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USA ROAD TRIP, DAY 3

17 settembre 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

Day 3: Cleveland, OH to Des Moines, IA

A transit day. It’s what Nick Sanders, the organiser of this trip, calls a big mileage, fairly boring day in the saddle. They’re in the three-week itinerary to link one area of great riding to another, as quickly as possible. Some US states are blessed with great roads, and some are not. Those that are not, are dealt a transit day.

Today’s route will cover two-thirds of Ohio, the width of both Indiana and Illinois and some of Iowa. A straight line, east to west. The main group I’m travelling with are riding 890km (550 miles), but I’m addin another 160km (100 miles), so I can visit some friends in Des Moines, Iowa.

I am on the road at 6.15am, then riding, on the deathly dull I-80 Interstate, stopping just for breakfast and petrol, for the next ten hours.

At least the Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenéré I’m borrowing is comfortable. I pass Gary, Indiana, a dump of a city I share a name with.

Rolling into Des Moines, late afternoon, in the sticky heat of a Labor Day weekend, the roads are all blocked by a Triathlon. I eventually find the Kung Fu Tap & Taco biker bar my friends own, park up among the Harleys and order a cold drink and a hot taco. Everyone in the bar wants to know where I’ve come from and where I’m going. I sit talking to the locals for two hours before finding my hotel, getting a shower and finding another friend’s bar. When I get back to my hotel at 3am. I can’t even see straight. Tomorrow might be a long day.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

by Gary Inman

Day 3: Cleveland, OH to Des Moines, IA

A transit day. It’s what Nick Sanders, the organiser of this trip, calls a big mileage, fairly boring day in the saddle. They’re in the three-week itinerary to link one area of great riding to another, as quickly as possible. Some US states are blessed with great roads, and some are not. Those that are not, are dealt a transit day.

Today’s route will cover two-thirds of Ohio, the width of both Indiana and Illinois and some of Iowa. A straight line, east to west. The main group I’m travelling with are riding 890km (550 miles), but I’m addin another 160km (100 miles), so I can visit some friends in Des Moines, Iowa.

I am on the road at 6.15am, then riding, on the deathly dull I-80 Interstate, stopping just for breakfast and petrol, for the next ten hours.

At least the Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenéré I’m borrowing is comfortable. I pass Gary, Indiana, a dump of a city I share a name with.

Rolling into Des Moines, late afternoon, in the sticky heat of a Labor Day weekend, the roads are all blocked by a Triathlon. I eventually find the Kung Fu Tap & Taco biker bar my friends own, park up among the Harleys and order a cold drink and a hot taco. Everyone in the bar wants to know where I’ve come from and where I’m going. I sit talking to the locals for two hours before finding my hotel, getting a shower and finding another friend’s bar. When I get back to my hotel at 3am. I can’t even see straight. Tomorrow might be a long day.

Gary is riding from New York to California and back to New York with www.nicksanders.com

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USA ROAD TRIP, DAY 2

12 settembre 2012 | News

by Gary Inman

Day 2

These organised trips can be strange. Like the TV show Big Brother, you’re forced to spend time with people you don’t know. And like Big Brother, some of the people involved exaggerate their characters when they’re out of their normal surroundings. This group vary from a young, newly married couple, who are treating the road trip as a honeymoon, to a pensioner who is on tour, on a pair of Suzukis, with his 40-odd year old son.

As virtually every morning starts early, I was re-packing the bike at 6.30, before leaving for Niagara Falls on the Canadian border.

Riding over the Niagara Thruway Bridge the mist rising from the waterfalls could been seen from over 4km away. Today it rises till it makes it’s own cloud.

I can’t resist a trip on one of the Maids of the Mist, the boats that takes a hundred tourists at a time to be soaked by the Falls. The trip is designed to see as many of the iconic sites of the USA as possible in three weeks. It means lots of miles, but countless photo opportunities. What is yet to be discovered is how fulfilling seeing everything at 120kph can be.

Then the ride continues, along Lake Erie, into Pennsylvania and onto the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio for the night. Tomorrow is a dreaded transit day.


Gary is on tour with www.nicksanders.com.

by Gary Inman

Day 2

These organised trips can be strange. Like the TV show Big Brother, you’re forced to spend time with people you don’t know. And like Big Brother, some of the people involved exaggerate their characters when they’re out of their normal surroundings. This group vary from a young, newly married couple, who are treating the road trip as a honeymoon, to a pensioner who is on tour, on a pair of Suzukis, with his 40-odd year old son.

As virtually every morning starts early, I was re-packing the bike at 6.30, before leaving for Niagara Falls on the Canadian border.

Riding over the Niagara Thruway Bridge the mist rising from the waterfalls could been seen from over 4km away. Today it rises till it makes it’s own cloud.

I can’t resist a trip on one of the Maids of the Mist, the boats that takes a hundred tourists at a time to be soaked by the Falls. The trip is designed to see as many of the iconic sites of the USA as possible in three weeks. It means lots of miles, but countless photo opportunities. What is yet to be discovered is how fulfilling seeing everything at 120kph can be.

Then the ride continues, along Lake Erie, into Pennsylvania and onto the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio for the night. Tomorrow is a dreaded transit day.


Gary is on tour with www.nicksanders.com.

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USA ROAD TRIP

10 settembre 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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