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post #1 of 203 Old 02-28-2012, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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Cross country NY <> CA

This May, I'm taking my CBR and going on a cross country trip from NY to California and back. I haven't had a very long riding career, but ever since I started, I've always known I would someday go on a big riding adventure. It's my first long trip, so I'm definitely a bit nervous. But I figure unless I suck it up and act now, it could be many many years before I get another opportunity.

My original excuse for going cross country was to visit my friend who's getting married in San Francisco in June. I'm taking 2 weeks to get there and 2 weeks to get back. Along the way, I plan on riding through many well known roads including Skyline Drive, Blue Ridge Parkway, the Dragon, historic Route 66, Mulholland Drive, and Route 1 along the Pacific coast. I want to cross off as many states as I can and my route will take me through 34. I'm stopping in major cities along the way and will stay at hotels most of the time or with friends since I'm not handy enough to go camping. I'm also trying to keep planned riding time to an average of 8 hours each day so that I don't tire myself out and have time to enjoy the scenery along the way.

Hoping to meet some of you guys along the way. I always welcome recommendations on places to stay, riding destinations, and places to eat. The only restaurant I really want to go to is Salt Lick BBQ outside of Austin because I was too young the last time I went there to know what good BBQ tastes like. This would also be a great opportunity to pass on the Relay Across America monkey wherever it may be at the time.

Here's the route (2 pages)
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My current ride is a mostly stock 2007 CBR600RR with ~7500 miles that I keep up with maintenance. I have a fresh pair of PR2's put on this winter that should last for the duration of the trip. I've done all day rides on the CBR, but it's obviously not the most comfortable choice. Like I said earlier though, no time like the present.

For luggage, I have a set of Nelson Rigg saddlebags / tailbag and a Icon Urban magnetic tank bag. It should be plenty of space to pack the stuff I need except for the wedding attire. My girlfriend will fly out to California with those items.





Deciding what to wear / bring is going to be hard part for me. I'm riding through the southern states in May and coming around through the Midwest / Great Lakes region in June so hopefully weather will stay on the warmer, less stormy side. Because of the timing, I don't think I'll need to bring cold weather gear, but advice is welcome.

Riding Gear: waterproof riding boots / gloves, overpants, JR ballistic jacket, earplugs, rainsuit, helmet, sunglasses

Regular Gear: underarmor shirts, jeans, light windbreaker, flip flops, sneakers, long sleeve tshirt in case of cold

Tools: Flashlight, tire plugging kit, universal screwdriver, 4/5/6mm hex keys, 10/12 mm socket, utility knife, tire pressure gauge, cable lock, disk lock, backup paper maps

Electronics: Cell phone with plug in charger and charger wired to bike (cell phone will also serve as GPS), ear phones, camera, GoPro

Nutrition: water, power bars, cereal bars, and food stops along the way

Any help or tips are always appreciated. I'll have my phone with me so I plan on updating this thread along the way as my ride progresses. My first stop will be Front Royal on the night of May 19th. Hope to see you guys along the way!

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post #2 of 203 Old 02-28-2012, 11:30 AM
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hey very cool! i see you're stopping in oregon/washington. you're more than welcomed to sleep at my place in the portland/vancouver area before heading up to seattle if you like. i also wouldn't mind escorting you for some of the route if it fits into my schedule (depends on if i get into grad school, starts in june). if i AM able to ride along for a bit AND it fits into my schedule, we could make a pit stop in boise where my bio dad lives and rest there overnight if that works for you.

either way, you're welcomed to stop by in portland/vancouver and i'll show you around if you like. keep us posted! it'll be a blast and this is my dream... i WILL do it one day.

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Pretty awesome man. You are a beast for doing that on a CBR that's for sure. I'm jealous, definitely keep us updated with pics and what-not. Good luck!

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as far as Great Lakes go in June. Most days, it's cold (like low 30's) until around 10-10:30. Last summer, there were only a couple days that I got away with not wearing my cold riding jacket in the morning (for my 20 minute ride into work). Those days were in August/July BTW.

