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post #1 of 20 Old 05-20-2011, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Vermont V Strom Rally in August.

I have a route plan

It came up to 450 miles which according to google posted speeds would be 12 hours. It is about 1/4 dirt and of course there would be food and fuel stops that are not counted in that 12 hours. It is over most gaps and notches then cross the state.

There would also be a logical BAIL point with not going to NH and heading for the Kancagamus (sp?) Highway that could be an option and save maybe 60 miles. This can be presented as an option but I don't want social pressure to over tax anyone.

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Vermont V Strom Rally in August.

I have a route plan

It came up to 450 miles which according to google posted speeds would be 12 hours. It is about 1/4 dirt and of course there would be food and fuel stops that are not counted in that 12 hours. It is over most gaps and notches then cross the state.

There would also be a logical BAIL point with not going to NH and heading for the Kancagamus (sp?) Highway that could be an option and save maybe 60 miles. This can be presented as an option but I don't want social pressure to over tax anyone.

What say you

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When I'm planning group rides in Arkansas 250 seems to be the sweet spot, 300 is a big day. 450 would be insane.
I don't think Vermont would be too different.

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seems like, with food and gas stops not figured in, that is an awful long ride for many. you would, imho, be pushing the pace a bit for relaxed enjoyment. some of the riders may enjoy it, but others may not. Imho i'd shorten it a bit.

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Well back when I was young and foolish

I would go on the Ramapo 500 which would be like 280 the first day.

My little group usually did it by like 2 in the afternoon.

Of course some 2 up Gold wing riders were there after dark..

How about 2 rides.....

First ride is like 280 or 300 for everyone and then a second 2 hour loop for the speedsters starting from the point of origin ?
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450 miles, with 125 of that dirt ? I wouldn't do that, especially if in a group ride. I'm planning my annual summer trip, usually about a week,and 3,000 miles or so. I try to map my days between 325 and 400 miles, lot's of stops for photo ops, water breaks, 10 minute stretch, etc. Still gets me to a motel by 6 or 7 pm or so for dinner. I travel alone, so I ride my own pace, stop as often or seldom as I like. I did a trip 4 years ago with three other riders, never again. It was like herding cats.
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If I remember correctly, the traffic is going to suck in the new hampshire mountains of the summer.
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One factor to take into account is the speed limit on each road. Percentage wise you won't be able to make up time on highway but on back roads posted at 30 and 35 you can do much better. Just 10 miles on google maps with a posted 35 is 17 minutes. The same road at 45 is 13 minutes. By the same token, !0 miles at 65 is just over 9 minutes and at 75 is 8 minutes. 450 in a day I have done many time but on the right roads. Good luck on your trip.
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As one of the participants.. IMO 450 is INSANE
I think 300 is a lot, but 450???
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Well back when I was young and foolish

I would go on the Ramapo 500 which would be like 280 the first day.

My little group usually did it by like 2 in the afternoon.

Of course some 2 up Gold wing riders were there after dark..

How about 2 rides.....

First ride is like 280 or 300 for everyone and then a second 2 hour loop for the speedsters starting from the point of origin ?
Easy on the Gold Wing guys you wouldn't want to try to keep up with allot of them. The 1800 Wing is really a VFR on Roids.
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Easy on the Gold Wing guys you wouldn't want to try to keep up with allot of them. The 1800 Wing is really a VFR on Roids.
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easy to rack up the miles when you drive a sofa....

450kms would be a stretch, 450 miles is ironbutt territory especially with the off road portion....depending on the size of the group, you could have defections and or lynch mobs forming before that one is over...
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