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Old 12-19-2012, 07:53 PM   #46
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:09 PM   #47
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Talking about long trips, is there any info on the availability of gas stations among some remote sections of the interstate system.
I am planing a trip from Wash. DC suburb to Phoenix, AZ, and I am concerned on getting gas along the way, especially onI-40 after Amarillo, TX to Flagstaff.
I can go about 130 miles between refuelings on my 2009 V-ROD.
Has anyone traveled on this portion of I-40 and convey their experience in getting fuel.

Thanks...
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:18 PM   #48
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I am still trying to find the perfect highway pegs for the VRSCR without buying the engine gaurds. Anyone found a good setup? Seriously, I tour for 500+ miles a day on my Vrod. Used to do the same on the Buell. Coast to coast, Sturgis 3 times Vancouver to L.A. a dozen times no problem. When your azz gets sore you ride on one cheek then the other. Red bull and ice water at fuel stops help keep you awake. Just ride!
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:46 AM   #49
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I have always wanted to ride a motorcycle across the US so this May I am going to do just that. I have a VRSCR that has only around 4500 miles on it because the seat is so uncomfortable to be on for any length of time. I really want to ride my Street Rod on the trip, but everyone keeps telling me I am crazy. My thoughts are to change the seat to a corbin. Take the back seat off and fabricate a rack to hold bags ( It seems saddle bags are kind of out.) somehow move the handlebars back and last but not least find someone that makes a good windscreen. So far the stealer is telling me to get a road king and everyone else is telling me to get a BMW GS. Any advise would be great. I don't want to sell my bike but there are some very serious obsticles to overcome to make the trip. If you have pictures of mods I would also appriciate that allot. Thanks i advance.

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Old 12-20-2012, 11:02 AM   #50
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On August 5, 2006 I rode my 2004 VRSCA (3.6 gallon tank) with sundowner seat and backrest, seat bag, Harley leather bags and touring windshield to Sturgis from Reston, VA. First day of the trip I rode 1,161 miles to Rochester, Minnesota (see IBA site). I rode over 4,000 miles in a week. I sold my V Rod and Road King this summer and repaced with a Dyna Super Glide Custom. The 2006 trip was for three reasons: 1. meet up with my son, 2. prove that a IBA ride could be done on a V Rod, 3. that 60 year old could still do a Iron Butt ride.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:07 AM   #51
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Talking about long trips, is there any info on the availability of gas stations among some remote sections of the interstate system.
I am planing a trip from Wash. DC suburb to Phoenix, AZ, and I am concerned on getting gas along the way, especially onI-40 after Amarillo, TX to Flagstaff.
I can go about 130 miles between refuelings on my 2009 V-ROD.
Has anyone traveled on this portion of I-40 and convey their experience in getting fuel.

Thanks...
Hi there, not sure about the availability of fuel stations from Amarillo, TX to NM stateline but from NM to Flagstaff, AZ, there are towns and/or truckstops along the interstate with fuel stations. I live near Flagstaff and I have ridden my 2003 and 2009 V-rods plenty of times on I-40, roundtrips from AZ, NM, UT and CO. If in doubt, always fuel up when you see a fuel station, that's my motto when I travel on 'remote' scenic byways. Absolutely beautiful scenic roads off the interstate but I understand the necessity to stay safe and close to major roads. There is so much to appreciate and experience on your long road trip through different climates, terrains, and cultures. Good luck and safe travels.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #52
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Talking about long trips, is there any info on the availability of gas stations among some remote sections of the interstate system.
I am planing a trip from Wash. DC suburb to Phoenix, AZ, and I am concerned on getting gas along the way, especially onI-40 after Amarillo, TX to Flagstaff.
I can go about 130 miles between refuelings on my 2009 V-ROD.
Has anyone traveled on this portion of I-40 and convey their experience in getting fuel.

Thanks...
I've driven the stretch from Amarillo to Flagstaff in a car only, but here are some points for you where there is definitely gas...

Amarillo, TX -> Vega, TX = 36 miles
Vega, TX -> Tucumcari, NM = 76 miles
Tucumcari -> Santa Rosa, NM = 60 miles
Santa Rosa -> Clines Corner, NM = 60 miles
Clines Corner -> Albuquerque, NM = 60 miles

There are some other gas stations between those points too. You can always just zoom in on a specific area with Google Maps and search "gas." Plenty of gas stations along I-40 from Albuquerque to Flagstaff. I've made that drive (in a car) a lot. However, instead of going through Flagstaff, I highly recommend a couple alternate routes to Phoenix. Nothing against Flagstaff, I love Flagstaff, but if you're not spending any time there here are two other routes that are just as quick and WAY more enjoyable on a bike (or even a car for that matter) than I-17:

1) Exit I-40 in Holbrook AZ, head S on 77, after a few miles head SW on 377 to Heber (be alert for speed traps on 377), 260 W to Payson, 87 S to Phoenix. Holbrook to Fountain Hills in under 3 hours.

