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post #51 of 65 Old 06-11-2019, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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Following your get ready info. Are you bounding around America for a while or heading for border to explore yonder right away?
Friends have BMW stashed in Europe and went over there for several weeks each year touring. Their plan now is to explore the Americas and catch up on all the stuff they haven't see here.
Good question!

Attached are the stops I'm going to make along the way in the United States. I want to hit any National Parks I can.

I will take the coast of California down to San Diego to visit my brother, then head over to Arizona before going down to Mexico.

From Massachusetts to San Diego I would like to do it within 1 month, due to a gathering at my brother's I would like to attend.

I am looking at about 200-300 miles per day depending on conditions etc.

Hostels, couchsurfing, and camping will be my main places of rest.

From anyone with experience, what is the best way to get down to Mexico on a motorcycle considering the heat in the Arizona/New Mexico desert?

Some have suggested riding in morning and evening to avoid the daytime, other suggestions?

Potential leave date looks like July 9th! Getting very close!
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post #52 of 65 Old 06-11-2019, 10:21 PM
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I looked into Hostels a few years ago. I'd have to go to Santa Monica and sign it. THere are numerous hostels. I've stayed in one in Europe as long time ago. fabulous opportunities.
Give a post or a pm when you are close to So Cal. An evening with a traveler is interesting conversation and a room.
I've hosted a couple fellow Vstrom riders.
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I looked into Hostels a few years ago. I'd have to go to Santa Monica and sign it. THere are numerous hostels. I've stayed in one in Europe as long time ago. fabulous opportunities.
Give a post or a pm when you are close to So Cal. An evening with a traveler is interesting conversation and a room.
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Sounds great!
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Interstate 5 through California is an interminable drag in a car, on a bike it will be pure hell. You might consider taking 152 to Salinas, 101 to Oxnard, then Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu to the 405. Adds a couple hours but it's a much nicer ride. For some nice two-lane, take this detour before you hit Salinas.
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If you are running through Calif central valley I like hwy99 there area towns all along the way and agriculture to look at as it's traveled.
I 5 is OK and quicker but still in the boonies for the most part.
I think San Miguel has a french restaurant of some note. Heck there are great restaurants in a lot of little towns along the way.
25 is a great little diversion. You can see the ripples of earth movement from many earthquakes along the San Andreas fault.
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Interstate 5 through California is an interminable drag in a car, on a bike it will be pure hell. You might consider taking 152 to Salinas, 101 to Oxnard, then Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu to the 405. Adds a couple hours but it's a much nicer ride. For some nice two-lane, take this detour before you hit Salinas.
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Good to know! I think I will be riding the PCH now instead of 5. I am a real fan of the coast and think it would be a nice ride.

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If you are running through Calif central valley I like hwy99 there area towns all along the way and agriculture to look at as it's traveled.
I 5 is OK and quicker but still in the boonies for the most part.
I think San Miguel has a french restaurant of some note. Heck there are great restaurants in a lot of little towns along the way.
25 is a great little diversion. You can see the ripples of earth movement from many earthquakes along the San Andreas fault.
I will have to look into the restaurants! Food is a big must of mine to check out and explore
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Hwy 1 is a decent ride but can have traffic and fog. Best check the coastal weather. Fall seems to be when the fog isn't a real problem.
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It was time to say goodbye to my fellow co-workers yesterday!

I am so grateful for them and the time we spent working together for 2 years. It is surreal now that I won't be returning to teaching for a while, and I know it'll be even more so come the end of August.

I'm heading up to New Hampshire tomorrow for a camping trip on the bike.

I'm really liking these small trips to get a hang of what I'll need and want on the road. I have felt much more comfortable and confident on the bike and working on it these past couple months.

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Trip time is almost here! I have recognized I need a new clutch before putting all these miles on the bike, it is giving me intermittent issues and I'd like to get it done before I leave in a few days.

Any suggestions or experiences with doing the clutch would be appreciated!

Once the clutch is resolved the first stop is Stamford, New York!
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Why a clutch? I've got 100K miles on my 04 Wee and the clutch is fine. Of course a riders habits can affect clutch wear.
I replaced the clutch on a beemer once at 100K miles but I was attaching a Ural sidecar to it at the time too.
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