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Curious what you guys rock for going on longer distance rides?

I've ridden the s1000rr from LA to Monterey a few times and it was a bit rough. The seating position wasn't terrible, but the vibrations were rough! Had to pull off and stretch more than I would've liked.

So I've been looking into a R1200R for doing longer trips with..

 

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700 miles on RR in one day in mountains and some highways was not a problem. Over 400 miles on R1 and it gets tiring.

I'm not fond of naked bikes, over ~120MPH and they're terrible to ride.
 

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L.A. to Monterey is 319 miles. With Heli bars and a tall tinted OEM windscreen, I've done 300 miles of twisties in the mountains in a day, and could have gone more. I'm 71. L.A. to Monterey...was that on freeway or coastal highway? Curious about the conditions.

I had an F800GT, which was more comfortable, but nothing is like a RR for smooth power. I sold it, even though it was a "nice" bike.

Vibration? Where...in the bars? I have Motovation weighted bar ends (and the Helis also are heavier, which cuts vibration) and have never noted vibration problems.

My 2 cents...not probably worth much, but my '17 RR can easily go that distance.

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120mph on the track or street??

But to z00's point, I find that I require at least a modest windshield, especially for long hauls. In short, Helibars for the HP4, although my legs do feel cramped after 3 hours, but it's not too bad. I was in a similar situation as you, I really wanted the SK"R," but the passenger side of things were brutal. The XR was just too much bike. I finally decided on a Hyperstrada 939 last year, soft-ish saddle bags were stock, but I did add the heated grips option. It's a fun little bike and it does 95% of what I wanted it for; commuting, long trips and the occasional 2-up being a few examples. The only downside is the stock suspension, but even then, in a tight twisty, it'll give a sport-bike a good run.
 

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I've done 900 km in a day, 95% twistys so a lot of moving on the bike. I would not attempt that if it was highway/superslab.
 

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I would think on the RR it'd be so easy. Once your on the highway cruise control most of the highway if you can, I know I do. I've done 8hrs of riding in one day on the RR, leaves you tired but easily repeatable.

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Over very long stretches of riding, it becomes more likely to have concentration lapses and make more errors.
Very interesting point; I was just thinking about this not long ago. The conclusion I came to, well, I'm certain I read it somewhere, was that the human body/mind is an amazing machine that will turn-off resources it thinks it doesn't need when over-tasked. So when I felt tired from riding, I noticed I was in a daze (or was it haze?!) with very little awareness of the surroundings. I had to snap back to the task at hand and stay completely conscious of what my autopilot mind was trying to do, which was to shut down services it deemed unnecessary for survival. Looks like I'm in need of some firmware re-programing.
 

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I did 870 miles in one day on my S1000RR from north of Toronto Ontario to Des Moines Iowa, all interstate, with a lot of off/on heavyish rain until near Chicago IL. I have to say I woke up the next day ready to do another 650 miles with ease. So no reason why the S1000RR can't fit the bill.
 
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The wind fatigue is a real factor on bikes with little to no fairings. If definitely shortens the distance I can safely travel in a day.
 

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I ride a K1600 GTL on the distance rides over slab......a great bike for cruising.

But that's also exactly why I'm here on this forum, looking for an S1000RR, lol


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The wind fatigue is a real factor on bikes with little to no fairings. If definitely shortens the distance I can safely travel in a day.
When I switched my regular height OEM screen for the BMW tall tinted OEM windscreen, I was astonished at how much less fatigued I felt after a 150-mile ride. It was amazing. At first I didn't like the way it looked, but comfort trumps form any day on a long ride.

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Rode 4165 kms (2600 miles) from Edmonton AB to Florence OR & back on a 16 RR during the last week in August. Installed heli-bars on the bike which made a HUGE improvement in comfort, but looked forward to getting off the bike at the end of the day.

For road trips longer than that, I ride a Road Glide.

My wife rode her R1200RS during that trip and was completely comfortable all day, everyday.
 

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I did 870 miles in one day on my S1000RR from north of Toronto Ontario to Des Moines Iowa, all interstate, with a lot of off/on heavyish rain until near Chicago IL. I have to say I woke up the next day ready to do another 650 miles with ease. So no reason why the S1000RR can't fit the bill.
You da MAN! :)

Hope you got your water pump fixed!
 
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I've done about 500mi in a day on the RR, mostly twisties, byt spent 12+ hours doing it. With my Sargent seat, it was no real deal, ready for more the next day. Haven't been able ($$) to do any long trips yet like I did on my '01 Gixxer 1k, but am looking forward to it next season now that I've got a great job! I see no reason not to be able to do long days on a 'RR.

On the Gixxer, I did 720-ish miles one day, lots of twisties in between from Green River UT to St. George the long way (Moab, Monument Valley, Navajo Bridge, Kaibab, Zion, etc.), in about 14 hrs. THAT was a long but awesome day!

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We used to ride to Laguna this route:
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Curious what you guys rock for going on longer distance rides?

I've ridden the s1000rr from LA to Monterey a few times and it was a bit rough. The seating position wasn't terrible, but the vibrations were rough! Had to pull off and stretch more than I would've liked.

So I've been looking into a R1200R for doing longer trips with..

I'm really not sure what the differences are between the R1200r and the R1200GS are but you may want to consider the latter as well. A well known local racer Cory Call uses this as a daily commuter and track day teaching bike. He commutes from Sacramento to San Jose daily rain or shine. Depending on his route this is a 200-240 mile a day daily commute. He has said it's the best all around motorcycle he's ever ridden. Not related to long distance touring but he takes great delight humiliating others on the track with it. He seems to be able to wheelie it anywhere and turns 2.03s and 4s on street tires at T-Hill East. 2.01s on slicks. In exhibitions he has pretended to lose control going into turn 1 at the same track locking up the brakes and running off into the dirt. Demonstrating the bike's versatility he proceeded to ride through the dirt on the gas half way to turn 2 before reentering the track. Seeing what Cory does with that bike makes me want one. :laugh:
 
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