It is often said that the journey is more important than the destination. Nothing rings truer to the motorcycling community. Every rider has a great story about the time they just picked up and rode somewhere on a whim. It’s one of the most freeing feelings you can have as a motorcyclist. Unfortunately for the rest of us, the boys over at Cycle World have taken the most unnecessary trip known to man, making all other stories obsolete.
Picture it, Seattle to L.A. in one non-stop trip. That’s a substantial ride for even the most comfortable bikes on the market. Now imagine doing it on a bike designed 75-years ago. That’s what the guys deemed as the appropriate machine for the journey. Utilizing a new 2016 Ural Gear Up, a Russian sidecar motorcycle, Cycle World planned to send to riders from Seattle to L.A. without stopping, except for lights. That meant on the fly rider swaps and on the go fueling. To accomplish the latter they had a convertible chase vehicle setup to hand off gas canisters to the man in the sidecar. Crazy, but fun sounding.
With that goal in mind, they decided on sending two of their crazier employees, Sam Smith and Zach Bowman. The timing couldn’t have been
worse better, allowing the weather to make a much funnier version of the trip. I don’t want to spoil too much of it for you, but they won’t exactly be very warm. Upon watching the video definitely check out the written article that features impressions from both Sam and Zach. While the journey looks like one they will always remember I have to commend them. Urals are really fun machines but I’ve heard people complain of fatigue after only a few short hours, let alone a 32-hour long haul through some sketchy conditions.
I think it’s safe to say these guys will remember this journey for the rest of their lives, and that’s really what riding’s all about. Maybe we should all be taking obscene trips on ancient bikes… just might put everything into perspective. Maybe the trip isn’t that unnecessary after all.