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3k mile trip ahead -- need advice

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  1. ciumon30
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    Hey I bought a V Star 950 a few weeks ago, love it to death, decided to take a back-roads trip to Colorado from Pittsburgh here in about a week. I only have a season of biking behind me and I fear what I don't know about long trips. Any and all advice about bike trips in general and this bike specifically is welcome!

  2. Bikerider50
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    IMO the less is best. There are necessary items of course: tools, toiletiers, plenty of warm clothing that you can layer just in case, it can get rather cold at night in Colorado. For our 2 wk. trip this summer I will wear a pair of jeans, take 1 pair plus a light weight pair, extra shoes, 3/4 tshirts, 3/4 underwear, extra socks, long sleeve shirts, insulated underwear, scarf, ski pants, heavy jacket, 2/3 pair gloves, rain gear.
    Search the internet there are numerous articles you will find interesting on packing for a motorcycle trip.
    Just remember to ride your own ride. Good luck and have a wonderul trip.

  3. WLS460
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    Get a good rain suit.

  4. mongoslow10
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    do lots of butt crunches to prepare for all that day long riding and make sure there are no clothing wrinkles between your butt and the seat ,other then that have a good time

  5. TheGoltj
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    One thing I've found to be very important on long trips is hydration. It's very easy to get dehydrated while riding, even if it's not particularly hot. And it can sneak up on you to the point where, before you know it, you're not operating at full capability. Make sure you stop at least every couple of hours, whether you need gas or not, just to down some water and relax.

  6. recumpendpop
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    Goldy is right Hydration is very important. I wear a Camelbak it holds 100 oz and I really like it even on shorter 100 mile rides.

    Take breaks, remember Fatigue causes bad judgement and bad judgment can kill you.

  7. tedinncal
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    Some very good rain gear to get is Frogg Toggs. it's two piece, very light, easy to get into and rolls up. Some people have been cocerned that it would tear easily. It doesn't, I have been using them for more than 10 years with no problems. Unlike the rubberized type they breath so you don't sweat. They block the wind and are not expensive.

  8. dhegopra
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    Plan your stops. I know it's not as sexy as just winging it, but it can be a very frustrating end to an otherwise pleasant trip if you spend an extra 2 hours trying to find a room. Know where you are going to stop and have a reservation.

  9. yajare
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    I have traveled across country a number of times and fully agree with hydration, very important.
    I stop every 125 miles for a splash and gas and just to give the butt a rest.
    Hit a rest stop and pick up one of those hotel coupon books, they will save you a few bucks. I also bring along a tire repair kit just in case.

  10. 4mrAkankmpr
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    You may consider getting a seat pad or after market seat before you leave. Most riders are unsatisfied with the stock seats of their bikes. I had owned my 950T for several months before I took a 550 mile round trip, and found that after a while, that stock seat got to be quite uncomfortable, necessitating more frequent rest/stretch stops. Then again, you may be one of the few for which the stock setup works. Besides the stuff already mentioned, take some light-weight snacks like granola bars and sport drinks that don't need to be chilled-you can get hungry and thirsty along the way between your planned stops, and the prices at the rest area vending machines are NOT cheap.Enjoy your ride!

  11. moon90
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    do lots of butt crunches to prepare for all that...

    lol, good one. You don't want wrinkles on your butt or sweat stains that look like you pee'd on yourself.

  12. recumpendpop
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    lol, good one. You don't want wrinkles on your...

    Then you will need a bead rider, I have been using one for 3 years.

    http://www.beadrider.com/

  13. GaryTJ15
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    Don't push the gas stops. It is not a lot of fun riding when the low fuel light is on. It is much more relaxing to know you are good on fuel. We typically stop 125-150 miles for fuel, just to be sure.

  14. Debby39
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    Absolutely so glad you said this, I did a 6,500 mile trip from Fl to Idaho and baack on my 950 last August, came close to heat stroke going through Texas was so glad I'd read an article on it a week or so before and recognized light headed etc, chugged 2 bottles cold water and soaked t shirt and bandana after about 30mins felt so much better. Suspect he won't hit the heat...but worth mentioning

  15. Debby39
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    Hey is this good at reducing ...pardon me for saying....sweating... so much in the summer...Florida heat is already making wet patches on butt of jeans

  16. Debby39
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    bead rider

    You sure you don't end up with dents in your butt corresponding to the beads....fingers crossed I just ordered one

  17. Debby39
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    If any servicing is needed get it done before or after your trip so you know who's working on your bike. I had a really bad experience last year getting a service done in Idaho mid trip and almost being stranded there for a week waiting on parts, second service repair stop found so many things wrong cost me a fortune and warranty wouldn't cover it...but let's not revisit that. Know who's working on your bike.

    Great advice from everyone on this thread, clothing in layers so you cover hot through cold. You're doing a very different trip from mine, but I went from 120 degrees down to 20 degrees, even in Aug. Also had some drenchings, so always carry wet suit.

    I did have 4 1/2" risers installed when I bought the bike, but I'm only 5'4 and had the stock seat customized including back support, in doing that I managed 6,500 miles with no aches or pains.....But hadn't heard of the bead rider so just ordered one to try, heat in Florida is already upon us

  18. recumpendpop
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    bead riderYou sure you don't end up with dents in...

    You'll like it, they don't look like they would be real comfortable but they are.
    And the best thing is you don't sweat in hot weather anymore......

  19. Debby39
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    You'll like it, they don't look like they would be real comfortable but they are.
    And the best thing is you don't sweat in hot weather anymore......

    That will be AWESOME !!!!!!!!! Summer is already well and truly here 95 degrees

  20. TheGoltj
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    bead riderYou sure you don't end up with dents in...

    There may, in fact, be dents in your butt. I hereby volunteer to check yours out for you after you get your beads. LOL!

    I have a beadrider seat cover, but I don't use it because it does tend to put a pattern into the seat (the motorcycle's) after a while. If I'm going to be riding in extreme heat, I'll throw it on so I can stay a bit cooler.

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