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6 hours on the interstate...advice?

About to take a trip, fortunately, I get to spend 6 hours on the LT...unfortunately means 6 hours on the interstate (rather than avoiding the interstate at all costs - several reasons for taking the interstate for which I won't get into right now)

What I'm looking for is advice for interstate travel:

Tire pressure change?
What pre-load to use?
Any other stuff?

Thanks!

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Re: 6 hours on the interstate...advice?

I would not expect that you would have to do antyhing different unless you are going two up or have a ton of luggage.

6 hours is an easy ride on an LT even with a stock seat. (like DanDiver said. Stock Seat and Stock Butt works for me)

If you are worried about aches and pains for a long ride, take an advil, tylenol, etc 30 min before you leave on the ride as a prophylactic measure to ease the aches.

Otherwise, stop when you want and take it easy.

How many miles you plan on doing?

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Re: 6 hours on the interstate...advice?

I agree with what has been said, all good advice. The only thing I would add is to not wait until your rear end is sore to take a break.

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Re: 6 hours on the interstate...advice?

Thanks guys...

I also think the stock seat, stock butt thing is working for me so far. I did do a one day Tail of the Dragon trip (https://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthread.php?t=62492), though it was a lot more hours it was about 436 miles. That seat worked okay for me, but I was on and off and on and off and on and off...only did about 3 or 4 hours straight at one time coming home.

This trip will be all in one leg. 363 miles...323 miles of that on the interstate or 65mph 4 lane. With my wife and young daughters following me in the car, I'm sure we'll be stopping several times. So I should be okay with plenty of breaks!

Only problem with the tunes is that I stole my bike form a dealer because the ABS and Radio didn't work (got her for $4000, 99 model with 64K). She runs and rides great, but no tunes...my Scala Q2 only picks up radio marginally, and the mp3 inputs max volume is almost too low to hear at highway speed. So, I might just have to sing the whole way for my tunes!

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Re: 6 hours on the interstate...advice?

Basic stuff: stay hydrated. Take frequent breaks.
As for tires -- I always run at max anyway.
I keep the shocks pretty stiff. Just like the way the bike feels that way.
I've done long days on the interstate, twice what you're thinking about, not a problem.

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Thanks guys... Snip....

.....end snip my Scala Q2 only picks up radio marginally, and the mp3 inputs max volume is almost too low to hear at highway speed. So, I might just have to sing the whole way for my tunes!

Thanks for your input!
I have the Scala Q2's and love them. Because I modified them so that I can listen to the tunes at the same level I listen to them in my living room. Read this thread and it will steer you in the right direction. You can use regular earbuds if you don't want to go to the trouble/expense to do the molded earphone thing.

http://www.bmwlt.com/forums/showthre...ight=earphones

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Use the Speed Control, pick good radio stations and/or have a good selection of CDs.

Drink enough fluids and stop now and then to smell the roses...
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My scala did not have enough volume either...

I did an upgrade to the firmware and also moved the ear pieces around inside the helmet and now I get plenty of volume...

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Re: 6 hours on the interstate...advice?

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About to take a trip, fortunately, I get to spend 6 hours on the LT...unfortunately means 6 hours on the interstate (rather than avoiding the interstate at all costs - several reasons for taking the interstate for which I won't get into right now)

What I'm looking for is advice for interstate travel:

Tire pressure change?
What pre-load to use?
Any other stuff?

Thanks!
Normal tire pressures are fine. No need to change preload. Hardest part is staying awake...

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A way to talk with your family in the car would be nice. CB radio, FRS radio, cell phone. Failing all of that, work out a small set of basic hand signals for breaks, faster!, slower!, etc.

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Re: 6 hours on the interstate...advice?

A lot of good advice so far but I'm a little confused,
first you said six hours on the interstate,
then you said only 323 miles?

You must have figured in time for lunch and a short nap after.

Come on dude, you're riding an LT, not a Harley.


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Hans, you forgot he is traveling with the fam! Probably going to be lots of "I have to go potty" breaks.

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A lot of good advice so far but I'm a little confused,
first you said six hours on the interstate,
then you said only 323 miles?

You must have figured in time for lunch and a short nap after.

Come on dude, you're riding an LT, not a Harley.

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...my Scala Q2 only picks up radio marginally, and the mp3 inputs max volume is almost too low to hear at highway speed. So, I might just have to sing the whole way for my tunes!
I think you need to listen to Loren on this one--and once you get that done a little Hillsong, Vineyard and Brandon Heath would be my recommendations...

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Wear a high vis vest, you will notice a big difference how drivers notice you during lane changes etc.

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A lot of good advice so far but I'm a little confused,
first you said six hours on the interstate,
then you said only 323 miles?

You must have figured in time for lunch and a short nap after.

Come on dude, you're riding an LT, not a Harley.
I had a similar thought, stopping to smell the roses I guess.

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All good suggestions. Tunes, hydration, self medication.

