700 miles in one day...

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by chorizo, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. chorizo

    chorizo Been here awhile

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    Portland to Santa Cruz. 700 miles on my Honda PC and only tired.
    Just a hundred or so miles on my dual sport and I'm walking like John Wayne
    on the way to the restroom. The trip down Hwy 5 was uneventful enough
    with O-ring cruise control and an extra 3/4 inch kneeling pad I picked up a Lowes. I passed the time stretching out, standing up, sitting on the rear seat, leaning back on my sleeping bag. Basically squirming and fidgeting mile after mile. Inventing dozens of products that cant explain what they were. And of course watching for short skirts.
    Oh I just remembered one. Bungee highway pegs. Loop one on each boot then over the gas tank and ahhh boing boing. Good for 10 miles at a time.
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  2. chorizo

    chorizo Been here awhile

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    For a few hours there I thought I thought I had done something worth commenting on. Guess you guys go 700 every day so its not a big deal.
    Or was it because I was on a PC and there must be a typo. Go ahead and say it. "its a scooter and I wouldn't want to be seen on that thing. Or even post a reply" Well let me tell you its no scooter. Its a motorcycle that wont wheelie.
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  3. Cap'n Crunch

    Cap'n Crunch Smelly Adventurer

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    :thumb WTG. 700 miles is very respectable. That many miles takes mental focus. Add another 300 and you've done an Iron Butt Saddle Sore 1000. I'm sure it's been done on a scooter (non wheelie type motorcycle), but the list of those that have is short.
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  4. etipaced

    etipaced n00b

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    Congrats on the ride! It's fun isn't it? During you think, "My ass won't stop hurting!", but afterward you just say, "That was fun!".

    I just rode to Portland myself the other week on my 2006 Scrambler. Took the 5 to Redding, then cut across CA-299 to US-101 in day 1 (710 miles). I found out the next day I should have grabbed the 36 exit instead. Oh well, 299 was good enough for me anyway! I spent day 2 scrambling up 101 to Tillamook, then cut back inland via route 6 to Portland (about 450 miles).

    Coming home I bombed down to Bakersfield direct from Portland (860 miles). Slept for 4 hours, rode to Barstow to meet some friends and do some desert riding (another 140 miles). From there, it was only a measly 100 miles home back to Long Beach. I then slept for almost 13 hours... haha.

    Iron Butt? Yeah, my buddies and I did that back in June. We headed to Roswell, NM from Long Beach, CA. Took us 22.5 hours because half the crew had no sleep the night before (idiots!) and the desert heat was 110+ degrees so our stops drew long. Haven't managed to do that distance solo yet, though.
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  5. chorizo

    chorizo Been here awhile

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    I squirmed and stetched so much my ass wasn't a problem. Hell the PC is like a Pilates machine with four different foot pegs and two seats, three if you count my sleeping bag. People were looking at me funny. I did learn that
    stopping, even to piss is a momentum killer. Any stop I took lasted at least 20-25 minutes. Take helmet off, gas, pee, clean glasses, windshield adjust load and package...You can save one minute if you leave your helmet on. Your right about the measly hundred, or 200. From what I seen cant go wrong with most roads in Oregon. Just cant lane split!! A buddy of mine lives in Reno
    and could knock that out before lunch.
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  6. Thailander

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    I use to have a PC, one of the bikes I wish I had not sold. 700 miles is a good run on any bike. Most in one day on my PC was about 600. It would not wheelie but would cruise all day at 75 to 80mph and was very comfortable for me.
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  7. easyrider88

    easyrider88 POsIng PrO

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    as long as you like youre honda PC i wouldnt worry about what other riders think is roadworthy.i used to travel on a honda 305 superhawk.how was the gas mileage?
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  8. chorizo

    chorizo Been here awhile

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    High MPG was 55 and low was 49, 52 average for a honking 650 pound bike its pretty good. But thats at 70-77 mostly. Sometimes 80-85, not for long though. Seams at the higher speeds on some of the dished roads where the big truck tires ride the bike wallowed? Not head shake but ungulate back and forth a few inches. And not rapidly but slowly up one side of the dish to the other. Never felt it before and I have tried the top speed of 107 many times (I weigh 250 wet) on different highways and it was rock solid. So not to stress 7 miles over the speed limit is good for me cause I can ride with no hands and a cruise control O-ring to relax for a few seconds. Besides my son got a 62 in a 50 zone ticket and cost him about $400. The states are using ticket $ to help pay budget short falls.
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  9. etipaced

    etipaced n00b

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    I guess I should feel lucky about my ticket then. Leaving Eugene I got pegged for 78 in a 60. Total bill = $205. According to the court I can get it "discounted" down to $180.
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  10. Nuggz

