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Old 10-27-2015, 10:17 PM   #1
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good or bad idea on this long of a ride? advice!?

So I'm planning on going to south Texas "the valley", and I'm planning on going on my yamaha R6. The drive is exactly 6hours and 379 miles long. So c'mon biker bros, (or gals) need advice lol. I'm 22, 5'11, and weight 190lbs. I really wanna take the drive on my bike but also when I ride my wrists and shoulders hurt and other parts of my body get sore as well. Idk if riding wrong or technique is off or maybe it's just normal. Well thanks for taking the time to read over this and would love the help.
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So I'm planning on going to south Texas "the valley", and I'm planning on going on my yamaha R6. The drive is exactly 6hours and 379 miles long. So c'mon biker bros, (or gals) need advice lol. I'm 22, 5'11, and weight 190lbs. I really wanna take the drive on my bike but also when I ride my wrists and shoulders hurt and other parts of my body get sore as well. Idk if riding wrong or technique is off or maybe it's just normal. Well thanks for taking the time to read over this and would love the help.
you are riding the most uncomfortable bike out there and you are complaining about your body hurting? Try getting rid of that bike and buy a standard bike.

make sure to stretch well before riding, stay hydrated, relax your arms, don't death grip the bars, grip the tank with your legs and keep core tight. Take breaks as needed.....
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Get some raisers, a throttle lock, and a comfy seat for that ride. Honestly, that's going to be a boring ride and a waste of tires IMO. You'll likely one do it once.
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, I didn't know this was the most uncomfortable bike to get. I was new to riding about a month ago and had no idea, but okay thanks.
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How long are tires supposed to last you ? And what are raisers?
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when I ride my wrists and shoulders hurt and other parts of my body get sore as well. Idk if riding wrong or technique is off or maybe it's just normal.
Combo of the bikes ergonomics (or lack of) for the street and seat time (if really 1-3 months). But wrist and shoulders is mostly likely just too much weight on the bars. When I would tour my VFR800 which of course is WAY relaxed compared to an R6, I would get sore until I learned to use core muscles to hold myself up. Think of the handlebars as just for controlling the motorcycle and mounting controls and not for your support. Even when racing an R6 I have almost no weight on the bars and instead let the hands float around the grips. That, and hang on!

Personally I wouldn't have any supersport or similar bike for the street and the R6 is probably the most track oriented out of the box. There's just too many compromises for something you can only use any of its real potential a very small percentage of the time.
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2-3k miles maybe a bit more depending on the compounds.

Bar risers/raisers. https://www.google.com/search?q=r6+b...&client=safari
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What steered you in the direction of an r6 for your first bike? Most sport bikes are pretty uncomfortable for cruising and most sport bike tires will get a flat spot in the middle fairly quickly from all the straight roads in Texas.
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Im sue you are still on stock tires...the rear will probably last you 3500 miles max before the center gets flat from the roads around there. U also seem like a very big guy for that little bike. Same size as me actually and I will never own another sport bike....worthless

Risers move the clip ons higher up, IMO waste of money as I would just rather get another bike lol.
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Old 10-27-2015, 10:49 PM   #10
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Yeah I appreciate the advice x-ray, it makes sense now why I'm sore af' because I do put all my weight down on my wrists (handlebars) and explains the hurt. Lol and also explains why my bike is the way it is (very sporty) but I just got it because of looks. It looked like the baddest good looking bike of them all.
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, I didn't know this was the most uncomfortable bike to get. I was new to riding about a month ago and had no idea, but okay thanks.
Yeah man, the r6 and zx6r are probably the two most uncomfortable super sports for street riding. As byrdman said, body position is key. I always just end up laying on my tank and letting my arms drape down and it turns out to be quite comfy. Staying in one position for too long is almost impossible for me now with the amount of ligament damage I've racked up over the years. Long road trips on the 6 would have me walking around like a 90 yr old for a day, lol.
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Well by the sounds of it, I'm seeing that I shouldn't go for the long ride. And I may have ducked up on getting an r6 as my first bike huh. But aside from the comments having this bike makes me feel better but myself more confident just entirely different. It just feels natural, hope u guys get me on that.
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Its doable.....just take breaks every 100 miles (you gotta fill up with gas anyway).

Some ppl ride Sport bikes cross country......

First road trip on a bike so get plenty of rest. Make sure to inform ppl where to expect you so that they will know if something went wrong. Be aware of your surroundings, wildlife, 18 wheelers and other cagers.

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I wouldn't say you messed up, I love my sport bike. The trip is definitely doable so go for it. Be careful, have a f***ing blast, and take all of BM's advice, lol.
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try not to wear a backpack...that will only add your fatigue.....try strapping it to the rear seat or better yet get a dry bag and strap that to the seat......
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R6. Wheelies. . Just sayin'
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it wont take you six hours.

a newb like you itll take 9 to 10hours.

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Back in '92, or '93, I had taken a trip to California to just "pop up" and visit Motorcyclist magazine. I DIDN'T get there. I was on a "standard" Seca II, ( stock was about 48 h.p.) I got as far as Brownsville.. Visited the army base, and turned back, after after a few days visit, returned home. Texas "nothing to see" flat roads will tire you out.

Get some bar riders, or higher mount handlebars.

Take a break after every two hours, or during fill-up.

TRY not to ride at night. Long stretches of road, no streetlights... Riding at 80 or 90 mph.(or more)... I almost got a dear, or coyote. I was riding faster than my reaction time by headlight. (Texas roads, at night feels like riding in an unlit tunnel.)

Ride in the day. Traffic sucks, but at least you know what's going around you. Being tired..Way tired, and night Riding plays tricks on you, even if miliseconds. Know when to pull over, rest stop/hotel/motel etc. (get first floor if possible, bring bike inside your room.)

Carry a basic tool pack, tire plug, and inflator if possible. You NEVER KNOW. ( I actually went with 40 lbs of tools ) to fix anything mechanical.

Drink lots of water.

Drink lots of water.

Drink lots of water.

Speed isn't much the case. Go a Constant pace. Don't worry about time "getting there". Enjoy the ride.

Let someone know where you are at ALL times each time you stop, or use an app, someone can use to follow your trip. I did this "blind", on a whim. Never again by bike, or car, by myself.

I wouldn't pass up doing this on your bike, just have better prepared plan.
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I agree with other riders. Carry whatever weight you can, on bike, not on person. Year seat, saddle/luggage bag...etc, etc... Anything for you to move about, while traveling.
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