Urge to ride coast to coast : V-Twin Forum: Harley Davidson Forums
» Sponsors

» Insurance
Go Back   V-Twin Forum : Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Forums > General Discussion Forums > Harley-Davidson Sportster
New User? Register Forgot Password

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-22-2012, 06:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
FNG :)
 
J.B.B.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Mechanicsville Va.
Posts: 11
J.B.B. wants to know Dino or Syn?
Urge to ride coast to coast

I have a desire to ride my 03 1200C from Virginia to California and back. I'd like here some stories of other's that have already done it.
Successful rides and attempts, the good and the bad.
I'll let y'all know when I go.
J.B.B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 09-22-2012, 04:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
IronButt
 
smitty901's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: WI
Posts: 1,282
smitty901 wants to know Dino or Syn?
If you have the urge.
Save the cash ,prepare your ride arrange the time and do it.
Do it now before your to old or dead.
It is not an unrealistic dream so get with the prep work and make it happen.
My trips have no bearing on yours, you will ride your ride it will be a reflection of you.
Make a loop don't go out and back the same way. Routes you take will depend on time you have be realistic about how many miles a day you can ride expect a few issues on the road.
__________________
Infantry leads the way
smitty901 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 08:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
I haven't seen your bird.
 
MadCity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Madison, Wisconsin
Posts: 8,341
MadCity is reading this now saying WTF is this?
I ride the same bike, but if I wanted to ride from coast to coast I'd choose a bigger bike. Your bike and mine have engines hard mounted to the frame. They vibrate a lot, and they're not really designed for the long haul. The bike would do fine, but the rider might suffer unless you take short hops.
__________________
03 XL1200 Custom
MadCity is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 09:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
I'm Your Huckleberry
 
Mr Cujo's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: U.S.S.A.
Posts: 2,040
Mr Cujo wants to know Dino or Syn?
Do it.... You'll have a lifetime of memories.
No matter what, cross country on any bike is a long haul.... Be one of the one who can say they did and you'll be in fine company.
Or--- you can wait until someday.... But someday generally never gets here.

.
__________________
Sarcasm helps keep you from telling people what you really think of them.

The power of accurate observation is often called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

Politically Incorrect, Morally Challenged

Cujo's Blog- CLICKY

-----------------------------
'07 Ultra -> Covington, Ga.
Samuel L. Jackson fixed my bike.
Chuck Norris in the front cylinder, Jack Bauer in the back cylinder, Tommy Lee Jones in the tranny.
You should quit now. Your mods suck.
Mr Cujo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 09:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 6,957
Michael Psycle is reading this now saying WTF is this?
Quote:
Originally Posted by J.B.B. View Post
I have a desire to ride my 03 1200C from Virginia to California and back. I'd like here some stories of other's that have already done it.
Successful rides and attempts, the good and the bad.
I'll let y'all know when I go.
Quote:
from Virginia to California and back.
I had the same urge and as a result last year I rode from California to Virginia and back. Sort of got things backwards from your perspective.

A bigger bike would be nice, but the first time I rode from coast to coast was on a 1967 247cc Suzuki X6 Hustler. Just enjoy the ride regardless. It can be done.

But be warned, once you get to California you might not want to leave. We have the best bike riding weather in the country, all year round. That's why I moved here in 1976.
Michael Psycle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2012, 09:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
IronButt
 
smitty901's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: WI
Posts: 1,282
smitty901 wants to know Dino or Syn?
If your young enough and the body can take it ride it on the Sporty.
It will make the tail that much better for you kids and grand kids
__________________
Infantry leads the way
smitty901 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 01:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
IronButt
 
ThingFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Eagle Rock, California
Posts: 235
ThingFish wants to know Dino or Syn?
Big bikes can be more comfortable, but in my experience, the smaller the bike... the bigger the adventure. Pace yourself and enjoy it. Try not to do more than 200-300 miles in a day. You'll see/do more and feel better. Camp as much as you can too. Enjoy it!
__________________
<a href=http://s739.photobucket.com/user/jonmenell/media/e94d18e7-6853-43fb-839d-4929dbf37c3f.jpg.html target=_blank><img src=http://i739.photobucket.com/albums/xx38/jonmenell/e94d18e7-6853-43fb-839d-4929dbf37c3f.jpg border=0 alt= /></a>Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, and today is a gift - that's why we call it the present.
ThingFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 06:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
Swamprat Rider
 
