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Nov '10

What’s it all about?

Welcome to Blue’s Big Trip: it’s a blog set up for my trip across the USA in the summer of 2012.

I intend to take my 2002 Kawasaki ZRX1200R from the UK by airfreight to Anchorage, Alaska and then from there ride down via Seattle – where I have family – to Los Angeles and then via Las Vegas and New Orleans over to New York, from where I’ll airfreight the bike back to my home in London. Along the way, I hope to take in a bit of sightseeing like the Grand Canyon and some bike-specific ones like Deal’s Gap in South Carolina.

Well that’s the plan anyway!

By the summer of 2012, I will have reached the grand old age of 50 and London will be a hellish place to be with the London 2012 Olympics taking place. I’ve always wanted to do a big trip and so then will be as good a time as ever, I reckon. I’m aiming to take 2 or 3 weeks to do this trip which should be very do-able: I’ve done 900 miles in a day in 1981 on a Triumph T140V Bonneville, a few more trips every year like that to the Bol d’Or at the Circuit Paul Ricard in the late 80s and early 90s on a Yamaha FZR1000, and more recently 1,000 in less than 24 hours on the ZRX1200R and my Honda Fireblade.

Feel free to join in and give me some suggestions for routes, places to stay, etc


4 comments to “What’s it all about?”

  1. hoover Says:

    I thought this trip was to be this year not 2012, always fancied doing a tour across the USA just never seemed to find the time or money.
    How much roughly is the cost of shipping the Rex over and back to the states, its one thing that has always put me off doing the trip is using a Harley, did think about trying to hire a Triumph over there as at least that way it would be on a British bike.

    Best of luck with it and hope you have a great time.

  2. Blue Says:

    Hi Ady,

    No, it’s 2012 to celebrate making it to 50 years old! Or that’s the plan, anyway!

    I reckon we’re looking at £2,000 there and back: costs more to Alaska then less from New York.

    I agree about doing the clichéd Harley thing though that’s Plan B. The difficulty with hiring is doing a one way hire?

  3. zrex Says:

    Richard you should check out the Destination Highways books they feature good motorcycling roads in BC Washington and Northern California.
    Their website is http://www.destinationhighways.com/

    Along with descriptions some of the on-line reviews have short videos of the highway in question.

    My favorite way to travel these roads is also on a Blue 02 zrx

  4. Blue's Big Trip » Blog Archive » The Ride to Sturgis … By Harley Davidson Says:

    […] then: a change of plan. The cost of shipping Blue Rex to and from the States was working out to be too expensive and too […]

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