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Old 04-09-2007, 09:38 AM
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So, longest m'cycle trip you've been on?

Just curious; where, when, total miles, companions, thoughts of it, experiences while on, etc. - Need not be on a BMW
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:34 AM
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Re: So, longest m'cycle trip you've been on?

10,000 miles, 5.5 weeks to Alaska in 1988.
Debbie and and I were riding K75Ts and a friend was on a R100RT
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:00 AM
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Re: So, longest m'cycle trip you've been on?

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Just curious; where, when, total miles, companions, thoughts of it, experiences while on, etc. - Need not be on a BMW
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Don't really know...
In 2003 when I rode 40,000 miles, THCR with BRPR then business to Chicago thru Cinci and Cleveland musta been 4-5000 miles. Was riding with RonR, Rob, KarlB, BW, Vicx and Darren parts of the way...
Longest ride... any one with Shiva, I guess... had to be the longest...
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Re: So, longest m'cycle trip you've been on?

Impressive figures, indeed. 40,000 miles is a lot. But, time wise it doesn't meet the daily commute on the Dan Ryan!
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Re: So, longest m'cycle trip you've been on?

Back in the summer of 1991 I quit my job and headed out for a little road trip on a Kawa KLR650. Did 23,000 Km. over 4 months. However, only half was done on the Kawasaki. Engine blew while passing through Denmark so I bought a new Honda Transalp and continued my trip.

Trip went from Barcelona to North Cape (and all countries in between), then back down through Finland across to Germany and then over to Czechoslovakia (still one country back then), up to Poland and into the Baltic Republics. I went into the Baltics in October 1991, this was only five weeks after they were finally liberated by the Soviet Union (they sent a few tanks in first before they finally imploded all around). Surreal is the only way to describe my two weeks in Estonia and Lithuania in October 1991.

After two weeks of living dangerously it was time to head back to normal society, so I went back across Poland, through Germany and down to Paris for some civilized R&R. After that it was back to Barcelona to end the trip and become a productive member of society again - although, I can't be sure that I've succeeded on this last bit.
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:18 PM
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Re: So, longest m'cycle trip you've been on?

I have done 2 week trips each of the last two years. 5500-6000 miles each trip.
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Just curious; where, when, total miles, companions, thoughts of it, experiences while on, etc. - Need not be on a BMW
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Ourfirst "real" trip was 1994. Connecticut. Susan had recently had surgery and was still recovering. She asked the doc if a 900 mile trip would be OK? He wanted to know how she was going. "BMW". The OK was given. . Everyone who took I-81/78/84 up was determined to do I-95 back. Everyone who took I-95 up was determined to return via I-84/78/81. Both ways were awful. Ka-thunk, ka-thunk, ka-thunk. Not the best ride for a recovering patient. But after this we didn't care about distance. We just needed time.

I was facing layoff at a large utility company in the mid to late 90's. In 1995 it looked bleak. I asked my supervisor if he minded me being off in July. He said no problem, what dates. I replied, "July". Like I said, we just needed more time.

We went west until we hit water. That was the first time we saw Oklahoma storm clouds. They don't grow them like that in NC. First time we ever saw the snow capped Rockies. Mt Cauplin in New Mexico was neat. We saw snow on Mt. Evans at 14,264. A K75s doesn't have much oomph up there. 34º in Blackhawk CO and 107º in Durango. Same day. Hwy 1 in California. Not knowing where the BMWRA rally was and stopping at a KOA for the duration only to discover that we were 200 feet from the RA rally! Ebetts Pass. Hwy 50 in Nevada. Stopping in Yuma, CO until it cooled off. To 106º. 8000 miles. 26 days. One set of tires. Memories my riding buddy and I will share forever.

What followed in 1996 was a trip to Jasper, Banff, and down to Montana. Passing the Montana HP at 80 on a two lane was fun. I just had to know, and it was OK. Love that "reasonable and prudent" stuff.

1997 to Fredricksburg, Texas. We were in Death Valley and a lady asked Susan where we were from. "North Carolina". Where are you headed was the next question. "Texas", replied Susan. The lady stopped talking to us.

