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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-21-2018, 05:01 PM
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Don't worry about resting the bike more than fuel breaks. It will do fine all day as long as it has fuel and oil. More than likely your body, especially your rear end if you have the stock seat, is going to tell you when it needs to rest. Shifting your weight in the saddle will help.

If your throttle lock has a tensioner, tighten it up. That should eliminate the slowly decreasing speed, at least on the flats. I know it did on mine. Over long distances, you will become both physically and mentally fatigued. Mental fatigue is hard to recognize until you start making mistakes, which can end badly. Stop, rest, sleep. I wouldn't do over 350-450 miles per day at first, even if you think you can go farther. Riding just tires you out quicker than you realize.
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350-450 miles a day is what I have always read as to be the rule of thumb, for taking a motorcycle trip.

stay hydrated! as stated, take breaks. lots of them. when we ride and we stop for gas, we hydrate, take a pit stop and always walk around, get a bite or a snack.

if it goes vroom or boom, I LIKE IT!

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If this bike had a 19 gallon gas tank, it could run 5000 rpm all day and not break a sweat. I'm always grateful for gas stops.

2x on hydration, muscle cramps are hell. Myself, I would start hydrating the day before I left. But in my case, probably still wouldn't help.

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If you are going alone make sure someone knows roughly where you are where you will be next, i had my Vulcan quit in the middle of a cell dead zone in rural Florida. I carry two cell phones JIC, had one simply die on me on I-10 on a cross country trip. I also have an old Magellan GPS as it works off the grid (like I-10 through Texas).

I have a home made zip tie throttle helper doohickey and a palm thingy, both help esp when zapping along at 80 for long distances. My commute to work is 63 miles with up to 60 on freeways depending on route. I also have a Bluetooth intercom so i can listen to the radio and get voice info from Waze. Consider a gel seat cushion. I have a Mustang seat and find it quite hard compared to stock, its also slightly taller.

I could not do that commute without a shield or fairing, I have an antique Vetter fairing installed currently. An hour plus of wind battering you about the head and shoulders is too much for this old guy.

+++ on taking rest stops, but with the poor range of the Vulcan you pretty much can only get two hours at a time anyway! I don't do more than ~8 hours a day in my Durango on FL to AZ and back cross countries so would probably limit to 6 hours riding the Vulcan and limit that to two days in a row, maybe three.

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Although I'll say I'm not a fan of throttle locks. I'm just not a fan of the idea that they allow you to take your hand away from the throttle, and more importantly the front brake lever. A simple cheap crampbuster however was a godsend to me on a long trip.
Many folks I've seen that get cramps in their right hand are getting this from just gripping the throttle too tightly. That's why I prefer tacky rubber grips...I can hold the throttle open by just barely gripping it.(Still leaving a finger or two over the brake lever)

Any long trip your main concern should be your comfort. If you're not comfortable in the saddle it will wear on you. Also there may be areas that will do that, but won't show up until you have gone a few hundred miles. Seats being the biggest culprit here. The first 110 miles were fine, but suddenly your ass starts feeling pain.

I also suggest planning not just your route, but your stops. That 350-450 mile thing may be a stretch for someone that's never gone that far. If I'm doing a 560 mile trip, I won't try and do it in one day, I'll break it down to two 280 mile legs, and I'll already have booked a motel at that halfway point.
Same goes for gas stops. You don't want to find yourself near empty and not be sure you can make it to the next station. Planning helps here. You can always alter things if you want, but having reasonable goals for each day will make you more comfortable and relaxed.
I won't travel at night, so I try and plan my overnight stops so I get there in time to relax, have dinner, and get enough sleep before leaving in the morning.

I'd also suggest getting a dedicated GPS. They not only can be used to plan your route, but give you information on where to eat, where to fill up, and give alternate routes if you find the one you originally mapped out won't work because of accidents or road closures.

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yes you don't wanna run outta gas.sleeping underneath a picnic table at a rest stop in Pennsylvania is very underrated.everyone should try it at least once.lol

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yes you don't wanna run outta gas.sleeping underneath a picnic table at a rest stop in Pennsylvania is very underrated.everyone should try it at least once.lol

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so long as I can CCW in PA, that sounds like a hoot!
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so long as I can CCW in PA, that sounds like a hoot!
I just checked, the only problem you would have with CCW, would be in Maryland. you'd have to detour around that state.

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A lot of good advice, but I'm wondering why your taking on such an extreme ride after only averaging 3 hours at a time. Hopefully you'll be able to take several days to complete it and enjoy yourself as well. Riding hard for hours at a time will take it's toll, as stated above. And riding alone is not a safe bet. These are older bikes and things happen. I wish you good luck and be safe out there.

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