There’s something about a road trip that makes it one of the quintessential passions of just about every automotive enthusiast. Whether it’s to see the sights or just to reach a far off destination, setting tire to tarmac with a sense of purpose is something that almost all of us love to do. And the Big Kahuna of road trips is the cross country jaunt. The continental U.S. is about three thousand miles wide, and crossing such a vast expanse is, even for the fastest of drivers, a multi-day endeavor. Do you think you might want to do that kind of trip. . . . on a bike?
Motorcycles come in all shapes and sizes, and some of those are less capable of such open road activities- Honda even named an entire class CB for City Bike. But others, like that same brand’s Goldwing, or the venerated Harley Electra Glide, are designed to eat open roads like they were ribbons of black licorice. Eww, black licorice, that stuff’s nasty.
You see, I’ve made eight or more trips across this great nation of ours, and I’m pretty much up for another one should the opportunity arise. Not only that but I have special vehicles and related paths that I would like to take, just to shake things up. For instance, I’d like to do a back-roads trip in a Citroen Deux Chevaux. I’d also like to make the trip on either one of my favorite bikes – BMW’s classic R100, or an original Triumph Bonneville. Like DoubleMint, I must have a thing for twins. What about you, does the prospect of crossing an entire nation on just two wheels hold appeal? If it does, what would be your weapon of choice, and which route would you take?
Image: Motorcycle Classics