Hi all, I ride an '83 550 spectre and as the title says I am 6'5" 300 pounds. I have no probs cruising around town and going on cruises on the weekends in the summer, but next summer (2010) I plan on cruising out to Alberta from where I live in Ontario Canada (something like 2000 miles). I have started planning for my trip by watching the Long Way Down and Long Way Round series' and I plan on reading the Jupiters Travels book. Ted Simon rode around the world on a 500 cc Triumph, so I am wondering if my 550 will carry me across the country. I plan on taking 5 or 6 days so I can enjoy the trip. Am I being ludicrous in thinking that my bike can handle my weight and the weight of almost a weeks worth of supplies across the country? I mean it is 25 years old!
I recently found a new job that will be able to supply me with a more suitable bike if the answer is no...I just have kind of become a fan of smaller displacement; the gas and insurance is cheap...and I feel I belong to a "I'm not insecure, so I don't need huge bike" club. Would a 750 be too small still? I was considering switching to a V45 magna if I can find one...it has plenty of power for a 750 methinks.
Anyways, I'm not sure if this is the right place to drop this thread, but thanks for any help!