Fairing East: A Motorcycle Trip Across America

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The Hunt Begins – Buying a Touring Motorcycle

With just a few days to go until we touch down in Seattle, it’s time to move out of the realm of the theoretical and start shopping for bikes. Those of you who have been around for our beer-fueled hyperbolic “planning” sessions know that we’ve explored the gamut of motorcycles for this trip, ranging from one motorcycle with a sidecar to trikes powered with VW engines, cruisers, sport tourers, and everything in between.  We’ve waffled between focusing on craigslist, ebay, reputable dealers and shade tree mechanics.  While purchasing a used bike from a dealer might result in a lower chance of mechanical failure, it seems that craigslist has the best variety and value – particularly since we plan on selling these bikes upon our return.

This week we have made a few calls and combed the for sale section, and I’ve learned two things thus far:

1. There is a great community of motorcycle enthusiasts out there, and I’ve got some lingo to brush up on.

2. If you own a motorcycle (or ever have) somewhere deep down inside is a desire to hop on a bike and ride across the country.  Almost everyone I’ve talked to has been extremely helpful, and eager to share advice, experiences, and cautionary tales.

Distilling all the advice and apparent availability, we are likely going to pursue older model Goldwing Interstates or  sport tourers (such as a BMW R100).  We are trying to purchase two bikes in one day however, so as long as it has hard-case luggage and appears to be mechanically sound it gets put at the top of the list. Keep your fingers crossed, and hopefully we will avoid chugging across the mountains on a scooter.


3 comments on “The Hunt Begins – Buying a Touring Motorcycle

  1. Caitlin
    June 4, 2013

    There is a scooter gang out here roaming the streets of Sea-town. So if that’s the route you go you can at least have a solid send off party.

  2. Mom
    June 7, 2013

    hahahha, why does this make me so nervous?

  3. Ray
    June 13, 2013

    This has the making of a reality show written all over it

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