1998 to Vancouver Island. Coulee Dam laser show. Seeing the 8000 foot mountains from the ferry crossing from Canada back to Washington. Going through the Hoh rain forest. And no rain. 250,000 year old sea shells on the coast. Walking to a restaurant at low tide, where "If you want a better piece of chicken, you'd have to be a rooster."

1999 to Ohio. By way of Niagara and up to Thessalon,Ontario.

and Bar Harbor on the way to New Hampshire. Or US550 in Ouray CO to have breakfast at Cecilia's (now renamed. Middle of town, downstairs, low side of street) on the way to Texas.

Having a lady in Yellowstone ask Susan if we rode "that thing" all the way out here from NC. "Yes, and we're going to ride it back too".

There are just too many roads, and so little time.

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1996, Beartooth with my riding buddy. We took a gravel side road that said "Fire Tower 5 miles, Visitors Welcome". It was neat.
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Re: So, longest m'cycle trip you've been on?

In 2006 I did a 3 1/2 week vacation that totalled up 6500 miles. I went from Carson City to Palm Springs then on to the THCR. From Kerrville I went to Birmingham to see the Barber Museum and watch the AMA race with a bunch of buddies from another internet list to which I belong. From Birmingham I went to Heber Springs, Arkansas to visit family. From Arkansas I went to Provo, Utah, to visit my youngest son and his wife and then rode up to Plain City to see an ailing aunt. From Plain City I hi-tailed it home to Carson City.

That's the longest bike vacation so far.
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Old 04-09-2007, 01:41 PM
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Re: So, longest m'cycle trip you've been on?

Since I am new to motorcycling and touring I can't post any impressive mileage numbers yet... so mine will have to be the upcoming pre-THCR and THCR in a week and half. I'm guessing around 3K miles or more.
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In June/06 my wife and I went to Cape Breton Island for a week's vacation. Spent the night in St. George NB then rode to Shediac to meet a friend for lunch before we headed for the Confederation bridge and a stop over in Charlottetown, PEI. Took the ferry to Pictou and rode from there over the Canso Causeway to Cheticamp to spend a few days riding the Cabot Trail. It was my wife's first trip over 100 mi. Altogether we covered about 2000 mi.
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In the summer of 2006, I rode 9180 miles 'solo' from Long Island to the Golden Gate, on my R1150RT. The trip was 21 days long.
The route passed Niagra Falls, through a bit of Canada, then MI lower and upper peninsula, Route 2 across mostly. At Rugby ND, headed southerly toward Big Sky, and Yellowstone, due west to Florence OR. Saw the ocean made a left, took PCH to the Golden Gate. Turned around, headed north on PCH to Portland, north to Mt. Vernon WA made a right (east bound) RT 20 through the Cascades, into Glacier International Peace Park. Route 2 homebound....
This is amazing.... in 21days I had virtually no rain, no cross winds. I wrote about this trip and it was published in BMW MOA November issue 2006.
.... a trip of a lifetime... should be followed by another trip of a lifetime. Ride Safe, Karen
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Last year, out to THCR and then back via Grand Canyon and Death Valley. Tried to drag Bill and Jay, but they were claiming to be homesick...

Highway 88 appears to be open, which presents and interesting route for this year's trek...but I digress
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A few years ago a friend planned a trip for us to Banff in British Columbia. He cancelled so I took off solo. Went through Utah, Idaho, Oregon. Wasington, British Columbia, Montana, Wyoming and home to Colorado. A little over 4200 miles in 9 days. Fun.
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Impressive figures, indeed. 40,000 miles is a lot. But, time wise it doesn't meet the daily commute on the Dan Ryan!

Anything but commuting, bud, anything but...
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Take one week off every year for a bike trip with some friends. The longest was from the Netherlands to Italy, riding over there as many mountain passes as possible and back to Holland again. Was something of 3000miles in a week.
In four weeks we're going to England, North Yorkshire this time. This will mean trips to the lake district, the southern part of Scotland and some nice trips through the north of England. Can't wait...
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Longest ride... any one with Shiva, I guess... had to be the longest...
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OH TO BE UNEMPLOYED AGAIN! Back in 1975 I took my Honda 750 across the country and back. Really more like a lap of the continent, although I shorted the Southwest and Mexico. But I went fro NC to DC, Reading, PA, Potsdam,NY, Ottawa, Parc de la Verendrye, Rouyn, Noranda, Sudbury,Thessalon, Sault Ste. Marie, GlenLake, MI, Green Bay, WI, Duluth, MN, Thunder Bay, ONt, St. Cloud, MN, Rapid City, SD, Mount Rushmore, Lusk, WY, Denver, Steamboat Springs, Jackson Hole, Yellowstone, Bozeman, MT (of course), Glacier Nat. Park, Coeur d'Alene, ID, Spokane, Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Depoe Bay, OR, Redwood Nat Foret, Mendocino, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Battle Mountain, NV, Bonneville, Salt Lake City, Denver again, St. Joe, MO, Hannibal, St. Louis, Mount Vernon, IL, Nashville, Atlanta, and back to NC.

