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Arrow Sea to Shining Sea...

This is year six of my Sporty ownership and I am 66 and ready to do Route 66 and the PCH. My main goal is The Bixby Bridge in California. It is a Bronson itch from 50 years ago.

I am in Connecticut and have traveled on my Sporty as far West as Wyoming and as far South as Texas with a lot of places in between. This year it is my clear goal to do coast to coast.

What I am looking for is sage advice and pointers specifically about motorcycle camping. I can not afford to do motels every night, nor do I want to. The Sporty is a good traveler but I have learned from experience she is not a dual sport adventure bike.

I am thinking to burn gas and rubber until I get to the Bridge and then lolly-gagging after that. Looking to leave sometime after Memorial Day as my last guitar class is Tuesday the 28th before I go on break.

I know of Willville Motorcycle Camp in Virginia, stayed there a few times and Steel Steeds in Pennsylvania but am yet to stay there, but seems like a good first night stop. Hoping others can chime in with suggestions from sea to shining sea. I have done National Forest and Parks in Nebraska and The Badlands, looking for others that folks have experienced.
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Man! what a trip! Hope all goes well for you. Enjoy!

(you never did tell us how you went on with your jiffy stand)
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Got the jiffy stand on today, had some good weather and took advantage of it. Had to replace the brass bushings they were almost $15 for the two and put a new pretzel clip on for a buck. Used the old spring and used the dimes to separate the spring and elongated it, when on first try.

Got to weld a mounting tab on for the engine guard, I don't know how that got separated, but got a little stick welder to take care of it. I am psyched for this trip as I broke an ankle in summer of '17 down in Arkansas and 6 months later January of 18 broke my arm in my driveway taking out the garbage slipping on black ice so this trip will break my almost 2 year cabin fever.
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Why not push you start date back by a couple of weeks and come on down thru Davis, West Virginia and meet the crew.

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when you get to the mid-west, and you do not take main roads, make sure you carry spare fuel. carry a gps with POI's installed. a small solar charger is nice for emergencies.
have you considered a trailer? yep, the sporty will handle it, they even have sleeper trailers.
have some one track your movements in case there is an issue.
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watch the movie "WILD HOGS".
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You're going to need a rear tire and at least one oil change. Washing clothes and such is important too. Do you know anyone out there where you can stop and do that?

Setting up pit stops along the way is really helpful. People you know or third hand is good. I can check and see if my California central coast brother will help out when you get to the point you know dates and times.

Trailers allow you to camp much better, but they're kind of a pain the one time I tried one. I've motorcycle camped three times overnight but that's no where the same as what you're doing.

I have made a lot of trips across the country but always shared a motel room with someone. Splitting motel room is about the same cost as camping by yourself in campgrounds if you use those coupon books you find at rest stops/ truck stops.

Some guys overnight on public lands (parks/BLM/open country) and pay nothing. A couple of guys on Advrider said they stayed overnight in the trees between the interstate (where the State Patrol hide). Another guy says he stays overnight in the back of grave yards and no one bothers him (ha, no wonder)

Like a couple of guys said, do a trial run three day camping trip and see how it goes. Maybe you teach us some tricks. Either way, you'll never be alone Matt 28:20
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Why not push you start date back by a couple of weeks and come on down thru Davis, West Virginia
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The problem with that is everytime I have set out with other events to hit before heading to Calie I always end up heading everywhere but Calie. This time I want to do Calie first, be done and wander the rest of the summer. The only date set in stone so far is the time around July 4th as I spend that with my oldest son in Lincoln, NE.
I also want to start a little earlier so that it is not as hot in the desert and National parks are not full with tourist as much as July and August, although I could round house and do touristy things in the early fall. I just don't know.

