So I've been thinking about this a lot lately. I need some pros to tell me if I'm being realistic or if I'm going to die. I can probably trade my old CR250 for a newish Elite and come up with some cash somehow. Who: Me myself and my bike....and God. What: Mid 90's Elite 80/125/150, a sleeping bag, a tent, an iPod Touch with internet email etc., $500, an OHV and learners permit (that's right, no license), tools, oils, spare spark plug, spare belts, and a tire. When: Summer 2012 Where: From Central Utah to Los Angeles (or near-by places; Newport, Santa Monica, Malibu, etc.). How: By riding as much as possible (15-20 hour rides), skimping on "dinner", planning ahead with a map and my gps, and riding on secondary-highways all the way there. Why: The season of summer 2012 will be my very last time to myself. Right now I'm studying like crazy, and after that I'm heading to college for 5 years, getting married, and so on. Summer 2012 will be my last time as a kid. I also want to do something that'll make me a real man since I would have just turned 18. It'll be an adventure. Also I used to live in LA and miss it greatly. I have not seen a beach for 12 years. What's wrong with me: When I was 14 I bought myself a brand new 50cc scooter - I still have it running in fact - I took that little beast anywhere I could find. Once on a 7 hour adventure straight up a mountain and back down the other side into a new city, on the highway back to home. All on one tank of gas, no water, no map, and it needed to have a charger to start again, and the charger was running low. I'm a very adventurous person, but I know when to stop. I've never been hurt in any way on a motorcycle (apart from kicking the damn thing when it wouldn't start) and have a great deal of genuine confidence in my riding and decisions. I also have confidence in my mechanical skills; I can pretty much fix anything on the side of the road. What I'll do to the bike: Besides the regular maintenance (oils, gas tank cleaned, electricals checked for wear, belt inspected, battery charged, etc...) I will probably bring a couple extra belts, a large can of gas, and a spare tire. I will also do one small modification to it: change the roller weights for maximum speed. Not only will this allow for secondary-highway rides, but also make the RPMs lower at average speed thus less stress on the motor and improved gas millage (ona scootah mothaflufa!). My concerns: Scooter's gonna completely die on me. Some bitch on a phone is going to ram me. I'm going to wipe out out of exhaustion and get seriously injured. Run out of money half way through (I can borrow my parents credit card number over email right?). Bike might get stolen during the night while camping. Will run out of gas in death valley. Or get stuck between a major highway or dirt road (namely in Death Valley.) What do you think? Is this realistic? Is $500 too low for food, gas, and emergency repairs for 4-6 days? My BIG question is will a Honda Elite make it? 65MPH all the way to LA? Roughly ~600 miles? I think of it in this logic: If a Honda Elite's average life span is what 50,000? Why could it not make a 1300 mile round trip? Why? 'Cause if the only limitation is the rider and his wallet then I'm ready. Also one last, large concern.... I literally do not know anyone on the road there. So once I leave the state, I'm completely by myself. It would be SO much better if I had a friend midway through that would be willing to pick the bike up and help me out a little if I needed it. Or ideally a support vehicle. And yes I'm serious about this. I also plan on documenting it by way of video. (Click cycling directions) http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&p...code_result&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CDQQ9w8wAA Comments gotten from my family: Older sister: "That sounds fun...I would never do that though" Younger sister: "Traveling is simply a waste of time and money. I highly disrespect the thought and anyone who attemmpts it" Father: "California's a nice place...."