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So I'm riding from California to the East Coast in August.

Any tips and routes to head through? I want to try and keep it in two weeks.

I have to stop in Syracuse, NY. But the rest is open.

Hi Geets. Yes, I'm finally going Stateside.
 

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Motorcycle. My cb500/4. It may not be done, but the mad dash is about to begin to get it finished. Then she's crated and sent.

There's allot </u> of stupid in riding my honda 500 across the states in a less than touring form, but hell. Why not.
 

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quote:Originally posted by Big Bad Bob Dog

Motorcycle. My cb500/4. It may not be done, but the mad dash is about to begin to get it finished. Then she's crated and sent.

There's allot </u> of stupid in riding my honda 500 across the states in a less than touring form, but hell. Why not.


CB 500/4 Ouch!:D I am sure you will be keeping us posted as you get closer to your departure. It’s something I have always thought of doing on a Stelvio or GS of course[^].
 

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August? Keep to the northern routes, around the top of the Rockies. As cool as riding through death valley sounds in August, pretty much all of the southwest is going to be miserable - like riding into a blast furnace. It is a real shame since if going cross country the southwest is usually not to be missed, but a desert in August is just stupid.
 

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Def do PCH and San Fran if you can. I would advise going up all the way to Seattle before turning right and heading east but you at least need to make it past Stinson beach in northern Cali.
 

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I'd actually recommend looking at the ADV forum for a ride like that.

I definitely agree with not using a southern route, such as riding straight East from LA. That takes you through some long hot stretches and you miss the whole Pacific coast. Crossing the Rockies will be fun when you're at elevation as the bike will be running very rich. Going North-er may put you in line with Yellowstone and maybe Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse, plus you can stop at Wall Drug and get your free glass of water.

If you run further south, I'd try to pass through Kansas, as opposed to Texas (hot, dry) or Nebraska (boring). Better sights to see on the way, like Dodge City if you're into silly cowboy stuff. The Flint Hills are infinitely better than the Nebraska corn fields.

There is a lot of flat windy stuff in the middle, but it gets better when you get past the Mississippi River.

It would help to know your entry and exit ports, ie LA to NYC or whatever.

I suppose you could just read the Zen book backwards. You'll likely have the wind at your back so that's nice.

Above all else, stay in cheap hotels where the wireless is free, then post pics for the rest of us.
 

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I've done this trip myself but it was in the spring and I ran into snow in Colorado - you will not have that problem. I would invest in the following items: Tank bag, saddle bags, GPS and I'd add a small fairing to the front of the bike. Make sure you bring basic tools with you. I'd make sure your seat is comfortable because your ass will feel it on the 2nd day. With stops - two weeks sounds about right. I believe Sturges is Aug 7th time frame - that would be a must stop. Most important - get yourself a good quality rain suit and boots good in the wet. This form has folks all over the country that would be more than willing to provide, a cot/shower and food followed with a few beers. And if you don't contact me when you get to Syracuse, I'll hunt you down and kick your Ar'se...
 

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haha of course I will Bob. Also, i'm bringing my secret weapon. Sheep skin thrown on the seat. Fuggin ugly, but Christ nothing is comfier.

So I'm still figuring the shipping. But it's either LA or San Fran as a port I'd be starting from.

My big concern is getting the bike registered on an American plate. I have nightmares of getting to the DMV and them vomiting on me.

From there it's organizing a bike for my pal Shawn who's doing the trip with me. So if anyone wants to get rid of a cheap reliable steed around then in one of those cities I'm all ears. He was thinking XJ1300. We'll see. I want him to ship the Bonnie he built. Would they like this at Sturgis?



Also, I've just found out tonight, theres no if or buts, my father is coming as well. So there will be a bagger amongst us. (Totally will use his panniers).

I think y'all hit it on the head. I really would love to go up the Pacific. I've spent half my life looking out of the East Coast of Aus missing home, it would be awesome to look back all the way.

Sturgis would be awesome. Dad's been, Shawn would lose his shit (hippy commune motorcyclist for 22 years).

