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Old 11th November 2010
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How far can you ride in 3 and a half days?

Come mid December, I'm going to have 3 and a half days to go wherever, and I'm trying to plot out my course...

so how about some ideas as to reasonable distances I can go?

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I try to never exceed 300-400 miles a day. More than that can get pretty tiring. And when run consecutively, even more so. So figure about a 1,000 miles.
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All depend on a couple of things: how many miles a day can you handle, how far apart are gas stations, are you camping, how many luggage will you take along, how is the roads etc.
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I try to never exceed 300-400 miles a day. More than that can get pretty tiring. And when run consecutively, even more so. So figure about a 1,000 miles.
I agree with this also, especially if your doing any sight seeing.
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Me too....I also try to always plan more milage in the beginning and end with the least amount of miles due to "wear and tear"...example 1000 miles would go: 400, 350, 250...
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I usually do less on the way out, see the sights, take the pics, and then boot it home on the last day. I can do a 600 mile boot home no problem.
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I think it's more important to think about how much time you want to spend in the saddle each day. Once you determine that, you can determine how many miles you'll go each day based on what type of riding you plan on doing. You can put on a lot of miles if you cruise the slab all day, less miles if you're in the twisties or doing back roads with slower speed limits. You should also factor in site seeing time.

You also have to keep in mind how long you can do each type of riding. I'm setup where I can do pretty much anything all day long at the moment (8-10 hours comfortably). The biggest weakness for me is getting bored riding too long on the slab, especially when it's in the middle of nowhere. A little traffic to keep me alert every now and then is welcome.
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I might not be the best person to respond to this question since the farthest I've ever traveled on my bike to date was a 300 mile round trip. But if I had time off just to ride and if I didn't have a specific destination in mind I might plot a course that would keep me within 200 miles of home ... circular if you will. That way if my ride became too much for my butt, or for any other reason I would be within "striking distance" of home. For example, if I drew a circle around where I live with a 200 mile radius it would include the Texas Hill Country, The Valley, The piny woods of East Texas, and most of the lakes north of here. No matter where I go I am not so far away I have to suffer a long trip home.
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Rode 1800 miles to Sturgis in 3 days but have to admit it was not enjoyable doing that kind of mileage 3 consecutive days but the guys riding with had limited time to get there with work commitments .. 1,000 miles sounds enjoyable ..
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Not sure what you mean about the half day, so assuming you really only have two days just ride for a day and see where you end up then ride home.
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