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Hi everyone,

I'm looking for advice on a trip I want to take from Iowa City, Ia to Cubero, NM to go visit my parents. I used google maps to map out the trip while avoiding highways and the trip one way would be 1272 miles. I have a 2013 tw200 with about 400 miles on it. I would be passed the 600 mile mark by the time of the trip and would have had the 600 mile service done. The one way trip would be split between two days.


Here are my questions:

Is this too far of a trip for a new tw?
What are some must have items to for a journey this far?
Would riding 10+ hours a day for two days be too much for me?
Should I change the oil when I get to NM after 1200 miles since I am still breaking in the bike?

Any advice would be appreciated.


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What a cool adventure... I'm toooooo old for such a trip, I couldn't do that many miles a day on my road bike..... Take a few breaks to divide those hours.. I've known guys that rode a mountain bike across this great country... Good luck. OMM.
 

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Definitely not too far for the TW but may be for your butt. It is well known that the original TW seat is not a good long distance cruising seat. May be good to try a few hour trip before taking on 10+ hours. There is some good ideas for seat improvements on this site.
Here is one thread:
http://tw200forum.com/forum/performance-customization/15229-seat-hard-rock.html
Find more with a google search for " seat cushion site:http://tw200forum.com/ "

Another popular longer ride improvement is the larger foot pegs.

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Thanks for the advice Mike. I plan to do the ride in a Mon/Tues or Tues/Weds as long as the weather is ok. We can get some nasty storms here n tornado alley. Would a tire repair kit be a good idea? Or slime?
 

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I rode my TW from NY to TX and back to NY. The max i rode in a day was 10 hours which is unsafe. I was getting fatigue and falling asleep while riding. Don't do it. Bring a rain jacket and insulating jacket as my body shivers and wants to die at 55 degrees F or under. Get a Jimboshield or the winds will annoy you by pushing your chest and head back over and over again. Bring a small rod or pole to prop your swingarm up for chain tensioning. Carry a 2nd rear axle wrench. The double ended wrench from the toolkit is worthless as it'll just cause the axle bolt to swing endlessly unless you have a 2nd wrench on the opposite side of the swingarm.
 

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Definitely not too far for the TW but may be for your butt. It is well known that the original TW seat is not a good long distance cruising seat. May be good to try a few hour trip before taking on 10+ hours. There is some good ideas for seat improvements on this site.
Here is one thread:
http://tw200forum.com/forum/performance-customization/15229-seat-hard-rock.html
Find more with a google search for " seat cushion site:http://tw200forum.com/ "

Another popular longer ride improvement is the larger foot pegs.

Jim
Thanks for the reply Jim. It has a aftermarket seat rebuild by seat concepts and is somewhat comfortable, though I haven't gone 10 hours in it. I've heard of a Coleman cover that might help. Larger pegs are a good idea.

Thanks.
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As for the foot pegs, I welded a loop of 3/4" flat strap bent in a U to extend the length of them. Huge difference in comfort. I don't know the width of your butt however any money spent on saddle improvement
is a good investment. Yes, take a tire patch kit and a second axle wrench. A stainless steel one quart container for oil is another good thing. Any way you can carry a little more gas would be an asset, even just a half a gallon could save you. A back pack for cargo set so that it rests its weight on a rolled up sleeping bag behind your butt to take the strain off your shoulders. I did this when I rode a dirt bike from Illinois to mid Florida years ago and it worked well. That was over 1200 miles one way.
 

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I'm no long distance riderologist, but the two things which bothered me the most when I rode my HD Sportster back and forth from Idaho to Minnesota (on the Wisconsin Border), meaning all the way across MN, extra gas and a windshield.

Sportster has a smaller gas tank than the TW and I got lucky a couple times finding gas in the nick of time. I never passed up on gas if over 50 miles into the tank. Going against a head wind took extra gas I didn't take into account. Along the way, I ended up using 1 or 2 liter empty pop bottles. Not legal, not good, but I didn't run out and was some piece of mind with that small peanut tank. So, if you're planned stops are well within gas range you'll be good to go. If you're gas stops are at the outer edge, plan accordingly.

