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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.

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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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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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#978344 - 01/16/17 06:19 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Hi Farmerboy, just wanted to say hello and wish you a great trip to Ak.
Please note my avatar. Ex RAAF.

Have a wonderful trip to Ak.


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Glad to see you are on track for your trip later this year - should be quite the memorable ride.

Originally Posted By: farmerboy

I think it will be wiser to buy from a reputable dealer in the Houston area rather than risk a private sale - any recommendations?


With a private sale you will not be paying a dealer premium and you have a fair chance of learning about the history of the bike. Knowing where the bike has been will increase confidence as you prepare for the trip with hopefully minimal servicing. There should be plenty of capable bikes from which to choose as your date draws nearer. Sources could be here, Craigslist, or Advrider.

More importantly, like Marty, I wish you great success for this trip. I cannot match Marty's RAAF Avatar, but I did win the USAF-RAF Chili Cookoff in 1988. It was kind of a big deal, that is if you happened to be stationed at RAF Mildenhall, and you happened to like chili. OK, not such a big deal, but I did win a mug.



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Maybe you should open your search area just a bit.
Try to find something within a days ride of Houston.
Might give you more choices.

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#978366 - 01/17/17 01:18 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Thanks to all for replies and pm's - Marty - love the bi-plane, Jake - never got to Mildenhall but I did have a USAF exchange instructor on the Hawk at RAF Valley - cool guy! Ghost60 - just did a search to include San Antonio and Dallas and results were much better... maybe a private sale will be better.

Any thoughts on breakdown insurance? We can get specific bike cover which either repairs the bike or transports it to a garage to be fixed - anything similar in the US - my searches have been unsuccessful.


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Just a few pics of a Scotland trip with my BMRiders buddies.

https://goo.gl/photos/zotvHGFdJi6Tinvy5


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#978377 - 01/17/17 03:27 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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There are may two things you're asking about - roadside assistance, which in the US means they will come and tow you to a service facility (or do simple things like deliver fuel or jump start a dead battery), and extended warranties which will cover repair costs.

Roadside assistance is available for anything, but extended warranties are generally only available for newer vehicles (there may also be mileage restrictions).

I can't afford anything new enough for an extended warranty, so I'll leave that for others.

For roadside assistance, the most common is AAA (said "triple A") - coverage will vary a bit depending on which state you "join" in, but motorcycles are covered on their "Plus" plans, which are one level up from basic.
https://www.oregon.aaa.com/join-aaa-old/

There is also a club called Good Sam that I think of as mostly being RV (caravan) folk, but they offer roadside for motorcycle as well - also need to go up a step from their basic, and I have seen good reviews of it here and on Adventure Rider.
https://www.goodsamroadside.com/

And then there is the AMA, which is a motorcycle association (though their roadside also covers cars and such).
http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/For-Members/AMA-Roadside-Assistance

Be sure to look at limitations like mileage per tow and whether or not you get to pick the destination (nearest service facility vs nearest dealer vs any facility of your choice w/in mileage, etc) to see what suits your fancy.


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szurszewski - exactly what I was looking for - many thanks smile

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#978654 - 01/21/17 05:56 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Hi, John -
Please don't neglect the BMWMOA package for $55 + $19. This gets you the "Anonymous Book" (volunteers throughout NA) plus "Basic" roadside assistance. For the "Platinum" package (tire replacement) you may have to call them to see if you're eligible. Oh - and you get a spiffy magazine too! All this for any brand motorcycle you own. Read more about it HERE.

Best wishes for a great trip.

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Thanks Lee, much appreciated. smile


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Hi all,
I now have dates for the trip and will be arriving in Houston on the 30th June - it will take about a week to find a bike to buy and then I shall ride up to Truckee (nr Lake Tahoe), meet my pal and ride north......

Still confused about a few bits of USA, bike related, admin....
I have found a company that will provide bike insurance for non residents (Fernet) and they also include breakdown cover (for a modest sum!) My son (who lives in Houston) seems to think it will be simpler for him to buy the bike (with my money!)and that he can insure it for any rider...is this advisable?

