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All Packed and Ready to Blast Off!

Here are a couple photos of the Sprinter, showing my sponsors. I want to thank everyone who has helped out, and if any of the commercial sponsors can supply your needs, I heartily recommend them:



Barrington Motor Works
Bench Mark Works
BMW Motorcycles of San Francisco
Brent's Motor Works
Dreher Oldtimerteile
Johnson Leather
Rok Straps

Looks like I'm ready for a swap meet! All that stuff (and more!) fits easily inside the Sprinter. I am really hoping that I don't need most of it.

If you see this big, yellow van rolling down I-80, honk and wave!

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We look forward to seeing you in Newburgh!

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Susan and I are also taking a few days off to meander towards Newburgh from Montreal as of Monday Sept 3 (The Adirondacks are pretty this time of year.) I'll be on my R1200ST (so you won't miss yours so much) and Susan will be riding The Big Blue Couch (AKA Sue-zuki Boulevard C50). We look forward to meeting you and the chase crew; set aside a couple of T-shirts for us because we're buying them!

We wish you the best of luck, but only just in case your skill and preparation aren't enough.

Marc St-Pierre & Susan Young

Darryl, Just wanted to wish

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Darryl,

Just wanted to wish you a SAFE enjoyable ride and we’re looking forward to your visiting us at our Harley Dealership in Monroe, WI. It’s a huge honor for us and we’ll do our best to take good care of you and serve you up a good ole Wisconsin lunch!

Lucy

Kutter Harley-Davidson
Janesville & Monroe, WI

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What I'll be wearing on the road

First off, let me tell you what I won't be wearing: a vintage fashion statement. I've ridden over half a million touring miles and for me, it's important to be both comfortable and safe on the bike. Good, modern equipment can fill this job in a way that a pudding bowl helmet, jodhpurs and a leather bomber jacket just can't match. I fully realize that mpdern gear on an old bike isn't very photogenic, but that's just the way it's going to be.

As mentioned in a previous posting, I have a new helmet, a Shoei X-12. I recently got to test out my previous X-11, and it did its job perfectly. The Shoei helmets always seem to fit me well, and I've been wearing them since my RF-700 about 25 years ago. This X-12 is all white, which is supposed to be good for visibility in traffic. I also have the Pinlock antifog shield, which works great when needed. The new X-12 shield and the matching Pinlock work very well together, providing a greater fog-free area than the older versions on the X-11. The X-12 seems to have great venting, which was already a strong point of the X-11.


I also mentioned that BMW Motorcycles of San Francisco gave me a nice discount on a BMW Trailguard suit. This suit is breathable and water resistant. Reviews I've read say that it will keep me dry in a light rain for a short while. I have a Gore-Tex liner from a previous BMW jacket that will keep the top half of me dry through any rain storm, and I have cannibalized a waterproof liner from a previous set of pants.

I have wicking underwear and socks, and really believe in them. They are very comfortable all day. If it's cold or wet, I also have a set of LD Comfort full length underwear. These definitely move the water away from you.

I have been buying travel clothes from REI for a while now. The various micro fiber shirts and pants are lightweight, comfortable and clean easily on the road. They also dry quickly.


I have a pair of BMW All Around Boots, which are full leather uppers, oil resistant and anti slip soles with a Gore-Tex liner. They include armor for the toes, ankles, heels and shins. I've had good experiences with similar boots from TCX (nee Oxtar) and Alpinestars.

Finally, I have a pair of Olympia gloves. These are smooth leather gloves with a medium gauntlet and knuckle guards. The palms have two layers of leather. I have a set of Olympia rain gloves, too, but the inner fleece tends to hang onto my hands when they are moist and I try to put them inside, and the fleece will then pull out if I try to remove my hands. They are waterproof and warm, however.

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Of course the safety is our

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Of course the safety is our first preference at the timing of driving.So it is needed t's important to be both comfortable and safe on the bike. Modern equipment can fill this job in a way that a pudding bowl helmet, jodhpurs and a leather bomber jacket just can't match. I fully realize that mpdern gear on an old bike isn't very photogenic, but that's just the way it's going to be.

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Team Boxer Rebellion Supporters

As we make our final preparations to leave for NY on Friday, I just want to thank the nearly 50 people and companies who have donated to our efforts. You are helping make this possible and I personally appreciate it very much. My hat is off to you and you have my deepest thanks!

You can see everyone who has donated on my website, from as little as $2 for a Team Boxer Rebellion sticker to companies that have provided hundreds of dollars in donations or in-kind support. Every donation is gratefully accepted and helps us to make this run.

