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If you're going to head to Speed Week at the Bonneville Salt Flats and check out stuff like 120 MPH GMC motorhomes, you'll need a place to stay and a means of roaming from one end of the extremely spread-out venue to the other. When I made the trip with my friends last month, we weren't going to be squandering money on effete hotel rooms— far from it! No, we pitched tents at the "Bend In the Road" and brought along a broad selection of tiny-displacement pit bikes.

We fit right in with this very sensible machine. Photo by Murilee Martin

We made the diesel-fueled trip from Denver to Wendover in this Jeep and a 21st-century Dodge Ram half-ton. Plenty of room for our gear and bikes.

Yes, that's a snowboard. Photo by Murilee Martin

The odd-looking beast in the foreground is a homemade minibike with a snowboard installed as an impromptu seat and fuel-tank support. In the rear, we've got a Honda Mini Trail and a Honda Super Cub.

Photo by Murilee Martin

Our campsite neighbors pitched their tent beside the barn-find patinamobiles they were either buying or selling.

My Super Cub proved to be the luxury cruiser of our group of bikes. Photo by Murilee Martin

I had just bought a 1,300-mile 1981 Honda Passport C70 (known as the Super Cub everywhere except North America), and Speed Week was my first chance to really put some miles on it. The little Honda proved the ideal pit transportation for Bonneville, with its photographer-vest-suitable basket, four-stroke engine, and smooth ride. This was one of just three or four Super Cubs on the Salt Flats that weekend, and elicited much admiration from riders of lesser bikes.

When one pit bike breaks down five miles into the pits, towing is in order. Photo by Murilee Martin

At one point, the weld holding the drive sprocket on the snowboardmobile decided to break. Since this happened at least three miles from our trucks, some towing back to civilization had to take place.

Photo by Murilee Martin

Back at the Jeep, a little welding and the snowboardmobile was back in action.

Photo by Murilee Martin

When the sun starts to go down, it's time to head back for the campsite.

Photo by Murilee Martin

We weren't really roughing it, because this water-filled fire extinguisher made for an excellent shower.

Murilee Martin

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