Am I crazy?

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by elfdowney, Jun 15, 2007.


Am I crazy?

  1. You are definately crazy! (no go )

  2. Get 'er done (sadistic yes)

  3. I don't vote in polls... but you're still nuts!

  1. elfdowney

    elfdowney Guest

    Hi Group... I have finally found the bike I want... a black broadtrack with sidecar... actually it's Bird's bike, for sale in the "For Sale" forum... I'm in luv with the bike!!!... problem is he lives in Tucson, AZ and I live in Jacksonville, FL... I was thinkin'... Instead of buying it sight unseen (except fpr pic's), I'd ride the bus out there and ride it back... granted I/ve got ZERO motoredbike experience, but I'd been thinking about doing a coast to coast on the Southern tier on my recumbent... but opted out for a section hike on the Appalachian Trail last March... bird say I'm crazy that the motor won't make it... i figure I could drop the motor chain if the motor went south and pedal the thing home... whatta ya'll think?... should I go for it? :?

  2. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Definitely and certifiably loony. :???:
  3. elfdowney

    elfdowney Guest

    Is that a "yes " or a "no"? I readily admit to being loony!!! :D :D :D
  4. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Good opportunity to "Post a Poll"....

    "Are you crazy" would be a NO GO, and
    "Get er done" would be a sadistic YES

    Make sure you add the MANDATORY third choice, "I don't vote in polls, but still you are nuts."

    But UPS could ship/carry kit AND sidecarkaboodle in 3 boxes, and having 100 boxes to assemble, WITH CHINESE INSTRUCTIONS, :shock: would be better than crossing Texas in the summertime.

  5. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    I see me n 'bama voted !!!
  6. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I voted that you should go for it, but I'm always up for insane adventures......

    Realisticly, you will probably make it, but you won't be happy and the bike will be a little tired when you get home!

    I mean there's an eighty something year old guy walking across the U.S. right now, so if you took it easy......
  7. SlicerDicer

    SlicerDicer Guest

    ARrrrr me hearties! plunder be in those hills over there!

    Git r' Dun! :grin:

    Seriously I would bring spare parts if I were you.
  8. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    I had a HUNCH this organization had an mean streak barely under the surface, and the early voting (75 views-7 vote / 10 percent participation) CONFIRMS :

    a: the expected general apathy

    b: "Let Mikey try it" sneaky types, with gleeful urging, to share in the misery of others, as long as its not me. :evil:

    Sorry elf, your poll got bogused, and insanity has prevailed. :???:

    So, elf has the bug, time to place the wagers.

    Will he buy that bus ticket?: I'm thinking 3-1 YES
    Will he hit the Texas line in 3 days? Offering even YES
    Will he make it outta Texas 5 days later?: Giving 20-1 odds NO
    Total number of pickup trucks giving him sympathy rides. Under/over 37.
    Total number of pickup trucks hauling livestock he has to share space with Under/over 4

    Place your bets early. :razz:
  9. This forum is the best!

    I will vote yes, only if you get an honest opinion that the bike will make it that far. you should get a run down from the owner as to how to perform basic maintenance on the bike such as how to tighten the clutch pads, how to work the choke (each bike performs a little differently - but we all encounter the same range of issues).
  10. locoWelder

    locoWelder Guest

    I say go for it!.You sould just move at a smell the roses pace,12 to 15 mph carry lots of water and a small cooler of ice,bring a sleeping bag and a tarp and rest under the big sky!Hell if I had the time to right now I would ride to Florida with you......Just Do It!
  11. gone_fishin

    gone_fishin Guest

    i noticed this was gettin' a bit old & someone dug it has anything happened since the OP? elfdowney, did you do it? still thinking? is the bike still available?

    you know who's input would really count? bird's...if he told me i could count on it, i'd go for it :)
  12. azbill

    azbill Active Member

    yeah, he's a good kid, very amiable
    me n vinnie met him (among others) at spookytooth's ralley up the mountain.
    personally, I prefer a trailer,
    just my old towtruck driving habits I guess
  13. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    I'd give 'er a shot...
  14. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    I think the bus ride would be way worse than he bike ride back. :lol:
  15. twinkiex

    twinkiex Guest

    Well, I love to ride and yesterday cleared about 40 miles round trip which I think is my limit, I was so tired and all that vibration sorta rattled my head silly.
    Make sure and take all your tools and check all those bolts that seem to come loose so often.
    I wouldnt do it. I would suggest working up to it.
  16. Dockspa1

    Dockspa1 Guest

    I would do it in a New York second and around every 200 miles, I'd take it out of the trunk of my Rolls Royce and ride it in the rest area.
  17. bubbatgs

    bubbatgs Member

    I say go for it! You will find out if it is a reliable mode of transportation real fast that way! If you go coast to coast, I want to go! I am in California, shouold I start now?:helmet:
  18. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    why not

    go for it
    as long as you are ready for anyTHING that may happen along the way
    do wish you have a little more experience with these THINGS !!
    ride that THING a long long ways
  19. Parah_Salin

    Parah_Salin Member

    The way I see it, why not?

    I mean, basically, you are crazy, but it will be one interesting trip. It's something you can brag about. Even if your MB dies, you will have the journey. If you make it you will probably be very good at fixing MBs.

    Just make sure to stock up well for your trip- keep your sidecar full of a few gallons of water, and fill up your bottles every time you stop somewhere with a faucet. Have extra gasoline and extra oil. Have clothing for all weather, space blanket, ect...

    Keep an ATM card with some money on it in case you need to go to the hardware store (and have a wrench plus extra nuts, bolts, and washers/lockwashers), carry duct tape. Have a cell phone, but keep it turned off and only turn it on when you need to make a call. Oh, and road maps and atlesses. Do your homework beforehand and just make sure you take a route well populated- hardware stores, tractor/lawnmower dealerships, home depots/lowes, bicycle stores, ect.. are your friends.

    And if the bike dosn't already have a gell seat- get one.