Hi everyone, I want to ride the states. I have for 4 years and keep putting it off. I have the opportunity August > November and doesn't leave much time to prepare. Route (Loose) I found a similar map to the guy in this thread: http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...ons-optimal-road-trip-across-the-u-s.1116444/ After reading the comments, it seems too optimistic to hit all major national landmarks while enjoying the scenic views. The one place I need to see is: New York I want to see: San Fran Baltimore Chicago New Orleans Las Vegas A loop of the country. I like to have a basic plan of where I'm going and wing it from there based on locals advice. I'll leave the bike with a friend and come back again later. I plan to work in Canada in a couple of years if I like it Bike Renting a motorbike would cost upwards of $6-8k and I've been recommend by one of the major hire bike shops to buy my own. This was my initial idea until I was told it's difficult to register your own bike being a tourist. I have a friend in California that can supply his address and I can buy a bike and use it. My concern is it will take a month to buy a bike, get it registered, serviced and prepped for a long-haul ride. I've never ridden this long solo, let alone in another country (I'm Australian). I'm looking for someone to help out in this area. Whether they can sell me theirs or help find/prep one for me. I'm 5'5' and need a size-appropriate bike. Worst case scenario I rent a bike. Benefit being, I can jump straight on it and go knowing it's been maintained well and if it breaks down I have someone to call. I'll be more confident on an old cheapie. I don't want attention. Something like: https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2006-Kawasaki-KLR-650-5002168672 https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2002-Kawasaki-KLR-650-5002896713 Accomodation A combination of camping (mostly), couch surfing and friends. Potentially hostels along the way. I love the idea of being on a budget. I don't want any luxuries. Budget 25k Flights - $1200 (return) Bike - $3000 ~ $1000 maintenance Reg/Insurance - $500 Travel Insurance - $500 Miles (15,000) approx @ 45mpg = 375 gallons of petrol @ $4.50 = 1687.5 ~ $2k Petrol $50/day @ 90 days = $4500 = $17k I have a buffer of money. If there are good 'investments' I should make please let me know or any costs I'm missing. Any links or other information will be much appreciated.