I would love to see Boston then, then head to NYC. It would be cool to have a beer with everyone along the way.

Saw that guy on ADV rider go through on his 500/4. Clubmans and mid controls and everything. I'm feeling better about it already.

I think my old man has it in his head that hotels are the name of the game. Shawn and I are bringing a swag it seems.
 

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if youre doing syracuse.....boston may be out. unless you plan on doing some serious zig zag. where do you leave from. i guess thats the real question. you could leave from boston. that would be perfect. a ton of boston locals here. be a great way to finish up the trip. a stop by box shop to check out a race. or a uscra event. im pretty sure there would be a ton of people to meet if you did that.

have fun, good luck. get phone numbers!!

j
 

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I'm thinking your could work through the American Counsel in Auzzeland to work out the details of getting your bike through customs and proper registrations. When I shipped my bike from Japan (a million years ago) I had it shipped to Long Beach and getting through customs was a non-event. That may not be the case today. So if you can pre-set the paperwork - that might make things easier. I'd also sit down and coordinate your trip plans with events in the USA.

As far as the ride goes - I'm almost half thinking here that if I can get my touring bike plans together I might meet you on the west coast and do the ride with you guys. Certainly I could do the ride from NY to Boston. Since I'm from that area - I know how to speak the local lingo...lol

One last note; I hear it's tough keeping a live sheep tied down on the MC seat...
 

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If you plan on taking the bike back out of country it doesn't need to be registered here. OZ plates will work. A mate of mine from SA rode more or less around the world starting and ending in OZ on a Beemer and I'm sure he kept his plates.

American Embassy/Consul may be able to assist. If you want to leave it behind there may be import duty EPA compliance issues etc for a personal import.

If you come through Chicago, drop in and say hello. Badlands are worth seeing if you come the north route, so's Canadia or Canukstan as I have seen it called.
 

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yeah you'll be tied up for months on import if you try to get it registered at the DMV. Best thing to do is tell them you are importing for a specific use (ie to go across the country) and keep your aussie reggie. Then when you get to NY, tell them you have changed your mind and are planning to stay, and that you are going to import the bike normally. For a 1975 or so cb550 the import isn't terrible, no emissions to worry about and the bike is essentially the same as they sold here in the states.
 

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quote:Originally posted by bmartin

get yourself a good quality rain suit
Bob,

REV'IT! is in for (3) REV'IT! Pacific H20 Rainsuits (1 Piece) or (3) REV'IT! Nitric/Acid (2 Piece Combos). Your color choice. Let me know when you get closer to your departure date, and where the hell you are leaving from, and I will send them there or arrange for them to be picked up at a close dealer.

Cheers,

Tex
 

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If you do the northern route through Yellowstone etc. you have a place to stay in Boise, ID as well as a good salvage yard and garages to use (just in case).
 

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Spend a day in the SoCal area exploring all the good roads - there are veritible buttloads of good roads to choose from - then head north and do the same thing north of San Francisco. Go further north (a LOT further) and check out the back side of Mount St. Helens in Washington State. Go east into Northern Idaho, to eastern Montana, and down through Wyoming, to Sturgis (even though it has become a cliche' event) and turn south, into Colorado. Spend an extra day in the area northeast of Denver. Go east for two days, making time to Pennsylvania and eastern NY. Stop in Syracuse, then get lost in the Adirondacks for a day, ride around Lake Champlain, go see Geets. Done.

Ambitious, yes. Doable, yes. If you encounter issues, maybenotsomuch.

What's wrong with the southwest in summer? Pussies.
 

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I rode a hardtail in vegas for a week - to hoover damn and red rock state park, in june. It was fun but miserable. Literally like driving directly into a giant hair dryer on full. Sweat never cools you and the amount of water and gatoraide I had to drink to keep from dying was pretty impressive.
 

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JoeC - What are you talking about? From Syracuse, get on Rt 90. Head east. Stop when you hit water. At that point you are in Boston. What zig zagging is involved?

Craig
 
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