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post #1 of 23 Old Aug 13th, 2013, 8:32 am Thread Starter
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I would like to do a bike tour from coast to coast in the USA together with my son of 12 years old next year. Being a LT rider (very few here in South Africa) I would prefer to do it with a similar bike. Perhaps anyone here that can help me where I can rent a LT for two to three weeks for a trip like this. It seems to me all the bike renting firms only rent out HDs.
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I would like to do a bike tour from coast to coast in the USA together with my son of 12 years old next year. Being a LT rider (very few here in South Africa) I would prefer to do it with a similar bike. Perhaps anyone here that can help me where I can rent a LT for two to three weeks for a trip like this. It seems to me all the bike renting firms only rent out HDs.
It's probably going to be a hard to find an LT to rent. I'm going to assume your port of entry from S. Africa would be NY City. Maybe buy one, drive across the states, then have a broker sell it for you when your trip is done. I know that would be expensive but just a suggestion. Hope you can get it figured out cause there's lot's of good things to see going cross country. Good luck!

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It's probably going to be a hard to find an LT to rent. I'm going to assume your port of entry from S. Africa would be NY City. Maybe buy one, drive across the states, then have a broker sell it for you when your trip is done. I know that would be expensive but just a suggestion. Hope you can get it figured out cause there's lot's of good things to see going cross country. Good luck!

Here's a link for a rental business that may be able to help you!
http://www.eaglerider.com/bmw-motorcycle-rental.aspx
Thanks Ron, that can be an option. For a good running "cheap" LT, what is the going price?
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Good and cheap is a oxymoron.

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It will be hard for a foreigner buying and selling any vehicle. You may be able to title it with your passport, but you'll need to have a US address, and you'll need to provide proof of local insurance. I doubt that is going to be easy. Depending on the model, prices range from around $6,000 for older models to $15,000 for the later models. A good 2004 will probably set you back around $8,000, and a good 2005 will probably command around $10,000. You can add 10% for sales tax and titling.

Another concern would be the level of trust you have in the seller and in the bike. Going coast-to-coast as a foreigner you don't want a bike that hasn't been properly maintained. Your best option (probably your only option) would be to rent, unless you find someone willing to borrow you his bike.

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I too, feel that your best option is to rent. There are far too many unscrupulous characters around to attempt a short term purchase. Whatever you choose to ride the trip will be a great experience.

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Have considered a Goldwing? I had a 2003 Wing that I used for several cross country trips with my then 12 year old son. In 2006 he and I rode the Wing to Alaska and back. Fantastic bike for two up and long distances and you should be able to find several places that rent them. This place seems to have reasonable rates.
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Have considered a Goldwing? I had a 2003 Wing that I used for several cross country trips with my then 12 year old son. In 2006 he and I rode the Wing to Alaska and back. Fantastic bike for two up and long distances and you should be able to find several places that rent them. This place seems to have reasonable rates.
http://www.roadflyer.com/ehondagl1800.htm
Many thanks for all the input by you wonderful people. I tried to get a quote from http://www.roadflyer.com/ehondagl1800.htm[/QUOTE] but it seems to me their website is not up to date.

I plan to do the trip at the end of June 2014 to about the middle of July 2014.

What is your suggestions regarding which route to take/ is it better from the west to the east or visa versa? Any help will be appreciated.
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Hi, we did it last Year in May - June. Start from SF down to LA and then across.

See " Germans Coast to Coast ", June 17th 2012, in Ride Tales.

I bought a LT in SF in September 2011 and picked it up in May 2012. My Son is living in Orlando I had planed to store the Bike over there and use it once in a while when I come over to the states. But it is impossible to register it over there in my Name. Or we had to register it in the Name of my Son. But we didnt like that regarding liability so I shipped it over to Germany in April this Year.
I think the best way is as said before rent a Bike after your tast. Rent it on one side and give it back on the other side after the trip.
Just for your scheduling. I spend some Years in Cape Canaveral so I know a little the East Coast and my schedule to go from west to east was the best I ever did. Was so wonderful and full of new impressions and adventures.

Hope this gives you some ideas,

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Hi, we did it last Year in May - June. Start from SF down to LA and then across.

See " Germans Coast to Coast ", June 17th 2012, in Ride Tales.

I bought a LT in SF in September 2011 and picked it up in May 2012. My Son is living in Orlando I had planed to store the Bike over there and use it once in a while when I come over to the states. But it is impossible to register it over there in my Name. Or we had to register it in the Name of my Son. But we didnt like that regarding liability so I shipped it over to Germany in April this Year.
I think the best way is as said before rent a Bike after your tast. Rent it on one side and give it back on the other side after the trip.
Just for your scheduling. I spend some Years in Cape Canaveral so I know a little the East Coast and my schedule to go from west to east was the best I ever did. Was so wonderful and full of new impressions and adventures.

Hope this gives you some ideas,

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Many thanks Manfred, I am in the early stages of planning the trip. I am now busy to get quotes to rent a bike, but it look to me that HD is the way to go because of the price and the large dealership network for HD's in the USA.
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Hi, we did it last Year in May - June. Start from SF down to LA and then across.

See " Germans Coast to Coast ", June 17th 2012, in Ride Tales.

