My name is Bryan, I am a student at Pennsylvania State University and in the spring of 2014 I completed a 7 week coast-to-coast (and back) USA road trip on an epic lil’ Ninja 250 by myself. I will format this ride report a bit differently than most. The beginning will focus on my general overview of the trip, focusing on statistics and tips for other ADV riders (especially newbies, as this was my first road trip). Then I will go into a more traditional story-telling of the trip week by week. I've decided to post this report in its entirety rather than piece by piece, so if you like wordy stories you are in for a treat! Or if you are a picture book kind of person, click here for the photo album (250 photos)! https://goo.gl/photos/neM3aD4CZLpZT4DQ6 Statistics! Rider: 22yo student (20 at time of trip), prior to the trip I had been riding for 2 years with only 4k miles experience. Bike: 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 250 with 11,300 miles (prior to trip) Trip miles: 9,500 Time to complete: 7 weeks (April 20th 2014 - June 6th 2014) Temperature range: 28-98 Fahrenheit (real temp) Map: Cost of trip: $2,890 Food: $900 Gasoline: $500 Parts for bike: $250 Hotels / Campgrounds: $690 Tourism (tickets, etc): $400 etc: $150 Lodging: ⅓ camping (all free federal land minus 3 nights at paid campgrounds) ⅓ hotels ⅓ tent space / couchsurfing with random strangers Bike performance / maintenance record Mean MPG: 65, range 38-73 Tires: Kenda K671 rear and front. - Installed 2,000 miles prior to trip. - Front tire failed 9,000mi into the trip. It developed a major bubble without explanation. - Rear tire is still kicking with a little life to go, over 15,000 miles on it currently Oil: Filter and oil changed prior to trip, then once again half way through. Chain adjusted: every 3,000 miles Chain lubed: every 600 miles Top 5 Tips and Advice for other adventure riders (with a focus on first time ADVers!) 1) The pregen (1984-2006) Kawasaki Ninja 250 is an AWESOME do-it-all for cheap tour bike. It accomplished everything I asked, from the tail of the dragon, interstate, gravel, dirt, and even pure sand - not recommended! 2) Do NOT buy a new bike for your “epic” road trip. I almost made the mistake of buying a new Ninja 300; it would have been the biggest mistake I could have made. You are not doing ADV right if your bike returns without bugs, dirt, and scratches. Do not take a bike if you will become upset WHEN - not if - it tips on its side because the wind is gusting 50mph out in the desert. 3) People in general are just amazing. By far the most incredible part of the adventure was socializing and learning about the random people I met along my journey. This is something car or airplane travelers completely miss out on. 4) I recommend doing 200-350 miles per day. Any more and my body would begin to suffer long-term fatigue. It is also a number that allows you to experience your trip instead of just riding through it. During my next trip, I want to go even slower, perhaps around 150-250 miles to REALLY enjoy the trip and surrounding areas. 5) Make the journey your destination.