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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-24-2011, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Chance of a Lifetime, Riding Rt. 66

A good friend of mine has presented me with a Golden Opportunity, riding Rt. 66 . Our bikes would be trucked to Chicago where the trip would begin. He will be riding a V-Strom, myself a T100. I expect to begin this trip after Easter, 2012. Has anyone else done this trip on similar machines? Know of sources to gather planning information? Perhaps the name of a good shrink.......

This is truly a case of "Second Hand Lions", my buddy, a former B-47 SAC Pilot, a rider for fifty years or so and myself, slightly less accomplished don't expect to get a second chance at this trip. Planning is the key, any input will be appreciated.

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Wish I could go, that's on my list too. Funny part is, I have a buddy that has talked about it with me, he rides a V-Strom and I have a T100!

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I've done several overnighters on my SE although not on Rt. 66. I have the Triumph soft saddlebags and find them pretty good for stuffing things. I also use a Marsee tailpack with most of my clothes in it and use saddlebags for weather gear and such. (It makes a good backrest too.) Then at the hotel I just carry in the tailpack.

This sounds like a fun trip, definitely go for it.

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I've only done it in a car years ago, but man that would be awesome. get a good book, there are some that'll show you every little bit of old road and things worth seeing
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Maybe this will help get the juices flowing!

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Wow very cool, I did it this summer (my wife and I in a Honda car) Did the "whole" thing from Chicago to Santa Monica Pier. I went July/Aug. in that heat wave they had down there but still had a blast. You should get the book EZ 66 Guide for Travelers by Jerry McClanahan. Some times the route is hard to find because people take the road signs! Some times you come to a fork in the road and don`t know where to go, you can go the wrong way.
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Contact Ace motorcycle in Chicago on W. Jackson street. Awesome husband and wife shop specializing in rebuilding vintage bikes. great people, and the shop is only minutes from the start of 66. They were featured on the discovery channel cafe racer show. Last time I was in the shop they were discussing how they were helping a bunch of police officers from somewhere in scandanavia organize the trip. While it seems like you are interested in the trip, one of the quotes I always try and keep in mind: " You will far greater regret the things you didn't do than those you did." Good luck and feel free to p.m. me if you need a place to ship the bikes to. I have a garage and live close to the start of the route.
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Why not ride to Chicago? Its not that far from NJ and then you will not only have ridden Route 66 but also coast to coast. Back in 2002 I flew to NY to to pick up my (then) new ST and then my two brothers and I rode to Chicago, and did the Route 66 Route. Of course it wasn't the first time I'd ridden coast to coast but its always nice to be able to say you have. Give it a think,

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