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03-18-2014 12:50 PM
SantaFeTrailer I have found the Strom to be a total mile muncher. I've done 650, 750, 1050 mile days without any significant discomfort. Sheepskin or beadrider on the factory sear, podcasts and nuts/jerky and I'm good to go.
03-18-2014 10:44 AM
raYzerman
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Originally Posted by Rick123 View Post
Sorry, but long distancees as an iron butt don't make any sense to me. Doesn't have any thing to do with a ride and an enjoiment. Have done a few one week long trips and a few thousands km. No pressure though...
Same here...... BTW, what's an Interstate? :mrgreen:
03-18-2014 09:57 AM
Oly To the original poster, I've done the 1000 mile IBA. Loved it. The VStrom is such a huge bike that you have lot's of room for shifting your position about a bit.
Two up on a 650 might not be awesome for 1000 miles in 24 hours. Maybe do the 1500 miles / 36 hours instead.

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I have tinnitus from too many years of ... Grateful Dead concerts in the late 70's and early 80's...
Flashback time! The Spectrum, to NYC, to Hartford or Springfield, to Boston, to Maine.
Cornell May 1977 to the next night at Buffallo War Memorial. The two greatest nights of music ever played in the history of the world!
03-18-2014 07:51 AM
donmac
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Originally Posted by Alpster87 View Post
Donmac get yourself some custom made earplugs and all your troubles will go away and they are cheaper then anything you will do to the bike ,note I have also found they make my helmet speakers sound better although with a higher volume applied ...
I've used foam ear plugs while riding for the last 10 years or so. I have tinnitus from too many years of riding without ear plugs.

(Or maybe it was all those Grateful Dead concerts in the late 70's and early 80's... )

I agree that the ear plugs improve the sound of headsets. My Sena sounds much better with plugs in.

I have never gotten around to trying custom plugs but have meant to do so...
03-17-2014 11:17 AM
Ghost 26 I have taken my Vee on several long rides, including a Saddlesore 1000 and a Bun Burner 1500. Last summer I went from my home in Wyoming to the San Francisco area, and I also went down to Tucson, AZ. I have several bikes, including a GL1800 (Goldwing), and I have found that my Vee is the most comfortable for long distances.

G26
03-17-2014 10:56 AM
Marylu
Lake Erie Loop

I'm Terryj's wife. That should be Detroit Mi! I typed his dictation and goofed!!
03-17-2014 10:46 AM
kitesurfer i've done the distance but not for a record. It depends on circumstances as to how long and why. my personal achievement was 15.5 hours on a 1250 bandit with getting off my seat once for a pee break. gased up in the saddle.
03-17-2014 10:04 AM
Alpster87 Donmac get yourself some custom made earplugs and all your troubles will go away and they are cheaper then anything you will do to the bike ,note I have also found they make my helmet speakers sound better although with a higher volume applied ...
03-17-2014 08:41 AM
donmac I was into long distance for 7-8 years. That was when I was riding GL1800's. Add a utopia backrest and a butler cup holder on those bikes and burning up miles is like sitting in a recliner, having a cup of coffee, and watching the world go buy. Very stable and wind protection is incredible. It's not very difficult to do 12+ hours a day on those big bikes with minimal stops, even at highway speeds. I never bothered with getting IBA credit for the rides, I just enjoyed it.

My strom does not yet have enough wind protection to allow me to burn up serious miles. I can do 10+ hours of riding on the backroads, with a couple of rest stops for meals - but there's no way I could do 4+ hour stretches on the super slab at highway speeds - way too noisy. But that's just fine for now. I'm into exploring the back roads these days.

I look forward to getting the wind noise sorted out a little better though.
03-17-2014 07:26 AM
DaveinNC When I was younger I had many 1000 mile days under my belt, now its not about proving how hard my ass is, its about riding to the next good fishing hole and setting up a tent or riding through the mountains taking pictures. I'll leave the iron butt runs to the kids. I never enjoyed those hard runs, more like work.
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