I can get specific "biker tourist" medical insurance reasonably cheaply so no problems there.

Do I pay sales tax on new and used bikes in Texas? Probably cannot afford a new one but the advertised prices for F800's seem cheap - maybe I need to add various taxes and fees to the sticker price?
Do all bikes need an annual test? We have an annual MOT test in the UK to check brakes, lights etc..

We have something called an HPI check in the UK to check if a vehicle has been in an accident/written off - do you have the same in USA for bikes?

Route planning...
The "google" route to Truckee seems to favour via Las Vegas and then in the general direction of Death Valley. I am assuming it will be VERY hot in July and was wondering if there is a more sensible route and what you guys that live in hot climates wear when riding. I have heard tales of "cool vests"? Maybe just get up early in the morning? Is there a problem with animals leaping out in front of me or is this just an urban myth?

Does 400 miles a day seem reasonable? I have done a lot of long distance riding in the UK but not in hot weather.... we can only dream of hot weather!

Sorry if some of the questions are stooopid - I just want to try and "be prepared".

Thanks in advance.

John
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#980065 - 02/12/17 07:55 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Why not just rent a F700GS (or 800) from MotoQuest in Anchorage? Seems to me that would address several questions. BC, Alberta, the Yukon are all pretty spectacular (with the Icefields Parkway particularly) but be prepared for lots of gravel in the many road construction areas and a RT type might not be your best choice, especially if you do the "real" Alaska and do the Dalton, Denali, Top of the World, etc. As a Brit you'll be amazed how wide open and BIG!! everything is up there. Definitely worth the effort any way you go...just my humble opinion.


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Thanks Jim, I did consider renting and even shipping my bike across but I have decided that I like the idea of riding in the southern USA (warm weather!) so I intend to buy a bike and keep it rather than sell. It will be left with my son in Houston and I can fly over and ride whenever I can.
We are not planning on much "off road" in the "real" Alaska and will actively avoid the loose stuff where possible. I am told the ride up to Alaska is epic and it will not really matter if we only get as far as British Columbia.
I have driven a car from Canada to Houston, last year and loved it. USA is indeed a big place!

I would usually stay in Motels when with my wife but I am considering the camping option this time. Any thoughts?


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#980094 - 02/13/17 12:49 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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I took a look at the route that Google suggests, going through Phoenix, Las Vegas, and along the southern Nevada border. I would caution you to not underestimate the heat. I've seen temperatures over 46C both in Vegas and Phoenix. You will be looking at many miles of empty desert. Personally, I would avoid Interstate 95 in Nevada, and detour either north through the Albuquerque area, and perhaps southern Utah, or enter southern California and head north. Might be a good chance to see the Pacific Coast Highway. 400 mile days are easy to accomplish.

I'm located about 70 miles northwest of the Dallas area, and have pretty much anything required to maintain the R1200RT. We'd be happy to be of assistance, and my wife can fix you up with a cuppa tea and a Mint Imperial! PM me if need contact information.

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I think having your Son buy the bike here in Houston, in his name, would fix a LOT of problems! You could have the bike well before you arrive, allows you to take time to find the right one. Insurance on you should be easy to confirm, and you should be able to get a copy of that binder showing you are covered. This method simplifies keeping the bike after the ride, it can be inspected yearly here, licensed yearly, and so forth. Most importantly, it could be sold by your Son with no problems should you choose to do that.

The bike and how it is set up will make all the difference. With stock seat and windshield 400 mile days are about all I would hope for. If you had a bike with good aftermarket seat and windshield, that figure will be much easier to average and can go up easily. While some can do a lot of miles in one or two days, extended days in the saddle are where ALL the weak spots show up!
Heat! I would recommend a more northerly route making your way toward I-40 in New Mexico. Higher elevations and latitude will make a lot of difference. More scenic route too. If you run I-10 west you will be in upper 90's to low 100's. HOT temps, high speed running, and for the most part not all that scenic. At a minimum get one of the cooling vests. You can also leave very early to beat the heat somewhat. Riding from 1pm on is really hot. Death Valley will be hot, but you can leave early and beat some of the heat there. It is a beautiful ride through there!

