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Old 07-05-2013, 07:09 AM   #241
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Great Report

Never owned a Hodaka, but raced against several of them way back when...
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:03 AM   #242
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What a great job! I had a 125 Wombat in the early 70s that I used for enduros in south Florida. It never let me down but I was never very fast. I miss it almost as much as my 66 GTO. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:15 AM   #243
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Inspirational!

I just wanted to thank you for this RR! I have been dreaming of a way to take a little bike across the country since I started fixing up a suzuki ts-90 (no fun name like the Hodakas) and learned how much more fun it is to blast around on a 40+ year old, small displacement 2 stroke.

Thanks again for the amazing RR. Time to get wrenching!
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:26 AM   #244
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Awesome job, you and the Toad did great!
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:44 PM   #245
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Great ride and report; thanks for sharing it!
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:06 PM   #246
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:37 PM   #247
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What a great job! I had a 125 Wombat in the early 70s that I used for enduros in south Florida. It never let me down but I was never very fast. I miss it almost as much as my 66 GTO. Thanks for sharing!

Did someone mention a Hodaka Wombat and a GTO!


My Hodaka Combat Wombat & '72 GTO
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:40 PM   #248
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Awesome undertaking on a " Road Toad "!
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:59 PM   #249
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Nice report, takes me back to the 70's when I had an Ace 100. Great bike.
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Old 07-05-2013, 04:16 PM   #250
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Did someone mention a Hodaka Wombat and a GTO!


My Hodaka Combat Wombat & '72 GTO
Nice Goat!
Just think, if you had a Tote Gote you could have had a Goat totin' a Tote Gote!
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:55 PM   #251
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RobinsBro, thecanoeguy, Madhouse, John65, wiserthannone, Bob, WECSOG, norham, Slowernolder- Thanks for the comments!
Critic- I would not have wanted to push the Toad 30 feet up that snotty hill, let alone a 950 twin! You also have a sharp eye. One of the mistakes I made was not loading a good topo map for every state I passed through; it would have helped with the reroutes and detours. In Oregon, I just followed the TAT GPS track with no topo at all, just the basic road map that came loaded into the 62s. This was not smart, and it caused me a good bit of aggravation when I had to find alternative routes. I think I need to do a posting about “what I learned from my mistakes” while on the trip as well as what seemed to work well for me. It might save someone a little trouble.
JackB1- Thanks for being the inspiration for my choice of the Toad over the KTM for this trip. As someone mentioned earlier, I would have had fun either way, but I made a lot of new friends just being on that little old bike. As you know from your own journey, it is more about what you choose to do with what you have. Sometimes it is a little more fun being the underdog. I am sure that we will meet at an event or on the trail someday. I appreciated your support during my ride.
stuntheavy- I scouted that trail as well, for about 300 yards. You are right, the undergrowth was way too heavy to ride through.
JerryH- I worked on a lot of F-7’s back in the day. They had strong motors for a 175. Thanks for the warning on the fires, but the TAT ran through Utah and Nevada to the north.
bakaster- I am sure that little TS-90 is just waiting for you to hit the trail with it!
mefadv- Love the picture!
For everyone asking about Donna, she has rewarded herself with a vacation from me, the Toad and our two sweet but hyper Brittanys for a couple of weeks. She is now off the coast of Maine on a sailboat. She deserves a little quiet time after being my crew chief for the past month!
So what is next for the Toad? Now that they have extended the TAT through North Carolina, I plan to do that sometime in the late summer or fall and invite others on old 2-stoke bikes that may be interested to join me on the ride.

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Old 07-05-2013, 09:52 PM   #252
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great ride Abee!
Im happy you made it ok.
I saw you mention the TAT thru N Carolina, but I cant find any information on it?

I dont have topo maps on my zumo, and as I know very little about gps's, not sure how easy that is to put on it, or really where to find them.
Any input would be appreciated!

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Old 07-06-2013, 12:51 AM   #253
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Just finished the report and it was great. Thanks for taking the time and documenting it for us. Maybe next year for me.

rwtdoug- give me an email and I might be able to help you with the NC tracks.
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Old 07-06-2013, 06:42 AM   #254
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Just finished the report and it was great. Thanks for taking the time and documenting it for us. Maybe next year for me.

rwtdoug- give me an email and I might be able to help you with the NC tracks.

First off Abee I really enjoyed your ride report . Glad you and the toad made it .


This interest me about the TAT in NC , Ive been stringing together dirt roads in Va to see if I can make a 50/50 or close as I can dirt road route to the area of the TET but maybe I can work down to the TAT also ......

Yellow and green are dirt road , the red is back roads that are a general route that Im trying heading on ...... its a slow process .. lol
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:00 AM   #255
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