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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 06-15-2008, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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First ride with sunglasses and earplugs...

Well today was a day for experimentation. I tried out 3 things today; ear plugs, sun glasses and long distance riding.

First the ear plugs. They were great and it was really nice to get off the bike after 2 1/2 hours with no affects on my hearing. On the downside, you can't hear traffic until it is right beside you and you lose touch with your bike. I found myself going faster than I thought because I couldn't hear the engine and wind noise like I am used to. I think I will use the plugs for long rides, but not on short trips.

As for the sunglasses, I give them two thumbs up! I don't think I could get by without them now. I wear a full-face helmet, so I have to put the helmet on and open the visor to put the glasses on. One question though, my glasses are Ray-Ban with metal frames and glass lenses; should I get a plastic frame/plastic lens pair in case of accidents?

Lastly, I was doing a test run for distance riding. I have ridden 150 miles several times and just over 200 miles once. But that was with several stops. Today I did 137 miles in 2 1/2 hours without a stop. Well, a couple red lights got me, but I never got off the bike. My goal is to ride across the state to Virginia Beach to my brothers house and back some weekend. The time and distance I did today would put me half way there. I had no problem doing it and could have gone much further, especially with a stop or two.

I wore full gear, 8" boots, jeans, padded/armored leather coat, leather gloves and full face helmet. When I started, it was mid-70s, when I finished it was 85. It really wasn't all that bad as long as I was moving. The jacket has several vents and they definitely help. I got stopped at a light next to a HD Streetglide. The guy was wearing a skid lid, shorts, t-shirt and Crocs. Oh if only I were invincible too. No offense to anyone who rides like this; I would be to scared to do it.

Other lessons learned are this bike can run 4,500 rpm all day and ask for more. It runs 4,500 at an indicated 70mph (about 64 mpg according to the gps). It feels right at home at that speed and actually smooths out above 4,000 rpm. When I put the bike away, she was looking at me asking why we didn't ride faster and farther.

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Sounds like you had a great time; I enjoyed your writing style.

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Sounds like a great day!! For the glasses I would get a good pair of safety glasses z87 rated and wear them. A slow speeds in town you can open the visor and cool off.

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Sweet ride. I ride with earplugs too, they make it SO much more pleasant.

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It was a nice day here in the Pacific Northwest. I got in a 214 mile ride. Started at 9:00 and got home about 3:00. No rush. Stopped to eat, etc.
The bike was clean, recently serviced and ran great all day.
Tons of HD's on the road and I actually did see a Vn750 once I got within a half mile of home but he was ahead of me going straight whereas I had to turn.
Darn, I wanted to chat with him some.
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The bike was clean, recently serviced and ran great all day.
Cleaned? Heck, my bike is a dirty. If I have time to clean, I have time to ride and you know which one I will be doing?

Actually, I do mean to clean it up but just haven't gotten to it yet. Maybe in the next week to two.

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Sounds like you had a great time; I enjoyed your writing style.

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Sounds like a great time you had!
I find that once I get into a good pace and concentrate on riding, I can keep going for a good while.
I think the furthest ride I've done without stopping (aside from red lights, fuel) was about 350mi.
There've been other rides further with just a somewhat short break or two for a smoke and leg stretch.

Good luck on the ride to the beach

Oh, and I would also say a comfortable pair of safety glasses of some type. Last thing you want (IMO) are glass lenses.


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I have a flipface helmet with a flipdown sunshade on them but a lot of times I will ride with my sunglasses on and my clear visor open just for the openess of it. cant wait till I have some free time and gas money to go on a long journey to nowhere special!

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As for the sunglasses - I've found that a tinted shield - while kind of a pain if it's going to get dark while you're out (since you have to carry the clear with you) is invaluable. I've tried the sunglass thing and found that if it gets cool - they fog and with some situations there are weird reflections...

And of course with a tinted shield it's a put the helmet on and go rather than put the helmet on and fiddle with glasses....

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