If you buy a bike here in your name, there will be 6.25% sales tax along with probably $200-$250 in other fees for registration. You will have to have insurance in hand to actually sign papers and buy the bike. Dealer will handle inspection if needed. There are "salvage" titles in the US for bikes that have been considered a total loss and then brought back. Most dealers will not sell salvage title bikes.

I live in Houston, at least a suburb. Starting in June and going through September, we have temps usually in the 90's. Can be 80 degrees at 6am, so not much relief from the heat. I will watch for your questions and help where I can.

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Thanks guys for the very helpful information and kind offers - very much appreciated. smile I am very good with spanners but I will not be able to bring them all with me!
Some progress has been made and I have decided that a new bike may be my best option. I have spotted a few on Cycle trader which are old models (2015-2016)that must have been sat in dealers unsold for a while? They seem to be priced very competitively and I have been in touch with a couple of the sales people and discovered all about sales tax and registration. frown
It looks like my son will have to "buy" the bike and be the registered owner/keeper and that all seem ok but I am struggling to get my head around how to get it (or me) insured to ride it. In the UK the individual rider is insured for a specific bike but it appears that in the US the bike is insured and the insurance "follows" the bike? Is that correct?
I can get "tourist" motorbike insurance for 60 days but it appears to be very expensive and I would really like the bike to be insured even when stored (when I return to UK)
My son has a car license so I assume he cannot get motorcycle insurance with me as an additional driver?
When I apply online for insurance all is well until it asks for my US driving license number - which I do not have - I have a full UK motorcycle license... so no joy there!
Anyone have any ideas how I can get an annual policy at a reasonable cost in my circumstance?
Sorry to be a pain - I hate admin!
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Be wary of online prices of new motorcycles. Many will add "dealer prep" fees that are completely unrealistic. These are over and above the taxes and fees I mentioned earlier and you will pay tax on these added fees.

Not sure if your Son not having a motorcycle endorsement ( that is what a motorcycle license typically is in the States, an added designation to a motor vehicle license showing approval for motorcycle privelidges ) will keep him from buying insurance. I think I know of owners that have bought bikes and then took the training courses to get a license. Your Son needs to call a couple insurance agencies and tell them what he needs. Assuming he buys the bike, and can list himself AND YOU as drivers on the policy, I think it will work. I would make SURE the insurance agency knows you do not have a US driver license but do have driving privileges ( I assume you have checked on that-your UK license honored here for a period of time? ). The motorcycle is insured here, the drivers are added. My Son is added as a permissible rider on my bikes for instance. If there is a lien ( bike is financed ) on the title you will be required to purchase insurance with liability, theft, and collision coverage along with medical coverage for other parties if accident is your fault.

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Realshelby - thanks again. smile I have contacted my son and asked him to ring his car insurers ref myself being added to a new US motorcycle policy but having a UK license. Hopefully they will give a positive response! I can always fall back on the "tourist" policy if I have to! frown
Online prices- yes, I was a bit shocked when the final "drive out" price was revealed! In the UK the sticker price is pretty much what you pay... no tax to add but they are more expensive anyway!

My current ride is a 1200 RT and I love it but I am looking at something a bit lighter (and cheaper!) and have searched and searched for F700 - F800's but cannot find one I like and can afford. I rang a dealer in Texas about an F800 and he suggested a cheaper alternative - a Kawasaki Versys LT 650 (2015)- it is brand new zero mileage, hard luggage and much more affordable than the BMW's I have been looking at.
I have studied reviews and it seems like it may be suitable? I also thought it would be easier to sell at the end if I don't get on with it? I like the idea of a new bike - never had one before!
Anyone have any views/experience of this bike?


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I would highly recommend looking at Suzuki V Strom DL 650's. New or used. Fairly common to find used ones with aftermarket seats and windshields as well as luggage in the $4500-$5500 range. Pretty hard to beat and considered a notch better on gravel roads than the Kawasaki. Quite reliable and capable of the riding you are going to do.

