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Old 06-26-2011, 01:31 PM   #1
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Default First cross country trip, any tips?

This probably isn't a good idea, and could go terribly wrong.
But, I'm okay with that. I'm looking for adventure, mishaps included.

I will be going from SLC, UT to New York City. Round trip. Alone. I figure I'll be leaving August or September. I have an Iron 883. I want to make this trip as cheap as possible, and fit as many miles in a day as I can.

for those of you who have done this.. maybe a little advice or the "don't forget..".

Or websites would help.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:34 PM   #2
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Cell phone with spare charged batteries. Credit cards galore. Beyond that, you must know your bike and your tools.

Briana sounds like a female name, are you going alone? Trust your instincts always...
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:42 PM   #3
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Ooh! The spare cell batteries is a great idea. Thanks. I'll have spare money in case something happens along the road. But, I think that's my biggest problem. I won't know how to fix it if it breaks down. All I can do these next 2 months is learn what I can.
and yes, I am female and going alone.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:46 PM   #4
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Since you can't do repairs can you find some major insurance plan, AAA is all I can think of, that can dispatch towing quickly?

I wonder if the Good Sam club would accept you as a very small RV?
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:45 PM   #5
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Ear plugs! Definitely. and I am not sure if i'll be stopping in Chicago. I have family out in Indiana I would like to surprise, and it's in the opposite. We'll see. I want to visit a lot of cities.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:36 PM   #6
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ear plugs, tools, electrical tape, and toilet paper

if your near Chicago hit me up.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:47 PM   #7
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Fixaflat X 2
Do you have a concealed carry permit, if not get one and spend some time at the range.
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Old 06-27-2011, 05:19 PM   #8
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Fixaflat X 2
Do you have a concealed carry permit, if not get one and spend some time at the range.
doesnt matter, no concealed carry in NYC.

also if you need tools or a place to crash in NYC let me know, oddly enough my wife wont give a strange chick on the couch a second look.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:53 PM   #9
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If you get a hotel room, get the bottom floor and roll your bike inside after she's cooled off. Oil changes and primary fluid changes every few days don't hurt and above all, since gun laws change state to state, pack a big fuckin knife and know how to use it. These days you can't go unprepared and it sucks. Cell, credit cards and since your female, toilet paper is a good idea too. Have your route plotted out with somebody you can check in with for safety. A side saddle gas container is a good idea too in those long stretches. Helmet for those fucked up states with laws is good. Don't pack too many clothes, you can always stop to wash what you've worn and plug your phone in at a laundry mat. Keep about $20 in quarters and maybe triple A.

That should cover you, enjoy the ride and let your mind wander.

Be safe and ride smart.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:56 PM   #10
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join the AMA american motorcycle association, best emergency towing available ,dont be in a hurry ,and drive defensively,you will be fine ,enjoy it,good luck
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:58 PM   #11
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most major insurance companies for $5 a year will cover you for a single tow within a certain mile radius to a repair show free of charge.
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Old 06-26-2011, 01:59 PM   #12
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I'll hunt an insurance company down. Also, note some shops along the way.
And, damn. I need a gun? I'm going to be an overnight badass.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:03 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the input! It is all noted. I'm really excited. .
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:10 PM   #14
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Alone is great.......but safety in numbers.
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:12 PM   #15
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I agree, I would love to take this trip with others, but it is really no desire of anybody I know. So, this adventure will be kept with me and my bike.
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http://www.ironbutt.com/tech/aowprintout.cfm
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Old 06-26-2011, 02:41 PM   #17
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^^^ this is very informative but You gonna have to have a big bike to pack all that stuff away.What bike is it that you are taking?Ok I see it's a 883, dose it have a tall sissy bar to strap stuff to?
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A small can of stuff called "Bag Balm". It is used to prevent chaffing on milking cows, and works wonders on what my female friends call their "Bruinswick". Ya know, like on a bowling ball, the area between the holes. It will be your best friend on about day 3
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A small can of stuff called "Bag Balm". It is used to prevent chaffing on milking cows, and works wonders on what my female friends call their "Bruinswick". Ya know, like on a bowling ball, the area between the holes. It will be your best friend on about day 3

good advice there.

The ironbutt site is precious as well.

When we did this in about 91 the first day was the longest as that's when everything broke. Baling wire fixed my cracked pipe mount and it stayed there for almost three years after cuz it was just working so well! Electric Bill had silly little aggravations like the jet's vibrating out of his carb. Under a street light in Sparks Nevada we managed to find all the little bits sitting on the engine and reassembled the mess. Talk about good luck!

Oh yeah, stash some of the good hi intensity flashlights available now around the bike. They'll be a lot more useful than the one or two candles you should also stash....
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Old 06-26-2011, 04:24 PM   #20
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You're a hell of a lot more ballsy than I am. I'd have to get some real good honest miles out of my bike before I tried a cross country trip. Then again yours is newer. I do agree with a gas can, gun/knife, maybe some caffeine pills. Good luck.
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