2) Exit I-40 in Winslow AZ, head S on 87 through Strawberry, Pine and Payson on your way to Phoenix. Holbrook to Winslow to Fountain Hills in under 3.5 hours.

Depending on what part of Phoenix your going to you may want to hang a right on Shea Blvd. in Fountain Hills after coming down from Payson.

BUT... if you want to experience some REALLY enjoyable riding and aren't in a mad hurry to get to Phoenix by the time you hit the AZ border, then by all means go to Flagstaff and do this:

3) Take 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona on your way down, a gorgeous decent through Oak Creek Canyon. From Sedona, you could get back on I-17 S via 179 OR... if you're still interested in a WAY better motorcycle route to Phoenix from there... stay on 89A S through Jerome and over Mingus Mountain to Prescott Valley - one of THE BEST motorcycle roads in AZ! Not to mention that Jerome itself is super cool. From Prescott Valley, you could get back to I-17 S via 69 OR you could hit another of AZ's finest motorcycle roads, the 89 south of Prescott. Just stay on 89A past Prescott Valley to 89 S into Prescott and down to Congress & Wickenburg and into Phoenix on 60 and/or 74. You can do all of that route from Flagstaff to Phoenix (~200 miles) in half a day. (~130 miles from Flagstaff to Phoenix on I-17... BORING). And for comparison to the other routes above, it's 90 miles from Holbrook to Flagstaff.

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How long are you going to be in Phoenix and when? We should ride.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:35 PM   #53
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Alright, just to be contrary. If someone made me ride cross country, I would trade my V-Rod and my Duece for a Road King. (I rode the V-Rod from Nashville to 85 mi past OKC and the Duece from Delaware to the same spot. They make touring bikes for a reason, folks. Then again, some people like being tied up and beaten.
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Old 12-20-2012, 10:58 PM   #54
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I have to install the baseplate and luggage rack and carry a 1 gallon gas can to make the trip from California to Utah for World Superbike. The leg from Tonopah to Ely on US 6 is just a bit too far for the five gallons in my Street Rod unless I exercise more adult restraint than is possible for me on that much empty road. Tonopah to Ely is 167 miles and it is absolutely empty high desert punctuated by mountain passes the whole way. The only gas stop en-route folded up four years ago. Even with an extra gallon you have to be a little careful as screwing it on too hard can suck fuel so fast that even 6 gallons isn't enough. You are down below 30 mpg. 6000-7500 foot altitides, cold temps and big throttle openings do that.
If I go north and take US-50 across there is no problem finding gas (cell phone coverage is another story), but doing so adds a couple of hours to the trip. Slabbing it up I-15 is too boring to even contemplate. Did it once to avoid snow. I almost prefer to ride in the snow. I did last year. Comfort wise with a windshield and custom padded seat the bike has the same riding position and roughly the same weather protection as my favorite BMW, so it is an all day touring bike.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:09 AM   #55
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Hello,

I have always wanted to ride a motorcycle across the US so this May I am going to do just that. I have a VRSCR that has only around 4500 miles on it because the seat is so uncomfortable to be on for any length of time. I really want to ride my Street Rod on the trip, but everyone keeps telling me I am crazy. My thoughts are to change the seat to a corbin. Take the back seat off and fabricate a rack to hold bags ( It seems saddle bags are kind of out.) somehow move the handlebars back and last but not least find someone that makes a good windscreen. So far the stealer is telling me to get a road king and everyone else is telling me to get a BMW GS. Any advise would be great. I don't want to sell my bike but there are some very serious obsticles to overcome to make the trip. If you have pictures of mods I would also appriciate that allot. Thanks i advance.

-Rob
Another obstical you did not mention is the size of the gas tank!
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:17 AM   #56
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Another obstical you did not mention is the size of the gas tank!
The Street Rod came with the 5 gallon tank.
He(the original poster) traded the Street Rod for a Road King.
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Old 12-22-2012, 05:44 PM   #57
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Take a look, Heathen. Philo's been a member since July 2009!

That's just his/her first post!
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Old 12-22-2012, 06:01 PM   #58
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Oh well... Guess I need to pay closer attention.
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Try russel day long saddles. They make the most comfortable saddles. They have a suspension system they install. Day long comfort. There are cheaper routes, but these guys know what they are doing. Joe
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Cool

I plan on doing a cross country on my "R" as well, but not concrete plans as yet. The Cortech bags work very well for me on weekend trips, here's what they look like....

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PS: You can get a detachable windscreen as I've got one, but am currently preferring the wide open wind.
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