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Old 12-21-2006, 05:34 PM   #1
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Wish Me Luck..TX to FL

Hey Guys,

As most of you know what the newest drama is in my life right..and i listended carefully to all of your suggestions and ideas and have finally came to a conclusion.

I will be taking my mom's car to FL tomorrow and hopefully will return sometime on Sunday or Monday (no idea).

Basically its a 1200 miles trip one way! So i'm gonna be going a good 2400 miles (round trip). Its pretty much 17-18 hours one way so about 36 hours of driving in total.

I've done 6-8 hour trips before in my cars, but they were all always stick shift with nice thumping systems to keep me awake. This time its going to be different i got an Auto 4 Cyl car with no Sound System.

Honestly speaking i'm really nervous about this as i'm going alone and dont have much experience towing either.

To clearify - I'm gonnna be driving there with a trailer and then bring the bike back on the trailer. Will not be riding back.

So if you guys can please wish me good luck and if you guys can offer me any help with directions or anything please please do not hesitate to post em up here.

I have no family here in TX at the moment and no one except you guys even know that i am even taking a road trip.

I thought a road trip is better then spending the Christmas weekend alone right?

Anyways, hopefully i shall return with no incidents or accidents to report and will post pictures of the babe in a few days (think 3-4).

I gotta be back by Monday no matter what or else my work is gonna list me as Lost..hehe..

Later Guys..!

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PS: Don't mean to sound like a *****, but is it possible for someone to give me a call every few hours to make sure that i'm alive?
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Good Luck Moe, Be safe and don't push it if you get tired.
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are ya gonna tow it back? need a trailer?
I have a trailer right now that i've never used before, what i could really use is a ramp how ever, one of those foldable ones that might fit in the back of a camry.

My trailer is a 4 X 6, open trailer.

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It is better to have it ship/transport here. Try Uship.com and name your price that shipper would bite. If you gotta go, then GL and have a safe fun trip.
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I have a trailer right now that i've never used before, what i could really use is a ramp how ever, one of those foldable ones that might fit in the back of a camry.

My trailer is a 4 X 6, open trailer.

What do you have Scoot?
I have a 5' x 10' open with ramp, this trailer is made to haul bikes with multiple tie down points all sides and in center also. it tows easy and has heavy duty tires.
your welcome to take it, its in my storage bld off of bay area blvd right behind the mall.
it is set up for a 2" ball hitch and all the lights and wiring are new.
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I drive for a living. Stay away from energy drinks. drink black coffee. you won't have the sugar crash afterward. At midnight listen to coast to coast am. entertaining radio keeps you interested and alert. do the speed limit on the 16 mile bridge in louisiana....cops are bad there...especially at the end of it. good luck
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Good luck and be safe! We are headed to MS tomorrow so I will be kinda sorta over that direction! If you get into any trouble and need some help give us a call! I will pm you my number! We made that same trip in August to pick-up my gixxer!
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Advice for long road trips as I have seen PLENTY of them in my 10 years of driving. Make sure you bring a lot of cd's....
1. Country music and Oldies will get old after the first 2 hours
2. Make sure and stop for rest....even if it is at a rest stop for 1 or 2 hours.
(I learned the hard way and had a fender bender in Little Rock, AR while moving 10 mph in a construction zone) Even though you may not want to pay for a hotel, it may be worth it in this case as you are driving 2400 miles in 4 days.
3. If you smoke, have a smoke every hour or so....it helps wake me up on road trips
4. When towing a bike (or anything else for that matter), make sure and check your straps when you have a pit stop. i.e. gas, , food, etc.
5. Don't stop at any trucker restaurants...they'll scare the out of you!!! (If you do, don't leave with any dirty leg...check your backseat to make sure they aren't "tagging along for a ride".
6. Take a map....you may need to re-direct your projected course due to a bad accident or construction.
7. Make sure you have a cell phone and credit card with a good limit on it in case anything goes wrong and you need your tranny rebuilt or something (also speaking from experience)
8. That's about it....GL on your trip.
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if you get tired, be sure to pull over at one of the many rest stops and take a nap. I've made that trip to south florida about 2 dozen times and it's not too bad at all. Good luck
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Good luck! Make sure that you take plenty of tie down straps. You certainly don't want to loose ur bike as ur driving down the rode.
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+1 to the C2C AM, or some other form of talk radio. Music can lull you to sleep, where as listening to someone talk will keep you more alert. I've made a few long (20+ hour one-way) road trips and I don't think I would have made it without talk radio, or ipod (podcasts!)


I have a fold up ramp you can borrow. It won't fit in the car, but it can be strapped/bungied to the trailer deck.


GL, takes lots of pics to make the trip into a 'documentary'
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+1 to the C2C AM, or some other form of talk radio. Music can lull you to sleep, where as listening to someone talk will keep you more alert. I've made a few long (20+ hour one-way) road trips and I don't think I would have made it without talk radio, or ipod (podcasts!)


I have a fold up ramp you can borrow. It won't fit in the car, but it can be strapped/bungied to the trailer deck.


GL, takes lots of pics to make the trip into a 'documentary'
he called, I think he's gonna swing by and grab my trailer, it has a ramp already and tons of straps in the box and ready for the trip.
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he called, I think he's gonna swing by and grab my trailer, it has a ramp already and tons of straps in the box and ready for the trip.

Ahh ok, good deal. You da man! :notworthy
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I went to Miami 3 years ago and it took me 21-23 hours each way, it was exausting even with my wife driving while I slept :confused2

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