I bought a LT in SF in September 2011 and picked it up in May 2012. My Son is living in Orlando I had planed to store the Bike over there and use it once in a while when I come over to the states. But it is impossible to register it over there in my Name. Or we had to register it in the Name of my Son. But we didnt like that regarding liability so I shipped it over to Germany in April this Year.
I think the best way is as said before rent a Bike after your tast. Rent it on one side and give it back on the other side after the trip.
Just for your scheduling. I spend some Years in Cape Canaveral so I know a little the East Coast and my schedule to go from west to east was the best I ever did. Was so wonderful and full of new impressions and adventures.

Hope this gives you some ideas,

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Geee Manfred, what a wonderful trip you had. I went and had a look at your postings and now I am more determined to do a coast to coast trip.
I am sure you can supply me with a lot of information what to do and not to do on a lengthy trip like this. What is your take on camping most of the nights in the different venues? We here in Africa like to do that sort of thing and me myself are not the plastic and chrome type of person staying in hotels or motels when I do trips.
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Yea, I remember back all the time and did a Florida trip this Year in March just at the Daytona Bike Week. Was a good one too two and a half weeks just Florida including Bike Week.
But to our trip Coast to Coast we spend the nights in Motels. I had a small 10' Laptop with me and booked the Rooms one night bevor arriving with booking.com. No problem at all worked out perfect. We went to the Mexican border a small town Del Rio there I was a little sceptic but if you dont go in trouble regarding drugs or such no incidents or trouble.
Nice places are and interesting enough to visit, San Francisco and the coast to LA, Hollywood and farther Death Valley, Las Vegas, San Antonio, New Orleans and parks like Nappa Valley, Monument Valley and some more.
Dont hesitate to ask if wont to know something Special.

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Many thanks Manfred, I am in the early stages of planning the trip. I am now busy to get quotes to rent a bike, but it look to me that HD is the way to go because of the price and the large dealership network for HD's in the USA.
Unless you really have tough buttocks and like a lot of rough riding experience I'd not do the Harley ride. Especially if your riding your son. BMW, Honda, Yamaha in that order would be my choice! Just sayin!.

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Call MAX BMW in new york to talk to them about rentals for cross country, if they don't have what you want (1600GTL will be a HOOT to ride across the country on) they can certainly get you connected to who you need to talk to.

They seem to be the single most honest BMW dealer in the united states.

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Plus, they seem to be customer oriented, very helpful.

Quite a few states use the same system for collecting tolls. The result is you can buy a little box, load it with some $$ and NOT have to stop to pay a toll. For me, stopping, neutral, kick stand down, take gloves off, get out dollar bills to pay toll, receive change, gloves back on, kick stand up, back into gear and then back on my way is a PAIN!!

One tear I left MA during the third week in May and rode to NM. Most of the trip was pleasant wx, flowers blooming on the Blue ridge Parkway, not much traffic because kids were still in public schools, NM and later AZ were in 90s and higher here during middle of June. at that time there weren't that many thunderstorms, same for raining.

Once schools close you get an increase ion traffic as famlies go on vacatrion.

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Plus, they seem to be customer oriented, very helpful.

Quite a few states use the same system for collecting tolls. The result is you can buy a little box, load it with some $$ and NOT have to stop to pay a toll. For me, stopping, neutral, kick stand down, take gloves off, get out dollar bills to pay toll, receive change, gloves back on, kick stand up, back into gear and then back on my way is a PAIN!!

One tear I left MA during the third week in May and rode to NM. Most of the trip was pleasant wx, flowers blooming on the Blue ridge Parkway, not much traffic because kids were still in public schools, NM and later AZ were in 90s and higher here during middle of June. at that time there weren't that many thunderstorms, same for raining.

Once schools close you get an increase ion traffic as famlies go on vacatrion.

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Thanks Bob, I will do as you told me. This toll thing will be new to me. What time is the school holidays in your country? In our part our schools are close for the winter holidays at the time I want to visit the USA, which is in your summer months.
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Call MAX BMW in new york to talk to them about rentals for cross country, if they don't have what you want (1600GTL will be a HOOT to ride across the country on) they can certainly get you connected to who you need to talk to.

They seem to be the single most honest BMW dealer in the united states.
Thanks Tim, I send them an email.
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schools get out for the summer mid to late June and start in early Sept. in the Northeast any way.

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schools get out for the summer mid to late June and start in early Sept. in the Northeast any way.
Thanks Teddy, seems to me I must avoid that time and try to do it in May to beginning of June.
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I don't know that said time needs to be avoided. It just will be more crowded...

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Around here, schools started up this week. I think early - mid September (after Labor Day weekend) would be ideal.

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I would like to do a bike tour from coast to coast in the USA together with my son of 12 years old next year. Being a LT rider (very few here in South Africa) I would prefer to do it with a similar bike. Perhaps anyone here that can help me where I can rent a LT for two to three weeks for a trip like this. It seems to me all the bike renting firms only rent out HDs.
1. I would check with San Jose BMW (not far from SFO airport). They rent out a small # of bikes.
2. I would think about doing a big loop. If you like wide-open spaces (being a saffa you should) this is a good place for it.
3. After riding 120k+ miles in USA/Canada as a foreigner I have some suggestions as to where to ride. What is a big day for you distance-wise? Over any given 3 days, how much ground would you want to cover?

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What would it cost to ship your bike over to do the trip and then ship it back?

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