TransAmerica Monkey

May 17 – June 1, 2025

125cc Mini Motos across the USA

That is a dumb idea!  Want to join us?

Here are the Pictures from this ride

Join us for a fantastic 16day adventure ride Across the USA.  

This ride will be done on backroads all the way away the Nation.  The ride will start in Washington DC on the Atlantic ocean and travel 3827 miles to finish in San Francisco California on the Pacific Ocean.  Average riding day will be 275 miles and ride time will be about 8 hours each day.  The longest day will be 332 miles. So come prepared. 

 This ride will be done all on small 125cc bikes.  Rider will be eating in restaurants along the way and spending each evening in a motel.  

All riders must ride equivalent 125cc bikes.  

Four bikes will be allowed: Honda Monkey, Honda Grom, Super Cub, and Honda Trail 125 or equivalent. 

Rules: Everyone on a similar performance bike.  No modified bikes. Factory exhaust required.

If you want to bring a different bike you must be approved by gpsKevin

Bike Exceptions: Lifan "KP Mini", Benelli TNT135

Ride Signup info: 

The cost to join this 14 day ride is $2895.  This covers your lodging for the 14 nights during the ride and the cost of the support truck and driver.  Hotel rooms are double occupancy. This also covers your ride packets which include custom Garmin GPS maps on a micro SD card and printed ride maps and descriptions.

Now taking signups: You can now reserve your spot on this ride by leaving a $200 Deposit  (Ride limit is 24 riders) 

After your signup riders will receive an email from me with further ride information and instructions.


Riders must make 50% payment by January 25th, 2025.

Riders must make full payment by March 22nd, 2025.

Riders will receive ride packets in the mail one week before the ride.

Refund Policy

Do not sign up for this ride unless you are serious about coming.  I take your signup very seriously and start planning for you the minute you sign up.  If you need to cancel up to two months prior to the ride start date I will give you a full refund but I will keep $100 to cover the planning work. Sorry but I make non refundable commitments myself so it gets hard for me. "I hate this world of non refundable deals myself." If you need to cancel within two months of the ride, I cannot give a refund unless I can find a replacement rider. In the case of finding a replacement rider, I will gladly give you the full refund minus the $100 to cover the planning work.  In the event of ride cancellation, you will be given a full refund.

Ride Logistics:   Riders will be coming from all over and some may want to ship there bikes to and from the ride.  We have set up with Federal Motorcycle Transport to be able to do this.  There is a warehouse location near the ride start (Richmond VA) and near ride finish (Milpitas CA) riders can then fly in and then take a cab to pick up there bikes.  Cost depends on where you are shipping from and will likely be around $800.  To view Federal Warehouse locations see there Warehouse Locations

Ride Details

 I know many of you also enjoy dreaming about the ride and making your plans, so here is the detail, enjoy! 

Ride Plan Transamerica Monkey 24

Yoda Roberto

Master Yoda gpsKevin 

How does the ride navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own.  You are responsible for your own riding.  You will be given a GPS map file and instructions on how to use your Garmin GPS unit.  People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together.  You are not encouraged to ride alone.  You are responsible for your own riding and yourself. 

 (see my ride Navigation Video)


Are you right for this ride?

When something goes wrong on a ride, would your riding friends say that you are more likely to need help or more likely to give help?  You should be in the more likely to offer help camp.  This ride is filled with riders that are more likely to give help, so most of the time the riders never need help.  Additionally there is all the normal stuff, come prepared to maintain your bike, fix your bike on the trail, repair flat tires, deal with bad weather and rain and make a joke or two.

How do I make the GPS stuff so easy?

I develop very high quality ride maps custom for our ride. They come from much of what I and others have ridden.  I take the best from all my rides and make new ones. 

(See my Custom Ride Maps Video)


Note from me, gpsKevin

My goal for this ride is simple,  great riding, so you can count on great routes and places to ride.

But in addition: the ride is about  discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of the Southwest.



View the ride maps

OK since many of you like to study more detail about the ride, below are the ride maps.

I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride.  At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool.  If you start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail.  I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!


The Blue lines are Dirt routes

The Red lines are Railway routes

The Green lines are Easy options

The Black lines are the out and back viewpoints


Q:What if I would like to ride a different bike than the 4 allowed?

A: If you would like to choose another bike you must convince me that it has equivalent performance. The goal here is we are all on the same performance bikes.

Q:How do I contact the other riders?

A: After signup and a few months before the ride I will create and share a ride contact list with all the riders.

Q:Do I need a Garmin GPS for the ride?

A: Yes, all bikes will be required to have a Garmin GPS. While cell phones can work great, there will be several areas where they will not work.  If you do not have a Garmin GPS, you will need to buy one. 

Q:How long is the ride?

A: The 5 day ride is 700 miles.  The longest day is 160 miles, the average day is 140 miles and the shortest day is 106 miles. 

What other monkey rides have we done?

Check out our Monkey Cannonball Across America

Check out our Monkeys to Cabo

Check out our Monkeys on a Canada Railway

Who is going on the ride? 

Yoda gpsKevin

Escondido, CA

Yoda Roberto

San Mateo, CA