Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Werribee, Vic, AU
Lessons from my first long ride
Now, after my first longish ride with SUZI (nine days, eight nights and just over 5700 km), there are a few things Iíve learned and I few things I now know I donít know.
What Iíve learned:
I need an Airhawk cushion for more than 500 km per day;
I should stand on the pegs for a minute or so every half hour;
I need an old newspaper to shield everything when I lube the chain;
I can travel at 100-110 kmph with the visor up and sunglasses on (less noisy than with the visor down) - thanks, Perseverance;
I need a ďcanĒ puncture repair as well as strings and a compressor;
I should only take seven days of clothing (will force me to take a rest day for washing);
concrete benches are comfortable to sleep on as long as Iím fully garbed up (including helmet);
I need liners irrespective of the forecast temperature;
riding in gentle rain in warm/hot weather is very cooling;
riding in dry hot weather means I have to drink around a litre an hour;
when itís hot, I keep cool riding, but when stopped, like an egg in three minutes Iím cooked;
passing motorists (and bikers) are very kind when youíre broken down;
luggage should be strapped, wrapped and strapped again (and again);
country servos will wash your windscreen;
fuel economy ranges from 18 km/L at 120 to 26 km/L at 85/90;
any non-flexible ear plugs hurt after a few hours;
three litres of ďworking waterĒ (and three litres of drinking water) are needed;
an iPod keeps me singing and humming along;
in heavy rain, raindrops coming in through helmet vents hurt;
keeping paper and other items in ziplock bags in pockets keeps them in good condition;
donít wear collared shirts (collars become too grimy);
head nods of recognition are not universal, but Iím uncomfortable with lifting a hand to wave;
little children love a wave or toot when youíre stopped next to them;
I become more sociable as I stop every two hours (unlike six/eight hours in the car);
donít carry anything on my back;
donít have my pillion load too far forward;
Andyís pillion bags hold on with Velcro with 14 kg in each side;
SUZI fully loaded is very difficult to stand up straight when she had a lean to stand
SUZI's difficult to balance at slow speeds when loads are high;
itís almost impossible to get my leg through at one go with high luggage on the back;
other drivers sometimes are out to kill me;
drivers do appreciate me indicating when itís safe to pass.
What I havenít learned;
- and you thought War and Peace was a thick book!
Seriously, any contributions are welcome - with the rationale for them so I can see if they are useful for me or can be adapted for me.
Doug (the trip was Werribee to Townsville - I'm still working on the ride report).
There's nothing I can't do, but there's a lot I won't do.
SUZI - I'm in love with her, but I'm afraid she's taking me for a ride.
SUZI - she dumped me, I was hurt, but we're both recovering now. We'll be going out together again once we're both feeling better.
We're both better now, but with heated grips, SUZI's now hot stuff!
Alas, poor SUZI [DL650 L2A 2012 - 2015 R.I.P.], I knew her well. After being dumped a second time, I must farewell her.
I'm not flighty, but SUZI II [DL650 L5A] has now stolen my heart.