That's for central/northern MN also. If you see Flycatcher around here anywhere he could probably fill you in on the southern part of the state.

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Get spotwalla unit for emergencies or at least sign up for google latitude/spotwalla on your smartphone so family knows your location. I would also add some sort of spare can of gas.
Also consider renting an FJR or similar, may be cheaper in a long run as far as extra mileage/ extra maintenance/depreciation on your bike.
I was going to suggest adding a dedicated gps but then getting lost will make it more memorable. Sign up for AAA or add towing to your insurance.
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Add 3M clear plastic to protect the bike from flying elements.

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Get spotwalla unit for emergencies or at least sign up for google latitude/spotwalla on your smartphone so family knows your location. I would also add some sort of spare can of gas.
Also consider renting an FJR or similar, may be cheaper in a long run as far as extra mileage/ extra maintenance/depreciation on your bike.
I was going to suggest adding a dedicated gps but then getting lost will make it more memorable. Sign up for AAA or add towing to your insurance.
Iron butt website has all the info you’ll ever need for long distance rides.
Add 3M clear plastic to protect the bike from flying elements.
thought that was spam until i read it more closely.

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omg he could carry the monkey! where is the cross country monkey at?

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THat's going to be a kick-ass trip! I can't offer a bed like PVster, but if you let me know a few weeks ahead of time we could definitely meet up for a ride and I can tell you a few good inexpensive spots to stay at around town. I would be down to meet up at Portland if you and PVster get something going.

Since you're in the area sight-seeing, Mt St Helens would be on the way over from PDX to SEA. Check out Rickard919's PNW review thread a halfway down the 'ride & destination' page to see what it's about. Only a 2hr deviation from your route and that's counting 20 mins to have a look around at the observatory.

One thing that was such a luxury to have when I went on my trip last year was my HellNBack SS jacket. (<--- THey're on sale btw) It was definitely made with sport touring in mind, with the lower sleeves being able to come off to expose the protective meshing underneath for venting, massive amounts of vents, waterproof lining (which I've tested in outright downpour, and it kept me dry for 2hrs) and best of all a built-in hydration pack. They have the water pouch located on the inner side of the front of the jacket, but there's also a storage (meant for the sleeves and waterproof liner) on the lower back portion where you can keep it. Let me say how incredibly amazing having ice water on your lower back for long trips in the heat is. Do keep in mind that there is a common problem with the front vent zippers on these things, but if you keep your receipt handy, SS will give you 1 year replacement warranty for any of their new models without questions asked. I know because I sent mine in and got a leather one in replacement which has the MSRP of $250.

Also if you're using your soft luggage setup, keep your stuff in trashbags in case it rains. Cheap mans drybag. And this site had a lot of great knowledge to me: Motorcycle Touring For Beginners

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We have completed 5 Cross Country Trips: '96,'99,'01,'03, & '05. (48 States and 9 Canadian Provinces. You will not be able to see it all in one trip. Your itinerary looks adventuresome and possible. Our first trip was 16 days(way too short) in one big loop; the others were 24-26 days in duration. Each journey was about 7,500 miles in length. Weather can be a factor especially at the higher altitudes regardless of the month.

In review, I would concentrate my efforts on the areas farthest away from you and those where you have to cross vast areas of nothing(the Plains). You can always do a 7-10 day trip into the "Smokeys" or anything this side of the Mississippi River. All the states have at least something to offer. The best roads are in West Virginia and Arkansas in my opinion. The left coast was certainly scenic as were the Rockies and the Southwest.

The super slab is your friend for making fast tracks along barren wasteland.

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Sounds like a great trip! Can't wait for the ride progress posts.

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sounds like a great trip.

the only concern i have with your plan is i believe you have too many 500+ mile days.

if you figure for gas stops,meals,sore ass stops 55 miles per hr. average speed is kind optimistic,imho.

dad and i did 715 miles from the dragon ,home in 13 hrs and no sight-seeing involved.

we stopped about every 2 hours(165 miles 'til low fuel [email protected] 80 mph).
after 4 hours your gonna want more than 10 min. off the bike i think.

good luck and be safe

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You are passing right through my town in Idaho (Pocatello). I can have a spare bedroom, bathroom, meals and hot women for you.

