I did it! I left Massachusetts two weeks ago, set out for the west coast. We did 7,185 miles in 15 days. My riding buddy has gone across country on a Suzuki GS850 fourteen other times prior to this trip! I wasn't sure if could afford it, or do it, but thanks to some encouragement from other motorcycle enthusiasts here, I decided to just go for it.
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I uploaded some pictures to an album I have here. I will post more and upload a few right in the thread.
In a nutshell the 950 can do it. I mean, there were things that I've wanted to get for my bike that would of made life a lot easier for me on the road. I don't have hard water proof luggage. My windshield is two inches too short for me which made 80 mph speed limits even more brutal. I don't have highway bars or pegs for stretching out. No sissy bar. No backrest. But I want to tell you what I did and what I had that made life easier for me:
Go Cruise metal adjustable cruise control.
Cramp Busters Throttle assist.
Hydration bladder, (because I wore a full face helmet.)
Plus my friend bought me a cup holder, (fresh cold drinks with a straw).
Tank bag. (I made it fit. Could still see my speedo if I looked down and over it.)
Small camping pillow that I ended up duct taping to the seat after about 4,600 miles!
This trip was hardcore for me. We hit the road around 9am or so every day and rode until the sun was near setting. We ate breakfast and lunch as snacks that we stashed in our tank bags. (My friend doesn't eat breakfast or lunch, only snacks, then big dinner with beer.)
Only stopping for gas, meant that we kept up an average of 479 miles a day for the two weeks it took us to ride from Massachusetts to the Oregon Coast and back.
Every day we woke up we would check the weather, check the map, consider mileage, and just see how far we could comfortably/tangibly get. Never know where you're gonna end up at the end of the day, but you have an idea of where you're headed. We took a northern route out, I-90 brought us through South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.
Highlights in my memory are Yellowstone, the Badlands in South Dakota, and EVERY single part of Oregon!