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Old 04-27-2014, 09:01 PM   #1
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Texas to cali ride?

So i don't get on MH that often so I'm not sure if I'm even in the right forum thread or not but anyways. So I've been wanting to take a ride to los angeles for a while now but i havent found much info on what to expect on the way there and what to prepare for. I wanted to think what you guys or gals thought of it or if you had any advice for me? I only have a week to do it and i have about a month to prepare so whatever info you have or tips they would be highly appreciated!

I have a 2012 honda shadow phantom bobber with short shots, cobra fi2000 fuel processor and a cobra intake with 14,000 miles that has new tires, oil changed recently, basic tune up but do i need to check something else before i leave?

i have a joe rocket textile jacket with the rain liner, joe rocket gloves, some work boots, and a vega helmet cause i have a big head. do i need more or different gear?

i don't have saddle bags cause they look terrible on my bike so is it possible to make it with only a backpack?


I want to install a cigarette plug so i can hook up my gps to it so i won't have to rely on my phone for directions. or does anyone know of anyone that sells gps's for bikes specifically thats waterproof and whatnot?

I dont wanna sound like a douche but I'm not worried about the money issue since i saved up some cash from working in the oilfield so if i need to get anything ill get it if its at a considerable price.

I know this is gonna be a challenge for me since I'm gonna do it solo but I'm the adventurous type so I'm not scared. I hope you guys or gals give me a hand and once i leave ill give y'all an update. thanks! Xavier

oh and me and my brother want to go up to new york on our bikes as well but i guess thatll be another time...
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Old 04-27-2014, 09:18 PM   #2
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That is a long ride but I'm sure it would be fun! Academy has waterproof GPS devices, not specifically for a motorcycle but you could get a cheap mount that will work. You could also get the universal strap on bags to carry your things...easy on/off.
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You might want to take more than a week to do the trip if you want to enjoy it. I loaded my bike in the truck to go back there and ride with my dad. I didn't want to ruin the new tires. Best of luck with your trip.
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how much do those gps go for? do you know of a website that sells them?

well I'm not sure if I'm going to have more than a week. if i did i would take 2 weeks to do it! but my main stops want to be like the hoover dam, vegas, etc
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how much do those gps go for? do you know of a website that sells them?

well I'm not sure if I'm going to have more than a week. if i did i would take 2 weeks to do it! but my main stops want to be like the hoover dam, vegas, etc
If you are going that route just take I-40. You don't need gps for that. If you really want gps get a case for your iPhone and a bar mount + add an adapter to your running light to keep it charged.
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ah ok then cool. how about the whole gas stations being scarce the farther you go west? i get fairly decent gas mileage with my 750. about 54 miles to be exact before i put all the after markets. so I'm not sure about now...
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ah ok then cool. how about the whole gas stations being scarce the farther you go west? i get fairly decent gas mileage with my 750. about 54 miles to be exact before i put all the after markets. so I'm not sure about now...
You might need a support truck with gas cans. 54 miles per tank?
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54 mpg my bad. and its a 3.7 gallon tank.. and no support but my iphone!
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Holy thats a pretty ballsy ride. I recommend you outfit the bike to be as comfy as possible. Every little bit helps. Also make sure you hydrate often. How many hours/miles do you plan on riding per day?
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You will be fine then.
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Rode from Houston to Cali and back. Is your week just to get you out there or does that include the return trip? You'll be fine if you get 50+ mpg and if you're riding the highway you'll have no problems.
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+1 - throttle lock, maybe a small windscreen. And no way a backpack that many miles(that would be torture to me). You can get by with a tankbag for a week.

On the miles, after about 5 hundred a day it stops being fun.
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Yeah it's pretty intense and that's a week to get there and back. I'm planning on Sunday to Sunday. Riding max like 8 hours daily. I travel alot cause of my line of work but that's in a new pickup truck lol. Don't know how it feels on a bike ya know. I've done trips to like Austin or San Antonio and it's ok on mine pretty comfy seat. Just need to stretch every 3 consecutive hours of riding. So camelback at least and tank bag?
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Yeah it's pretty intense and that's a week to get there and back. I'm planning on Sunday to Sunday. Riding max like 8 hours daily. I travel alot cause of my line of work but that's in a new pickup truck lol. Don't know how it feels on a bike ya know. I've done trips to like Austin or San Antonio and it's ok on mine pretty comfy seat. Just need to stretch every 3 consecutive hours of riding. So camelback at least and tank bag?
That might be a bit ambitious if you want to make stops along the way. It can be done for sure but it might be more of an exercise in endurance than a pleasurable trip.
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Yeah it's pretty intense and that's a week to get there and back. I'm planning on Sunday to Sunday. Riding max like 8 hours daily. I travel alot cause of my line of work but that's in a new pickup truck lol. Don't know how it feels on a bike ya know. I've done trips to like Austin or San Antonio and it's ok on mine pretty comfy seat. Just need to stretch every 3 consecutive hours of riding. So camelback at least and tank bag?
I ride up to Eureka Springs AR just about every year straight thru on my 14. A little over 5 hundred miles is enough fun to me. I've ridden 1200 mile days when I was younger(no fun).

A tankbag is plenty, just don't overpack. One extra pair of jeans, 3 T's and socks, underware will fit easily in a tankbag. Rain gear can be bungied to rear seat. It can get wet

Be sure to get a throttle lock. It's a life saver on long drones. Krako makes some good ones. You might want to check out twisted throttle online store. They sell all things for long distance touring.
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A tire patch or plug kit.

Sounds like fun.
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You do not want to wear a back pack for a trip like this. You will want ear plugs or skull candy type ear buds. The drone will wear you down. Take some powder for your and .
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Patch kit, power for my , and throttle lock ok sweet. Thank you guys. Very helpful tips!
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If you're planning on going during summer months, take and drink gallons of water. I rode up to Sturgis in 2012, and the heat was unbearable. Stay hydrated.

It was a great adventure, as I'm sure your trip will be. Your phone should be all the gps you need.

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Ok awesome thanks. The heat down here in south Texas is getting that way so I hope I can handle that on a motorcycle with some wind. Thanks for the tip!
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