I find that drinking one of those 5 hour energy things (they don't really do much, but it takes 5 hours to get that AWFUL taste out of my mouth) seems to help me from getting stiff and sore. Also, the biggest thing to make the time pass is to twist the engine volume knob, the one on the right handlebar, closer to 10. Doing so makes a 6 hour ride a 4 hour ride.

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Watch those other drivers !!!!!!
Interstate travelers are a dangerous crowd.....
Always, always, turn your head and look before changing lanes.....
Passing semi's will be "rough air"...........................
Pass semi's as fast as possible (blown tires are like gernades)
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"Pass semi's as fast as possible (blown tires are like gernades)"
Very, very true. Watched a buddy years ago get taken right off his bike by tire shrapnel. The tire blew just as we was about to go past.

Make sure truck drivers see you before you pass, then pull out as far as you can get from them in your lane.
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I'm interested to see how he's gonna' do 340 miles without refueling

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"Pass semi's as fast as possible (blown tires are like gernades)"
Very, very true. Watched a buddy years ago get taken right off his bike by tire shrapnel. The tire blew just as we was about to go past.

Make sure truck drivers see you before you pass, then pull out as far as you can get from them in your lane.
Also those treads left on the highway are a trick keep your distance between you and the cars in front. I once was following a car about two lengths back they went over a piece of tire from a Semi and kicked straight up in the air at me, even at that distance I had just enough time to swerve slightly to the right and still take the tire against the clutch and left side of the bike, nothing to put me down, but I pulled over to calm my nerves ... Ride safe!

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6 hours? that's a lunch run.....(only teasing....a little)

Ditto tunes........ditto squared tunes.

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I rode 940 miles on my last day returning from PA and didn't have any trouble except for driving into the setting sun. I stopped very regularly for hydration and a walk around the bike. The day was all interstate from Billings, Montana to Beaverton, Oregon. If you even think you are tired, get off the road and take a break. Get past trucks as fast as you safely and legally can. This ole gal does not like the turbulence near the trucks, especially the triples!
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Best I've done in one stretch was 19.5 hrs. And yes, it was on the stock seat. But it was OK, because the day before I only did 11hrs.

OP, your radio doesn't work? Have you looked into why? If it powers up but has no sound, check the fuse in the back of it, which is for the internal amp.

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if you're thinking 65 mph.... 4th gear? ;-)

seriously.

for these kinds of runs -- which i do all the time when i'm using my bike in place of airplanes for business travel -- i tend to set up at 3900 RPM which is the point right before the bike goes to full rich on the EFI....smoothest cruise.. at least on my bike.

82 mph indicated ... prolly more like 77 actual.

the bike will be snoozing and so will you.

as a personal aside -- i know of several situations where 'caravaning' with bikes and cars have resulted in hazardous conditions for the bike. i can even cite more than one where it has resulted in the ca'rs occupants witnessing the resulting accident.

if it was me, i might just arrange to meet them at your destination.

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We just finished 9 hours on the interstate 600 miles. Drowsiness not a problem. The horrible knee and hip pain keep me awake

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Done some traveling of my own and the best thing for me is to keep pressures and measurements right like the manual says. Remember, german technology still rules the planet and what says on the manual is the best for you and your bike. Other than that healthwise I get this knot on my upper left back right by my trapecious close to the neck that kills me, but I found that if I ride on a straight up possition the pain goes away with a combination of massages from the wife unit on the back. Good luck on your trip and stay scaning ahead on the road.
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Don't forget ear plugs, especially if you're not listening to music. The constant rush of air on your ears will really fatigue you.


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About to take a trip, fortunately, I get to spend 6 hours on the LT...unfortunately means 6 hours on the interstate (rather than avoiding the interstate at all costs - several reasons for taking the interstate for which I won't get into right now)

What I'm looking for is advice for interstate travel:

Tire pressure change?
What pre-load to use?
Any other stuff?

Thanks!
I don't know if you did your trip already and if my experience would be of any value now.
In early August I returned from TX. solo ride. Great experience in the day time. The sites encouraged me to want to see more. I left Austin about 0415 hours and stopped in St Louis for the night about 2300 hours. Interstate all the way. Three bad patches, going by Dallas morning rush traffic, one lane backup for bad traffic accident approaching Texarkana and a highway fire entering Arkansas.
My preparation was to freeze to large bottles of smart water the night before so I was well hydrated all trip. Tire shrapnel is a norm on the interstate AVOID! Gas stops and breaks as needed SEVERAL. One meal about 1500 and snacks the rest of time. Damages, my behind PRICELESS!
I made it home safely the next day 300miles.
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Thanks for all the awesome advice. I tried some of it and ignored some to! here's my basic report:

Definitely needed tunes. The scala headset did fine on the radio stations as I neared Atlanta but once out of ATL it was a pain to hold the button down to scan to nothing but static 4 out of 5 scans. So I just muted it. It was around this time I thought, "why not call my wife in the car behind me?" so we chatted for a couple hours.

I did use ear plugs...huge help. I learned that on my FJR1300. I was amazed at how well I still heard my wife in the headset even with them in.

