Discussion in 'General Questions' started by TWalker, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. TWalker

    TWalker Guest

    This guy may be in over his head and I'm watching out for him.

    I know a man who is leaving New Mexico on thursday to see his daughters in Plainview, TX. He is determined to make it and has prepared to the best of his ability and I will repack his wheel bearings for him tomorrow, I offered him an extra engine to carry along but he says too much weight, I might also offer him my trailer.

    I think he's a bit over ambitious, but still, who wouldn't like to see him make it?

    This is his first bike and his only transportation and he works daily to maintain this bike he is in love with his green beach cruiser. He's pretty much done what he needs to do, he has the best tires possible, I've informed him about not overheating the engine, of course he's gonna carry tools etc.

    I've taught him quite a bit the past month about the bikes. He doesn't know about our forum and doesn't have much experience. I believe he is going document the trip.

    1. Throw out some thoughts on what you would do if you did this

    2. Anyone here along the route willing to help out in case of trouble? We're talking about Eastern New Mexico and West Texas here.

  2. kerf

    kerf Guest

    Take a cell phone for sure. Not good to get stranded in the heat for long periods.
  3. Keep speeds slow,give the engine a rest every couple of hours. When your behind starts giving you grief,it's time for a rest. Check chain tension every stop. Bring an extra magneto!! Have a good tool kit.
    He'll make it.
    Could ya show us a pic of that bike? Or tell us what bike that is?
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  4. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    He better make sure hes legal in TX those troopers have no sense of humor.
  5. lennyharp

    lennyharp Member

    I hope to do some of this type of riding soon. If you got it why not use it and if it is too fragile to do the job get one that will do it. That is how I am building my bikes, so that they will take a 100 to 1000 mile trip. I used to ride long distance on a bike and always carried the stuff to keep me going if common problems occurred. A spark plug and patch kit/ extra tube and spokes are some things I would add to his kit. Food and water are also very necessary as fatigue and heat exhaustion/stroke will also be a concern in this time of year. Large has the right idea as to rest befor the buke over heats and breaks too much to fix.
  6. Oops. Sorry I didn't see that he has a beach cruiser. I'm sure it was the grade 2 bolts I used but my front mount sheared off on my Happy Time cruiser. It seems it gives a lot more strength when the clamp actually surrounds the frame or at least that's what I'm seeing. And that I may have stressed out my clamp when I first clamped it on the the frame then my engine I'm blabbering.
    Check out his front mount. How is it set up? If that shears off he's walking,dawg.
  7. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    He should use Maxima 927 oil in the summer heat at a ratio of 4-5 oz/gallon. It will offer thermal protection better than any oil out there. This is no time to debate opinions, this guy is taking a long trip and a touch of castor will help prevent lube problems from overheating.
  8. yamaslo

    yamaslo New Member

    maxima 927

    skyliner 70cc
    most people don't know what castor is. it's the best 2 stroke oil that ever was & the smell is perfume to a motor head. uasd to use it in 4 stokkes back in the 60's.
  9. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    Maxima 927 has 20% castor in it. Folks who have been on here for a while know what castor is; they are sick of me talking about it in repeated postings :)

    It is the best 2 stroke oil for lubrication and engine protection but does has some undesireable effects too such as varnish and gunk build up in your engine and plug. The gunk takes a long time if you use a high quality castor oil and even longer if you blend a little in regular oil.
  10. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Wow! I was nervous about My trip from Grand Rapids, Michigan to the beach at Lake Michigan. That was about 85 miles round trip. I made the trip twice with no problems. But 420 miles...... Is that one way or round trip? If he cruises at 20 mph, 420 miles is 21 hours of ride time. He better have a real comfortable seat on that bike.
  11. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    My point is there is a lot to be learned from failures and other people's mistakes from reading a forum board. My impression is that the rider who is attemping the trip is not very mechanically inclined and this is a great place to better yourself in that area. I hope the gentleman is getting as much info as he possibly can about his bike motor. If he can do it through his friend, that's great! I was just making a plug for this website and forum.

    I applaud his friend for trying to help and I hope his knowledge does rub off on his friend and his trip is successful. I've got faith in him and his friend but less faith in the happy time engine. Quality is so variable and the strangest failures can occur at almost random times.
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  12. Skyliner70cc

    Skyliner70cc Active Member

    Some more snobby exclusivity persepctive tips:

    If it were me:

    1. Dampin the vibes from motor in the handlebar area by filling handlebars with lead shot.

    2. Foam grips on handlebars to reduce vibes to hands. Some HT engines vibrate so much that 20 minutes of riding will cause hands to go numb.

    3. Beg, borrow, steal or buy one of Pablo's jackshafts. Having the functionality of multiple gears will allow comfortable cruising rpms and gearing for hill climbing.

    4. Side view mirrors.

    5. Spare battery or solar power charger for cell phone.

    6. Portable GPS or compass.

    7. Spare fuel or rack mounted 1 gallon fuel tank for extended range. Dax once had fuel tank for a rear rack and an under top frame bar 1 gallon fuel tank.

    8. Smaller sprocket for faster speeds and lower rpms on the road.

    9. Contact info for MB'ers along his route who can help if he breaks down.

    10. Reflector vest or something on him and bike to make him more noticeable to the 17 year old girl texting on her cell phone while driving.

    11. Carry a fair amount of cash.

    12. Calling card?

    13. Bug spay and sunscreen

    14. OTC pain medications (Tylenol or Ibuprofen)

    15. Spare nuts/bolts (cover bolts for clutch over and magneto just in case)

    16. Spare CDI and magneto...they have been known to fail. I actually do carry a spare CDI wtih me on long rides but dont' carry a spare magneto since I hadn't had one of those fail on me yet.

    17. Spare fuel tubing and fuel filter. If he hasnt' removed the inline fuel filter on the petcock gas valve, spare fuel tubing may allow him to blow it out if it ever becomes clogged.

    18. wet weather gear

    All I can think of for now. I'd highly recommend he do some test rides to see if he has the endurance.
  13. TWalker

    TWalker Guest

    Ok, this guy just left....Godspeed to him hes leavin in the middle of the night, loaded down.

    What a character....
  14. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Insane....I cant wait to hear the results. I wish him luck!
  15. TWalker

    TWalker Guest

    Insane is right...you would have to meet him...ha.

    He has a machete strapped across his back pack, 2 gallons of gas, a small pack and sleeping bag.

    what a site! i'm not sure I would try and avoid being stopped by Texas State Troopers by strapping a machete to my back. His girlfriend is my neighbor and I went over and took this picture.

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  16. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    He either has more balls than me, or he doesn't have to be anywhere any time soon..... or both!!!! Either way, he is cool in my book!!!
  17. TWalker

    TWalker Guest

    Some combination of balls, insanity and too much free time. Not quite sure how much of each yet...

    Pulling out of the Rocky mountains at midnight on a green moon dog headed towards the deserts of east New Mexico and West Texas....

    better him than me.

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  18. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    Make sure to keep us updated! I can't wait to see if he makes it!!
  19. Simonator

    Simonator Guest

    That sounds like about 60% insanity, 30% balls, and 10% too much free time lol
  20. TWalker

    TWalker Guest


    Theres his cell if anyone wants to call him, he'll leave it off for power conservation but he will check his messages.