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Old 02-07-2013, 06:30 AM   #16
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So...reviving an old thread here...

Am I able to just throw my jacket, helmet, etc onto the bike and then secure it via cable lock?

I don't want to take my gear with me to the passenger section, but I don't want to stuff my gear in my panniers (I don't have the room).
So long as you rest the items on the seat, I don't see a problem with it. I woudl recommend maybe placing them inside a cheap duffel bag and cable locking that to the bike just in case. Out of sight out of mind
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:15 PM   #17
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Never ridden the auto train though I think the idea has meritt. Imagine a train that you could load your bike on then, settle into a comfy seat with Mondo Enduro or On any Sunday on the big screen, cold beer on tap and meat on the grill.
This train would run coast to coast in 2 days and if you choose you could off load in Colorado or continue to the Pacific. The cost would be the equivalent of gas money plus beer and your food.

Probably not going to happen in my lifetime.
It could happen after all the existing North South Amtrak looses $millions and millions a year and is propped up at tax payers expense just like the Post Office. So why not add a East West route and spend more money. dont get me wrong as a life long motorcyclist i love your dream but as a tax payer not so much.

I've heard it is very hard to actually get any sleep on the Amtrak, could be dangerous riding the next morning. I know I cant actually sleep on a plane.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:00 AM   #18
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I've heard it is very hard to actually get any sleep on the Amtrak, could be dangerous riding the next morning. I know I cant actually sleep on a plane.

It was tough but doable. No worse than sleeping on the ground at a Rally.

Just means you have to drink bar car bourbon until you pass out.
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Old 02-09-2013, 10:45 AM   #19
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It could happen after all the existing North South Amtrak looses $millions and millions a year and is propped up at tax payers expense just like the Post Office. So why not add a East West route and spend more money. dont get me wrong as a life long motorcyclist i love your dream but as a tax payer not so much.

I've heard it is very hard to actually get any sleep on the Amtrak, could be dangerous riding the next morning. I know I cant actually sleep on a plane.
I don't believe the USPS receives any Federal tax dollars.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:49 PM   #20
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I've heard it is very hard to actually get any sleep on the Amtrak, could be dangerous riding the next morning. I know I cant actually sleep on a plane.
My experience, it's way better than sleeping on a plane: The seats are larger, you have more leg space, and the rythm of the train is very sleep-inducing. Plus, you can get up and walk around or hit the bathroom at any time.

You should consider taking a travel pillow and a light blanket. When I took the train, pillows were provided, but I was sure glad I brought a light blanket.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:32 PM   #21
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My experience, it's way better than sleeping on a plane: The seats are larger, you have more leg space, and the rythm of the train is very sleep-inducing. Plus, you can get up and walk around or hit the bathroom at any time.

You should consider taking a travel pillow and a light blanket. When I took the train, pillows were provided, but I was sure glad I brought a light blanket.
Yep, I'll have to eventually do it for the experience, the idea of loading up in the afternoon and waking up in VA and going riding from there is pretty cool.
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Old 02-11-2013, 06:41 PM   #22
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I don't believe the USPS receives any Federal tax dollars.
It has to be funded by tax payers, what other business can loose $57 million /day and remain in business.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1759792.html
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:01 AM   #23
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It has to be funded by tax payers, what other business can loose $57 million /day and remain in business.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1759792.html
Yeah, that's a good point. On the other hand, it works better than most government run postal systems.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:31 AM   #24
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via google-USPS using tax money was ended in 1983-they do get fave treatment in other ways. Amtrak is basically something that gets eastern corridor people to work from their enclaves in the burbs via tax money?
Riding a train and MC's don't come together for me...
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:50 AM   #25
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Riding a train and MC's don't come together for me...
Actually when you live in south FLA, have limited amount of vacation and are traveling 2 up, the train works very well. Its a days to just get out of Florida and than another day back into Homestead. To put it in perspective, for a trip we have planned this summer to New Foundland we plan to use the auto-train, that allows me to leave Homestead Saturday morning and be in Scanton, PA or further Sunday night. 1200-1400 miles ++ , 2 up pretty much overnight. I can do 650-800 mile days on the bike, no problem, but the other half can't........so the train kills a whole bunch of miles and all around makes the ride much more pleasant. Same as taking a ferry on some trips, you just might not have the time to ride around so you take the ferry to compensate.

For east coast travel the train has its place. Especially if you are just trying to get up and down the coast, not all destinations and vacation times allow one to meander through the Smokies.
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:33 AM   #26
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A "pizza trip" is about as far as my other half wants on the pillion seat. I get your train point. FWIW, I would not personally want to travel far on the tiny seat.
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A "pizza trip" is about as far as my other half wants on the pillion seat. I get your train point. FWIW, I would not personally want to travel far on the tiny seat.
LOL! Mine likes to ride and we have thought about putting her on her bike but she has shiny-thing syndrome too bad!! I have pushed her to just over 500 miles in a day but about 400 is her normal limit, which is still respectable! I have had her seat modified a bit so she stays fairly comfortable.
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:32 AM   #28
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Riding a train and MC's don't come together for me...
Have you ever ridden your motorcycle from Kansas City to Denver?

If so, then you'd understand the desire for an East-West Autotrain.
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:02 AM   #29
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I'm from Kansas & have been out that way a bunch. Find someone else to complain to about the plains, I actually miss them at times. I-70 is OK in a car to cover some ground headed west but on a bike there are better routes such as US36 and the route around Denver to the north. years ago I took a gravel road from CO Springs area(was the new at the time Continental Divide Raceway) far into KS for hours on end. Try some of that If I had to choose a trip across W KS & E CO vs say the North eastern corridor(where half the USA lives in wad between Boston & VA) through lots of traffic & polluted air or LA CA with even worse air(and the other half of the pop of the USA) as compared to the plains with big skies,no traffic that matters,open throttle & clean air and more sunshine days than most places in the USA, I'll take that open road every time unless I'm after twisties in the mtns where I live now.
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:23 PM   #30
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So long as you rest the items on the seat, I don't see a problem with it. I woudl recommend maybe placing them inside a cheap duffel bag and cable locking that to the bike just in case. Out of sight out of mind
Thanks, that was helpful.
I'll store my normal riding gear in a duffel bag that I use for my MX gear.

Potentially stupid question:
Do people just strip down to their street clothes in the loading area?
I mean, where/when do I throw all my gear into the duffel bag?
I plan on having my street clothes underneath.

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