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We are filming a documentary of two guys driving a 1946 BMW R71 with sidecar from NY to LA. One of them has never been on a motorcycle! We are fortunate enough to have been accepted into Kickstarter. Check out the link below for details.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/40595891/view-from-a-sidecar-the-doc...

We would love to get some advice from seasoned riders and also possibly have you meet up with us along the journey. Our route is on our website www.viewfromasidecar.com. Keep in mind this will only happen if we meet our fund raising goal. If we don't reach our goal none of the donations are charged to the potential contributors and we don't receive any of the funds. Forward it to anyone who might be interested. We need all the viral help we can get. All donations are greatly appreciated.

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I seriously wish you the best

I seriously wish you the best of luck on your endeavor, because riding any old bike across the country is going to be a true adventure.



However, it pains me to hear you call your Chang Jiang CJ-750 a "BMW". The CJ, it is true, is modeled on the BMW R71 -- the last of which were built in 1941 -- but they have no direct link to BMW. The Soviets developed a bike they called the M72 by reverse engineering the R71, and churned out a lot of them for the war. After the war, they continued to make them, and sold them to their client states, such as China. In 1957 the Soviets sold the entire production line to China, and China has been making them ever since. But in 1946, the only side valve bikes like this were Soviet IMZ M72s.

http://www.chang-jiang.com/bmw/welcome.html
http://www.chang-jiang.com/bmw/a2.html

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...I wonder what Danny Liska

...I wonder what Danny Liska would think of this adventure, if he were still alive? Someone should ask John Penton what he thinks?...If these folks on their CJ should happen to meet someone on pre 1969 BMW, I wonder if they'll still think what their doing is so "insanely ridiculous"?...Folks into this sorta thing should google search on "Eitel Lange-KS601"!...

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A real adventure

I'm sure that Danny Liska, Ed Culberson and many others frequently got exactly that reaction. How about the guy who has gone around the world on his Yamaha R1? Or all those people who did the Cannonball Run last year on pre-1916 bikes?

Norman, my advice to you is to do a number of test runs on the bike around the LA area. Do a number of 200-300 mile days, both in the city traffic and also get out into the hills. I don't know where you're based in LA, but ride up into the Santa Monica Mountains and the San Gabriel Mountains: visit the Rock Store and Newcomb's Ranch, and the Lookout on the Ortega Hwy (CA-74). Go to the motorcycle museum in Solvang.

Find out what works and what breaks. Fix whatever breaks and build a network of people who can help and advise you.

The experience will help you choose routes that will be comfortable traveling for the bike and for you.

Good luck!

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I wonder what Danny

I'm familiar with Danny's journey from Alaska to Argentina. He did it on a fairly new bike at the time in 1959 and had decades of experience. John Penton is a legend as well. God, he even built his own motorcycles! Both are incredible journeymen and I hold them both in the highest honor. We are only going approx. 3000 miles. The distance we are traveling isn't what's absurd. The point your missing is that we are doing it with a machine that was built over half a century ago and more importantly if you took the time to research the website you would realize I've NEVER EVER ridden a motorcycle in my life. That's the "insanely ridiculous" aspect. I appreciate the critic but advice and donations would go a lot further.

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A real adventure

Darryl thanks for the advice. The only problem is that we are in Los Angeles and the bike is in Homer NY. We have the mechanic there, doing test drives and meticulously going through the bike so hopefully he is working out the kinks. I'll look forward to get to do the rides you mentioned above when I get back. That's if we meet our goal and get enough sponsors. Thanks!

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Check out Carla King's "American Borders"

Although I haven't actually read this book, I did read her serialized account of her journey around the US, riding an IMZ Ural. This was done in the mid 90s, when the Urals were just starting to be imported to the US. www.carlaking.com

As I recall, she had no experience with motorcycles either. She bought the rig in Seattle and then rode across the northern tier, before eventually getting to a family reunion on the east coast.

I also recall that the story was quite episodic: she'd ride several hundred miles and the bike would break down. She'd have a romantic interlude while waiting for parts and repairs. Then she was on her way again.

(This simplifies the story somewhat... Smile.)

I suppose your story might turn out a bit different. Smile

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...I'd suggest "Norman's big

...I'd suggest "Norman's big adventure in the flyover zone?, or perhaps "Doing Dorothea Lange on a nazi bike"...the former should appeal to Robert DeNiro and the TriBeCa crowd, Bob presumably being very interested in documenting any evidence of intelligent life west of Princeton, New Jersey, the latter perfect for Spielberg, interested as always in all things nazi...

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I don't wanna seems like a prick, sorry...

...but i don't see anything insanely ridiculous... I know lots of guys who do cross country trip of old HD panhead or old ford model A from the 30's.( every year NY-Bonneville salt flats ....5k miles roundtrip )

It's just fun !
I did it once but i was on a r 80 gs ..that's kinda easy.... Wink

And ,ok, you've never ridden a bike but on 3 wheels...you're kinda safe... just be careful when you turn...drive a side car "seems easy".... know what i mean...???

The good things about riding a sidecar is that you have plenty of space to bring with you lots of tools and spare parts ( just in case )
..you can bring ....tires,gaskets of any kind...electrical parts,engine parts, oil , fuel...and the list goes on.
I hope your partner knows how to fix a bike on the side of the road....because otherwise, YES will be insanely ridiculous ...LOL !!

I wish to have enough vacation left...i would join you in a heartbeat !

I wish you Good L... no i am not saying it i don't wanna jinx it !!

Drive safe....

Marco

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