My first real big ride.

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Talk' started by bobbytheblack, Sep 29, 2012.


  1. bobbytheblack

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    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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    busa or connie.



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  3. tims007

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  4. Juilin

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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. ;)
     
  5. DeeG

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    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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    I left this out of my first post. Thank you very much for your service.
     
  9. NoMornings

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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. :scared
     
  10. rmorten

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    Sit up. Leaning over handlebars for that long won'tfeel so good toward the end.
     
  11. jwcruiser

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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.
     
  12. UhOh

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    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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