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Coast to Coast (and back) on a Panigale

Just about everyone who's ever ridden a motorcycle has probably wanted to take off on one and not look back, myself included. Course it takes a lot more than balls to do it. House, spouse, job, finances, and the hairy hands of fate typically conspire against most recklessly brilliant decisions. We tell ourselves, "one day," and often that day never comes (or the day comes but you're just some old geezer planning out routes based on the proximity of hospitals).

It took a couple of months (and one unexpected event) to finally provide the right set of circumstances for my adventure, but I'm finally two states into it and finally have some time to devote to this chronicle.

I briefly considered the advantages and disadvantages of particular makes and models of bikes, but when it comes down to it, comfort and convenience are overrated; masochistic machines cultivate will and test mental fortitude, so something like a Goldwing or even a BMW Swiss Army 1200 were totally out of the question. In the end it came down to only one choice: the 1199 Panigale S.

My plan:
Start from LA (where I lived), head north, then east.

Don't plan anything that doesn't need to be planned
Stay somewhere until I get bored or restless, then move on
Don't become attached to anything I can't walk away from in 5 minutes
Don't end up in a hospital or morgue

My job allows me to work anywhere so long as I have WiFi and a working cell phone. So I'll be traveling either at night or on the weekends and working the normal 8-5 during the week. Best of both worlds! Flame away, haters!

More to come....
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No flames here. Keep it coming.

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Get yourself a helmet cam & a blog, and you'll be good to go :-]

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I love adventures, stay frosty my friend, love the pics!

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That sounds like an absolute blast! I also can work off the laptop anywhere wifi can be had, except with a set schedule of 9-5 it basically would keep me riding mostly at night, except weekends. Maybe I can get my boss to sign off on two week working vacation haha. Good luck man and stay safe!

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Trip report.

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Sounds fun! Looking forward to the trip reports. I'll be interested to see what you've done for luggage. My current solution is First Service Passed, Time for Some Redneck Engineering and a Trip.

If you come through Minneapolis drop me a note.
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yes, on your way through Colorado let me know, I'll show you around and give you place to sleep for a night or two.

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