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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-10-2016, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Question seat time on a tour...how long ?

so out on a multi-day trip. plan on day driving only, how long do you stay in the seat ??

its a vulcan 900 , so 250 miles on a tank..maybe more(65mph)

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Seat time

I have done a full 8 hrs of seat time in a day, however it is tiring. That 8 hrs was interstate driving to so more wind buffeting. I would say try to limit yourself to 6 or under to make sure you are not overly tired, after all sleeping on a motorcycle is bad for your health . Also this time frame will get limited if you have a passenger as they need to be considered too. Good luck and safe riding!

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ok that is total time, how long at one time ?
take breaks ? how long?
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I have found this to be such a personal thing- everyone is different. I know guys who have modified their bikes to hold 11 gallons of fuel and that's what they burn before they stop. I know guys that will ride 11,000 miles in 11 days. I know guys who ride 1000 miles, have a sandwich and then ride home.

Ok, that's extreme. And insane. But that's what they do. The best I can offer is forget the mileage and pay attention to a) yourself and 2) the weather. Hotter? Stop more for fluids. Things like that. Particularly pay attention to your urine output- darker it gets the more fluids you need.

And a lot depends on what bike/accessories you have. Folks with wind shields fare better than those who don't. Folks with wind shields and lowers even better. Folks who have a bike like mine just go and go and go. One tank of fuel for me is 300+ miles, done it several times. I'd be really surprised if you get 200 let alone 250. You may have enough fuel but you don't have enough usable fuel.

I generally stop around an hour to 1 1/2, regardless of miles. As the day wears on I shorten that. No point passing out as soon as you hit the motel. You gotta pace yourself. Practice, practice, practice and you'll figure out what works for you.
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5.3 gal tank x 58mpg at a true 65 mph is 307 miles...i see not issue with 250. except that is also is almost 4 hours of straight seat time.
i was thinking 2.5/3 hours segments.....again looking at actual seat time between stops, not total day ride time.
ex dirt biker..touring is new to me.
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How far you ride each leg is dependent on many factors. Your age, condition, experience, the bike and your purpose all determine how far you go. If you're riding to a destination you will grab a slab and go 8-10 hours a day with short gas and hydration stops. If you're out sight seeing 200-300 miles a day with many stops for pictures is great. Combine the two to fit your own situation.

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5.3 gal tank x 58mpg at a true 65 mph is 307 miles...i see not issue with 250. except that is also is almost 4 hours of straight seat time.
i was thinking 2.5/3 hours segments.....again looking at actual seat time between stops, not total day ride time.
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You will be lucky if you can maintain 58mpg. Most do 200 miles get gas, repeat.
Beside you should not run a elec. fuel pump dry or low for too long/alot as the fuel acts as a coolant for the pump.
On long runs I look for gas at or near 1/4 tank on the gauge, although I have run on the low fuel light for 25miles or more. Most others in the group need fuel before me anyway.

I stop when I want, we all do. But I do find 1-2 hrs works well for me. generally cover 600-800 miles in a day, best 927miles 10hrs in the saddle, 12hr day.

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i have a three hour out/three back trip planed for friday.
it is just under 200 one way,
we will see how it goes.
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ok so lets back up.
i had forgotten to "correct" my mpg based on the known odo error.
so it was 52 not 58 mpg....giving 250 on a tank.
i rode till the idiot lite came on, and could only put 3.8 in the tank.

so to the ride...temps were fine, but the wind picked up.
pounded me on the way out so much i stopped and checked mpg
at just over 70 miles.......37!
did another 100 plus and had lunch..a snickers bar and some water.
i think it was the mistake of the day..should have taken a bigger break.
the wind was mostly at my back on the first leg home, and then a mild
cross for the final home. almost 47 mpg on the way home.
so rode 1 2 2 and 1 hour stints. all was well arms a bit sore.
will try a 6 hour over night next.
try 2 /2 lunch (min 30 mins) and 2 to the motel...
i think i can do 2/2 lunch/3 for a 7 hr day
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You will find you "get in shape" with time on the road and will be able to stretch out your ride time. Enjoy.

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