A total of 11,300 miles, from late June to Labor Day.

Probably 3 or 4 rear tires, and for sure at least 3 drive chains, there in the days when o-ring chains were just being invented.

I met my first wife on the trip in DC, and she was on the back of the bike from Denver back to Denver.

On second thought, maybe I'll keep my day job.
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Rob....thats a one.
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the last 750 miles in approx 11.5 hours including fuel stops

the best leg was 300 miles less than 4 hours
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Last spring I went to Ron Ayers Hyderseek in Hyder AK. 9300 miles, 24 days. Left FL and headed to Kalamazoo, MI to meet 2 buds. Across the UP into Canada at International Falls to meet up with a 4th in Winnipeg. Crossed Canada and up into BC, Lake Louise, Bannf, Prince George. Really beautiful and empty country. First snow I've been in for 22 years! Stewart BC and Hyder were interesting and fun. After the Ayers meet 2 went back east while 2 of us headed south toward WA and OR to my brothers place in CA. My buddy had bike trouble so we separated in Seattle. We met up again at the Grand Canyon where our wives were flew in. I found the open country of the west to be awesome.
There was way too much that I had to ride past, just not enough time (or $$). Next time I won't cover so much ground.
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I think it was in 1987, a friend an I took a couple of R-GS's from Southern California to the Yucatan and back.

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Hometown in NJ to Moab Utah via Telluride,CO last Sept. Took in the blues and brews fest in Telluride...

5500 miles + round trip. no tickets! only 1 day in the rain...

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Just beginning to stretch my legs....
Longest trip was about 3,200 miles last summer. Austin to Roswell, Santa Fe, Taos, Colorado Springs, Royal Gorge, Cheyenne - WY, North Platte - NE, Oakley - KS, OK, back to TX.

Some 104 degree days, huge storms chasing me most of the way, but never catching me on the road, intense wind making it feel like I was riding one long sweeper from Cheyenne to North Platte to Oakley and into TX.

Magnificent solo ride.

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around 5k miles in 10 days myself and BruceL involving TX,LA,Miss,Al,Tn,Va,WVA,Md,NJ,NY,VT,NH,PA. Did a photo shoot at NHIS during the BMW trackday there ran the Dragon,Cherahola and 219 N/S through WVA.
Longest day was just around 800 miles, Sranton PA to Knoxville
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I'm not really sure, I don't keep track except for yearly.
Ridden to Myrtle Beach rally and back several times with side trips via the outer banks and Skyline drive.Longest trip was with my riding buddy a few years back when the company I worked for packed up and moved, on my 50th birthday, what a gift that was...
Anyway I was on my Kaw ZG1000 at the time and left Maine. Picked up my riding buddy and his K1200GT in Ma. Then went up through NH-VT-NY then to PA and met up with some friends. Road west over route 6 in PA-OH (Motorcycle Hall of Fame). Then through northern WV to Va down Skyline Drive. Then to the Dragon, ran that for two days.Then to TN up Blue Ridge Parkway back to WV up through the mountains. Across route 6 in PA again up through the the Catskills and Adirondacks in NY. Through the Green Moutians in VT then White Mountains and Laconia rally in NH then MA- then back to Maine. 12 days, don't know how many total miles, most at very fast speeds but with time to chill as well. A big thanks to my wife and son for understanding where my head was at and telling me to forego the family vacation and take the ride. Turned out my 50th birthday was pretty damn good.
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around 5k miles in 10 days myself and BruceL involving TX,LA,Miss,Al,Tn,Va,WVA,Md,NJ,NY,VT,NH,PA. Did a photo shoot at NHIS during the BMW trackday there ran the Dragon,Cherahola and 219 N/S through WVA.
Longest day was just around 800 miles, Sranton PA to Knoxville
Had a blast and met a bunch of folks on BMW's

That track day was particularily good.
Met some great guys, dashed (literally... remember the fly by...) to DGR, Shiva was there (looooooooooooooong ride) and I even got a deal on a Savanah jacket out of it!

