Anybody doing something like this? Tried to search this, but nothing's coming up. After our Nova Scotia trip, LDF has decided she wants more adventure/dirt travel . Iceland, Alaska, Himalayas, TAT, CDT, Copper canyon, etc. So we've been brainstorming on how to take trips for 1-2 weeks at a time. The dollar sucks, and there's plenty of great places to ride and things to see in the U.S., so we decided to focus on domestic trips. First thought was the TAT, but problems abound: taking our own bikes it's a haul to the start, then even further to get back; we can take at most 2 weeks vacation at a time. Our bikes are a little big for us for the western portions. So how about a nice loop around Idaho, NV, UT? Ship or trailer the bikes... three problems: logistics, time & money... about $600 per bike to ship each way, plus we lose riding our bikes for that time, renting a van and driving them ourselves is about $2K between the rental and the gas. Just slab them out there and back? "...Some things we plan, we sit and we invent and we plot and cook up; others are works of inspiration, of poetry;..." -- Nick Cave, Until the end of the world So we're sitting talking last week, and we both have the same idea at the same time: buy 2 more bikes and every few months fly out and ride them a week or 2 at a time, and store them along the way, flying back from a different city than we started in. We'd start in TN, and break the TAT into 3 vacation-segments, then maybe take a couple weeks and do a PNW loop, (then AK?), then do the CDT, then Copper canyon, and then??? That's already 3+ years' worth of vacations right there. We currently ride 650cc (695)class DS bikes since they have to be interstate capable to launch us into orbit out of NYC's traffitational pull, but these trip bikes could be smaller -- backroads and dirt only, 250-450cc. I've spent the last week researching feasability and this is what I've found out: Bikes: I'm contemplating the merits of us both riding the same bike, say DRZ400s, lowering hers. More efficient for spare parts and maintenance. Pricing used bikes in this class is totally affordable. Insurance and NY registration wouldn't be bad either. They likely would never have their NYS inspection ; shouldn't be an issue. Probably look for used bikes. Riding gear: We'd fly with our regular gear in checked luggage. No problem, we've done it when we flew to TN to the trials training center, I'm doing it again in a couple weeks to ride Baja. Camping gear: We'll have to go from lightweight to minimalist, not quite ultra-light... We'd have to duplicate sharp, pointy and explosive things like knives, hatchets, stoves and fuel that can't be taken on a plane, but everything else we'd pack back and forth... we'll still be doing weekend camping/riding trips out of NYC. Airplane luggage: We'll have to pack our riding and camping gear in something for the plane, and then carry that luggage with us on the bikes. I found this travel tote from EMS and bought two of them! (Gotta start somewhere turning dreams into reality) It's designed to throw a huge backpack into it to go onto a plane, and then it packs down small into it's own pouch. Perfect. Bike luggage: I have Andy Strapz expedition panniers for the Terra Mostro that will be able to serve double duty, probably pick up a set of dirt bags for LDF since the Caribou cases on her F650 are more space / weight than we need. I have one Wolfman enduro tank bag, I'll pick up another, and then rear racks with couple of dry-bags should do it. We wouldn't be camping/cooking every night, but we definitely want to be able to. Storing the bikes in between rides: I've gotten info from several self-storage facilities. It seems that not all allow motorized vehicle storage, though some do. For 2 bikes, I think a 5' x 10' space would suffice, $35-50 / month. I'll probably have to be on the phone arranging things a week or two before each departure to make sure we're not scrambling to find a place to ditch the bikes as our flight home looms. Is it possible to hook up a battery tender in these things? Otherwise we may be starting each vacation with a bump. Worst case scenario; bump start one bike, start the other with jumper cables, and ride around for an hour at high revs to recharge the batteries. Airport to/from self-storage transport: Taxi? I'd have to scope that out in each city beforehand. Make sure the storage facility isn't too far from the airport. First leg would be next fall: Knoxville - TAT - Albuquerque (?). I figure any city big enough to have an airport with commercial flights should have a taxi available. Airfares: Used to be if you didn't fly back from the same city as a RT ticket you were hit with a huge fare. Apparantly not so anymore. I priced the NYC-Knoxville / Albuquerque-NYC route and it was $314/person. Maintenance / repairs: I'm the least worried about this. I'll have a fairly robust toolkit with me, but ultimately that's part of the adventure, isn't it? I'm sure I'll be tapping into the collective wisdom here regarding finding dealers / service along the way, and maybe a local address to receive ordered parts / gear, but that's what the tent-space list is for isn't it? Nothing we wouldn't do ourselves for inmates trying to pull off something like this. All in all, even including the cost of the bikes, storage in between, etc, it's going to be less than other things normal people do; the ski condo, the beach time-share, the RV tour. What do y'all think, is this a realistic plan? Have I overlooked anything obvious? Any real-life experience / advice?