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#964495 - 06/26/16 08:17 PM Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please.  
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Hi, I am from the UK (small farm near Warrington) and ride a 2001 R1150 RT. I am planning a ride from Houston to Anchorage next year (2017) and would appreciate some local knowledge/advice.

I plan to buy a bike in Houston (budget $5000) ride to Anchorage, then sell it (or maybe ride back). I have done a quick search for BMW RT's in Houston and found very slim pickings! Is my budget unrealistic for an 1150 RT? Maybe another bike would suit - I see LOADS of "cruiser" types - Harley lookalikes. I have never even sat on a "cruiser" so unsure if they would be suitable.

So first question is "where to search for a suitable bike?"... I will buy it this Autumn (2016)as I shall be in Texas for a few weeks in October.

Next... are there any legal issues with a Brit buying and insuring a US motorbike?

Next.... can I get breakdown cover for the whole trip and if so, which company is recommended?

I appreciate this is a bit vague at present but I thought I would get a few of the practical issues sorted before I delve into route planning etc...

Thanks in advance for any advice..
Regards

john

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#964502 - 06/26/16 10:14 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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HI John....there are 4 BMW dealers now in Houston as well as a local BMW club. Here is the website to the club. We have regular ride outs in and around the Houston country side. There is a once a month meeting with usually 20+ folks in attendance, some who have made the Alaska jaunt before. You would certainly be welcome to drop in on our meetings which are largely social. There is a classified section and occasionally bikes are sold there. I sold my 1150RT that way.

http://bmwclubofhouston.com/


The dealers in Houston are:

http://bmw.gulfcoastmotorcycle.com/

http://www.tmpsw.com/

http://www.wildwestmotoplex.com/

http://www.bmwmotorcyclesofthewoodlands.com/

There are of course other BMW clubs along the way and many more in the state of Texas.

As it gets closer keep this board posted and I'm sure people will offer you guidance.

I don't know if you can buy, license, and insure a bike in the USA as a non-resident, but would bet you probably can. I suspect the dealers get that question from time to time and could guide you.

Best,





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#964541 - 06/27/16 08:10 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: Skywagon]  
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Many thanks Skywagon... I will be in Houston most of October so I shall try and get to the meeting. It would be great to have a chat with someone who has done the trip already.

Just admiring your avatar.. I used to fly Hercs (C130) in the RAF!


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#964568 - 06/27/16 04:04 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Hello farmerboy,
I live in Anchorage and have driven the Alaska Highway many times -- but not on a bike yet. I'm thinking I'll ride my RT up to Anchorage in 2017 also. (It's in Albuquerque, NM now.)

Let me know if I can help with route or Alaska questions. I will have some recommendations for you along the route. I may also be able to help with lodging in AK, if needed.

Ken


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#964592 - 06/27/16 07:01 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Hi John....cool keep us posted and glad to have you pop in. October is one of the best riding months in Texas and the west coast weather wise. There are many bike events that time of year. One about 3 hours out of Houston you might like is the Harvest Classic at a famous little hole in the wall town here called Luckenbach. Fun event. Here is a link.

http://www.harvestclassic.org/


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#964676 - 06/28/16 06:17 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: Ken S]  
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Hi Ken, thankyou very much for the help and advice... I shall certainly keep in touch and no doubt have many questions when I start to plan properly!


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#964677 - 06/28/16 06:27 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: Skywagon]  
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Originally Posted By: Skywagon
Hi John....cool keep us posted and glad to have you pop in. October is one of the best riding months in Texas and the west coast weather wise. There are many bike events that time of year. One about 3 hours out of Houston you might like is the Harvest Classic at a famous little hole in the wall town here called Luckenbach. Fun event. Here is a link.

http://www.harvestclassic.org/


Fabulous! All being well, I shall be there!!! Just a bit of a shame the pound has fallen through the floor just as I am about to spend lots of dollars!

I am still looking for an RT in Texas but they seem a bit thin on the ground. Lots of Harley Davidson "lookalikes" at very competitive prices but I will have a good chance to find one in October.... should be in Texas for a month or so (visiting my son).

I have an old friend from my RAF days who will be joining me in Truckee... Lake Tahoe (in fact it was his idea)- he rides a BMW as well.

Just as a matter of interest has anyone ridden a Yamaha 950 and can assess its suitability if I cannot get an RT? I think you guys call it a V star tourer? Just a thought!

Regards and thanks again... from a newly "independent" Brit! Glad we still have our "special relationship" as I love the US!


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#964681 - 06/28/16 06:46 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Looks like a nice one here within your budget. thumbsup

https://houston.craigslist.org/mcy/5654290470.html


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#964682 - 06/28/16 06:50 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: TEWKS]  
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Nice! That gives me more confidence that they are available! I have not come across "Craig List" so thanks for the link - it looks like a good source of adverts. smile


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#978343 - 01/16/17 05:56 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Update... so far so good smile

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

John


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