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Is a new bike really a good idea?
Putting the trip on hold to deal with break in schedules would suck. Buy used and let someone else deal with the devaluation.

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Originally Posted By: Ghost60
Is a new bike really a good idea?
Putting the trip on hold to deal with break in schedules would suck. Buy used and let someone else deal with the devaluation.


You are probably right - I have discovered that the advertised prices are much lower than the ride away price by a $1000 on a $6600 advertised bike - so I may think again!

I thought sales tax was only 6.25% in Texas so I guess there are considerable extras! Are pre-owned bikes taxed as well or just new ones?

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Everything has a sales tax. Same used or new.

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Everything has a sales tax. Same used or new.
From dealers, yes. I don't know about Texas, but Arizona has no tax on private party sales of vehicles.


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Everything has a sales tax. Same used or new.
From dealers, yes. I don't know about Texas, but Arizona has no tax on private party sales of vehicles.


The Texas 6.25% motor vehicle tax is collected by dealers as a convenience. They "conveniently" charge $150 document fees for handling this, but that is another story. You can buy a motor vehicle and not pay this tax. But, you cannot get a new title or registration without paying it, dealer purchase or private purchase, at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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Originally Posted By: farmerboy
Originally Posted By: Ghost60
Is a new bike really a good idea?
Putting the trip on hold to deal with break in schedules would suck. Buy used and let someone else deal with the devaluation.


You are probably right - I have discovered that the advertised prices are much lower than the ride away price by a $1000 on a $6600 advertised bike - so I may think again!

I thought sales tax was only 6.25% in Texas so I guess there are considerable extras! Are pre-owned bikes taxed as well or just new ones?


I wrote earlier that there will be 6.25% tax and around $200-$250 in title, document, license fees. Any more is simply dealer add on ( goes to profit ).

It is my experience that almost without exception the really cheap prices shown on Cycle Trader and other advertising sites are simply bait to get you to call or come in. I have personally had them add over $1000 for dealer prep/destination fees on top of advertised price. So, buyer beware......

In Texas, if you pay $6000 for the bike, the total amount should be no more than $6,625 with all fees, taxes, license, etc.

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Thanks everyone, the dealer has sent me a breakdown and the only "profit" item on it was dealer prep / rigging fee of $350. The rest was tax and registration. He said it was to cover putting the bike together, admin, battery acid, oil, fuel etc and after a bit of a chat he has agreed to reduce it by $100 or deliver it for free. The bike is already discounted by $2100 so I was encouraged to buy - so I did! Hope I have done the right thing and the bike is suitable? It seems to be quite a popular model and is well reviewed but it is too late now - the deed is done...

I am flying over to Houston on the 1st March for 2 weeks and I will need to put some miles on it (pre 1st service)so if anyone is going out for a ride I would appreciate some company:). I shall find a pic or two...


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Good looking bike! Be sure to post when you get across the Pond.

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Good looking bike! Be sure to post when you get across the Pond.


Certainly will!

If all goes well I shall be picking it up from the dealer (a place called Lufkin?) on the 2nd March. Not sure how I shall get there but no doubt there is a bus.


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Just a note regarding insurance if anyone else from the UK is reading this and needs cover with a UK license.

Progressive (https://www.progressive.com/)have no problems with a UK license - the online quote has an option for a foreign license and simply loads the premium when you get to the payment page. Ended up at $410 comprehensive cover with breakdown assist - so three times what I pay in the UK but pleased it is done anyway!

I did take the trouble to contact them to confirm that all is ok and they were fine about it. Good old America. smile


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Check if it covers the portion you'll ride in Canada.
No experience to suggest it doesn't, but way back in the day...
I had to document a rental vehicle (know yours is not) with special insurance paperwork.
Just curious if anyone has had an issue w/coverage on that part of the trip?


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Originally Posted By: farmerboy


If all goes well I shall be picking it up from the dealer (a place called Lufkin?) on the 2nd March. Not sure how I shall get there but no doubt there is a bus.


That's around 140 miles from Houston, depending on where you start from. March 2nd is a Thursday, I could probably break free to get you to Lufkin to pick up the bike. Bus rides would be....complicated! Someone that knows the area and customs might be a benefit.

