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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 2008, 12:04 pm Thread Starter
 
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Question My first long distance trip - preparing!

Morning all! I'm making plans to ride out from Orange County, CA to Tucson, AZ. Roughly a 450+ mile ride. I know that basically I should take breaks while riding so I don't get too tired, I'll probably buy a GPS unit that I can program coords into, but what sorts of provisions should I stock?

AAA Card? Check
Small gas can? Check
Clothes n affects? Check

But what else should I take? This would be my first long distance ride on my K75. It has a stock seat, so should I get a donut for my butt afterwards? haha...

Anyhow, I've become more of an intermediate rider. I'll be keeping my pace at about 80-85mph to make decent time. I want 6 hours or less of road time and that should do it.

thanks for the input!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old Sep 26th, 2008, 12:59 pm
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Don't forget the credit card.

AAA plus will flatbed a bike.

Tires should not be at the wear bars
Check the oil & tire pressure, pack the clothes, and go.

Never have bothered to pack anything beyond the leatherman, duct tape, and extra fuses, on my '94 R11RS, even when it got to more than 75,000 miles on it. If the bike hasn't been giving you trouble, it probably won't. (famous last words)

Maybe a gel seat pad, but the only bike that I haven't been able to do a 400 mile day on was the Ducati (26 minute seat, glad it is only 25 minutes to work). It has an sargent now and is good for about a tank of fuel ~ 240 miles, then you want off for a bit.

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AAA Plus RV. AAA Plus won't tow motorcycles. SoCal AAA offers AAA Plus RV while CSAA (Northern Calif, Nevada and Utah) doesn't offer it (unless you're living in Utah...don't ask).

Tires in good shape, oil level good. When you stop for gas, figure about 15 minutes each. Stretch your legs, go take a nature break, drink some water. 500 miles in one day isn't too bad, but expect your butt to start to complain as soon as you double your normal amount of daily riding.

Wear padded bicycle shorts instead of the briefs or boxers. Also, put some skin lotion on the areas that will be in contact with the seat. Nothing special, even sunscreen works well (just don't expect to get a tan...).

What would be good to have with you is a CamelBak or similar water bladder backpack so you can sip water when you want to, instead of waiting for a stop. If it's hot, see if you can't get ice from a restaurant or hotel and put it in the bladder first. Then fill with water. Cool spot on your back, and cold water when you want a sip.

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Here's what happen to me - I could not sleep - the night before.
Back water - camel pak - freeze it - so water stays cold -REFILL and drink
Had my bags pack - (K75S at the time) dropped the bike off the center stand pulled away - and something did not feel right - some a**hole knifed my rear tire on the sidewall.
Bring your bike in over night.
Get some sleep,bicycle shorts, baby powder, drink water and enjoy yourself.

Be safe

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emergency tire repair kit. protein bars.

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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.

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Here's what happen to me - I could not sleep - the night before.
Back water - camel pak - freeze it - so water stays cold -REFILL and drink
Had my bags pack - (K75S at the time) dropped the bike off the center stand pulled away - and something did not feel right - some a**hole knifed my rear tire on the sidewall.
Bring your bike in over night.
Get some sleep,bicycle shorts, baby powder, drink water and enjoy yourself.

Be safe

I can't sleep the night before a trip either. Can't believe some sh*t head knifed youre tire. Next time you go on a trip and can't sleep, sit up with a shot gun with the shells loaded with rock salt, he will need a lot of that baby powder.

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Id say you need your credit card, a cell phone and a smile but based on a similar thread in here recently called "what do you pack on your bike at all times?" you will need a large calliber semi automatic pistol, a bowie knife and probably an R.P.G.
Just kidding dood but I was blown away (excuse the pun) by how many State Side Bro`s are tooled up when they ride.
I say travel as light as you can man, I cant beleive your K75 cant run between roadhouses. You dont want to be carrying cans of fuel if you take a spill. Make sure you rehydrate whenever you take fuel or more frequently if its hot, water or sports drinks not soft drink.
If youve got cash and access to plenty more plus the ability to call someone your fine.
I do 300 - 400 mile rides almost every Sunday. Dont sweat it, just enjoy the ride.
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Thanks guys! I'm glad a few of you have chimed in.

I just sprung for the RV/Motorcycle service with AAA last week, I hadn't realized that it was an additional service.

I've got tons of tools in my garage, so I'll assemble together a small kit of commonly used metric sockets and screwdrivers. Anything that would require more calls for the tow truck.

I do like the idea of the camel back, hopefully I can budget for one!

So the duct tape goes on my ass, or the seat?
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