So here's the conundrum...
The Harley went into storage before the big move, and it's almost time to retrieve it. The registration and insurance are still valid, so I'm torn between riding it down to VA and trailering it. There are pluses and minuses to both options, and right now I'm really vacillating between the two.
The major advantage to trailering is that I'm not 100% certain what the legality is of operating the Harley with MA plates and MA registration and a VA residence and license. The address on my MA registration does not match the address on my VA license. The vehicle is being taken out of storage to be registered in the new state, so I would assume this would be okay, but I'm not 100% certain how it works. Putting it on a trailer alleviates this completely.
Other advantages to trailering are that I am more confident in the drive with a GPS running, and it's also less weather dependent - I'd much rather the bike get wet on the back of a trailer should there be raging downpours on the ride (and there's almost guaranteed to be downpours if I decide to ride it...)
The major advantage to riding is that I can fly up and ride it home - the 8-10 hour journey only has to happen in one direction. The dealership is only 4 miles from Manchester airport, so I could fly in, catch a cab over to the dealership, and head south. With an early enough flight, I could be home Saturday night. Otherwise, I could ride halfway, spend the night in a hotel, and leave early Sunday morning and be home for lunch. The entire family doesn't have to do the long drive both ways in two days, either.
Other advantages of riding are, well, put it this way. In the 11 years I've owned the Harley, it has never been trailered. Ever. I can mount the EZ-pass right on my windshield so going through tolls is easy. And, let's face it, that's a lot of riding to get done...
Disadvantages of trailering are that, a) like I said, I've never trailered the bike before; b) super mondo extra tolls with the trailer; and c) 500+ miles of worrying about the bike falling over/getting hit/etc. Also the extra time needed to drive north. Money should be about even - the cost of flying up solo is about the same as the gas/tolls/etc. for driving up.
Disadvantages to riding are the above-mentioned registration issue, plus the rather daunting task of riding some 500+ miles for, literally, the first ride of the season. Now, I'd probably stop in and see a few people along the way, so that's not too big of an issue. The real biggest thing I'm concerned about is the weather - I can totally see it raining/snowing that weekend and being stuck in NH with no way home other than riding...
Part of me really wants to just man up, fly up and ride back to VA. It's a lot of highway riding, which is not as scenic as backroads but, IMHO, much safer - no one makes a left turn in front of you on the highway, frex. The highway miles will help break the Harley in smoothly for the new season, and I'll start off the riding season with more miles on the clock than I've put on in an entire year some years. I rode close to 400 miles last summer with Cher and Mopar up in NH; I suspect the 500 miles from NH to VA wouldn't be that much worse.
Another part wants to be extra safe and just trailer the bike home. No worries about whether I'll have issues with the registration, weather, or simply saddle sores, only about whether or not the straps have come loose or not. If I rented a trailer in NH, then I'd only have to worry about towing the trailer for one-way, which cuts down on cost and worry.
So, hive mind, I turn to you. To trailer or not to trailer, that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the rocks and road debris of I95, or to take straps to my trusted steed. Honestly, I'm torn. I can come up with a hundred reasons to ride - and a hundred reasons to trailer.
One thing I will need, if I decide to ride, is a bike-worthy GPS. I might pick up a handlebar mount case for my existing GPS for now, but get a dedicated unit later, but eventually I'll want something waterproof with a longer battery life than what I currently have (an aging TomTom with about 20 minutes of battery life...). The beauty of the Harley is that it does have a cigarette lighter (although I have no idea if it works or not...)
Trailer, or ride - what say you, internets?
That is all.