coast to coast?

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  1. squirrel

    squirrel New Member

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    I've Been riding things with motors for twenty years. I've always wanted to ride across the country. now, with my love of motorbikes, I wonder if it could be done? You would need a support car full of parts and supplies and camping equipment. My planned route (hw 50) is desolate and mountainous...so mountainous I imagine needing 2 wheel drive.
    Wacha think? Anyone in Colorado ride hw 50 through durango?
     
  2. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Two wheel drive?

    I'd recommend you get a few thousand miles on a motorized bike around town before you consider doing a cross country ride.
     
  3. UVsaturated

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    I agree with the above poster. I've had the same ideas, even got ready to go to Florida, but then under normal riding noticed the things that fail on these little engines. You have to have good practical experience knowing how to fix them and, although a support vehicle is not necessary, pulling a trailer might be a good idea. Since the motors are small, you could pack every spare you need in a small bike trailer. Setup a network of folks along your route that are also enthusiasts to help you in a pickle or give you free lodging. If anything you could use these contacts as delivery points for ordering parts or anything while you are on the road. Good luck with it and if you get to it, let us all know.
     
  4. jimmymc2286

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    HW 50 is a good plan. I rode it on a motorcycle ' Honda Goldwing'. Nothing like doing it on a motorized bicycle. It could be done, just give yourself plenty of time, and have plenty of contacts along the way. A trailer would be a must. I live 8 miles south of HW50 in Jennings county Indiana. I would like to be the first volunteer as a contact. I would be your support for the eastern half of Indiana. I would even be honored to ride some with you. Don't look at is as ride across the country, look at it as a lot of short rides that will take you across the US.
     
  5. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    And, don't forget, a GIANT pile of money is essential.
     
  6. BigBlue

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    Squirrel,

    There have been others that have done some long trips on this forum and the other motored bike forum. I don't think anyone has actually rode across the whole country. Look under Travels, Adventures and Touring section of this forum. http://www.motoredbikes.com/forumdisplay.php?79-Traveling-amp-Commuting-by-Motorized-Bike.

    People ride across the USA every year on non-motorized bicycles. So, it could be feasible to ride a motorized bicycle.

    With the limited touring experience I have with a non-motorized bicycle, you are going to need at least an additional 100 lbs or more of gear (tent, sleeping bag, stove, clothes, water, food, spare tire, tubes, sleeping pad, cooking utensils, tools, etc). And that's without a trailer.

    A motorized bicycle would require additional equipment in addition to the previous mentioned gear (gas, oil, spare engine parts, etc.). If you add a trailer, you going to add more weight.

    You didn't state what engine or what type of drive train you plan to use. You also didn't state if you were going to pedal assist or just use the engine for your power.

    In my opinion, I don't think most of the engines that we use for motorized bicycles are durable enough without utilizing pedaling assistance - A Lifan clone (70cc or 110cc) of the Honda 50 motorcycle engine may be an exception. Running the engine all day at full power is definitely going to shorten the life expectancy of the engine. A 66cc/80cc Happy Time/China Girl would not be one of my choices of engines. I think you'd be having to carry too many spare parts and spending too much time on maintenance. If time and money are not a problem then go for it, but not my choice.

    Do your research and look at what others have done. Definitely do several long trips before you start on your epic journey to work out the bugs. A network of contacts for spare parts would be a good idea.

    Here's a blog of someone going across country and heading to South America: http://thirstybike.org/

    Good Luck,

    Chris
    AKA: BigBlue
     
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  7. Trey

    Trey $50 Cruiser

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    In addition to everything said so far, go for it! We don't usually choose when we begin life or end it, but we do decide what happens in-between. We all know time is limited- your 20, 40, 60, bang! you're wondering what in the h*** happened to that ride across country... Be prepared, stay alert, and enjoy yourself my friend.
     
  8. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    Be sure your bike is legal in every state you plan on travelling through...or you may find yourself on a Greyhound for home.
     
  9. pgh

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    Don"t need any vehicular back-up. I have been thinking about this for years... Buy a new kit...divide and package each part... leave with responsible friend... Go with gear and money. Wanna Race??
     
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    ***Rid'n on Blizzard in MA with studs..... Fun...Fun...Fun...
     
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    <removed out of protest to certain "staff" practices in this forum.>
     
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    I guess I should up date my profile! I also think this forum should add a like feature to comments.
    Jimmymc.
    I am originally from bartholomew county, actually spent my youth in elizabetown! The stretch of 50 from north vernon to Cincinnati is beautiful! I did highschool in crothersville and lived in jackson county next to muskatatuk on commiskey pike and off hw 256 west of Austin, before college in muncie. which is where I built my motorbike in the winter of 2009. I ordered a China girlkit that I saw in the trader magazine. After I blew out my coaster brake I found this site and I really fell in love with the hobby...I'm polishing my fork today :)
    I'm currently living in California with my family, with future plans to move to Michigan. I'm thirty and its time to buy a home...and imo its just too pricey here. And I really miss michigan beers. LOL
    I wouldn't want to make this trip with a China girl. While the engine I have is trustworthy for cruising through the redwoods around my town, I wouldn't take it up a 7% grade! Not to mention legal ramifications of going into other states.
    A legal 4 stroke build one of those friction drive front wheel mount engines. Velo something I think.... To really pull you up those steep grades in the sierras and the rockies?usflg
     
  14. jimmymc2286

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    Squirrel,
    This is a small world. I rode about 5 miles of the Commiskey pike today. We moved from Crothersville my freshmen year, moving to Commiskey. I got my first Motorbike while in Crothersville. It was a Whizzer conversion that was worn out. Never stopped playing with motor powered toys, and never left Commiskey. If you are ever in this area for any reason look me up.
     
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