Ride,store,fly..repeat

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by PWRCRZR, Sep 3, 2012.

  1. JLRzr

    JLRzr Been here awhile

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    You all told my story... haha.

    I had just posted on another forum that I want to fly from Dulles Airport (Wash DC - near home) to either CA, AZ, or UT and purchase a new or nice used DRZ400 to get plated and stickered, and travel the west for a couple weeks. Then find a self store and fly myself back home.

    I really LOVE riding out west but cannot miss too much work at a time. This seems like a viable option.

    Would love to hear more stories and tips from all the folks here that have done it. I'm really sorry to hear but would like to know more from the fella that had some stuff stolen in Salt Lake City... just as a heads up to what was perpetrated.
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  2. antirich5

    antirich5 Long timer

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    If anyone is interested, I just rented a storage space in Las Vegas, just south of the airport on Sunset Road (about a $11 taxi, but all cabs are expensive in Vegas). The place is called Extra Storage, and after a complete money waster disaster with the local Public Storage brand, I can HIGHLY recommend this place. Place was clean, manager always on site (many places do not), tons of cameras, and lots of outside access units.

    The manager was beyond accommodating and friendly; no issue with storing bikes at all. In fact, they get a lot of Canadians that store their bikes there from time to time. Overall, a very nice experience.

    The Public Storage place on Eastern was the exact opposite. They kept calling me for no real reason; asking exactly what time I would arrive (because the manager is not always there during business hours), and to top it off, the unit would not allow me to access my bike (despite their reassurances several times). Unit wasn't event a 5X10, it was 10 x 5, with a 3' door and narrow hallways. Nothing larger than a 125 mini would fit in the doorway.

    Overall Public Storage mess cost me $170 in ticket change fees, for my flight was the next morning. I was beyond pissed to say the least; but lesson learned.
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  3. PDublYu

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    Last August I unexpectedly had a RSFR experience, but it worked out so well I thought I'd share the details here, in case anyone decides to head for Glacier National Park or Yellowstone and then store near there. I ended up putting my bike in a storage locker, which happens to be a block or so from the Missoula airport, a block from two hotels, and two blocks from the Harley dealer (I didn't try to store the bike at the HD dealer so that may be an option as well). You can walk between storage, HD dealer and hotels, and the hotel shuttle will take you to the airport and/or the storage locker.

    Storage: All Star Storage, 4645 Harlequin Ct, Missoula, MT
    Hotels: Stonegate Lodge, 5145 Airway Blvd, Missoula, MT or Wingate, 5252 Airway Blvd, Missoula, MT
    Grizzly HD, 5106 E Harrier, Missoula, MT
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  4. dcwilcox

    dcwilcox Been here awhile

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    I'm convinced I'm going to begin a trip project of this nature in May/June 2016. The current plan for the first leg is to ride the TAT from Mississippi to probably Albuquerque. Nothing beyond that is solid, but I'm thinking portions of the NMBRD, AZBDR, CDR, and even Baja are good targets from there. Thanks to Dr Rock, EJTV and others who've provided so much great knowledge for trips like this.
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  5. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Yeah. This is a great way to see the country. Something I'd like to do with my WRR. Problem is, when I'm doing the kind of riding I want to do, I'd rather be on my 690, that I don't want in storage the rest of the year!!! First world problems for sure!!!
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  6. dcwilcox

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    Most definitely nice 'problems' to have . . . I bought a DR650 for this project and the Harley can stay home. I was so frustrated because I couldn't find a way to do any long term, extended rides until I came upon the threads describing the RSFR method and I became convinced it was something I could do . . . or at least attempt to do. To me it is worth a shot and I began hatching a plan. In the next month or so I'll start my own planning thread with additional info as it unfolds. I will also be looking for riding partner(s) who want to join in for some of the ride segments. DCW
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  7. antirich5

    antirich5 Long timer

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    FYI: I picking my bike up in Bakersfield (shop) and doing a 9 day trip that ends in Phoenix. Found a nice storage place that's one block from three airport hotels, and right near the PHX air train. So basically drop the bike off, walk to the hotel, grab the train across the street and fly home. In three months, repeat in reverse order :-)

    $44/month for a 5x10, and 1/2 off the first two months.

    A cheap flight to PHX and I'm off to Baja in February :D:D:D:D
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  8. dcwilcox

    dcwilcox Been here awhile

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    antirich5, keep us posted as to your trips . . . what works, what doesn't. I'd be especially interested in your Baja experience.
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  9. Rhode trip

    Rhode trip guided by voices

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  10. dcwilcox

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    Nice report Rhode Trip . . . I've read most if not all of your RR and its very informative and inspiring! Have a blast in Vegas/Nevada!
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    FTL900 White and nerdy

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  12. holckster

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    South America RSFR
    Shipped by container to Valpraiso, Chile last Jan and rode to Buenos Aries, Argentina.
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...rn-a-ride-in-the-shadow-of-the-andes.1090250/
    Put DR in storage at Willi's Moto's in Montevideo, Uruguay.
    Returning in Jan or Feb 2016 and head for Ushuaia/TDF.
    Probably store again in Santiago, Chile returning in Aug 2016 and ride to Peru and store again..
    Return in Feb 2017 and ride to Colombia, store again.
    Return in Aug 2017 and ride home to Calif.

    Still time to join me in Montevideo or meet you along the way.

    Safe Travels
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  13. dcwilcox

    dcwilcox Been here awhile

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    El Paso is looking promising for the end of the first leg of my RSFR trip next May. Anyone have first hand storage site info near El Paso, TX (ELP). TIA
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  14. VmaxChuck

    VmaxChuck Adventurer

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    I have been thinking about RSFR as well. Going on a ride from Michigan to Alaska the Summer of 2017 and thought maybe I would leave the FJR there and ride it back the following Summer. Catch the North National Parks/ Provincial Parks on the way up and take the West coast down to at least San Francisco and head Home the Summer of 2018. Thinking 3-4 weeks each leg of the 2 year journey!

    Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!
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  15. EvilClown

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    Fuel stabilizer.

    Disconnect the battery.

    Be prepared to be able to air up the tires upon arrival.

    Before our last leg the bike sat for 6 months (instead of the typical 3). Could barely ride it next door to air up the tires due to the lack of air pressure.:muutt

    I'll try to PM you some info soon.
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  16. NumberCruncher

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    I wonder if setting up a tent space type of network would work for folks who want to do this? Then again I may be more comfortable locking my bike in a shed somewhere and if I feel that way I imagine others do as well.

    NC
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  17. dcwilcox

    dcwilcox Been here awhile

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    Hopefully this thread or a separate one (if enough interest is noted) will become a resource for inmate 'approved' storage sites/vendors.
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  18. McGuffin

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  19. JLRzr

    JLRzr Been here awhile

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    Good to see this thread moving along.

    I wanted to check in... At this point I have used a few storage facilities in California. By far, my highest recommendation thus far is for Storage Solutions, Norco, Ca. (951) 808-9400, and ask for Pat (a very nice lady). Very accommodating and a fair price. Safe and secure and convenient location.

    I plan to hit Vegas again after the next few months and will consult this thread prior to making arrangements. Thanks!!
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  20. FTL900

    FTL900 White and nerdy

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    I am looking into the option of hosting bikes in NW Las Vegas for riders that want to ride from here and fly in or out.
    Keeping your bike in my garage solves a lot of the minor nuisance problems with leaving it in a storage locker.
    I don't get flooded, ever. I have a battery tender, a gas can, fuel stabilizer, and an air compressor. You can also leave gear if you like.

    More info is available here:
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...egas-fly-home-ride-more-later-feeler.1111520/
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