It's looking really likely that I will be moving from New York to San Francisco in January, and as I consider this move and how to get my things (including my motorcycle) cross country, it seems like the opportunity is incredibly ripe for a ride from NY to SF.
A few items, some questions:
I have a 2014 Triumph Bonneville. I've had her for a year. I'm a pretty decent rider, but still very new by almost every standard. I have two years of riding experience on a scooter, and bike riding in New York City.
I've spent 8 hours in a day on my bike on a practice trip to Rhode Island. I can do about 2 hours at a time without stopping. It wasn't too bad. About how much riding should I prepare for in a day?
I broke my knee on the scooter ten years ago, so I am pretty effing careful riding on this Triumph. That said, anything can happen, and a week plus on the road feels like asking for it. Am I?
I have barely a week and a half in October to make this happen, and I feel like November will be too cold. Will it? Because I think I'd rather go in November...
Someone posted that they were going to do this trip in 5 days. That sounds insane to me. Is it?
What route can I take that isn't going to take forever and also won't be all highway vibration?
I was told to get a windshield. I have saddle bags but they suck. I need great saddle bags that hold more. I keep hearing about heated gear and rain gear. Riding in the rain? Isn't this insane? I've heard of motorcycle rolls but I have no idea what that is. What gear is vital?
I have a tent and am not afraid to camp. But I am a girl, and even though I wear ass kicking boots, I've never tried this before, just on the trail in designated campgrounds. Is motorcycle camping safe? For some reason seedy motels freak me out a bit more than the idea of camping.
I don't think that my bike is old enough for bad trouble, but I want to make sure I have a good toolkit and the resources to handle a problem if it comes up. I'm assuming I need the manual and a toolkit, anything else?
Help me figure all of this out? Thanks!