ADVice for a new guy

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by ironeagle, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. ironeagle

    ironeagle Adventurer

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    I'm leaving for my first long trip in a few days. I plan to cover about 2,000-2,500 miles round trip over 10-14 days on my 2005 KLR650 (New York to Tennessee), and I just want to see if you more experienced ADV'ers can offer any last-minute advice to a new fella.

    I did my doohickey, upgraded my brake pads/brake lines to stainless steel, just did a fresh oil change and everything is running like it should.

    I know myself well enough to know if I'm not in the right frame of mind to be riding. I keep my speed reasonable (which isn't too hard on a KLR, even though I'm an under-25 male:rofl), I've been practicing riding the bike fully loaded, and I've intentionally left my schedule open enough that I'm not pressured to put away miles to meet deadlines etc.

    I know I can't just make the butterflies in my stomach go away (and even if I could, would it be as fun?), but I'd appreciate any advice you can give on staying safe and having a good first outing.

    Thanks!
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  2. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    Ride within your limits an ALWAYS(as in 100%) maintain situational awareness.
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  3. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley On my way

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    If possible set off in good weather, don't ride too far on your first day and know where you will stay on your first night, perhaps book a hotel or campsite.

    Good luck with your trip but beware it is highly addictive.
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  4. CloneBoy

    CloneBoy Future Adventurer

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    take a couple extra dry bags


    and look at the stuff your taking, then put half of it away, you wont need half of what you think you absolutely must have
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  5. Tsilatipac

    Tsilatipac Adventure Seeker

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    Try to be off of the road by dusk. Deer can ruin your day.
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  6. Wannabee

    Wannabee Survivor of Reality

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    I just did a ride report on my trip down the BRP ..anxiety and related issues being my concerns. Sounds like you have the right Idea , open ended schedule , don't pressure yourself into haveing to ride a ton of miles if you don't feel up to it .
    An inmate gave me this advise "Fuck it and ride " , worked for me

    sent from my Illudium Q-36 explosive space modulator
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  7. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    +1 :deal

    And don't forget anything important, like your wallet, on the kitchen table!
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  8. One Fat Roach

    One Fat Roach honey badger

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    You're on the right path young Padi-won. Nerves and butterflies are normal. I did my first trip like the one your about to.take earlier this summer. After a day or two on the road it will be eased and you'll be craving more and more. And you'll consistently be learning things. Either how to pack or unpack faster and more efficiently. Repairs. How to deal with Moran drivers or anything. Every ride is a learning experience.

    Enjoy!!
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  9. Spacelord

    Spacelord Mutha Mutha

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    Don't forget to stop and smell the roses, or whatever...enjoy yourself and don't sweat the details.
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  10. ironeagle

    ironeagle Adventurer

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    Thanks for the words of encouragement. I think "Fuck it and ride" might be my motto for this ride (and beyond)!
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  11. InsideThePerimeter

    InsideThePerimeter North GA bound

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    If you do the Tail of the Dragon in NC right across the line from TN go on a week day not a sunny weekend or holiday as it will be a Zoo with slow riding Harley's in huge packs blocking the road and death wish crotch rockets doing wheelies and sliding round the corners draging knees at 90 MPH or the worst, car clubs - Porsche, Corvette, BMW - with some rich old geezer always on the wrong side of the road. The state Troopers from both TN and NC tend to show up about then too. Don't ask how I know. :eek1

    That said, some of the best riding around is right there, Dragon, Cherohala Skyway, 68/60, scenic 360, Moonshiner 28.

    If your going to ride all that way be sure to check it out.
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  12. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Check your bike over every day that you are on the road before you leave in the AM. Tire pressure? All lights working? Chain adjustment good? Any critical bolts missing? Just a quick once over....that is your lifeline sitting there. It is easier to repair at the overnite stop usually. And at this point I highly recommend "tent space" as you can generally find ADV people along your route that are literally full service providers.....Beds, good advice, tools, garages. Have a blast.
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  13. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Good advice. Learn to know your bike really well, and it also gets much easier to feel it straight away, if something´s wrong. I check my bike after each day´s riding, this started for me because I´ve owned mostly chain driven bikes, and while I put the bike on the stand, and do the maintenance on the chain, that has also been a perfect opportunity to check, that all visible parts appear to be ok as well. Especially important, if you do a lot of bumpy roads, because something may be working its way loose. For this reason, I also hop aboard, grab the front brake, and shake the handlebar back and forth a bit, there´s a good chance to hear, if anything is loose.
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  14. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    Take your time, enjoy, relax. Plan to stop early every night. That takes the pressure out of finding a place for the night, and gives you opportunity enjoy the local "flavor" of where you are at. Remember you are on a backpacking trip, just doing it on 2 wheels.
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  15. Virtual Rider

    Virtual Rider Traveler

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    Very good advice. I backpack as well and the similarities are plentiful. Stop and enjoy a stream or river, chat with a roadside vendor and buy something from them (doesn't matter what), ask a local where to eat. You're already in the right frame of mind. Go have fun and stay safe.

    Oh, at least once you need to have crap from a convenience store for lunch while sitting on the curb. If you haven't done that then you're not done with your trip yet. :lol3
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  16. oldtouring B

    oldtouring B Been here awhile

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    1. Set your daily mileage around 200 or less.

    2. Heated gear would be nice this time of year.

    3.Good raingear is a must.

    4. Donot wear cotton next to your butt.

    5. Don't forget your cellphone or the charger.

    6. Call the people that care about you daily.

    7. Lube your chain the night before.

    8. After 50 years of riding, I still get excited the night before. Good sign

    9. A little cash and a credit card will do.

    10. Study your route so it becomes second nature.

    11. Only take your eyes off the road ahead for a split second.

    12. Ride safe and write a ride report afterwords. Good luck.
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  17. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Also know that the spirit of every ADVRider who has ever gone on a long trek is with you and many will help you along the way if you ask. You will not only accumulate miles as you go but also friends:clap. Get ready to answer a lot of questions from everyone you meet because they all WANT TO BE YOU either overtly or secretly. Have a great trip.
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  18. bush pilot

    bush pilot Long timer

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    Stay off the interstate highways, especially I-81 which nearly as bad as I-95.

    Take your time wander through southern VA and the mountains of W-VA on county roads, beautiful country there. It might be a little late for fall color though.

    It might be hunting season in places so beware of the stupid deer running around they can and will jump right into you.

    Heated gear is a good idea, my lifesaver is my heated bib from Aerostich.
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  19. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    +1

    Same experience I had. It took me 10 days delay to finally get rolling trying to get everything right and I was nervous. By day 3 all that is gone and you are a ball of wander-lust.
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  20. CTDan

    CTDan Long timer

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    You may have already left, but...

    I like to keep notes on what the weather was like and what I needed/used vs didn't need/use so that my next trip goes lighter and smoother.

    Hope you have a great trip.
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