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Discussion in 'Americas' started by lifetravelled, Jan 20, 2018.
Dang. If only I could get away for a few months!
Hey guys... If your after a PBL before you go, I chased this down coupla weeks ago.
There's heaps available on the net or the one Rays Camping sells is pretty solid.
Thanks much appreciated, it can be hard sometimes to get a straight answer on what will work and won't, so thank you for sharing.
Sounds like a trip of a lifetime.
If & when you find yourselves in California (we are exactly half way, between San Francisco & Los Angeles), and are ready to do Hwy 1...aka Big Sur, look us up on tent space.
Hosted many world travelers.
If it's on a weekend I can play tour guide on the trails above Big Sur, Santa Barbara, Pozo, and Hwy 395.
Arrin & Cindy D.
In my opinion, the DL650 would be the perfect choice. You don't want something too exotic that you have a hard time finding parts for, and the DL probably won't need any parts. The 800gs would probably be good too, though a bit more expensive.
If you and your passenger are 450-500 lbs combined, the DL1000 is probably the way to go. 400 lbs or less should be fine on the 650, and lighter is better for any kind of off road.
If this were just South America, I might even suggest the DR650, but the USA has a lot of wide open roads where you may be doing 80 mph for extended periods. For that, you'll want a bike with some speed reserve so it isn't maxed out all day.
We've chosen DL 650s for our trip. It's the bulletproof SV650 engine.
Not sure if it will have the power 2 up with all your gear though.
Your local dealer will have a demo.
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I test rode one this past summer, and was very surprised how much power it had. Power wise I would place it half way between the KLR650 and a Honda AT 1000, which I think is perfect for North America. I wouldn't hesitate to hit the highways fully loaded on a DL.
Had one and unless you've both gained a LOT of weight, the bike should be great for your trip. Great choice.
Ask me anything about your Montreal and Quebec part, and almost anything about the whole northeast.
I’ll take you out for a poutine in Montreal if I’m in town.
With an open mind you will have a ball. Americans, especially in the off-the-track small towns are super friendly to Australians, they love us! So let the accent rip at every opportunity...its the best asset you have to open doors.
A few suggestions. I keep a BMW in Arizona, and have toured the US, Canada, Alaska, and Mexico on 23 separate occasions, covering more than 200,000kms , most recently our third traverse of the Alaska Highway six months ago.
My first reaction to your proposed route is that you are avoiding what I think is the best parts of the US. Ie, the north west corner, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, and the SW areas of Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. Similarly, the Canadian Rockies are just spectacular, versus the Toronto area which to me is hazy, crowded, and not attractive.
In broad terms the eastern US is crowded and very busy. The West is open, spectacular and not at all crowded. Last time we were in the New England area, it was a zoo, I could not get out of there fast enough.
But in Colorado, Utah and Arizona, you can tour to your heart's content without any traffic or crowd hassles at all. I always feel very secure and among friends, all the time.
Mexico we loved, but that was one of our early tours, and may be different now. The real Mexicans are very friendly, and generous. Speaking Spanish is a huge asset.
I'm not saying that your destinations are bad, its just that you are definitely leaving out some of the best riding and spectacular country in the world. I have not been to Florida, but everywhere else, yes!
Great post, and I agree. Especially Utah. Florida is pretty flat, but if you like tropical beaches it's nice.
Of course there are always the few that are rude to tourists, but most people (99%) love talking to international travelers. Also, they often have suggestions for off the beaten path sights like water falls, hot springs, etc that don't show up on most maps.
I read that you guys have been there before, so you'd have a better idea than us, but Aussie flags on our gear and a stuffed koala were gold in Europe. http://terryjanelleinternational.blogspot.com.au/2014/09/grenoble-via-la-bonette-and-lalp-dhuez.html
It's a good point we have a combined weight of 130kg or about 285lbs, so weight is on our side.
I'd prefer the lighter bike that will work for us in the USA and the freeway miles we will be done doing.
Thanks for the input herb, I have test ridden one here and think it will go ok 2up
I agree with you about the west vs east, at this stage we are heading to Nevada, Colorado, Utah and Arizona, as much as I would love to head further north west it's a balance between our time frame and doing what we both want to do and as the trip isn't only about riding but also seeing places we want too see.
Josh and Stef
Have you looked up on Tentspace and it is 100% where a bouts we thought we would overnight, however we are not camping.
Appreciate the offer and hooefully we can meet up for a ride.
We will take you up that offer for sure.
Josh and Stef
I doubt you’ll get a stuffed Koala through customs!
April / spring will be more ideal traveling to the East Coast via the southern route.
Mountains west are ideal July-August. Snow before then.
West Coast September & October.
Crowds & coastal fog gone.
Into Mexico late Oct - November.
Rainy season ends mid October or so.
Visit Baja 1st then mainland.
Here's Jay's weather chart.
He lives in Austin now if you want to catch up with him.
I'd buy a Super Tenere!
There is a reason RTW Paul & Nick Sanders uses them, the are dead reliable for big trips.