2500km in 20 Hrs on new 07GT,bike set up
I got back from a bit of a ride yesterday (Good Friday), from Sydney to Cairns on the inland route. I did 2500km in 20 hrs. I didnt set out to do it that quick, I meant to do it over 3 days, but the roads were open and when I got to each place I had planned to overnight in, I felt fine and decided to push on a bit more. During the last few hours I was thinking of what I would change on the bike or setup for long range touring. There were no freeways on the route, mainly open country roads with plenty of visibility for "coppers and hoppers", "cops and kangas" or police and kangaroos".
First of all, the bike was great overall and I arrived feeling great (apart from the back of my legs). First of all, the seat. Yes, its not the most comfortable out there and no doubt I will get it changed or reupholstered. After 100km you notice it cutting into the back of your legs instead of spreading the weight evenly over your backside. Before I change the seat, I might look into getting one of the removable seat air cushions to spread the load out a bit more.
Next thing I might look into is lowered footpegs.(for long distance trips only, removed for trips to the twisties) At 6, tall, I found I was having to drop my legs off the pegs for a while to stretch them a bit. lower foot pegs for long trips might be something I will look into. When I dropped my legs down, the seat felt beter as well. Maybe with my legs/feet lower, the seat might be more comfortable. (has anyone tried the lowered pegs?). Sometimes on the big open roads at high speeds, I would lean forwards on the tank bag, rest my helmet on it and look through the screen, with my legs on the passenger pegs. This was a comforatble way to eat up the distance at high speeds.
I had the high BMW screen and found it was good overall if I wear ear plugs. Without ear plugs I would have to keep the screen all the way up, but I prefered the plugs and being able to put the screen down when I wanted more fresh air. I have heard of big screens cracking at high screens, so I dont want to go bigger.
I did the whole trip with the bars in the 2nd from top position, bit if I was doing the trip again, I would pick them up all the way. I had just a bit of weight on my wrist, which I diodnt feel for the 1st 12 hrs, but then, could start to fell it a little.
Can anyone tell me how far they can get after the bike says it has 0km to go on the gauge. I would like to be able to use up more tank capacity so I dont have to stop as often. The fuel warning was coming on after 300km.How far can the bike go after it says 0 km to go? I dont mind stopping every 300 km, but on the route I took, I had to back track and top up on fuel when I saw a last fuel for 163km sign and wasnt sure if it was open,(next one after that was 330km away).
I had the ESA set on comfort and preload for rider with luggage. I didnt have much cornering, but did have some 2nd rate roads, so I didnt mind it being mushy. Once it was dark, I found people were flicking their high beems at me as my low beam must have been in their eyes. I then set the preload to rider and passenger to pich the back end up and drop the lights down. As it worked out I had over 100kg of luggage so this would have been the best setting. To get 100+kg of luggage on the bike, I had most of my handtools (I was returning from a work trip) packed inside my work clothes stuffed inside the panniers and small 28 liter top case. The majority of the weight was in a large duffel bag which sat on the back seat and rested on each pannier. It was as wide as the panniers and nearly as high as the top case. Plenty of storage
I had drinks, maps, phone etc in the tank bag. I made a slight detour when I stopped to help another rider whos tire went down. I back tracked and got him one of those aerosols which you plug into your tire to reseal it when it gets a puncture. I might get one of those if I go on more long rides. Better than nursing a flat tire over 360km with heavy loads to the next repair center. (which could be closed over the 5 day Easter break).
I have already got my intercom system, and will hook it up this week, and I would like to had a I pod plugged in or even a radio If I can. I already have a CB UHF radio which will be installed soon.
Thats about it for the bike. I will be looking into another jacket for cool weather, or riding pants with a matching zipper. I found that at high speeds, my jacket would ride up and I was constantly reaching back to pull it down. The adjuster which keep it tight against my body kept letting go as well, so a new cool weather jacket and matching pants will be coming. I used the BMW "touring" gloves, more to keep from getting sun burn than from cold. I would have preferd some thinner ,less bulky and clumsy gloves for warm weather.
Well, after the ride I have dropped off all the luggage,panniers,top case, tank bag dropped the bars to the low position and cleaned off 20kg of bugs and crud. I have just fitted the new CeeBailies 2" shorter than standard screen. Ive set the suspension to sport and rider with luggage and am about to go out and have some fun on Australia twistiest road.(Gillies Highway, south of Cairns).
Overall I,m very happy with the bike. I started the day with 2500km on the clock and now have 5075km at the end of the day. (well early the next morning). It has done a good job as a tourer, now I,m about to take it into the twisties to mix it with the sports bikes.
Last edited by cr500; Apr 7th, 2007 at 1:22 am.