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post #1 of 19 Old 03-10-2018, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Cross country suggestions

I just had an epiphany a few weeks ago, and have a sudden urge to ride cross country - East coast to West coast. Or maybe Route 66 in Chicago to California.

I know I am not reinventing the wheel, and there is a sh-t load of info on the net. I will most likely be riding solo and alone, staying at motels. Any suggestions as what is must see? And what general direction to take? I do not want to take multi lane highways. Thinking about what bike to take on the trip. Hey, a vstrom 650 could be the ticket. Looking to take two to three weeks and fly back East. Any thoughts?
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Rt 66 through northern Arizona will take you close to the Grand Canyon, an obvious "must see".

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I've ridden parts of Route 66 in Arizona; it's more of a spiritual thing than a sightseeing thing. The scenery isn't particularly impressive, beyond seeing the road signs and thinking "oh cool, I'm on Route 66". That's pretty much why I did it. Being a fan of The Eagles, I stopped in Winslow, AZ, of course. The Grand Canyon is a must see, if you're going to be up that way. The area around Sedona, and the ride through Oak Creek Canyon, is beautiful.

I've used this website to locate roads when planning a trip:

Motorcycle Roads | Motorcycle Roads and Rides | MotorcycleRoads.com

The site lists good motorcycling roads in every state, plus it rates them based on things like scenery and road quality, and contains comments from people who've ridden them. You can use it to plan a really nice meandering route across country.

Right now I'm planning a trip to Colorado and Utah for June. In Colorado I plan on riding up over Kebler Pass and Old Monarch Pass, Phantom Canyon Rd, and down the Million Dollar Highway. In Utah I want to hit the Moki Dugway, Gooseneck State Park, Moab, etc. Utah has incredible scenery; I rode from Monument Valley up to I-70 on my Harley back in 2009, and you spend a lot of time just gawking at how impressive it all is.
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Sounds like a great trip. Selling the bike or having it shipped home?

I'm going out (MI to CA) in May and throwing around ideas for routes. I'm thinking some parts of Route 66 would be cool; any more than that might get old. I'd like to hit the mountains in CO, but it may still be to cold. We'll see. I don't like to plan it out too much and keep it loose, but it is fun to think about.
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Tons of coast to coast USA motorcycle trips on YouTube ... I came across this kid who went from New York to California on Versys 650. Ten episodes but worth watching IMO ... this is the episode 1

Anyway, good luck with your plans ... it looks like it will be an awesome trip!
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My recommendation would be to travel West to East. That way you have the wind mostly in your back, going through the plains.

There are so may routes to take, depending what time of the year you go. I think that's where to start. No point going through Arizona, Nevada, etc. in August or through Montana, North Dakota in early May (you may end up with a foot of snow somewhere)!

Another way to start the planning is getting a map with all the National Parks and then string the ones you want to visit together. There are MANY out west, needs more than one trip :-)

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New Mexico and then heading North into Colorado are "both" must ride and explore states.
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New Mexico and then heading North into Colorado are "both" must ride and explore states.
Yes and what about Utah, Northern CA, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming and ... ?

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If you are thinking of the Rt 66, go to the libarry and check the books on the Mother Road. I have a couple and they give you info that will make the journey more interesting because you will know what to expect. I did find myself in a couple corn fields in Oklahoma with some bad directions.
I 40 parallels but is just thoroughfare. The good stuff is off on the old road.
Arizona and Calif have the longer stretches of old road. Grand Canyon Caverns had a campground and a motel and the Caverns and food. Yup the Grand Canyon is a nifty hole to gaze upon. Cheap rooms in Flagstaff and Williams. Or go big buck and stay at the canyon rim.

" the wind mostly in your back, going through the plains."

All I've ever noticed is my tank bag being blown in to my arm from North to South or versy visey. Wind at my back, I wish!
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Tons of coast to coast USA motorcycle trips on YouTube ... I came across this kid who went from New York to California on Versys 650. Ten episodes but worth watching IMO ... this is the episode 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znl2suehyRQ

Anyway, good luck with your plans ... it looks like it will be an awesome trip!
Watching that makes me want to roll!
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