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First post, Great site!

Looking for suggestions as to the best (cheapest) way to get my newly purchased VStrom from Pine, AZ to Bellingham, Wa. This is my first bike, and would rather not make a CC trip my first outing! Thanks in advance!
 

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DIY trailer works for me.

3dig,

I bought a trailer, in kit form, from Harbor Freight for about $200. It went together very easily. I added floors and rails without a lot of effort, and I have hauled about 8 different bikes with it, never having any problems. My Wee-Strom has has four 1500-mile rides on the trailer, and next month it will get its fifth.

If you have only one bike to haul, then the shortest trailer, about 40x48 inches, will work fine. You can use 2x4 or 2x8 or wider lumber to make a rail for the wheels, some more to make a ramp, and get strong ratchet-straps (also at Harbor Freight) to hold the motorcycle. Take care you don't run the strap too close to the plastic, because that stuff is not strong. Get an experienced helper for loading and tieing down the bike.

You can assemble the trailer easily because it's just like an erector set but bigger. The carpentry to make rails, ramp, floor, and rails takes a bit of skill, but you probably have friends with the necessary skills.

MAKE SURE that you maintain the wheel bearings of the trailer. After 6000 miles, you likely will need to replace those. You'll pay $30 per wheel and need a couple of hours for the first one and one hour for the second. Size matters, so get the right size!

Discuss trailers with your friends, and you will probably learn a few things you do not want to hear, but you need to know. For example, a loaded trailer follows more faithfully than an unloaded one.

Good luck!
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Well, cheapest would be to ride it. And if time isn't a critical issue, map out the backroads route and enjoy the ride at slower speeds on uncrowded roads. Maybe three or four days, max?

With the cost of renting/buying a trailer and gas, it might be cheaper to have it shipped via a service. I seem to recall seeing rates in the $5-600 range.
 

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Thanks for the speedie reply. Ideally Id ride the thing home, however, this would be an extreme shakedown of my skill, knowledge, and newly purhased gear. Maybe Im being a little too paranoid here. I have riden a smaller bike around town for a total of 50-100 miles, and I will be freshly out of a local Training course.......Sounds like an adventure.
 

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Thanks for the speedie reply. Ideally Id ride the thing home, however, this would be an extreme shakedown of my skill, knowledge, and newly purhased gear. Maybe Im being a little too paranoid here. I have riden a smaller bike around town for a total of 50-100 miles, and I will be freshly out of a local Training course.......Sounds like an adventure.
You would get used to the bike and riding in general real quick. Take your time and enjoy.
 

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First post, Great site!

Looking for suggestions as to the best (cheapest) way to get my newly purchased VStrom from Pine, AZ to Bellingham, Wa. This is my first bike, and would rather not make a CC trip my first outing! Thanks in advance!
Probably not the cheapest, but worth getting a quote anyway. Try PMI Motorcycle Shipping.

http://www.pmimotorcycleshipping.com/

I used them to ship my bike half way across Canada and it was very easy. You just arrange a pickup point and a drop off point. Tell them when to pick it up and they do the rest. They supply a proper pallet to load it on, they tie it down, they put it on their truck and undo the process at your destination. I dropped my bike off at a dealership in Vancouver, BC and a few days later they delivered my bike to where I work, in Ontario. I wasn't there for pickup or drop off and it all happened perfectly.
 

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Just ride it after a couple hundred miles you'll be fine and have a trip worth remembering for a lifetime.
 

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Courage

3dig,

Even though I gassed onandonandon about the trailer, I side with those suggesting you ride it.

Will you make mistakes? Yup, we all do. The biggest mistake I made was letting 41 years elapse between my first long bike ride and my second.

Go for it.

When I set out on my second trip, I was 64 years old, and I had the crazy notion I could ride 400 miles per day ... eight days in a row! I left Toronto Canada at noon on a Sunday, expecting to reach Vancouver BC late the following Sunday.

I hoped I would reach Chicago on Tuesday. I reckoned I would know whether I wanted to keep riding, rent a van and haul the bike with me, or shove the horrid thing into Lake Michigan.

