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Old 12-04-2012, 08:03 PM
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Cool 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).
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:17 PM
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Great list. Thank you. I do have one question. Whats a "Country servo"? I have a lot of bugs that need cleaned off right now.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:20 PM
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Great list. Thank you. I do have one question. Whats a "Country servo"? I have a lot of bugs that need cleaned off right now.
A service station (petrol station) in the country. Unlike in the city, they have time to actually give service - and he got all the bugs off.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:55 PM
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Nice post.

Regarding clothes.... Wear only black everything and it never needs cleaning; ever.
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Nice post.

Regarding clothes.... Wear only black everything and it never needs cleaning; ever.

Hmmm Maybe that explains my sons wardrobe!
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Clothes I can wear days on end with a shower or if not being social.
My long distances tend to be point and go. 7-8-9 hundred mile days are not unusual but I miss a lot of really good stuff by not stopping.
Some of youse guys have gotten really good pics of stuff along the way that some of us miss. We need to learn from your more casual technique of touring.
There is a cheese factory in Beaver Utah I 'm going to stop at one of these days. And, Dang, I missed the cheese factory in Tillamook Oregon too!
There is real value in proper travel that I've missed out on by being destination focused.
Mea culpa, mea culpa!
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:34 PM
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I forgot to add:

snack on something every time I stop (especially if you're on medication);
don't change diet suddenly when I'm travelling in remote areas;
look at the tyres at every stop.

Doug
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:34 AM
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Some other things I have learned is that if you carry a spare anything, you wont need it ( levers etc ), if it rains I get wet and when it stops raining I will get dry again so no need for wet weather gear , carry extra fuel , stop at fresh fruit stalls and buy some for later, if in doubt, ask a local ( for anything like road conditions, good camping spots eating spots, how far till next fuel etc ) race tape and cable ties can fix almost anything.
I think that'll do for now.
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I agree with all on the list and can add that you also need: Race tape (to patch clothing should you decide to lie on the road at speed), small first aid kit and laderal mask (as you may need to do CPR with the great unwashed), small amount of fencing wire (great to wire on items that may break as a result of an off), spare electrical wire and a few male and female bullet type fittings (to re wire the indicators once thay have departed the bike during an off), sticky string plugs and air canisters (you need 4 16g bulbs to get the rear up to 32psi, add a small 12v pump if you have room) and finally, download phone stalker app - locate me - avoid where ever I am riding as I seem to have some bad luck with offs and punctures. If there's an envelope, I tend to push it. Also the app will let you find me so that you can use all of said items if you don't carry them, like most of my mates!
Keep it rubber side down and eye contact with drivers are two I try on every ride.
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Default itís almost impossible to get my leg through at one go with high luggage on the back;

I reluctantly decided that my short legs it's best to climb aboard using the foot peg as a first step. It's simple, it works and so far my side stand isn't wearing out or increasing the lean. With a fully loaded Vee and with a bag strapped across the seat there just isn't an easy way to mount with short legs.
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