My name is Nick and I like to ride motorcycles. The first step is admitting the problem or so I hear. Unfortunantly that is as far as I get and I can't stop wanting more riding time. Over this summer I did an east coast trip to Virginia beach up through the Smokies and to Nashville, TN for a night. For 2013 I wanted to ride more miles for one trip. It is not only something I can brag to my squid friends when they are in there native lands (parking lots) it's also memories I should get now before I go and do something like get married and have some kids. The purpose of this thread is to learn from people who have made trips like this before of which there is plenty of that on this wonderful website. So the plan is to leave Indianapolis around September 1ish and after all is said and done be back between the 16-18. I'll be riding my 2012 BMW f650gs. I'm headed to Colorado Springs to visit some long time friends and decided to just head up north to Montana to visit my friend Tipi Joe. Tipi Joe you just said?? Well he was born in a Tipi. Stay tuned in and one day I can tell the story. I laughed for 2 hours straight when he told me and was asked to leave a pre deployment health meeting due to my laughter. I was going to do this trip solo and told my buddy Adam I wont be doing our usual week long Smoky Mountain trip in September and told him about my plan for this before he rudely interrupted and told me to just tell him when and where to meet and he'll follow along. Works for me! He will be on his Fz1. Indianapolis to Colorado Springs I have this part of the route already made in Basecamp and I'm planning 2-3 days of travel to Colorado Springs. Probably a comfortable 400-450 a day with a total of about 1100 miles to Colorado Springs. Adam and I both agreed we don't want to push 600 mile days like we did last summer heading to Virginia beach. It beat out asses. Mostly will be on 70 with a few back roads just to get off the highway for a minute. I didn't see much of anything else as an alternate without adding an extra day or more. This is the part of the trip I don't have to many questions about. Flat land. Corn. Flat land. I live in Indiana. I'm an expert at that kind of riding. We wll spend 2 days in Colorado vising our long term friends then make our way to Montana to visit Tipi Joe. Colorado Springs to Tipi Joe in Hamilton, Montana And now the story of Tipi Joe. Just kidding its not time yet. Back to topic.. This is the part of the trip I need help with. I don't know a whole lot bout this part of the United States and what to expect traveling north here. Another decision is if I want to travel 6 more hours out of my way and visit four corners monument and if it is even worth it? With the hills and mountains what is more of an ideal miles per day we should set. We are both decent riders and can handle a corner or two considering out flat Indiana environment. Weather: Should we expect it all in September because of elevation changes? Routing. I have a few different ideas but at one point I am defiantly traveling north on highway 93. I have developed a road crush for it after following it on google maps. Any other advice or ideas. We will have to stay mostly pavement because of Adam's FZ1. We are doing hotels. Camping gear is extra weight and the weather is always to shitty to sleep when were knocking some milage out in a day. After I get this part of the trip chalked in I will move onto brain storming my route home from Montana.