Wait, they are way too young, nm.


Bed and breakfast only, lol. Oh, and I'll probably ride with you for a bit as well; perhaps Osiris and Seulment as well (same town).

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Oh man, Going from St. Louis, to Nawlins, to Destin and back was almost too much for me. I'm planning a trip form St. Louis to Myrtle beach via the Dragons Tail this July.

Have fun and be safe.

Also, when you go through Texas, stop at a Taco Bueno.
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AAA is well worth it, specially for something like this. Just make sure you have their RV or Premier RV, which will cover motorcycle towing on top of extended distance (before you start paying by the mile).

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Since you're going up the PCH, I recommend going to Nepenthe in Big Sur: Nepenthe Restaurant, Big Sur, California

As long as you can tolerate dirty hippies the view alone is well worth it.

If you go to Monterey, Make sure to grab a kick-ass sandwich at Campagno's Deli Compagno's Market and Deli - The Best Deli Sandwich in Monterey, California! Tell Bennet some random former Marine recommended the place (the man is a godsend to military folks, treats everyone like family).

If you end up staying the night in Monterey (highly recommend doing so, tons of places to eat/drink, and some of the best weather I've ever had the pleasure of living in) stop by the London Bridge Pub on the wharf for some good food and drinks: London Bridge Pub - Monterey California . I can't even remember how many nights the bartenders gave me rides home. Good people running that place.

If you end up stopping in Santa Cruz I'd go to Hoffman's Bakery for some breakfast or lunch, or breakfast at lunch! Delicious food there. Just mind the hippies (again!) Also, steer clear of the boardwalk unless it's at like High Noon. Way too many gangbangers for my tastes.

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Pvster - thank you for the offer but I don't think I'll be able to make it all the way to Portland in the first night from San Francisco. I'd be happy to hang out with you in in Portland though and I'm going to be in the area around Tuesday, 6/5. I'll be visiting my cousin and his family in Tacoma that night. From there, it'll be a day to Boise on 6/6.

Ganktor - thanks for the weather tips. I don't think I'll be up as far north as MN during the trip through the Midwest so it should be a bit warmer. The riding gear I will be using is good down to ~ 40 degrees so I should be covered.

The919 - I'm already on Google latitude and adding the AAA motorcycle coverage. I'll look into spotwalla also. Don't think I would rent a bike because I trust myself more on the CBR and I've worked on it myself. The CBR is a keeper for me so I'm not really concerned about mileage.

HondaJim - I'm covered, thanks.

Andrewebay1 - thanks for the tip on the jacket and I think the water pouch will really help. Also removable sleeves is really going to help when I ride through the hotter states. My nelson rigg bags come with rain covers so I'm good there.

Doc and Drewvir- thanks for the tips. I'm superslabbing it most of the way past Texas to get to Vegas and CA as soon as possible, but another rider on ADVrider pointed out that I'm blowing by a lot of national parks. I'll probably add a stop in Flagstaff, AZ so I can at least ride up the Grand Canyon and it'll break up one of the 500+ mile segments of the trip.

Googli3it - would love to hang out with you guys for a bit in Pocatello. Also very much appreciate the offer of a spare bed, but I'll likely be staying in SLC that night. If you run your tank dry, I can be a witness to your 5.2 gallon miracle.

EatDirtFartDust, Asraiil - will look up those places to eat. I have a planned stay in Monterey. Thanks.

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Googli3it - would love to hang out with you guys for a bit in Pocatello. Also very much appreciate the offer of a spare bed, but I'll likely be staying in SLC that night. If you run your tank dry, I can be a witness to your 5.2 gallon miracle.

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If you're in the Seattle area I can provide food, garage space for your bike, and a room to crash in.
May is a little early for great riding in this area - the weather is still hit or miss, and some of the mountain passes are sometimes still closed past Memorial Day. Definitely bring rain gear!

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When you get to Barstow, you will be down the street from where I work (Mojave). It would be cool to meet up and ride through Angeles Forest together - if you can stand riding anywhere near a n00b like me, that is. Or I could meet you somewhere along the coast... There's a lot of good riding around here.

