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Old 01-13-2013, 07:21 AM   #15
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I guess living in PA has made me adjust to bad roads..we seldom have a road here that does not have problems.

Wife is not crazy about driving the MH but we figure long stretches of straight road she will be fine..Pulling the 18 ft enclosed trailer behind us with Harleys inside makes her nervous.

Thank you for all the help everyone..we are going to do the Columbus, Indy route on our way to Sturgis..

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Old 01-13-2013, 09:40 AM   #16
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As a life long Pennsylvania resident I know what you are saying. There were a few times in our trip west we thought we were back in PA again but mostly the roads were very good.
I like the long stretches of straight road with no one around that we have in the west. I wish we had gone west years ago.
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[SIZE=3]I guess living in PA has made me adjust to bad roads..we seldom have a road here that does not have problems.
No worries at all on I-80 in Pennsylvania, but plenty of them on PA Turnpike. Lots of curves, several places where speed goes to 55 MPH from 65, plenty of road always under construction, inability to shop price for fuel, no other choice but expensive and limited selection rest stops. I avoid the PA Turnpike if at all possible and use I-80 whenever I can to traverse our state.

Also, if you can't or don't want to go north so far to get onto I-80, how about I-68? Much better than PA Turnpike, no tolls and it will get you across Pennsylvania to link up with the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/90) which is much better (and cheaper) than PA Turnpike. And what about I-70? At York, you are not that far away, and taking it west would have you avoiding the Ohio Turnpike tolls too. Yes, you would have to go north on your travels to get to Sturgis, but you could do that in Indiana or Illinois, swing around Chicago and get to Sturgis having avoided the majority of the problems you are anticipating. If a little additional time and a bit of extra distance are not issues on your trip, these would be good choices for the way to go with minimal consternation.

Safe riding, my York friend (where, of course, it all starts) from a fellow Harley rider ('11 Road King and '13 Ultra Limited Anniversary model).

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Old 01-18-2013, 09:54 PM   #18
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When you get to Indianapolis, take I-465 north, around the northern part of Indy to I-865. It will take you to I-65 north. Take I-65 north to the 140 mm exit (IN-32). Go west on IN-32. It is a very good 2-lane state hwy that will take you to I-74. We always go this way when we head for Seattle, Wa. When you get to I-80, continue north ,around the northeast edge of the "quad Cities". You will cross the mighty missippi river and be headed due west on I-80.
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Deek and Indiana...

We are going to do part of the turnpike till we hit RT70 west...past Columbus and around Indy..then up the route Indiana you mentioned..

Deek...I manage a HVAC company who provides all the support to the plant...I ride a 1996 RK Evo with 90 HP and 100K in miles..shes a runner..

Wife has a custom 2002 Fatboy...big motor...cams and such..

Looking forward to Sturgis this year...We may head to Erie this summer also..Sister has a B&B in Meadville..

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Good Iron, Blacknchrome! My wife also has an '11 Road King. The day she got it, we set out from Erie for Grand Rapids, MI where we have a sister-in-law we adore. We ran at 72 through Ohio and nearly 80 all the way in Michigan (where if you are not doing 80, you might as well pull over and park!). We had a ball. How's that for two straight laced people -- one a high school principal at an inner city high school and the other a trial lawyer? Not exactly the picture you get about motor homers, is it?

I have had just about every model you can have and have loved the Road King. Simple, smooth, no collection of do dads, just the essence of Harley IMO. And we have kept ours stock with the exception of an LED light set I put on mine (really love it).

We have had a LOT of fun with the motor homing and we really like participating in this Forum. So many good tips, so many insightful posts, so much fun. We have learned a lot.

Looking forward to combining the riding with the motor homing -- we have both wanted to ride the bikes on Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway so we have to figure out a way to do what you do and take them with us.

Have a great trip to Sturgis. Ride safe.

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Good Iron, Blacknchrome! My wife also has an '11 Road King. The day she got it, we set out from Erie for Grand Rapids, MI where we have a sister-in-law we adore. We ran at 72 through Ohio and nearly 80 all the way in Michigan (where if you are not doing 80, you might as well pull over and park!). We had a ball. How's that for two straight laced people -- one a high school principal at an inner city high school and the other a trial lawyer? Not exactly the picture you get about motor homers, is it?

I have had just about every model you can have and have loved the Road King. Simple, smooth, no collection of do dads, just the essence of Harley IMO. And we have kept ours stock with the exception of an LED light set I put on mine (really love it).

We have had a LOT of fun with the motor homing and we really like participating in this Forum. So many good tips, so many insightful posts, so much fun. We have learned a lot.

Looking forward to combining the riding with the motor homing -- we have both wanted to ride the bikes on Skyline Drive or the Blue Ridge Parkway so we have to figure out a way to do what you do and take them with us.

Have a great trip to Sturgis. Ride safe.

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We just did an all bike weekend with 18 fellow riders on the Skyline Parkway in October...Brenda my had a kidney transplant last june 22nd...so about 2 months later she did 3 weekends in a row...did over 1000 miles total...

Skyline drive is nice but it can be slow...lots of cars and such...find a place at a campground and run both ways on the HD's....we live only 100 miles from the top of the Parkway so its easy for us to get there.

Ever been to the factory?
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Ever been to the factory?
Oh, yea. Seven times! Outstanding tour, great memories. Truly, nothing like it. Even H-D Museum pales a bit in comparison IMO.

Congrats to your wife. Glad to hear she is doing well and riding again. These gals are real riders sometimes.

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I also vote for route #3 through Columbus and Indy. I avoid Chicago like the plague, no way do I want to drive my rig through that mess.
Enjoy your trip, we will be work camping at Mt. Rushmore next year in the bookstores so stop in and say "Hi".
Not only do I get to go to Sturgis next year but I also get to ride in the Black Hills all season long! We are really looking forward to next summer!

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Oh, yea. Seven times! Outstanding tour, great memories. Truly, nothing like it. Even H-D Museum pales a bit in comparison IMO.

Congrats to your wife. Glad to hear she is doing well and riding again. These gals are real riders sometimes.

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Well as you might be aware on the new building on the east end of the plant still stands..the old building 1 where you use to come in is still standing and was sold to the state...Building #3 the Softail plant was expanded to do all the bikes...I work for a large HVAC company and we maintain the equipment and I see the plant often...
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I also vote for route #3 through Columbus and Indy. I avoid Chicago like the plague, no way do I want to drive my rig through that mess.
Enjoy your trip, we will be work camping at Mt. Rushmore next year in the bookstores so stop in and say "Hi".
Not only do I get to go to Sturgis next year but I also get to ride in the Black Hills all season long! We are really looking forward to next summer!

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Workin...count on us meeting with you...we will have 8 days out there...we are staying in Rush no More Campgrounds which is 10 or so miles south of Sturgis...looking forward to riding the black hills..
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Well as you might be aware on the new building on the east end of the plant still stands..the old building 1 where you use to come in is still standing and was sold to the state...Building #3 the Softail plant was expanded to do all the bikes...I work for a large HVAC company and we maintain the equipment and I see the plant often...
Thanks for the tip. We will be traveling to York for another tour sometime this summer.

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