The windshield has been mentioned, so I'll just re-emphasize it. Wore my as out without one. Wind, buffeting from other vehicles, bugs...repeat. Get something and that will help a ton from rider fatigue.

Good luck and when you get back you will call it an adventure!:D
 

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Hey TWilight, to your knowledge has anyone done a saddle sore on a TW? If not, you should get yourself in the record books :)
 
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All good advice but some personal preferences only you can decide. Tire kit - hell no. You are never more than 10 min away from a pickup truck and a ride to a MC shop on that route and flats are extremely unlikely.
Extra gas, -- not worth the risk of extra gas. Just fill up often - you will need to stretch often anyway.
Oil and extra axle wrench yes. Chain lube wouldn't be bad and I'd probably switch to a good chain rather than the stocker.
 

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Hey TWilight, to your knowledge has anyone done a saddle sore on a TW? If not, you should get yourself in the record books :)
I don't know if this is what you're talking about: http://tw200forum.com/forum/trails-off-road-adventure-riding/4723-double-tw-iron-butt-saddlesore-completed.html

Not Iron Butt, but long distance worthy for sure. Another long distance rider who is now riding in heaven. He was known as TW2007 here on the forum and Macadam Drifter on advrider forum: A Solo TW200 Travels Eastbound WA to MN - ADVrider
 

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I don't know if this is what you're talking about: http://tw200forum.com/forum/trails-off-road-adventure-riding/4723-double-tw-iron-butt-saddlesore-completed.html

Not Iron Butt, but long distance worthy for sure. Another long distance rider who is now riding in heaven. He was known as TW2007 here on the forum and Macadam Drifter on advrider forum: A Solo TW200 Travels Eastbound WA to MN - ADVrider
Admiral, let's not forget TheMule's ride. Utah to Alaska - 6100 Miles on a TW200 - ADVrider
 
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Airhawk has saved my ass on the plank. And easy carry container is one of those MRS fuel bottles. Saved my non literal ass twice now.
 

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In addition to a good seat, larger pegs, windshield and back rest another long distance option to consider would be a throttle lock. Not being able to remove your right hand for hours on end can get old. A simple/cheap one like the Go-Cruise Motorcycle Throttle Lock is reported to work well.
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Airhawk has saved my ass on the plank. And easy carry container is one of those MRS fuel bottles. Saved my non literal ass twice now.
Here is another temporary seat relief pad. Note, and probably for liability reasons, it says not for use on a moving vehicle. Right, not a moving vehicle! Don't know if you can still order them, but the only long distant ride report I read that used this butt saver didn't mention having a problem. Nothing that stands out in my re-memory anyway!:D

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Here is another temporary seat relief pad. Note, and probably for liability reasons, it says not for use on a moving vehicle. Right, not a moving vehicle! Don't know if you can still order them, but the only long distant ride report I read that used this butt saver didn't mention having a problem. Nothing that stands out in my re-memory anyway!:D

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Never seen a Sweet Cheeks before...thanks for sharing Admiral.
 
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Airhawk has saved my ass on the plank. And easy carry container is one of those MRS fuel bottles. Saved my non literal ass twice now.
The MRS fuel bottle is a good idea. I was thinking of a 1 gal tank but that seems like too much especially with all the gas stations along the way.
Thanks.


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One thing to remember regarding fuel, do a couple longer rides at the speed you intend on going and find out your MPG at those speeds for calculating fuel stops. Your fuel MPG will be different than your normal putting around MPG.

Also, Qwerty has claimed to have done a 1000 miler with Tdub but said that even though he still has the reciepts he never turned them in.

So basically Yes, there have been several 1000+ miles days done on a TW, some documented and some not. If you are still running stock gearing you should consider a 42,44,45 or 47 tooth sprocket. I just started experimenting with a 42 tooth sprocket as there has not been much discussion about the 42 tooth for a road only sprocket. You can folllow that information on the Road Gearing (sticky) thread.

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Yea I will check out the mpg for my trip speed. Most of the small roads I will be taking will have speed limits of 55. I was thinking of going 45-50 most of the way and a little faster on roads where traffic is a little faster. On the two lane roads I will slow down and pull over to let people pass.
Thanks for the advice.
-Mario
 
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