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post #1 of 35 Old 06-14-2011, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Low mileage drivers?

I just rolled over 2000 miles. I have a 2006. Really.

I know a lot of people on here drive their bikes religiously... 60k + is not unheard of. I feel like I ride my bike a fair amount- Every week I ride to the bike show down the street. When friends come over they ride their bikes over here, and over all, It seems like for years, I talk about bikes all the time.

I realized I have spent more time modifying and customizing my bike than I have riding it. I religiously care for it and keep it in tip-top shape.

I kind of feel like a "fake"- like the guy with the souped up race car that never races, or the mall crawling lifted 4x4 thats never seen dirt.

Just wondering if theres anyone else on here that is really into their bike but doesn't put in a lot of seat time?

Also wondering if anyone has any tips for putting more miles on their bikes? I live in Cincinnati now, and the riding is terrible. No fun places to ride, and its always traffic and other cars. I put well over 15k miles on my last bike in a matter of 2 years in New York (upstate) where the driving was great and I had friends to ride with all the time.

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post #2 of 35 Old 06-14-2011, 11:26 AM
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Also wondering if anyone has any tips for putting more miles on their bikes? I live in Cincinnati now, and the riding is terrible. No fun places to ride, and its always traffic and other cars. I put well over 15k miles on my last bike in a matter of 2 years in New York (upstate) where the driving was great and I had friends to ride with all the time.
Maybe the farkling and fussing is just your thing... Who am I to judge?

But if you want to get more miles on your bike you're going to need to get on the road. You'll need a few days and some luggage.

A decent strategy for those that don't have great riding where they live is to divide a 3 day trip as follows:

Day 1) Use the interstate to get close to your riding destination. This may take most of day 1.

Day 2) Ride the excellent roads of your destination.

Day 3) Ride the back route home or stick with the excellent roads for the morning and beat it back to home in the PM using the interstate.

Add additional days as necessary.

Good luck.
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Maybe the farkling and fussing is just your thing... Who am I to judge?

But if you want to get more miles on your bike you're going to need to get on the road. You'll need a few days and some luggage.

A decent strategy for those that don't have great riding where they live is to divide a 3 day trip as follows:

Day 1) Use the interstate to get close to your riding destination. This may take most of day 1.

Day 2) Ride the excellent roads of your destination.

Day 3) Ride the back route home or stick with the excellent roads for the morning and beat it back to home in the PM using the interstate.

Add additional days as necessary.

Good luck.
make sure, since you don't do a lot of miles in a shot to budget your miles wisely. you may not want to shoot for more than 300 miles or so in a day, leave lots of time for pit stops, walk arounds, scenic overlooks, etc so that you don't over fatigue your butt.

It's a funny thing about comin' home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You'll realize what's changed is you.
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I can relate. I have kids and if it weren't for commuting, I don't think I would have the time for much riding. I grew up in Cincy, but I didn't own a bike there. If you are looking to do some riding and don't like the roads in cincinnati, I suggest Kentucky. I used to do a lot of camping down there. There is a lot of wooded areas, great hiking and camping. hills, and I assume some good riding. Daniel Boone and Cumberland parks are both excellent. If you prefer to ride with other people, look on the local forums on stromtrooper or see if there are any Ohio or Kentucky motorcycle forums.

If you want to do some longer riding. Come down to Georgia and I'll ride with you.

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I just rolled over 2000 miles. I have a 2006. Really.

I know a lot of people on here drive their bikes religiously... 60k + is not unheard of. I feel like I ride my bike a fair amount- Every week I ride to the bike show down the street. When friends come over they ride their bikes over here, and over all, It seems like for years, I talk about bikes all the time.

I realized I have spent more time modifying and customizing my bike than I have riding it. I religiously care for it and keep it in tip-top shape.

I kind of feel like a "fake"- like the guy with the souped up race car that never races, or the mall crawling lifted 4x4 thats never seen dirt.

Just wondering if theres anyone else on here that is really into their bike but doesn't put in a lot of seat time?

Also wondering if anyone has any tips for putting more miles on their bikes? I live in Cincinnati now, and the riding is terrible. No fun places to ride, and its always traffic and other cars. I put well over 15k miles on my last bike in a matter of 2 years in New York (upstate) where the driving was great and I had friends to ride with all the time.
One way to get in more miles if you live in an area that isn't so good for riding is to get up early, or go riding late. When I lived a bit closer to DC and all it's crappy traffic, I found dawn and after 9 PM to be the most pleasant times to ride.

Random idea - check out this ride, and website in general: Motorcycle Roads (KY): Southwest Cincinnati Loop

This site is awesome, and might give you some ideas as well: http://www.byways.org/explore/nearby?q=cincinnati%2C+oh

Chris

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post #6 of 35 Old 06-14-2011, 12:23 PM
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Huh. I put 10k on my first moto in the first 10 months. I think the Wee is up to 4-5k since I bought it in February, and I don't even have a commute (2 miles, I usually ride my bike instead of using a motorbike or car).

The weather here has been total crap all year, but when we get a clear weekend, my friends and I like to hit the hills. 200-300 miles in a day is pretty common, no freeways (meet for breakfast, be home by 3 or 4pm). If it hadn't been raining nonstop all year, I'd have put in a lot more miles thus far.

I don't really know what to say -- just ride it! Traffic is one of the best reasons to ride a moto here, but I guess if splitting wasn't legal I'd change my tune on that one. I can't fathom how people can sit in traffic on a motorcycle, of all things.

Load up your topcase (if you have one) or tankbag with a change of clothes, and hit the road for the weekend. It's easy to find cheap motels for $40 or $50 a night even in CA, split a room with a friend, it's hard to find a cheaper way to have a good weekend -- or go camping, if that's your thing.

Now, my car just sits in the garage, I have driven it maybe 3000 miles in the past year. The last tank of gas took 2 months to go thru, and it has a tiny tank and gets crap mileage!

But who am I to say you're not enjoying your motorcycle? You enjoy modding it, and you enjoy riding it. You say it seems like you ride it a lot -- so what if it's just short trips around town on the weekend, seems like you enjoy that. If it doesn't sound like fun to go out of state to rack up miles on the weekend, maybe that's just not your thing. There are plenty of people who have a fun car that they just use for running errands when it's sunny out, no reason the moto can't be the same for you.
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Find someone to ride with.
Find a destination or destinations. Anything at all will do.
Google a rout. Use street view to pick good roads.
Leave very early before traffic picks up to get out of what we call the sh!t zone.

Last year a couple of friends and I rode 1800 mile to see the New Gorge Bridge in West Virginia.
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I am going to steal from a current TV ad....

if you want to put more miles on your bike...... put more miles on your bike.

Here's what I do... when the weather sucks, I pretend I do not own a car. When the weather is nice, I choose to ride the bike.
If you commute by car, commute by bike instead, it is shorter timewise, more enjoyable, and a whole lot more economical.

I just ride everywhere, period.

closing in on 75,000 km's on my 09.... almost owned it 2 years.

still just regular maintenance, tires and chains....
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Alright, I've officially scheduled a two night camping trip in Daniel Boone Nat'l Forest. I'm going to drive down there, camp out for the night, cruise around down there the next day, do some hiking and the such, and then drive back. Thanks for the motivation... I just need to learn to pack light!

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Alright, I've officially scheduled a two night camping trip in Daniel Boone Nat'l Forest. I'm going to drive down there, camp out for the night, cruise around down there the next day, do some hiking and the such, and then drive back. Thanks for the motivation... I just need to learn to pack light!
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