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Nobody
06-19-2011, 11:33 PM
I'm planning on zipping from here to just south of Chicago (about 375miles one way) on a XLH 883 hugger.. A concerned friend is lobbing me strongly to take their car (a toyota matirx). Should I heed their plea or just jam out from here at 11pm as I'm planning?

Gas Man
06-19-2011, 11:54 PM
What's the problem with gg to Chitown on the bike?

Nobody
06-20-2011, 01:27 AM
I think they're just worried since it's a relatively small bike. Same friend fretted back in 01' when I jumped in a geo-metro and floored it from The D down to Miami (wont repeat that again, Georgia turned it into an easy-bake over even w/ AC). Think I'll stick to my plan of hitting the road about 11ish after work on monday, so I can cruise at 60-65 for most of it w/ out getting run over squirrely cagers, also wont have to worry about cooking in my leather either.

RedneckMedic
06-20-2011, 01:59 AM
do it ive gone farther in one day on my 750 shadow

Gas Man
06-20-2011, 10:36 AM
Yeah but heat and cagers is no different if you're on a 250 or a Goldwing!

dogbreath
06-20-2011, 03:42 PM
An 883 isn't really a 'small bike,' there's no reason you can't ride to Chicago on it.

Thruxtonbill
06-20-2011, 03:59 PM
One time I rode a 10 speed bike really far.

Chris300s
06-20-2011, 06:09 PM
I see no reason not to (except for the rain outside my window). That ride sucks but you could break it up with stops at Michigan Brewing Company, Dark Horse, Bell's, Lakeshore Brewery...

Chris

Gas Man
06-21-2011, 08:41 PM
An 883 isn't really a 'small bike,' there's no reason you can't ride to Chicago on it.
I agree. And if you get off the highway it will be more enjoyable, especially on that bike.


One time I rode a 10 speed bike really far.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l311/cjclark69/Posting/ror.jpg

kwats
06-21-2011, 09:40 PM
Take the bike...just take it easy and enjoy it. Remember, it's not the destination; it's the experience.

Nobody
06-23-2011, 05:39 AM
Take the bike...just take it easy and enjoy it. Remember, it's not the destination; it's the experience.

The route I planned out was 1/2-1/3 non highway. Ended up taking the car, severe thunder storms + no rain gear, and a request by me mum to bring back a few things, lobbied me strongly. I will say this, if you're not pressed for time, and you need to hit Peoria/central ILL, take 94W to 421S to 24W. the 421 & 24 stretches are all freshly repaved and the gas stations are damn near perfectly spaced. Lots of farm land, few small towns.

junkyardjon
06-27-2011, 11:18 PM
so you found a reason not to take the bike.....
just kiddin lol

Mudpuppy
06-28-2011, 11:50 AM
One time I rode a 10 speed bike really far.

awesome, lol

and i agree take the bike.. only issue i see is leaving 11pm you have a lot of country to ride through on the way to chicago and the deer population is way up this year.. they typically move around at night.. you'd be better off riding during the day but then you have to deal with more traffic and hot sun..

Gas Man
07-01-2011, 05:34 AM
Mud makes a good point!