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Old 07-30-2008, 09:52 AM   #46
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Great report so far! I totally envy you guys and I love because this is what adventure riding is all about. Doing it on a budget and without a fully decked out bike.

Goes to show it's not about the equipment, it's about the riders. Looking forward to reading the rest of the trip.

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Old 07-30-2008, 11:07 AM   #47
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I rode an '85 Suzuki to Seattle from Illinois in May and I'm about to ride it back. These kinds of trips are not that exciting by advrider standards if you were all on new bikes but I'm glad to see everyone else likes this story--maybe I'll post a ride report too. (I was born in 1980, so I really wanted something a little older than me just because, but it didn't work out that way.)

I guess I just can't afford a new adventure bike that could take me anywhere, and you don't want to stray too far from civilization on something old and fickle, but just riding thousands of miles on something that you'd expect to find rusting in a junkyard is quite an adventure too. I'm looking forward to the rest of it. I had an "adventure" with my stator coils a week ago as well.
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Old 07-30-2008, 11:19 AM   #48
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great story so far.. keep posting about it...btw, once you get all the posts together, you might want to post it up on those guys would love for you to post your story too.
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:04 PM   #49
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Day 9

In the morning, we had breakfast, took showers, and my brother had another look at the KZ650. Remember how the two possible culprits were thought to be either a bad connection or a bad rectifier? Well it turns out it was both! A spare Yamaha rectifier soon found its place in the Kawi, and we were golden.

As we were leaving, the guy in charge of the campground (who wasn't particularly thrilled about having 5 guys on bikes staying at his campground the night before) rode up on his golf cart and told us to be careful in a town called Cairo Il. We just so happened to have our route planned through that town. He told us it was a dirt poor town and that the local law enforcement likes to make an easy buck off people passing through.
Right before setting out:

Riding through Cairo, I was appalled at the poverty and general disrepair of the town. 3/4 of the storefronts were boarded up. Heeding the old gent's advice, we rode through town at a cool 25mph (30mph zone). No sooner had we entered the town, an unmarked crown vic pulled out from a side street behind us. Unable to find a reason to pull us over, he passed us.

We crossed over into Missouri a little before lunch.

Our plan was to stay at a friends' house in Colombus, so we rode until 9:30pm in order to make it. We had dinner at a Jimmy John's.
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Old 07-30-2008, 02:22 PM   #50
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Great report so far, can't wait to see more drama!
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Old 07-30-2008, 03:48 PM   #51
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Reminds me of 30yrs ago...just out of school did a similar ride on SR/LTD/GT/and GS bikes....Best ride ever.....

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Old 07-30-2008, 10:13 PM   #52
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This is awesome. I want to see more reports with bikes from the 80's ridden by guys in their 20's and less 20k BMW's. I love how you guys KNOW the bikes have mechanical problems but are still riding them anyway.
How is that last part different from those of us on Beemers?

This is not meant to hijack this excellent thread.
My comment is probably 205, anyway.

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Old 07-30-2008, 11:15 PM   #53
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:35 AM   #54
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Well.....we're waiting.

Great story so far.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:59 AM   #55
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Subscribed, great story....
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:24 PM   #56
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Wow, I road these types of bikes in the 70's & 80's. We did not know how bad they handled and how under powered they were, that is what we had so that is what we rode.
Make you appreciate modern motocycles. But I must admit that two of the three bikes I now own are older bikes a 92 BMW and 83 BMW.
In the last year or so I bought a couple of late 70's Yamaha XS650 (ah the good ole days) but soon sold them, they were fun to buzz around town basic and simple to work on but ride them across country.
Are your hands still tingling?
My hats off to guys good job!
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:38 PM   #57
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enjoying the thread chap. Keep it coming.
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Old 08-02-2008, 09:10 AM   #58
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Thanks for the story, really enjoying it. You did something I REALLY wish I'd done when young. Congratulations.
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:53 PM   #59
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Old 08-02-2008, 11:23 PM   #60
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