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Old 03-28-2011, 12:18 AM   #1
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What's the longest ride you ever did in a day?

Figured it might be neat to share some experiences with long rides, especially on sportbikes, and maybe some of the trials and tribulations associated with being hunched over a tank with a full pack.

Last year, before I moved to the US, I took a pretty awesome trip with some friends on the east coast of Canada.

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When we left we were all pretty pumped and super confident we would get to our destination well before the office of the motel closed. Instead, we got there just in time, with one of the riders wearing a tinted shield in the middle of the night and having to lift it to see. The bugs were atrocious. I wish I had taken pictures of our helmets and bikes the next morning.

The next day we were all pretty sore but headed to a local road that a lot of bikers take multiple runs on called Cape Smokey.

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After that, we started our journey home, hitting up a breakfast place along the way. During one section we opened up the throttles. The bike directly ahead of me smoked a rabbit doing about 230kph (~143mph), cut poor Thumper clean in two with a puff of red mist filling the air. That was about it for the drama on the trip. Other than being completely exhausted from two solid days of riding I slept for a solid 12 hours.

And I would do it again in a heartbeat

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Old 03-28-2011, 12:30 AM   #2
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A straight-shot to Big Bend on a 2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200. Slept in a tent on the ground that night. I didn't care that there were rocks under me. I was B-E-A-T. I know its not a sportbike but it's not a Goldwing either.
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A straight-shot to Big Bend on a 2001 Suzuki Bandit 1200. Slept in a tent on the ground that night. I didn't care that there were rocks under me. I was B-E-A-T. I know its not a sportbike but it's not a Goldwing either.
that trip can be brutal on a motorcycle. Longest I have ridden is 350 miles on my Husky dual sport. Big Bend Park loop at 210 miles and the surrounding areas at 140 miles in the same day. It kicked my .
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so, youre canadian eh? that makes more sense... i thought the Km/hr comment before the ride the other day was kinda interesting, but it all makes sense now haha

Good meeting you the other morning, hope we can ride soon. I hated missing that ride.
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so, youre canadian eh? that makes more sense... i thought the Km/hr comment before the ride the other day was kinda interesting, but it all makes sense now haha

Good meeting you the other morning, hope we can ride soon. I hated missing that ride.
Hah, yeah, it is a Canadian bike. And for some reason the R6s (not R6S) in Canada do not have the ability to switch the speedo to MPH (I think they use the same gauges as the . R6 but I am probably wrong). All the mileage is in km as well. So, trying to figure out MPG on the fly is a pain in the .

Makes for a good excuse when pulled over though

Great meeting you as well! Too bad the English Bumblebee you were on decided to drop its honey on the ground but you should come by the Inner Loop meet this week if you can!
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The boring ride to Dallas and back I've done a couple times. That's 4 hours and a good 300 miles.

But I've ridden 600mi in 1 day before with stops and stuff but that's the most.
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I rode up to MSRC (Cresson TX) with a road buddy on a very cold night...we left at 10pm~ and didn't get there til on or after 3am! We both agree we won't do that again! lol
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My friend and I left sugarland 5 in the morning and rode out to fredricksburg to meet other friend. We then rode to bandera to ride the three sisters afte that we headed back to fredricksburg to his house to sleep and then headed home the next morning. The last leg of three sister was done right before dusk and it sucks riding it a night if it your first time. My friend from sugarland felt like that night and all the way back home
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I felt like that night and the next morning. I would like to go back and enjoy the ride with more time to spend
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Shortly after I purchased my bike I rode to Hot Springs, AR. I had a rear seat pack and a big backpack on; the two kept me from getting into any sort of comfortable position. I believe it's ~400 miles. With a complete lack of fairings it was a pain in the neck.
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I rode from Denver to Houston in two days with one overnight stay. I was on a Zx-11 and it rained about 75% of the trip. About 1,100 miles.
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I rode from Denver to Houston in two days with one overnight stay. I was on a Zx-11 and it rained about 75% of the trip. About 1,100 miles.
That's insanity. It sounds amazing, though. I'd love to do that with someone else. Group ride to Denver?
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Ive rode from Manhattan Kansas to houston tx in a one day shot. i believe it took me 12 hours. Oh and did this on a gsxr 750
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I've rode to from Deer Park to Austin, all around Austin/Round Rock/Lake Travis area and back to Deer Park in a day once....It was like 560 miles I believe.... I did this on a ZX11....I was beat up by the time I got home. I also rode that same bike from Deer Park down to South Padre Island once in a day.... I don't recall the miles but it felt like it took forever....The ride back the next day was about 4-5 hrs all in the rain.

I have done TONS of 300-400 mile days but past 400 is pushing it for me....This is on a Busa or GSXR1000....
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Hah, yeah, it is a Canadian bike. And for some reason the R6s (not R6S) in Canada do not have the ability to switch the speedo to MPH (I think they use the same gauges as the . R6 but I am probably wrong). All the mileage is in km as well. So, trying to figure out MPG on the fly is a pain in the .

Makes for a good excuse when pulled over though

Great meeting you as well! Too bad the English Bumblebee you were on decided to drop its honey on the ground but you should come by the Inner Loop meet this week if you can!
I think they all do that KMH to MPH?? I know my 03 r6 did..
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US models can switch. Canadian models can't switch.
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Did 3500 miles in 8 days going to biketoberfest at the end of 2008. Went from here, down the west coast of FL to Key West, then back up the east side to Daytona before coming home. I think our longest day was only about 541 miles, but we were sleeping on the ground every night.

Doing a similar trip out to Tellico Plains, TN and Tail of the Dragon in June. Not as many miles but probably about 5+ days of 500 miles or more. Doing it on the cafe'd Sportster this summer. Guess we'll see how that goes.
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