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  1. John Wyman

    John Wyman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Hey all,

    Doing some homework on possible trip to southwest US late next year. Considering renting a van in TO and transporting my bike down to Vegas, camping along the way on route to riding destinations. Mainly in the Colorado/Utah area.

    Other options would be to fly down and rent a bike or ship my bike down ahead via cheap freight and fly down and back.

    Also would consider rent and ride with a guided group but that is least appealing.

    Looking for feedback on experiences and costs and what worked and didn't.

    Thanks
  2. hverbakel

    hverbakel ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Check into Eagleriders John, I have been a member for years. They have touring bikes and off road bikes.
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  3. brucedwilson

    brucedwilson ODSC Executive

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    Driving to the SW is the cheapest way...just off-the-scale boring to get there. From the border to the far side of OK, it's major dull. If you can make it more interesting through camping, do so.

    We once drove non-stop from Windsor to Tucson. 36 hours. It's all a blur!

    Bruce
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  4. MichaelSchorpp

    MichaelSchorpp Ride Organizer

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    Just some general comments:

    I've always trucked/trailered my bike down. I looked at Uhaul once when my vehicle suffered a major breakdown, but they were crazy expensive.

    You mentioned Utah, Colorado and Las Vegas. Utah and Colorado are so good I wouldn't even bother going to Nevada-just my personal opinion. September would be the best time to go.

    You mentioned camping-if you drive I would recommend setting up your vehicle so you can sleep comfortably in it. I bought some 2.5" thick foam camp mats, then cut and layered them to produce a surprisingly comfortable sleeping surface.

    Moab has a cheap hostel too-$10/night for a dorm bed, with full access to a kitchen. Beats camping!

    Mike
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  5. brucedwilson

    brucedwilson ODSC Executive

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    All I see is the Sleeman's Honey Brown...

    Bruce
  6. GQelements

    GQelements ODSC-OFTR Member

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    @John Wyman

    IMO Eagle Rider is only good for road rentals. Their offload inventory is typically limited to WR250R's if they have anything at all, and in Utah you only have locations in Salt Lake City. If you are a roadie, the Eagle Rider Memebrship is AMAZING. Best deal in Moto rentals for sure.

    In the past I've shipped my dualsport with MyTripMyBike to Vegas and then rode up/around from there... MTMB handles the freight and provides warehousing at a great rate. Unfortunately, this September the guy running that service had a major personal issue and disappeared... (He is back now, but the company is in limbo, but effectively not operating)

    I'd ALWAYS prefer to have my bike when riding off-road so not to have that nasty niggling feeling about losing damage insurance, etc, but if you do rent, call MadBroEdge in MOAB. Located literally steps away from entrance to Slickrock, they always gave me great service and have a nice inventory of Husqvarnas to choose from. Fly, rent a compact at the airport, drive down and ride.

    If you decide to drive down hauling your bike however, let me know if you want company. I'm stuck this year for the first time NOT sending my bike south and i'm itching to find someone to share the freight or haul the bike down. Obviously happy to compensate.
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  7. John Wyman

    John Wyman ODSC-OFTR Member

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    @GQelements I'll keep you posted on how things develop. Happy to have company along.
  8. Demon

    Demon ODSC-OFTR Member

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    Any update on this topic? what did you decide?

    Major factor is time....how long do you plan to go for and how much time can you spend getting to the spot you are after (flight/drive)
  9. redsan74

    redsan74 ODSC-OFTR Member

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    We did TAT last year from PA to Salt lake city in August 4th to Sep4 th..close to a month.
    Family and kids in a jeep and 2 riders.

    If it's far west and time is an issue then I feel it's better to fly and rent (unless u have the itch to ride ur own bike).
    we lost 2 days driving/preparations to reach PA(starting point).
    and also lost 3 days driving back home from Salt lake city.

    we rented u haul a closed trailer (350USD) and loaded my bike and drove 950 miles a day for 2 days to reach Ohio.. It's really boring all the way back.

    Colarado and Utah are great for offroad. we want to just do Utah next time or BAJA may be.
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  10. nige

    nige Limited User

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    I put the bike in the back of the truck and head out i-80 for 2 weeks every other year for a week of riding around Moab and Ouray. The drive is boring up until you get west of Nebraska, then it's not so bad at all - really nice scenery from Denver to Moab. I really recommend you spend a night or 2 making 3 Step Hideaway a base camp for a couple days. I have nothing but good things to say about that place, the hosts (Scott and Julie) are wonderful, will definitely go back again in the future. I see Air Canada is offering their fly your bike program, but the closest stop is in Calgary which is quite a hike from there :\ It's a lot of driving in 2 weeks, but it's nice to trailer the bike(s) to two or three different areas, unload and explore. If you are really pressed for time and want to ride your own, shipping the bike and gear a few days in advance and flying over to meet it is a good idea. by the time you factor in the price of fuel and lodging during your trip, it may work out to be a comparable in price and you get the extra 4 days you would otherwise lose sitting behind the wheel, unless road trips are you thing.