JayFL459's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Lake City, Florida (Native)
Posts: 742
JayFL459 wants to know Dino or Syn?
Go for it .. Did it on my Ironhead Sportster 40 years ago and still treasure the memories..
__________________
2012 Vic Cross Country Stage 2
JayFL459 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 06:38 AM   #9 (permalink)
AXTELLERATOR
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: S.Central.Ma.
Posts: 437
relxn88 wants to know Dino or Syn?
Quote:
Originally Posted by J.B.B. View Post
I have a desire to ride my 03 1200C from Virginia to California and back. I'd like here some stories of other's that have already done it.
Successful rides and attempts, the good and the bad.
I'll let y'all know when I go.
I was fortunate to have the time and money to take a month and make a circle around the country. I was able to stop and sight see. If you go, expect to stop more often with a sportster(smaller gas tank than dresser) and if you rode 400 to 500 miles a day, you can expect saddle time of 8am to 5 or 6pm every day for a week and then turn around and come right back(never stopping to enjoy sights). It'll cost (for gas,food,lodging)somewhere between 100-200 a day for the 2 week non-stop trip. My 2cent suggestion would be to try a shorter trip first and see how you do. Maybe, go to Daytona, next March, or the Smoky mountains next Summer.
relxn88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 01:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
IronButt
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Illinios
Posts: 222
werdna65 wants to know Dino or Syn?
ride the ride

Quote:
Originally Posted by J.B.B. View Post
I have a desire to ride my 03 1200C from Virginia to California and back. I'd like here some stories of other's that have already done it.
Successful rides and attempts, the good and the bad.
I'll let y'all know when I go.
When I was younger I rode sportsters everywhere, I rode about 35000 miles on two different one's. Don't know your time, money or how old you are, but get on it and run it. You will put about 5000-6000 miles, through some of the best country, if your going to camp, do some reading to know alittle bit before you go. Bottom line if you can get it together, don't look back just do it.
werdna65 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 06:43 PM   #11 (permalink)
IronButt
 
ncmedic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Virginia/ North Carolina. Depends on the week.
Posts: 833
ncmedic wants to know Dino or Syn?
I'm been thinking the same thing, there's a sign in Wilmington NC that states: Barstow Calif. 2,554 miles.
__________________
ncmedic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 02:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
IronButt
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Land of the trolls!
Posts: 814
dm1333 is reading this now saying WTF is this?
Quote:
I ride the same bike, but if I wanted to ride from coast to coast I'd choose a bigger bike. Your bike and mine have engines hard mounted to the frame. They vibrate a lot, and they're not really designed for the long haul. The bike would do fine, but the rider might suffer unless you take short hops.
People have ridden plenty of rigid mount bikes cross country, including plenty of old Harleys. Size isn't really an issue either considering that plenty of crotch rockets get ridden coast to coast and they weigh less than a Sportster. I'd throw on the saddle bags, strap a backpack to the seat so you have something to lean back against and take off!
dm1333 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 03:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
IronButt
 
Rendell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: El Dorado, AR
Posts: 669
Rendell wants to know Dino or Syn?
DO it. It's about getting the chance to live your dream. Camp when and where you can, ride hard between stop. See sights. Do your thing.
__________________
06 FLHTCUI Ultra Classic
88 inch, Stage 1, cheap-o slipons
Other than that is very stock.
Rendell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 07:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 6,957
Michael Psycle is reading this now saying WTF is this?
One more piece of advice. If you have the time, stay off the Interstates as much as possible. You will get a much better sense of America by staying on the secondary roads and putting on fewer miles a day.
Michael Psycle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2012, 06:44 AM   #15 (permalink)
FNG :)
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 2
abart wants to know Dino or Syn?
Quote:
Originally Posted by Michael Psycle View Post
One more piece of advice. If you have the time, stay off the Interstates as much as possible. You will get a much better sense of America by staying on the secondary roads and putting on fewer miles a day.
This is the perfect advice x1000. Stay off the interstate as much as possible. Everywhere I go on my 03 Sporty is by hitting the backroads. It takes longer but take the time and do it, you will not be dissappointed at the things you see and people you meet. Ride safe.
abart is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
(C)2001-2012 V-twinForum.com All Rights Reserved (C)2001- V-twinForum.com All Rights Reserved
Motorcycle News, Videos and Reviews
Honda Grom Forum Harley Davidson Forum Honda 600RR Kawasaki Forum Yamaha R6 Forum Yamaha FZ-09 Forum
1199 Panigale Forum Roadglide Forum Honda CBR1000 Forum Vulcan Forum Yamaha R1 Forum Yamaha R3 Forum
Ducati Monster Forum Harley Forums Honda CBR250R Forum ZX10R Forum Star Raider Forum Yamaha Viking Forum
Suzuki GSXR Forum V-Rod Forums Honda Shadow Forum Kawasaki Motorcycle Forum Star Warrior Forum KTM Duke 390 Forum
SV650 Forum BMW S1000RR Forum Honda Fury Forum Kawasaki Versys Forum Drag Racing Forum Ducati 899 Panigale Forum
Suzuki V-Strom BMW K1600 Triumph Forum Victory Forums Sportbikes BMW NineT Forum
Volusia Forum BMW F800 Forum Triumph 675 Forum MV Agusta Forum HD Street Forum Suzuki GW250 Forum
Yamaha Motorcycles Victory Gunner Forum Honda Vultus Forum HD LiveWire Forum Ninja H2 Forum