Tuesday January 11th 2011 Longest Journey?

Simon from the email list is wondering who’s been the furthest in a Cushman or Interceptor. As he explains:

“My wife Julia did the 300 miles from SF to Gerlach in 1 day, then back a few days later. Who’s been the furthest?”

Maxime and I probably don’t have the distance record, but I’m pretty sure we have the style-point record.

And years ago I’m pretty sure I set the off-road Cushman record when I drove 50 or so miles of crazy dirt road, and instead of me breaking down I wound up fixing everyone else’s flats.

Anyway, anyone else have any stories to tell?

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Tuesday December 28th 2010 New Interceptor

A blog called “The Walter Mitty Commuittee – True Adventures for Regular Folks” has some fun posts about Bryan’s adventures around Seattle in his new Interceptor. Some fun dispatches from the road, makes me want to take a ferry.

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Sunday April 11th 2010 Silly Little Road Trip

Just picked up my new Interceptor! Maxime and I took a train from San Francisco to Redding, CA to pick him up.

Its a total overbuilt and over modified beast, with diamond plating and rhino coating (what they put on pickup truck beds, looks like powder coating) for no other reason than, as it was explained to me, so if someone slams their door into it, their door will dent and the Interceptor will be fine. It looks pretty cool but isn’t quite my style. Those big chrome mag wheels on the other hand…

Its a ’99, was previously harassing parkers in San Francisco, and has only 17,000 miles on the odometer. Its pretty insane how much the previous owner restored everything, the engine looks brand new, has all new hoses and wires, and you could literally eat off the valve cover. There’s all sorts of modifications to the brackets in the engine, new aluminum struts everywhere, I’ll try to post some pictures if anyone’s interested.

One thing he did that I love is beefed up the front forks and put wipers on them, which are new to me but apparently standard on motorcycles, they keep dust from going down the fork. And he added aux fans to cool the buried and suffocating engine.

Dan, the previous owner, having one last fiddle

As I type I’m in a hotel in Redding, CA, where Maxime and I just bought it. We took an Amtrak up here and will be driving it slowly back to San Francisco (about 250 miles) over the next few days, vehicle and police willing.

Read about days 2 and 3 after the jump.
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