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    Question Anyone ever look at arranging for an MOA member to move their bike from A to B?

    My buddy and I are planning our 'big adventure' from Bay Area to Glacier National Park, looking at doing a 10-day roadtrip in August 2014. To save time we decided to fly to Spokane, and initially looked at renting bikes there. Plan B is to use a bike mover (Daily Direct) to ship our bikes there, and then ship them back home when we're done.

    Then it occurred to me, what about finding a couple MOA members based in the Bay Area who are up for riding our bikes (2004 K12GT, 2012 R12GS) from San Francisco to Spokane, and paying their airfare to get back home?

    We'd still have to find a way to get the bikes back home again after our ride. If we didn't find anyone who wanted to ride them, we could still use the bike mover.

    Anyone ever tried organizing a trip this way before? Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tman9999 View Post
    Then it occurred to me, what about finding a couple MOA members based in the Bay Area who are up for riding our bikes (2004 K12GT, 2012 R12GS) from San Francisco to Spokane, and paying their airfare to get back home?
    If my wife and I lived in the Bay area, we would be all over that deal
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    Sounds like a good idea. Make sure to check with your insurance company to make sure that there is no exclusion for letting someone else ride your bike.
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    Consider the other direction. We live in Helena, MT. (1120 miles), Spokane is 880 miles. Get someone from MT to fly to SF and ride them back. Helena is 200 miles from Glacier; 200 miles from Yellowstone and 250-275 miles from Beartooth Pass / Chief Joseph Hwy. You could see and do a great deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    If my wife and I lived in the Bay area, we would be all over that deal
    I don't live there but...-fly me to SF , I'll ride it up then fly me home-the costs on you for moving me only.
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    And if you are worried, most here could give you several references for their skill, or lack of from their riding friends.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tman9999 View Post
    My buddy and I are planning our 'big adventure' from Bay Area to Glacier National Park, looking at doing a 10-day roadtrip in August 2014. To save time we decided to fly to Spokane, and initially looked at renting bikes there. Plan B is to use a bike mover (Daily Direct) to ship our bikes there, and then ship them back home when we're done.

    Then it occurred to me, what about finding a couple MOA members based in the Bay Area who are up for riding our bikes (2004 K12GT, 2012 R12GS) from San Francisco to Spokane, and paying their airfare to get back home?

    We'd still have to find a way to get the bikes back home again after our ride. If we didn't find anyone who wanted to ride them, we could still use the bike mover.

    Anyone ever tried organizing a trip this way before? Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

    I gotta ask..why not just do the trip yourselves?

    Two notes if I may...a friend of mine bought a motorcycle in Florida, he flew from California to get it and rode it home.

    Another friend...long story, I'll shorten, had a huge dog, he did not own a car, only a motorcycle. He sold his belongings & moved west for a new job. What to do with the dog? Well a group of guys got together, & relayed the dog from Pennsylvania to Oregon....I'd luv to know what the dog was thinking....LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 71243 View Post
    I gotta ask..why not just do the trip yourselves?
    I'm a big fan of the ride. On this trip we're travelling two-up with wives. It's almost 900 miles to Spokane for us, and we're planning on doing a big loop up into Canada, back to Spokane, with some two-night stopovers along the way. All of us work and have limited amounts of vacation time, so need to maximize the time we've got. We decided we'd be better off flying to our starting point and either renting bikes or shipping ours, rather than burn up three or four days just to get to our planned ride.

    Sad, but true (for now). When we're retired such will not be the case!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pffog View Post
    And if you are worried, most here could give you several references for their skill, or lack of from their riding friends.
    Most here I would guess are pretty competent riders
    Zactly! That's why I posted it up here. I put it up on ADVRider just to see what their reaction would be. They're mostly against the idea - "too risky to let someone else ride your bike" is the prevailing sentiment. Not surprising. And also why I figured our MOA community would be much more open to the idea - for exactly the reasons you state, PFFOG.

    And yes, NATRAB, would need to confirm with insurance company that this would be ok to do - although I can't see why not. AFAIK I can let anyone I want drive my car on a casual basis and if something happens my insurance covers them. But yes, definitely would check that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tman9999 View Post
    I'm a big fan of the ride. On this trip we're travelling two-up with wives. It's almost 900 miles to Spokane for us, and we're planning on doing a big loop up into Canada, back to Spokane, with some two-night stopovers along the way. All of us work and have limited amounts of vacation time, so need to maximize the time we've got. We decided we'd be better off flying to our starting point and either renting bikes or shipping ours, rather than burn up three or four days just to get to our planned ride.

    Sad, but true (for now). When we're retired such will not be the case!!
    Gotcha!....limited vacation is a pain...

    Another thought ? Rent a trailer and tow the M/Cs . Ride the area , tow home. Locally they rent for about 20 dollars p/day + deposit. Some younger friends of mine [usually two couples] do that, take turns driving [to cover more ground]. And it gives them more time at their destination....they have a ball!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tman9999 View Post
    Zactly! That's why I posted it up here. I put it up on ADVRider just to see what their reaction would be. They're mostly against the idea - "too risky to let someone else ride your bike" is the prevailing sentiment. Not surprising. And also why I figured our MOA community would be much more open to the idea - for exactly the reasons you state, PFFOG.

    And yes, NATRAB, would need to confirm with insurance company that this would be ok to do - although I can't see why not. AFAIK I can let anyone I want drive my car on a casual basis and if something happens my insurance covers them. But yes, definitely would check that out.
    I have Progressive and I asked them that question when I bought the policy when they asked "will there be anyone else riding your motorcycle?". So I wanted clarification. When I asked the agent did he mean on a regular basis, or, could I let my buddy ride it occasionally. The agent said that it was only someone who would be riding it on a regular basis.

    Still would check with your company to be sure.

    I've ridden my bike from home, Nashville, IL to Oregon and would be happy to have you fly me to SF, ride your bike to your starting point, and then have you fly me back home.
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    I have a slightly different take. I live in the bay area and have a riding buddy and we must have almost 90yrs of combined riding experience and both MSF instructors but I would balk at volunteering us to ride someone else's bikes that far.

    I don't know what your riding skills or endurance is like but it is really just a long one day ride from SF to Spokane, 875 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rad View Post
    I don't know what your riding skills or endurance is like but it is really just a long one day ride from SF to Spokane, 875 miles.
    I've done a few 900 mile days solo that were not too bad, but I would not want to ride two up for 900 miles.
    On the slab I would consider 875 miles two days, and if the roads are the nice two lane California roads, it turns into 3 days.

    If the OP has a vehicle that can pull two bikes and comfortably haul 4 adults and the gear, I would haul the bikes 1,000 miles in one day with everyone taking turns driving.
    But, and this is a big but, not many people own a full size quad cab truck that will work for this trip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tman9999 View Post
    And yes, NATRAB, would need to confirm with insurance company that this would be ok to do - although I can't see why not. AFAIK I can let anyone I want drive my car on a casual basis and if something happens my insurance covers them. But yes, definitely would check that out.
    Consider having the riders cover the deductible if something happens. This should be in writing. I don't care how much experience you have, sometimes shi* happens, and you fall over in a parking lot. Trust me, a parking lot tip over for a K1200GT/RS is not cheap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    ......,Trust me, a parking lot tip over for a K1200GT/RS is not cheap.
    This summer a friend's K1200RS fell over on another friend's K1200GT. $1400.00. They're still friends.
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