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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-20-2018, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

I've never gone on a continuous ride that has exceeded 3hrs (I know that's pretty bad), so my 1st question is?

My throttle hand fatigues really badly.. so would a Cramp buster be sufficient on a 20 hr plus ride round trip?

Or what are your thoughts on this issue? What should I do?

I currently have a throttle lock installed but I've noticed that after a few mins of it being engaged that my speed starts to decrease and I have to constantly re-engage it which gets very frustrating. I can't keep that up for 20+ hrs round trip. I will be riding through VERY,VERY HILLY Terrain (the Entire state of NEBRASKA & IOWA) I-80.

When riding that far how often should one give the bike a rest? Like is there a such thing as over working the bike/pushing it beyond its limit? This is my biggest fear (killing my bike).

Is there any other tips you guys can offer? Please anything that will be helpful.

Oh, and I will be riding/traveling ALONE.

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I don't consider myself a seasoned rider...

But concerning the throttle. The Cramp Buster will help some - allows you to relax your grip and such.

I've used the Omni Cruise on mine ( OMNI-CRUISE: Universal Motorcycle Throttle Lock. Like the throttle lock you mentioned I have to frequently make minor adjustments but it allowed me to move my hand, let go of the throttle, etc.



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I don't consider myself a seasoned rider...

But concerning the throttle. The Cramp Buster will help some - allows you to relax your grip and such.

I've used the Omni Cruise on mine ( OMNI-CRUISE: Universal Motorcycle Throttle Lock. Like the throttle lock you mentioned I have to frequently make minor adjustments but it allowed me to move my hand, let go of the throttle, etc.
Ok, thanks! I will look into the Omni one never heard of that one.

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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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ISO grips help, I use the palm rest on mine.

Windshield will reduce fatigue. Highway pegs are nice for leg stretch.

About 128 miles per tank is the range. Stretch your legs on those pitstops.

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ISO grips help, I use the palm rest on mine.

Windshield will reduce fatigue. Highway pegs are nice for leg stretch.

About 128 miles per tank is the range. Stretch your legs on those pitstops.

X2 on the windshield. I recently rode at highway speed (first time in a while) for a short bit and was really fighting the wind. Can't imagine doing that for hours.

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Mental and physical breaks are a must, as many have noted. If you start to feel yourself zoning, while trying to find a rest spot, change your point of visual focus every few seconds. It helps. I use frequent breaks as an opportunity to check out local sights. It's amazing what you miss at 55mph.

Wind protection goes a long way, too.

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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.
Ok, thanks soo much for the enlightenment.

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ISO grips help, I use the palm rest on mine.

Windshield will reduce fatigue. Highway pegs are nice for leg stretch.

About 128 miles per tank is the range. Stretch your legs on those pitstops.
Ok, thanks!

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Mental and physical breaks are a must, as many have noted. If you start to feel yourself zoning, while trying to find a rest spot, change your point of visual focus every few seconds. It helps. I use frequent breaks as an opportunity to check out local sights. It's amazing what you miss at 55mph.

Wind protection goes a long way, too.

OK, thanks, will do!

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