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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 17th, 2009, 11:22 pm Thread Starter
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Ride Advice-Picking bike up in Phoenix Az

Looks like I will be picking up a new to me, low mileage 08 GT in the next week or two in the Phoenix area and wanted advice as to riding back to NY state via southern route at this time of year, as I may want to stop in the Austin area before heading home.

I know it will be hot. Very hot. I'm thinking this general route:

Phoenix AZ, Austin TX then Arkansas, Mississipi, Tenn, Kentucky,West Va, Pa. NJ, NY.

Looking for sights to see, places to go and trying to stay off the slab as much as possible. Not in any particular hurry. Don't want to cruise the superslab and eat act McD's.

Major question is, at this time of year will the heat take all the pleasure out of such a trip. I did cross the US once via Northern Route in July and it was hot as hell and exhausting. I can ship the bike for $720, but heck this is a touring bike and my last planned long trip was cut short by the untimely demise of my last 08GT in Buffalo, so looking for an excuse to drive it. I've seen the cornfields of the mid west and the desolation up north, so was hoping to see some new stuff this time.

Planning on two hydration bladders for liquids. Riding with BMW Venting Machine jacket and pants.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Aug 18th, 2009, 12:48 am
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going up through Eastern Az..ie the salt river canyon and then across through southern Colorado would probably be cooler..once you exit Colorado it is all about the same..hot and boring..unless you exit up through Northern Co. and head for the Black Hills.. I just rode my new GT 7000 miles to Alaska and back and it is a nice riding machine..did not have any problems with the bike..performed perfectly..No matter how hot or cold it is always better than work..don't ship..ride..
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one thing that may be a big help down here is a cooling vest that you soak in water?
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