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50 Tips For Riding A Motorcycle Across America

Riding across America is the dream of many motorcyclists. The notion of traversing the U.S.A. on two wheels has a certain romantic aspect; 4000 miles unspooling before you like reels of an old, epic film. A lone rider and his/her machine, dusty and stoic, sharing tales of the road with strangers at every stop but never lingering in one place for more than a meal or a night’s sleep.

Unlike some things in life, the dream is not let down by the reality of actually doing it. Every ride across America is special – I’ve done it four times, and each trip provided unforgettable moments, the types of peak experiences we all long for when we get on a motorcycle. Still, there’s a lot to consider when planning a coast to coast trip: Do you use your own bike or rent one? How will you get your motorcycle back home when the ride’s done? What are the essential items to bring? How much time should you allocate, and what route should you take?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-20-2015, 01:36 AM
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+1 with Ron, great stuff. Follow many of those ideas on the long roads but I'm especially fond of #15.

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I think we should have written the article Would agree with much of it. Great photos! V

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Good read, thanks for posting!
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+1 with Ron, great stuff. Follow many of those ideas on the long roads but I'm especially fond of #15.
Great article!

#15 GPS is a real necessity for getting this small town hick through major metro areas,other than that I have my trusty Harley Road atlas.If you haven't seen one it's probably the best biker atlas there is imo.All must ride back roads are marked for you.

#31 weather band is ok but after having xm weather on the wing for 18 mos. I don't think I could leave home without it lol.

#32 @ 62 yrs young I still like to pitch a tent much of the time.

#46 I can't imagine having any negative thoughts while crossing this great country on 2 wheels. Thinking about and planning next summer's exploits shortens up the long winters for me here in Wyomig.

I've ridden coast to coast solo 5 times since 2010,2 weeks @ a time.2 days after the Cody m&g I'll be retired.July 1st departing for a month 12k mi. up along the Great Lakes,Canada to N Maine down the E coast to the Fl. Keys,west along the gulf coast-desert sw to San Diego,up the PCH to Seattle,east to Montana,then home.
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Great article and the comments helped too.

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Rule #51: Bring a cover for the bike. I personally think a cover is more effective than a lock for deterring thieves. Out of sight; out of mind.

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#45 is so true..... but it is true for everyone that gets in the drivers seat..... don't care if it is on 2,3,4,6, or even 18 wheels

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Interesting reading but this statement doesn't make sense .

"How will you get your motorcycle back home when the ride’s done? "

Is he saying he only does one way trips.
Hopefully I'm back home when the ride is done .
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