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Old 11-21-2009, 08:22 AM   #46
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absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing it! I am not finished reading it yet, but I am addicted!
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:47 AM   #47
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Hey Alexander Supertramp -

I'd say you pushed the envelope and lived to write about it.

I was thinking I could maybe ride without a front brake for a while, but I would NOT ride without leather gloves. Then in one of the last pictures I saw you had some - I'm sure that's why you made it through the trip...

You didn't really say what happened to that dude you were riding with whose name started with G - when did he split off?
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Old 11-21-2009, 01:21 PM   #48
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brilliant ride report,good on you for gettin out there and doin it. did you have any wet weather gear at all ?
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Old 11-21-2009, 02:01 PM   #49
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My buddy split back home from New Mexico, thats when I started going east and promptly crashed..

Its funny you mention the gloves. When my tire blew out in Oklahoma I set my gloves down and when I started pushing the bike and forgot them. I rode the rest of the day without any and my hands got burnt real bad. I ended up having to buy a new pair the next day. I would always have to take them off to take pictures because my gloves got in the way.

I did not have any true all weather gear. My sleeping bag cover (the green one) was supposed to be water proof, according to the nice salesman who sold it to me. It was not. I got lucky the first part of the trip as far as weather goes but it got pretty bad when it did get wet and cold. Cold weather gear was 2 pairs of jeans, wet weather gear was putting my legs up on my rear fender so the brunt of my pants were out of the path of rain. At speed anyways. Something else that was a problem was when I wired the bike I didnt exaclty take into account the whole water thing. Same with the pod filters, as long as I was going 50mph or above the bike did fine in the heavy rain, Somehow. I did try and make a make shift pod covering air box out of cardboard. It proved less that optimal. There is a lot of stuff I would do different now that I know first hand. Which I think is good because when I take another longer trip I now know what to do, what NOT to do. When to find a place to sleep, what to pack etc...

One day I want to take a longer trip. On either this bike or a similar trim SOHC CB750. I want to take a much longer trip that I measure in years and passport stamps instead of months and state lines. How am I going to make it happen I dont know. But one day!
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Old 11-21-2009, 03:01 PM   #50
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Damn, makes me want to be young again with that much exhuberance.

Also makes me want to go out to the garage and finish my 360 cafe project and ride across country.

Damn, all that without rear sets?
"Beauty sleep?" Bitch, you don't need a nap, you need to HIBERNATE!
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Old 11-21-2009, 03:09 PM   #51
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Very cool young man.

Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper have nothing on you guys!

It's a great topic for discussion, but the participants need to act mature.
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:03 PM   #52
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Well done old chap! I'll be dusting off my 74 CB 750, I have been saving it for my son I think its time. One of the best I read yet.
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:33 PM   #53
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Amazing trip. Great write up. Cool bikes. Good Times.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:03 PM   #54
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Very entertaining. Very inspiring. But... now all that's left is to grow old.

Thanks for taking us along.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:28 PM   #55
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Awesome report! One one the best I've ever read.

I own an FZ6 and a '70 Honda. I've taken the FZ6 on a few long trips, but I know if I want a REAL adventure I need to get the Honda least far enough to get her beyond the county line! (after that it'll be easier to just keep going).

There's something awesome about riding an old bike and living life as it happens. You've nailed it.
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:37 PM   #56
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man i so enjoyed the r/r...never grow old my friend,it isn't nearly as much fun,except you get cheaper coffee at mickey dee's..since i live on the west side of phx,maybe i'll see ya around...look for a very happy young man on a victory,with a cheap cup of coffee.....ride safe....dan'l
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:54 PM   #57
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Finished your RR

But haven't gotten to other comments. If it has not been said already, this puts the question of "Is it an adventure if you ride a street bike?" to rest.

Keep at it. You have a voice.
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Old 11-21-2009, 07:34 PM   #58
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A friend sent me a link to your journal post here, knowing I also have been riding a CB550 for many years. I enjoyed the read and it brought back memories of travels on some of the same roads. I had to sign up and reply and I'll be spending hours reading other postings, I'm sure.

I have a 77 CB550F that I bought used for $695 back in 1985. The mileage is unknown but well over 100K. It still runs but is leaking oil and has been sitting in the garage more than out on the road. As you can guess I'm getting to be an old coot and I'm not riding as much. I consider it one of the finest bikes ever made and on the occasions when I do take it out these days I always seem to run into somebody who used to own one and the comment "I should have kept that bike." I live in Upstate NY and have traveled most of the Northeast and MidAtlantic through the years. The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of my favorite rides. I traveled it in a car a few years ago and it isn't the same as being in the wind.

Good luck on restoring her and getting back on the road. Ride Free!
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:00 AM   #59
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truly awesome ride.
the way it should be done.

dude, someone is looking out for you if the bike quit just after you got home.

those were awesome engines.

haha redlining through texas...awesome!
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:40 AM   #60
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Fantastic report.

really. Good luck on the rebuild and keep riding and writing!
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