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Dating myself here but...BACK IN THE DAY when "sport tourer" wasn't a classification, a friend and I did about 6,200 miles in 9 days. It was 1969 and I was stationed in Austin Texas and had just purchased a new 450 Honda. We left on Saturday morning heading West with a few clothes in water proof military laundry bags bungied on the back and sleeping bags on the gas tanks. Two GI's on 450 Hondas going to see the Rockies without so much as a map. Just asked locals wherever we stopped where to go and what to see. Great trip. I'll never forget the look on the Honda dealers face 2 weeks after buying the bike when I told her I needed a new rear tire and a new chain. She said I couldn't need a tire and that the chain was adjustable Constant high speeds in 100 degree+ temps takes it's toll on tires and chains. The Hondas faired very well though. Tough little bikes

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I'm currently in Xilitla, Mexico and headed south. Hope to meet up with the group in Hunt, TX. for the THCR on the 23rd of April. I'll tell you my mileage when I get there.
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2005 with Ray Hazel, We went through death valley to see the "incredible bloom of flowers". Man was I disappointed, the flowers were all yellow and white. Not the color bloom I was expecting. What we did encounter was the bonus crop of insects generated because of the huge rains and flower bloom. When going through the central valley we had to stop every 15 minute to clean the bugs off our visors so we could see where we were going. I'm not kidding here, you can ask Ray. We then set off for the Texas Hill country Roundup. Over 5,000 miles in all. I just found some pictures of the trip that I had lost in my members area of the board.
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Last summer with David Nash (guitarian) to the MOA and on to Nova Scotia and back - about 5300 miles total! It was a blast!
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after selling my business in 05', I took 6 months to go from Atlanta to the end of South America (Terra del Fuego) on my GS. Solo. One of the best experiences of my life.

btw - have you guys seen www.horizonsunlimited.com yet? It is a website dedicated to long distance motorcycle travel, and has a wealth of info. It was an invaluable resource on my trip.
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Best regards Pete! Hope you're up for BRPR next month...
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Last years DGR outing took me the farthest in total miles for one trip (couple others have rivaled it). In about 8 days we did around 3200 miles... When I say we though, it's because it was two up, which included every mile (and some tributaries) of the Blue Ridge Parkway in a day and a half.
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Just last year Paul ( Flyboy ) and I did an extended Deals Gap Rally .

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In 94 four couples hit the road on H-D's. From NJ we did the Sturgis thing, then on to Yellowstone. From there north into Montana and back across N.D. , Minn, Wis. About 5500 miles.
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In 94 four couples hit the road on H-D's. From NJ we did the Sturgis thing, then on to Yellowstone. From there north into Montana and back across N.D. , Minn, Wis. About 5500 miles.

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I plan on being there. Rooming with Steve S. & Island Tony. See you there! And I guess I´m having a god trip. Half my pic´s are of Missions and religeous figures.

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How about 832 in one day ...Through relentless winds, rain and SNOW ...13 hours and 45 minutes duration.
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Two trips around the same distance, about 12,000 miles each. One trip in the late '90s was on a 1982 Honda CB900 Custom and then last year on a 2005 BMW R1200RT. The first rip was about seeing the USA and the second was to take part in The Run For The Wall. I plan an other such ride this year on my '05 RT.
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Not the longest I have done, but one of the best:

I went to the Kansas Rally via Albuquerque and Deming NM from Omaha. The navigation was kinda wacky. I did Omaha to Albuquerque as a 1000 in one then rested a day or so. I went south via the slab to Deming then returned to Albuquerque via the scenic roads of western NM. There is some very nice scenery in the the mountains of NM but you might need to carry extra water!

After a few more days to cool off and hydrate I headed east on the slab again to the Kansas Rally outside of KC. Fun ride of just about 3000 miles.
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Great thread! Sounds like lots of fun trips have been taken.

