Join Date: May 2011
Location: Pittsburgh (Beaver County) PA
1200 miles over 4 days is about a 300 mile a day average, that is very relaxing. If you super slab it, your only talking 5 hours of riding. You will do a lot of sitting bored or walking around WallMart stores trying to blow time.
You can easily cover 400-500 in a day with plenty of food and rest stops where you chill for 30-60 minutes. If you hit the road at 9-ish and plan to ride until 8-ish you can rest a lot, say 4 hours of your day.... and still have 6 hours of ride time and make 350 miles.
If you take 2 lanes, you will need to decrease your travel speeds according, and things become a bit more pushed for time.
Depends on how you like to get there. Are you in it for the ride or for the destination? If for the ride, go 2 lane secondary highways and poke along. If your in it for the destination, hit the interstate and get'er done.
Different strokes for different folks. Im partial to the interstates if I want to get to a destination. I can easily make 500-600 mile days without any serious discomfort on the stock DL1000 seat. On the KLR with any seat i've tried, 400 miles has me wanting to push it over a cliff. I do have highway pegs on my crash bars, and I go back and forth from the stock pegs to the highway pegs to allow me to change pressure points around and not develop any sore spots. If I were stuck on the stock pegs only I suspect I would not be so happy about 500+ mile days.... you can only move so much with your feet in one place.
03 DL1000 -Jesse Oddyses, PCIII USB, Staintune Mufflers, WindStrom Touring, WindStrom Laminer, Progressive fork springs with Amsoil 5W, KN filters, Givi E450 trunk, Corbin Seat, Heated Grips, Motech Crash bars and skid plate and Highway pegs, Amsoil 10-40 in her belly.
07 Rhino 660