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Old 09-26-2006, 06:37 PM   #1
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Ride Report - Did 300 miles on Monday

OK, so I commute on my CBR 900RR every day. 60 miles round trip, so I think of my self as being a pretty hard core rider.

Man I had no idea what hard core really means....

My co-worker had been talking about doing a ride up the coast with a few friends last Monday, and asked me to go along for the ride. I agreed and we met up in San Rafael at 8 AM for breakfast.

Our ride started out going down to Mill Valley and onto highway 1 for the trip up the coast. We started aggresively going up through the twisties to Point Reyes, then Dillion Beach, Bodega Bay, Fort Ross, Stewarts Point, and finally Point Arena where we had lunch about 2:30 PM.

The ride had been at a fare pace with an occasional diversion off highway 1 to roads our lead rider knew had good stuff along the way. Including the ride to the spot where we had met, the tripometer was already on the + side of 150 at lunch. The weather had been perfect with very little traffic and amazing views the entire way. Only some road construction every once in a while, to repair slide damage disrupted the flow.

The ride was starting to have some unexpected impact. My wrists were a little sore from the riding position - I expected that - but the unuasual amount of hard shifting through the twisties made my left wrist and left ankle tired. More on that later...

The original plan was to turn around at Fort Brag (not that I had been informed what the plan was, I was thinking a couple hours at most) but with the sun on it's way down we re-mounted our rides to repeat the same route back down the coast.

By the time we made it back to Fort Ross, the aggressive pace that had heated both brakes and tires on the way up the coast, had now turned into difficulty keeping the bike off the bumps in the center of the road and trying to not drive off a clif on the outside of the road on the way back south. The left wrist once tired was now exhaused, and shifting had become very painful. I had never thought of the clutch on my 900RR as being stiff until now. Suddenly hitting the apex in the right gear didn't matter anymore. The right gear was 4th, period... Only coming to a complete stop demanded a gear shift of any kind.

Bodega Bay, Dillion Beach, Point Reyes then finally a sign that said 101 South. I thought I was on the home stretch as we turned that corner, only to then see a yellow sign with the twisted road ahead symbol and the words next 10 miles...:shocked

By the time I got home(6:46 PM) my 6 year old daughter could have beaten me up with a feather. I could barely hold a shot of tequila with either hand. My butt was suprisingly OK, thanks to the the Corbin no doubt. My left ankle and wrist were shot...done... Even the outside of my hips were sore due to dropping my knees out in the corners.

What a ride... It will be a while untill I go on another one like that. And I will be asking what...exactly...the plan for the ride is next time.

I fell into bed that night and all I could think was that I had to get up in a few hours and get back on my bike to ride it to work...

I'll post some pics tonight.


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Old 09-26-2006, 07:44 PM   #2
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I do that at least every weekend and I'll bet that's the difference. You've been used to your commute and running hiway 1 is very different. Combine that with an extended ride and you can feel shot. Don't let it get you down. It takes logging in some real seat time to acclimate yourself to LD riding.

For example, I routinely ride up 101 to 1 at Leggett and then ride 1 back to Mill Valley and home or do it the other way around, or come thru Boonville. Another great ride is San Ho to Hollister and 25 to 198 to 101 to 156 to 1 to 9 and 35 with lunch at Alices. About a 400 miler is from here over the Sierras on any of four hiways full of twisties, 88, 4, 108 or 120 thru Yosemite. I also ride multi state LD rides in the summer usually, 3-4+ thousand mile rides over 10-14 days. Two and three summers ago I rode my 24 and 27 yr old CBXs on 3-4000 mile tours. Get out there! Take a couple advils, rethink the gorilla clutch springs maybe, and ride ride ride! Sore or not, you had a good time didn't you? I always do!

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I did have a great time, just under estimated my riding stamina. I'm going to have to work up to 10 hour road trips.


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Old 09-26-2006, 11:39 PM   #4
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How do you post more than 1 pic at a time?

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Old 09-26-2006, 11:41 PM   #5
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Old 09-26-2006, 11:42 PM   #6
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Old 09-27-2006, 11:40 AM   #7
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dmack, thanks for posting. I sport toured a cbr9 for nine years, wearing out almost twenty sets of tires. So it pleases me to see your bike out on hwy 1, nice ride. Keep doing the big rides, your body will adapt.

Here's my bike up on hwy 1 last weekend, this is at the tail end of a 1600 mile hot lap (4 days riding, all twisities).

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I did have a great time, just under estimated my riding stamina. I'm going to have to work up to 10 hour road trips.

You will over time. Head out for a week or more, about halfway through day 2 you'll feel like you've been on the bike your whole life. 3-400 in a day is a good sporting ride, 600+ is a good touring day..imop.
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By day 3, you can't feel anything anyway, so just keep going
Not true!

I generally have some hand tingling for a week or more after, but other than that no issues

even when I was doing it on an F2 with supersport seat and 1/2 inch seat foam...fortunately I have Mr. Corbin to help now.
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Not true!

You know it... I know it...

It's just the easiest thing to tell folks who are concerned about them miles.
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You know it... I know it...

It's just the easiest thing to tell folks who are concerned about them miles.
We've had some new people join the trip over the years, I usually just tell them we only go 100 miles a day and stop every 30 minutes. By the time they figure out we're full of crap, it's too late to turn around
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We've had some new people join the trip over the years, I usually just tell them we only go 100 miles a day and stop every 30 minutes. By the time they figure out we're full of crap, it's too late to turn around
That's good... I am gonna borrow that from now on
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Yeah, they never mentioned the distances to me either, ans I only moved to San Fran about 6 months ago, so i didn't know where the places they were talking about were either.

My wrists were totally fine after a day of rest. I still have some tingling in my shins, of all places.
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