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I have an 1987 goldwing and I plan to travel to the US next summer. I don't think that it is practical to ship my bike so I am looking for some info on hiring a bike in the US. I would also appreciate any info on travelling Route 66.
 

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The following websites may give you an idea of the Hire costs.

http://www.2wheeltravel.com/

http://www.hctravel.com/

These sites are good for info on the route itself. You will notice that Route 66 doesn't actually exist on modern maps, so it pays to do your homework before you go.

I have only done the short Arizona stretch from Kingman and some of the towns on that stretch are "Quaint" to say the least. It's a long road, with stretches from Boston all the way to Los Angeles.

http://www.historic66.com/

http://www.national66.com/
 

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If you went to Boston, you took a wrong turn somewhere. Route 66 was a route from Chicago to Los Angeles.
 

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Hi John :waving::waving:


and welcome to the board,,try this link, http://www.route66.ie/ you should get a lot of info if you contact someone who travelled it last year ..:).Cheers Ciaran
 

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How much time do you plan to spend on the road? Hate to see you waste in all on 66
 

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That's interesting that you're interested in "RT 66" !

I traveled that RT as a child with relatives several times and then as an adult a few times! For me there's alot of memories on 66 and it represents the "True America of the old days" a forgotten time and way of life!

And the best way to do it is on a bike!!!!!!

The people along the way are extreemly friendly and helpful! Especially in the small town stores and Cafe's (restaurant's) !

It's a long fairly good two lane road from Chicago to Santa Monica, Calif.

Once you've road "RT 66" you've been "Baptized" into and with it's lengendary status and lure !

Put the Wind in your face and build some memories!

Good luck!
 

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You make it sound so romantic. Tell the poor Irish guy what it's like travelling across the Midwest!!!!! If he doesn't get scooped by a tornado, he'll die of boredom. He'll be so tired of cornfields and telephone poles he'll be seeing leprechauns.

It does have its lure if you want to be able to say "I drove Main Street America - the American Legend" But there is so much more to offer. I think John Roche would rather see stuff like Blue Ridge Parkway, Smokies, Ozarks, The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, southern Utah in general, the Grand Staircase, beaches of the Gulf - Pensa Cola -Destine, the Oregon coast, the Cascades, the Rockies, (can you imagine his face driving through Bear Tooth Pass), the Giant Redwoods where he can drive his bike through a hole in a tree.

Sorry If I got carried away, I'm kind of passionate when it comes to touring. She's a big beautiful chunk of property John, and I'd advise to do lots of reading to figure out what you want to do and of course, time is your only enemy.

Kyle

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John I have info on or u can e-mail [email protected] these tours are for ten days leave Heathrow to land at San Francisco hire bike tour for 7days 2days in las vagas1 on each other interesting places finish with 2 days in San francisco site seeing :shock:Ithink predominantly the Hire bikes are harleys But you can get goldwings Its in groups of about 15 at a time with backup truck etc. for rider and pillion looking at £3750=00 ther are other routes .

Peter:waving:
 

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Thats pounds sterling ,,,,god you could almost have a holiday and buy a wing for that price ,,,,,,
 

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It will be interesting to know how many others think thats expensive,I liked the idea very miuch of touring USA But shyed away I could`nt afford £75 a week for ten day holiday But Its surprising How we all differ in our oppinions of whats dear whats not If money wasnt a problem I think I would go if Its a one off experience you`d pay to do it.:waving:peter
 

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Hi Peter ,:waving::waving:I think if you bought the flights /hotels etc and hired a bike out there you would work out way cheaper:cool: ,,,The way the dollar is at the moment ,3750 stg is worth around $ 7500, man you would have some holiday on a wing in the states for that:cheeky1: ,Check it out :walker:Ciaran
 

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There is another way, if you are adventuresome.....PACK A TENT..... The wife (what's her name) and I have covered a good chunk of North America. Each year we will spend 3-4 weeks doing a trip. Other than the fact you would have to pay for the flight, and bike rental, the other biggest expense is the hotel aspect of it. That alone would run us approximately $1500.00 for 3 weeks.