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ne cede malis

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Hey-I don't see my name up there, and I bought a T-shirt and three stickers. One of which is on my R66. Whazamatta? No matta- I want to wish you the best of luck on your coast-to-coast adventure.And it will be one. Having been across country a couple of times on 'modern' ancient motorcycles-a couple of Vincents- I have some idea of what you're up against. My advice: get going at five AM. Ride for at least an hour.Then have a big breakfast. Ride like hell until 1, have lunch, and then take it easy. Of course I was in my late twenties when I did that.

Special thanks to you for

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Special thanks to you for mentioning it. We didn't write down names with the items sold at the SFMC event. But I fixed it and now you're on the list, too.

--Darryl Richman
http://darryl.crafty-fox.com
"Bling is not made in Germany" --OTL, 12/05

route on 9-9-12?

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we would like to see the bikes as they ride through mid and sw michigan on way to muskegon, is route available? thx cvh

Detailed Daily routes not available

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Unfortunately, we riders won't know the actual route for a day until the evening before, when the route sheets are handed out. The Cannonball website has been running a series of write ups about what we will see as we travel each day, but again, they are light on specifics. If there's an official lunch stop, it will be listed.

--Darryl Richman
http://darryl.crafty-fox.com
"Bling is not made in Germany" --OTL, 12/05

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Recent Events and Near Term Expectations

With Paul Glaves having to drop out of the team, we will be rolling with Don Cameron as chief mechanic, Steve Woodward as chase truck driver and Jeff Wu as videographer.

Last weekend, Jeff and I brought the R52 to the San Francisco Motorcycle Club's clubhouse meeting and had a great time. Also, Jeff came through with T shirts, which we are now selling on my website. We will also be selling them along the route, as long as the supply holds out. I have taken down the option to put your name on the chase van, the name signs have been made and UPS is supposed to deliver them on Wednesday. As soon as I have them up, I will take some pictures and put them up here.

I also spent part of last week putting new brake linings on the rear brake shoes. These shoes contract around a small drum on the driveshaft. The old linings were worn down to the rivet heads. Unfortunately, some previous owner had drilled out the rivet holes to a large size, so I had to buy some pretty big aluminum pop rivets to hold the linings tightly to the shoes.

Friday, I had a box from Germany. It contained a beautiful replacement kickstart lever from Josef Heft. It fits perfectly, and the screw that holds it to the transmission shaft has been securely fastened with some Loctite blue for added security.

I want to give all my appreciation to BMW Motorcycles of San Francisco. Larry was incredibly kind and helpful by donating a new Shoei X-12 helmet and also giving a discount on a new BMW Trailguard riding suit. Visit their shop on 6th and Bryant (where they also have a nice lounge with great coffee) for your modern BMW bike needs. (415) 503-9988 / http://www.bmwmotorcycle.com.

Brent Hansen of Brent's Motor Works, who has been wholeheartedly supporting me and my effort, delivered to me a completely fresh set of cylinders, pistons, rings valves and springs. I hope that I won't have to use these, but it makes me feel good to have them in reserve, just in case.

The Future

I am still waiting for another, heavier box from Germany. This will contain my freshly rebuilt spare magneto and some spare spokes and nipples. Like the cylinders, I hope not to need any of this, but if I do, there is no way to fix the problem without having these spares along.

Tuesday, Jeff will be leaving SF, riding across the country. His R100GS is scheduled for a service at MAX BMW in CT on Tuesday next week. I'm not sure about Don's itinerary, but he will meet us in NY next week. Thursday, Steve will be here and we will finish loading the Sprinter. Friday we will depart for a four day drive along I-80, arriving Monday evening.

Wednesday morning we will register and go through Tech Inspection. There is also a 40 mile sample route that we will run to make sure that everything is ready to go. Thursday afternoon there is a riders meeting and a banquet, and Friday morning we are off!

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The Good News and the Bad News

Ok, the bad first...

Paul Glaves has had to bow out as our team mechanic. He and Voni have been travelling around the west and the smoke and fires burning in Montana sent him to the emergency room. They exacerbated a long term problem and he will have to spend some time resting and recovering (but all should turn out well). We all wish him a quick recovery.

On a happier note, we have T Shirts! Just like in the photo at the right. You can wear a classy white on black Team Boxer Rebellion tee and support the team at the same time — just click on the link above.

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if you need help

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Hi Darryl-
I'll second the help offer near WI. I live in Madison and plan on at least being in Monroe for the stop; based on miles and the roads I know I have a pretty good idea of the route, too. Only a very few roads that are suitable add up to the right miles.
I have a plane, so if that could be of any help to run people or parts let me know. email me for my cell if you want.
Tom Lubben

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