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post #1 of 20 Old 06-14-2011, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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I am leaving on my trip from charleston SC to Chicago IL this afternoon. Any last words of wisdom or advice. It is my first trip like this. I'm thinking about stopping for about 10 mins every hour and a half. Or anytime there is something to see. I'm in no perticular rush, as long as the bike and I make it safely. Im all packed up and I've checked and double checked that the bike is in the best condition it can be. Fresh fluids, lubed all pivot points, greased wheel axels, mounted and balanced some fresh tires, luggage mounted securely.... I just feel as though I am overlooking something. Any ideas?


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post #2 of 20 Old 06-14-2011, 08:07 AM
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Got a jug of water tied on the bike?Take a good drink each time you stop.

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post #3 of 20 Old 06-14-2011, 08:14 AM
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Don't make any changes to the bike today.. You'll find you'll be working on it tomorrow..

When you stop, talk to someone.. Most people dig adventure and want to hear about what you're doing and why (short version).. When I rode my GS home a couple weeks ago I stopped just 30 minutes into the ride to get my camera and pop a couple asprin... I had a couple guys come up and ask how I liked the bike and how long I'd had it.. They laughed when I told them I'd owned it for a half hour..!!

But when I told them I'd just bought it and was riding it back home, they wanted to know where I was going and how long I was going to be riding, etc.. This was Friday at noon, and I told them I'd be home Monday, even though I was hitting a bunch of passes they just stood there with the jaws dropped.. "No Way!!" was what I'd heard.. Hell, I got home earlier than I expected on Monday..

And if you're riding along and see something you want a photo of, stop or turn around and go take it!!

Have fun!!
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Put a handkerchief around your neck to block the sun, and if you get hot you can get it wet. Wear ear plugs, take rain gear, spare gloves in case you get soaked and then the sun comes out.

Enjoy the ride!

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I'm a believer in a "Camelback" type hydration system; water always available, even through a full-face helmet.

A friend rides his KLR with the reservoir bungeed to the rear fender; he has access to the drinking tube when he wants it, but does not wear the pack on his back.
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Love my Camelback w/full face helmet. I also carry the lemon-lime electrolyte tabs. Sold by Camelback. 1tab. To 24oz. Water. GOOD GLOVES !!

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Put a handkerchief around your neck to block the sun, and if you get hot you can get it wet. Wear ear plugs, take rain gear, spare gloves in case you get soaked and then the sun comes out.

Enjoy the ride!
I was gonna say that. I'd throw a couple extras in, too. They don't take up much space and can be very useful. Have fun!




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Whatever you think you need, take less, although you wont know what the less is until you do a few trips.

10mins every 30...I think you'll get into a groove and burn a tank of gas at last once before stopping...I would say every hour is more reasonable but Ive gone 3hrs straight out on the open road...

You can cover a lot of miles when you have nothing else to do...

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Thanks for the advice guys. I apreciate all the help. So far so good. We have made it about halfway now. Stopped in Knoxville tennesssee. Had a little fun in the smokies. Passed the blue ridge parkway. I've heard from several sources on the forum that it's a good ride. Was just wondering from those who have done it what's it like? Worth the detour? I'm riding 2up with gear, so is the road paved or gravel?



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post #10 of 20 Old 06-14-2011, 10:18 PM
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Excellent, and keep the photos coming!!
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