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What Does a US Cross-Country Trip Cost?


What Does a US Cross-Country Trip Cost?

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For a story in Forbes Magazine, Brian Roberts decided to record his expenses on a ride across the USA. The writer, and former custom jewelry entrepreneur, picked up an Indian Scout at Rollin’ Fast Cycle Sports in Lebanon, New Jersey, and headed west with a riding partner.

While Roberts admits that the motorcycle was provided by Indian Motorcycle, the rental cost of $107 a day is included in the expense total. As are the costs of riding gear, camera, and Bluetooth headsets. Roberts and his partner logged just under 4000 miles, which worked out to $1.17 per mile.

Along the way, the riders crossed Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and ended in southern California.

“We avoided toll roads whenever possible,”Roberts told Forbes. “The extra time tacked on was paid back in spades in terms of views, interesting stops (and people), delicious food, and fun roads.”

“Like cruisers, you could travel on the Indian Scout along the highway for long stretches (pending you have a windscreen). Or, you could just as easily travel through canyon twists and tight cityscapes. Factor in the better horsepower and fuel economy, and it’s a no-brainer. I averaged the fuel economy to be about 40 mpg and with a 3.3-gallon tank, my only gripe with the 2015 Scout was that it didn’t have a bigger tank, as I found myself making frequent stops to refill.”

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