I didn't get too uncomfortable in the hind quarters. But I've learned to move around on the seat...forward, backward, rolling my hips forward and backward too. Until I get a backrest I think this may be my normal for long distances.

We did have a plan to stop at certain rest areas if we got separated...so we weren't too concerned about that. I did keep a close eye on her in my mirrors though. She had our 2 yr old and 6 month old and our dog in the car with her. So a stop by herself would've been difficult.

That was the trip there...

Now for the trip home. Only took about 40 hours to go those 343 miles. Yep, no typo...about 40 hours.

It began with tropical storm Lee. Missed the strongest thunderstorms by delaying a Sunday departure until Monday. But still a non-stop downpour on Monday.

Though I've been caught in the rain before, I usually don't choose to ride in it. But I had to on Monday to get home for some work deadlines and whatnot.

The LT...handled great. The cheap rain suit...not so much so. It had a small hole in the seam of the crotch. So I was wet from waist to knees wihtin about 10 miles. Yes, it was raining that hard.

Got about an hour into the trip and my wife needed to stop for gas. No biggie, little BP station right where we needed it. Luckily, I didn't need any gas in the LT.

Because of the rain, and removing my scala comm system (water resistant but not water proof), I was letting my wife lead the way so if she needed to stop, she could and I'd follow.

So, about 5 miles after leaving the gas station, she puts on her blinker and pulls off to the side of the interstate...I thought the baby might have been screaming or something. Nope... The hyundai is dead. Just quit. No check engine, nothing...just quit. We were lucky to get to the side of the road. Remember tropical storm Lee? Yep, here I am in my rain suit standing out side a car full of kids and our dog and the car won't crank.

Long story short...or a little less long...triple A, a hotel, a closed repair shop that doesn't
Work on Hyundai, another tow, and a lot of praying...and it was bad gas. A $300 repair bill to drop the tank, empty it, blow out all the gas lines and clean the fuel filter and now we're on our way....finally.

So...very little of Lee left over by Tuesday afternoon. Still drizzling but we're moving in the right direction now!

By the time we hit Atlanta, the drizzle has almost stopped and it becomes quite a nice ride again.

I wish I had a stock screen. I think it has a Cee Bailey screen. It's great when it's all the way up, but when I needed to lower it for the drizzle, it was quite the stretch to see over it for a long period of time. I'll do short stints on curvy roads, but to sit that way for hours in the drizzle was not fun. So I may need to look into finding a stock screen.

I definitely will be getting a new rain suit.

I will be looking for a cup holder option. Just needed something to drink more often than I stopped to get something.

Need J-pegs or an alternative to the stock pegs. Though I'd throw my feet back on the passenger pegs for a little bit, I still felt I needed a little more stretch at times.

Gotta get my radio fixed or do the Jensen install. Boring just isn't a big enough word sometimes.

But of all things...and all the posts about "how much the LT breaks down"...it was the Hyundai. And I'll be more inclined to take the LT across the country than either of my Hyundai's now. Loved it. Great fun. Great ride.

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Re: 6 hours on the interstate...advice?

Glad the ride was safe. Sorry to hear of the car troubles. Better than bike troubles if you had to have troubles though.

I'm confused though, as to why you took 2 vehicles in both directions. When you originally posted, I assumed you were moving the bike to a new location.

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Re: 6 hours on the interstate...advice?

OK! Who dropped the ball for this poor Guy? Which one of you was supposed to tell him to avoid tropical storms? Channing? Bill C? AKFish?

What a ride and what a tale. Glad all of you made it home safely.

With the Scala, why didn't you use an MP3 player wired to the base of the control unit? Works fine/lasts long time. Beats the FM radio part if the Scala hands down.

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Re: 6 hours on the interstate...advice?

Good questions. Especially "who dropped the ball and didn't tell this guy to avoid tropical storms?"

Two vehicles both directions. Seems silly, but two good reasons.
1) two kids and a dog with the wife driving and all the luggage for the weekend meant someone would be very uncomfortable or we take two vehicles. It would've cost about $75 to kennel the dog, and only about $20 to ride the bike. We chose the latter.
2) have been looking for a reason to take the LT on a longer ride. This was my chance. Wife agreed. End of story.

As far as the scala and mp3 tunes...I can't seem to get enough volume on the mp3 input and my iPhone. I've got the volume maxed out on both and can still barely understand words, much less enjoy the music, when at speed. I'm also a music guy, bachelor and master degrees in music, career in music, I'm a little picky about being able to really hear my music. But that's just me. I'm gonna try that fix mentioned earlier in this thread. We'll see.

Thanks for all the info everyone. I'm loving this forum. Spending almost as much time here as Facebook!

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Re: 6 hours on the interstate...advice?

As one of the "music" recommenders in this thread......iPod. Once you get used to using one and have it loaded with all your favorite music....great way to have good sound.

I've yet to get satellite radio.....but that's next. Either way you eliminate the every 60 mile switching FM stations.

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