Trip to the states summer/fall 2009

Discussion in 'Americas' started by Moose_DK, May 8, 2009.

  1. chrishsu

    chrishsu Been here awhile

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    I'm in Rockville, Maryland on the East coast. Rockville is about 15 miles north of Washington D.C. If you visit the D.C. area, you're welcome to stay with us.

    Additionally, we will be doing a ride in the Lake George area in the first week of October, you're welcome to join us.

    I've a Suzuki DR650 too and agreed with what's been discussed about the size of the bike. I would not go with anything smaller than the 650 riding in the U.S.

    Please let me know how I can help!
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  2. Oldwin1

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    If you get to Colorado you are welcome to my personal camping spot along North Boulder Creek. It eventually turns into this.
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  3. GSdiablo

    GSdiablo cubical farmer

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    No more attempts to get Esben to "upsize" his bike choice. ( I tried but he's committed now):roflI have his first DRZ sitting in my garage with a whooping 240 miles on it. (sure makes my bikes look dirty:evil)

    I'm told the bags/bigger tanks are on the way, anybody got anything better than a stock seat you would loan for 6 months?
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  4. DirtyADV

    DirtyADV Long timer

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    Really great to find this thread, have plans on visiting the USA next summer 2010. No plans what so ever so far apart for trying to find some relatives ...is there a good online site, something like a phonebook to search for persons?

    But i plan to get hold of a bigger machine, own a KTM 950 Adv right now and absolutely love that machine so would like a similar machine for the USA.

    So Minnesota seems to be a good state to start the trip from, what time of year do u get rid of the snow and have decent temperature for motorcycles?

    Sorry for the hijack Esben. Good luck on your trip and i hope to see a great ride report!

    /Johan
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  5. Mark G

    Mark G Been here awhile

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    Hi Moose - Just found this thread. The map is overwhelming. But I see Tombstone Arizona bubbles up. Tombstone is fun, but kinda kitshy (sp?). Plan on only a couple of hours. But if you're there, you HAVE to go to Bisbee. Only 25 mile further south, but completely different take on the Old West. And only 5 miles from Naco, and easy passage into Mexico if that's part of your plan. I'm just sayin'. Search for BigDog's trip over Montezuma pass - about 20 miles west of here, near Sierra Vista. In any case, have a great trip.

    Regards,

    Mark G
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  6. dave6253

    dave6253 GCBAR Explorer

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    I can vouch for Bisbee and Montezuma Pass.:thumb I've never thought much of Tombstone.
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  7. chrishsu

    chrishsu Been here awhile

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    Well, Moose will start in Minnesota because a friend of his is there and he plans to stay there to get things ready. You definitely will not need to start from MN unless you have a good reason.
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  8. DirtyADV

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    Seems different with buying a bike and register it in your own name from state to state, in MN all u need is an address and all the papers im sure someone on here can help out with an address to send the papers to.

    If any other states are easy for foreigners to buy and own a motorcycle in would like to find out.

    Have relatives in Wisconsin and Colorado and a friend that have moved to Carlifornia near the mexican border.

    /Johan
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  9. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    I just found this post. I'm in the South part of Denver,Colorado. I also ride a DRZ400, but would choose my WeeStrom for such a ride. Anyway we have a large active group of ADV inmates here, so keep us posted and stop by for a beer. If I'm in town, I will gladly show you around. I have a decent garage and tools etc.
    The ADV get together is called "West Fest", and will be near the town of Buena Vista, Colorado on the last weekend of July. You might not get here by then, but if you do, you should plan for that.
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  10. Moose_DK

    Moose_DK Been here awhile

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    To Dirty950:
    Ingen problem (no problem), I wouldn't have startet in minnesota if it wasnt becourse I went to school there 10 years ago.. So one of the could for the trip is to visit an old freind and se the town again.
    I would proberly try to start out in Oregon, Idaho or Washington if I didnt want to go back to minnesota.

    To Sacrificial Anode: I know the map is insane and I do NOT plan to se averything.. I think that if something pops up on the GPS we could alway discuss I f we want to se it..
    I have added Bisbee to the list. Mostly I dont care for turist traps, but just fell over Tombstone when reading in a danish guidebook.

    Montezuma pass: From the pictures I found on google it seems like my kind of place. Now its added to our map.


