Originally Posted by batdriver51
I bought an 06 GT out in Oregon a couple of years ago, flew out from Alabama to pick it up and rode down the coast hwy to LA. Then back through Utah and Colorado and had a blast. Would do it again in a heartbeat. PM me if you want to talk about it and i'll give you my number.
Ditto -- flew from Wash. DC to Denver last October to pick up an '88 R100RT and rode it back.
The key is to bring what you need, but no more -- although that can turn into a bunch of stuff anyways. In my case, due to the time of year (Oct.), elevation changes (1 mile+ to sea level) and distance (1700 mi), I brought quite a bit of "bring this in case the weather is ___" stuff.
I used a Helen2Wheels compression sack bag (similar to a military duffel bag) to lay across the passenger seat, along with a number of tie-downs and a bungie net. The bag held my Aerostich Roadcrafter full suit, electric jacket, other riding gear (regular gloves, winter gloves), tool kit (lots 'o stuff, as this was a then-22 year old airhead of uncertain condition), hydration pack, clothes for layering, shaving kit, etc. I carried my helmet and incidentals in a backpack-like carry-on bag.
I also had a back up plan in the event of problems -- tow company to call, credit card to use, and if close enough to home, family on hot-standby to bring the trailer out to pick me up.
Happy to discuss by phone, as well.
Good luck, and have fun!