The summer of 1974 a buddy and I took off on what would be a 10,500+ miler for me. He was on a rebuilt Sportster, me on my new Honda 750. We went from Milwaukee (Mequon) to Roseau, MN, Birds Hill, MB, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Portland, San Francisco, LA, Sacremento, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Durango, and finally Pueblo, CO back home - a 1200+ mile run (had to get back to register for college!).

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I'm in the early planning stages for a ride to Hawaii. Then I'll be swinging on to Australia. I have a couple of minor issues to overcome involving water but other than that, things couldn't be better.
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A little over 8,000 leisurely miles in 2 months on the road back in my mis-spent youth as they say. Virginia to Morelia, Mexico, up to a little surfer's hideaway south of Mazatlan called San Blas. Rented a little grass shack there for 5 or 6 days for 50 cents a night! I remember it was right behind the local baker who made this killer banana bread every morning in a hearth oven. 1974, on an R75/5 with my girlfriend and about 100 lbs. of gear. Hell of a trip...funny, back then I seemed to have had a ton of time and not much money, things are all topsy turvy now in that regard.
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A little over 8,000 leisurely miles in 2 months on the road back in my mis-spent youth as they say.

I dunno Z, sounds like those two months were spent well at least .
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1991, i had just put in enough years at work to get 3 weeks vacation. And the RA and MOA had their rallies just a state apart, at Paonia, co. and Flagstaff, Az.

We loaded the bike, 1986 BMW R80, on a trailer behind the car and headed west.
During the next three weeks, we would drive like hell for 10 to 14 hours; park the car, tour the area on the bike; load up and repeat. We did colorado, utah, arizona, new mexico, dallas and new orleans. The car and trailer was a great idea. we could never have covered the area in the time spand riding the bike.

WE did a total of over 6,000 miles on the car AND OVER 3,000 miles on the bike.



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Well I suppose the longest would be in the order of 5,000 miles. Did that this year and 2 years ago as well. This was participating in the 3 flags ride (Mexico to Canada) but of course I have to get there first and so take a more scenic route. Left Calgary on a Sunday, was back a week later plus a day (returned on Monday) so that's be 8 days.

Longest single day was a BBG (1500 miles in 24 hours), from Las Vegas to Calgary, had to take a less than straight route so I could get the full 1500 in. The day prior to that I did about 300 miles around Las Vegas and Lauglin and the day prior I rode from Calgary to Las Vegas (about 1350 miles or so), again in 24 hours.

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27,000 kms in 30 days; 1994 BMW R1100RS; rode solo; Vancouver, Canada to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and back, essentially; less than 1000 kms on Interstates; 73 national parks visited; 33 states; five tire changes; two motorcycle rallies; dropped bike three times; 100mph+ in every state at least once; no tickets; no accidents; and a ton of fun!
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Re: So, longest m'cycle trip you've been on?

OK guys, this is going to make you laugh. Coast to coast across the US (i'm a brit) over 4 months back in summer of 1976. I owned a Norton Commando at the time, but couldn't bring it over, so purchased a Honda CD 175 and rode that instead.

Bike dealer in NYC was a lunatic asylum, sales guy always shouting at someone or other. Bike was used, but only 7k miles and cheap because old-fashioned looking (those flared mudguards!). Phil the dealer told me it was a good bike, but if it was him he wouldn't take it outside the city line ... so I sent him a postcard from California ...

That little Honda was amazing. From memory I went Niagra Falls, Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island Canada, back down to Michigan, Wisconsin, camping and Minnesota mosquitoes, South Dakota and points west to Colorado National Park, on to Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley and finally San Francisco.

