View Full Version : No more touring for me...

05-01-2011, 01:52 AM

I just got back from the longest ride of my life! I decided to go to the 5th annual Midwest Breakout Ride @ Indianapolis Speedway from Canton, MI. I didn't stay very long and actually enjoyed the first leg of the trip better than the event. But man, that was a rough ride back! I almost threw in the towel in Findlay, Ohio. It started to rain and I couldn't bear the thought of riding for 2 hours in it especially since it got so much colder out. But right when I pulled into a hotel parking lot, the rain stopped. Luckily, there was a Walmart at that same exit. So I was able to buy some "sleep pants" there, because who would want to buy long johns in May, right? That helped me catch my Nth wind... That's just too much for a round trip on an EX500...

05-01-2011, 07:50 AM
I hear ya, I once rode a Yamaha XS650 to Daytona and back in 1978 with nothing but rain on the way home.

05-01-2011, 12:17 PM
It's all about the gear.

05-01-2011, 12:43 PM
had some friends ride to Daytona, the bought a truck and trailer and drove home.

Gas Man
05-01-2011, 08:37 PM
It's all about the gear.

I agree, but the proper bike helps allot as well.

05-01-2011, 10:25 PM
I agree, but the proper bike helps allot as well.

That is the truth. Rode my CB450 six hundred miles each way to see a girl. Left in the evening, not thinking how cold it would be over night (first bike ). I cramped up and had to crash halfway there. Made it home in one run in the heat of the day. Hands and feet buzzed for days, lol.

Gas Man
05-03-2011, 01:08 AM
Yep... I have the gear and the bike. I can make cross many states in one day and not phase me. (usually)

05-03-2011, 08:35 PM
A buddy of mine road solo down to Orlando from Detroit on his Ninja 250 last year. LOL Not me. Maybe on a Gold Wing.

05-04-2011, 09:52 AM
omg that had to suck...

05-04-2011, 12:47 PM
I did Detroit to Orlando in a Geo Metro once.... only once... never again...

05-04-2011, 12:56 PM
i call those "bad miles".. i trailer my bike to the good roads and tracks and only ride "good miles".. on the long straight bullshit parts of the ride i sit in the car or truck in comfort, etc. fuck that bullshit..

05-04-2011, 03:29 PM
I did the Iron Butt twice in 1979....but, my ass was 32 years newer and the roads were better maintained then. I still like a good road trip, but being retired I can set my own terms nowadays. I only rode about 800 miles all of last year on my '70 Honda chopper; so far this year I have passed that on the Yamaha Bagger and there's a road trip down south coming in June with my sons.....

05-04-2011, 05:04 PM
Well speaking as a greatgrandpa, a decent bike and good gear makes all the difference in the world. Greg, (Sprink), and I rode back from the Gratten track day a couple weeks ago, 35 degrees and snow mixed with rain and gusting winds for the better part of a hundred miles. Both were warm and dry when we got home.

05-07-2011, 11:13 AM
heck when i was younger we rode there on choppers some of had bsa trumps and harleys.

05-14-2011, 01:10 PM
71 cb750, 3,000 mile trip
no problem! bike in my avatar

05-15-2011, 02:11 PM
I can run through some states in the same day on my bike... Did a trip from Southgate, MI up to the UP, spent an hour or two riding up there, and rode back in the same day in a thunderstorm.

If my Vulcan 900 Custom had a larger more comfortable seat I could ride straight through all day...right now have to get up occcasionally to stretch. Love this bike!

I don't have good rain gear. Can anyone recommend some?