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post #1 of 22 Old 02-14-2017, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Recommendations for 500 mile return

I will be attending the Romney event, and leaving with a friend from the Saratoga region of upstate N.Y. I will be returning alone on Sunday, and find it difficult riding 500 miles in one day. Any tips that may help? I will take periodic breaks of course, and utilize a camelback hydration bladder. 5 hour energy drinks in case of emergency. Other words of wisdom?
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post #2 of 22 Old 02-14-2017, 09:39 PM
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I've ridden 2100+ miles Iron Butt #34453 in under 20 hours. As the day wears on ride an hour or so and stop for 10 minutes or so, stretch, eat, drink water, gas-up the bike, etc. (Hint: Rotisserie dogs are yummy). Stay away from energy drinks if you can help it, the post caffeine crash can be hell!
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Key to distance is to start very early and break it up into more digestible goals.

Don't go a whole tankful before taking a break. If you can get in 300 miles before noon....then it's all downhill the rest of the way.

Seat of course is a factor. I've done back for back 1,000 km on my Burgman ....longest on the strom about what you are doing but we could have gone further.


Big difference tho between 500 miles of slab ( easy but boring ) and 500 miles on secondary highways.

Hydration is certainly important but of all factors....the early start is critical.
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When? If now (winter) it would be tough to stay on the bike for long.

During normal riding weather it is much easier, if you don't get stuck in traffic. Key to stops: hydrate, stretch, hydrate.. take a piss. And don't stop for too long you wanna be in and out. If you stop for too long mental switch goes off and body get sore, much harder to restart.

Also don't eat anything new and don't eat too much. Too much food in stomach makes it hard to ride. Your food tasting pallet will change, so some foods will taste good and some will be awful. And you don't want to deal with food poisoning (been there done it), so stick to familiar food chains. They may not be selling best foods but they have consistently and have standards, so you know what you get.

I usually get a foot long at Subway, eat half and another half at next stop. Your recipe may be different.

And 500mi isn't bad it's only 8 hours, 1-2 stops. You definitely want to make it in daytime, riding tired in the dark makes it harder.
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Make sure you have comfortable, temperature and weather appropriate gear to wear. I like to eat light while on the road, having some trail mix and water/G2 with me for rest stops. Eat a decent meal after you have stopped for the day. Staying hydrated is much more important than what you eat.

None of that is too important if the bike is set up for you. 500 miles is two fuel stops, assuming you start full of fuel. The "secret" is in the bike seat and windshield. Noise and turbulence wears you out. That really adds up after a few hours. Seat speaks for itself. If you are squirming on the seat, trying to get around pain or just find something that is comfortable before your first tank of fuel is done, your seat isn't working. You have time to make sure the seat/windshield work. I highly recommend that first.

Then you might find 500 miles is actually an easy, fun day in the saddle!

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i rode to Romney last year from Boston area, nearly 600 miles each way, by myself both ways. And it rained a good part of the way both coming and going. The ride there sucked. It was during the week and i hit a lot of traffic. Coming home on Sunday, I planned a different route, which was a bit longer, but more remote and it was a lovely ride.

I've done many long days in the saddle and my advice would be the obvious: pull over as soon as you feel even a little bit tired. If you drink coffeee/caffeine, have some - but not too much as this will make you have to stop and pee more. Gas up, grab a small bite to eat, walk around the parking lot, do some light stretching. In a 500 mile day, I'd probably make maybe 3 of these stops at 15-20 minutes each, plus a 30 minute lunch break. I like to take my time getting up and packing up on that last morning. A lot of guys feel the need to get up early and get the hell out of Dodge as soon as possible. And that's fine, too, but I just prefer to be relaxed and not stressed. The extra hour or two it takes me isn't going to matter. Daylight ends around 7:30-8pm in early May, so you have plenty of time if you don't like the dark. Even on mixed roads, averaging say 60mph, plus 90 minutes in breaks, is still < 10 hours. Leaving at 9am, you'd be home by 7pm, conservatively.

As was mentioned, the type of miles matter. Slabbing on the Interstate for hours on end is a good cure for insomnia. Plan a route that mixes things up a bit. Not only will this keep you from getting tired, but you will also enjoy the ride a whole lot more. I've ridden with you once or twice before, so I feel confident in telling you that you can certainly handle 500 miles in a day.

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Once you ride a long distance day you will pretty much know what YOU need for that particular bike. If possible, do a long distance ride before your trip. In time and through trial and error, when you have been riding long distance for years, you will already know which ergonomic changes will be needed on a bike, and which manufacturers products work for you. But there's nothing like a fly and ride or long distance day for conformation.
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I've ridden 2100+ miles Iron Butt #34453 in under 20 hours. As the day wears on ride an hour or so and stop for 10 minutes or so, stretch, eat, drink water, gas-up the bike, etc. (Hint: Rotisserie dogs are yummy). Stay away from energy drinks if you can help it, the post caffeine crash can be hell!
please revise your numbers to something that is believable, 105+mph average for nearly 20 hours subract the time you musta spent at gas stops would likely bring that average rolling speed up to 115mph, I hope ya just fat fingered the numbers on your keyboard.

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my advice to Syd, don't try setting any speed records, you get worn out faster at higher speeds, keep it to a relaxed comfortable pace, get off at gas stops and don't stay on the bike to pump, walk around, take your helmet off, stretch your legs and jaw
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My advice. Take Monday off work. Just knowing you can stop eases the mental stress. If you get tired or sore stop. Finish the trip Monday and you will be home early enough for a nice rest. If you surprise yourself, you may still roll in late Sunday and make work Monday anyway.

I never ride a long day knowing the next morning I need to be at work. My mind behaves better with a slack day on the back end.

P.S. - all the stuff mentioned about bike fit and comfort should be solved before you leave.
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