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Old July 20th, 2014, 03:27 PM   #1
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I Ride: 2013 HStrada/2009 Yamaha FZ6N
Coast to Coast to Coast - 7,000 Miles



In about three days, I'm taking my Hyperstrada from the Pacific coast(ish) at Tacoma, Washington to a family reunion on the Atlantic coast(ish) near Frankfurt, New Hampshire. And then I'm retracing my steps back a week later to go home.

In total, it'll be nearly 7,000 miles (11,250km) of mostly highway and lots of boredom. I'm taking the cell phone with music, and my bluetooth helmet mic/speakers to keep me entertained.

Before this, I've done 750 miles in one day. That was a long day. The shortest leg in this trip is only 375 Miles with the longest at 1,075 and average around 500-600. I might take pictures as I go but I'm dealing with 10-16 hours a day riding, add time for gas and bathroom breaks, resulting in predicted passing out each night. That won't leave much energy for status updates.
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Old July 20th, 2014, 05:28 PM   #2
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that is one looong ride. good luck and have a safe trip

curious, how many days does a trip like that take? is 5 days minimum a good estimate?
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Old July 20th, 2014, 08:10 PM   #3
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Looking good on the map.....I always wanted to WOT on these roads! Let us know how much you can squeeze out from the 821 engine.
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Old July 21st, 2014, 04:03 AM   #4
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Solo? If yes, I'd devote a considerable amount of gear space to tools/roadside repair.

Good luck. My ass hurts just thinking about it.
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Old July 21st, 2014, 06:43 AM   #5
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If that's mostly slab riding, I would much rather go on our Harley Road Glide. The cruise control is a wrist saver. You should look into some sort of throttle lock or a 'crampbuster.'

When we rode to Daytona in 2005 I mapped the route online and made motel reservations every 500 miles or so. If I were solo I'd have gone for 600 - 750. Took five days on I-10, from SoCal to Ocala.

Worst stop of the trip: Fort Stockton, TX. A little town dried up by the Wal-mart right outside the city limits. Staying there on the way back we watched 'The Simpsons' in the motel room - and it was the episode about everyone turning into Wal-mart zombies!

Have a safe trip, and post often. please!

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Old July 22nd, 2014, 04:56 AM   #6
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I rode 950 miles on my hyper in 24 hrs... it wasn't bad. Flying would be faster b/c you'll end up replacing every part on this bike under warranty on this trip. Cheaper too, b/c you won't have to buy a car to make it the rest of the way... haha

have fun buddy
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Old July 23rd, 2014, 03:30 PM   #7
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I am really curious as to how your trip goes. One of my hobbies is as a bicycle race official. My primary focus, other than track, is moto reffing road races and criteriums. Getting to the good races often involves long travel, say from Minneapolis, MN to Ogden Utah. The Hyper is on my short list for my next bike. I know it will do well in criteriums, think 8, 90 deg corners in 0.7 miles for 60 laps.

Updates along the way would be great!
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Old July 23rd, 2014, 08:41 PM   #8
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Day 1 complete! 755 miles in 15 hours or so.

Kickstand up at 4:30am I followed Highway 12 out of Seattle almost exclusively. My phone was insistent that I needed to take I-90, so I wound up lost...I mean on an adventure right off the bat. It kept trying to reroute me on a "faster" aka "less fun" route all day. The entire morning was all sorts of blegh. I didn't get gas at home since I had only gone 30 miles since filling, I missed my first gas stop thanks to the adventure, and had to refuel from the external tank at a scenic spot in the mountains.

Seattle was wet and stormy. It cleared up when I left Yakima towards Idaho, where temps skyrocketed to 100F in some areas.

On the fuel stop before the fun section, I had the misfortune of dropping the helmet off the bike when I went to throw the center stand down. It's 5 years old and it makes an excuse to buy a new one.

But that brought me to the fun part. Anyone know of the "Twisty Road: Next 167 miles" sign in California? I saw one for the next 77 miles. I didn't think it'd be a big deal, but imagine running your favorite winding road for over an hour with no end. Soo much fun, it's almost too much fun. One of the few breaks today was in the middle of the run. Having to deal with an alright road (the center section was rough with the tire tracks smooth) took a toll. I only had one line go bad, trying to do a 45mph curve at 75mph and starting on the inside of the curve. I held it into the oncoming traffic lane with no one coming and rolled back into my lane when it straightened up.

I finished with the fun and rolled into Montana and their glorious high speed limits. Just short of Butte I ran through a segment of the area storm and got drenched without rain gear. I threw it on shortly after, and didn't need it for the final 50 miles to my overnight spot.

Tomorrow is the long run to the midwest. I planned on going to Minneapolis, but I'm looking at something more in line with upper Michigan. I'll try to post an update tomorrow night if I have the energy after 1,000 miles in a day.

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2013 Hyperstrada
It was white, and then I used a few spray cans of "khaki" on it. I hate the new color. It's too yellow/orange compared to the desert tan I wanted (kinda like the 1198 TerraCorsa)
Kuryakyn Universal Econo Throttle Assist (The godsend that makes the trip possible)
New (not any more) Michelin Pilot Road 4's
Bellevue Ducati Givi Monokey Mounts
Givi Trekker Paniers
AltRider Tail rack & Kickstand plate
EvoTech Radiator & cylinder guard
Speedymoto Axle Sliders
1.75USgal Rotopax Fuel can
Kriega 30L Drybag
Wolfman Timberwolf Tank bag

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Old July 24th, 2014, 01:56 AM   #9
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Thanks for the post! Please keep them coming. How do you feel after being on the bike that long? Sounds like you are off to a good start.
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Old July 24th, 2014, 04:15 AM   #10
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Impressive
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