I've got my first major LD trip on the Wing coming up next week - riding by myself from TX to CA, and then with my buddy from CA up the coast to WA, and then by myself from WA through CO to TX. To save time I will be taking highways when riding just by myself, although I will be spending 2-3 nights in CO (Aspen, Estes Park, Denver) and hit all the twisties and take it easy those days.
I have done four 400-500mi days last year in Oct on my first bike, a Vulcan 900 which was WAY less comfortable than the Wing, and heck I survived that. So I figure with the right mindset, proper preparation, endurance training beforehand, I can do this. Despite a lot of negative feedback and scare tactics from (some) friends & family.
How do you prepare for a LD trip like this? I appreciate any tips or suggestions y'all have, as here is what I have done / been doing to prepare.
The bike is equipped with an awesome F4+4 windshield, which I am able to see barely on top of. Airhawk R cushion. Kury ISO grips. Cowl fog lights. Kury luggage rack + Kury bag on top. And kury pegs. And I have Honda's custom fit bags that go into the trunk case and saddlebags. I also have a compressible thermarest pillow and cheap zebra pattern fleece I'll be toting in case I need a 15-20m nap somewhere and there's no Mickey D's around, etc to nap inside. I'll also have a $40 cooling vest. Dress wise, I'm wearing FF Shoei, Tourmaster Air Intake 3 jacket and Tourmaster Flex pants. And very comfortable ankle boots. Also will be wearing drifit shirts and LD Comfort shorts.
For endurance training, I have been riding 75 or 100-150mi daily to get used to the feel of "being on the road" for the last 4-5days. So that means I'm going up from Dallas up to Gunter or Sherman and back, to get up to 100mi. And then I'll ride again in the eve.
I've got a 70oz Camelbak that is amazing - really helps fight fatigue and gives me something to do to avoid drowsiness issues. Although I haven't been taking them now, I do plan to hit a 5hr energy shot in the mid a.m. and again in the mid p.m. once I'm on the road trip. Also I would (go easy on them) but will have caffeiene pills.
I quit drinking coffee (I hated not having a high-end coffee maker at home for the weekends) so I wouldn't get withdrawal headaches over the weekend. So taking caffeiene pills or 5hr energies will definitely have a kick for me, since I'm not used to caffeieine regularly any more.
I'll also create a thread just before I start my trip and then start blogging \ posting pics \ ride reports throughout the journey.
I'm looking for tips on how to "survive" and stay motivated and stay the course, once you're deep into the trip.
One little "tip" I just discovered today that I wanted to pass along \ share \ talk about is, using the Trip meter on the dash. I like setting it to Zero and then driving to 100 miles, and then getting off the bike, walk around, stretch etc., and resetting to 0. Sure, if there is an opportunity to "stand up" at the red light at 70 miles into the 100 miles, then yes, I'll take it. But the 100 number gives you something to shoot for, and feels like you're getting closer. It avoids the feeling half way through the day of "oh crap, I'm riding 500 miles today".