Update... so far so good
Although I did not make it to Houston in 2016 the 2017 trip is now confirmed as my riding buddy is just about to retire!
I shall be joining him in Truckee (near Lake Tahoe) at the end of July and riding on to Anchorage.
My new, (to me) bike in the UK is a R1200RT and I love it - so I shall be looking for something similar to buy in Houston at the beginning of July - the pound has suffered a bit of late so I think my budget needs to be about $8000. Hope I can get something decent for that! (failing that I may look at an F800GT or a Honda ST 1300). Bike will be sold on my return.
I think it will be wiser to buy from a reputable dealer in the Houston area rather than risk a private sale - any recommendations?
Probably at least a 10,000 mile round trip - I guess it is sensible to get bike specific mechanical breakdown insurance? If so any recommendations?
Looking forward to seeing as much of the USA as I can - still pondering route options and daily mileages so would love to hear from anyone who has done something similar. I have a couple of months.
Anyway, time to throw another log on the fire..... from a cold north of England......
Thanks in advance