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Old 04-29-2010, 11:43 PM   #211
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What's between your ass and that seat?

I can't believe you're riding all those miles on that stock seat. Amazing! That seat is so uncomfortable over time. So many questions on this epic ride of your's:

1. Did you custom make the stand yourself or someone else?
2. How is the rear rack mounted? I thought the rear subframes can't hold a lot of weight so how is it mounted?
3. What kind of tank bag is that? I have the same gas tank and I'm curious.
4. You are the man!
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:33 AM   #212
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Old 04-30-2010, 05:52 AM   #213
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hey where is the FAQ page?
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:00 AM   #214
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Well as of right not it has 6103 on it. If I get a tire tomorrow I'm definitely going to change it. The tire probably has another 700 maybe even 1000 left in it, kinda hard to tell. I have definitely run a 606 down further than this one is. My only worry is that it will get to an unsafe riding condition and ill be in an area that wont have any replacements. That is why I'm changing it.

Actually I went by a used tire place today looking with no luck. I actually want to go with a more street tire considering ill see more street with rain in the near future than dirt. I'm not opposed to changing it my self to save money that's for sure.

No internet still so hopefully tomorrow night ill be able to get on and upload. You all know how it is on the road.
Can you " drop ship" a tire to your next stop?
I guess that would be the next "cult compound" you camp at.
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:09 AM   #215
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We could always get the Maryland Crew to give Dave an escort through the slab of Maryland and then ask the DAMN Riders to show him the dirt...
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:26 AM   #216
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We could always get the Maryland Crew to give Dave an escort through the slab of Maryland and then ask the DAMN Riders to show him the dirt...
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:34 AM   #217
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I can't believe you're riding all those miles on that stock seat. Amazing! That seat is so uncomfortable over time. So many questions on this epic ride of your's:

1. Did you custom make the stand yourself or someone else?
2. How is the rear rack mounted? I thought the rear subframes can't hold a lot of weight so how is it mounted?
3. What kind of tank bag is that? I have the same gas tank and I'm curious.
4. You are the man!
Cigarmike makes the stands. The rack is a "Cyclerack" that's the name of it, do a Google search. In my opinion it is the best for long hauls. The side racks are wolfman racks. Not quite yet available, they used my bike as a mock up so I got a free set. With those two racks together the sub frame is rock solid. The tank bag is a $20 ATV bag that I put different straps on.



Its raining here so I might take the day off. We will see as the day goes on.
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Old 04-30-2010, 08:01 AM   #218
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Cigarmike makes the stands. The rack is a "Cyclerack" that's the name of it, do a Google search. In my opinion it is the best for long hauls. The side racks are wolfman racks. Not quite yet available, they used my bike as a mock up so I got a free set. With those two racks together the sub frame is rock solid. The tank bag is a $20 ATV bag that I put different straps on.



Its raining here so I might take the day off. We will see as the day goes on.
Dave, I know you said the sub frame is rock solid, but I would check the subframe for cracks from time to time on the trip. They usually crack just behind the small brace welded on at the factory on both sides of the rear frame. I've cracked mine three times carrying much less than you have on this trip! Just saying....

Great report!!
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:19 AM   #219
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Man what a great ride this has been to follow.

Great report thus far Dave. Let me know when and what part of Mississippi you will hit. I'm just outside of Memphis in North MS. We have a fair number of ADV's around here and some maybe able to point you in a direction of some good riding. Plus we have a Honda Dealership as well here in DeSoto county. Good luck and safe travels.
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Old 05-01-2010, 04:45 PM   #220
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Facebook says " David has been eaten by a storm and is being digested"...he should pOp out anytime now
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Old 05-01-2010, 09:47 PM   #221
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He came by my shop (Honda of Tulsa) earlier this afternoon, probably around 1pm or 2pm?

He got his pic and I gave him directions to route 66.
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:01 PM   #222
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Well I just spoke to Dave and he wanted to say this:



The night at Robin’s was a pleasant one. I really enjoyed the dogs and cats. As I was rolling out of her place she noticed my front tire was low. Sure enough it had less than 1 psi in it. We put about 25 psi into it and I headed off to the nearest motorcycle place. I knew that it had to be the tube since it was a slow leak. I get to the shop and they don’t have any dual sport tire in stock. Grrrr. I didn’t want to just replace the tube now, only to have to do it all over again once I got to Houston and bought a new tire. I called a few places in Houston and none had dual sport tires. Also most were closed that day for some reason. One of the things I wanted to see in Austin was the Cathedral of Junk. I saw it on the travel channel and decided I had to go. I finally found the place after running a maze of one way streets. I know I wont miss that part of Austin. The Cathedral is located in this guys backyard. He just built it for the fun of it basically. Unfortunately the stupid city of Austin decided the Cathedral was “unsafe” for people to visit. No one can even enter his property without him being fined $2k. I think its really stupid, because the place is awesome. So I snapped some pictures from his gate and headed of to Houston.



Somewhere along the way my tachometer showed that I have been riding for 115 hours since I started this trip.


I stopped to have lunch and found a place in Houston that had a tire in stock. I figured I would get it, then do the change at someone’s place. That night I had dinner with the gang at a nice steak house. My meal was fantastic, thanks again Fritz for the dinner.


