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Author Topic: What's Your longest freeway run?  (Read 2457 times)

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What's Your longest freeway run?
« on: May 25, 2013, 05:39:41 PM »
Hey Riders,
We all know these bikes are not intended for freeways, but there are times when we have to use them in order together to the areas where we do want to ride.

I've got the counter shaft sprocket upgrade on my B5 and notice it really has made a difference when running down the freeways. I can cruise very comfortably at or just under 65. The longest shot I've taken on a freeway was about an hour, doing mostly 60 to 65 max. Keep in mind I'm a 200 pounder!  ::)

I'm wondering what others have done. What's your longest run on the super slabs? Do tell!

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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013, 05:56:51 PM »
110 miles, nonstop, about 1 hr 45 min, up to a start of a BSA club ride. Cruising 65-70. The bike had no complaints. Then we did about a 120 mile ride through the twisties and another 50 freeway miles back home. The bike performed as it should!
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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2013, 06:17:28 PM »
I did a 150-mile freeway ride from Philadelphia to Washington DC in about 4 hours including stops. No problems. The bike does fine in the Interstate speed range - not the fastest on the road but perfectly adequate.

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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2013, 06:59:09 PM »
Rich - if you rode your Bullet on I-95 from Philly to DC, you deserve a medal for bravery. That's a daunting trip in a car.....  traffic in the 'slow' lane generally runs 70-75 or so .... at least when I was last on it.
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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2013, 07:03:20 PM »
Sublight stretches are short and dispersed.
Typical sublight ride:
first 5 min: waw
2nd 5 min: wuhu, how fast will it go?
3rd 5 min: jesse, this is boring
4rd 5 min: mam, aren't we there yet?

Because you asked here's the top 4 (gps - data)
30km   -  80kpu  -  134kpu
50km   -  94kpu  -  118kpu
30km   -  80kpu  -  134kpu
31km   -  89kpu  -  131kpu
(length - moving average - maximum speed)
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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2013, 11:16:23 PM »
110... 150?  Damn, that is a good long shot.

Royalista- hahaha!

On my longest ride, from San Jose to San Francisco, I never had a chance to get bored as the traffic moving by me was quite intense.  Also, there was one area where the wind was so strong (half moon nay exit) that it was all I could do just keeping the bike upright.

Thanks for the input. It's inspiring to hear of others conquests!

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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2013, 11:39:52 PM »
I've got the counter shaft sprocket upgrade on my B5 and notice it really has made a difference when running down the freeways.

Boots - What exactly is the "counter shaft sprocket upgrade"?  17 tooth drive sprocket to 18 tooth?  Or are we talking about something completely different?

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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2013, 02:23:51 PM »
2 hours or so straight on my way up to Seattle last year.  About an hour at 60-65, then another hour at mostly WOT because I was late.  Then we all met up and we were off to the back roads. 

On my way from Portland to California I probably did an hour or two here and there. 

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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2013, 05:15:24 PM »
Wow, two hours! That certainly gives me some confidence for te ride I'm planning on taking this summer. I will definitely have some freeway stretches to get to where I wanna go. Planning on meeting my brother down around San Simeon along the coast, highway 1 is gorgeous, but he has some rides planned inland that will require long freeway jaunts to reach.

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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2013, 05:17:32 PM »
Mattsz,

The countershaft sprocket upgrade is just what you are thinking of... basically going up or adding an additional tooth in order to alleviate the strain on the engine at higher speeds. It really made a difference!

Cheers!
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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2013, 06:06:17 PM »
If I remember right last year meganuke did the Saddlesore 1000. http://www.enfieldmotorcycles.com/forum/index.php/topic,14942.0.html
That was an epic trip.

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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2013, 11:07:59 PM »
It most certainly was, for machine and man. I bookmarked that thread. It has interesting stuff to take in before attempting such a ride.

Especially on a bullet and in an environment where one is condemned to use highways. The limits on the backroads are too low and the speed on the highways is too high.

An SS1000 on a bullet should be in a class apart, imo.
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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2013, 12:44:52 AM »
That ss1000 that he did was amazing and he almost did permanent damage to his hands!

I did 3 hours on 101 from Santa Cruz to Avila Beach in 25 mph headwinds. It was 55 mph top speed wide open. I actually gained speed drafting semi trucks!

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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2013, 08:04:11 PM »
Jartist!

That is exactly the stretch of slab I will encounter! Damn, drafting a semi is shit crazy!  I remember doing that in my '67 VW bug when I was 20 years old on the way to Chico... that is until I had a little scare. 

The headwinds are a major concern for me. Sometimes the winds along highway 1 are a bit much. The Bullet is around a 100 pounds lighter than my previous bikes and those damned tires don't help a whole hell of a lot either.

Still, I've been looking forward to this long ride for a long time. Thanks for all the input Riders.

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Re: What's Your longest freeway run?
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2013, 02:16:52 AM »
I have not done 2 hours on the free way but I do 2 hours on side roads all the time.
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