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    Nice.. I don't think I could do 700 in a day with my current setup. I did 750 total this weekend on my fz6. 300 on Friday and another 300 yesterday. 80-100 miles my ass starts to go numb. A 10 minute break and I'm good for another 100 miles. It was my first mid distance trip. I learned quite a bit about the experience.
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  11. Hominid

    Hominid Been here awhile

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    Geez, I did 700 over the course of 4 days and I was worn out :shog
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  12. Just Paul

    Just Paul Pro Cat Herder

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    pics ???
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  13. chorizo

    chorizo Been here awhile

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    My son got his ticket on Hwy 17 in CA between Los Gatos and Santa Cruz.
    Speed trap EVERY DAY. As far as pics I took a few with my cell phone
    but what I want is the helmet cam that takes pictures while you drive.
    Anyone know of a good deal on one?
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  14. Razorback Rider

    Razorback Rider Dyin' to Ride

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    yea, 700 miles is LONG way, even on a Wing. My dad had a PC. Great bike. smooth. Had to get rid of it because it was extremely hot around his ankles. Do you have that problem?
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  15. LotaBikes

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    700 a day is great on any ride or in a car for that matter. It's not so much the mileage, but the hours in the saddle. I did a bit over that in a day on my 1200LT. It was fine but I prefer 400 to 500 miles a day even on that bike. Long miles in a day is only important when you need to get somewhere. I like the journey rather than destination on most occasions and find 600 to 700 mile days mind numbing. Maybe someday that PC will be a rare classic!
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  16. etipaced

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    Picked mine up leaving Eugene after a gas stop. Didn't hear or see him so he had to pull up next to me to tell me to pull over. They usually don't take kindly to having to do that. :(
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  17. deepstar

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    I got a Go-Pro - simply amazing. Stick a 8Gb SD card in it - pic ever 10 secs, and leave it. Go for a run... you'll have about 3Gb of pics.... take the ones you want.... delete the rest.

    It comes with lots of sticker pads, so finding a place on your bike/lid should not be a problem.
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  18. chorizo

    chorizo Been here awhile

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    The heat on the PC can be a blessing when its cold. Open your legs just a bit and the hot air goes all the way up. Great on a cold day. When its hot, holy shite. On the way up I stopped at Lowes and picked up some Velcro, metal tape and an "Open House" sign with the arrow. Plastic cardboard about 7x 24". Cut squares about 7x7 and Velcro'd them on where the heat comes out the side, essentially extending the duct past my legs. WORKED GREAT.
    Cant believe I never thought of it before, something all PC owners should know when its 105 degrees for 250 miles... Now my ass is wincing
    and I smell shin hair. Granted around town it's a little butt jived but it works. I'm leaving the Velcro on and the squares in the trunk for when its smoking hot just stick them on. Also I noticed about every 12-15 minutes the fan would come on and thats when the blast would hit. So maybe another switch that turns it on sooner to cool continuously, or let it get hotter and turn on every 25 minutes. The bike hardly ever gets to 1/2 way on the gauge unless you are stopped.
    Thanks for the cam suggestions. And I wont go on a long trip without Velcro, duct tape and knife.
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  19. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    My wife and I did 700 (well it was 698 I think to be honest) in the Swiss Alps a couple months ago. I guess we're strange as it wasn't too big of a deal (at least to me, ask msbianca what her real thoughts were).

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=609843

    We hit traffic, did 5 passes, and rode home in the dark and pouring rain.

    We moved from Los Gatos and there a million good roads right in that area worth doing as they are the best roads (due to the number of them and how many miles of non populated twisties you can put together) I've ever ridden. And that includes the worthless riding in Europe and even the Alps.
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  20. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    a wincing ass AND the smell of shin hair?
    You're a better man than me.:cry :cry
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