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when you get to the mid-west, and you do not take main roads, make sure you carry spare fuel. carry a gps with POI's installed. a small solar charger is nice for emergencies.
have you considered a trailer? yep, the sporty will handle it, they even have sleeper trailers.
have some one track your movements in case there is an issue.
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watch the movie "WILD HOGS".
Good advice here, out West it can get barren, miles and miles of miles and miles, I have a 30oz MSR bottle of gas but thinking of getting an additional. Wild Hogs is a motorcycle classic so I have only watched it about a dozen times, lol. My daughter and a friend both keep in touch with me on the road, I check in daily.

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You're going to need a rear tire and at least one oil change. Washing clothes and such is important too. Do you know anyone out there where you can stop and do that?

Setting up pit stops along the way is really helpful. People you know or third hand is good. I can check and see if my California central coast brother will help out when you get to the point you know dates and times.

Trailers allow you to camp much better, but they're kind of a pain the one time I tried one. I've motorcycle camped three times overnight but that's no where the same as what you're doing.

I have made a lot of trips across the country but always shared a motel room with someone. Splitting motel room is about the same cost as camping by yourself in campgrounds if you use those coupon books you find at rest stops/ truck stops.

Some guys overnight on public lands (parks/BLM/open country) and pay nothing. A couple of guys on Advrider said they stayed overnight in the trees between the interstate (where the State Patrol hide). Another guy says he stays overnight in the back of grave yards and no one bothers him (ha, no wonder)

Like a couple of guys said, do a trial run three day camping trip and see how it goes. Maybe you teach us some tricks. Either way, you'll never be alone Matt 28:20
I can get about 10 to 12K off the American Elite rear and and about 15-17k off the front AE. I do get a lot of good stuff off of ADV and will hook up with any of those guys while on the road, but this time I want to hear from more guys and gals like myself riding and doing it on Sportys.

I am a little too spirited a rider at times to hook a trailer on the back. I carry all the creature comforts like full size camping chair, 4 man stand up tent, 20" high twin air mattress, and have my bike tricked out with outlets, using a Lithium battery this year 480ca. Being in CMA and wearing the colors folks along the way invite me quite readily into their homes. Motels always have me wondering how many diverse germs and microbiotic creatures I am being exposed to. Nothing like knowing your own sleeping bag.

Being in my 60's I have the National Parks pass which gives discounts of up to 50% on some Parks and Forests camp gounds. I prefer camp grounds with electric and facilities, but will do primitive in a pinch.

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all that harley mojo is death to those nasty motel germs! lol
with the right trailer, do not think you can lose that much spunk. try lugging around a side car. a easy temp fix would be a small gear reduction but i do not think that would be necessary.
i run autobahn gearing and johnson engineering sportgear which gives me a 500 rpm drop in 5th and the engine will just laugh at it, trust me, you got the power.
never did really long runs on the evo but the ironhead has been on many. used to sling aluminum boy scout canteens across the bars for gasoline, fuel on the fly.
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Always thought you were supposed to disconnect the battery before using a welder, anyway it's job done now!, and give a thought to your pointy grips, there's a reason they went to ball ended levers!
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Well, I was going to suggest theNational Parks Pass, which I used on last August C.O.B.B. run with “skien” and his lovely wife Mary. My access was free at Badlands, Tetons, Yellowstone, Arches and a half dozen more. We covered 15 States in three weeks mostly camping. I think my mileage was a bit over 7,100 miles from Michigan to the Pacific and back. If you run through small towns often you can camp at local churches and service clubs, i.e. V.F.W., F.O.E. Etc. Some towns will allow an overnight in the town square. Don’t think trailers are necessary been tenting for over twenty years. “Nomad” or “stealth” camping is also an option and very inexpensive. I run my three bag set up with all camping gear, food and spare parts in a “Wolfman” Beta bag with my sleeping bag and pad in a separate waterproof “Aerostich” side zip,(room for a pair of sandles in there as well), and a medium size “Wolfman” Explorer rolltop duffle with my clothes in it. Don’t have to strip the bike down every night only take off what I will need. Also run Elite III’s but have gotten 18,000 & 19,000 off the last two sets, front and rear. Hope this is of some help, enjoy your trip.
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