I have so many great memories from this trip. Some of the highlights:
  • Getting sunstroke from too long in an Indian canoe on Manitoulin Island's lakes.
  • Arriving in Sturgis on the little Honda when the town was full of Harleys for a race week. Many had been trailered there, and no-one would believe I'd ridden this bike from NYC (despite NY plate).
  • Riding down a long long long straight road to Cheyenne, bored out of my skull and almost comatose after a day of nearly 300 miles, when a guy pulls up alongside on a Harley, nods, unzips his tank bag and pulls out a can of Coors, waves it at me and raises an eyebrow. I nod enthusiastically, he passes it across, we both open the cans one-handed on the tank and ride along side by side drinking beer!
  • Struggling up to Independence Pass in the Rockies, at this altitude bike would pull no faster than 25 mph!
  • Arriving in Aspen (just a name on the map to me) looking for motel for the night, to discover I'm in the middle of a classical music fest and the town's full of music students! I end up staying the whole week and falling for one of them ...
  • Taking the bus round Mesa Verde national park listening to the rattlesnakes in the bushes alongside of the road.
  • Grand Canyon! What can I say? Too big to take in properly.
  • Riding across Death Valley at 6.30 pm, with temperature still at 104 degrees (I kept wetting my shirt with water). Arrived in Stovepipe Wells to find it was named for a reason, water in the cold tap was hot! (3 Harley riders had tried to cross that afternoon (when 130 degrees) bare-chested, they collapsed at S. Wells with heat exhaustion).
  • Finally hitting the coast road in California near Big Sur, and seeing the Pacific for the first time!!! Oh man, after all that desert ......
  • I did around 5,000 miles, changed the oil and spark plugs once. When I finished the rear tyre was square, and chain flexed as much sideways as up and down. But she never missed a beat.
  • A lot of wonderful hospitality from all sorts of people, which I'll never forget.
It's still the best trip I've ever done. And I guess I probably grew up during that time. Who knows, maybe I'll do it again one day (but next time with a fairing ....).
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Re: So, longest m'cycle trip you've been on?

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OK guys, this is going to make you laugh. Coast to coast across the US (i'm a brit) over 4 months back in summer of 1976. I owned a Norton Commando at the time, but couldn't bring it over, so purchased a Honda CD 175 and rode that instead.

Bike dealer in NYC was a lunatic asylum, sales guy always shouting at someone or other. Bike was used, but only 7k miles and cheap because old-fashioned looking (those flared mudguards!). Phil the dealer told me it was a good bike, but if it was him he wouldn't take it outside the city line ... so I sent him a postcard from California ...

That little Honda was amazing. From memory I went Niagra Falls, Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island Canada, back down to Michigan, Wisconsin, camping and Minnesota mosquitoes, South Dakota and points west to Colorado National Park, on to Mesa Verde, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley and finally San Francisco.

I have so many great memories from this trip. Some of the highlights:
  • Getting sunstroke from too long in an Indian canoe on Manitoulin Island's lakes.
  • Arriving in Sturgis on the little Honda when the town was full of Harleys for a race week. Many had been trailered there, and no-one would believe I'd ridden this bike from NYC (despite NY plate).
  • Riding down a long long long straight road to Cheyenne, bored out of my skull and almost comatose after a day of nearly 300 miles, when a guy pulls up alongside on a Harley, nods, unzips his tank bag and pulls out a can of Coors, waves it at me and raises an eyebrow. I nod enthusiastically, he passes it across, we both open the cans one-handed on the tank and ride along side by side drinking beer!
  • Struggling up to Independence Pass in the Rockies, at this altitude bike would pull no faster than 25 mph!
  • Arriving in Aspen (just a name on the map to me) looking for motel for the night, to discover I'm in the middle of a classical music fest and the town's full of music students! I end up staying the whole week and falling for one of them ...
  • Taking the bus round Mesa Verde national park listening to the rattlesnakes in the bushes alongside of the road.
  • Grand Canyon! What can I say? Too big to take in properly.
  • Riding across Death Valley at 6.30 pm, with temperature still at 104 degrees (I kept wetting my shirt with water). Arrived in Stovepipe Wells to find it was named for a reason, water in the cold tap was hot! (3 Harley riders had tried to cross that afternoon (when 130 degrees) bare-chested, they collapsed at S. Wells with heat exhaustion).
  • Finally hitting the coast road in California near Big Sur, and seeing the Pacific for the first time!!! Oh man, after all that desert ......
  • I did around 5,000 miles, changed the oil and spark plugs once. When I finished the rear tyre was square, and chain flexed as much sideways as up and down. But she never missed a beat.
  • A lot of wonderful hospitality from all sorts of people, which I'll never forget.
It's still the best trip I've ever done. And I guess I probably grew up during that time. Who knows, maybe I'll do it again one day (but next time with a fairing ....).

On a 175 - damn! Now that's determination. Great trip.
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