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Old 09-25-2007, 09:56 PM   #1
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Riding long distances at night?

Im planning a trip up to the big D to see my bro and was gonna head out on a fri. night 5 or so.(on the bike) Is it a bad idea to be riding a distance like that in the dark? I mean I've got HID's and they light up the road well to dodge the tire-gators. It just seems better to hit it early in the morn but I really prefer driving at night. Its easier on the eyes and cooler outside. What would you do?
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Old 09-25-2007, 09:58 PM   #2
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Are you riding on your own or you riding with someone else?
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Are you riding on your own or you riding with someone else?
Just me.. I dont think I/nor a girl could stand riding 2 up for 300miles
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Are you riding on your own or you riding with someone else?

you still looking for a ride or what , lol j/p, got a new ironhorse yesterday!

and i like the night thing to but yes friday that will suck at 5 to many cars
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Man, some of my best road trip memories are while traveling at night on the bike.

Good times.

I would keep to the slab, and make sure people know when you're supposed to arrive, keep in touch with them often too. 4 hours isn't too long, but still a good rule of thumb.
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all the critters come out at night....be careful bud.

to me....i'd rather ride it around 3 oclock....mild traffic...starts to cool down....and if something should happen....people can see you easily. oh yeah, be sure to fill up every 80 miles....because i'd hate to have a 30-40 mile stretch with no gas stations.....and you're pushing those extra miles just to find one.
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all the critters come out at night....be careful bud.

to me....i'd rather ride it around 3 oclock....mild traffic...starts to cool down....and if something should happen....people can see you easily. oh yeah, be sure to fill up every 80 miles....because i'd hate to have a 30-40 mile stretch with no gas stations.....and you're pushing those extra miles just to find one.
thats one thing i have considered is the bugs, but the gas situation isnt that much of a deal. I figured (with my avg mpg) that i can go roughly 180mls before being really desperite to find gas. The one thing that sucks is I only have a reserve light.. So I will prob stop more than I need to (if not just to take a break) to fill'er up
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Just me.. I dont think I/nor a girl could stand riding 2 up for 300miles
I wasn't actually talking about riding with a girl..I was talking about riding with the guys. I didn't know if anyone else was joining you on your night venture.
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dido, you can see the cars coming better and its not as hot.
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I would keep to the slab, and make sure people know when you're supposed to arrive, keep in touch with them often too. 4 hours isn't too long, but still a good rule of thumb.
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I recently discovered that I can send a text message from my phone and it posts up on my blog, so on my next big solo trip I'll be doing that at gas and food breaks so the family can keep an eye on me.
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I recently discovered that I can send a text message from my phone and it posts up on my blog, so on my next big solo trip I'll be doing that at gas and food breaks so the family can keep an eye on me.
Well if I were as good as gixxerbill I could set the throttle lock and sit on the back seat and txt msg.. i might bring a bag of chips and a coke to drink too...
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Old 09-25-2007, 11:56 PM   #14
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Centerville...120 from Houston and Dallas. Open 24 hrs for gas and a bunch of food. Good place to check in and take a break. Take 290 HOV to Bryan to 45 if you are going between 4 and 7. 45 will be wall to wall traffic for 70 miles.
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all the critters come out at night....be careful bud.
I don't think he means "bugs". House correct me if I'm wrong, but I think he means bigger critters such as: Deer / Javelina / Coyotes / Dogs / Etc. I ride a lot at night, but down here the animals are SO bad I keep it very slow - 55-60 max.
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Im planning a trip up to the big D to see my bro and was gonna head out on a fri. night 5 or so.(on the bike) Is it a bad idea to be riding a distance like that in the dark? I mean I've got HID's and they light up the road well to dodge the tire-gators. It just seems better to hit it early in the morn but I really prefer driving at night. Its easier on the eyes and cooler outside. What would you do?
I travel mostly at night after 10pm when going to Houston. If you are going around 5 or so, there will be a lot of traffic. At night and on the weekend, there will be a lot of law enforcement on the road so take it easy.

BTW, how in the world can you get 180 miles on a 954RR? I used to have an 02 and I only gets around 130-150max. That is riding conservatively.
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If you want, most likely me and my roommate will be riding to Dallas this weekend, we will either leave friday night or saturday morning. If you want to ride with us you can, just let me know, and I will give you the details. later.


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Old 09-26-2007, 08:14 AM   #18
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I travel mostly at night after 10pm when going to Houston. If you are going around 5 or so, there will be a lot of traffic. At night and on the weekend, there will be a lot of law enforcement on the road so take it easy.

BTW, how in the world can you get 180 miles on a 954RR? I used to have an 02 and I only gets around 130-150max. That is riding conservatively.
Manual says 4.75 gallons in tank. My reserve usually comes on @ 130-150mls and i only end up putting like 3.5gal. when I fill it up(most of the time) so that leaves another gallon or so. I get about 44-45mpg when im easy on it. So that = a little over 200miles (dead empty)
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I didn't get another Honda because I found out that my VTX1300 gets around 20-22mpg and 954RR gets 28-30mpg. Compared to the Suzuki gsxr 1K and Kawasaki zx10, they gets around 38-44 mpg, and way more powerful.
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Well....I do not think is very safe but we are talking about I-45, so no incomming traffic, also we have "full" moon so it will not be totally dark. If you feel confortable go ahead.
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