Mike, Not trying to slam on you or anything, but there are a lot of people who would say basically the same thing about anyone considering the trip on ANY motorcycle. The dangers from people talking, texting or whatever are the same no matter how big your bike is. If you get hit by someone in a car or truck you're still going down a without the protection you would have in a cage. Do a Google search for Ed Otto, he did an Iron Butt Rally (11,000 miles in 11 days) on a Honda Helix. Lizzard said in a previous post that he was going to route the trip depending on how well the bike will handle the speed of interstates. If he has to take the "lesser traveled" state roads, he will be able to see a lot of things that most people would not see. To quote the famous philosopher Steven Tyler, "Life is a journey, not a destination." OK, so the quote was originally written by Ralph Waldo Emerson... it sounded better by Aerosmith, especially in the orchestral version.