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You can use topo maps as a base as Dennis suggested, but for motorcycle routes I'm thinking the 1:100,000 scale is too tight. Look at the Benchmark Washington atlas, which is 1:200,000. You're probably best to do new artwork, which since you are not a cartographer yourself, means hiring/co-investing with one or two or three... Your timeline suggests more than a one-person shop.

Any color printer can print a map. Those that specialize in maps tend to have large-format presses or specialty bindery, and have expertise in standard formats (spiral-bound atlases, menu-style laminates, multi-fold sheet maps) and so can offer perhaps better pricing.

For your business model, you need to have a good handle on the "calculus of printing," balancing:
  • paper size (there are sizes that work more or less economically; for example if you print "work and turn" you can save extra plating, which makes a diffrence on small runs)
  • print run/press type (large print run: web; short print run: sheet-fed; really short print run: inkjet/laser printer)
  • paper type
  • fold pattern (some folds work better than others; better to work with your printer on a folding mock up that works before you lay out the maps)
  • inks (4-color CMYK? 2-color? spot color?)
And I'm afraid this is not a calculus you can learn overnight. It will, however, be a really useful thing to have under your belt once you graduate.

Nat Case

Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

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