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  1. yamtastic

    yamtastic Safety 3rd

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    Well I can't contain myself anymore!!! Myself and two mates are getting ourselves ready for a 4 month tour of the US starting in August. The plan is to leave enough flex in the plan to do and see any cool stuff that gets recommended to us along the way and to do the trip on 2 scramblers and a Bonneville.
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    This is my friends Bonneville that we've almost finished putting together
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    And this is my Scrambler that I've just bought and am running in. There will be a few mods added before the trip in addition to the exhausts which sound amazing :D

    The trip will start in New York and as a rough guide will pass through:
    Niagra
    Detroit
    Washington DC
    Blue ridge parkway
    Deals Gap
    Memphis
    Oklahoma
    Albuquerque
    Aspen
    Yellowstone national park
    Seattle
    Portland
    Reno
    San Francisco
    Death Valley
    Vegas
    San Diego
    Pheonix
    Tuscon
    Austin
    Houston
    New Orleans
    Orlando and finally Miami:clap

    As you can see...just a short ride out :jack We're applying for Visas this week and are aready gathering kit etc.....I'm just so damn excited :rofl
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  2. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @motopossum

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    Sounds like you have reason to be excited! Be sure to share your adventure with us. Nice bikes BTW. :freaky
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  3. Mobil1

    Mobil1 Long timer

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    Why would anyone want to go to Detroit on purpose ? :dunno
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  4. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy Supporter

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    I would recommend slotting Glacier National Park in between Yellowstone and Seattle. There's some beautiful country between the parks, and the Going to the Sun Road is a must-ride.

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  5. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    Touring the US is a good plan. What I don't get are your waypoints? Stay on the back roads via the country side and small towns if you wanna see and experience America.
    ALL MAJOR US CITIES SUCK Same same clusterf'k regardless of state. If you just want to say you saw America your itinerary will work for your buds back in the UK. If you want to experience America, work the backroads and ask the locals en route what's worth visiting on the way to your next layover.
    Research the "Lincoln Hwy" for a tentative route.
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  6. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    Well I agree about most big cities, but if coming from abroad, I would definitely want to see New York and San Francisco. I would park the bikes and see them on foot / transit.
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  7. Mobil1

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    And LOCK UP the bikes. :deal
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  8. 1150Pappy

    1150Pappy Been here awhile

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    I would agree with seeing New York and San Fran.
    Just spend a day or two in Orlando and head South to the Florida Keys instead of hanging around Orlando too long. Take hwy. 98 along the coast when travelling through the Panhandle of Florida. Well worth it.
    When out West and while travelling from East to West read up on the replies you will garner here and hone your route accordingly. Okalahoma for example can be boring if you are taking the major highways only but I bet there are stellar small towns and gorgeous secondary roads that folks here will recommend.
    I would agree in Seeing Memphis as well (via Nashville) if for no other reason than a night on Beale Street and some of the best BBQ you will ever experience.
    Keep us in the loop and......enjoy!
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  9. 2tallnwide

    2tallnwide Long timer

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    Good luck on your trip. I'll be watching this thread as well, and will add to it after our cross country ride in June. :beer
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  10. alekkas

    alekkas Long timer

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    It's funny you mention all these cities, and my US trips avoid them! Certainly, budget time for New Orleans - a week in the gutter. Nashville is a cool 2 day city. San Francisco is cool. Other than that, just enjoy and make sure you get to altitude - it feels great - and the open West. Enjoy. You will love it.
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  11. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Sounds like a brilliant trip.

    Have you been to the US in summer before? August will still be very hot and muggy in many of those places at the beginning of your list and it's going to be hotter than hell in the SW until you reach higher elevations. It's going to be a lot more tiring than you are used to. The good thing is that with your loose timeline, you can afford to make more stops as you need to keep hydrated and rest. I would recommend Camelbacks (or similar) to drink while you are riding. If you wait for a couple of hours between drinking stops, you are most likely already dehydrated.

    Some cities suck. Some don't. They will all be different than what you are used to. I wouldn't skip all of them, but some are not really tourist destinations. Petty crime in the US is practically non-existant compared to what you are used to. I own a cable lock I bought for trips to Europe :augie, it's in a box somewhere in my garage. I have never taken it with me on a trip in the US. I have left the tankbag on the bike while I went sight-seeing, stopped for food, etc.. Never had a problem.

    I spend time between Portland and Las Vegas. PM me when you get near, I'll buy you guys a pint of some good local brew.

    Gustavo
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  12. roma258

    roma258 Been here awhile

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    Sounds like an epic trip. Some good advice already, but here are my 2 cents:
    Be careful in August. It can get really hot and really uncomfortable in just about most of continental US, including the east coast. My recommendation if you start in New York is to head north for a few weeks before descending into DC and down blue ridge parkway. Give yourselves a couple days to play in the Smokie Mountains, Deals Gap is awesome, but there is so much epic riding, don't just do one run on 129 and move on.

