Originally Posted by CapttomFLTRXinFL
Need help planning our trip 2018 trip out west . I plan on hitting Shark Week VIII for a couple days , Sturgis ( haven’t been in 38 years ) , and also WY , Montana ( Chief Joseph , Yellowstone etc ) . My problem is because of work ( busiest time of year ) I only have about 10 days or so, to “do it all “. So a 3 day ride from FLA , & 3 days back is out of the question . Once I decide how to get my shark out there ( Ship it , or trailer out w/ couple friends driving straight thru non - stop ) . What itinerary would you recommend. I want to ride the Sturgis / Badlands area also , but not with all the crazy traffic during the rally . I know you can spend months riding out there , but I need to do it all in about 10 days ... lol !
PS: any feed back on renting a bike from Eagle Rider .membership $29 / month & receive 1 free rental per month . Can use use free rental all at once ? ( around or during Sturgis , the rentals are approx $150 / day out of Denver ) Sorry for the long post & thx for your advice . Capt Tom
Ship your pants!! And your bike. it can be done. Buy, borrow or liberate a HD shipping crate, strap your bike in and ship it to a dealer in Denver, easy to fiy into.
Here is your flight Itinerary out of Tampa, FL; https://goo.gl/flights/VSnr
Here is your loop ride: https://goo.gl/maps/VLSYspvD6mE2
to get the most out of your trip and use the least days off, fly into Denver on Monday July 30. Pickup your bike and ride to Durango. Take in the Shark Week fun. Leave early, early on Friday Aug 3 and head to Cody, WY. Long days ride but it can be done. You can stage out of Cody for 2 nights and ride the Chief Joseph and Beartooth over and back in one day,doing the road twice, Go to the Rodeo the 2nd night in Cody. Sunday August 5, head east toward Sturgis; do a couple days there and then head back to Denver, crate your bike at the dealer and ship it home.
The trailer and ride option is there, recommend from experience have a trailer with 4 bikes and and crew cab truck with 4 drivers, keep a tight schedule, driving straight thru sucks but it does buy some time. Truck cab can get kinda funky after 30 some hours of full time occupation.
Gas split 4 ways will still add up and if you can't find enough bikes and drivers to go will probably equal return airfare in the long run.
Use extreme caution renting from Eagle Rider. Their cancellation policy is extremely strict and they require prepayment up front. Cancellation only allowed if one of the following met: 1. Military deployment after booking 2. Pregnancy after booking 3. Confirmed medial diagnosis that prevents riding or death (certificate required in each case). Once they have your money they like to keep it.
Renting from a HD dealer is better and their cancellation policies are usually much better. Always, read the fine print in the "Terms and Conditions" part of their websites.