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Old 04-10-2011, 02:33 PM   #1
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Cross-country trip on a sportbike anyone done it?

Cross-country trip on a sportbike anyone done it?
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Old 04-10-2011, 05:33 PM   #2
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No, but I am considering a trip to maryland eventually to visit family and was going to hit up all the nice roads I could inbetween here and there.
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Old 04-10-2011, 08:05 PM   #3
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I know a guy who went to Alaska from Houston on a Hayabusa. Said he destroyed his brake rotors, chain and sprocket set. Did do a lot of triple digit cruising on the Alcan.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:40 AM   #4
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I know a guy who went to Alaska from Houston on a Hayabusa. Said he destroyed his brake rotors, chain and sprocket set. Did do a lot of triple digit cruising on the Alcan.
If he rode on the Dalton Highway the dirt and anti dusting agent they spray on it will eat through rotors and chains in a hurry. If you read ride reports from people who have done it this happens all of the time. Still cool.

There was at least one guy who circumnavigated the planet on an R1. Now that's hard core.
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:43 AM   #5
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I remember a while back reading about some guy who did a cross country ride on what I believe was an 09 ZX6R. It was something like that. He rode for a good month or so.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:15 AM   #6
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:19 AM   #7
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I've ridden multiple trips on a sportbike:
My first big trip was from N.O. to TWS (Texas World Speedway) to race on a CB400F back in '77, I was 15. Later that year I rode that same bike to Cali and back.
I had a '79 CB750F that I rode up and down the eastern seaboard, from the Carolinas to R.I. and back.

As far as more focused sportbikes?
I've ridden from N.O. to Fort Bragg N.C. on an '84 1000 interceptor, Fort Bragg to Long Island N.Y. On an '87 FZR 1000, N.O. to Road Atlanta on an '87 FZR1000, N.O. to Colorado and back on a '90 FZR1000, Colorado to Daytona on a '90 ZX7, N.O. to Daytona on a '93 CBR900rr, Houston to Mobile on a CBR929.
Since my kids were born and with the shop I don't take real long trips anymore but I still ride / have ridden countless other short trips, next state over/ across the state kind of stuff.
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Old 04-11-2011, 10:46 AM   #9
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A guy on, I think, spotbikes.net did one on an f4i and it was during snow. He documented the whole thing.I will see if I can find it.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:21 AM   #10
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:51 AM   #11
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I'm going to Mobile, Memorial Day this year.... haven't decided if I'll bike it, or cage it. 8 hours is a long time either way.... my booty starts hurting after 3 on my bike now.... hummm.....
Thats nothing. Just get a camel pack and keep hydrated if its hot.

I almost got heat stroked a few times on long rides. It can happen easier than you think when you are all geared up on a sport bike.

And make sure you have new tires. I have taken rides where I figured I had enough tire only to realized I am showing chords cause the hot asphalt just ate my tires up. Get something like some michelin Pilot Roads that will last a long ride.
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Ft. Benning to Minneapolis

I rode a '91 GSXR 1100 from Fort Benning (Columbus) Ga, to Minneapolis Mn back in '92. My room mate crashed my car 2 days before I was scheduled to go on leave. .

I had an '88 EX 500 that I rode from Pirmasens Germany to Amsterdam, the ride up was fast and fun, but the ride back was freezing and f*cked up.
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This guy rode a Ninja 250 with his girlfriend from Texas to South America.

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Old 04-15-2011, 11:45 AM   #14
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Long distance tips:
1) camelback to keep hydrated because dehydration causes fatigue
2) cramp buster or throttle rocker on throttle
3) ear plugs to reduce noise induced fatigue
4) start in early morning so you get the majority of the days riding done before heat of the day.
5) ibuprofen
6) LD Comfort undershorts + baby powder in crotch = no monkey
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[QUOTE=eltejano;2857848
I almost got heat stroked a few times on long rides. It can happen easier than you think when you are all geared up on a sport bike.[/QUOTE]

+1

i dont even notice it when im riding and it sneaks up on me because the sweat dries almost instantly when im wearing mesh. a bunch of times ill get off my bike, my mouth will be bone dry and ill feel all up
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