Cross Country Road Trips

Anyone who has been taken by wanderlust has, at some point in their life, thought about taking a cross-country road trip. Sometimes we imagine an RV, our grandparents before us, a van. Sometimes that RV is replaced with our favorite classic car; most often, though, these journeys are imagined on a motorcycle. Owing, perhaps, to the rebellious imagery, a motorcycle seems so appropriate, so fitting, for a journey across America. With nothing but an open road before you, and sky in every single direction you look, a motorcycle encapsulates the American spirit of adventure and discovery like nothing else.

Whether your motorcycle is expensive or cheap, full of technology and modern conveniences or as bare-bones and minimalist as possible is irrelevant. When you’re on the road, there’s nothing else: your thoughts, the vibration of the motorcycle, the smooth shifting of gears, and the road before you. It’s easy to get lost in this ideal, and imagine it a fantasy, unable to ever be reached without an incredible stroke of serendipity. This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth: a cross-country motorcycle trip is well within reach of the common man.

Your local dealership, especially in Appalachia, will have something capable of handling the journey. Bikes like Triumph Lynchburg cater to those of us taken by wanderlust, and will do all they can to make your dream trip a reality. Within a few weeks, you could be on the open road, heading through North Dakota and ready to crest the cascades. You’re less than a month away from seeing the Pacific ocean, your own Lewis and Clark expedition, your trusty horse singing merrily with every mile driven. There are, though, a few things to look for when you’re buying a motorcycle with the intention of a cross-country road trip.

The first, and most important, is how easy your machine is to maintain. Often when you’re out on the road, you won’t have access to a garage for miles. Sometimes a simple tow can derail weeks of adventure, or sink your entire trip; you want a bike you can mend with your own two hands a simple bag of tools. For this reason, it’s best to stick with bikes that have a very uncomplicated design and engine. You may sacrifice somewhat in convenience features, but there’s a much better chance of chasing your dreams on your bike when you can handle any problems that may arise.

Beyond that, style is up to you: there’s very few things that are completely out of the question. Some prefer the style of an easy rider, a road warrior bike meant for thousands of miles on the road without much of a break; in the end, though, it is completely up to you. It doesn’t matter which bike you choose, as long as you choose and begin doing something you’ve always dreamed of.

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