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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-23-2007, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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I am moving back to the charleston SC area here in late june. i had planned on flying and then shipping my stuff. i have a street bike that i love very much and i was going to pay to ship that too, my dad suggested that we ride together, from seattle washington to charleston sc. My question is that i have a 1997 kawasaki vulcan 500. it is excellent condition and only has 4600 miles on it. i havent had any problems with it since i purchased it and i am wondering if you guys think this bike is big enough to make it accross the country? i am not planning on hauling ass. i wil be taking my time and not exceding the 65 or 70 mph speed limit. if i do this it will be very well planned out and we will be taking th southern route to get to our destination, and will be camping most of the way.

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Go for it. You only get one shot at living. And to make the trip with your dad makes it a real bonus. Don't think twice about it.
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The 500 is a decent bike....

It's boderline for me as far as power goes....my last bike was a Suzuki GS1100...so I'm a bit spoiled.

Is your dad riding on it with you? Or is he going ride his own bike? Solo, you will be fine....2 adults and you will need to avoid pushing it on hills....the running time is not what wears it out....it's the loading....just make sure you use the gears right and keep the RPM's up.

About the only concern with 2 people on the same bike is how do you carry the clothes you will need? You are looking at a 7-8 day ride at a min...long time to go in the same clothes.

I wouldn't pass up the chance for that ride....it's a lot of but time...plan on keeping your days to about 400 miles or so. Take plenty of pictures so us old farts can envy you.

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my dad weighs about twice as much as me so he rides a 1500 vulcan. i dont knwow if i would want to ride on a bike with 2 people that far. i just cant wait to drive my jeep again. i am going through major withdraws.

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dude that is a once in a lifetime ride...DO IT. if you dont you will wish you did for the rest of your life!
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A buddy of mine rode his Honda Shadow Aero from Indiana to Sturgis two yeas ago ans STILL talks about what a blast he had. Do it and then get on the board here and share your experiences with us...just to make us jealous!

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If you take your time the trip will be remembered in family stories for three generations. It's a tirp that will live for the next 100 years in your family. If you don't take the trip... you'll be missing an experiec that can never be recouped.

Ride slow, take lots of detours, take lots of pictures, keep a diary of the trip, and watch out for those who don't watch out for you.

Most important of all, live to tell the tale to your great-grandkids!
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An option is to use fedex or UPS for your clothes/stuff. Just ship to a local office and have them hold it for you. Empty the box of fresh stuff, put the old stuff in, and ship it back. That way you don't need to carry 8 days worth of clothes/waste time at a washateria.

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