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Our Big Trip West Next Year

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My wife has never been " Out West ". So next year ( End of June 2023 ) We will be going from Northern Lower Michigan through the lower U.P. to Menominee MI. Then to the Menominee Indian Reservation for a brief stop as we continue west to Mount Rushmore. Next will be Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Canyon, Pikes Peak, back up to Deadwood and then return home. We are looking at 5,000 miles on the XCT. This will be a long and expensive trip but you only live once and we are not getting any younger. Estimating being gone 3 weeks or more. Has anyone done this or have suggestions? My 2013 XCT has less than 11,000 miles with new tires, brakes etc. Should be no worries for my Victory.
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A few years ago, a friend and I went from Florida to Yellowstone and all around that area. Make sure your tires are good, even better if new. . A lot of chip sealed type roads, and they seem to grind down tires quickly. Took me 700 miles to find a tire that I could fit on the rear of a 2001 Nomad. My buddy cut a rear tire on his 2010 XC and ended up putting on an undersized sport bike radial tire to continue. Not even Honda dealers stocking tires for Goldwings(same size as XC) So it can be tough to find a new tire.
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