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Take him in the Shelby, that and Texas will be a good acclimation to the good ole USA!

And congrats on the bike, sounds like a good choice for what you're planning. Have encountered several guys tent camping off them and they all sounded pleased with their choice. ADVrider has a good subforum on farkles you might like.


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Originally Posted By: realshelby
Originally Posted By: farmerboy


If all goes well I shall be picking it up from the dealer (a place called Lufkin?) on the 2nd March. Not sure how I shall get there but no doubt there is a bus.


That's around 140 miles from Houston, depending on where you start from. March 2nd is a Thursday, I could probably break free to get you to Lufkin to pick up the bike. Bus rides would be....complicated! Someone that knows the area and customs might be a benefit.


Truly humbled by the generosity of your kind offer. Thankyou! wave

I have just been talking to my son in Houston and he has arranged to have Friday afternoon off work so the pick up date has moved to Friday 3rd. I forgot that he needs to be there to sign some documents so I am all sorted thanks!

...... I have just googled "shelby".... wow! I assume you have one? I am a bit of a wannabe mechanic/engineer and love engines and machinery of all types - the older the better!


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Originally Posted By: tallman
Check if it covers the portion you'll ride in Canada.
No experience to suggest it doesn't, but way back in the day...
I had to document a rental vehicle (know yours is not) with special insurance paperwork.
Just curious if anyone has had an issue w/coverage on that part of the trip?


Oh dear! Forgot to ask them about Canada!! dopeslap
The policy does not start until 2nd March so I shall contact them to check. Sooooo much admin!

edit - just called them and I need to request an ID card for Canada! Thanks for mentioning it...

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No problem.
We had a trip that ended up requiring a rental vehicle from Florida thru Canada, back to USA.
Had to get the documents at the Hartford, Conn. airport as palces South didn't have a clue.
Looking forward to the tale and pics.
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Originally Posted By: farmerboy
I shall ride up to Truckee (nr Lake Tahoe), meet my pal and ride north......


Hi John, We corresponded during the early stages of your trip planning last year. I live in Anchorage.

If you haven't already found it, The Milepost travel guide is a valuable resource for an Alaska Hwy journey. The book has a lot of info, but may be too big to haul with you. But their web site has a lot of free and valuable info also: LINK

One stop I consider to be a MUST on this trip is Liard Hot Springs in northern British Columbia -- near the Yukon border. You walk about a half mile on a boardwalk to the hot springs. The site is beautiful, and a dip in the hot water feels great after long days riding. It's about 1100 miles from Anchorage, and there's a provincial campground there. (Watch for bison on the highway in this area.)

When do you expect to be in Anchorage? I'll be out of state July 1 - 21, but would enjoy meeting up when you get here. Let me know if we can be of assistance.

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Cheers Ken, I will arrive in Truckee (to meet my riding pal) on the 14th July and we will probably arrive in Anchorage at the end of July or early August (ish!)

It would be great if we can meet up. I shall make a point of updating progress on here if appropriate?

I will certainly check out the hot springs and if you have any guidance ref a good route I would appreciate it.

Regards

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Out for an hour on my other ride this morning...
Only 1 horse power but every bit as frightening as the bike.

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Nice looking steed! thumbsup



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hmmm.... how did you get the pic to appear - when I try it is just a link?


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It's magic...

rider, hunter/jumper/dressage?


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Well, I am packing for the trip to Houston and it looks like my baggage allowance will not be enough so out with clothes and in with tools and camping gear!

Most important item is packed!

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Originally Posted By: tallman
It's magic...

rider, hunter/jumper/dressage?


We (family) run a livery yard and my daughter is an event rider - I just help her keep the horses fit - the one in the pic is a psychological disaster... not one of our better animals! Nice temperament but nervous and clingy. She (April) was given away and we ended up with her. My wife and daughter are soft and take in all manner of unwanted creatures!
Getting excited now as my wife and I are flying to Houston on Wednesday and picking up the new bike on Friday... smile

I have not told her I shall be off riding (solo) most of the time.....


