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So a group i am apart of here in SC Upstate is going on a five hour round trip this upcoming weekend to little Switzerland and I really want to go. I think I'm actually the only sport bike rider considering it because everyone else are cruisers. How do you stay comfortable on a five hour sport bike ride? Thanks

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So a group i am apart of here in SC Upstate is going on a five hour round trip this upcoming weekend to little Switzerland and I really want to go. I think I'm actually the only sport bike rider considering it because everyone else are cruisers. How do you stay comfortable on a five hour sport bike ride? Thanks
Ride on twisty fun roads........ I was out yesterday for about 6 hours and 288 miles, keep the roads fun and the time and miles fly by...

Keep the roads boring and straight and it won't be any fun, unless the group is fun for some reason.

Some of the roads visited yesterday had names like;
Alligator slide
Pretzel pass
Joos valley
Doelle valley
upper river road
lower river road
Canada Ridge road
Waumandee creek road
Lower eagle valley rd
Then of course there were the alphabet roads... C, X, XX, Q, J, G, T, D, A, O, N, D
etc.... so you kind of get the idea of the kind of roads I go riding on

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So a group i am apart of here in SC Upstate is going on a five hour round trip this upcoming weekend to little Switzerland and I really want to go. I think I'm actually the only sport bike rider considering it because everyone else are cruisers. How do you stay comfortable on a five hour sport bike ride? Thanks
Water bladder in a back pack for hydration.
Streach before, and at each break and after.
Slippery underwear, or under armor, or similar... Preferably both...
A tank bag to rest on if there is much slab involved.
Bananas for a few days before, and after...
Take a piss break each hour or so. If you don't need to; drink more water.
Sugar and something salty for snacks I the tank bag. I like nuts. Good fats, and salt.
Gatorade or similar is also good. I like 1 liter of Gatorade to 2 liters of water.
Eat well before, and after.
In my head a 2 hour car trip is a 2.5-3 hour bike ride.

Oh, and give up on the idea of comfort... That will take a few days after the ride to be in your vocabulary again.

Be most careful on the ride home... Don't let confidence write a check your riding skill will have to cash.

**above advice is just my opinion... I am a whimp... I did just finish a ~800 mile weekend on my dual sport... I'm feeling extra whimpy. **

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When I'm on a long ride I learn to love the tucked position to help take some of the weight off my core.

I'm tall enough that a long ride, especially after any kind of hiatus from riding (like the one I just took for a couple months due to weather and work) causes considerable pain in my hip extensors due to being cramped up for a while, and once it starts it's hard to shake, so I like to stretch out from time to time. Also, while I'm accustomed to and prefer riding with the balls of my feet on the pegs, sometimes on a longer ride I shift my feet around to keep from cramping or getting stiff.

Other than that, proper technique (light on the bars) should keep you from experiencing arm pump or pain in your wrists or hands.

Edit: Eye made a great point. Hydration is crucial! And a tank bag can help too when you're tucking in.


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Thanks for the advice guys! I'll keep it all in mind. I do find it very difficult to lean against my tank. Even when I scoot my bum all the way back and lean in, Im still barely touching it. If I'm my waist is against the tank, there is no way I'll touch it. I'm only 6ft to..., unless I'm doing something wrong. It's like they made the 01s with not much of a tank hump I guess you could say. I'll pack a tank bag with a few jackets to create something to lean against. And also take my backpack which has a bladder in it.

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5 hours carrying a backpack sure isn't going to make it more comfortable

And while on boring stretches I will move my feet around and even dangle a leg down for a few seconds- I never find the need to lean on the tank in full tuck etc...
I have ridden non stop to Daytona on far too many occasions (1650 miles each way) with just fuel and food stops
The stretching at stops is a must, the hydration starting days before the ride is also a must... Good hydration always is a good thing.
Being in riding shape is always good too, if all you are used to is short trips of maybe 30 miles and stop.......... A 5hour ride is going to be tough, but if you work up to riding for entire tanks of fuel at a time (120-150 miles between stops... about 2 hours) then you will also get in better riding shape and the 5 hour ride won't seem like much.

