How many miles is a good days ride?

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

  1. KradmelderSA

    KradmelderSA Banned

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    Done up to 900 km, mix of back roads and gravel, but that is a 12-13 hr day, dawn to dusk. 450 km is an easy day, 700+ becomes a long day.
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  2. daveinva

    daveinva Been here awhile

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    In general I hate slab miles, in a big metro area like D.C. they're a necessary evil in order to get out to the twisties. Riding always bring a smile to my face, but riding around the Beltway or I-95 brings the weakest of all smiles. It frustrates me to no end to get done with work and find myself stuck with nowhere to ride out of bumper-to-bumper rider-killing traffic. I'm no weekend warrior, but traffic alone keeps me from enjoying weekday riding (unless I play hooky :evil).

    But when I do go out and enjoy the ride? A great day for me is about 300 miles of twisties. Anything more and I'm usually too worn out to safely enjoy much more. I've got a trip out to the Midwest coming up in a few weeks that I've split into two ~400 mile days because I intend to take only backroads. I could easily slab it in one day, but sheesh, what's the point in that? Might as well fly Southwest.
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  3. LittleRedToyota

    LittleRedToyota Yinzer

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    the best days i have had riding have been under 25 miles.

    i like tight, technical, bushwacking single track. 25 miles of that is a loooooong day.

    of course, lots of miles on more open trails makes for a really fun day also. as does even more miles on roads.

    but my favorite days are the ones where it takes 5 hours to go 10 miles.
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  4. KradmelderSA

    KradmelderSA Banned

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    Here it's legal to lane split so bumper to bumper is strictly for cagers. Nothing will bring a grin to your face faster than watching those cagers stare at a set of brake lights for hours through a sheet of glass from a tin and plastic cage, while you shoot by :D

    What takes them 2.5 hours takes me less than 30 min :D

    As a general rule for safety and so cagers dont get the last laugh I lane split at 30 kmh when they are standing still, go faster than them when they are crawling and am very cautious when there is a gap ahead in case some cager decides to change lanes and go for it and use me to do some body work on his cage:cry.


    But going over pavements, gravel shoulder, around trees, lawns etc are all open game for me. Hey, I ride a KTM and the attitude comes with, and this Africa after all, survival of the fittest :D
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  5. perterra

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    How far you wanna go? I guess if you have 1200 miles to your destination and 2 days to get there and you made 100 miles your first day maybe that wasnt a good day.
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  6. Dismount

    Dismount Boring bastard

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    Any.
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  7. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    I don't really care how many miles I do on any day- I'm just out there for my version of "the fun" of riding. I like to stop and have a bite or a beer along the way. I'll do a little faster riding, AND some slower riding as I go. I like to stop and take pictures, or talk bikes with other guys at the gas pump. My English friends, who all ride vintage Brit Bikes, call it "bimbling"- noodling randomly about the countryside in leisurely fashion with no apparent destination.

    Pounding out miles just to do it isn't my kind of fun. But that's one of the beauties of motorcycling- any individual can make it fun for themselves, in their own way. There is no right way or wrong way.
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  8. randyo

    randyo Long timer

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    a good day of riding, sometimes I'm satisfied with as few as 150, but I've also headed out at 3am and returned at 11pm with close to 1k, mixture of dirt, secondary and terciary paved roads

    it isn't even a ride on primary highways unless it's 1k or more
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  9. txwanderer

    txwanderer Been here awhile

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    I have a couple of them there IBA certificates, and IMHO, it is the Smiles and not the miles that make a great ride. A LD ride is a type of ride. A 100 mile coffee or dinner run is another. We make a lot more of the latter for sure. Both have their challenges and their rewards and both are something I enjoy.

    A great ride begins and ends in Enjoyment. Odometers have nothing to do with quality.

    Cheers
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  10. Quasi1960

    Quasi1960 Been here awhile

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    I have done over 250 miles in one day on a 50cc scooter that only did about 35mph. I did this for four straight days and loved every minute of it despite the numb bum.
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  11. augerdin

    augerdin I do my own crashing

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    After working on the guzzi for a few days I took it on a shakedown cruise today. Went to the gathering at Brooksville and back. Took a lot of winding back roads which added miles, but they were quality miles. So I did 300 miles today. I thought it was a good ride. Not bad for a guy with lung problems. I have taken my Vespa P200 and ridden several 150-200 mile days. For me its the road, the scenery, the pace, the feeling I get . It isnt the number of miles. In the old days I got a rush out of piling on the miles,but now I am happy just to be able to get on a bike and ride. Some days I am confined to the bed, so now almost any ride is a good days ride.
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  12. ABHooligan

    ABHooligan The Flying Mythos

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    For me a good ride leaves out after a tasty breakfast, and relaxing by the fire at dusk. Fuck the odometer.
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  13. high dangler

    high dangler Been here awhile

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    hell yeah , fuc that odometer ! What do we care how many miles?
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  14. Alcan Rider

    Alcan Rider Frozen Fossil

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    If it was a good day (and most days on a bike are), whatever number of miles I put behind me were just right. Last September a ride into the back end of Denali National Park two-up on the Wing netted just about 200. One of the lowest-mileage days I've ever done, and it was plenty. A few years earlier a ride of a little over 1500 miles left me hungering for more, but it had been an exceptionally good day. On gravel, like the Dalton Hwy, 500 or so is usually a good day. Throw in lots of awesome scenery, with requisite photo stops, and that drops down to 300 or less. Still a good day's ride. :thumb

    The odometer only records numbers; it can't define whether a ride was good or not. The smile on my face :D is a better indicator of that. :nod
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