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Five, Five, Five 2010 is an endurance run from Knoxville to Portland. Hard to call it a race with so many breakdowns. The rules are 1) pre 1975 bike 2) less than 500 cc's 3) total cost less than $500.



This year they introduced something new with the homemade sidecars.



It's been done before a couple of years ago. This is touring on the cheap on all aspects. Mostly camping in peoples back yards and fixing their bikes with borrowed tools.



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Five, Five, Five 2010 is an endurance run from Knoxville to Portland. Hard to call it a race with so many breakdowns. The rules are 1) pre 1975 bike 2) less than 500 cc's 3) total cost less than $500.



This year they introduced something new with the homemade sidecars.



It's been done before a couple of years ago. This is touring on the cheap on all aspects. Mostly camping in peoples back yards and fixing their bikes with borrowed tools.



You can follow along here:



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There are are growing number of this type of low key race/tour/adventure rides. There's one that takes you around Great Lake Erie some 625 miles and engine size is limited to 200cc. Fun stuff. That sidehack in the picture story looks to cost more than $500 alone?

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So theoretically a CX500 should be a shoe in for this one.
 

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So theoretically a CX500 should be a shoe in for this one.




Nope. Pre 1975 only. I always thought one of those suzuki triples would be a good choice. Four of the bikes this year are CL350's. Great choice considering all the parts that are available.



It's funny though, with the $500 spending cap, if a part is broken, you don't replace it, you fix it. There's a lot of poor man's jury rigging going on.
 

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There are are growing number of this type of low key race/tour/adventure rides. There's one that takes you around Great Lake Erie some 625 miles and engine size is limited to 200cc. Fun stuff. That sidehack in the picture story looks to cost more than $500 alone?

Cheers, 50gary


Gary the sidecar seems to be an exception to the rule, probably because they're home built. I can see that the number one challenge touring with a sub 500cc bike would be storage space. The sidecar is a good solution to accomodate another rider and gear. The only other exception to the rule is tires, for safety reasons.
 
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