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Old 12-16-2008, 09:32 PM   #1
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Question Anyone ride CC on a sportbike?

Just curious if any has done this on a sport bike? I have a months worth of vacation and this time of year is hard on me cause this is my second Christmas without having my dad. So I've been thinking about hopping on the Honda and just saying you to everything and just ride all over the US especially to cali since my dad and I always said we were. Basically if you seen easy rider that's what I'm going for just pack enough clothes so that I can wash them every night or so and just hit the hwy with really no place in particular in mind.
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:40 PM   #2
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whats a sportnike? is that like a shoe?


sorry just kidding. farthest ive ridden is austin. wasnt too bad at all. there was an intro on here awhile back about a guy that rode to houston from vancouver bc! it can be done. you just gotta pace yourself.
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:45 PM   #3
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Yeah I know there has to be a lot of people that have done it already just trying to find out what to expect on a trip like that and a know a sportbike isn't number 1 for comfort but with the Harley being over 30 years old and built for 1/4 mile its my only option.
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Old 12-16-2008, 09:49 PM   #4
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i feel you, tony. I have that same mood too and want to do that one weekend. Just ride out as far as I can and turnaround and head back by sunday night.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:18 PM   #5
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yeah day rides dont cut it for me i wqnt something that will get me away from everything no phone calls or people I know
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:32 PM   #6
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You'll probably find more info if you post up on the twtex.com forums. Seems to be more of the cross-country type on that site.
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Well i rode from El Paso to Houston (~800 miles) in a day and all i can say is take as many breaks as you need to. Dont be afraid to hang in the towel and stay overnight at places along the way. For me, seating wasn't too much of a problem but my wrists would definitely cramp up constantly throughout the trip.

Ear plugs are a MUST and a tire plug kit is always nice for emergencies.

And have fun getting splattered by bugs
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Well i rode from El Paso to Houston (~800 miles) in a day and all i can say is take as many breaks as you need to. Dont be afraid to hang in the towel and stay overnight at places along the way. For me, seating wasn't too much of a problem but my wrists would definitely cramp up constantly throughout the trip.

Ear plugs are a MUST and a tire plug kit is always nice for emergencies.

And have fun getting splattered by bugs
Wow that's a pretty good ways! What were you riding?
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I rode to long beach, cali.
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Don't forget to plan your route for gas stops or pick up a GPS before you go. My GPS has saved me when I was riding in the middle of nowhere and almost ran out of gas. You can press a button and it leads you to the closest gas station.

Are you going to pack up and camp out, or make stops at motels and stuff?
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Took me 3 days to get there I made a ton of mistakes for the trip big difference from car to bike.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:39 PM   #13
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Don't forget to plan your route for gas stops or pick up a GPS before you go. My GPS has saved me when I was riding in the middle of nowhere and almost ran out of gas. You can press a button and it leads you to the closest gas station.

Are you going to pack up and camp out, or make stops at motels and stuff?

Yeah like just realizing the sign said next gas station 45 miles and realizing that with your average fuel economy per tank that is withing running out of fuel give or take 5 miles. The bugs were the worst making it to el paso had to stop and use powerade to wipe of my helmet. Also in el paso I flat out bought a memory foam little pillow and used it to lay on my gas tank. You should get plenty of breaks since you well go through fuel relatively fast.
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Don't forget to plan your route for gas stops or pick up a GPS before you go. My GPS has saved me when I was riding in the middle of nowhere and almost ran out of gas. You can press a button and it leads you to the closest gas station.

Are you going to pack up and camp out, or make stops at motels and stuff?
Planing on stops at motels just seems easier to sleep in a bed and wash clothes
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There's a video of a guy that rode an R1 around the world...Africa, South America and all.

I rode my uncomfortable @ss KLR to Vegas the long way.....Big Bend, Chihuahua, all through Copper Canyon, Durango, Devil's Spine, Mazatlan.....18 hour ferry to La Paz and all the way up Baja. You can do it.
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I cant do it man. 4 hours on a weekend ride and all I wanna do is get home. GL to ya. Sounds fun, on a gold wing or sumthin.
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:40 PM   #19
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I took ten days on my cruiser to colorado and utah.

what time of year you going?

I recommend water proof rain gear vs taking a rain suit to put over your gear.

take a tire repair kit, the second one on this page

http://www.stopngo.com/motorcycle.asp


keep water with you and snack bars, if you break down you may need them.

pack light, but not to light, you may leave things you will find that you need or could make your trip easier. They make some sport saddle bags for sport bikes, cortech, tourmaster and nelson rigg.

zip lock bag for your phone

ear plugs

gps is worth it or a phone with capabilities similar to an iphone.

keep cash on you incase you get to a station that does not take cards

leave cash with someone at home incase you need them to wire it to you in case you lose your wallet.

I left a house key with someone also in case I needed a spare part they could overnight it to me if a dealer would be a few days getting one.
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ive always wanted to do across country ride. its gonna be quite a while before i get to do something like that tho.
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