I'm in the planning stages of my first big trip. Been combing the forums, checking weather and road reports, and writing what feels like too many 'To-Do lists
But beside the trip itself, I'm already excited to contribute my first RR to the forum, so that keeps me focused.
So, I plan to leave Arcata, CA on 3/30 (Sunday) and return on the 10th. I'll be camping most of the trip. I'm not new to camping, but this will be my first moto-camping trip , and my camping 'system' is still in the works. Any personal tips n tricks? As suggested by others, I'll prioritize gear that keeps me dry and warm, and try to travel light.
Below is a draft of my proposed route, heading south on the 395 and then turning east to make a huge counter-clockwise loop through AZ, UT, and NV, and eventually back to Nor Cal. I'd love to hear any advice regarding travelling the 395 this time of year (of this year particularly). I think I'll be good once I'm south of Bishop, CA. I've never been to the southwest for an extended tour before, so feedback/suggestions are definitely welcome!
I plan on visiting many Nat'l Parks and scenic roads. The trip will probably be 90/10 on/off road, and a little over 2,200 miles total. I'd love to take alot of dirt roads when possible, but maybe not too remote since it's my first trip and I'll be solo with no spot or GPS. Paper maps and iPhone for the win!
Which brings me to my next question: Should and if so, when should I get new tires? I have about 2,500 miles on my stock tires and the rear is worn down to the wear bars in the middle. Front still has at least 2,000 miles I'd say. Beside safety and other obvious reasons, I'd like to avoid a flat as much as one can since I'm a noob wrencher and don't yet know to fix flats. Maybe getting two new tires will help ensure against a flat? I plan on installing 'Ride On' tire sealant whenever I end up getting new tires. Or maybe I just want some new 705's that I've been hearing so much about
I was considering the idea of purchasing a Shinko 705 rear and have it waiting for me to get installed in Scottsdale, AZ while visiting family. I'm almost tempted to just say the hell with it, feed the addiction, and get two new tires mounted for the 2nd half of the trip. Thoughts??
At the moment I have a $50/day budget (with a little wiggle room) for a total expense of $500-550 for the whole trip. To you seasoned guys, does $50/day seem feasible for this type of trip, time of year, and considering the winter we've had?
Whew! Can't think of anything else at the moment. Thanks in advance for feedback, I know this thread got a bit long
Here's a pic of the bike that will soon make it's first big trip! Stoked!! It's starting to sink in! So glad I bought this instead of doing something more responsible, like paying student loans, haha!