Anyone ever ride cross country?

Discussion in 'Travelling, Commuting & Safety' started by bikebum1975, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. bikebum1975

    bikebum1975 Member

    I was wondering if anyone ever rode thier motoredbikes cross country or if they did any kind of long distance touring. If anyone has what problems did you run into? Any problems with the cops bothering you? I would love to ride one around the country one day always wanted to tour by bike but now that I am going to build a motored bike I would like to tour with it.

  2. stude13

    stude13 Active Member

    check out uncle punks adventures.
  3. spunout

    spunout Member

    uncle punk

    loco welder


    those are a few that i know of.
    loco and bama dont seem to be around much anymore. but if you cruise thru their posts, you should find some stuff.
  4. scrollerguy

    scrollerguy Guest


    Well, I built a Moon Dog for a guy in New Harbor, Maine, and he has put about 3000 miles on it so far. Look on a Maine map and find New Harbor, and then find South China, he's been there 3 times!

    BTW, he hasn't had any trouble with the bike or the motor, as he pedals alot, he's getting 180 mpg. Not bad for a That's Dax 70cc engine.

  5. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    I spent two months livin' on the road riding from San Francisco to New York; Lots o' crazy stuff out there..! Use tuffies tire liners, use extra thick tubes and carry a patch kit. I went through three tires. the back wore faster than the front due to that being the drive wheel, so when changing the rear I would put a new one on the front, put the barely worn front on the rear, and I was back on the road... Rebuilt the antique New Departure Model D rear coaster hub a few times with the N.O.S. parts I brought along, I'd recommend a bendix r.b. or r.b. 2 (single speed) coaster. No front brake at all. Handle bars broke in Indiana, an Amish gentleman welded them up for me and they all were very gracious hosts. Got clipped by a semi tractor and went careening off the road across some poor person's front yard. Saw a bison up close and personal in Wyoming.
    Uh, completely rebuilt the engine on a picnic bench in Iowa in the middle of nowhere.
    If you do this be prepared for the unexpected. And believe me you will return home a different you than left originally at the beginning...
  6. machiasmort

    machiasmort Active Member


    Uncle Punk, let me know the next time you do it incase you need a partner! You must have remembered to pack a razor. They'd be calling you rumplestillskin!

    Funny, people don't appreciate indoor plumbing until they've got to hold onto the TP inorder to keep the breeze from blowing it away!
  7. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Remember the old setup? Dome tent and saddlebags in front of my seat? (#1)

    I did a 5-600 miler in October, ended with a birthday show- Phil & Friends opening for the Allmans.

    Well, I swapped a second dome tent with a friend, for a Himalayan-proof pup.(#4).

    I modified Rocinante with these wings (#2), to drape the saddlebags over (#3).

    Then I have my deluxer air mattress and that kindergarden mat in a black bag, that fits right on top of the wings, almost the same height as the saddle, so I can back up & sit on the mostly deflated air. Feet not exactly touching the pedals.

    And the pup tent then sits on there, rolled into a semi-backrest.

    So, I'm in the back country of middle Alabama, no cars for miles, leaned waaaaaay back (cruise control holding down the thumb throttle) and thinking??

    "If I tied short ropes both ends of the handlebars, I could prolly steer this thing with my feet propped up in the basket".

    Be sorta like water-skiing, on two wheels.

    The Bike-o-Lounger.....

    Attached Files:

  8. uncle_punk13

    uncle_punk13 Guest

    Hey Bama!!!

    Glad to see yer still alive and kickin' my man!!! It's been way too long since we heard from ya's... Take it easy bro.
  9. mabman

    mabman Member

    I read awhile back that a couple of young men rode Whizzers across the country after WWII. I have to say though although I like riding a MAB I would look in to hopping a freight with it for any serious distance and have it to use when I get to my ultimate destination.
  10. stude13

    stude13 Active Member

    alaskavan posted yesterday about a ride from haines ak. to kluane lake yukon territories in mid june. the ferry is about 700 round trip with a bike. check out his post, i figure if i save 25 a week, that would cover it. he has a place to stay. lets ride. mitch
  11. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Found an article in the Travel Section today

    But the newspaper has a map with 2-digit bicycle designated routes, I think 50,000 potential miles of roads and routes.... (but I couldn't find that map online)

    By Calvin Woodward, Associated Press Writer

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  12. bikebum1975

    bikebum1975 Member

    The group is behind the nationl bike route I read they are working and have been for some time now on the mapsfor it. But from what I gather it has been going on for years so who realy knows when it will happen if ever. Hope it does someday it would be very cool.
  13. bamabikeguy

    bamabikeguy Active Member

    Two separate test runs would be my advise, once you have your kit and kaboodle figured out, (and have the tires as flat-proofed as possible), first take it on a 30-50 mile spin, to see how the load affects the ride.

    Then take a 500-700 mile round trip, 2-3 nights camping and sightseeing. Most folks can hit a decent beach in that distance, so that makes a pretty good target.

    By heading toward a beach on that initial test run, (mine was the 800 mile Florida trip), you are absolutely sure there are no big mountain chains to conquer, and have the experiences to ready you for the obstacles on a real cross-country run.

    That will give you a lot of insights on small items to take along with you. For instance, I chucked the heavy paperback book and clog type sandals, bought those cheapie flip flops and would read the local newspapers in camp.

    Even after I started carrying a tent, I still have 2 6'x6' tarps, sleeping under the stars on uncloudy/not too windy nights.

    When you do the longer overnight tour, avoid franchise foods places, and ask the locals where the best Mom and Pop buffet lunches are, so you really fill up. I'd always try to eat a big meal around 1:30-2:00 pm, avoiding the noon rush, and then continue riding for 2-4 hours before camping.

    Those diners are the best place to have better conversations about local sights, like swimming holes and alternate scenic routes that aren't on the maps.

    Finally, on two day/one night trips, GoogleMaps apparently has a feature where you can click "best hiking route", which gets you in the lowest traffic areas right away.

    But I always rely on the locals to point me in the best general directions.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2008
  14. 1983JZR3W

    1983JZR3W Member

    In 1974, two friends of mine each rode Vespa Ciao mopeds from Jacksonville, Fl to Los Angeles, Ca. They did the trip in ten days and each spent less than $10.00 for gas. It was a promotion through Vespa of America at the time. They had no mechanical trouble, but one was run off the road somewhere in Texas and had to visit a hospital for some repairs. One of them is still a Vespa dealer in South Florida.
  15. mikem

    mikem Member

    Details & Photos?

    Hey uncle_punk13,
    I was wondering if you kept a detailed account of your trip and if it's available on line somewhere? Sounds like a fine adventure ... I admire your hutzpa.