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Old 01-15-2009, 06:15 PM   #11
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Why did you do it? How did you feel when you finished, physically AND mentally?
The first one I did was with a friend who wanted to push her limits but to go with a friend as well. We had no idea what we were doing but kept on pushing and made it in pretty good shape. We were both tired at the end of that ride, but we also were both really pleased with ourselves!

I decided I enjoyed it so the next year I went with five friends, and shepherded them all through the ride. That was the 1200 mile ride - it was a bit chaotic because my friends didn't get the "keep your stops short" rule. I really had to crack the whip on them during the ride! But again we all finished together and on time. I felt pretty good after that ride, too.

I did not have any particular physical issues on either ride, but I have set my bike up for long distance and I know what to do to keep comfortable. I do not attempt to sit in one position for the whole way, that's for sure!
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:33 PM   #12
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I've done several 600 milers and I'm with longride on this. Break it up into two days so you can enjoy yourself. Don't forget you'll be riding in the dark in the land of deer if you do it in one day.

When you get fatigued, it's easy to make stupid mistakes.

Earplugs would be a must. I think Sachi's deaf. The wind noise can really drain you more than anything else.
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:51 PM   #13
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Buz is right. I have a little hearing left in one ear, and I use one earplug to cut out the wind noise. I carry a small pack of them with me all the time. If a deaf kid needs earplugs, YOU do TOO!
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:15 PM   #14
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Los Angeles to Salt Lake = 700 miles once on a Suzuki GSX1100G shaftie with a very comfortable seat. And once on an '81 Fatbob Shovelhead. That's as far as I'd want to go. And that was because I was in a hurry to get home. The Shovelhead ride was during the dog days of summer with 110 degrees across the desert all the way to Mesquite, NV. Not fun.

Look, you are traveling a long way and there's a lot to see so why not see it? If you want to do 1000 mile days then ride I-80 through the Great Plains or some place similar where there's nothing to see. There's no doubt that you can do it. But there are more convenient forms of torture. Ride out to Salt Lake and we'll be happy to waterboard you if masochism is your shtick.
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Old 01-15-2009, 09:04 PM   #15
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Longest was around 900 miles from the Southern Oregon Coast to our house in Seattle on a 1980 74"FLHP. Our plan was to ride down the coast and camp, unfortunately it was raining the whole trip there and back so we moteled it. We ran out of money pretty quickly and figured we had enough for gas to get home so we spent the whole day on the road eating free Old Lady cookies and coffee at the rest areas and sharing our last pack of smokes. Our leathers and cheapo REI rain pants kept us more or less warm and dry and we made it home with a couple of bucks left over.

It's a fond memory but the reality was a full day on I-5 dodging semi's and cagers cold and wet and grinding out miles on stale cookies and nasty coffee worried about running out of money and gas. Not really my idea of fun, I ride all the time but 99% is local and commuting.
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The good part is that 1 Seattle mile is worth 100 Chicago miles, so you actually ride much farther than you thought!
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The good part is that 1 Seattle mile is worth 100 Chicago miles, so you actually ride much farther than you thought!
Alternately you could find an old Triumph Bonneville/Norton pre-Commando Atlas/BSA Lightning. On one of those the vibration causes the miles to change characteristic so that by hour 4 on the road one mile on the Bonnie = 10 miles on a Goldwing.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:26 AM   #18
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I'm kinda looking for a Bonnie or Beezer right now. I'm sure I'll run into the right one sooner or later.
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:04 AM   #19
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I'm kinda looking for a Bonnie or Beezer right now. I'm sure I'll run into the right one sooner or later.
Old or new?
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Old. There are no new Beezers.
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