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Riding across America is the dream of many motorcyclists. The notion of traversing the U.S.A. on two wheels has a certain romantic aspect; 4000 miles unspooling before you like reels of an old, epic film. A lone rider and his/her machine, dusty and stoic, sharing tales of the road with strangers at every stop but never lingering in one place for more than a meal or a night’s sleep.

Unlike some things in life, the dream is not let down by the reality of actually doing it. Every ride across America is special – I’ve done it four times, and each trip provided unforgettable moments, the types of peak experiences we all long for when we get on a motorcycle. Still, there’s a lot to consider when planning a coast to coast trip: Do you use your own bike or rent one? How will you get your motorcycle back home when the ride’s done? What are the essential items to bring? How much time should you allocate, and what route should you take?
Read more about 50 Tips For Riding A Motorcycle Across America at Motorcycle.com.
 

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There was even a TV series in 1969 with that same theme. A lot of you guys know what it was. The star rode a sportster.
 

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That is what I am planning to do when I get out of the military... No way in hell they would approve the composite risk management for a trip like that... A few of my buddies are doing a 48 state ride later this year. Starting at the four points and ending in Kansas. 14 days 8000 miles.
 

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I've done the ride and just read the tips. Believe me, they pretty well match what experience has taught me. #50 was especially true as far as what to pack and carry. Wal Marts are your friend on the road.....they're everywhere.
 

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I've ridden from Arkansas to California; to Sturgis; to the East Coast; and several other long trips, but just once I'd like to leave and do 'em ALL before coming home. Head down through Texas, over into Arizona, across Cal to the PCH, north into Oregon and Washington. Then head east across Idaho and Montana, down into Wyoming and Colorado. Then head north again through the Black Hills and over into Minnesota, then tour the Great Lakes. Cut back across to the Virginias and Carolinas, then back to SE Tennesee and the Sweet Smoky Mountains before comin' home through Northern Alabama and Northern Mississippi.

Wanderlust. I can taste it.
 

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I spent a month on the road back in the 1970's and it was a very good month. You meet a lot of great people on a trip like that
 

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"#35) Sometimes you’re forced to stay in seedy, down in the mouth places on the road. In these types of places, always check the room before committing to stay, if only so you don’t get blamed for the dead hooker in the bathtub."

Best advice I've gotten all day.
 

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After the end of a day of riding I want a beer or 2 or 3 or 6.... when traveling through the south 2 of my overnight stops ended up being dry counties!!! WTF!!

DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU...

List of dry communities by U.S. state - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
LOL! That happened to me one time years ago. In fact, my very first mountain ride on a Harley me and a buddy rode to Cherokee NC and it was dry as a bone. Could not even get a drink in the casino! We ended up paying the brother of the little Indian princess desk clerk to drive us over to the next county, had a steak and a few drinks, then drove us back to the casino, then came and picked us up at midnight. The things people do huh? PS: I did not win a damn thing in the casino!

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That is what I am planning to do when I get out of the military... No way in hell they would approve the composite risk management for a trip like that... A few of my buddies are doing a 48 state ride later this year. Starting at the four points and ending in Kansas. 14 days 8000 miles.
Let me know when you plan to ride through the Chicago area. I'll be pleased to buy you a beer . . .
 

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I logged in today to look for information about a trip I'm planning for this summer. Crazy how this was the first post on the page. Great read. Thanks for sharing.
 

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I know its not the same 4 wheels as to two, but last year wife two 6' + sons and myself did a road trip camping round Australia which was a total of 27,472 KM's thats 17,032 miles. We did it in a 20 year old Subaru legacy which had 253,000 KM's on when we started. All we did to the car was change the engine oil/filter tighten fan belts and weld a bracket on the exhaust over teh 3 month trip.
Bottom line most rules are the same 4 or 2 wheels. Much I would do or not do if I did this again, take less clothes buy repalcements on route for one.
But long road trips 2 or 4 wheels with family and/or friends is a good way to see a place. Sunset on the Great Ocean road South Australia, outstanding bit of road. DSC_7935.JPG
Our ride poor thing, its still going, just about. Will be retired In April when its Insurance runs out. It's just about on its last legs and not worth repairing so boys will sell it for scrap but she sure did have a last run out. The girl the boys got the car from was very pleased to see her old car go all round Australia as she was on the boys facebook page so could see what we were up to.

Ride/drive safe.
 

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I know its not the same 4 wheels as to two, but last year wife two 6' + sons and myself did a road trip camping round Australia which was a total of 27,472 KM's thats 17,032 miles. We did it in a 20 year old Subaru legacy which had 253,000 KM's on when we started. All we did to the car was change the engine oil/filter tighten fan belts and weld a bracket on the exhaust over teh 3 month trip.
Bottom line most rules are the same 4 or 2 wheels. Much I would do or not do if I did this again, take less clothes buy repalcements on route for one.
But long road trips 2 or 4 wheels with family and/or friends is a good way to see a place. Sunset on the Great Ocean road South Australia, outstanding bit of road. View attachment 328890
Our ride poor thing, its still going, just about. Will be retired In April when its Insurance runs out. It's just about on its last legs and not worth repairing so boys will sell it for scrap but she sure did have a last run out. The girl the boys got the car from was very pleased to see her old car go all round Australia as she was on the boys facebook page so could see what we were up to.

Ride/drive safe.

Epic.
 

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If I keep hanging around this forum I am going to be in big trouble.......I'm ready to quit my job , pack my street glide and just ride and never look back ! Haha

Now you're talking.
 

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If I keep hanging around this forum I am going to be in big trouble.......I'm ready to quit my job , pack my street glide and just ride and never look back ! Haha
I had the same plan. Bike packed ready to go and then I went to say goodbye to my wife. "THERE'S NO WAY YOU'RE LEAVING WITHOUT ME!" Well, since I enjoy her company and the benefits, I figured win-win, until I saw what she figured on bringing with her! Screw it, I'm staying home.
 

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My best riding buddy and I have been road tripping together for 20 years. We like to find a motel near a jiffy store and some fast food joints. Once we park, we don't get back on till morning. We are not on a gourmet journey, just beers and easy food. Some guys we have ridden with will ride 20 miles for dinner. Just in case we find ourselves in a dry town/county we carry some good brown whisky with us.
 
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