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eskimo

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I have a 1982 suzuki gs750t. Picked her up on Craigslist for $150 bucks, put im some elbow grease and about a hundred bucks in parts and she runs great now. Considering road dogging on my bike. Not sure if it is a good bike to take across the country, considering how old it is and it has about 2800 miles on it. additional information on motorcycle livin would be appreciated
 
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I've ridden motorcycles, most of my life & love em ! So,going off on one,is a great idea, I feel ! That bike of yours may or may not be an issue,because of it's age,mostly due to getting parts for it !
 

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i think traveling by motorcycle is fucking rad, and it's definitely something i hope to do someday. i love that easy rider image i get in my head of just hitting the road with a pack and a motorcycle...
 

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Old bikrs are fine to get parts for you ve got cheap used parts and pattern and generic parts with the internet you'll find anything. I doubt you'd have much of a problem with that. Some of those 80s and early 90s jap bikes are the best built out there in my opinion. Simple enough as well. If it's comfy go for it. With 2800 miles it's got a hell of a lot of life left in it.
 
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Ooh yeah no it has 28000 not 2800 miles. Oops . that makes sense, about being able to find parts more easily for old bikes. Im real lazy though so if something major when wrong I would just kick down the bike to someone who wants to work on it
 

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I feel like there is plenty to discuss here and I got some topics to see if we can bring some life back to this..
I just got my bike, a 1994 Virago 1100, and plan on taking off sometime late spring. A lot of shit to do with the trip is basic topics you can find on here, but I've thought of a few motorcycle trip specifics. Like:

Shelter- Having a bike is rad because you're not limited to the 25lbs or so you can carry on your back. That in mind I was hoping to bring along my trusty backpacking tent (some haggard early 2000s model) AND a hammock. I would love to have my hammock to hang out in, but it is definately an extra. I feel like on a bike I'm gonna have to wait out some rainy days and would want the tint to chill around in. There are also motorcycle specific tents for 200 that are worth a mention. Not for me, but still kinda badass. >> http://abelbrown.com/products/nomad-tent . What I'm not sure on is how much of the hammock setup to bring. Bug net and tarp or just the nest itself? It's going to come down to how much space I have, but the cool thing with eno is i can clip the parts onto random places as well during travel, like the side of my bag.

Sleeping- I'm investing in a National park pass for sure. $80 for year long rent in all of the national parks and land reserves? Fuck yes. That aside I think another handy part to a bike is it's easier to hide than a car. I see all kinds of options like pulling off into the median from the highway in wooded areas, and anywhere outside the city doing similar things. My concern is finding a place to dwell in the cities I visit with my bike. Any ideas?

Busking- Still working out a way to mount my banjo to the back of the sissy bar. I'll get back to you on this..

Maintenance- I have basic knowledge, but this is where I fall short. Luckily I have the bike to toy around with for a while and learn before I take off. Adjusting the carbs for altitude and changing a tire on the road are two things on the top of my list to learn. I want to either fix part of one saddle bag or make a PVC carrier to keep a toolkit handy. But anything anyone knows about caring for a bike that's being driven long distance, feel more than free to shout some shit out.

Storage- I'm a welder by trade. I plan to fab up some aluminium saddle bags that I can bolt on and lock. I have heard multiple stories of people getting their bags cut off while they sleep (Actually both stories in San Francisco?) and want to avoid that shit. I'm also making a taller sissy bar that will allow me to strap on my backpack on one side and a banjo on the other. Think easy rider, if you're not already.. I've seen where people can make all kinds of interesting storage devices for their bikes, though, and if you have any rad ideas please share.

That's the main one's for now, but I have hella more to talk about if anyone finds interest in this topic again.
 

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i've also been considering this, but i haven't been able to do much research on it. like you're saying though, i can't imagine it would be that hard to find places to pull off the road and pitch a tent. you'd really just have to drive out to the outskirts of the city each night, which i don't think would be too much of a problem.

what's the gas mileage on your bike?
 

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I haven't got to test it out myself yet but should be around 40mpg. 100 miles for around five bucks doesn't sound bad to hop around place to place, though.
 

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Sleeping- I'm investing in a National park pass for sure. $80 for year long rent in all of the national parks and land reserves? Fuck yes.
Haven't rubbertramped with my own vehicle as I don't own one, but this is a fantastic idea if I ever decide to. Thanks.
 

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I had a fallout and had to remove my motorcycle from storage. Im going to build a crate for the dog and put gear on the side. Google motorcycle dog and youll get the idea. Ill post pics
 

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i ride year around, but havent gotten much further than 400 mile trips. im looking to cross country on a Kawasaki Vulcan.this year once i get some new tires.
 

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Resurrecting this thread. i just bought me a motorcycle and Boy Howdy do i fucking love it!
I have always despised driving, and have a bad habit of falling asleep whilst doing so that has almost resulted in my demise several times. There is no falling asleep on a bike, It's the perfect combination of vulnerability and perilousness, flexibility and mobility, freedom and capacity.
When I ride, I am in the moment. 90-100% concentrated on the road and nothing else because I have to be.
This shit rocks. I recommend buying a bike to anyone that likes a little fear and doesn't mind being in the weather and exposed.
There are hella cheap older motorcycles out there, without really that many miles on them because very few people actually ride their bikes daily or even often. You can pick up a reliable 250cc japanese bike to start for well under $1k, if not much less.
From trains to bikes, fuck yeah. 1 week of biking and I'm a lifetime convert
 
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Resurrecting this thread. i just bought me a motorcycle and Boy Howdy do i fucking love it!
I have always despised driving, and have a bad habit of falling asleep whilst doing so that has almost resulted in my demise several times. There is no falling asleep on a bike, It's the perfect combination of vulnerability and perilousness, flexibility and mobility, freedom and capacity.
When I ride, I am in the moment. 90-100% concentrated on the road and nothing else because I have to be.
This shit rocks. I recommend buying a bike to anyone that likes a little fear and doesn't mind being in the weather and exposed.
There are hella cheap older motorcycles out there, without really that many miles on them because very few people actually ride their bikes daily or even often. You can pick up a reliable 250cc japanese bike to start for well under $1k, if not much less.
From trains to bikes, fuck yeah. 1 week of biking and I'm a lifetime convert
Post pics of bike, you have saddle bags?
 

DrewSTNY

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Hate to bust your nugget, but it is possible to fall asleep while riding a motorcycle. It used to happen to me when I was riding all the time for long distances. Not super often, but it did happen.

Regardless, motorcycle are super cool and a lot of people travel with them. Looking forward to hearing about your adventures!
 

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