A boy, his girl, and a Bonne... East coast bound

Discussion in 'Americas' started by LOZANO, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. LOZANO

    LOZANO n00b

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    Fellow riders,

    I'm coming to you as a rookie, seeking out the advice of those of you that are vastly more experienced both in life and motorcycle riding.

    My girlfriend and I, having taken roadtrips (in the comfort of cars) to both coasts have decided to do it again, but this time on 2 wheels.

    The bike: a 2012 Black Bonne equipped with HB saddle+trunk cases, and a travel guitar.
    The trip: From Iowa to New York, up the coast, over to Canada to Wisconsin, then back down again.
    The Pilot and Co-pilot: a 24-yr old wet behind the ears Engineer and an equally young Nurse.

    It looks to be about 3500 miles and we would like to fit it all within 2 weeks including sight-seeing.

    Please reply with your thoughts on the trip overview... from what roads we should take/avoid and must see landmarks to places to eat and stay.

    Thank you all in advance!

    By the way, both of us are also avid, although amateur photographers so pictures of the places you suggest will be posted.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    LOZANO
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  2. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    I can not help with the route, however, take your time. Much more enjoyable. I like to get up early, have a coffee, and head out. Grab breakfast on the road. Then I prefer to stop early in the day, make my camp etc. That way i get the choicer accomodations, and can be ready for Happy hour. That also allows for some exploring locally, and gets rid of the dreaded "where we gonna stay tonight" syndrome. Makes for a much more relaxed trip. If you are camping, remember, "It's a backpacking trip, just on 2 wheels". That makes limitting the junk you carry easier.
    Hope this helps.
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  3. Boondox

    Boondox Travels With Barley

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    Be sure both of you are used to extended hours in the saddle before you start this adventure. Nothing worse for relationship bliss than his and hers monkeybutts.
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  4. LOZANO

    LOZANO n00b

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    oldman777, I grinned a bit as I read your post. I'm afraid it will be a challenge keeping the "junk" she wants to bring with at a "backpacking" standard. Good point on taking our time and finding a spot to crash at early, will definitely keep that in mind. Thanks!!
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  5. LOZANO

    LOZANO n00b

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    I've ridden a long distance on my own fully loaded but never with a passenger. I think we'll take your advice and do a few weekend trips to train for this one. Monkeybutts can't be good. Thanks!
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  6. rockyse103

    rockyse103 road warrior

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    My 2 cents: plan your trip with gradually decreasing mileage/day. Allows for bad weather and a day off for local sightseeing.
    Had a 2008 Bonnie which I dearly regret selling. Have a great trip
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  7. Wdwrkr

    Wdwrkr Long timer

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    Always schedule in at least one slop day for every 1500-2000 miles. This gives you time for really bad weather, and if you find someplace you love you can enjoy it longer.

    Pack ahead of time. Remember less is more. You can always pick something up in route, and looking pretty is over rated when compared to being overloaded.

    +1 on up and out, and getting breakfast on the road. The roads are quiet early, and you can cover ground while seeing more. Latter in the day when you are tired you'll be happy you got early starts.

    Drive highway miles after dark if you have to use the slab. There is little to see on most highways anyway.

    Be flexible, remember you left in love, you first goal should be to return in love

    I quit there for now. I'll put some thought into route and post back.

    PS good rain gear is a must
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  8. Weird Bug

    Weird Bug Weird BUG

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    I've taken many trips over three week periods and many thousands of miles with a passenger. Florida to Newfoundland and back via Quebec and then Central New York was the longest (7,000 miles) on my Ducati ST3s. Two panniers, a top box, and a tank bag. We had two sets of camping gear too!<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
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    Last year to Central NY and Michigan (from Florida) I ditched the top box!<o:p></o:p>
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    Pack light, and then repack lighter. I pack light, but seem to stop at a UPS/FedEx a day or two into the trip and send stuff back home! I would suggest you take a S24O before you go. That is a single trip with an overnight - all within 24 hours. This way you can test out your gear. You will bring too much - I can just about guarantee it. Besides, it’s about the ride, not the stuff. The stuff becomes a burden in more ways than one.<o:p></o:p>
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    For example, bring heated gear instead of bulky jacket liners – unless the liners can double as your off the bike gear. Your rain gear can block the wind and keep you warm if necessary. Hard to pack the bulky jacket liners. You can also have warmer gear sent ahead if you need to. Don't bring tennis shoes - they are the most difficult thing I can think of to fit in a pannier. Wear what you ride with instead.
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    Communicate. I would also suggest some form of intercom with your pillion. It sure is nice to communicate along the trip, and really lets the passenger in on what you are thinking or seeing. Also, the "I need to pee" or “I’m hungry” stuff is easier to communicate.<o:p></o:p>
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    Stop often as you can. Funny that the harder you push the longer the day seems. When I get off about every hour or so it is way more fun than staying on for a full tank of gas.<o:p></o:p>
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    Don’t over plan your miles. Too many commitments (e.g., visiting folks along the way) with too many miles in-between can take the fun away. It’s your trip. Every year I seem to reduce my miles and enjoy the trip more.<o:p></o:p>
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    Get gas when you see it in some remote areas. Don't try and stretch your fuel. Stressing about how much you have in the tank, especially when you involve a passenger’s well-being, is no good. Pushing a bike is worse.<o:p></o:p>
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    These are a few of the things I can offer to you. Mainly, have a blast!<o:p></o:p>
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