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Old 06-24-2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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How many miles until fatigued(planning a big trip)

Ok planning a trip to go to monterrey california, How many hours can you realistically ride in one day its a 28 hour trip so whats the best way to break it down? Furthest I rode was 7 hours and it took its toll but I still enjoyed the day once I got there. So any help with long haul bike trips on a sport bike. Looked up several guides they all seem really focused towards cruisers so they were pretty helpful just wanna fill in gaps. ANY TIPS?
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:05 PM   #2
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the thing is, you can get a TON of miles done the first day, no problem. Thing is, you wont want to ride the next day at all.
For a 28-ish hour trip, I would do 8 or 9 hours the first two days. Stretch it to a 3 day thing. 28 hours on mapquest is more like 25 or 26 in a car. Even less on a bike. Key is to not rush yourself and just enjoy the ride. I used to make that drive down i-10 to i-8 quite often. I loved it but was in my car or truck, by myself
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i put about 5 hours or so on my sv and it was hurting pretty bad.
i dont tour well. at least not on a sport bike
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I have put 450 on the gixxer in one day before. wasnt too bad, I loved the ride. but i also didnt ride again for a few days after that...........
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on my 500 I could do about 600-1000........some where in there id get tired.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:15 PM   #6
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^ yea same here. I rode from Lake Jackson all the way to houston then north to the woodlands and went around through the forest route, then back down 290/6 and took 6 all the way back down to LJ. After that, I did not ride for a day or two. If you go, take breaks and take them often as needed. Take your time if you can and carry snacks with you. Have a back up plan in case something happens too. Good luck and stay safe.
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i did 400 miles straight on an r6 and i dreaded the ride back in two days. pace yourself.
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I drove up to Tulsa not to long ago about a 6 hour drive. wasn't too bad, take brakes when needed I stopped like every two hours just to walk around for a minute makes it a lot easier. every hour on the way home 2 days later...
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I have done 5-600 in a day a couple of times. The key is taking a short 5-10 min break every couple of hours. I have issues with blood clots so I have to do this in the car to but it keeps fatigue from setting in as bad. Eat small snacks at every stop also to keep your energy level up.
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i rode from spring to roswell, nm straight though just stopping to get gas......it wasnt to bad but after we rode the next three days in the mountains is wanted to sell my bike and rent a car to come home lol..........pace urself when u get tired stop u want to enjoy the ride..........
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400 and im chillin in a room for a while. pace yourself or it will be painfull
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1200 miles in 48 hours is my record, all between Houston, Austin, Lake LBJ, New Braunfels, 3 sisters, Fbg, San Antonio, Enchanted Rock and Houston. My riding companion got leg cramps on his Bandit 1200 100 miles before the end of the ride. I was OK on my Superhawk, but needed a day of rest. Long distance riding my longest was 900 miles in 2 days on a old 400cc and it was tirinng to say the least. But I am not a good touring rider, I like thrills.

Be sure to get a GPS, like a cheap Garmin Nuvi ($149 at Radio Shack), so you can plan your gas stops and find rest stops, hotels, hostels, campgrounds... whatever and get a power port at pep boys for $5 and wire it to your battery. If you're taking a sportbike be sure to have a good tankbag and nice saddlebags. Messing with "junk" tied up all over your bike will eat a whole lot of energy and the discomfort of having a backpack or package resting / bumping / chafing on your body will tire quickly. Bring sunscreen, earplugs, rainsuit, underarmor or bicycle shorts underneath, and monkey powder.

Remember, on a long trip like this it's your average speed that will make or break you. Lots of unnecessary stops will kill your average and make the time on the bike feel sooo much longer. Gas pee and eat every 120 miles / 90 minutes and you can easily cover 600 miles a day.

You will hate yourself for doing such a long drive. Try and hitch a ride for you and your bike. Look for people going that way for races, Bonneville, whatever. Shipping to cali for a sport bike is probably $400 - $450. Just riding the 2000 miles at 40 MPG is 50 gallons * $3.00 is $150 for gas, plus a set of tires for the trip is $150 each way, so without hotel, accidents, flats, repairs you're at $300, and not that far out of the money paying to ship it some or all of the way. Smaller service will let you accompany the bike in the tow vehicle...ask around. My buddy got a 600 lb bike and sidecar and a ride for himself from LA to Houston for $525.
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Seriously, start here and all info you could ever want is available.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/
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Good thread. Meaner and I are going to Colorado and New Mexico next month. Planning on doing about 1500 miles. Advrider is a good site to look at also.
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Ok planning a trip to go to monterrey california, How many hours can you realistically ride in one day its a 28 hour trip so whats the best way to break it down? Furthest I rode was 7 hours and it took its toll but I still enjoyed the day once I got there. So any help with long haul bike trips on a sport bike. Looked up several guides they all seem really focused towards cruisers so they were pretty helpful just wanna fill in gaps. ANY TIPS?
Do you want somebody to tag along Im down for a road trip!
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Probably depends on the bike.

I once took the CB750 from Sugar Land to Denton, TX in a day and I felt like I had just ran a marathon backwards while pulling a piano. It'd probably be a lot easier on a smoother bike.
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take an aspirin in the morning and at lunch to help keep the cramps away
Aleive for muscle cramps
cheap caterpillar o-ring for a cruise control, also a cramp buster
take a break every hour or so to stretch, snack, hydrate
drink one gatorade to 3 waters ratio
stay away from energy drinks and caffiene as those will dehydrate you
try and leave early in the morning and knock out the miles while it's relatively cool
monkey powder
wear biker shorts under your gear to cut down on chaffing
wear ear plugs to cut down on wind noise and fatigue

I can usually ride from 7 in the morning to 6 or 7 at night, average 60-70 mph... 500-600 miles a day if you were rolling down the highways only pretty easily
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^ good stuff

i got to el paso in 1 day, LA the next. partied in el paso that night, hard ride teh next day.
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