2 up on a GSA around the States

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  1. BlueRidgeBandit

    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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    My wife (Jess) and I (Taylor) are in the planning stage for our first motorcycle adventure. This ride-report will be the main venue for documenting our trip, and will come in handy for planning ahead and getting advice. We have done many day trips on two bikes, and a few overnighters, but now we have purchased a 2012 GSA 1200 and will be leaving 2-up in early June for a 4-6 week jaunt around the USA.

    We are starting in Georgia and will ride along the Gulf coast to Houston, then up to Arkansas, across to Colorado and then to the coast of California and up the famous Highway 1. Once we get to Washington we will cut South East to spend a few days in Yellowstone, then cross back over the plains and make our way to Niagara Falls. We have a ton of friends and family along the east coast, so we'll wander our way down the beloved Blue Ridge Parkway and visit people along the way.

    We hope to see friends and family all along the trip, and are totally open to linking up with other riders for sections, and we are definitely looking for tips and must-sees along the way, so don't hesitate to chime in along the way and help us out!
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  2. BlueRidgeBandit

    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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  3. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    I see by your map you intend to cross into southern Ontario at Port Huron/Sarnia on your way to the Falls. I live in SW Ont. If you need a place to rest or to work on your bike or just to visit and have a BBQ & beers; get in touch when you are getting near. If we are home you will be more than welcome.
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  4. BlueRidgeBandit

    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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    Sounds great! We will be sure too!
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  5. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    When you are in Montana take a detour up to St. Mary's and go via the Road to the Sun. It comes out the other side near Whitefish Montana, a short distance to Kalispell. Or you can come from the other side. Do some research on the Road to the Sun, one of the engineering wonders of the world. Some years it doesn't open until July, depends on the amount of snow over the winter. The other one is the Beartooth Pass.

    If you are coming anywhere near these two places you have to include them in your trip if at all possible. Colorado is another great state for motorcycle riding. Have a good trip.
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  6. SOLOKLR

    SOLOKLR Back to work

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    Hey I think you are the only other person I've seen with that Gmax helmet. I actually like mine a lot.
    Good luck on the ride!
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  7. BlueRidgeBandit

    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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    That looks like an amazing ride! Will definitely be on the list.
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  8. BlueRidgeBandit

    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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    Update: Maps are almost all lined out, a few hard dates are set (with flexibility everywhere else), food is being planned out. We got our new Sena's in the mail, and are waiting on some new modular helmets from LS2 that we ordered. Start off date is on or about 04 June 2017 - we're getting so close! We've added several hours of riding to include the Road to the sun, sounds like a cannot-miss! Most of this list is flexible, we're being careful not to bid ourselves to anything, so we can make adjustments along the way to suit ourselves, but we also value having a plan to start with :)

    Current itinerary is as follows:
    - Pensacola to see friends
    - Houston to see family (along the gulf coast roads)
    - Little Rock to see friends and family
    - Colorado Springs for a wedding (and our Anniversary!)
    - Grand Canyon (south rim)
    - Hoover Dam / Las Vegas
    - Yosemite National Park
    - Sacramento
    - Napa Valley (maybe?)
    - Highway 1, California Coast, Oregon Coast (to include some beach time, and some Redwood tours, this will be a few days)
    - Seattle
    - Road to the Sun in Montana
    - Yellowstone National Park
    - Quick Stop by Mt Rushmore (to check it off the list)
    - Minnesota to see some friends
    - Michigan to see even more friends - we have many :)
    - Niagara Falls (Canadian Side if we can)
    - Down the Appalachia mountains to Lynchburg VA
    - Last leg will be from Virginia Beach to Charleston or Savannah along the East Coast.

    Feel free to chime in thoughts or ideas!
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  9. BlueRidgeBandit

    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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    About the bike...