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when you are in NJ, you can crash in my place

Seriously though, I'm jealous. Take lots of pics and keep us updated along the way. Sounds like lots of fun and a lot of pain in the ass. literally

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And to my surprise....nd isn't on the itinerary!? Joke...

Good job. It's not the heat, its the humidity that gets ya, stay hydrated and bring aleeve, our Midwest winds can really howl which is s drag on the neck.

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At what point will be you passing through SA/Austin? I wouldn't mind tagging along to the Salt Lick, and could be coerced into letting you crash on the couch and park the cbr in the garage if you're due for a stop in San Antonio.

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To Doc and anyone else who has gone long distance: How do you handle chain maintenance on the road? I'm bringing a can of spray on lube for the end of each day, but what else can I do?

Some tweaks to the route:
NY <-> CA Cross Country - Google Maps

- Added stayover in Flagstaff, AZ so I have time to visit Canyon de Chelly and the Grand Canyon
- Making a detour from the PCH in Santa Cruz to ride Skyline Blvd as recommended by a member on ADVrider
- Split the trip from SF to Eugene, OR into two days so I can ride 1 / 101 all the way up to Crescent City and cut over to Crater Lake
- Shortened the stint through WY to avoid their infamous cross winds and going through I70 to get from SLC to Denver (supposed to be more scenic)
- Added an excursion down to Ozark National Forest on the way back home so I can cross AR off the list

mdtoney - Going to be around Seattle on 6/6, but will likely stay with family. Is there a place I can check to see if I82 and I84 between Seattle / Boise is closed?

MF1VE - would love to ride through Angeles Crest Highway with a buddy. That road looks incredible.

Zaq - if I crash at your place, will there be a bed of wet grass waiting for me?

velodesign - sorry bud. Sometime in the future I'll make a trip to hit the northernmost states I'm not getting to on this trip including ND.

beefsalad - appreciate the offer, but I'll probably be staying with family friends in Austin. Come out to Salt Lick anyway.

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I wish you had an extra day in Norcal.
A lot of Hwy 1 north of San Fran is beautiful, but boring.
The first few miles north of San Fran are great, next 100 miles beautiful and meh, the last few miles where it meets Hwy 101 are awesome.
You're going to drive right past, arguably, the best road in California, Hwy 36.
If you have an extra day, I highly recommend cutting east on Hwy 36, then going north a few miles, and coming back West on 299 then connecting back on 101 outside of Arcata.

That's a lot of miles of premium riding that is going to eat hours... but for riding it's worth it.

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sckill, if you're stopping in eugene and dont have a place to sleep, you might as well continue 3 hours north and sleep here in portland/vancouver.

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You're going to drive right past, arguably, the best road in California, Hwy 36.
If you have an extra day, I highly recommend cutting east on Hwy 36, then going north a few miles, and coming back West on 299 then connecting back on 101 outside of Arcata.

That's a lot of miles of premium riding that is going to eat hours... but for riding it's worth it.
+1000!!! Look at my avatar, that's on 36. Then 299 west are more sweepers but still a fantastic ride!

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Sounds like an awesome trip. I see you are coming through my area (Youngstown, Ohio) on your return. If you need a place to crash, or a garage to use I'm available.

I only have one suggestion to add to your riding gear; heated jacket or vest liner. It makes those 30 degree mornings bearable and you will love it on those cold rainy days.

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SCK good luck on your trip...doing that many miles on that bike may be something not to many have done....im thinking ironman status.....looking foward to the reports

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The centerstand on the 919 made all the difference. Clean with a rag dampened with WD40, and lube with your favorite chain elixir at appropriate intervals. Carry the tools necessary for an on the road chain adjustment. When we arrived in California after 3,500-4,000 miles, I gave the bikes an oil change at the in-laws.


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sckill, if you're stopping in eugene and dont have a place to sleep, you might as well continue 3 hours north and sleep here in portland/vancouver.
Thanks again for your hospitality. I heard Crater Lake may not be open in late May / early June. If so, I'll have enough time to skip over Eugene and make it up Portland.

