Has anyone out there tried to tour across the US. If so, any tips for doing it. Seems to be many next adventure and I’m trying to get all the tips possible.
Wow ! Much respect to you that sounds awesome. Thank you for the tips.In 2011 I rode a 2006 Kawasaki Ninja 650 from Vancouver, Washington to Roanoke Virginia and back. Total was about 8,000 miles. The bike is not normally considered a touring bike, but with a taller aftermarket windscreen, heated grips, and Givi V35 hard cases I made it work while still having relatively light weight and good handling. I was 70 years old at the time and it was one of my "bucket list" items.
My advice is to stay off the freeways and look for curvy, interesting routes that may make the distance and time longer, but more fun and less tiring. Good rain gear is a must, and you should be prepared for a wide range of temps. I started out in mid September and it was hot, but I got home in mid October and the mornings on some days were near freezing. I would avoid mid summer months as extreme heat is tough day after day. Spring is more likely to bring rain and volatile weather.
The most difficult part of the ride was crossing eastern Colorado and Kansas. The wind was blowing like mad from my left front, and every passing cattle truck made a blast of wake that actually ripped my jacket zipper apart. I came back further south through Arkansas, Texas and New Mexico and it was a better route.
I started a blog for the ride. I can't post the link because I don't have enough posts yet, but if you look up "thegoodroads.blogspot.com", you should be able to find it. Go to the 2011 posts.