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My bucket list is in front of me and on the top of it is touring this country on my Honda VTX 1300C. I've ridden with a local group for a couple years and really didn't like it for a host of reasons. I did make new friends and had plenty of laughs but have lost touch with all of them over the years. Now I'm thinking about longer rides. Some 1 day trips and others multi day and/or week trips, and wondering...#1- How to meet new friends and 2- should I travel solo or try to find a travel buddy? I'd like to travel while I'm still healthy and have the "itch" to do it. I've taken care of my family and put my desires on the back burner, but now it's my turn to be a little selfish and get back into my passion full time while I still can.

Right now I'm taking my very low mileage Honda VTX and outfitting it to be a more comfortable machine for touring like a Batwing fairing, heated grips, Lighting, alarm system, wind deflectors and also doing a new paint job. There's more that I'm doing to it but that's also a hobby of mine and has less to do with needs and more to do with wants.

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It's always fun to ride with a buddy. I would guess safer also.
But there is something special about being on the open road by your self.
I say do it both ways if you can.
 

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I've done both and I probably prefer to go alone however a consideration for me is motels, they cost half as much if you're with a buddy. In a week and a half that's a fair amount saved. There have been times I wondered if it was worth it. It's hard to find someone that rides the same way, I've been told that I ride to fast and don't stop enough. I was an interstate trucker most of my life and that no doubt influences my riding style. I will typically ride tank to tank and whatever the speed limit is about 5 over. Oh well.
 

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I don't ride a lot lately and it's a struggle to get company on short notice
I usually plan within an hour
So, riding solo looks like my future
 

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It is definitely safer with another rider along---just in case.

Someone has to LEAD the group and that has always seemed to be me; from 2 up to a couple hundred or more as a 'Ride Captain,' for some non-outlaw clubs.

Leading the group has some big responsibilities, namely to try and PLEASE everybody as far a fuel stops, food stops, motel or camping choices, rest stops and photo opportunities, etc etc.

Your VTX1300C is a great bike and I bought 2 new ones in 2007. I actually liked the 13 better than my past VTX1800R in many ways.

Have fun!

Sam:)
 

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You are right Porky. I'm usually shot after a long escort just from the pressure for everyones safety. Fuel isn't a problem. On most rides I already know who the low mileage riders are so we just stop early for those bike(s). The rest can fill up the next stop. So the stress is really just from a safety point. Some ride captains say you are on your own but I try to watch out for the group. Self imposed stress but which ride captains have the most riders is telling too.
 

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Most of the time I ride by myself, but a few times there's been a friend ride with me. I like riding with a partner for the added security and help if it's needed.

I don't like riding with someone else that starts talking about going home on the second day of the trip. I don't like riding with someone that grabs their cellphone at every stop to check in with their job or wife but can't get off the phone in less than a half hour.

A trip on the motorcycle with a riding partner can be great or an exercise in frustration depending on how closely matched you are with that person. There will always be some give and take, got to expect that, and that's okay if it doesn't drive you nuts.

I met a guy from California a few years ago. We were camping in the same area in New Mexico. We talked for a while and ended up riding for a few days together. He left Colorado headed home and I went north to ride the million dollar highway.

Just goes to show, you meet the nicest people on a, hmmm...a Harley Davidson Road King? :)
 

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If you find a riding friend that has the same riding style as you, has the same time available as you, has the same desire to go to the places you do, who has the same humor as you, who is as reserved or adventurous as you, you are blessed! I like riding alone and the freedom to stop, go, stay, act, ride as I like without consideration of others, so I do that a lot. I also like having a riding friend or two and I'm then prepared to share as a group. That said I only currently have 1 riding friend whom we both make a pretty close match, but because of his work requirements is only occasionally available for a maximum of 2 day trips. Most likely it's because at my age I'm pretty much getting set in my ways and finding other riders interested in riding, that match my style of riding have become somewhat difficult to find.
 

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It's always fun to ride with a buddy. I would guess safer also.
But there is something special about being on the open road by your self.
I say do it both ways if you can.
Thanks for the reply. I'm guessing I'll be doing this solo but looking forward to it. I'm having fun just planing and getting ready.
 

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I've done both and I probably prefer to go alone however a consideration for me is motels, they cost half as much if you're with a buddy. In a week and a half that's a fair amount saved. There have been times I wondered if it was worth it. It's hard to find someone that rides the same way, I've been told that I ride to fast and don't stop enough. I was an interstate trucker most of my life and that no doubt influences my riding style. I will typically ride tank to tank and whatever the speed limit is about 5 over. Oh well.
My thoughts exactly! I'm not a camper anymore. Prefer a hot shower, decent meal and a bed. Like you said, hotel cost would be cut in half. No matter how you cut it, that's a decent savings. This coming summer I'm planning several trips. Some all highway and some mixed. I'd like to know what my enjoyable/comfort level is. I planed a 400 mile one day trip so far to see how I do with a stop over just in case. I use to do this without thinking about it but it's been years sense I've done that many miles in a day.
 

