A little under a year ago a good friend and co-worker up and relocated from here in the greater Boston area to San Diego. We all heard horror stories about rents and housing costs, so I figured the poor bugger would be living in a cardboard box by now. It ain't so. Turns out he landed a pretty sweet place not far from the beach and is loving life. He has a 2nd bedroom for a guest to crash and has been on me to visit. This yankee has never been to SoCal and wouldn't mind checking it out. I happen to need a vacation anyway. First thought was how much I hate rental cars. "Hey, why not rent a bike." I thought. Then "Well, hell, gotta check out the mountains, maybe make it up to LA for a day, see the place." That morphed into a hair-brained idea to spend the better part of a week touring the south west on a rental.. see my buddy for maybe a day or so. Never liked the SOB that much anyway! Buddy does not ride. This is planned as a straight up solo mission. Here's what I have for a (very rough) route plan: http://mapq.st/1croA2x Several of the 'days' are way too long and others too short. But it includes some roads I've been advised not to miss. I am seeking sport-touring type routes. Not after any off-road badassery on this one. A goal was to avoid interslab and stick to more scenic highways. I'm sure that does not make sense in a few places and I could make up time. I also haven't planned any down-time to see things. That isn't important, is it?! Couple things I am seeking input on: 1) Moral or supernatural support to get off my ass and make this actually happen 2) Rentals - I based the routes above around 'Vegas because I know there are several MC rental options there and I know I can get a reasonable flight. But I'm open to suggestion. So far, the best rental option I've seen from this vantage spot on the 'net is actually MotoQuest in Long Beach. They have BMW 700/800GS'es at not completely obscene rates. Eagle Rider out of SD also has a nice Tiger 1050 for rent on their website. But it is pricey. That said, rental for a week or so gets expensive fast! I've been advised that I could probably ship my own bike (V-Strom 650) out there for half the cost. I'd then have to ride it back. Route plan would change and after the four corners area I'd pick up my feet and start making long day hauls back to the North East. Sucky thing is that is a solid 3 days of hard, boring riding to get back. Not my idea of vacation time well spent. 3) Timing - Any insight on the best time of year to do this. I'm thinking early May. That works with my work schedule and I did some spot checking using the historical data on weatherspark and the higher altitude places on that route seem reasonably warm enough by May 1. But I don't know the area at all... is May 1 too early? I'm gonna be disappointed if I don't pull this off.