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still cannot work out how to show the pic in a post.... frown


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still cannot work out how to show the pic in a post.... frown


I'll show you if you make it over.

And I'll make real coffee. Meaning there won't be cream, sugar, vanilla, hazelnut, or other impurities in it.

You can buy clothes here cheaper than shipping them over. No worries.

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Originally Posted By: farmerboy
still cannot work out how to show the pic in a post.... frown


I'll show you if you make it over.

And I'll make real coffee. Meaning there won't be cream, sugar, vanilla, hazelnut, or other impurities in it.


Should all be ok as I have a "welcome to America" email from the nice people at homeland security and flights are all booked and checked in.


Good man... I do like a spoon of sugar mind you...


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Well, I am now safely in Houston and enjoying some warm weather. Flight from Manchester was great although my wife electrocuted the immigration guy when she touched him! Caused quite a stir and much amusement. She must have built up a few million volts of static and discharged the lot through the poor soul!
They still let us in and I am looking forward to picking up the bike tomorrow!

My son has borrowed a US iPhone from work so my communication problem is solved so I just need to fit a 12V accessory supply to the bike, buy a tyre repair kit, and set off on a few rides to try everything out. I am hoping the height of the bike will be ok for me - we shall see.

So far ...so good.... but the weather in Houston looks a bit damp next week...I may regret not getting an RT.... just my luck!


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Welcome!

Glad to hear your flight and customs went well.

We are leaving San Antonio in a couple of minutes heading to Galveston. If you had your bike and hadn't just flown the Atlantic and likely messed up your internal clock, I'd invite you to ride down and have dinner with us.

Best luck on your upcoming adventure - I hope you'll take a few minutes to put some pictures up here now and then.

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Drove a couple of hours to Lufkin to pick up the bike today... all went well until it refused to start... fuel pump buggered! Only 8 miles on the clock and the fuel pump gave up the ghost!

The dealer sorted it quickly and I rode it back to Houston in glorious weather - wonderful little bike but no RT!

Comfortable and quiet but no idea how it handles as I have yet to find a corner in Texas!!! No bends, no roundabouts... nothing! You have to laugh... now I know why HD's are so popular...

Anyway, I think I shall love it and I have already fallen in love with Texas... bank robbers chased by police this morning, cook off tomorrow (whatever that is) and the rodeo parade... life is good. BIG smile

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Originally Posted By: szurszewski
Welcome!

Glad to hear your flight and customs went well.

We are leaving San Antonio in a couple of minutes heading to Galveston. If you had your bike and hadn't just flown the Atlantic and likely messed up your internal clock, I'd invite you to ride down and have dinner with us.

Best luck on your upcoming adventure - I hope you'll take a few minutes to put some pictures up here now and then.

josh


Cheers Josh... I have struggled no end with pics... I have loads and I think I shall try and link to somewhere... it is such a pain adding them to a post.

I would love to have come with you - find me some bends!!!

smile

think I have found a solution... try this link.

https://goo.gl/photos/ZxSoQph4NM1BwwrTA

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Looks good! Great day to ride - we made it a whopping hundred miles or so, but it was beautiful down here along the coast. There are few curves, but they keep them locked up in the hill country NW of Austin, and I've heard there are some down near Big Bend as well.

Don't worry though - you'll find plenty as you head north smile


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Just a quicky... I ended up in traffic as I entered Houston and I was just about to do my usual "filtering" (riding between lanes of cars) when I recalled hearing that it may be illegal in Texas? Can someone advise?


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its debatable but as the law isn't specific. Generally speaking it is not an accepted practice in Texas. Be careful in Houston. Since it is not practiced some cage drivers think you are cheating and will cut you off. I would not recommend it here even though needed. When I lived in California it was a way of life and the cars expected it...not here though.


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its debatable but as the law isn't specific. Generally speaking it is not an accepted practice in Texas. Be careful in Houston. Since it is not practiced some cage drivers think you are cheating and will cut you off. I would not recommend it here even though needed. When I lived in California it was a way of life and the cars expected it...not here though.


Thanks for that... I shall refrain!


