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Attained West Coast Maintenance Base

July 6, 2010

We apologize for the interruption in broadcasting, but we have been beset with difficulties beyond our control.  Internet access has been very spotty.  We’ll provide fil-lin posts as to the past week when time permits.  In the meantime, we have reached Seattle and are camping out at Sister Debby’s.  Sebastian’s bike has been dubbed “The bike that won’t run,” whereas I am riding “The bike that won’t start.”

We limped into Seattle on Sunday (in the rain) with Seb’s bike barely running on 2 cylinders (of 4).  He was backfiring like crazy and I could even see it in his exhaust pipe.  Perfectly appropriate for July 4th!  On Monday, we did some investigation from which we concluded that Seb’s engine needed some serious internal work before we could go on.  Our choices seemed to be: 1) remove and tear down the engine, and wait for parts to arrive or 2) find a whole new engine, or 3) find a junky looking running bike and transfer its motor to Seb’s bike.  On Monday night,  Seb made a post over on our CB1100 website and within a few hours found someone in Seattle who had a spare, running 900 engine, and he donated it to the cause!  We picked it up this afternoon and will begin installation tomorrow.  As soon as we know where we stand, we’ll be able to update our schedule and let folks know when we’ll be where.

More on that in the days to come.

-Seb and Peter

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jeff Jackson permalink
    July 7, 2010 7:20 am

    Sounds bad with his engine, hope all works out, but he could always just run behind you.

  2. victoria permalink
    July 7, 2010 9:39 am

    Glad to here the guys are holding up even if the bikes aren’t!

  3. Sky Cole permalink
    July 7, 2010 10:45 am

    I’m delighted to read that you’ve gotten all the crap that can possibly happen out of the way and are now in a position to begin a smooth sail back.

  4. David Langlois permalink
    July 8, 2010 2:53 pm

    Sebastian and Peter. Have been enjoying your trip from the beginning, albeit vicariously. I really hope you’re going to publish a book on this.

    I have to say that your finding an engine and receiving it as a donation only goes to prove what I’ve said and felt about the group since I first joined. They are one amazing bunch of people.

    Keep on riding !!!

    And maybe we’ll see you both in September?


  5. aran permalink
    July 9, 2010 9:55 am

    pix of the install for us gearheads!

    best wishes!

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