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Old 11-29-2009, 12:20 PM   #76
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Well done. That pretty much defines adventure.


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Old 11-30-2009, 09:18 AM   #77
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Very cool report.

I wish people would stop comparing the OP to Chris McCandless though. "Alexander Supertramp" was a self-absorbed idiot who repeatedly brushed off the people who cared for him and was too stupid to keep himself alive. Not a fair comparison at all. MoreShenanigans' story is way more interesting.

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Old 11-30-2009, 09:34 AM   #78
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Originally Posted by markjenn
It's 2.5K from Phoenix to NYC. Figure another 1K miles or so for the Canadian border jaunt, 500 miles extra for the Texas deviation, and another 500 miles for other screwing around and you get 7K miles. I'd bet a dollar to donut its within a couple hundred of this.

To the OP, if you get the bike rebuilt and use it again (or another air-cooled bike), I'd strongly suggest you forgo the "Bronson Style" bedroll around the forks packing method. This is hell on engine cooling and might have been a big contributor to the bike's gradual demise. OTOH, if breakdowns are a desirable part of the adventure....

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I would vote for the low oil levels causing the problems. A couple of $5 seals might have saved oil and wear.
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Old 12-03-2009, 11:12 AM   #79
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kid, ya got grit, it will carry you well thru life. you built a lifetime of memories. great report!
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Old 12-04-2009, 03:38 PM   #80
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This rocks! Kudos to ya' Shenanigans, Thanks for making the time to post.
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Old 12-04-2009, 06:27 PM   #81
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Top Ten Ride Report. Awesome. Epic.
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Old 12-04-2009, 07:12 PM   #82
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:40 AM   #83
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Cool report!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:11 PM   #84
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good pictures, great writing
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:43 PM   #85
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:21 PM   #86
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Epic indeed.

Only an XR1200 owner knows why Cthulhu hangs its head out a car window.

Like I like. Yep.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:12 PM   #87
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Woot Woot!

Great story line and pix, you nailed it! From the safe, warm and dry comfort of my modern cave my mind thinks to the old /2 r60 sitting in the shop...

I'd like to follow the rebuild, are you posting about it on IIRC the SOHC board? If so, what's the url?

Kudos again -
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:46 AM   #88
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well done!

I had a '72 CB500 Four that I bought in '74 just out of high school, and I cafe'd it too.
It was the first bike I covered much ground on. Nothing even close to what you did, but it took me further from home than any previous bikes had.
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Old 12-12-2009, 06:46 PM   #89
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Thanks, I do have a rebuild thread on her over on the SOHC4 board. Here is the link if you are interested. Hopefully it wont be too long before shes on the road again! Progress is slow but its getting there.
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Old 12-12-2009, 08:00 PM   #90
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Epic stuff
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