NZ Pete and Amanda's Route 66 Ride

In 2019, Pete and Amanda flew from New Zealand to Chicago and started the trip of a lifetime. When it was completed in the late 1920’s, Route 66 became the easiest path for Americans to migrate West.

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February 3, 2021

In 2019, Pete and Amanda flew from New Zealand to Chicago and started the trip of a lifetime.

When it was completed in the late 1920’s, Route 66 became the easiest path for Americans to migrate West.  Through the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, countless thousands of people took to Route 66 to find opportunity.  The next generation rediscovered it during the 1960’s with the TV series Route 66 and Bobby Troup’s hit single (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66, and its significance has echoed down the generations from there.

For Pete and Amanda, seeing The Mother Road was a life-long goal, and for them, there was only one way to way to experience Route 66: by motorcycle.  Their preferred bike was the powerful, smooth, and comfortable Honda Goldwing.

At 2,448mi (3,940km), Route 66 is enormous.  If you’re in a rush, you can smash it out in 10 days and see most of the main attractions.

Route 66 runs through Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. You need several weeks to properly explore it. Buying a motorcycle is cheaper than renting one for that length of time.

But Pete and Amanda didn’t want to rush it.  They wanted to slow down, take their time, and soak it all in.  So they budgeted 6-8 weeks to cover Route 66 (and a victory lap around California and Nevada).

This is where they  hit a bump in the road.  Renting a Honda Goldwing for 2 months was outrageously expensive.  Including insurance, mileage, and one way fees, they were looking at a cost of US$10,000 - 12,000.

So Pete and Amanda turned to visitor.us, which helped them buy a 2013 Honda Goldwing for about the same price they would have paid to rent one for two months.

Pete and Amanda had the trip of a lifetime, riding the whole length of Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles.

But the story doesn’t end there.

Pete and Amanda had done their homework, and knew that Honda Goldwings fetch a higher price in New Zealand than they do in America.

So Pete and Amanda shipped the bike from LA to Auckland, which was surprisingly reasonable (less than US$ 1,000 for shipping and insurance, plus about $600 in NZ GST and import duties).

They had an offer within seven days of the bike’s arrival.  Accounting for all the costs of the bike - the bike itself, a warranty, registration and insurance, servicing the bike, shipping it to NZ, fitting it with two new tires - Pete and Amanda actually came out slightly ahead when they sold the bike.

(Results will vary - not everyone will make money, so please do your homework like Pete and Amanda did.)

So rather than spending $10,000 - 12,000 on rentals, Pete and Amanda basically had free transport for their trip of a lifetime down Route 66.

visitor.us (Montana Vehicle Dealer #06B003) is bonded, insured, and licensed to broker vehicles in all 50 US states (plus Washington D.C.).  We're also a licensed insurance agent and registration agent, so we can have your vehicle registered and insured before you arrive, or shortly after.  All you have to do is collect your keys and go.

If you'd like to buy a bike in America like Pete and Amanda, get in touch with visitor.us today!

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