Myself and a mate have recently started talking about the idea of taking a month of work, flying out to the USA and renting motorbikes for a coast to coast trip of a lifetime.
We're still at the very beginning of the planning stage but at the moment the basic idea is:
- Rent a motorbike each (Harley Davidsons probably - I mean what else would we get? ;)) on the East Coast, probably New York.
- Travel west on a route yet to be decided, stopping off at various places that interest us along the way.
- Camp most of the time but probably stay in motels/hotels some of the time
- End up on the west coast, probably San Francisco.
At the moment we figure that we can reasonably cover about 6,000 miles in that month - an average of about 45mph, riding for an average of 6 hours per day should let us cover about 6,000 miles in just under 23 days, leaving a couple of days either side of the trip and the odd day here and there of not riding.
We have some very initial questions that we would like advice about, especially from bikers that have done a similar trip, but any advice at all is appreciated:
- Is our goal of 6,000 miles in a month totally unrealistic? Is 6 hours a day, for 23 days going to kill us? :)
- Does anyone know if we need to do anything special about our bike licenses before we go, maybe get them checked or verified or something odd like that?
- In Ireland, when you pass your bike test you are only allowed to ride a bike of 33BHP or less for the first two years. Does any similar law exist in the USA?
- Are there any good deals we should be on the look out for - maybe monthly camping deals or fuel discounts etc? Maybe there are web sites out there that would be useful that we might not know about?
- Lastly, are there any MUST see places that we should include on our route?
Hopefully, this is the first of many posts by me in this great community!