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Motorcycles for the prepper….a few thoughts — 3 Comments

  1. I just started riding this year. I have a 1975 Yamaha XT500. Great bike, and I am learning a lot about it’s mechanics and wiring. I hope your modifications work out for you. I have much interest in similar bug out situations and finding ways to be prepared for them. I have been looking into options to carry more on the bike. I don’t have anything on it now apart from a couple straps to tie things down on the seat behind me. I got the bike from a man who had done some electrical work in order to get the headlight to work properly for inspection and safe road travel. the older bikes are a lot simpler and from what I can tell, easier to fix on your own. I have had trouble finding parts though. also, it runs a 6 volt battery. I don’t know how much work is involved with converting it to 12. The headlight is a little dim… for now. I’m very interested in hearing more. and thanks for the link. I am about to check out the ADV Rider site.

  2. That’s a great old bike you’ve got there, a true classic. First year it was put out, isn’t it? You’ll definitely have to learn about the mechanics on it, one of the issues you’ll run across is parts availability. I’d suggest that if you really like it, look for an additional parts bike, or alternately keep your eyes open for a slightly newer bike. The other thing I’d really recommend is get in touch with a local bike club, preferably one that does vintage racers. The number of contacts and the amount of technical data will be of huge help.

    I had a ’72 Kawasaki back when, a two stroke but still a fun ride. The older bikes are simple and pretty stout. Unfortunately the specialized knowledge that was out there in modifying these rides is fast disappearing. Which is why I suggest finding those vintage racer enthusiasts.

    Also keep your eyes peeled for old Dirt Bike magazines, those are a wealth of knowledge.

    Regarding your voltage issues, you might look into a stator rewind to bring it to 12v. Most of your wiring will handle that no problem, some components will have to be swapped out for newer parts, maybe something from a TT. Those older Yamahas sometimes had issues with electricals, so kinda keep your eye on it and learn as much about it as possible.

    What I’ve done on one of my other bikes – a CT90, is use some panels from old metal shopping carts as pannier supports. The old carts are the perfect size and guage to get pannier supports, and racks out of them, once they’re dis-assembled a bit. I’ll try to post a photo to give an idea what I’ve done with that CT.

    Have fun with it, and ride safe. I’d like to hear how it’s working out for you, and what you do to it, too!

  3. For the preppers out there,
    It struck me while watching news coverage of people fleeing Florida in front of hurricane Irma – I say fleeing but it was more like the morning commute on a bad day with multiple accidents and a train derailment thrown in. That’s probably fine in a hurricane situation with 3 or 4 days advance notice, but here in the Pacific Northwest with the looming threat of an 8 or 9 magnitude earthquake – the possibility, (very remote), of one of our numerous dormant volcanoes acting up – or the more likely possibility of groups of mental giants rampaging through the city breaking windows, setting fires, turning over cars, provoking law enforcers, etc. (an all too frequent occurrence, that just feeds more of the same behavior). Our transportation routes get shut down so quickly already. If you add a major disaster where 20-50% of the bridges are down. ( not too mention buildings), No one is going anywhere.
    Those of us who have prepared will hopefully be able to manage for a few weeks, but we will need to get family members out of isolated parts of town. We will need to pick up additional supplies. We may need to evacuate the area. Our 4 wheel drive vehicles may not be able to get through. motorcycles, and or atvs will be a tremendous asset in these situations. Obviously you’re not able to carry a tremendous amount, but when you need another mobility option, it could be a life saver.

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