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Old 11-18-2009, 11:04 PM   #16
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One of the best ride reports I've read. Let me know if you ever want to get out to the SF Bay Area. I've got an attic full of books you can read while your bike drips oil next to my Triumph and Honda out back. ;)
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Old 11-19-2009, 12:23 AM   #17
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You're definitely the Chris McCandless of motorcycle touring. Thanks for writing it all up. Entertaining story. Glad you're Okay.

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Old 11-19-2009, 01:31 PM   #18
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That is Adventure Riding

No Zumo, No 25k bike, Just a good spirit and time. One of the best reports ever.

thanks for taking me and my son along.
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Old 11-19-2009, 02:49 PM   #19
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Thank you......

Not for just a magnificant ride report but for reminding us what adventure is really about. Well done.

If ever in Australia - drop me a message and I would be happy to show you around.

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Old 11-19-2009, 03:07 PM   #20
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Fantastic , and that's got to be one of the best looking CBs ever.

P.S. What's with the skateboard?
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:11 PM   #21
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if this is not adventure .....

how old are you?
very deep south

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Old 11-19-2009, 04:35 PM   #22
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What a brilliant adventure ! Well done.
Riding the Winds of Change
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:11 PM   #23
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Wait, if it's 16 years older than you, doesn't that make you a 1992 model year.

How old are you now, if not 17?
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Old 11-19-2009, 06:34 PM   #24
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First of all thanks for all the kind replies!

At the time of the trip I was 19. I took the trip about a year and a half ago. I will be 21 in a couple of days.

As far as the skateboard goes, its quicker than walking.

A couple days after I got back the bike lost power and started to burn a lot of oil. Post mortem on the bike showed shot rings and the pistons were a little chewed up... bike is currently down to the frame for rebuild number 2, Stage 3?

Piston scoring
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Old 11-19-2009, 09:59 PM   #25
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Well done.
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:09 AM   #26
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Great Post. Great Pix.s
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:31 AM   #27
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I'm just halfway through. As a fellow 550 rider, let me thank and applaud you!

Great job, awesome bikes, what a spirit! A *****report! I don't envy you riding that SOHC with the M-bars though, but that's what you got your young bones for.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:27 AM   #28
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That was a very entertaining report!

I'm gonna forward it to my friend, who happens to own this bike....

Great minds think alike;small minds seldom differ...
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:39 AM   #29
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Spent 2 hours last night reading your story. I was blown away by the detail and realism. Great job.

If youre ever in the "Big City", let me know and ill make sure you see it proper this time.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:15 AM   #30
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Thumb Holy-Smolie...what an epic RR

Is there anyone other than me thinking about Ralph Nader's book "Unsafe at Any Speed" while perusing this ride report? I want to know if the bag on the Honda CB's tank is an early version of a air bag or just simply The World's Largest Tank Bag? I won't even comment on the sleep pad attached atop the front fender. Semi-trucks must have been able to DRAFT running behind you. Somewhere, lounging in a Truck Stop, there is an old semi driver telling stories about his Detroit Diesel one time getting 40 miles to a gallon of fuel. I got out my oldest JC Whitney motorcycle accessory catalog and my just as old Dennis Kirk catalog...nothing like this was listed.

Now, I'm an OLD DOG[62], and having owned a 1975 Honda CB550 Four, I can attest to how much fun I had with it and how reliable it was. I took several Coast to Coast jaunts on it with the only repair being a broken throttle cable on I-40 outside Albuquerque, A NM State Trooper helped me reverse the "push/pull" cables which helped me make it on to a Honda shop in Amarillo by sundown[isn't that a song?].

Seriously though, you wrote a great RR; the script and photos brings back many memories for me. I commend you on the arduous time to organize and write this story. Honestly, it'll take me two afternoons to read it though.

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