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Old 09-29-2012, 09:14 PM   #1
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I Ride: 1982 Yamaha XJ650 Maxim
My first real big ride.
So I have decided after my deployment I am going to buy a new bike and after some getting used to it, take it on a trip cross country.

As of now the route goes from the NW > SOCAL > GA > NE > and reverse.

I just cant decide which bike I want to do to this with. I have decided on a Harley Fat Bob or Blackline, Ive sat on both and both feel comfortable. But I thought maybe some who have done this before would have better insight and maybe some tips to help.

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Old 09-29-2012, 09:18 PM   #2
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:28 PM   #3
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:35 PM   #4
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You do realize you're going to get 1000 different responses. Take what you're comfortable with, a trip like that isn't about the bike. People have done it on bicycles, unicycles, and foot.

Probably want something that can take luggage.

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Old 09-29-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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“ Quote:
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I just cant decide which bike I want to do to this with. I have decided on a Harley Fat Bob or Blackline, Ive sat on both and both feel comfortable.
take them for a 50 mile ride before you decide. I've sat on many a bike that 'feel' comfortable while your in the showroom, only to be miserable bastards once I'm out on the road.

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Old 09-29-2012, 09:37 PM   #6
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:40 PM   #7
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advrider.com .. go to the ride reports section and enjoy ... here is a link http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=2 you will find all your answers there for everything road tripp

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Old 09-30-2012, 09:47 AM   #8
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I left this out of my first post. Thank you very much for your service.

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Old 09-30-2012, 10:18 AM   #9
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Just things to think about that might influence your bike choice - size, luggage capacity, range on a tank of gas could make one bike a better choice than another depending on how YOU plan to travel.

Is this going to be primarily camping, or staying in hotels/motels?

Mostly on the interstates, or getting on backroads and exploring as you go?

How much advance planning/reservation making will you do?

What time of year will this occur?


Whatever your choice, DO take an EXTENDED test ride before you lay your money down - what feels comfortable for 30-40 miles may not be when you get to 300-400 miles.

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Old 09-30-2012, 10:47 AM   #10
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Sit up. Leaning over handlebars for that long won'tfeel so good toward the end.

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Old 10-01-2012, 05:16 AM   #11
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Harleys are built for road trips. Either of those will work fine. Mine is a Dyna & consecutive 500 mile days are a pleasure, not a torture as they would be on lesser bikes.

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Old 10-01-2012, 02:37 PM   #12
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“ Quote:
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As of now the route goes from the NW > SOCAL > GA > NE > and reverse.

I just cant decide which bike I want to do to this with.
lot of climate variation in that route, regardless of the season.
So I'd get a used FJR1300, proven reliability, have electric up/down windscreen, hardbags.
Won't leave you stranded side of road. Mileage shouldn't matter much, imo - local one has 75,000 on it.
Do your trip, if like then keep; if not sell for $500 less.

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