    Of the cities you mentioned- Portland, Austin, San Fran, Seattle and New Orleans are awesome and well worth checking out. New York is New York. If you're gonna do SoCal, you might as well hit LA which is a lot fun. Phoenix sucks, I recommend skipping it. Albuquerque is meh, and I heard good stuff about Tucson. Pacific Northwest is great, I'd recommend popping over to Vancouver if you get a chance. California has amazing riding. Do Yosemite if you can. But I can't emphasize enough about the heat. Keep an eye on it. It will suck the fun out of your ride, especially if you head south too soon. Have an awesome time!
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  13. xaman

    xaman Been here awhile

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    Sounds epic.

    I'm just north of Houston and have some experience on scramblers and bonnevilles. Keep me in the back of your mind if you need anything on the southern leg of your trip.
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  14. davidji

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    You could do worse than visiting lots of national parks, national monuments, and state parks too. In addition to Yellowstone & Death Valley, consider Yosemite, Mt Lassen, Redwood National and State Parks in northern California, North Cascades, Crater Lake, Olympic, Pinnacles, Mono Lake, and on and on. Buy a national park pass or two. One national park pass admits two bikes.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_national_parks_of_the_United_States
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_National_Monuments_of_the_United_States
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  15. yellowcarbon

    yellowcarbon Been here awhile

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    Ride the West coast, it is great. Stick to the PCH 1 as much as you can. It is both beautiful and great riding from North of Los Angeles to the Canadian border. It is 1500 miles of beautiful riding with just enough development to keep you comfortable (hotels and food). Only San Francisco interrupts it for a short bit. I've done it twice in its entirety and would do it again in a heartbeat.

    Avoid Phoenix and Tucson. There isn't much to see and the riding is mediocre at best. It is also hot as hell from June to September. Stick to the northern section of the state. Prescott to Sedona to Flagstaff is a great ride and worth the trip. The Grand Canyon is close by and worth the stop.
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  16. bobw

    bobw Harden the phuck up

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    Congratulations, four months will allow for great flexibility in route choices . The caution on heat applies to many parts of the world, so if it is "new to you" check some threads on clothing options as you can be 115(F) and the next day you can be in snow country with relative temperature changes. Water, water and more water is the best thing be it in a "camelbak" or any similar device. I sip water almost non stop in extreme heat conditions and stop often to check for and/or recover from hydration issues of muscle cramps, etc. The long mile stretches that may be a concern can be off set with long hours of daylight that will easily allow early starts and late arrivals with whatever extra breaks may be beneficial.

    I/We have done numerous cross country rides both solo and meeting up with friends from around the States and several trips with good friends from Australia. They as you too mentioned, really wanted to enjoy the beautiful country side each region offers, be it the Smokys, Grand Canyon, Red Rock deserts, etc., etc., but also the San Francisco Bridge, Fishermen's Wharf, New Orleans Jazz, Space Needle, Niagra Falls, family migration or where Historical events/memorials took place they had interests in. We all have our own interests and your extended visit should provide much to wet your appetite for more. Last comment, be flexible to allow for the real hidden gems to be enjoyed. I keep a note book and pencil handy and chat with folks from all walks of life along the way be it at a rest stop, hotel, etc., especially when they see your registration plate shows you're a long way from home. They will gladly recommend the best routes, roadside museums/attractions along your way and where to stay, etc. These without fail provide absolute icing on the cake to my trips and renews my faith in people every time.

    Anyways, good luck with the research, planning and I am looking forward to future installments!

    Cheers
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  17. yamtastic

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    Wow...Thanks for that!!! Thats officially on the route now :ricky
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  18. yamtastic

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    Haha....thanks for that! The waypoints are just a rough guide, we're looking to avoid major roads where possible and see as much of the countryside as possible. There will be a few city visits but only if we've got something interesting to see or do there!!!
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  19. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    Just as would be expected, folks here in the USA - same as yourselves - are very proud of their home country, and home cities.

    I agree though, that to REALLY experience the USA, it's best to see, and stay in one of the many, many small towns, and stay off the major highway slabs as much as possible. Also avoid the big touristy places - most have been ruined by commercialism and large crowds. Plan Monday - Friday for the visits to State Parks, etc., as they get very crowded on Weekends, and especially Holidays.

    I travel globally for my work, and I'm always amazed when someone tells me that they've "..been to the USA, and know it well...", and when I ask where specifically they say "Disneyland!" :fpalm... :doh

    Your wish list is great (except maybe Detroit?). That said, New York, Chicago and LA are the larger cities with much to see, San Francisco is picturesque, and colorful so worth a stop. ALL big cities have an unsafe type area that you must avoid, so study up.

    With regards to highways and byways, it's usually all about time. We have beautiful backroads and scenic routes almost everywhere, but they'll eat up time as compared to the high-speed cross country toll slabs. The toll slabs you would definitely find boring and unremarkable, but if you are pressed for time...

    In the end, half the fun of these trips is in the planning. :-)
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  20. Rick G

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    If you guys make stop in Cleveland on your way to Detroit, let me know and I will treat you to a day at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The new motorcycle only parking area should be finished by August.

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