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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 06-04-2014, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Tips for a long drive

I've mostly driven in town. I have gone on a couple 2 hr trips. I'm planning on taking a 800km drive. Its going through Michigan and up to Toronto, so its going to be double lane highway all the way. Any tips from anyone whos taken long distance trips?

I'm planning on leaving in about 2 weeks and total time away will be 4 days.

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I assume you're taking the bike? That word "driven" makes things a little confusing.

If you're going to be on the highway the entire time and don't have a windshield, I recommend getting one and using it. Bring a small tool kit and a large sense of adventure and it'll be a blaaaaaaaast man.
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1st, make sure everything is in proper running order and tires are good. Also a rain suit is a good idea unless you plan your trip around the weather.
Are you planning on camping or just stopping at a motel along the ride?

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Give your bike a 100% check over prior to departure. Change oil, check tire pressure, all fluids, bolts, etc. Double check your charging system to make sure it's pushing out the right voltage.

Pack 'common sense' items like a first aid kit, tool kit, rain suit, tire plug kit, etc.

Take breaks. Literally every hour or so... it really helps.

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Stay hydrated and eat decent. Vitamin supplements can also help. 2 pairs of sunglasses and something todefend yourselves with

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Sorry, I guess RIDE would be better than driven. I have a small windshield, the tire repair kit is a good call. I am not planning on camping, michigan has many rest stops, which I plan on using. I am going to try to make it all in one day. No set time frame, I'm going to leave early, so if takes all day then so be it.

thanks for the responses so far.

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Clean front rim
new throttle pull back cable
new spark plugs
New Bridgestone on the back
New Fluids all around
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Yea, the little breaks every hour will help keep your mind from going numb. Early last Spring I went 2 hrs without stopping in cool but not cold air on a sunny morning. When I stopped I couldn't get my helmet off, My fingers were so stiff and numb from the cool air (was wearing medium weight gloves) that they were useless. I realized that if I had needed to make a panic stop I'm not sure I could have done it safely.

I always carry:
rain pants, my riding jacket has a rain liner
bungee cords, basic tools, fuses, and a few feet of really good duct tape rewound into a tight roll around a stick to keep it small, tire plug kit with CO2 inflator, a few zip ties. In my tank bag I carry a tiny bottle with Advil and a roll of Tums along with a small but good flashlight along with a leatherman tool. Also a 12v USB plug with phone/IPOD cable. All of this (except the rain pants) makes a very small package.

A smart thing to carry may be a spare pair of heavy socks and a spare bike key. Even with the rain pants I get water inside my shoes and I rarely bother to put on the rain pants. A bottle of Gatorade is always handy if you choose to take a 5 minute break or God forbid break down. Also unless you are confident in how comfy your seat is take a medium sized towel. Your butt may get screaming with pain on a ride that long and a folded towel on the seat really can help. I use a AirHawk cushion and while not perfect I'm good for over 400/mi a day with it. Change your riding position occasionally to help rest your tail.

I take about eight 350+ mile trips a year and have never broken down far from home or even had a flat but my little kit has been helpful more than once helping others.

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++ duct tape.

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Duralast Gold ETX15 AGM Battery
Coastered & Shaved
TOC MCCTs
Metzeler ME880 [110/90-19, 170/80-15]
Balance Dampers Replaced
Tuxedo Mod
Rebuilt Forks w/ Progressive Springs
V&H Cruzers
VN750.com Grill Cover
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Zip ties and Duct tape...interesting this has come up often, what reasons would these be needed?

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New Fluids all around
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