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I live in Seattle. Last February I arranged a purchase of a 2012 Adventure through a dealer in Scottsdale, AZ. I then purchased a motorcycle trailer in Seattle to tow behind my Toyota Tacoma, which I also loaded with camping gear and bicycles. I spent about a month touring the Southwest, camping out and using the newly purchased Wee for day trips. Had a great time and want to go back next spring, maybe around mid to late March.

But I don't want to drive down to the SW in my truck and I don't want to try to make that trip on my Wee -- too many opportunities for cold and/or wet and/or snowy / icy road conditions that time of year. Might be able to ride the bike home in April with some thoughtful route selection.

So I want to get myself and my cycle, with camping gear that will fit on the cycle, to the SW without having to ride it there and without spending a lot of money. What are my options?
 

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Even a 10' U-Haul truck, one way, is $1k.
 

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Simple. I'm surprised you didn't think of it. :confused:

Teleporter.

Of course the challenge will be locating one that will transfer you, your scooter and your camping gear, as you put it, "without spending a lot of money".
 

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Get yourself some rain gear and ride down. If it rains stay in a motel, otherwise camp. It feels great to have that kind of freedom. if you stay near the coast the chance of snow is near 0%.
 

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Get yourself some rain gear and ride down. If it rains stay in a motel, otherwise camp. It feels great to have that kind of freedom. if you stay near the coast the chance of snow is near 0%.
Agree 110%.
 

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There are a bunch of motorcycle shipping companies that will crate your bike and ship it to any destination you want. Haulbikes and Shippingmasters are two that I found during a quick Google search. I don't know how much it would cost, but I'd guess that $500.00 would be the minimum amount. They probably even have a service where you could pick the bike up at one of their depots. You could ship your camping gear right on the bike. Jump on a plane, fly to where your bike is, and there you go.

It sounds really expensive, but if you are adamant that you don't want to ride the bike, and don't want to take your truck, then that's one solution.

Another is to pay one of your friends who doesn't have anything better to do to trailer your bike down to the southwest and drop it off somewhere. But honestly, I think you're snipe hunting here; there isn't going to be a cheap way to get someone to transport your bike for you, along with you having to find another way to get where your bike is.
 

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How about this. I live in Vancouver Canada. I will drive down to the airport in Seattle. You meet me there with your bike. I park my car in long term storage, and load up your bike with my camping gear, then I ride it down South. You meet me at an airport someplace down there, we switch out the camping gear. I hop on an airplane and off you go on your bike.

I could probably get anywhere down South in 5 days. We could meet in LA for example. I could be there in 4 days probably, but say 5 just for overlap.

You pay for my one way ticket home, and my parking fees at the airport. A fun trip for both of us.
 

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If you can get the bike down here and then ride it back at some point next spring, you are welcome to keep it at my place. No garage, but I do have a covered carport. I'll even ride it a few miles once a week if you want. That should cover any timing/storage concern you might have. I'm in Tucson.
 

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I appreciate the suggestions / ideas from all. As one of you said, it's a "snipe hunt". But my assumption is that there are riders out there who have solved this problem before. Doesn't hurt to ask.
 

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The only option I see if you don't want to ride it or spend a lot of money is to tow it with your truck. Plus you can bring your bicycles. Otherwise you're hiring people and equipment and still have to get there yourself. Don't forget to check out Death Valley and surrounding area.
 

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NW to SW

hi why not ride it down now? while the weather is still good.
sacramento, reno (750 miles) or Oakland / San Fransisco
or a bit further to LA or Vegas. (1100 )

leave it in a storage unit near the airport
most have light bulbs so you can plug in a battery tender.

fly back

then fly down and do your riding.

I took a storage unit in LA was not expensive, not far from the airport.
Nice people, clean place and 24 hours surveillance/ somone on premises.
E.
 

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Look for some one that races motor cycles in your area that is going south around that time of year. They may let you ride along with your bike for the share of the driving. I know that time of year there is a British bike meet in Nampa, ID If you get that far the only bad pass is Snow Ville. But I've seen it snow there July.
Contact your local British bike club or Norton riders club. I'm sure they will be willing to help. and if the weather is bad I know that some one from hear will pick you up and drop you in Utah. The UBBC attends that rally every year.
 
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