Well, lemme tell you, the miles rolled on and on, and I did NOT reach Chicago on Tuesday. I did not reach Chicago on Monday. I passed Chicago the same Sunday I set out. I took six days for the ride, including a side trip to Denver CO, and got there Friday evening. The ride back east took five days.

Try this:http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&saddr=pine+az&daddr=bellingham+wa&mra=cc&dirflg=h&sll=42.032974,-114.873047&sspn=14.774538,29.707031&ie=UTF8&z=5

Budget five or six days for this ride, and you will enjoy it a lot. You can get a campsite for under $25 per night, but in those wide open spaces, there are probably lots of places to pitch a tent for $0.

A show of hands, for people who would want to ride with you, would probably amaze you. Here is mine: :mod2_clap:

As I said, courage!
Keith
 
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First post, Great site!

Looking for suggestions as to the best (cheapest) way to get my newly purchased VStrom from Pine, AZ to Bellingham, Wa. This is my first bike, and would rather not make a CC trip my first outing! Thanks in advance!
Hell pick it up in June, meet up for the Flagstaff Rally (June 19-22nd) and then ride back with some Washington riders that are coming down.
 

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Most shippers are fine and not alot of money but if you can stop your life long enough to do the ride yourself that would be best.With a little prep and good safe judgment you will get to your destination an experienced rider.

I did a small 600 miles total this weekend and at 62,with many rides under my belt I found my self singing and thanking my Higher Power like it was my first time.

Remember,there are no trailer hitches on a hearse and if your lucky enough to end up in a foul smelling rest home bed,they cannot steal that memory.

go ahead and ride it,
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If you buy me a plane ticket there and one home I'll ride it for ya.... You might have to twist my arm though.. I mean a ride out west.. what hell........

-GW
 

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I'm also a senior and wouldn't hesitate to ride it.......just take it easy, use common sense and ride safely.

It'll be something you'll remember for the rest of your life. "FIRST-TIMES" are always memorable. ;)
 

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Well,decided to take some well earned time off and ride it on home!

Thanks for the input, and the insight.

Gonna plan a route and take er easy. What I find Im missing, (gear wise) I can always pick up along the way.

I figure somewhere in southern Utah the light will click on, and Ill have her dialed. :bom_idea3:

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I just did a GoogleMaps of Pine, AZ to Bellingham, WA. Man, there are people out in the world that would kill for the opportunity to ride that. There are some absolutely amazing places between those 2 points. That said, considering it is your first bike, I hope you have previous motorcycle experience of some sort.

You won't ever forget the adventure.


Well,decided to take some well earned time off and ride it on home!

Thanks for the input, and the insight.

Gonna plan a route and take er easy. What I find Im missing, (gear wise) I can always pick up along the way.

I figure somewhere in southern Utah the light will click on, and Ill have her dialed. :bom_idea3:

3dig
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The most direct route seems to be up thru SLC to Boise, Yakima, Seattle. Ive caged it several times, and know what I can expect condition wise. It will be a sweet ride on a bike!

Unfortunately, my experience so far has been limited to a summer of city riding on a 250, and the Cycle Training course Im taking next week..

Therein lies the true nature of my initial post...Experience...Time in the saddle, and the details that can only be learned thru hands on...

No better time than right now, eh?

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If you are going to do it, avoid the direct route. Plan it to be an enjoyable trip, not a rush from point to point. Find some cool, new, places to stop and see along the way. Make it an adventure not just a point to point effort.

When are you going to have another chance to do it? Make this one count.
 

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Ive planned on 5 days to make the trip, if it takes longer, so be it.

My biggest concern, other than traffic, and vehicle control, is the weather.

I could see the entire spectrum, on this trip.

75 in AZ now, 43 here in Bellingham now with FL @ 5000' Rain likely.

Ill play it safe, should be interesting.
 

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New to bike and riding stay off the Interstates if you can. Try and find some smaller secondary roads that go in your desired direction. Don't worry about the bike, one of the most reliable bikes out there. Take lots of pictures and post a ride report, have fun.
 

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wow, I am jealous. B'ham is my hometown, and I have yet to get to ride there on my wee. That will be a great ride. I wish I could go with you:crying:
 
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