR250 ready for the next 10000 miles

Joe and the Lovefest with the Rear Tire


Yea, I watching the show, I think I'm Ready to go. Red Pig Packed and Loaded for departure.
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2007 - Vintage TAT - Ok, NM, Co
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=233901

2008 - Vintage TAT - Ut, Nv, Or
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331983

2009 - Vintage TAT - NC, Tn, Ms, Ar
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507149

2010 - Unfinished Business Tour - TAT, CDR Shadow of the Rockies
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615279
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Old 09-01-2010, 07:07 AM   #11
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May be a few days before I get to post again, Thanks Boss!!!!!
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2008 - Vintage TAT - Ut, Nv, Or
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=331983

2009 - Vintage TAT - NC, Tn, Ms, Ar
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507149

2010 - Unfinished Business Tour - TAT, CDR Shadow of the Rockies
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615279
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:29 AM   #12
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He mowed the lawn at 1:30 this morning........



HI Boss........


Vinnie............... Give' r Dude....

This will be an epic story.

Have a Great Trip.
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:42 AM   #13
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Hey guys, looking forward to seeing the progress. I hope you all have a great trip ! Be safe.
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Old 09-09-2010, 11:59 AM   #14
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Hey Vinnie, I thought you were going to ride but instead you've made this a junk yard tour. Old farm machiery and old steam locomotives. I don't believe it. Where are the good mountain trails? I guess I'll have to head down there and tear you away from the scrap iron and lead you by the front fender. At the rate you're going you will never make it up here for the CDT. Your DT evidently caught a virus from some of that old scrap around one of those junk yards and has laid down on you.
Well, all in all, a good report and good luck. Looking forward to seeing you before the snow gets too deep.
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Old 09-06-2010, 10:31 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Vinnie the Snake
The "Unfinished Business Tour - 2010" has begun.



The 2010 - Vinnie the Snake Chase Vehicle Departing For Baker, Neveda 29-Aug-10


As with all Adventures there is a beginning, the journey and an end.

However, at times there is just some Unfinished Business that has to be delt with. That time has come for Vinnie the Snake, JJGresh and friends.
have a great ride Vinnie. Thanks for your help. We hed a great adventure.... the T.A.T. is amazing. Be sure to go around those "haybales" we left on the trail!!!
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