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It is definitely safer with another rider along---just in case.

Someone has to LEAD the group and that has always seemed to be me; from 2 up to a couple hundred or more as a 'Ride Captain,' for some non-outlaw clubs.

Leading the group has some big responsibilities, namely to try and PLEASE everybody as far a fuel stops, food stops, motel or camping choices, rest stops and photo opportunities, etc etc.

Your VTX1300C is a great bike and I bought 2 new ones in 2007. I actually liked the 13 better than my past VTX1800R in many ways.

Have fun!

Sam:)
Hi Sam
I use to ride in a group years ago and understand everything that you have to consider when leading a group. Thats why I don't do it anymore. Thats neither good or bad it's just the way it is. I'd rather have 1 person as a riding buddy that is at least similar to my riding habits. Less people it keep happy means more happy time for me.
Thanks for the comment on my bike. I was going to trade it for a new Gold Wing DCT but decided to add a few creature comforts to the VTX and use it. Save myself 20K or so. Besides, you do get attached to these things because you go threw so much together...LOL...don't know if I ever said that about a woman before.
 

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Simplest answer for me is unless the Buddy Rider thinks a lot like I do , I go alone .. I like leaving early and getting at least 100 miles in usually by Daybreak , then have breakfast when rush hour traffic kicks then get back on the road and set a goal of 400 more, anything above that is gravy and less miles to reach your goal the next day .. Also when you stop do all things needed .. Bathroom, Water, Food, and Full Tank ..
 

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Most of the time I ride by myself, but a few times there's been a friend ride with me. I like riding with a partner for the added security and help if it's needed.

I don't like riding with someone else that starts talking about going home on the second day of the trip. I don't like riding with someone that grabs their cellphone at every stop to check in with their job or wife but can't get off the phone in less than a half hour.

A trip on the motorcycle with a riding partner can be great or an exercise in frustration depending on how closely matched you are with that person. There will always be some give and take, got to expect that, and that's okay if it doesn't drive you nuts.

I met a guy from California a few years ago. We were camping in the same area in New Mexico. We talked for a while and ended up riding for a few days together. He left Colorado headed home and I went north to ride the million dollar highway.

Just goes to show, you meet the nicest people on a, hmmm...a Harley Davidson Road King? :)
I gotta tell you that sounds like me. Your cell phone comment would rub me the wrong way too. Hell, my wife is on the phone all the time! Drives me nuts! She loves that thing more than me!!! Really.

Not sure if the Road King is yours, but that would be fine with me...I have a Honda VTX and love it, doesn't mean I only like to talk to some one who is a metric enthusiast. What we all have in common is the love of riding.
 

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If you find a riding friend that has the same riding style as you, has the same time available as you, has the same desire to go to the places you do, who has the same humor as you, who is as reserved or adventurous as you, you are blessed! I like riding alone and the freedom to stop, go, stay, act, ride as I like without consideration of others, so I do that a lot. I also like having a riding friend or two and I'm then prepared to share as a group. That said I only currently have 1 riding friend whom we both make a pretty close match, but because of his work requirements is only occasionally available for a maximum of 2 day trips. Most likely it's because at my age I'm pretty much getting set in my ways and finding other riders interested in riding, that match my style of riding have become somewhat difficult to find.
All great points! Glad you commented. I've thought of all those points but when I read it all together like you said here, it puts a finer point on it! Ya, two day trips are fine but I'm gearing up for a much, much longer trip.
 

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Oh, I bring my cell phone with me whenever I'm riding, but I don't have to talk on it every time I stop. A call home at the end of each day to let the wife know I'm still percolating, where I've been, what I saw, is enough. If someone else wants to know, they can ask her.

The wife and both my grown up kids love their phones more than anything, you'd think if they lost their phones, they'd forget how to talk. Most of the time they're not talking on it anyhow, they're facebooking, or something.
 

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Planning a 3 week ride for next summer now. There are a couple guys that may go, be great if they do, either way I'm going. Start in St Louis, head for Seattle then down 101 and 1 to just north of L A. Bypass L.A., go 40 to Williams Az. and then the Grand Canyon and over to the million dollar highway. Ride the million dollar highway to 70 and turn right to home.That's probably 6000 miles, close to it. Not going to be on a time table, there will be some days off in there but there will be some long days to so 3 weeks should be plenty of time.
 

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Hmmmm...roughly 2,000 miles a week, a bit less than 300 miles a day, that's not hard to do, sounds like it could be a fun trip. Have time to stop and look when something looks interesting to you.

Have you decided if you're going to motel it or camp out or maybe mix it up?
 

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Hmmmm...roughly 2,000 miles a week, a bit less than 300 miles a day, that's not hard to do, sounds like it could be a fun trip. Have time to stop and look when something looks interesting to you.

Have you decided if you're going to motel it or camp out or maybe mix it up?
motels, when I'm done for the day I want a comfortable room and a good meal.
 
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