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10-08-2010 04:28 PM
timbo813
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Originally Posted by steve.smith View Post
I've actually got 9.5 days for the trip. Plus I'll be leaving from Memphis instead of Chattanooga (saves 6 hours on the out leg). I'm going to do it if the weather looks good. I hope there isn't much snow. My backup plan is the Natchez Trace south to north but in comparison I'm not that excited about it. I've been all over the Appalachian from Alabama to Maine and have spent some time in the Basin and Range of NM, AR, and UT. But never CA other than Death Valley. Planning on Hwy. 64 to its terminus from Memphis and Hwy 50 back across UT if its not snowing. Any other don't miss roads? I'm not that interested in coastal CA but want to see the Sierra Nevada. I wonder what the Donner Pass looks like late October.
Have fun. I wish I could do something like that.
10-08-2010 04:11 PM
randyo
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Does that little town on the map really have a working gas pump?
off the beaten path, you could be in trouble, however on the interstate highway system, I have found # 1 USA Interstate Exits - Hotels, Gas, Food - the Next EXIT to be 100% reliable so far and have never heard a complaint within the LD community, It's a subscription service $15/year, excellent resource for planning long distance rides



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10-08-2010 02:50 PM
steve.smith
9.5 days

I've actually got 9.5 days for the trip. Plus I'll be leaving from Memphis instead of Chattanooga (saves 6 hours on the out leg). I'm going to do it if the weather looks good. I hope there isn't much snow. My backup plan is the Natchez Trace south to north but in comparison I'm not that excited about it. I've been all over the Appalachian from Alabama to Maine and have spent some time in the Basin and Range of NM, AR, and UT. But never CA other than Death Valley. Planning on Hwy. 64 to its terminus from Memphis and Hwy 50 back across UT if its not snowing. Any other don't miss roads? I'm not that interested in coastal CA but want to see the Sierra Nevada. I wonder what the Donner Pass looks like late October.
10-08-2010 01:24 PM
ozart
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Originally Posted by randyo View Post
1k in 14 hrs is very optimistic, 15-16 hrs is a better plan, the faster you ride, the faster you get fatigued

for 1k, you should need only 5 fuel stops last summer, I did 1545miles in 7 planned stops 23:05
5 fuel stops in 16 hours is more realistic, but still too many variables to count on. How far apart are gas stations out west? What will a 20-30 headwind do to fuel consumption at 70-75 mph? Does that little town on the map really have a working gas pump? Should I stop short and fill up here, or risk going 50+ miles to the next available fuel?

In populated areas it's less of a concern. Out west is a different story, 'specialy if it's unfamiliar territory.

Then there's possible stops for weather and gear changes, hydration, flat tires, etc - lots of unexpecteds possible. Carefull planning can cover most, but it only takes 1 to upset a tight schedule.

Then there's going west to east and losing more than 1 hr of daylight per day...

Oh, what a pessimist I am. :mrgreen:
10-08-2010 11:07 AM
pso Two friends and I would take ten day rides. One trip we shipped bikes to San Fran, Ca. and rode back to Rehobeth De. Sea to shinning sea. That could be an option, ride out and ship bike back thus you have a nice long scenic ride and you can take your time and visit all your interesting historical markers. We also learned it is best to ride east to west thus punch trough weather versus being chased by storms or riding in storms for extended periods. We only ride on Blue Hiways (no offense ment, other than Okl. where we were on the super slab). We also stop for about 5 or 10 minutes every hour just to not allow fatique to set in. We have learned over the last 10 or 12 years that once you get a hot spot or tired, you just do not recover on the road so prevention works best. We also enjoy the ride not the distance, duration etc. so ride the ride that suits you best and have a great time, take lots of pics. I have a photo journal of my rides with my friends and frequently look at it. It is a great souvanier, which you will not have if you just power through. My two cents and the way I ride, not intending to disparage anyone elses style.
10-08-2010 10:22 AM
timbo813
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Originally Posted by steve.smith View Post
0I'd like to get out to CA, but being here in TN I would need two solid long days of driving across the boundless middle. I've only got 8 days. Two out and two back would leave 4 to see the sights.
If it was me, I'd either find some more days or do a different trip. I'd love to ride to California and back, but not in 8 days. Take a look at some other trips you could take. A trip over through the dragon, up the blue ridge parkway, skyline drive and then on up the Appalachian mountains and possibly into Canada would be a much better 8 day trip. You could take it easy, read the signs, and enjoy the trip rather than needing to endure grueling days on the interstate. Also, this type of trip is a little more flexible. If you don't make it as many miles in a day, who cares? You can ride great roads the whole time not just at your destination.


