I have ridden up to Americade from DC since I moved here in 2011. This year I happen to have two bikes and am trying to get both up there. I have a Yamaha Road Star Warrior Midnight which is perfect for rolling through town and cruising the back roads around the lake, but not so suitable for the 7 hour ride up since it has no bags and no windshield. For that haul, I would prefer to take my Suzuki V-Strom 650 with its hard bags and trunk, and of course the windshield.
If anyone has room in their trailer and is heading up from the DMV area, please let me know so we can meet up and figure out if we can make it work for both of us. No bike is perfect, so why not try and use two!?
I live in Lorton and work in Southeast DC (ballpark area), but could meet up anywhere.