David, I agree that a smaller street legal
dirt bike could be ideal for someone.
Actually, my bike is not what I would consider ideal for this as it is heavier than most dirt bikes, but it is a 650cc. It's also a V twin, which is much better on the road, where, eventually most of the miles will be rolled up. So, maybe it is rather ideal as it is good on any highway or freeway.
Several considerations on the bike. But, mostly, does it suit the purpose?
I'm 6' and hang around 210 pounds, a 200cc bike would be insufficient for me riding 100 miles. I doubt I owuld get to go without my GF on the back either (lol) so a 200cc would not do at all for me or larger adults.
A 500cc would work for me riding by myself, it would work hard with two up on the seat. I've ridden mini bikes with lawn mower engines to 2000cc cruisers and owned them in every size range. There is not much difference in weight and size from a 500cc to a 650cc.....since I already own the bike, guess I'm stuck with it.
The ideal bike would probably be a stripped down dirt track 650 to 750 with some good knobby tires, as you'd probably not be jumping so much and it could be lighter.....but I'm not going to the trouble or expense of building a specialized bike, but someone could. A bike smaller than a 500 really struggles running at highway speeds for a hundred miles, not that it can't be done.
If someone needed local transportation only, a small scooter might do, even a 50cc that requires no license
, you could modify such a scooter to carry it out of the muck! It would be much smaller on board too! I have seen some that I could probably humpout on my back with a couple straps.
I guess people read what they want to, I'm talking about, in my case, rivers and the ICW
. My travel plans may include 200 miles a day touring on the bike. I'll be gone a couple days at most while the boat is in safekeeping, at a marina, a boat dock
, at a camp ground along a river, or locked up, covered up and hidden maybe on private property with the owner's permission. I'm sure there are places to keep boats for a couple days.
When I was a kid, I was a bicycle road racer
, nationally ranked, I have ridden tens of thousands of miles on a bicycle. I also led tours and I rode
a foldable ten speed about 120 miles on one tour in the hills of the Ozarks. It was a neat little thing and while having smaller wheels and not my preference, at 17, I did it as a promotion for the bike shop. I only did it one time and won't do it again. They would be great for running around town and getting some shopping
I'd be in better shape if I were still riding a bicycle, but I'm not and won't be.
I guess folks don't understand what I'm talking about when I say remote
areas....I mean in the woods, 40 or 50 miles from towns, where there are only fire trials or hog runs along the White and Buffalo Rivers. It's off road cycling and camping along the river. If you're not into off roading, you won't know. You won't be riding a foldable bicycle in these areas, you'd be carrying it. With an adult rider, you'll need some power to get up those hills.
Let's get off the Mississippi
at the Kentucky, let's ride the highway along the Smoke Mountains and see some historical sites. A good day trip will be about 200 miles, a little further than most would want to pedal I think in one day. Next day, let's ride to Vicksburg! The boat can stay at the marina at the Kentucky State Park.
There is a boat ramp
not far from Navy
Peer in Chicago, it goes right up to the parking lot and on to the street, a perfect place to put a motorcycle out and see the town. They also have protected moorings and they will give you a lift
to the ball. They are not cheap
either, but that has nothing to do with a bike.
Galveston is nice too, they even have waterways through residential areas....gee, I can vist family
there! I can also ride up to Houston
to visit more family
....this is great!
I understand many thinking of surf hitting you with your boat tossing while trying to lift
a load in the air and sitting a bike off in a foot or water
that quickly becomes three feet of water
....that's not the picture, hopefully anyone that would do this would have a little common sence.
Lastly, while most municipalities might frown on invasions by landing crafts, there are civilized areas where unloading a vehicle would be allowed (most have never seen it done before and would probably wonder how you're gonna do it). I'm sure there would be a crowd at times. There are other areas away from the beaten path to accomplish this without anyone ever realizing what you did. Especially in a National Forrest.
I hope the OP comes back with his plan and concerns as it would certainly benefit those who think having a bike could be a doable thing.