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Old 11-09-2012, 12:00 AM   #31
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snowy ride

well just done 4 days in the snowy mountains clocking up a fair few kms on some beautiful roads
good practise for Colorado and Utah eh
came out of it with out any soreness so hopefully will be able to handle 5 times that many days
when we are in USA
might start doing yoga so i can get my leg over the bike
the stretch my Doc put me on to is very good and you can do it as you ride
push your chest out and pull your shoulders back and down
works for sore shoulders and neck pain
time is ticking away it wont be long before we land on your shores
see you then
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:48 PM   #32
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The National Parks System is really nice in the US... full of tourists in their RVs and tacky T-shirt stores but really worth it when you get away from the crowds. Zion NP and Canyonlands NP in Utah are spectacular... the White Rim trail in Canyonlands is a easy/moderate 100 dirt loop that is just amazing. Southern Colorado near Telluride is just all beautiful country, also central colorado has lots of nice passes like Independence and Cottonwood, or ride to the top of 14,000 foot peaks like Pike's Peak and Mt Evans. Colorado just legalized marijuana too so you can enjoy a nice Bday joint if you like. In South Dakota, Spearfish Canyon and surrounding roads are great and the Needles Hwy and Iron Mtn Road through Custer State Park are some good motorcycling too. Stay of the interstates, they're built for 18 wheelers not motorcycles.
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Old 11-10-2012, 04:35 PM   #33
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When in Colorado... we love Glenwood Springs, its our home away from home... not for riding but a great hot spring for swimming. From there, you could venture through Aspen and down into beautiful Ouray.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:03 AM   #34
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Regarding insurance...The insurance system is probably a lot different here than in Aus. Some of the coverage limits allowed by the states for liability can be unbelievably low (ie: $15K in Arizona). Many people drive around with no insurance at all. You want to make sure you are covered for uninsured and underinsured motorists. We do not have no fault insurance like you probably do there so be aware of the differences. Also health care is VERY expensive so make sure you have good solid coverage there. Another thing to consider is things like air ambulance or helicopter evacuation is generally not covered. There are companies that provide coverage for that. Some of the places you will be riding through are pretty remote and may require that sort of evacuation if something goes horribly wrong...which of course it won't. You'll have the time of your life.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:30 PM   #35
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good points
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:32 PM   #36
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legalise it

the idea of a birthday joint in the mountains appeals
after the bike is bedded down of course
otherwise i might start heading back to the left hand side of the road
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Old 11-25-2012, 06:39 PM   #37
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insurance

well i got insurance with" worldwide insurance" and the policy covers all those points you raised and was only $136 so money well spent i think. there maybe a little bit more for breakdowns etc but that is to do with the bike hirer. so one think less to get organised. getting a little excited and there is 7 months to go
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:31 PM   #38
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departure date 11 july 2013

well we have tickets leaving sun july the 11th
first night in Santa Monica
then pick up bikes HD's
up the hwy #1 to San Fran
redwoods then yosemite
left at bishop to utah and colorado
playing it by ear and hoping local knowledge will direct us
riding the ride on the blacktop
looking forward to seeing your great country
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:47 PM   #39
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well we just spent the weekend up to glouster then over to nabiac then up to wauhope and through the bends to walcha. perfect riding weather - bit hot when stopped and cool as when riding - clear skys no wind and no police. few beers in the aspley arms and a feed (recommend staying there $30 pp cleanist hotel i have stayed in - lock up for bikes) next day down thunderbolts and after the viewstation it pissed down - visibility 30ft (had to take sunnies off) rain & fog. some poor bugger had hit some diesel on the 12% slope and ran his HD forks into the cliff. everyone was standing so only the bike hurt - we all slowed down a bit more. soon clear skies again and back in glouster then over the hill to dungog beautiful sunshine as we sleazed back to newy after a counter lunch and a schooner. good practise run for the ever closer adventure. next run is the 3 ferrys down colo way bit of fun on the putty - over the ferrys and back up the old northern to wollombi then newy
see you on the road
wont be long before we are in the USA
have picked up some great tips on this site am longing forward to the ride
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:45 PM   #40
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Well bikes are booked 4 low riders and 1 sporty
Although eaglerider seems to indicate you get what you are given
Doesn't matter as long as reliable and comfortable
Having had so long to plan this trip we have changed ideas many times
But now we are back to basics as it is such a Huge place with too much to do and see
So up to SF on the # 1 then through the redwoods and down to the murphys loop as Zippah suggested then bishop to Ely up through yellow stone over bear tooth get to sturgis before the rally. Hangout buy a tshirt have a few beers. That should take 5/6 days so then we are in the groove and will have some local knowledge and 14 days to slide back to LA. that's the plan anyway and it is open to change taking into account weather bush fires local suggestions etc. so off with Stewy for a run over the buladelah old road. Beautiful day and the beer is good at the plough inn. Will update as we get closer to departure. I am getting a little excited as we speak haha.
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:48 PM   #41
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Well bikes are booked 4 low riders and 1 sporty

Doesn't matter as long as reliable and comfortable
Isn't this an oxymoron?







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Old 04-30-2013, 03:55 PM   #42
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haha
you are stuck in the 70s man
HDs are american iron
all those breakdowns are in the past
what do you ride
some sporty wizz bang that you have to get off after an hour cos your wrists are sore
or are you a vstrom kinds guy
who cares anyway
according to the show "justified" there is plenty of oxy in USA
maybe you can introduce me to a few morons
maybe we will catch up for a bear(sic)
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Old 05-01-2013, 08:33 AM   #43
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Somewhere in this thread there was talk of a Sporty.


The bikes that you rent should have at least 180 mile fuel range. A lot of Sporters that I know typically have 100 miles range. If this is the case you are in for a lot of fuel hauling. And a huge pain in the ass.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:34 PM   #44
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im hearing you
the guy who chose the sporty will have to deal with that
especial Bishop through to Ely
if hes not fogging it he should get 220 from a tank
thats km over here, you guys do miles so less
yes he is going to have to carry fuel
maybe he will rethink
time will tell william
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Old 05-01-2013, 04:10 PM   #45
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haha
you are stuck in the 70s man
HDs are american iron
all those breakdowns are in the past
what do you ride
some sporty wizz bang that you have to get off after an hour cos your wrists are sore
or are you a vstrom kinds guy
who cares anyway
according to the show "justified" there is plenty of oxy in USA
maybe you can introduce me to a few morons
maybe we will catch up for a bear(sic)
cya
+1 on "bear". Let me know if you are coming thru Ft. Collins & we will set up a brewery crawl. We will all be morons by bedtime.
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