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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-29-2017, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Long Distance riding a 2009 Vulcan 900LT?

I am trading in my 2009 Vulcan 900LT and my best option is to drive it 1300 miles to Kentucky from South Dakota. I would appreciate any tips that are specific to this size motocycle and would love to hear from people who have made some longer trips in this bike.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-29-2017, 02:09 PM
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I put over 1600 miles on my Custom in 6 days. These bikes are great for long riding. For me it help to break the trip up into small sections. Just concentrate on the ride to your next fuel stop, lunch, water break, etc. while ignoring the rest and a 1300 mile trip becomes very manageable. Set realistic goals for how far you want to ride in a day and don't be afraid to cut a day short. Forcing yourself to ride when you're tire is no good. Pack lightly too. I guarantee you don't need to bring as much stuff as you think you do.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-29-2017, 02:45 PM
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Ditto to that, put 3000 miles on a trip with my 96 custom a few years ago, just took our time & enjoyed it. No need to over do it!
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-29-2017, 08:34 PM
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Yea, got to break it up. I go about an hour, stop for 10 minutes, go about an hour, stop for 10 minutes, etc. After about 3-4 hours of that I stop for a 20-30 minute coffee break/lunch whatever. Then I'm good for another 2-3 hours. On the highway, tunes on the phone and earbuds help too, but obviously not in any kind of traffic. The highway around me is usually pretty sparse on traffic, middle of nowhere kind of riding. If your young with a high pain threshold you can extend all of this...

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-30-2017, 11:59 AM
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I get a 1200-1500mile ride in almost every year. As others have said take it in small runs 1-2 hour shots, as far as time go's.
Many, many years ago my old man always figured a 32 mile an hour average over the coarse of a day's driving. Still works good for me.

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Ive rode several 3000 mile weeks and dozens of 500-600 mile days.

2 hours is a good standard for stops. 70-75mph so you can use your 140-150 mile tank up then stop 5-10 minutes walk a few steps around and make sure to drink plenty of water!
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-25-2017, 08:27 AM
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My wife rode 400 miles to Gettysburg from west Cleveland, most of it in rain, darkness, and mountains on US 30. The looks she gave me at red lights!
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 08:27 PM
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Just completed an 1050 mile ride. My Vulcan was the smallest bike in the group of 8, one yamaha, one vulcan 1700,one indian, one harley 3 victories and my 900LT that handled extreamly well and kept up with no problem.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 09:11 PM
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You will have no problems I have a 97 Vulcan 800 Classic and rode it from one side of the country to the other.
Have also done some nice trips 2 up with my wife.
Best thing I did was add a Mustang seat for trips, upgrading the seat made a big difference.
Only downside for the Vulcan 800 is the 4 gallon gas tank but you have the whipped with the 900.
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