If you are wanting to do this trip in cooler weather you could head south instead of north. I'm not as familiar with good roads that way but I'm sure there are some. The advantage of going north is you won't run out of good roads. The disadvantage is you could run into cold weather this time of year.
10-08-2010 09:24 AM
randyo
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Originally Posted by ozart View Post
My rough calculations for a DL1000 traveling 1000 miles in 14 hrs is 7 fuel stops.
I figure a minumum of 10 minutes for each one.
These fuel stops alone cut the moving time to 12hrs 50 min, which will require an avg of 78 mph while moving. Considering road construction, traffic congestion, and the occasional lower (patroled) speed limits, you'd need to run closer to 90 as much as possible to maintain this avg. If the speedometer is not corrected, this means an indicated speed of 95-100 mph.

Repeat the next day, then 4 days later repeat again x2.

The example above gets compounded for additional stops other than fuel.
1k in 14 hrs is very optimistic, 15-16 hrs is a better plan, the faster you ride, the faster you get fatigued

for 1k, you should need only 5 fuel stops last summer, I did 1545miles in 7 planned stops 23:05



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10-08-2010 02:42 AM
ozart
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Originally Posted by steve.smith View Post
How will this translate into a long distance motorcycle trip. I'd like to get out to CA, but being here in TN I would need two solid long days of driving across the boundless middle. I've only got 8 days. Two out and two back would leave 4 to see the sights.
... Have any of you driven 14 hours in a day? ... I just wonder if this kind of distance in this kind of time is foolhardy.
My rough calculations for a DL1000 traveling 1000 miles in 14 hrs is 7 fuel stops.
I figure a minumum of 10 minutes for each one.
These fuel stops alone cut the moving time to 12hrs 50 min, which will require an avg of 78 mph while moving. Considering road construction, traffic congestion, and the occasional lower (patroled) speed limits, you'd need to run closer to 90 as much as possible to maintain this avg. If the speedometer is not corrected, this means an indicated speed of 95-100 mph.

Repeat the next day, then 4 days later repeat again x2.

The example above gets compounded for additional stops other than fuel.
10-08-2010 12:52 AM
Spartan
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Originally Posted by sabot03196 View Post
Heh, visited Drumheller this year on my way back from out West. They've got a slice of rock there that shows if there's an asteroid with our name on it headed our way, it's, "Smoke em if you got em," time.

It's not a bad set up, you can pretty much have everything of of the bike in about fifteen minutes. Loading her back up takes a few minutes more. Right now I'm weighing my pannier options.

Just don't tell my wife
I had a little secret stash of cash.....gone on the bike....and the wife goes through the Visa bills with a microscope. :cryin:

Waiting for the January show to see if anyone has any deals. I could of bought the Strom with the panniers and back case for 800 bucks more but for me, those things are HUGE. I like the 21 liter panniers from Kappa.
10-08-2010 12:41 AM
Spartan
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Originally Posted by greywolf View Post
I'm 65. I will admit I haven't done a 1000+ mile day since 2008 but I've done 700+ mile days every year since I got the bike.
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I'll be 60 next year, kid.
Okay, so there's crazy old people on V-Stroms! :biggrinjester:

I don't know how you guys can "enjoy" hour after hour of black top. I don't mind a two, three hour aimless tour, but 10, 12 hours of black top? On a bike? I can't, not even in a car.

Anywho...more power o you....
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