How many miles is a good days ride?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by klaviator, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    Miles ridden seems to be a common topic among riders. It seems to be THE biggest factor for some such as the iron butt guys. I do track the number of miles I ride every year but have come to the conclusion that all miles are not equal. When I started riding off road my annual mileage dropped.

    Here is what I consider a good days ride:

    MX track; 20-30 miles (Yeah I suck at MX riding, but if you never tried it, it's a serious workout)
    ORV area 35-50 miles ( also a workout )
    Dual Sport riding: 120-180 miles
    Back road twisties: 250-300 miles
    Highway 500+ miles

    Of course there are other types of riding like track days, trials, or riding in heavy city traffic.

    Bottom line, not all riding is equal and someone who rides around the country, mostly on highways and rides 50K per year does not, in my opinion, ride more than someone who rides 15K per year of off road and dual sport riding.

    Sinc many do more than on type of riding, You could come up with "equivalent miles" by multiplying your miles by:

    HWY x 1
    backroad x 2
    City x 3 ( or higher if the traffic is real bad )
    dualsport x 4
    ORV x 12
    MX x 15
    Track days??
    Trials ??

    Any opinions on this





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  2. OhBoy

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    You think too much:rofl
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  3. 211Chuck

    211Chuck Eat,Sleep,Breath M/C

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    A good days ride IMO is what ever anyone is in the mood for on any given day.

    I love all rides short,long or in between. Even a bad ride has it's bright spots" :thumb
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  4. car94

    car94 What's this Box for?

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    What would have been cool is if you had a poll with around 205 miles as an option!:D
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  5. Mountain Cruiser

    Mountain Cruiser Banned

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    Maybe hours in the saddle would be a better guage of how much someone has ridden.




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  6. Wolfgang55

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    Best way to look at riding..............then there is alway the interstate for milage issues
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  7. high dangler

    high dangler Been here awhile

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    a perfect sunday ride is a few hundred miles .300 if i have Mon. off.
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  8. dbuzz

    dbuzz Citizen of the world

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    I prefer to measure a good day out in time rather than distance. About 8 hours actually in the seat is good ... after that I want to stop, get a decent feed, rub my sore arse and put my feet up ready for the yarns and tall tales :rofl

    Actual distance traveled means little if that is the only tale you have to tell. :rolleyes

    I'm more interested in the stories of what happened on the day ... the sights you saw, the incredible view from the mountain top, the idiot drivers, the whinging about the weather and how the wet weather gear held up (or not), the star rating of the latte stop and what a good feed the pub made.

    :norton
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  9. DAKEZ

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    600 miles of back-roads and twisties is a good day.

    Off pavement, 200. (includes getting there and getting back)

    Super Slab (if out of time and just need to get someplace) 800.
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  10. TrashCan

    TrashCan Scary Jerry

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    I did 488 miles one day last week, and it was some of the most fun I have had riding by myself.

    All secondary roads, didn't worry about who was in front or behind me.

    Only looked at the speed odo for the hell of it.
    Rode the road that was given to me that day at that time.:clap
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  11. Ritalin Boy

    Ritalin Boy Petroconsumptivitius

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    On this we can agree.
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  12. ThirdBestFriend

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    All of them.
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  13. klaviator

    klaviator Long timer

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    I think I didn't word my original post very well. I think what I meant to say was "Full days ride" I never meant to say that you had to ride at least a certain number of miles to make it a good ride. My real intent in this post was to compare how miles relate with different types of riding such as dirt vs street etc.
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  14. airjammer

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    30 - 60 miles of desert single track, washes, slickrock and ledges.

    Whew.
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    I am a full time rider year round rider, but time and money have been an issue the past few years, and have only averaged around 10k-12k which is less than half of what I used to do
    My daily commute went from 50 miles a day to 15, and I must admit I don't shed too many tears over those lost miles.

    My work week commute/running errands, 75-100 miles a week.
    All secondary roads, no freeway.

    Weekend miles on road, 150-350 miles.
    Not too much freeway, mostly back roads.

    Weekend miles off road, 100-200 miles.
    about 25 miles freeway/highway to get to the FS and logging roads, or snowmobile trails in the winter.

    Get out of town weekends/trips, 350-450 a day.
    Fairly even mix or freeway, highway, and 2 lane main roads.

    Sometimes I like heading into Seattle to ride around the industrial and port areas, usually less than 100 miles.

    I would say that my riding is a 40/60 split, basic transportation/recreation
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  17. Wobbleside

    Wobbleside Been here awhile

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    Hours in the saddle seem to be a much bigger deal. Other than that different cities have different levels of stress. Couple of hours in SF dodging blind cagers, cyclists with a death wish and suicidal peds while dealing with hills, tight roads and MUNI tracks is a lot different than say riding around Savannah, GA or Salt Lake City.
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  18. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    A good day's ride?

    One that starts a little before dawn and ends just after the sun goes down. Usually works out to around 500-600 miles with stops thrown in.
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  19. D-man

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    even a "bad" day riding is BETTER than a good day at work!
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  20. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    This list seems solid to me for "a good day's ride." They'd all take a good part of a day, or energy, and leave me ready to shower and hit the sack.

    A good riding day, on the other hand, can be 180-220 miles of back road twisties, and 400 to 500 miles highway, where I'll have energy left over for visiting friends. I've got to figure that not many riders ever really experience the "good day's ride" as we are willing to define it, so they'd think it was too many miles.
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