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We have a forum dedicated to the excellent adventures of our members. I would like to encourage you all to post reports and pictures of your rides for us all to enjoy. It doesn't matter how short or how long the trip, tell us about it - where did you go and what you thought about it. The rides / trip reports forum is also great of you are looking for ideas for rides - go browse through some of the posts, and you will be inspired!

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Place a link to your trip report in this sticky to help alert people that you have written one.

We'll clear the sticky out on occasion, every 3 weeks or so, to keep it clean. Chat will be removed from the sticky.

NOTE: Do NOT post the report in this thread, just a link to it. Thanks.
 

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A Run For The Border

Here's a 2-nighter into the mountains of Eastern San Diego County and along the Mexican border.

Some of the route:


Click here for the story:
A Run For The Border
 

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August in the Alps!

Not sure how to post a link, but report with pics now showing at your local ride and trip reports forum.
An epic story of courage and endurance, sometimes funny, sometimes moving.
Staring, Bonneville 865
Co staring Honda 750, Suzuki 900
Also featuring Honda 1000
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Long Trips

I want to take a 2 or 3 day trip, but I couldn't imagine it being to comfortable on a Bonneville.

How do they do on longer road trips?
 

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I want to take a 2 or 3 day trip, but I couldn't imagine it being to comfortable on a Bonneville.

How do they do on longer road trips?
One of our members - Bonnieblack - just got back from nice trip to New England from Wisconsin, via Canada. He did fine. There many such examples. The twins can do it if you can.
 

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Yes, 68T120R did a couple weeks on his Bonnie last year from Colorado to Glacier National Park and back. Packed up all kinds of stuff, including his tent and sleeping bag into a Wolfman Beta bag. He had no problems at all touring on it.


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I want to take a 2 or 3 day trip, but I couldn't imagine it being to comfortable on a Bonneville.

How do they do on longer road trips?
One of our members - Bonnieblack - just got back from nice trip to New England from Wisconsin, via Canada. He did fine. There many such examples. The twins can do it if you can.
Yes, 68T120R did a couple weeks on his Bonnie last year from Colorado to Glacier National Park and back. Packed up all kinds of stuff, including his tent and sleeping bag into a Wolfman Beta bag. He had no problems at all touring on it.

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I have no problems with mine on multi-day trips averaging 7-9 hours per day and a few 10-12 hour days. Mostly camping trips. I say "hours" because miles are subjective: Freeway vs. twisty mountain, or backroads. With a good seat, a good helmet, and earplugs, a rider can become impervious to strong wind blast and long hours.

After trying 3 different windscreens I personally found the small DART screen to be the most effective. (And the least ugly as the bike looks best without any windscreen at all.)

Pack it like a mule, unload it at the campsite, and then ride it like a wild pony up in the mountains.:D
 

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Yes, 68T120R did a couple weeks on his Bonnie last year from Colorado to Glacier National Park and back. Packed up all kinds of stuff, including his tent and sleeping bag into a Wolfman Beta bag. He had no problems at all touring on it.


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then there is DogTired who basically spent a year on his Bonnie touring the US and Canada. He racked up over 50,000 miles I think in that time.

I spent August last year riding with him and we did about 7000 miles in that month from Houston Texas to Alberta in Canada then back again to New Mexico via California and Death Valley. Yes, you can tour on a Bonnie :D
 

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One of our members - Bonnieblack - just got back from nice trip to New England from Wisconsin, via Canada. He did fine. There many such examples. The twins can do it if you can.
LOL, maybe that's the problem. I'm a wuss. I want to try it, but I'm going to have to at least get the gel seat.
 

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then there is DogTired who basically spent a year on his Bonnie touring the US and Canada. He racked up over 50,000 miles I think in that time.

I spent August last year riding with him and we did about 7000 miles in that month from Houston Texas to Alberta in Canada then back again to New Mexico via California and Death Valley. Yes, you can tour on a Bonnie :D
Well, i'm preparing to take at least a two dayer in two weeks. No particular destination yet. I want to ride until I feel like I need to rest and find someplace safe to sleep and head back. I need to map out a route though. First bike, first road trip.
 

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Ok first road trip.

My advice (and please feel free to disregard) is:

don't over think it.

You don't need lots of clothes/gear/tools/etc.

A 2 dayer: on the bike you will wear the same clothes both days. You will change into something at night. You will have some cash or a credit card. Maybe some rain gear if the forecast is bad. A change of undies. That is about it really.

Take your time. Stop and take photos whenever you want. Drink water regularly. Don't take interstates or major roads. If you are feeling stressed or sore, have a stop for 10 minutes and relax. On the Bonnie you need to fuel up regularly, use that to pace your ride.

Enjoy the smells. Something that is great about riding is... you smell stuff as you are travelling :D

No hurry to get to a destination, take things as they come.

Most of all - enjoy just travelling!
 

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Ok first road trip.

My advice (and please feel free to disregard) is:

don't over think it.

You don't need lots of clothes/gear/tools/etc.

A 2 dayer: on the bike you will wear the same clothes both days. You will change into something at night. You will have some cash or a credit card. Maybe some rain gear if the forecast is bad. A change of undies. That is about it really.

Take your time. Stop and take photos whenever you want. Drink water regularly. Don't take interstates or major roads. If you are feeling stressed or sore, have a stop for 10 minutes and relax. On the Bonnie you need to fuel up regularly, use that to pace your ride.

Enjoy the smells. Something that is great about riding is... you smell stuff as you are travelling :D

No hurry to get to a destination, take things as they come.

Most of all - enjoy just travelling!
That sounds like great advice Jonkster. Thanks to you, djhawk and everyone else who weighed in this thread has inspired me. A nice two day trip sounds like a great easy way to spend a weekend before attempting a real extended road trip! :doublethumb
 

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Jonkster is absolutely correct. Don't over think it, particularly to the point you talk yourself out of it. My wife and I decided to take our first 2-dayer, to calibrate the end of our first year riding, going on 4 years ago. We decided to do the trip the day before we departed, so not much time to plan or talk ourselves out of it. It was a great experience and really nice way to calibrate the occasion. Jonkster mentions, the smells. Those alone make the trip worthwhile. Get that first 2 day trip out of the way, and the trips will start getting longer.

If you want more inspiration, pick up Rene Cormier's book "The University of Gravel Roads: Global Lessons from a Four Year Motorcycle Adventure"
http://universityofgravelroads.com/
 

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Ok first road trip.

My advice (and please feel free to disregard) is:

don't over think it.

You don't need lots of clothes/gear/tools/etc.

A 2 dayer: on the bike you will wear the same clothes both days. You will change into something at night. You will have some cash or a credit card. Maybe some rain gear if the forecast is bad. A change of undies. That is about it really.

Take your time. Stop and take photos whenever you want. Drink water regularly. Don't take interstates or major roads. If you are feeling stressed or sore, have a stop for 10 minutes and relax. On the Bonnie you need to fuel up regularly, use that to pace your ride.

Enjoy the smells. Something that is great about riding is... you smell stuff as you are travelling :D

No hurry to get to a destination, take things as they come.

Most of all - enjoy just travelling!
Thanks Jonkster. You're right. I have found my destination. I'm riding from Wisconsin to Windsor, QC. It's about 375 miles. I should be able to do that In a day with stops for sites and food. Hotel or motel for the night then breakfast more sites and back home.
I'm going to pack light. Clean pair of underwear, socks, rain suit and jacket.
 
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