How long does a ride really take vs google maps estimate?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Worroll, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Worroll

    Worroll Been here awhile

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    I've been on some long trips, but never really paid attention. What are people's experience with how long a highway run (keep it longer than 6 hours) actually takes compared to Google maps estimate?

    Like for instance, Google maps says 12 hours. You probably ride a little faster than the speed limit, but stop for gas, stretch, coffee, lunch, etc. I'm not talking scenic routes, but when you are straight traveling to go somewhere on the bike? Not counting mechanical failures, horrific traffic or overnight stops.
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  2. nevermind

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    It is pretty close. I'm usually a tad faster than the estimate unless I'm honored with a performance award somewhere along the way...
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  3. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    Google is pretty accurate if you follow the speed limit on the nose (company truck). I can shave about 10 minutes from every Google hour on the bike riding in a reasonable manner.

    I'm also very brief with fuel stops; I don't go inside usually, my helmet stays on, and my wallet hand is the only glove that comes off. 5 minute stops include bathroom, 3 minutes for just fuel. (My bike has a 120 mile range, so I've gotten pretty quick)
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  4. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    I've found Google Maps to be pretty close, all things considered. I'm usually riding 7-8 mph over the speed limit, and I'm only stopping for fuel every 200-250 miles (depending on how my ass feels). But my stops tend to take about 15 minutes. I fuel up, drink something to hydrate, walk around to stretch my legs. So that 15-minute break pretty much offsets any gains I've made by riding over the speed limit.
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  5. Two Wheeled 'Tard

    Two Wheeled 'Tard Banned

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    Google doesn't just figure their times based on speed limits, but on trip data aggregated from millions of personal GPS units and phones. I find it's pretty spot-on for most single-day trips.
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  6. nuttynu

    nuttynu Long timer

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    All of my trips are based on google' s direction. And they have seem to work good. Correct mile calculation & timing.
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  7. max384

    max384 Bandaided

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    I ride about 5-10mph over the speed limit and find that I beat Google on shorter trips where I don't need to take breaks/refuel. On longer trips I'm usually a bit slower than Google, but that's because I usually turn a fuel/rest stop into a 20ish minute break. I also stop about every 100-150 miles for fuel and a rest.
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  8. Wreckchecker

    Wreckchecker Ungeneer to broked stuff.

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    I'll echo the others that Google's good for the first day. After that, it tapers by day till you hit a personal version that is less.
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  9. raebear

    raebear Been here awhile

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    It's a good estimate. I generally figure 60mph,--{ (nice even number, and as I generally am also 5-10 over posted, well except for those momentary moments of madness- on closed course sections of course.) (So to a large extent it depends on the limits where you ride and if you follow them.) } --- is what I end up making on long trips 15-30 min every couple of hours, more or less, for gas, drink and snack, take a pic. If you are making tracks on a long haul and not smelling the roses, you'll beat it by alot, out west anyways. I usually figure 400 miles 9-10 hrs with a mix of hard riding and lolly gaggin.
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  10. John933

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    I use Google map's. That's half the trip, looking where you can go. Me I do it by distance. Look at 300 mile's and see where it get's me. When on the road, if the weather is good I feel good and time is on my side. I ride on to my next stop.

    Always worked for me.
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  11. Mr_Gone

    Mr_Gone The Lejund!

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    +2

    This is exactly what I do. My daily mileage target is different, but that's irrelevant.

    I do also use Microsoft's MapPoint, plug in a bunch of places I want to see, and let the software find the best route. But I still use Google maps a lot.
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  12. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Because I have to stop about 160/170 miles for fuel, it's hard to keep up with Google Maps time estimates.

    For example:

    Fayetteville to Santa Fe 772 mi, 11 hours 21 mins (per Google) which is something like a 68 mph overall average.

    Best I've done is 12 hours, with four fuel stops, one of including a food break.

    This is mostly I-40 with speed limits at 75 and traffic running about ten-over west of OKC.

    775 miles in 12 hours is a 64.58 mph overall average.

    Maintaining an overall average of anything over 60 mph on a motorcycle trip is hauling ass.
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  13. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    I plan by distance, too. I usually break the legs into fuel stops.

    I can go 170 miles on a tank. All I have to decide is how many tanks I want to run through the bike that day.

    One between breakfast and lunch, and one between lunch and dinner is an easy 340 mile day.

    Two between each meal is a slightly tougher 680 mile day.
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  14. achtung3

    achtung3 Long timer

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    Pretty close estimate except that when comes to Freeways in major metropolitan areas, you must allow more time.
    My lesson was going thru WA state, Tacoma and north on Hwy 5. What a mess.:huh

    Good luck, Have a great ride.
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  15. randyo

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    for highway and primary route directions, I find google pretty close

    back roads ? nope, I'm usually 30%-50% faster
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  16. outbacktaz

    outbacktaz outbacktaz

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    Google is pretty close!! I did a long trip from my place to Montreal, some 3700 kms away, and the trip planning I did on Google map was only a few kms off and a few minutes off from my GPS, which is set to take data only when I'm moving... Ditto when I came back, that time through the States...

    Have fun planning you trip!!
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  17. holckster

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    I usually figure 50 mph average when planning trips.
    I'll ususally cruise at 7-10 mph over the speedlimit.
    Sure on freeway sections with nothing to see or do your average goes up but if you have a pasenger or are sightseeing, 50 mph average is it.
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  18. Mangle

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    I agree with the above statements regarding being faster than predicted on backroads.

    I've found that, when slab is involved, my time vs. google time departs with mileage. Under 100 miles I am always early. Between 100 and 600 I am about on time. Over 600 miles I find myself taking longer stops, so I start to fall behind.

    I have yet to make it from DC to LA in 38 hours.

    (I'd love to try :evil)
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  19. duck

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    Slab: Pretty close when I do about 8-9 over and some leisurely gas and maybe a rest stop now and then.

    Non-slab: Same as above with some short stops to snap photos.

    If I want to get somewhere and only do quick stops for gas then I beat the Goggle time estimates but the amount varies by road/traffic.
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  20. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    I agree with the past couple post. 50mph is a good average when figuring time, 200 miles is 4 hours. Take into consideration fuel stops, tolls, traffic and a bathroom break and it usually averages 50mph.
    I'm not a marathon rider anymore and don't ride non stop and never take my helmet off. I take my time and still get the miles in................
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