Hey all. This isn't specifically related to sport bikes, so I'll post it here. Move it if you feel it should be moved.
I'm planning a trip with a friend this spring, and I just thought I'd put it up here to see if anyone has any suggestions for me.
The plan is to buy two bikes for around $3000-$4000 in the winter, spend a bit of money getting them tuned up, wait until March, take them touring down to California and Nevada for a few weeks, and then sell them when we return. I'm thinking a mid 80's Goldwing and an early 2000's heavy cruiser like a Vulcan 1500. We'll split the price of the bikes, trade off on riding each of them, and split the loss when we sell them. Since we'll be selling them near the end of March when the average selling price is higher than when we buy them, I figure we can minimize our losses. The way I see it, a touring bike with 110,000 KM can't be worth that much less in March than a touring bike with 105,000 KM in January.
The plan doesn't have to be 100% airtight, since it's an adventure and we just want to be able to say we did it. We're both gainfully employed, so if and when we lose money, we won't be devastated. We're old friends so it won't drive us apart if one person lays down a bike.
The fact is that we've both wanted to do a big tour for a long time. We ride sport and enduro bikes and so we've never been able to do any real long range riding, and I think this would be a great way to experience it without committing $10,000+ to a newer touring bike.
Any tourers out there have some expert advice, besides "don't do it"?