Not a bad way to get around at least when the weather is perfect and everything is good mechanically. Seems to be a unique experience, not many people can say they've seen a huge chunk of the new world in person in a condensed time period.
I dream of doing a large cross country journey, ideally across australia as to not have to deal with border crossings and having to speed through crime ridden zones as quick as two wheels will carry. One tough thing about going through some of these places is the lack of part availability the farther south you go. If something breaks odds are you're gonna learn how to jimmy rig it or your trip certainly wont last a long time. I've been following these peeps as they go to the horn and back so im just a little aware of the risks and challenges.
I've been doing A LOT of touring on the BMW since I got her back on the road this past January and have put almost 7,000 miles on her since. I'm planning on a trip to Alaska next year and ride the Dalton...
One of my favorite rides of all time was my 3 years on a '79 GS550.
It was my 'adventure' bike long before it was all the rage.
I once traversed a mile long landslide on it above Big Sur on highway 1 with CHP yelling profanities and threats at me for skirting their barriers.
Hi PUD, Mine was a 78 GS550 that I bought new. I was mostly interested in canyon racing at the time and it was fast but didn't handle very well compared with my other bike (350 four Honda), go figure? I could beat other 500's with my 350 but couldn't with my 550.
So that led me to my touring days.
I've rode the PCH so many times I can't recall. We may have passed each other on that road.
So many tales to tell on those trips but that was before GoPro and digi cameras.
For I think 8 months on my first trip my address was my bike. I traveled 6 and spent 2 in the valley loaning it out once to some base jumpers so they could make a fast getaway.
That was really excellent! I have seen quite a few riding videos, but they usually aren't edited so tightly and have way too much narration. I thought the music was pretty understated, too. I have the same bike, minus all of that crap. No way could I ride a quarter of what that guy did. The narrow wall was great.