Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Nashua, NH, USA
I guess it depends on the amount of riding you are used to doing and the amount of time being used. If you are trying to do the 450 in a day I would say you are better off on the highway, but 450 is within reason on back roads in a day trip.
When I do long trips I leave at about 8am after a decent breakfast, hit the road for for about 180-200 miles which is as far as I can get on a tank. At that point I stop for lunch, hit the men's room and refuel the bike. It's usually right around noon by the time I hit the road again. I just repeat the cycle again which puts my next stop right around 4pm, and depart around 5pm. At this stage I have between 360 - 400 miles, so my next stop is going to be a hotel/motel at which point I refuel. If you're lucky you will be able to find a hotel with a hot tub or jacuzzi.
What do I bring - my riding gear (visor cleaner), GPS (and map), cell phone (charger), credit & AMA cards, street clothes (sneakers/sandals), bathing suit, toiletries, leatherman, BMW toolkit (check the plug kit), extra bike key, sunglasses, iPod (charger) and a first aid kit (including aspirin). From reading this thread I think the duct tape is a good idea, I would simply take a 3' length and fold it up on itself. I don't have any prescription medication, but that should also be on your checklist.
Before you leave you might also want to check for local BMW shops along the route just in case you might need one. You can program these into your phone or GPS before you leave. Don't rely solely on your GPS, make sure you have a current map with you.
Royal Blue Metallic
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Last edited by mrlajoie; Sep 27th, 2008 at 8:32 am.