I'm coming to America, so where should I go ?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Tradey, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. BluegrassPicker

    BluegrassPicker Been here awhile

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    I think you pulled the list from a different map.
    Unless they moved Devils Tower? :lol3
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  2. kitesurfer

    kitesurfer Long timer

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    No one has mentioned riding in Florida. proably the reason is that the riding in Florida sucks. That being said...Disney draws a lot of tourist but that's not a place i would recommend. I would recommend the Fla keys/key west. Unfortunately, you have to drive the entire state to get there. But if you do want to visit our lovvely state, i can give you more info of places to go and things to do.
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  3. marco polo

    marco polo Long timer

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    I'd suggest August, or September. I wouldn't worry about August sun.
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  4. thetourist

    thetourist Just passing thru

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    Thanks, that is what I figured. I'll get to see fall colors.

    I figure it will take a week to get there, a couple weeks of wandering, then a week to get home. I've been saving reports of good roads and routes.
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  5. anglerdon

    anglerdon Senior Coot

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    .....and take your time.
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  6. Tradey

    Tradey RTW Traveller

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    I finally got my 12 month extended visa today and what a feat that was ! :clap

    After stripping to my underwear and told to put on a set of orange overalls at the US Consulate in Sydney, I was escorted into the interview room by a team of burly US Marines. With a picture of Hillary Clinton glaring at me from behind the 3 inches of bullet proof glass, I presented my one inch thick dosier of evidence revealing every minute detail about my persona since birth.

    Fortunately I took along a letter from my friends in NC atesting to our friendship of 20 years and their kind offer of the use of their holiday house in Vegas. After grilling me for 15 minutes under the spotlight about everything about my family, friends, job and finances I was fingerprinted and given the all clear.

    'Welcome to America' ? :eek1
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  7. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    Wow,

    I hope some of that is a bit exaggerated.:huh

    Good to know you were approved though.
    Can't wait to meet you.
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  8. medic man

    medic man MEDIC MAN

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    Alaska!!!!!!
    blue ridge parkway
    If you are in the midwest around sept...MOTO GP in Indianapolis.....flat track races the same weekend........

    Medic Man
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  9. Tradey

    Tradey RTW Traveller

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    Well they did give me a choice of yellow overalls ! :wink:

    Off to celebrate tonight with my mates from the 'Secret Service' :1drink

    Does anyone know a good airline ? :D


    Geoff @ Sydney
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  10. REALGRAVEROBBER

    REALGRAVEROBBER LEAVING GRAVES EMPTY

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    Utah State:
    Capitol Reef
    Bryce Canyon
    Moab

    Oregon:
    The coastal highway!
    Redwood National Forest

    Washington:
    Snoqualmie (camping is easy to find here)

    North Idaho:
    Hope, Idaho, then follow Highway 200 heading southeast to Missoula, Montana (where I live).

    In my opinion, these places are the 'must see' spots :clap

    PM me if you need a nice place to stay, wrench on, store, or hop off of your bike. I live in Missoula, Montana.

    Keep us posted on your plans!
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  11. Tradey

    Tradey RTW Traveller

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    When you book the air ticket everything begins to take shape and the excitement mounts. I become an American 'citizen' 6 May 2010 for up to 12 months, the container of AUSTRALIAN beer has already left by ship - I just hope I ordered enough !

    The bike purchase is nearly finalised and I have checked weather patterns and forecasts, but seeing as I am running late, I will be north bound fairly quickly. The call of Alaska is very strong.

    Yesterday I had a plasma blood injection in my 'BMW (tennis) elbow' which I hope will bring some relief before I leave, the joys of German ergonomics... Flu shot before I go and a visit to the dentist. The myraid of things you need to do before embarking on a long term holiday.... UGGGGG !
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  12. MSTEEL

    MSTEEL MSTEEL

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    You must ride route 66 for a bit ...just to say you did. Then take 160 east, get on 50/550 and do the million dollar highway. Do Pikes Peak, spend the night in Colorado Springs and press on. I went east to west last year. 1,000K highway was the highlight. Wish I could go with you. Damn fettich I have for food and shelter is keepin my nose to the grindstone.
    Drive safe.
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  13. Tradey

    Tradey RTW Traveller

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    Gee my GPS is starting to fill up with great routes from all the ADVRider contributions, so I might have to start riding faster than planned or take another year off to experience it all !

    Question: when your bike comes around for it's annual registration renewal, do you have to get a mechanical check done first ? Downunder with new vehicles you don't need the mechanical check in the first 3 years as it's new, but from the forth year onwards it's compulsory.

    I am thinking after the first year of touring I might keep the bike at my friends home in NV or NC and wander over now and then or loan it to friends for a USA tour.
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  14. bming1

    bming1 Adventurer

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    Geoff, which part of North Carolina will you be in? I would gladly buy you a meal and a beer if you're going to be close by. Glad you got your visa and have sorted out your bike issues. I will be sending positive vibes your way between now and May and will follow your RR religiously!
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  15. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    Ride the ride that works for you at the time. no need to push you pace. :D
    At least you have lots of options for where you feel like going the Next day.

    I don't know about NC. but here in NV you can do the renewals online and they will mail it to your "address of record". I'll have to think about that one.

    A couple things to think about on loaning the bike to friends.

    They should get insurance on the bike in Their name, to avoid problems.
    America is a pretty litigious society, you might want to have a standard legal contract for them to sign stating they are responsible for anything that happens while they are riding you bike. just in case.
    (not problem if someone takes you bike for a spin, but on a long trip.....)

    If they want to ride into Mexico, the bike will have to be titled in Their name. you can't take a vehicle there if you don't own it.
    No inspections necessary here for motorcycles.

    anybody think of anything I missed or got wrong?
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  16. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

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    The way it works in most states is the person owns the insurance and it covers any bike or car they are diving for a period of time, like 30 days, and then you have to have the bike registered with the insurance company. I don't know how that will work if you don't own the bike. I think most companies will work with you.

    The only problem might be if you get stopped and have insurance in your name on a bike you don't own. I don't know if that is illegal in any state, but it may appear to an officer that you stole the bike. You should have a statement from the owner that they loaned you the bike to tour.

    Some states, like Idaho, let you register the bike for 2 years at a time. That would save a lot of problems having to do it every year.

    You are going to have a great time. You make us all jealous.
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  17. Reidy008

    Reidy008 I,m in if we go fast

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    I am an Aussie that lives in the USA, Phoenix AZ. Would be happy to help out any way you need and you are welcome by my fire any time mate
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  18. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    With the model and vin on the insurance, I don't think there would be a problem.
    But a letter from the owner would be good.
    Having said letter Notarized would be better.

    9I have been thinking about getting a couple of older bikes to "loan out" for trips. I will have to think about incorporating this idea too.)
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  19. Tradey

    Tradey RTW Traveller

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    Hey Reidy thanks for the invite, will look you up as soon as I find Arizona on the map ! How many bloody states over there ?

    It would be great to have an international 'swap-bike' arrangement seeing as my F8 will be wasting away in my garage for 12 months. I suppose a bit like house-swap which a friend of mine did last year with another teacher in Canada where they traded places... (he got divorced after meeting the Canadian neighbour and she now lives here in OZ !!)

    I think if you could work out some arrangement it sure would beat bike rental, I'll see what sort of response I get from fellow North American bikers on my trip, but then there is not much to see down here compared to other continents - mainly flat, dull and boring roads.
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  20. mpanther

    mpanther KotW - Just Ride!

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    Come to Canada and get a new wife?
    Awesome! lol.

    I would Love to visit Austraila. I might even be able to ride the mileage to do it too.:lol3
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