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Old 10-28-2015, 01:46 AM   #21
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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.
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Why would you do such a thing? What a boring ride. If your wrists hurt it means you're placing way too much pressure on the bars. Hold yourself up with your core.
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The handle bars are for turning the bike, not for supporting your weight. Try riding with a slight arch in your back so that your head and shoulders are more upright. When you're cruising on the straights, try sitting up, maybe only riding with one hand, try to find a comfortable seating position as opposed to a traditional sport bike riding position.
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Go get your bike inspected by a local shop prior to your trip (most will take a quick look for free). Need to make sure it's in good mechanical condition...

Check tire pressure

Great bike, you'll get more used to it to the more you ride....
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I thought this was a decent read.

http://www.averagecarguy.com/5-tips-...ng-moto-trips/

Small breaks along the way are like power naps in the day, maybe 10-15 minutes makes a world of difference in you alertness. Stay away from coffee/5hr energy/redbull. Those things give you a rush and similar crash and that can be dangerous if you are already pushing your self physically and mentally. I've done trips on sport bikes, but you need all the advantage you can get.

Most of all be safe and have fun.
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Put a tank bag on it and lay on the bag
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Put a tank bag on it and lay on the bag
I would do that on the VFR. With a throttle lock I could almost take a nap!

Another thing I would do if the legs started getting tired was to pull over and stop, walk around the bike twice in each direction, then hop on and take off. I'd be good for another thirty minutes and only spend 1 or 2 minutes total from slowing to getting back up to speed. On the VFR that would do 180-200 miles per tank, i'd usually do it twice between fill-ups.
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Put a tank bag on it and lay on the bag
Do this. Definitely a nice pad to lay on! Plus its nice to have your wallet, phone, map, gps, whatever right in front of you all the time so you wont be digging in your pockets or backpack every time you need something.
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You should ride with music. In ear buds will be sufficient. Or get a senna.

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Good grief, I drive to valley 2-3 times a year for family - in a cage. doesnt seem like much fun on a bike. cops are bad too. lots of podunk small towns with low speed limits.
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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.
I did that trip on my 91 GS500E...I was going to my first base at Travis AFB CA...it wasn't horrible, but then again I was only 18 years old (in 1991)..driving through TX sucks...you learn to look forward to seeing the next town just to change the scenery. ..also, not seeing anything will play tricks on you with speed...when you hit that first town after a hundred miles, it will feel like you are flying, not to mention a long straight highway with ur vision
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I'll look into that tank bag and throttle lock, see how much it'll hit my wallet. And yeah if I do go I'll do do stretches, breaks, hydrations, ect. ect.
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I'll look into that tank bag and throttle lock, see how much it'll hit my wallet. And yeah if I do go I'll do do stretches, breaks, hydrations, ect. ect.
It can be done if you're in decent riding shape. We often do more than 300 miles in a day on sport bikes, but a direct route is really going to seem long because of the boring straights.
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It can be done if you're in decent riding shape. We often do more than 300 miles in a day on sport bikes, but a direct route is really going to seem long because of the boring straights.
I usually drive down to the valley about 2-3 weekends out of the month but in my Chevy cruze, this will be a first for me to drive that far on my bike. When I purchased my bike last month at Victoria I was VERY NEW to riding and never have risen a bike but yet I drove it from Victoria to Houston no problem at night in traffic. Idk well see. . .
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I usually drive down to the valley about 2-3 weekends out of the month but in my Chevy cruze, this will be a first for me to drive that far on my bike. When I purchased my bike last month at Victoria I was VERY NEW to riding and never have risen a bike but yet I drove it from Victoria to Houston no problem at night in traffic. Idk well see. . .
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You need to get to the point where you are not putting any weight on your wrists. One good way to know when you are there is if you can maintain a straight line while breaking with only one hand on the bars (presumably your right). If you are loading your wrists, the bike will turn.

I've seen people do some mega miles on an R6. YouTube V-Logger "delinquencious" is one.
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It can be done if you're in decent riding shape. We often do more than 300 miles in a day on sport bikes, but a direct route is really going to seem long because of the boring straights.
300 miles of twisties? Sign me up on any given weekend. 300 miles in a straight line? You couldn't pay me.
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I usually drive down to the valley about 2-3 weekends out of the month but in my Chevy cruze, this will be a first for me to drive that far on my bike. When I purchased my bike last month at Victoria I was VERY NEW to riding and never have risen a bike but yet I drove it from Victoria to Houston no problem at night in traffic. Idk well see. . .
If you can do it in your car, you should enjoy it more on your bike, Straights or not.

Id rather be on a bike traversing than a car.

It may take a bit longer on a bike, but much more invigorating.
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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.
Sport bikes for sure look nice and have the latest and greatest engine technology. I have always like them but I will never buy one because honestly they don't belong on the street. You will never use the full potential of a sport bike on the streets. The closest thing to a Sportbike I have owned was a Speed Triple that I adapt Clubman bars. (closest position to clip-ons). I commute every day on the bike and the low position on stop and go traffic was very, very bad. I went back to the stock handlebar.

Check the Yamaha FZ6,
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