    To oldmanb777:
    West Fest.. I Dont think we will get to that area in time.. I actually just hear stories from last years WF from our friend Anja
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=353694
    She was there last year.
    But I will contact you when we get to our area.. Its always so much more fun with a local guide.
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  11. Moose_DK

    Moose_DK Been here awhile

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    What a guy.. He found the first of two bikes for our trip..!! What a great day it is.. Now we just cant wait leave home!

    So to pass the time we went out for the weekend with some friends on ours.
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    Remember goggles can be used for a lot of stuff.. Here not to get to much smoke in the eyes.

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    Hill climbing... Traning our skills for the trip.

    Also went out to find some nice gravel roads where we could try a practice our cornering skills also..
    Dont have any photos of that, but if you dont have anything better to do check out the video:
    http://motorcykelgalleri.dk/html/vid_vis.asp?VideoID=5597
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  12. GSdiablo

    GSdiablo cubical farmer

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    One down and one to go:evil
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  13. DirtyADV

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    An old guy i used to hunt with had a saying that the smoke always went for the horniest person.

    Good luck with the traveling hope to see some RR later on.

    /Johan
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  14. Moose_DK

    Moose_DK Been here awhile

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    So one bike down and waiting at GSdiablo's garage!!
    luggage should be send from Happy-trail next week..
    our appartment has been packet down and the stuff we need for the trip has also been packet down in a few large bags..
    damm now what do I wear.... I must run naked then.... :evil

    Now an explanation to the headline!

    Here in denmark most youngsters attent to a 3 year collage education just after highschool.
    When they finish it a tradition that the day they recieve thier hats that show they graduatet, each class rent a horsedriven wagon.
    They drive around to all thier parent. At each parents house there is food and drinks! :freaky:clap
    so at the end of the day everyone is normally really drunk.
    then most meet up somewhere for a big party, some times at the school othertimes at one of thier parentshouse.
    These guys just drove by our house yesterday!!
    the time was only 1 PM so the party just startet.
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    Not really motorcycle related... but really wierd :-)
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  15. GSdiablo

    GSdiablo cubical farmer

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    Talked to the owner of the next bikeand he sounds like a good person to deal with.
    We have a gentlemens agreement. :clapI'll figure out the transport of the bike over the next week or so. Two blue 07 DRZ400S's for Mini and Moose(I did this on purpose so they didn't fight over color choice:evil) One has 430 miles and the other with 780. Let me know it you want me to run up the miles on the "newer" bike so it matches:rofl
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  16. Moose_DK

    Moose_DK Been here awhile

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    was just looking at the same bikes here in denmark...
    If you want to buy one with the same milage and year... wich is almost impossible to find, it wouls cost about 12000$..

    We just cant wait to se the bikes and drive up and down the street in from of GSdialblo's house... :ricky

    And you just drive all you want..!!! With the miles we plan to put on them a few more or less dont really matter.
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  17. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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    Texas-friendly spoken here....
    Granbury is a neat town.

    Same invitation Mr. Moose: if you come this way, I'd be glad to provide some refreshment and a place to stay if need be. we are in the 'gateway' to the texas hill country, just 4 miles from Gruene Hall [all texans know the place...http://www.gruenehall.com/ ]. halfway between San Antonio and Austin [each about 70km from here depending on where exactly one is targeting].
    I-10 that cuts laterally across texas is near, but the more enjoyable routes are a plethora of Farm-Market and/or Ranch Roads, two lane highways, etc.

    you'll love the WARMTH of our hospitality, as temps here are in the "low hundreds" Fahrenheit these days :oscar
    But the rivers are always cool [near-constant temps] and the top three biggest Springs in texas are near here [one about 14 miles, one about 5 miles, the other about 7 miles]

    in all fairness, I should say the one good thing about the stretch of I-10, from just west of here to El Paso, is the speed limit is a generous 80mph.


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  18. nilsso1

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  19. Ranger159

    Ranger159 That'll Do DONKEY!

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    Going to the sun highway is worth every bit of the ride, and when you see the sign that reads "RV's not allowed on the going to the sun Hwy" you will know how nice it can be.. :clap
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  20. Angelita Amarilla

    Angelita Amarilla Just call me AAL

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    Hi Mini and Moose!

    I’m GSDiablo’s (Greg) other half. We are excited to welcome you to our home and help you get ready to ride the U.S.!

    The first blue DRZ in our garage is looking lonely while waiting for the second one and I bet it’s really ready to start exploring. :clap


    I am a short female that used to ride dirt and would love to hear about your past riding experiences. We’ll see you soon!
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