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If you have an extra day, I highly recommend cutting east on Hwy 36, then going north a few miles, and coming back West on 299 then connecting back on 101 outside of Arcata.
Might see about getting Hwy 36 in since 140 miles of twisties sounds very tempting. Don't think I would have enough time to go back to the coast though. So I could stop in Redding instead and still stay on track.

fehren2800 - thanks for the offer and tip. I'm usually OK with the cold and I should have enough base layers + rainsuit to stay warm.

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Nope, won't qualify for the saddlesore or bun burner because not enough miles in 24 / 36 hours. Unless I'm running far behind, not planning on making a ride that long.

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The centerstand on the 919 made all the difference. Clean with a rag dampened with WD40, and lube with your favorite chain elixir at appropriate intervals. Carry the tools necessary for an on the road chain adjustment. When we arrived in California after 3,500-4,000 miles, I gave the bikes an oil change at the in-laws.


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Plenty of people say WD-40 is bad for the o-rings, but I guess after a huge trip like this, I'll be replacing the chain and sprockets anyway. I'll probably pick up a PackJack in lieu of a centerstand but $48 w/ shipping is kind of steep. Don't think I'm going to be able to carry my big ass 1/4" drive torque wrench with me either. Any other suggestions? Maybe mark off where the rear axle nut is right now and tighten the nut with a regular wrench to the same spot next time I make an adjustment?

I just realized the total trip distance will be close to ~10K miles now so I should change my tires along the way. I'll be at about 5.7K miles into the ride when I get to Portland. Pvster Maybe I could change oil and tires at your place when I get to Portland?

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Sckill, how's your chain and sprockets now? Might want to think about changing them before the trip if there's any question to their integrity.

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Sckill, how's your chain and sprockets now? Might want to think about changing them before the trip if there's any question to their integrity.
The chain and sprockets still have plenty of life left. Only 7.5K miles on the bike. I'll probably add miles between now and May, but no other long trips planned.

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IMO, don't overthink the chain.

I'm one of the "WD40 is fine" guys, so take this fwiw.

Every night, find a place you can roll the bike 20 feet; spray the chain, roll the bike forward 3 feet, spray the chain, roll the bike forward 3 feet, repeat.

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Depending on when you roll through SLC i will be here, i have a trip planed to NYC mid June. If i am not in NYC then i will accompany you on part of your trip and breakfast, lunch, dinner... when ever we are riding together will be on me. unfortunately i do not have an extra bed so you will have to find so lodging. i could however point out a few places for you and could suggest some places that may be worth you time to see.

Also if you need tools or to do any maintenance you may use what i have.

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Redneck - would be great to meet up in SLC. It will be my first time there and I'll definitely take you out when you come to NY.

The route is pretty much finalized now. Hotels have been booked for the first few nights up to the dragon and out in Cali. Also hwy 36 is definitely on the map now. I don't see how anyone could possibly turn down 140 miles of twisties. Still waiting on my friend to get back to me, but will most likely will be going solo unless he can get out of army reserve duties and ditch his new wife for a month.

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The Speed and Strength Hell and Back jacket has held up well on the 40 degree days earlier this month. It definitely won't be enough if I encounter high altitude freezing weather which may happen when I get to WA / ID / UT / CO so I have a Gerbing heated jacket liner and gloves on order. In addition to that, I'm waiting on a Corbin seat, Scorpio i900 alarm, and crampbuster to come in. Other than that, I think I should have all of the tools and gear I need to make this trip.

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mdtoney - Going to be around Seattle on 6/6, but will likely stay with family. Is there a place I can check to see if I82 and I84 between Seattle / Boise is closed?
Here's a link to check the condition of all the mountain passes in WA: WSDOT - Statewide Mountain Pass Map

I84 is listed on here:
TripCheck - Road Cams, Road & Weather Conditions in Oregon - ODOT

You're already riding thousands of miles, but if you'll be in the Seattle area on 6/6, there is a track day at Pacific International Raceways, about 35-40 minutes south of downtown Seattle.

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