Home arrow Forums



Go Back   XS11.com Forums > Idle Talk Forum > Members Lounge

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-20-2007, 12:17 PM
HobbyMan's Avatar
HobbyMan HobbyMan is offline
MeatHead Idiot "GURU"
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Colleyville, TX
Posts: 1,801
Question for all you hardcore road runners out there.

Well today a thought poped into my head. I want to take a road trip soon. I am on a very limited budget because I am preparing for college. Obviously hotels/motels are out of the question and I don't like them any way. State parks are nice but they are usually a ways away from major roads. In short of throwing a sleeping bag down at a rest stop which is dangerous, what can I do?
__________________
United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY
If I can do it at 18 yrs old, anyone can
"You know something, You can't polish a turd"
"What are you rebelling against", "Well, what do you got?"
Acta Non Verba
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-20-2007, 12:34 PM
malber's Avatar
malber malber is offline
XSive Maximus
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Belmont, NH
Posts: 568
Depends on where you want to go. State parks are definitely a good idea. You may also want to check out privately run campgrounds. Try this one:

http://www.koa.com/

I see them everywhere.
__________________
1981 XS1100SH
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-20-2007, 12:54 PM
randy randy is offline
XS-XJ Guru
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 4,521
Why don't you plan your trip around cities where fellow XS's live, and draw on their hospitality. One night should be do-able even if you have to sleep on the floor!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-20-2007, 01:36 PM
mro mro is offline
XS-XJ Super Guru
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Hayward, California
Posts: 4,275
where fellow XS's live

Would be willing to clean out the front room, space for a couple of XSers for an over-nighter, probably whip up a BBQ too.


mro
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-20-2007, 04:04 PM
HobbyMan's Avatar
HobbyMan HobbyMan is offline
MeatHead Idiot "GURU"
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Colleyville, TX
Posts: 1,801
I guess it would be a leech/loafer run
__________________
United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY
If I can do it at 18 yrs old, anyone can
"You know something, You can't polish a turd"
"What are you rebelling against", "Well, what do you got?"
Acta Non Verba
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-20-2007, 05:31 PM
Pat Kelly's Avatar
Pat Kelly Pat Kelly is offline
XS-XJ Super Guru
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Golden Valley, AZ
Posts: 3,046
If you're not squeemish you can stealth camp in cemetaries. I know some people that bicycle toured and would do that often.
__________________
Pat Kelly
<p-lkelly@sbcglobal.net>

1978 XS1100E (The Force)
1980 XS1100LG (The Dark Side)
2007 Dodge Ram 2500 quad-cab long-bed (Wifes ride)
1999 Suburban (The Ship)
1994 Dodge Spirit (Son #1)
1968 F100 (Valentine)

"No one is totally useless. They can always be used as a bad example"
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-20-2007, 06:50 PM
MartyA's Avatar
MartyA MartyA is offline
XS-XJ Guru
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: NW PA
Posts: 2,099
If you are a little bold and not too shy,

Read a story about two guys who zig-zagged across the country on their motorcycles. They slept on picnic tables each night at roadside rests / picnic areas - not the ones on the interstates, they are patrolled and you are not allowed to stop for more than 2 hrs. Carry a good sleeping bag and one of those self-inflating thin mattresses.

Every other day or so they would look for a motel with outdoor entries that had the cleaning cart and run in and give the cleaning lady a couple of bucks to let them shower and shave before she cleaned the room.
__________________
Marty in NW PA
Gone - 1978E - one of the first ever XS11
07 FJR
This IS my happy face.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-20-2007, 07:48 PM
old_bartender old_bartender is offline
XSive
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 41
Here at the home of the old_bartender. there is room for any member. Room for the bike and rider under a roof. if you make it to Minnesota. You would be wecome. Here we have something you won"ty find anywere else (MINNESOTA NICE)
__________________
If you spend to much time with me at work. then park it and cab it!!!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-20-2007, 07:53 PM
old_bartender old_bartender is offline
XSive
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 41
Alot of small towns have campground. you might find some great time there
__________________
If you spend to much time with me at work. then park it and cab it!!!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-20-2007, 08:04 PM
planedick planedick is offline
XS-XJ Guru
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Yorba Linda, California
Posts: 2,066
Cross country

Rode from CA to NY once, spent 3.5 weeks just looking at scenery and many side trips. Get off the interstate and you find lots of country roads that parralell them and nice camping places along little creeks and such. Usually some farmer's land and if you don't build campfires, and put the bike out of sight, nobody knows you're there. Sometimes under little bridges are nice too. Every couple of days I did get a room though, like to shower sometimes.
__________________
You can't stay young forever, but you can be immature for the rest of your life...