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5 hours carrying a backpack sure isn't going to make it more comfortable

And while on boring stretches I will move my feet around and even dangle a leg down for a few seconds- I never find the need to lean on the tank in full tuck etc...
I have ridden non stop to Daytona on far too many occasions (1650 miles each way) with just fuel and food stops
The stretching at stops is a must, the hydration starting days before the ride is also a must... Good hydration always is a good thing.
Being in riding shape is always good too, if all you are used to is short trips of maybe 30 miles and stop.......... A 5hour ride is going to be tough, but if you work up to riding for entire tanks of fuel at a time (120-150 miles between stops... about 2 hours) then you will also get in better riding shape and the 5 hour ride won't seem like much.

Would you not recommend a water bladder?

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Would you not recommend a water bladder?
ON a 5 hour ride- stopping for fuel every 2 hours or so......... You definitely wouldn't "need" the water bladder. You could rehydrate at the stops while you stretch and refresh.... but I guess if the plan is simply sit on the bike and gas/go......then maybe, but then how you going to pee?

But you could also carry it in your tank bag......... I definitely would not carry a backpack on my back for a longer ride- hell I don't for any ride.... been there done that and found it is far better to have a tank bag and/or tail bag and no extra weight on your back

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You could put it in your tank bag also.

my jacket has a pouch in it... Backpack was just a suggestion. The point of the bladder is to be able to drink slowly and constantly throughout the day.

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So a group i am apart of here in SC Upstate is going on a five hour round trip this upcoming weekend to little Switzerland and I really want to go. I think I'm actually the only sport bike rider considering it because everyone else are cruisers. How do you stay comfortable on a five hour sport bike ride? Thanks
Lil Swiss is awesome. Been there a bunch. Will be there Sunday. The charlotte guys are hosting this year's "Charlotte introduction ride"... If you want more info let me know and I'll get it to you.

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Also, if you plan the route correctly no reason to bring anything except your wallet... And bring some cash some of the places in the mountains are cash only.

I often do 4-500 mile days (well last year before I had a son) and I don't bring anything. I just plan my stops accordingly to get water, food, gas etc.

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Also, if you plan the route correctly no reason to bring anything except your wallet... And bring some cash some of the places in the mountains are cash only.

I often do 4-500 mile days (well last year before I had a son) and I don't bring anything. I just plan my stops accordingly to get water, food, gas etc.
Alright, I'll do the same. The group has a pretty good route going Saturday with breaks every 1 1/2 hours. And lunch in between. Wish you were going to be there Saturday! Back to work on Sunday

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5 hours carrying a backpack sure isn't going to make it more comfortable

The stretching at stops is a must, the hydration starting days before the ride is also a must...
Two more excellent points. Even a very light bag becomes heavy over time. I've had shoulder pain on a long ride from slinging an empty bag. I prefer a tank bag or even a cargo net for anything over an hour.


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Alright, I'll do the same. The group has a pretty good route going Saturday with breaks every 1 1/2 hours. And lunch in between. Wish you were going to be there Saturday! Back to work on Sunday
Do you know what other roads you are going on? What's your riding experience? I'll give you an idea of what the roads are like and any helpful hints I have. Lil Swiss isn't a long stretch so you must be hitting some fun stuff around there... Cruisers typically take the Parkway all the way but there's plenty better ways.

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Thanks for the advice guys! I'll keep it all in mind. I do find it very difficult to lean against my tank. Even when I scoot my bum all the way back and lean in, Im still barely touching it. If I'm my waist is against the tank, there is no way I'll touch it. I'm only 6ft to..., unless I'm doing something wrong. It's like they made the 01s with not much of a tank hump I guess you could say. I'll pack a tank bag with a few jackets to create something to lean against. And also take my backpack which has a bladder in it.
Not sure how the '01 fits you, but I'm 6' as well, and don't have to have my butt all the way back. 6' isn't short for these bikes by any means!!!
The idea is to squeeze the tank with your knees and see where that puts you. Another 'rule of thumb' is to have about a fist's worth of gap between your crotch and the tank... this depends on your comfort and the bike's geometry, obviously.
I don't think you have to lean against your tank.

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