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Long rides bad for the bike?

Hello there. Well its been a few weeks since i got my first sportsbike, The 2006 Gsxr600 new. Im taking it in for the first service thusday, "600 miles service". Got a few buddies to ride with now so its a little more fun. So i live in north carolina around the winston salem area. Im down here in florida at the moment with my girlfriend. Its about a 750 miles trip up there which is exhausting in a car itself. Im looking to buy a trailer now to get it back up there but i was curious. Would a trip like that hurt the motor on my bike if i was to drive it? My bike doesnt exactly have to be revved high constantly to ride i don't think. So would it cause any problems doing 750 miles in one day? I wish it where possible to ride it that far.
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Hello there. Well its been a few weeks since i got my first sportsbike, The 2006 Gsxr600 new. Im taking it in for the first service thusday, "600 miles service". Got a few buddies to ride with now so its a little more fun. So i live in north carolina around the winston salem area. Im down here in florida at the moment with my girlfriend. Its about a 750 miles trip up there which is exhausting in a car itself. Im looking to buy a trailer now to get it back up there but i was curious. Would a trip like that hurt the motor on my bike if i was to drive it? My bike doesnt exactly have to be revved high constantly to ride i don't think. So would it cause any problems doing 750 miles in one day? I wish it where possible to ride it that far.
You should be just fine. Cruising on the highway you'll probably be in the 6-7K range in 6th gear. Im not real sure how the Gixxers are geared but it should be close to that. With it being a new bike, just make sure to vary the RPM.

Also since the weather is still pretty mild you wont have to worry about over heating the engine.
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once the engine break period is over i dont think it matters, i do long trips 300-400, alot and no ill effects, they were ment to be used, not trailored, now if its a new bike and still in break in, follow the manufactors suggestions, they are their for a reason



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This might sound dumb but if your not "in shape" for long rides a 750 mile ride is gonna be brutal!! you wouldn't think it would be physically taxing to just sit up there and ride along but it really is. You may want to plan on breaking that trip up into two days. It def. takes some getting used to.

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I've road 650 miles in a single day... and It's true "it's Taxing" on your body.... on top of boring if you're going in a straight line there is a chance for target fixation and loosing track of your surroundings. Plus 750 miles on the Super slab will square off your tires in no time.


If you ride that, break it up it's not really long enough for 2 days but schedule breaks, gas and lunches. If you do this you may be able to pick op some additional rides to tag along for stretches. Find some decent roads with twist and turns to keep you interested and your tires nicely rounded.
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Yeah. All my friends are like how the hell did i get 650 miles on it already in 3 weeks. They act like its a bad thing. as in "you will never get any amount of money out of it or be able to trade at the rate your going". But i got it to ride afterall. how much does it degrade the value of a bike after all im curious? like how many miles = how much money loss? thanks
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haha your buddies must just be sunday riders.


ride the hell out of it man, it was meant for it. just be weary of your tires, your engine temp, fatigue (if you even think about closing your eyes cause your tired pull over imediatly and find a hotel), your tummy, your EARS (wind noise will be VERY taxing on your whole body if you dont have good sound cancelers), and your WEATHER!!!

sucks to plan a 750 mile trip when half way through you end up in a tornado or a flash flood.
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Yeah. All my friends are like how the hell did i get 650 miles on it already in 3 weeks. They act like its a bad thing. as in "you will never get any amount of money out of it or be able to trade at the rate your going". But i got it to ride afterall. how much does it degrade the value of a bike after all im curious? like how many miles = how much money loss? thanks
Your buddy's are fools and you are right....you bought that sucker to ride man.



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Your buddy's are fools and you are right....you bought that sucker to ride man.
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I did 678 miles in 12 hours not too long ago. 24 February to be exact. Out to Cali canyons and back. Wasn't too bad. I had Pilot Race tires and they weren't squared at all. But chances are your stock Bridgestones will be square as hell after the trip. Gives you an excuse to buy Pilot Powers. I was cruising around 100 the whole way. It can b done. Get lots of sleep. When I got home, I was laying in bed and I could still here the wind. It's a long time to be sitting on a bike. So break it up into two trips or rough it out. But pull over at the slightest hint of sleepiness.
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I was laying in bed and I could still here the wind. It's a long time to be sitting on a bike. So break it up into two trips or rough it out. But pull over at the slightest hint of sleepiness.
And ware ear plugs.... Hearing the wind 2 days laters is no joke.
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And ware ear plugs.... Hearing the wind 2 days laters is no joke.
Personally, I didn't like wearing plugs. I liked hearing my engine and all that.
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Personally, I didn't like wearing plugs. I liked hearing my engine and all that.
Wearing plugs don't take away from hearing the engine. It just cuts out the wind noise a bit.




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Wearing plugs don't take away from hearing the engine. It just cuts out the wind noise a bit.
Negative. It just gives a different tone to the wind and it messed with me hearing my engine.
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And ware ear plugs.... Hearing the wind 2 days laters is no joke.
True that. I wear them everytime. Without them I get a headache.


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Negative. It just gives a different tone to the wind and it messed with me hearing my engine.
When I first started wearing them I was riding 15-20 mph FASTER than normal...because I was used to hearing the engine at a certain volume. I've gotten used to them.



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Yeah I also find that when the wind isn't so loud its less drooning and therefor you can stay alert longer.




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Negative. It just gives a different tone to the wind and it messed with me hearing my engine.
whoa really? you must be running a quiet bike then.

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True that. I wear them everytime. Without them I get a headache.




When I first started wearing them I was riding 15-20 mph FASTER than normal...because I was used to hearing the engine at a certain volume. I've gotten used to them.
Amen. When i first discovered this little bit of gold advice, i was amazed at how much better my riding got. Its less distracting, you can still hear everything you need to, and you can actually hear yourself think.

But yea, i started riding faster when i first got em in. I did 140 for the first time after installing those little foam parts in my ears.

only time i dont wear em now is when i'm just goin down the road, 1 or 2 miles.
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Hello there. Well its been a few weeks since i got my first sportsbike, The 2006 Gsxr600 new. Im taking it in for the first service thusday, "600 miles service". Got a few buddies to ride with now so its a little more fun. So i live in north carolina around the winston salem area. Im down here in florida at the moment with my girlfriend. Its about a 750 miles trip up there which is exhausting in a car itself. Im looking to buy a trailer now to get it back up there but i was curious. Would a trip like that hurt the motor on my bike if i was to drive it? My bike doesnt exactly have to be revved high constantly to ride i don't think. So would it cause any problems doing 750 miles in one day? I wish it where possible to ride it that far.

Wait till u start doin SMRs, youll be doin 300+ in several hours easily
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