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28 Nov 2004
I've been talking about this for a while now, but it's only in the last
two weeks that things have really come together.
I've been doing the same job for the last 10 years and I need a break and this is the kind of hippy trip that I always thought about as a kid. Touring the US on a big motorbike. Obviously as a kid the image I had was of touring on a Harley - but now that I can ride a bike and have tried riding a Harley there is absolutely no way that I would trust my life to one of them - even if I did believe that it could carry me tens of thousands of miles (which it of course wouldn't).
So what is the plan ?
I've changed the bike. I traded in my 2000 'blade for a 2000 VFR800 at Honda of Salisbury. They will put a Givi wingrack on it (I still have the Givi hard luggage from the last VFR). They will fit the crash bungs - lets face it, in six months of travelling I am going to drop the bike and the position of the VFR indicators and radiators make the sides of the bike a little fragile. I will do a few thousand miles on the bike before I go partially as a shake down, partially to use up the tyres and partially to get it past the 16,000 mile service (one of the big ones on a VFR).
There is some paperwork to be sorted out. I need to get a 'Carnet de Passages en Douane' to allow temporary vehicle importation into New Zealand. The very helpful Paul Gowen at the RAC has sent me all the documentation I require for that. (Paul is a regular contributor to the forums on Horizons Unlimited - THE round the world biker web site). I will also have to replace my passport as it runs out in January 2006. I will have to organise insurance for North America (Insurance for NZ will be purchased on arrival)Planning 2 ->