Our entire trip is usually around the $2,000.00 mark and we record every pack of smokes, pack of gum, and tank of gaswe buy. The U.S. has phenomenal and plentiful camping with all the amenities, showers, laundry etc.

Why would you pay for a hotel at the Grand Canyon when you can camp and gaze at a star filled sky as you roast a barn yard drag over a campfire that'll taste better than any steak you've ever had, sipping on your favorite scotchset to the sound of coyotes howling in the background. There's a good chance the guy parked in the RV next to you, probably will invite you over for coffee or even feed you breakfast. This is called living an experience, not watching HBO in some sleazy hotel in some overgrown metropolis with an unlimited selection of nightspots that are the same as you have at home.

Kyle

Live life to its fullest. Experience every adventureyou can and dream about the ones you can't.
 

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:clapper:Kyle, Good to here that you are in canada it brings to mind I have a brother in Antario I know its a big state maybe I should think of visiting him and do a tour as well .Is there touring routes that can be obtainedthat will show camping sites etc my wife is nervy of just going alone hence the organized group travel,

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Kyle wrote:
Wingdawg

You make it sound so romantic. Tell the poor Irish guy what it's like travelling across the Midwest!!!!! If he doesn't get scooped by a tornado, he'll die of boredom. He'll be so tired of cornfields and telephone poles he'll be seeing leprechauns.

It does have its lure if you want to be able to say "I drove Main Street America - the American Legend" But there is so much more to offer. I think John Roche would rather see stuff like Blue Ridge Parkway, Smokies, Ozarks, The Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, southern Utah in general, the Grand Staircase, beaches of the Gulf - Pensa Cola -Destine, the Oregon coast, the Cascades, the Rockies, (can you imagine his face driving through Bear Tooth Pass), the Giant Redwoods where he can drive his bike through a hole in a tree.

Sorry If I got carried away, I'm kind of passionate when it comes to touring. She's a big beautiful chunk of property John, and I'd advise to do lots of reading to figure out what you want to do and of course, time is your only enemy.

Kyle

May you bea 1/2 hour in Heaven before the Devil knows you're dead
May be john could take these sites in the following day.
Happy Christmas to every one and thanks for all your help during the year:clapper:
 

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I've travelled most of the states by Bus. I just fancy having a go at route 66. My biggest problem is to locate a bike for the trip.
 

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To hire a wing in the states is no problem ,,,I was in las vegas last feb and ther were 3 places hiring wings ,,check it out on the net ,,under motorcycle hire or rental ,,most of the harley hire shops also have wings .:waving:.cheers Ciaran
 

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http://www.admo-tours.com/motorcycle/rentals/europe.htm

http://www.bluedtravel.com/moturis/

http://www.adventuretouring.com/bikemodels.htm

http://www.destinationusa.de/company/motorcycle.htm

http://www.bwcampers.com/UK/motoren/us_motorcycles_uk.htm

http://www.national66.com/

Here are a few rental sites I found promising for you. If 66 is your itch, by jeez buoy your gonna have to scratch her. Would you be wanting to start in Chicago or Santa Monica? Doesn't matter which way you go its 2, 400 miles. All kinds of sites with info's and maps, camping etc. Perhaps some of the local boys have a spare bike doing nothing for a week or so. Its your adventure and it will be a blast!

Kyle

Life is being a victim of opportunity!



 

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Your brother misses you!!! and don't you ever call Ontario a State again!!!! It is a PROVINCE. If you want to send me a PM letting me know the general location of your bro in Ontario, I would have no problem putting together an itinerary for you. Need to know how long you would be around and what kind of country you like. Better get reading. Actually there are a few Ontario members on this forum.

Kyle

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MBC,Beauty, it's all in the "Perspective"!

I know people who say the "GoldWing" is one ugly bike, I think it's a beautiful machine!

I been through parts of the U.S. people rave about and thought, are they nuts , whats the attraction?!

Example.." Death Valley" to me is beautiful and a great bike ride, most would say it's horrible!

Bryce Canyon, the Oregon coast also great vistas for a bike ride in my oppinion!

Some of my best rides were in so-called boring places after I learned how to look past the Superficialness and suddenly realized, hey this place has alot of "Soul" !
 
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