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Offline aj

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Very Basic Information
« on: January 15, 2011, 08:24:59 AM »
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  • Hi, I am new to this and am on a bit of a fact finding mission. I live in England and would love to spend some time riding from west to east coast of USA. I hope this will not just be a pipe dream but need some basic information to get started, this seemed like a good place to ask!

    1. How long does it take? I can work out the miles but realistically how much time do i need?
    2. How much does it cost? I know this will vary but from someone who's dont it what is a ballpark figure
    3. Hire a bike in the USA or ship one from England? Any enormous pros or cons that I might not have though of!
    4. How suitable will a USA hired bike be? Would I have loads of choice? What bikes are reccommended?
    5. Will there be any problems with me having a UK licnece?

    ANY help would be appriciated! Want to make this dream come true

    aj

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    Re: Very Basic Information
    « Reply #1 on: January 15, 2011, 06:18:33 PM »
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  • Hi AJ!  Welcome to the group.:)
    It is a "real" dream, but it depends on a few factors.  Before you set up a plan, you need to know what you have in your hands.  How much time, money, just you, or two ride-up.
    Renting a bike is easy in the US, the price is varied, so yo have to shop around.  Of course, you know can easily find out the price on line.
    Here is a few common info based on my personal experience, but then it depends on what route, speed, and time that you want to spend.
    • If you ride around 600 miles a day, you can cross the USA from west to east, or east to west within 6 days.
    • It depends on what kind of bike that you will rent, and at the current gas price ($3.20 USD), hotel (if you don't want to camp), then you will probably spend around $2000 USD, plus the bike rental, for one way trip.
    Here you go!
    I suggest you should rent a Japanese bike, the rental price is lower than a Harley!  But that is your choice.
    If you can provide more info about what you have, then we can give you more suggestions.
    You can make your dream come true!:)
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    Re: Very Basic Information
    « Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 04:24:51 AM »
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  • That is very useful!

    Im a teacher in England so from July - August I have a 6 week summer holiday availble. This would give me the opportunity to do this more slowly or a longer route, seems like plenty of time now you have said 6 days! Money will just depend on which summer holiday I do this in (thinking 2012 or 2013 as Im off to Europe this time).

    In the UK I ride a Suzuki Bandit (GSF) I very much doubt I would be on a Harley or other cruiser. Something Japanese is the obvious choice for me. I would need something low and light though - Im 5' 4in (162cm) !

    Definitely wouldnt be 2s up. Would either be me and another bike - if I can convince him, or just me. Any thoughts about a girl doing this alone?

    Thanks,
    aj

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    Re: Very Basic Information
    « Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011, 07:26:56 AM »
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  • It's just me, but I don't see anything wrong if a female crossing the USA alone. But I guess, it would be more enjoyable, if you have a companion.:)
    I have been crossing the USA alone forever; at least in the last 15 years.  Sometimes, I feel lonely, but there is always something that I can explain about the enjoyment of being alone on the American road. ::)  Freedom? Adventurous feeling? Maybe, I don't know, but it always feels so good!
    When time is close, let us know if you need any help.  Of course, the earlier of preparation will be the better!:)
    Good luck!
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    Re: Very Basic Information
    « Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011, 04:50:15 PM »
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  • AJ..welcome.
    The USA is pretty large with a wide variety of country..deserts,wide open nothingness,mountains, gorges,waterfalls,big cities which I say away from. Do you have any types of scenery you would like to see.We have a lot of parks in the west..


    You could do a You Tube search and find some areas you would like to travel to..we have a bit of everything.
    Bike wise,at least a 750 to a 1200.That will be up to what size you might like.What  they rent and I can't really help ya there..yet.
    Female by yourself,geeeze,especially if ya camp,people will be all over you asking questions,trying to feed ya :)Around big cities I have always like to stay at a motel,good shower,warm bed,tv etc.
    Time? I have been travelling across this country for over 50 years and still have a list longer than my arm. ;D
    UK licence? I don't have a clue.
    As you narrow your search down as to what ya want to do,cities or what ever we will try to help ya out.


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    Re: Very Basic Information
    « Reply #5 on: January 18, 2011, 10:36:57 PM »
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  • So far as your UK License and insurance I have the word out so hopefully I will be able to give you an answer.
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