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Old 15-06-2015, 07:33 PM   #1
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While we were on a bike trip in India in 2007 - I've probably written about it in a ride report for that trip - Without crashing I managed to run my Enfield off the road and made contact with the road with my right foot, which then caused my lower leg to pivot at the knee in a direction completely different to that which anyone would have designed a knee to bend, which tore/damaged/crushed the lateral meniscus and gave me months and months of walking displeasure and the ability to "crack" my knee whenever the tendons get a bit wound up. One other side effect of this was that on several occasions after the initial injury, when i pivoted my weight on my knee in a particular way, the nerves would send a message to the quad muscles in that leg to shut down and I would fall to the ground like a sack of spuds.

About 12 months ago Jo suggesting that we go for a holiday back to New Zealand south Island. The Aussie dollar was doing a bit better than it is today, and while fudging the figures a little, I did manage to put together a case that the difference between a bike trip on hired bikes in NZ and the USA would just be the additional cost of the airfares to LA rather than to Christchurch... and from that, a 2 week holiday to NZ escalated to a 5 week trip to North America. I'm sure in the long run that the difference in cost was only minor, if you move the decimal place to the left


Some investigation into bike hire in USA led me to MotoQuest, who are based in Anchorage but have offices in Portland OR and Los Angeles. They do tours and bike hire. Initially my plan was to hire in LA and drop the bikes in Portland, but after being told that there was no sales tax in Oregon, and that the cost of hiring 2 bikes for a month would be significantly cheaper, the decision was made to start and finish in Oregon. Because this company specialises in one way hires between Portland/LA and Anchorage, which must go through Canada, the hire company had no issues with their bikes being taken out of the USA and into Canada, which broadened the scope of the trip somewhat.

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Old 15-06-2015, 08:15 PM   #2
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made contact with the road with my right foot, which then caused my lower leg to pivot at the knee in a direction completely different to that which anyone would have designed a knee to bend, which tore/damaged/crushed the lateral meniscus
Ouch.

Thanks for the post - just googled MotoQuest & they'll be useful for a future trip - how come you two aren't on a pair of Harley Ultra Classic Electra Glides or Indian Chieftains ?
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Old 15-06-2015, 08:38 PM   #3
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.... just googled MotoQuest & they'll be useful ....
MotoQuest look very competitive, only US$65.00 per day for the DL650. Never mind that's the October to February rate. That's summer time, ain't it? Or is that winter? I hear that it's not cold over there in winter.
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After a 14 hr flight from MEL to LAX, a 4hr wait in LA then a 2.5 hr flight to PDX it was almost exactly 24hrs door to door from our house to the hotel in Portland. We had a few hrs sleep then went for a walk around the town.

The food carts in Portland are the places to eat. Mostly Gyros, asian, mexican but a few different and interesting to be found. We had a great chicken and salad meal at a food cart selling Hawai'ian food.



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MotoQuest look very competitive, only US$65.00 per day for the DL650
The thing about US prices is that they invariably invariably quote the base price which doesn't include things like tax, compulsory insurance, loss damage waiver, etc. The rental cost of the bikes we got from them was 30% more than the quoted daily cost, and because we started the trip in Oregon, there was no sales tax. Sales tax if we'd started in California would have increased the cost by another 10% or so.
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