    I thought it would make sense to include a quick post about the bike. We have a 2012 BMW GS Adventure. We got it used with about 28k on it. I've put about 1500 on it since then, and took it in for the big 30k service already. It came heavily farkeled, which has been a blessing a curse (mainly blessing). It has a touratech windshield and skid plate, plus BMW aluminum baggage keyed to the bike. It also has Sargent seats for both riders (huge bonus!) It came with a trailer hitch attached, which I removed due to clearance issues with 2 riders. I later realized it has an aftermarket rear suspension which lowers the bike. That makes for comfortable riding, but adds off load limitations that we weren't anticipating. It also complicates the pre-load adjustment. I'll have to get that changed sometime in the future, but not yet. We'll also be wearing LS2 Metro helmets with Sena head sets, more on those once they arrive in the mail!
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  10. MotoVentures

    MotoVentures Stromaholic

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    So close to Colorado....would be a shame to miss all of its awesomeness if you have the time?
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  11. BlueRidgeBandit

    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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    We'll actually spend our anniversary there! We don't know much about the areas, but we'll be in CO Springs for a wedding, and probably do some white water rafting or something while there, plus plenty of riding! Open to suggestions for where to aim for
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  12. jettech01

    jettech01 Been here awhile

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    [/QUOTE]- Houston to see family (along the gulf coast roads)[/QUOTE]

    If a place is needed in Houston to stay or maintenance on the bike, please let me know.
    PM me for location if you decide to touch base, good luck in your travels.
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    Feel free to chime in thoughts or ideas
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  13. MotoVentures

    MotoVentures Stromaholic

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    Well I'm in the Springs so I'd be happy to help out!
    1. About an hour southwest of here is a cool road called Skyline Drive - here is a video I took there a few years ago! Tag team that route with heading down to Rye, Colorado and you can go visit Bishop Castle. The roads down there are FUN!
    2. If you want something touristy, but still an awesome road, Pikes Peak is well worth it. Go early to avoid the afternoon thunderstorms and the biggest crowds.
    3. If you want some dirt, head over to Breckenridge for lunch, then come back to the Springs over Boreas Pass. It's a fun road with awesome views!
    4. A nice, twisty road would be taking 67 north from Woodland Park up towards Pine, Colorado. It's pretty and a fun area to ride through!

    Hope that helps with a few ideas....feel free to ask any questions you might have!
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  14. BlueRidgeBandit

    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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    Bishops Castle looks awesome! That's going on the list. We're about to do another round of map work, so we'll take all that in and see what we come up with. Likely will use all of it! Haha
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  15. ponytl

    ponytl even my new bike is old

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    if you come up far enough into Arkansas... I have a place in Memphis (just over in sight of the Mississippi river bridge I-40) full shop if needed... enjoy your ride...
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  16. NorthPole

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    I understand it might be a stretch but the bears should be feeding on salmon in Hyder AK about the time you are ever so close.
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  17. Crashes

    Crashes Been here awhile

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    Motorventures ideas are great. I lived out in Trinidad for college and traveled around on my bike. There is also jest west of Woodland Park my favorite place to fly fish and camp called Eleven Mile Canon. It is such an awesome ride up it (dirt road) that trying to keep the bike on the road from looking around will be tough.
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  18. pyrate

    pyrate Walking the plank

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    UT and CO have some pretty amazing scenery if you can get a chance to visit. Zion, Bryce, Moab, Arches, RMNP, Silverton - Durango. UT is hot pending on the season but amazing country.
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    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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    We're on day three, and still in the Gulf Coast. Its been wet and wet so far! Apparently some big drought just broke just in time for us. We'll be visiting family in East Texas for 3 days, then heading up to Arkansas, then the big CO. We've only got 3 days scheduled there, but we'll have to maximize it!
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  20. BlueRidgeBandit

    BlueRidgeBandit Taylor R.

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    Woah am I bad at updates. We've been on the road for a month now! We rode up the Gulf to Texas from Georgia, then up to Arkansas, then Springfield MO and across Kansas to Colorado. We spent a week in Colorado before stopping by the Grand Canyon. Then we hit the California Coast and rode up that through some of Oregon. Got a new front tire and some Rok straps in Eugene OR. Now we're in Richland Washington. Tomorrow we'll head for Yellow Stone. Unfortunately we're going to have to cut out the Going to the Sun Road to make up some time and hit it on the next trip. We also had to skip Yosemite - due to road closures we would have had to burn another day to get into the park, and would have missed the best route anyway. We have another 2 weeks scheduled, and will probably slide in a day or two late :)

    We'll do Yellowstone for probably 2 days, then head east and stop by Mt Rushmore. We'll try to hit as much of the familiar Blue Ridge Parkway as we can, stop in our old town of Lynchburg VA, then to the Coast to ride down to Savannah Georgia. That will be our last main stop before cutting across back home.
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