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Old 08-21-2006, 10:42 PM   #1
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Road trip to Colorado

I'm going to spend a week in Denver next month for work and am thinking about riding up there. I hate driving rent cars and staying in an unfamiliar town by myself without any partners or entertainment sucks.

My plan is to take a day trip up to Dallas and back (10 hours according to google maps) to gauge how I'll handle long distances on my zx6r. The trip to Denver would be roughly 18 hours so if I can handle Dallas and back and still feel like riding the next day I think it'd be okay.

I've already got a full set of leathers, alpinestars boots and would probably be buying some Cortech saddlebags. I've only put 700 miles on my bike so far, but I've been commuting M-F for the last couple weeks and rode on a daily basis for a number of years when I was younger.

I've tried to find a massage service at all the podunk halfway points between here and there but haven't found anything yet. I'm guessing a little RMT attention will go a long way after a 10 hour ride.

Have any of y'all ridden 800-1000 miles on a sport bike before?

Any advice from long distance riders is greatly appreciated!

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Old 08-21-2006, 10:44 PM   #2
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I saw another person went over to Colorado on a bike.
You might want to ask a question or two to this person.

http://www.houstonsportbikenetwork.n...pic.php?t=9810

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im from colorado....... next month? dress warm and be prepared...
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my family and I use to drive to colorado atleast 2 times a yr. the longest part is getting outta Texas. We have taken several different ways and so far I think riding 1 day up to Lubbock stay the night then wake up early and drive on over and it's a short drive.

Anyways good luck and have fun!!!
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I saw another person went over to Colorado on a bike.
You might want to ask a question or two to this person.

http://www.houstonsportbikenetwork.n...pic.php?t=9810

Good luck.
Cool, thanks for the link! I talked to some ppl on kawiforums.com and they were saying going from low to high altitude (running rich) isn't nearly as bad as going from high to low (running lean and detonating/knocking).

They said I'd lose 10-20 HP and my exhaust will stink more than normal but no damage.
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Old 08-21-2006, 10:54 PM   #6
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im from colorado....... next month? dress warm and be prepared...
This realtor chick says it ranges between 48-78F in September.

http://www.kristalsellsdenver.com/climate.htm

Does that sound about right?
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It is 10 hours @ 90mph with stops to get to Amarillo. 12 if done at the speed limits. Then you have to go another 6 hours to Denver in twisties most of the way. Your body will be seeing the signs of fatigue but you may not. It will lead to bad judgement and could result in an accident. I do not suggest that you ride. Although it is a of an adventure. I have ridden 3000 mile weekends @ 1000 miles a day. But I was used to travelling long distances on a bike. Every weekend I was putting about 500 miles on the bike. I went through tires once a month. It takes a die hard rider to do such a thing. If you haven't been riding for long periods of time, I wouldn't suggest that you do it.

Why don't you go ride with the www.tsba.org a few weekends and see if you can stand being on a bike for long periods of time. The rides are around 300 miles on Sunday if they do the full route. Here lately the routes have been modified due to the high heat.
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my uncle did a 12 hour ride from dallas to atlanta, georgia, i don't think he'll be doin it again though. but if you decide to ride anyways, be safe and have fun.
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take some advil BEFORE you start the ride.

wear bicycle shorts under your leathers

earplugs

camelback water hydration system if you have one.
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take some advil BEFORE you start the ride.

wear bicycle shorts under your leathers

earplugs

camelback water hydration system if you have one.
And stop BEFORE your exhausted!!
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The farthest I've ever riden in one day is about 500miles...800 to 1000 in one day would be a real stretch for me, and I ride every day. All the advice given so far is on the money. If I had anything to add it would be...don't make it a contest to see how far you can ride in one day. Oh and also enjoy the ride, take your time, and pit stop often. If you can get a friend to ride their bike along with you on this trip, you'll have more fun. And more fun means you'll prolly ride longer, and get farther, safer.

Oh and I know first hand the importance of earplugs. After a 500mile ride without earplugs, my ears were ringing all night. A little life lesson from me to you.

Good luck on your ride.
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Why don't you go ride with the www.tsba.org a few weekends and see if you can stand being on a bike for long periods of time. The rides are around 300 miles on Sunday if they do the full route. Here lately the routes have been modified due to the high heat.
I checked the Houston chapter's site and they look like a solid group of people and that's exactly the style of riding I'd like to do outside the city...

http://houston.tsba.org/pace.html

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tsba is a good group to ride with just wear your gear
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You are in the Heights and there are about 4-6 riders that live there. Paul Sonderfan lives there, Aaron Eustance, and a few others. They hold the meetings at Hickory Hollow BBQ on Heights Blvd the first Saturday of the month. If you want to stop by and say hi.
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it can rain and be FREEZING and then happy and sunny within a day.... the weather is unpredictable.... lets just hope you have FUN riding and not be miserable.... wet.... and cold....
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