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hey everybody i used to be user: Mr. Mang. but i lost the acocunt somehow. anyway...

 

 

 

i have a 1974 honda cb360 i have been fixing up and planned on taking it cross-country eventualy. a couple of people say that it wont make it because it is such a small bike and it'd be a bad idea.

 

is this true? anyone have any experience? i am fairly new to bikes and am still learning a lot. i know the ride is long and all of that and it'd be nicer to have a larger bike, but is the 360 a bad idea totally?

 

 

 

kentucky to california...

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damn mang.... that's a fucking great plan!

people have travelled around the world on less than that.

 

Here's some tips:

 

- learn the basics of fixing a bike

 

- put a lot of work into planning the trip. Avoid big freeways at all costs. That bike with luggage will be slow.

 

- read this book: Jupiter's Travels

 

- do some weekend trips with all your gear and try camping it out

 

- read this book Long Way Round

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if they know who mr. mang is, they know who PJilbs is... anyway, RP, in God's America we call that a little less than 65o MILES!

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anyway, RP, in God's America we call that a little less than 65o MILES!

 

Well in the Queen's Canada, we dont get speeding tickets for anything under 80 of your 'miles' per hour.

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i actually plan on driving out to LA to live sometime in the next few months. just a backpack of clothes and a few friends' houses to crash at. should be a good opportunity to shoot photos and whatnot.

 

better start pricing out some heavy duty cold weather gear...

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Well in the Queen's Canada, we dont get speeding tickets for anything under 80 of your 'miles' per hour.

 

Yeah, well, I have had MANY fast cars and I have never gotten a speeding ticket... except one doing 135 in a '75 Mercedes 230... the cop says 'I didn't know these went that fast'... I say 'yeah, it wasn't floored...' then another cop shows up and hassles me for 45 minutes and afterwards the 1st cops kinda walks up after the dick cop went to his car and told me to link up with him after the next toll booth and we rode 135 the rest of the way across Orlando... but that was the only one ever...

 

Pat, you probably want a bigger bike but you should start with some shorter day trips so you can get some experiance with things like rapidly changing weather (surprises) and just kinda getting your guts used to loing distance vibration.

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think of it like this, add up tanks full of gas (like a tank and a half 'day' of travel, then a 3 tank trip)... run up and down the east coast for a season and save some money on the side for a bigger bike and by next summer you'll be camping with Mammerro at Burning Man...

 

My dad told me to read Dharma Bums and I also liked Zen and th Motorcycle Mechanic.

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I would never cross the country on a cbr360, especially now that it's going into fall. I rode a friend's Monster 996 from SF to New Orleans last febuary and nearly died. First off I didn't pack anything except my credit card and one change of clothes (which worked out alright), then seven hours into the ride I started to fall asleep to the hum of the engine. I've been able to drive from SF, LA, to LV all in one day, but the bike was something else.

 

It's not impossible to travel cross country in the honda, but I would imagine you'd look similar to Che in Motorcycle Diaries with all the tools, clothing and shit you'd be packing.

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If you want to know how wrong cross country bike trips can go, read the motorcycle diaries

 

Haha beat me to refrence! There's always the possibility that you might become a social revolutionist for latin america and massacre thousands in the name of socialism, which is reason enough to just take a car.

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this is a fantastic idea!

I'm planning on driving across Canada in my car come spring time.... not quite the same thing but it's a little similar... right ?

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i dont know if i would do this now. wait thill the weather warms up. if you do you'd be able to forgo alot of that cold weather shit you be packing if you went fall/winter.

 

the image of jim carrey and jeff daniels riding there bike in colorado keeps coming up.

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on the subject of motorcycle touring....

 

in the summer I pack super light:

 

jeans - that I'm wearing

jacket - that I'm wearing

boot - that I'm wearing

t-shirt

shorts

bathing suit

flip-flops

towel (ala Hitchhiker's Guide)

water

hat (to prevent helmet hair)

hammock

 

In the colder months you have to add:

 

a real sweater

rain gear

long underwear

etc etc etc

all things that take up a ton of room in your pack.

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I do at least 350 to 500 miles straight on the regular just going out for rides with no real destinations on saturdays and sundays...(gotta get all the riding in I can before its time to pack it in for winter...) If your going cross country GET SOME GOOD RAIN GEAR!!! do not half ass the rain gear you will be miserable...

 

I am going to be heading to Nova Scotia this winter with my dad and his friend... I guess there are some kick ass roads there and its alot warmer there than it is in New England in the winter due to some gulf stream action...RUM you know anything about this?!

 

Later on this year I am going to Deals Gap to ride the dragon with with my dad too cant wait for that!

 

 

 

p.s. try to find some tank bags for your shit preferably lock-able tank bags...My dad has been riding for years and has had shit yanked off his bike while he was going to pay for gas while going cross country...

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I am going to be heading to Nova Scotia this winter with my dad and his friend... I guess there are some kick ass roads there and its alot warmer there than it is in New England in the winter due to some gulf stream action...RUM you know anything about this?!

 

 

ummm... you got your facts wrong if you think it's not below freezing and covered in snow.

 

Nova Scotia is a bikers paradise and I'm planning on going out there next spring.

Cape Bretton Island is the highlight of the tour. There's a really good (and free)

motorcycle trip planning book put out by the Government's tourism dept.

 

< goes off to find a link >

 

http://novascotia.com/en/home/planatrip/travel_guides/default.aspx

request the free motorcycle tour guide. I've got one at home too.

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Thanks Rum for the hook up with the book!

 

 

on the subject of motorcycle touring....

 

in the summer I pack super light:

 

hammock

 

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better believe this is standard equipment when I go out from now on!

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My girlfriend's brother rode around Europe by himself this summer, he had a great time. I know fuck all about bikes so I don't know what he rode, except that it was a Honda and it was fast. He also wiped out in Italy, but stuff like that is all part of the adventure. Good luck to you if you get around to doing it, you'll have a killer time.

 

PS- Has anyone seen that show Long Way Home about Ewan McGregor riding his bike from London tp New York? You should try and watch it, I found it a great watch.

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PS- Has anyone seen that show Long Way Home about Ewan McGregor riding his bike from London tp New York? You should try and watch it, I found it a great watch.

 

 

I've got the series on DVD. In the US they released 7 episodes as the boxed set

but the Canadian release has 10 full episodes. Whoot.... It's good to be a canuck.

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