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That's basically the same for all other states as well, except California. Anywhere other than California you are best suggested to not filter or split.


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First trip to Walmart this morning (tyre repair kit) and the heat in Houston is unbearable! Showers every 10 mins cool me down... I never thought I would look forward to cooling rain whilst riding!

God help me in July!

The bike is not big enough to activate the exit gates at the apartment so I have to use my buzzer and leave through the entrance. Traffic is wild compared to the UK and you really do need to keep your wits about you and watch out for huge man hole covers and lumps of concrete between lanes!
Power supply is fitted and works a treat and my son has loaned me an iPhone 6 on a US contract so navigation and communication problem is solved.

The bike is really very, very nice and so easy to maneuver in traffic. It will never be anything like as good as my RT but it will certainly do the job.

I shall be off on a bit of a ride in a few days time so will have something more interesting to report.

Walmart Houston - I now have 130 miles on the clock....

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#982257 - 03/16/17 01:50 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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You can find some F800GTs for sale on SearchTempest.com. They might be a better choice.

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Looking forward to my return to Houston on the 4th July and then the ride up to Alaska. All the admin seems to be in place and I am legal and fully insured!

I shall start a fresh thread with some pics of the trip but for now here is my latest project.... Cagiva Navigator. Bought it very, very cheap from a chap who had started to rebuild it but gave up due to a persistent misfire... whilst checking the radiator was warm I was thrown across the shed by a few thousand volts. Misfire problem found.....it was the HT lead shorting on the radiator....impossible to see! Running sweetly now and I think I now understand why people love a big V twin! (Suzuki TL1000S engine)

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#989530 - 06/15/17 09:49 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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I am their leader, which way did they go?
#989552 - 06/16/17 01:23 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: Whip]  
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Hey John,
Are you planning to ride the bike back to Texas after Alaska?


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#991740 - 07/08/17 03:38 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: Ken S]  
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Sure am but now I have seen what sort of weather Texas has to offer I may not make it!

Four hours in searing heat (to Lufkin) to get the fuel pump replaced followed by the mother of all thunderstorms, a burnt neck and burnt arms through the mesh jacket. Damn phone kept shutting down because it overheated and I quickly got lost in a thunderstorm in the middle of Houston...all steamed up, soaked to the skin and ended up outside a Harley Davidson dealers.... service manager saw my plight, made me a coffee, sat me down in front of the air conditioner and brought my bike in from the rain. Gave me a towel to dry myself off and insisted that I waited until the storm had passed. Nice folk in Texas!
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Hi, John - sounds like you're off to a great start!


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And it doesn't really warm up here until August

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#991751 - 07/08/17 11:27 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: Skywagon]  
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Originally Posted By: Skywagon
And it doesn't really warm up here until August


Heading north tomorrow so hopefully it will start to get a little cooler! Trip to walmart today to buy sun screen, long sleeve T shirt and a "cool towel" for my burnt neck!


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#991763 - 07/08/17 12:31 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Add bandanas for your neck.
Can wet them to cool.
Keep sun off neck.
Perhaps a mc dealer has evaporative cooling vests?
They ehlp in many conditions.
Stop more often/hydrate. Need an onboard way to hydrate also, many options.
It doesn't get better/easier riding in heat.
You get less mileage as your body fights the stress.
Don't push it.
Soaked?
Don't you have rain gear?
No offense but a critical component of "kit".
Yes, sometimes in the summer the rain is a relief.
But only when you are riding long enough todry out completely.
We rarely stopped for rain other than to don gear.
Around here summer rain was a welcome relief from the heat.Yesterday went from 96 to 76 in hal an hour becasue of thunder/rain storms.
Phone overheating?
Are you relying on it for GPS?
Well...good luck.
Heat/water not friendly.
Can you get audio?
Perhaps put it in waterproof and listen.
Do you have a tankbag w/map window?
Paper, or better yet plastic, maps still work.
When in doubt use tape and permanent marker to write turns and stick on someplace you can see it,jacket sleeve, whatever.
Start early, stop early, have fun.
Best wishes.


