Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Not too far from Boston, MA
I've only had a couple of posts but read regularly. I have spent quite a bit of time researching but still want more information and opinions. I need to really buckle down and start planning since the time will be here before I know it and I want to be ready.
I bought my 2009 Versys at the start of this year and have been putting as many miles on as I can to get used to it. Its entirely different to my little CBR 250 I had previously but I love it. What a bike!
Anyway, I have an 8-week sabbatical coming up in 2016 to which I can add some vacation if I need to extend a little. I am eligible in February but I want to wait until its a little warmer. I'll have a ton of questions about planning, bike set-up, maintenance, gear, route, places to visit etc. I'll post questions as I think of them or as I need to gather that info. I donít want to post them all at once; it'll be too much like drinking from a fire-hose.
I really want to explore Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana etc. (depending on time) I would like to see some of Nova Scotia and Vancouver on the West Coast. I likely wonít go any further south than San Fran unless there is something particularly spectacular to see. I have already visited places like Death Valley, Hoover Dam on regular vacations etc. so while it would be awesome to see on the bike, my time isn't unlimited and I want to fit it all in without rushing every day. I realize I am going to be time limited so I really want to plan the trip but not spend 14 hours a day in the saddle either (ouch).
So first things first, I need to get my work application in for the leave and I'm wondering if mid-May to Mid-July would be the ideal time for the trip. I'm not much one for heat so I donít want to ride in the main Summer months. My plan is not to ride too far south either. Not that there is anything wrong with the lower states, I just want to spend my time in the northern States. I thought the fall might be nice too but I am rather partial to Spring. Are there any pro/cons to earlier or later in the year based on the places I want to visit (bugs/weather etc)? All thoughts and opinions appreciated.
Thanks so much and I'll be posting more questions over the coming weeks and days.