'78E "Pathfinder" Show bike...
Lovingly restored by Dave Delzell
Drilled airbox
Tkat fork brace
Hardly mufflers
late model carbs
Newer style fuses
Oil pressure guage
Custom security system
Stainless braid brake lines
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 05-20-2007, 09:46 PM
skipt skipt is offline
XSive
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Bakersfield, Ca.
Posts: 73
road trip soon

Most fun motorcycle trip I ever had was just riding untill I stopped
and finding a camp ground for the night . Throw down a sleeping bag and that was it. Getting off the major road/highway is not
necessarily a bad thing. Much more quiet and peaceful. KOA's
can work or check Woodall's for a list of campgrounds on your
entended route. DO it and have fun.
__________________
1979 XS1100SF
2005 VTX1800S3 ( Dailey ride)
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-20-2007, 10:02 PM
prometheus578's Avatar
prometheus578 prometheus578 is offline
XS-XJ Super Guru (RESIGNED)
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Olympia , Wa.
Posts: 4,012

Sleep on the tables during the day, sleep under the tables at night so "they" can't get at ya.

A lot of good ideas already. I liked the one about the maid and the shower. I mean, I only get motels for the shower in the morning, anyway.
Rest areas I don't really care for. It's not like you can roll up the windows and lock the doors...
Park in the rear of closed gas stations and sleep up on their roof.(learned that from an old hitch-hiker.)
Try to find a place to bed down before it gets dark. Ever sleep on an ant hill?
Bring a mesh hammock to keep your arse offa the ground.
Take an exit offa the highway)like a "ranch exit" for those in western states) and cruise a little till you find a group of trees. Leave the bike on the road, and walk the ground to your hidaway. Make sure you can ride in, and ride out without dumping the bike.
Bring an old camouflaged army poncho and some bungee cords. String it up if it rains, or use it to cover the bike to hide the shiney, reflective bits.

But, ya know... sometimes nothing beats a bed, a heated room and a shower.
__________________
"Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor, not a mechanic!' ('Bones' McCoy)
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-20-2007, 10:38 PM
trbig's Avatar
trbig trbig is offline
Simply used to just post A LOT!
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Ada, Oklahoma
Posts: 7,838
Several of the truck stops will let you take a shower for like 5 bucks last time I tried it. Flying J truck stops always seemed nicer than the Loves. Alot of the state campgrounds have showers available also if you pitch a tent.. usually around 8 bucks here for the undeveloped lots.

Tod
__________________
Try your hardest to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.

You can live to be 100, as long as you give up everything that would make you want to live to be 100!

Current bikes:
'06 Suzuki DR650
*'82 XJ1100 with the 1179 kit. "Mad Maxim"
'82 XJ1100 Completely stock fixer-upper
'82 XJ1100 Bagger fixer-upper
'82 XJ1100 Motor/frame and lots of boxes of parts
'82 XJ1100 Parts bike
'81 XS1100 Special
'81 YZ250
'80 XS850 Special
'80 XR100
*Crashed/Totalled, still own
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-20-2007, 10:39 PM
dale_1 dale_1 is offline
XStremely XSive
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Posts: 275
good ideas all

My mother used to tell me if I ever got stuck and had to....... the cemetary at night was the safest place. Most undesirables are skittish about cemetaries.

Course, you could always do what ya did here........ borrow an XSive's yard for your tent and shower in the am or pm and hang out and watch tv with 'em etc etc....... I'm sure I ain't the only one that'd give up my couch for you.



in fact I can't think of any XSive I wouldn't do that for....... 'cept maybe Tod
__________________
Mark A. Guthrie TSgt USAF (ret)
S&M Comp. Serv. Inc. V.P.
1981 XS11SH XCaliber
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05-20-2007, 10:42 PM
trbig's Avatar
trbig trbig is offline
Simply used to just post A LOT!
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Ada, Oklahoma
Posts: 7,838
See Mark... for once you're right. I'd kick one of my kids out of their room and make THEM sleep on the couch and give Andrew a bed. Us Okies are a bit nicer than those Texicans! lol..

Tod
__________________
Try your hardest to be the kind of person your dog thinks you are.

You can live to be 100, as long as you give up everything that would make you want to live to be 100!

Current bikes:
'06 Suzuki DR650
*'82 XJ1100 with the 1179 kit. "Mad Maxim"
'82 XJ1100 Completely stock fixer-upper
'82 XJ1100 Bagger fixer-upper
'82 XJ1100 Motor/frame and lots of boxes of parts
'82 XJ1100 Parts bike
'81 XS1100 Special
'81 YZ250
'80 XS850 Special
'80 XR100
*Crashed/Totalled, still own
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:13 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Integrated by BBpixel ©2004-2022, jvbPlugin