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post #1 of 16 Old 05-09-2012, 02:33 AM Thread Starter
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Advice needed for Friday ride ! (May 11)

Hi everyone -

I have a 2012 V-Strom that I love! It's all broken in and ready to go. Some friends are inviting me to join them on a 5.5 hr ride on Friday, in a fabulous area above Aix en Provence in France. The ride looks incredible, but I'm worried about my total riding time for the day, and wanted to see if anyone in the forum here thinks I'm insane, or if it's a doable day:

Their ride is this:
Garage Saint Roch M Tosello Garage Saint Roch M Tosello - Google Maps

I have to add 2.5 hours before starting, and 1.5 hours when we're done:
120 Cour Nicolas Appert, 34000 Montpellier Marseille - Google Maps

Any ideas on how dumb it would be to ride for so long? Or is this doable?

Thanks in advance for any input.

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post #2 of 16 Old 05-09-2012, 05:26 AM
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I'm doing 600 miles on Saturday on my new vee.

Do it. This bike was made for long rides
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What a route. It would take me two days each way to do that plus ferries. And yes, it would be worth it.
I went out for 6 hours yesterday around the much smaller mountains of North Wales. Whe I got home I just wanted to do it all over again.
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Such great advice!

Done deal. I'm all over it !!! I'll post some pictures when I'm done.

Thanks for your encouragement. Doesn't the Wee look nice in France!!

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Not a problem. I've done 14 hours on my K6 and 7 on my L2.

5.5 hours with just a single stop for fuel and a snack is doable for me.

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OP- Any ideas on how dumb it would be to ride for so long? Or is this doable?


Whether this ride is "doable" or not is really completely up to you and your riding skills and ability and comfort level riding the new Wee.

I am not sure how any other rider can provide an answer for your question. Just an observation...

None the less, 600 miles is a nice day ride!

Have a great ride if you go!

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Thanks for your encouragement. Doesn't the Wee look nice in France!!
The Wee looks nice anywhere!

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post #8 of 16 Old 05-09-2012, 11:14 AM
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I find the stock seat a bit hard and the bike a bit buzzy for rides over 3 hours. You may have to take a few more breaks. Who want's to ride that long in one stretch unless you are slabbin' it just to get to the twisties. I'd rather start in the twisties...:mrgreen:

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Hell yeah!

That looks fun.



Based on your gmaps, this looks like a ride somewhere in the 650km range, with about half in the mountains, and the other half getting there and back on the highway. Sounds perfect for our bikes. Especially if you start early and take a nice long break to stretch out and gorge on croissants and cafe au lait before hitting the twisties.

p.s. I have the same bike as you, and will be exercising it on a similar route here in my own backyard of British Columbia this weekend. Cheers!

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Agreed, and am going.

I've confirmed with the group, and am going on this ride. It matches what you're all saying about "doable" distances (assuming ability and stamina, for which I will be careful). I've been out on 2.5 - 3 hrs rides these past weekends and just wish I could have stayed out longer. No fatigue to speak of, feeling very comfortable on the bike.

The ride will totally be broken up into segments -- after the highway and before the mountains, then big long lunch, and less of a ride home at the end of the day. It'll be a great, sunny day, perfect for experience. Oh joy!!! Probably going to get a Givi 22L Easylock tank bag if I have time tomorrow. If not, who cares?

Forgot to mention that most of the group is riding Harleys. They'll probably want to stop and stare at their bikes every few miles. Not sure what the difference in riding style will be (though I can guess), but I'm really looking forward to the whole thing. I'll let you know how things go.

Thanks for your $0.14 (two cents from 7 comments).
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