If my mind wanders, should I follow it?
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1996 R 100 RSL
1980 R 100 RT
1972 R 75
1968 R 50
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Any updates John?

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Just arrived back today! I could not get reliable web access enroute (phone and computer problems!) so I have made notes and taken loads of pics and I am sat in Houston writing it all up now...

My God this country is awesome - in the real sense of the word! It has blown my mind and I have had the trip of a lifetime and met so many lovely people.

12,000 miles from Houston to Anchorage with a few diversions enroute and the little Versy has not missed a beat! I changed oil once with the help of realshelby and then twice again in various car parks and have had to replace 2 tyres but otherwise it has been flawless. Well done Mr Kawasaki!

I have put the bike up for sale and hope to pass it on to someone who will cherish it! The local dealer (Houston Cycle Exchange) has offered me $4250 cash or will put it on consignment at $6000 if I can wait... apparently it is a bad time of year to sell a bike. If anyone wants it give me a call. It will be cheap!

I am busy trying to get all my notes together and get google maps to show my route but it is a slow process.

Highlights...

1. meeting Realshelby and Skywagon! (seat cover has seen a lot of my backside but has survived!)
2. Crossing the desert to Tonopah and running out of fuel!
3. Rattlesnake grade - somehwere near Oregon I think?
4. Crater Lake near Klamath Falls
5. Glacier national park
6. Jasper national Park
7. Forest Fires in BC
8. Cassiar Highway to the Yukon
9. Road to Telegraph Creek - never again!
10. Tok, Chicken and Anchorage.... crazy towns!
11. Bear tooth pass - it snowed!
12. Dead Indian (Chief Joseph?) pass?
13. Yellowstone
14. Million Dollar Highway
.......and so much more!
I saw more bears than you can shake a stick at and nearly rode into a moose an elk a bobcat and deer! Only fell off once trying some stupid off road stuff and enjoyed roads and scenery and people I had only dreamed of.

I love this country! My only complaint is the furnace they call Houston... riding the final 400 miles from Sweetwater nearly killed me off and the traffic here has not improved!

Still smiling and so glad I did this trip of a lifetime.
Many thanks to those that offered advice and support... it is really appreciated. I am sorry I was unable to make updates enroute but the damn technology beat me!

a few pics as far as Crater lake...
https://goo.gl/photos/k35MXnaSZ7AXEtNG9

and the first bit of the route...
https://goo.gl/maps/2N8dxUW8LER2


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#994772 - 08/17/17 01:02 AM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Glad you enjoyed it, look forward to your trip report.

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Great to hear you had a time!

#3 Rattlesnake Grade - your map location is a bit off I think; the commonly known place of that name is on highway 129 near Asotin, WA - it is just in the south east corner of WA and leads into Oregon; towns named Joseph and Enterprise are in the area and common moto destinations you may have passed through.

#12 Dead Indian/Chief Joseph pass - I'm guessing by where it is in your list that you are talking about the the pass on the Chief Joseph Scenic byway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Indian_Pass

I offer the above not in correction but only with the thought it might help you putting your map and notes together.

Your highlights list is fantastic - some of my favorites of the whole country/continent are on there smile

josh


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Been wondering about you! Yes, your trip must have been something. Just coming to the US/Canada area where everything is so far apart was one thing. Seeing some of the sights you saw were some of the best around. Beartooth Pass is another world to itself. I could go on and on. Glad to hear the bike done its job so well. Cannot wait to hear more about the trip.

You know you are welcome anytime!

#994811 - 08/17/17 05:18 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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I have just discovered that google location services was switched on my phone and it looks like google has kept a detailed record of my progress! Just about all my riding (except where no cell phone signal) and walking and all the fuel stops! I only came across it by accident and yes I have made a few geographical errors!

I need to return the sheepskin seat cover to skywagon and have pm'd him but no response. If anyone knows his whereabouts or any contact information that would be helpful....... ta. (I have lost his number)


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#994820 - 08/17/17 08:00 PM Re: Brit planning to ride from Houston to Anchorage.... advice please. [Re: farmerboy]  
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Just pm'd you Skywagons number....

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