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USA ROAD TRIP

10 September 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

British journalist and friend of Dainese, Gary Inman, is on a three-week, 12,000km road trip in the USA. He is writing an exclusive blog for Dainese.

The Plan
To ride a brand new Yamaha Super Tenere from New York to San Francisco and back to New York, in 21 days. I’d been invited by the deranged, English moto-adventurer, Nick Sanders to join a group of riders he was leading on the adventure. Sanders does not sell this trip as a holiday. There are several 500-plus mile (800km) days, but that’s what you have to do if you want to see huge sections of the States in just three weeks.

Day 1
Even before the trip starts problems arise. The motorcycle I’m supposed to be riding, borrowed from one of Sanders’ sponsors, Yamaha UK, can’t be imported into the US, because it doesn’t have my name on the documents. But Sanders, who once rode around the world in 19 days, is used to solving problems. I’ll ride his Super Tenere, he’ll rent another Yamaha.
Then there are issues getting bikes cleared through customs. Twelve bikes have been shipped in a container. Sanders is constantly on the phone to ensure they’ll clear before the weekend. Despite the trip looking like it could crumble before it starts the English adventurer stays supremely calm while he calls his shipping agent in Texas and the customs office in New Jersey.
His experience helps sort the situation, and on a sweltering Friday afternoon, a dozen English and Irish riders and pillions stand in a car park as a container is delivered and dropped, not too gently, on the ground.
The bikes are unstrapped. I take ‘my’ Yamaha. It has 92,000km (57,000 miles) on the clock, a bald rear tyre, stickers old all over its battered bodywork and panniers and no front brakes.
It’s decided Nick will ride it, with me as pillion, to Queens, New York to collect his rental bike. Queens is about 15 miles away, but I can’t work the new satnav. It takes us three, excruciating hours. But we make it.
Now the ride can really start…

by Gary Inman

British journalist and friend of Dainese, Gary Inman, is on a three-week, 12,000km road trip in the USA. He is writing an exclusive blog for Dainese.

The Plan
To ride a brand new Yamaha Super Tenere from New York to San Francisco and back to New York, in 21 days. I’d been invited by the deranged, English moto-adventurer, Nick Sanders to join a group of riders he was leading on the adventure. Sanders does not sell this trip as a holiday. There are several 500-plus mile (800km) days, but that’s what you have to do if you want to see huge sections of the States in just three weeks.

Day 1
Even before the trip starts problems arise. The motorcycle I’m supposed to be riding, borrowed from one of Sanders’ sponsors, Yamaha UK, can’t be imported into the US, because it doesn’t have my name on the documents. But Sanders, who once rode around the world in 19 days, is used to solving problems. I’ll ride his Super Tenere, he’ll rent another Yamaha.
Then there are issues getting bikes cleared through customs. Twelve bikes have been shipped in a container. Sanders is constantly on the phone to ensure they’ll clear before the weekend. Despite the trip looking like it could crumble before it starts the English adventurer stays supremely calm while he calls his shipping agent in Texas and the customs office in New Jersey.
His experience helps sort the situation, and on a sweltering Friday afternoon, a dozen English and Irish riders and pillions stand in a car park as a container is delivered and dropped, not too gently, on the ground.
The bikes are unstrapped. I take ‘my’ Yamaha. It has 92,000km (57,000 miles) on the clock, a bald rear tyre, stickers old all over its battered bodywork and panniers and no front brakes.
It’s decided Nick will ride it, with me as pillion, to Queens, New York to collect his rental bike. Queens is about 15 miles away, but I can’t work the new satnav. It takes us three, excruciating hours. But we make it.
Now the ride can really start…

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