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Aero_Doc 06-13-2006 06:09 AM

Re: Cross country trip
Had the opportunity to travel across Australia by bike (R1100RT) about 10 yrs ago, did 11,000 kms in 3 weeks - loved it. Just to add to the advice, get your water sorted out, survival list etc - just in case! Pack a puncture repair kit (I needed mine after 500km on a new tyre), what helped me as I went across the Nullaboor was socks soaked in water around my neck and let evaporation do the rest. Do it you'll, never regret it and you may not have the chance to do it again - carpe diem! Keep us updated...

Fenton 06-13-2006 06:13 AM

Re: Cross country trip
However many days it takes you is the right number. Water, advil, vented jacket and the right attitude.

Go hard in the mornings and then cruise around in the afternoons.

Vary the rpms and get your oil changed along the way.


mikenomad 06-13-2006 06:27 AM

Re: Cross country trip
The issue is not the bike, it's the rider. He says he's never taken a trip longer than commuting to work. If he learns the do's/don'ts of long-distance riding, his chances of putting on more miles per day are better.

lindsey 06-13-2006 06:57 AM

Re: Cross country trip
I've owned two Connies, loving my second more than the first even. I'd recommend five days for that trip, think high mileage the first two, then descending mileage after. Have a blast, buddy, you're buying a gem of a bike. Fast, comfy, fun, bulletproof....

03zx12r 06-13-2006 07:30 AM

Re: Cross country trip
Is this bike brand new? If it is not I would not want to make that trip alone. The bike has a OK rep, but this specific bikes reliability is unknown to you. I'd ship it until you know the bike and its reliability.

crevans 06-13-2006 08:29 AM

Re: Cross country trip
Fly me out there and I'll ride it to Pennsylvania for ya in two days. Just make sure there's beer waiting for me at the end.

xlr8r 06-13-2006 09:09 AM

Re: Cross country trip
I can't even imagine that sort of mileage within one country. From where I live, it would take me to Moscow. I can't imagine a Kawasaki Concours either, since they have never, ever, been sold in the UK. But after five years of reading MO I do know that they are the finest motorcycle ever to grace the world's asphalt, or so seruzawa says, so you have made absolutely the right choice. No harm can befall you.

Joseph_Betor 06-13-2006 09:54 AM

Re: Cross country trip
Give yourself enough time so you don't have to ride after sunset. The Northeast is overrun with deer.

tomnort 06-13-2006 10:35 AM

Re: Cross country trip
I shipped my Honda 450 over from Japan back in 1973 when I graduated from high school. I made the trip from San Fran to Detroit in 5 days. The vibration was horrific but the gas was cheap!

The Concours is a great machine and you will love the trip. Get up early and quit before you get exhausted. Take your camera and get some pix of the Grand Canyon if you're close.

Enjoy & God bless.

Tigercub 06-13-2006 10:40 AM

Re: Cross country trip
Definitely do the trip!!

Don't know the bike, but I've heard they tour to the moon and back.

If I were you I'd plan on taking 7 days. That's about 350 miles per day and seems to be within your current conditioning. If you feel good and do 500+ miles then great!

Make it a vacation/sight-seeing tour coupled with bike transport back home.

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