Todd had brought a tire with him for me to have, but I also went by Larry’s shop to see what he had on our way to his place. We found a more street worthy tire there. We took it back to Larry’s place where I met his wife, and got some laundry done. After a good night sleep Todd showed up at around 9:30 am or so on his bike. After chatting we got to work. I adjusted the valves while Todd changed the tire. Then with a fresh tube and tire (fresh to me, it had some miles on it) Todd and I headed to the coast. First we stopped and took a picture at the Honda of Houston. My new tire and sticker thanks to Larry and his wife. We rode along the gulf and had lunch at a place called “The Spot”. Great burgers and onion rings, highly recommended. I have never seen the Gulf of Mexico before so it was a nice treat. That’s Todd on his bike, I bet he didn’t even know I was taking this picture. That’s not Todd’s bike in front of the food place. We rode more along the coast and took a ferry too. I love ferry rides, they are so much fun. Then at about the town of Minnie we split up. Todd headed home having work the next day, as I headed towards Louisiana.








To get there I took the 73 down to the 82. When on the 82 east, the border is right at a bridge. They didn’t have a sign saying welcome to Louisiana. That’s the second time this trip, grrrrrrrrrrr. O well, I got plenty of pictures. This is atop the bridge in the middle, where the sign should be.



I was hoping to make it to the city of Lake Charles tonight but alas I didn’t. So I’m camped at Young’s rv camp tonight. The man was great, he is letting me stay for free. It is nice to have a 2 person tent. I can put all my gear in here and still have plenty of room to sleep and work on my computer.


I awoke the next morning with hundreds of bugs all over the outside of my tent. I decided that I would put all my things in the bags and thru them outside and jump out keeping the door open for as short as time as possible. As soon as I opened the door the inside of the tent turned into the outside. I had bugs everywhere. “Aaa screw it” I said. So I took my time packing up. I kept telling the bugs to get out of my tent and I left the door open for them. So when it was time to pack up the tent I shook it out to give the bugs one last chance to get out then I closed it up. There were still a few bugs left inside but they soon died. Ha ha ha. I’d never touched the Gulf before so I went down and took a few pics on the beach.



I knew there was a Honda dealer in the Lake Charles are so I headed out in that direction. I got there and found the dealership. They were awesome people. They gave me some soda and a t-shirt too. I got an oil change done, and we chatted for about an hour. This is Marcus the manager.


After hangin with them, I grabbed lunch and headed due north to Magnolia Arkansas. That city had my next Honda dealer in it. It was a very pretty ride the whole way.


Camel anyone?


I didn’t quite make it to Magnolia that night so I stayed in another RV camp near the border.
Now I made it.


Honda in Magnolia.


Also Lady Thumper turned 7.


By this time I was really wanting a rear tire. So I headed to Texarkana. I figured they would have something there. Well no luck. I got in contact with Keith in Tulsa and he said he would see if he could find one for me. So I took off to that city. Along the way was more scenery, and man was it nice. I ended up staying the night at the CMA camp. It is the Christian Motorcycle Association. The place was pretty empty except for 1 or 2 trailers. I met Bruce at the sign in area. He is a pretty awesome dude. We chatted for along time while I set up my camp spot. That night it rained so everything got wet. I didn’t find this out until the next morning. I should of stayed under the awning, but how was I to know. Lol Bruce and I chatted some more as I packed everything up.



I made it to Oklahoma.


I made it to Tulsa and stayed the night with Keith. I had quite a time finding him. My stupid gps gave me the wrong address. As I was searching around I had some dogs chase me. It was awesome. I went by a house and 2 dogs ran out, so I gave it some gas. I looked back and the white dog was about 6 feet from my foot, so I gave it more gas. The only problem was the 90 degree gravel turn ahead. The gravel was about 5 inches deep and I was going 45 mph, I WASN‘T going to make the turn. I decided to go strait even though it led into a dead end down a short alley. The alley was more of a dirt road with short white fence on either side. It might as well of been an alley because there was no where to go. At that speed I had NO other choice. As I entered the alley I looked back and luckily for the dogs they stopped chasing me. By the time I went thru the corner I had it all planned out. I was going to get to the end of the road, dump the bike, and draw the K-bar. I knew I had enough of a lead to position myself behind the bike, but like I said luckily for the dogs they stopped. A guy came up to me with an attitude like I wasn’t supposed to be there. I told him what happened, and he said “you know the white one will bite.” When I left that alley I left at over 50 mph. The dogs had no chance, even though they tried. Finally I found Keith’s place. He took me to dinner and I had a tasty burger patty and fries. He also gave me tons of advice for long trip. As a result I will be getting different items soon. I just need a place to ship it. Lol After I left his place I headed for the Tulsa Honda.


It started to rain as I was finishing up there. So I booked it over to the Honda in Pittsburg Kansas. It rained the whole way over there. They were about 30 minutes before closing and they were a bit busy helping some people, so I just waited. I checked out there floor room, and chatted with some of the people. Once they were all closed up we all went outside and took some pics. It stopped raining for a few minutes to allow us to go out front.



I headed out for the Honda in Joplin Missouri.


It rained hard the whole way here. Unfortunately they were closed by the time I got here, so I’ll stop by tomorrow. I’m also going to spray my jacket with some water proofing stuff. My pants are waterproof, but my jacket surely isn’t. After I get the picture tomorrow I’m going to go do some back roads in Arkansas and work my way down to Florida. Provided it isn’t raining. I know there are some of you in Mississippi and Georgia. So please PM or email me so I can stop by. I think I have some of you on my list, but still.

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Old 05-02-2010, 05:51 AM   #223
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that Bruce dude is quite the beard farmer

looking good man....keep on rollin

K-Bar....
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:57 AM   #224
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awsome

I'd have never thought finding tires on the road could be such a challenge. Though I do remember riding from Maine to North Dakota without being able to find a shop with a high-beam bulb anywhere along the way.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:58 AM   #225
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Looking good Dave. Hope you get to KY sometime on the trip. How are you creating that map with the continuous days?

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