900km in one day?Yes or no

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  1. vak0

    vak0 n00b

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    Hello guys, I am plannig a 900km trip to a neighbour country (I am in Europe). It is mostly highways, and I have to do with the way back in 4 days. One to go, two to stay there, and one to come back. Do you think it's possible? What is your longest day ride? Any advises? :huh My bike is Honda Silverwing 400, 2008.
    Oh, and I have never had such a long trip :D
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  2. LasseA

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    It will go I have done it a couple of times, but, you will be very tired.

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  3. Motopsychoman

    Motopsychoman Not a total poseur

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    I've done over 1000km in a day, on a R80G/S. It is smooth, has one of the most comfortable seats in the world and a very upright seating position.

    I've also ridden across the US on a Honda CL350. It didn't have a great seat and I was very sore every day.

    So, yes, of course it can be done. But you will be exhausted and possibly in some pain by the end of the day and for a few more days. I'm not really sure how comfortable a super-scooter will be after several hours. At least the seating position looks fairly good.

    Take a break at least every hour and a half.
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  4. CanadianX

    CanadianX Oh!? That is deep.

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    Mostly highway makes it much more possible. I've gone just under 1300 km in -7C to -3C in one day other riders have gone much further. Advice I would offer, start early, eat light, drink water and only stop for fuel. When you are stopped for fuel take the time to eat and drink and stretch and then get moving again. Fewer stops is better as each stop adds up to a lot of lost moving time.
    Comfortable gear will make a big difference. Do be mindful of fatigue and if you need to pull over and nap of 15min do it, you'll be much more alert after.
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  5. vak0

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    Thank you all for supporting :) I'll share the results later!:wink:
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  6. Dearnla

    Dearnla Been here awhile

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    I do this sort of mileage (550 miles) returning from European bike races such as Magny Cours to Birmingham, England.
    We normally set off at 08:30 local time after a good night's rest and a good breakfast.

    The trick is to stop when you start to get uncomfortable. For us, we aim to travel 100 miles (160 km) until the first stop. Refuel, drink some water, visit the toilet and stretch your muscles. Next stop you try 90 (145 km)miles. Refuel and get some lunch - but not a big meal.

    OK, 190 miles (305 km) done. Try for another 100 miles (160 km). Refuel etc. Now you are halfway there. Ok now try another 90 miles (145 km). Stop for a longer break, coffee and a snack maybe.

    Now you are 2/3rds distance. That should lift your spirits now, so that you can divide up the distance remaining, maybe taking two more stops. Keep drinking water as you go because you will need it - at least 1 litre if not 1.5 litres.

    You should get to your destination in less than 12 hours, but the trick is to maintain momentum but balance that with the need to stop and stretch!.

    Good luck!:clap:clap
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  7. dddd

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    http://timyow.com/2010/12/fatique-and-hydration/

    drink other than just water, to keep some minerals in you. at least one fruit juice and one tomato juice. low calories gatorade, but use only at end of day for the kick. avoid cafeine unless it is just really needed to finish that long day. one cannot sustain cafeine every day and expect god effect: only bad effects will kick in, like dehydrating and peeing.

    also, when stopping to stretch, I actually hike a bit to really spend energy and really increase blood flow to legs and butt.climbing up/down a small hill or even just a ditch is quite good, since the slope works your ankle and knees, and muscles around.

    I do >1000km easily as long as I do not under-estimate it. but it is really more about hours than distance. I do 12h days when in good condition, usually involves starting in the fresh morning jut before sunrise.
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  8. cognosticator

    cognosticator Been here awhile

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    Sounds very doable if the roads are good.

    I will ride 600 miles round trip just to go to lunch :D and yes I am tired at the end of the day
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  9. wbbnm

    wbbnm Long timer

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    I've done a number of 500-550 mile days on my KLR 650 - all pavement. It is tiring, but so is riding 250 miles of dirt roads in a day.

    One secret is to plan an interesting route along back roads and not ride freeways.
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  10. Top Bloke

    Top Bloke Porky Rider

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    I once did 1850km on the highway in a day on an FXD ... I wouldn't recommend it. I did the same trip in a Subaru Forester a few years earlier ... wouldn't recommend that either.
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  11. zozie

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    I did 1300Kms in one day last year on my F800R but I'm never doing that again. My reflexes and attention were really suffering in the last 400
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  12. damurph

    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    I have done it on KLR, GSA, and K75 all with stock seats and several 500 km days in a row on the scooter. None were difficult but knowing when to get off and rest is the most important aspect.
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  13. vak0

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    Yep, I did it with no problems. And I had a good time, even on the boring highway..I enjoyed! Thank you all for the attention
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  14. sea2summit

    sea2summit n00b and proud!

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    I just did a 1054 mile day. All I can say is bring music, short breaks and a sore rear.
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  15. Schlug

    Schlug JockeyfullofBourbon

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    put something on and stay in that position.
    We did a 958 km day two-up.

    I'm sure you'll be fine. And she's a tender arse.
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  16. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    Congratulations and glad you had a fun time!
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  17. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    I did 1800 in a day on a KRS and another time in a Jetta .... the car was worse :deal
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  18. alicethomas

    alicethomas Been here awhile

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    Made an SS1000 IBA ride with a 125cc scooter from the Republic of China. Verified distance 1619km.
    9 fuel stops and 3 other stops (exhaust repair, GPS battery change) and 2 naps (a hour each) = ~3.5 hours. Moving ~19 hours. Overall exactly 22.5 hours.
    Cruise speed 85-90kph (red area of the tachometer begins at 80kph!), max GPS speed 97kph (downhill).
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  19. tropicalbikey

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    congrats to the OP on first long distance ride in a day.

    Trick is really to go an interesting route, it might be slower but time flies by faster and you have a great time. Stopping for snaps if you see something really cool, it wakes you up plus you will have a souvenir. And stopping for naps when you really start flagging. I mean we ride because it's enjoyable, right?

    In general I like to cap it at about 800km a day on a long trip if the roads are decent and there are sights to see. The journey is the destination.
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  20. bush pilot

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    That's probably one for the record books achieving a SS1600 on a 125cc scooter in China, wow! Sounds like there was never a boring moment.:clap

    My SS1600 I did in Thailand from Songkhla to Chiang Mai, Around midnight got a room in a short time motel for 4 hours and slept, to wait out a line of heavy thunderstorms. 1645kms in 23 hours 45 minutes. But I kinda cheated by using an R1100GS with a 41 liter tank only 3 fuel stops, I wasn't really all that tired. As I arrived in Chiang felt a funny vibration, my rear tire was coming apart but still holding air.

    The trick for long distance rides is staying hydrated as someone mentioned already I spike my water with some glucose electrolyte powder and eat only some sunflower and pumpkin seeds and maybe some honey. Honey gives a nice sustained wake up.

    To the OP congrats on your ride, now your ready to try a SS ride.:wink:
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