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Old 06-05-2013, 08:05 AM   #1
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I have a trip I need to make. I have 4.5 days to make 2,800, round trip. About 10 hours in the saddle each day. All freeway driving.
I have done 400 miles in a day before, but I am not sure how doing double that for 4 days in a row will work.
At this point, I am not sure if I want to ride the bike, or spend the money and fly.

Any thoughts from anyone who has made a trip like this?
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:14 AM   #2
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How was the 400 mile day? If it was easy, with no need to shift around in the seat, you can probably do it. Otherwise, you probably need a better seat, or a pad of some sort.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:00 PM   #3
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The 400 mile day was not fun, and I am not sure if I can double that or not.
I have a new seat now and I will have a throttle lock this time.
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:45 PM   #4
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How are your tires? And how long do you usually get out of a new set, especially the rear? On many large bikes, 2800 miles of highway will permently square off the tires and they will need replacement. If that is going to be the cae with yours, then you have to consider that cost as well.

Also...are you going to ENJOY the ride? Sure if money is the issue, and you are wanting to ride to save money, then you can probably suck it up and make the ride....but if you are going to just hate it the whole time, and you can afford to do it in a more enjoyable way, then why do it the hard way?

By the way...CAR rentals can be done cheaply......unlimited mileage, better fuel mileage than many bikes, and more comfortable (A/C, heater, weather protection, stereo, etc.) than many bikes.

I LOVE to ride, have done 1000 mile days, have done a 2800 mile bike trip,......but if I have to make a long trip that's all expressway, I will drive or fly everytime. Slabbing it on a bike ain't my idea of fun.
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Old 06-05-2013, 08:32 PM   #5
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Honestly, 700 miles every day isn't hard, especially with longer daylight. The trick I've found is to start early in the morning. Resist the urge to sleep in, get on the road before 7 or 8am, and ride until near dark. You can take extended breaks if you want, but you'd be amazed at how quickly you eat up the miles.

That said, a good seat really, REALLY helps. Make sure you have that sorted (I'm a huge Sargent fan, but find what works for you) before you head out, and you'll be much happier.
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Old 06-05-2013, 10:51 PM   #6
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what bike are you using?
i did 800kms on a ducati 916, from 6 in the morning till 9 in the evening. all of it was twisties in the alps. its possible on pretty much any bike.
i say, limit the short breaks and only stop for fuel, but make fuel stops longer breaks. if you´re not sightseeing and stopping every 10km for a picture, i think its easy.
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:55 AM   #7
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My ride will by my KTM 950. I have a set of touring tires that have 75% of the tread left, but are getting old. So I would like to use them up now. So tire cost is not an issue.
I could take my truck and drive, but after fuel cost, it would be cheaper to fly.

On my bucket list is to visit every state by motorcycle. This trip would knock off 2 states from the list. I guess I am trying to do the kill two birds with one stone thing in getting this trip done, and doing a little riding.

When I figure in Hotel rooms, it will likely be about the same cost as flying in for the day. And I can be in and out in 2 days instead of 4. But I have to deal with the airport, car rental, and all that not fun stuff.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:07 AM   #8
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Fly. Its why God gave us the Wright brothers. You'll be fresher and far more relaxed at your destination. You won't have to deal with weather issues (much). You will have to deal with the TSA.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:54 AM   #9
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Fly. Its why God gave us the Wright brothers. You'll be fresher and far more relaxed at your destination. You won't have to deal with weather issues (much). You will have to deal with the TSA.
This is easy. FLY. you said the 400 mile ride wasn't fun. case closed Spend the money and fly. When you get home you can do all the 700 mile back to back that you want, if you want.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:26 PM   #10
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Plenty fluid, stay hydrated. You will be amazed what a difference it makes.
Invest in camelback or something like it.

I use buttwax paste. I know it is funny ( ha ha ha ) but it works and your behind will thank you
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:35 PM   #11
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Ride it

Everyone who says fly is absolutely right. It is the only sane choice; given the type of ride and comfort level.

That said, fuck it. Ride it. ADV. We aren't sane and reasonable.

It won't be that fun, but you may grin about the experience later. I would. Hell, I grin just thinking about something as boring as a slab ride.
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:51 AM   #12
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As much of a proponent of long rides as I am, I have to say that if you did not enjoy a 400 mile day then your not going to enjoy doing more miles for a longer period of time (mabye).
However, I support stubborn bull-headed will and say go ahead and ride it if you think that there is a remote chance that you will enjoy it.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:09 AM   #13
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I have a trip I need to make. I have 4.5 days to make 2,800, round trip. About 10 hours in the saddle each day. All freeway driving.
I have done 400 miles in a day before, but I am not sure how doing double that for 4 days in a row will work.
At this point, I am not sure if I want to ride the bike, or spend the money and fly.

Any thoughts from anyone who has made a trip like this?
Now granted, I am on a GS not a KTM 950 (that is one bad-assed KTM!), but 400 freeway miles a day isn't a big deal and it shouldn't take 10 hours of saddle time. Start early. Grab a cup of coffee and get 100 miles behind you before breakfast. Try hard to have close to 300 done by noon--which should take less than 5 hours averaging 65 mph. Knock out another tank of gas and 200 miles after lunch, quit early, kick up your feet, drink a beer and do it again the next day.

3,500 mile loop through Ohio and the Carolinas for business scheduled for August. To Phoenix and back in October. I need to make three or four big loops a year for work. Unless they are in the dead of winter I always take the bike.

As for flying... HELL NO! A bad day--rain, wind and nothing but interstate--beats a day being herded like cattle and seat 28C (behind a crying baby) into Atlanta. Make an adventure out of it and have some fun.

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Old 08-06-2013, 12:04 PM   #14
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As for flying... HELL NO! A bad day--rain, wind and nothing but interstate--beats a day being herded like cattle and seat 28C (behind a crying baby) into Atlanta. Make an adventure out of it and have some fun.

what he said

I fly to work every 3 weeks and I wish I had the time to ride it (but 4500 miles every 21 days would get tiresome too!!)
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:02 PM   #15
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Dont rush.Make sure you make regular stops and dont forget to drink lots of water.You will be fine.The first day will be ok.The second your ass will be a tad sore.The third num and the fourth you will be good to go.
If you feel up to it crank out your first 1000 miles in 24 hours and document it.Get that iron butt cert:)

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