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SS1000 / Bunburner Attempt

#1 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Sat Oct 03, 2009 1:36 pm

Well, last year (or so) I'd expressed some interest in doing the SS1000. I've got a route planned out and days off and soon I'll have be spending a lot of time alone on the bike.

Time alone is hard to come by when you've got 4 kids. :)

So, the run will be starting at 4:30AM in Clark or Linden NJ on next Friday and hopefully rounding out the first 1000 miles (or so) down in Florida either in Ormond Beach or Titusville Florida. The 4:30AM leave time is dictated by my first gas station stop - they don't open until 6:30AM and it is about 100 miles away.

Day 2 - will be just 500 miles on the way back to make the BunBurner attribute.

Before we start up with Inventories at my company and it gets too cold up here - I want to get this done.

I've reserved Friday, Monday and Tuesday off. I've also been toying with the idea of going further south on the second day and making it down to Key West or something, but I suspect I'll need to rest the Tuesday before returning to work.

My bike is essentially new, I need to adjust the chain before starting off. It has had its first maintenance done on it, tires look good and should still have a couple more thousand miles on them to go. I'm a very sedate rider, so I don't actually think I wear the tires a lot.

One problem is that my estimated time of arrival in Florida may be outside the times that the gas stations down there are open.

I'm getting a GPS tracking device that will report to a website my location and it has a 911 feature on it - so if I get in to trouble...

Here it is

After the $97 I have to buy the service for 911 and tracking.

So, it looks like a great adventure.

I'm getting together all my supplies. Any suggestions would be great.

I've got a compressor and slime on the way for flat tires. My wife is checking on adding Motorcycle coverage to our AAA account.

I have some allen wrench sockets, a socket wrench, I'm going to see if I can get my old saddle bags on the bike + my tail bag.

I'll be bringing a camera, lots of batteries, but I don't think I'm going to record any video this trup. My grandiose idea is to video record an entire SS1000, but not this first one.

We'll see if I buy the mounting hardware I could have it by the time I leave.

I'm looking for some good containers for water to go in to my packs.

Happy Riding.

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#2 Unread post by Tennif Shoe » Sat Oct 03, 2009 4:38 pm

good luck on the trip

you should be able to find gas stations open 24-7

look for tupperware for your waterproofing needs

adding motorcycle towing to your AAA is cheap you may find you already have it


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#3 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Sat Oct 03, 2009 9:21 pm

Tennif Shoe wrote:good luck on the trip

you should be able to find gas stations open 24-7

look for tupperware for your waterproofing needs

adding motorcycle towing to your AAA is cheap you may find you already have it


BTW..... HAVE FUN
Thanks for the luck - it can always tilt the scales one direction or another. I keep trying to stay with Exxon/Mobile for my gas stuff, but if they aren't open past 1030PM when I get to my destination - meh, I'll go somewhere else.

It is just easier to get gas with the dongle thingie than have to whip out a credit card - and I certainly don't want to carry a lot of cash if I can avoid it.

I'll definitely have fun with it. I'll put on another 2K miles on my bike at the least and that's something I enjoy doing.

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#4 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:09 am

OK, getting ready to leave. Not going for the bunburner, decided to stay and go to Cape Canaveral if I should actually complete the SS1000 and take my time coming back.

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#5 Unread post by BuzZz » Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:19 am

Good choice.

And Good Luck, eh. 8)
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#6 Unread post by Skier » Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:50 pm

For future reference, AAA covers motorcycles with their RV coverage.
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#7 Unread post by Gummiente » Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:58 pm

BuzZz wrote:Good choice.

And Good Luck, eh. 8)
I'll second that. Ride safe!
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#8 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:03 am

I've completed the ride, got receipts for everything, got witnesses.

Oh, boy am I sore. But I'm down here insunny Daytona Beach. It was 1065bike-odometer miles. Hopefully that translates in to 1000+ road miles. My wife was actually shocked that I needed to go further than Jacksonville (terrible place to ride 95 though btw) as google maps was showing 1000+ from rahway, nj to jacksonville, fl

Buyt as the case of actuality is, I had 980 miles on the bike there and wanted at least 1040 miles on the bike before calling it quits.

Oh, and saddlesore is not funny. And certain other parts are sore too.

I did get to meet god and the devil in smithfield NC.

I'll go in to further detail on that later after I've had some sleep.

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#9 Unread post by Wrider » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:40 am

Glad you've made it man! Congratulations! Sleep well!
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#10 Unread post by fireguzzi » Sat Oct 10, 2009 8:08 am

Congratz Rhadam. That's quite an accomplishment.
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#11 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:27 am

I've got a fe hour sdown here - may want till twilight to go home it is hot as anything down here.

Lots of riders with no helmet, but some wearing helmets. More then I would have thought.

Il> at kennedy space center now. Beautiful ride over atlantic waterway to merrit island.

I thought I would be unique coming to the space center on a bike.... That is incorrect. There is one other bike here ..... in the motorcycle parking area. Closer to the facilty that the car parking and the helpful security guy directed me to park my bike in the shade!!!

Maybe NASA isn't as risk averse as I thought.

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#12 Unread post by Johnj » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:57 pm

I hope you got a room and about 16 hours of sleep. You could jump over to the Blue Ridge Parkway on your way home. I bet the fall colors are gorgeous.
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#13 Unread post by koji52 » Sat Oct 10, 2009 10:37 pm

Dammit dude. I wish I had seen this thread earlier...did you go it alone? I definately would have been interested in tagging along for something like that. I had planned to ride in a random direction for a couple of days then find my way back at some point during the summer and it never happened.
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#14 Unread post by zeligman » Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:07 pm

CONGRATS! - was great to hear you did well!

I'm jealous! wonder how many miles from Boston to Rahway? :)

next summer perhaps!

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#15 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Mon Oct 12, 2009 4:38 pm

A saddle sore is not a ride to "tag along" on. Not any more than you'd "tag along" with Lance Armstrong, for a bicycle ride. The motorcycles would need to have "matched" gas tank ranges, and the riders must practically read each others minds. Otherwise valuable time is lost . . . and a Saddle Sore is all about time and focus.

>>You did it the hard way, Rad.. But congratulations!!

500 ish miles out, then 500 ish miles back means you aren't so far from home if you realize the adventure is more than you bargained for. The "one way" SS1000 is great if you've got family, etc at your 1K destination for support.

For those who are clueless: A Saddle Sore 1000 is a recognized achievement in the Long Distance Riding community. It involves riding 1000 miles in less than 24 hours. Planning to ride at least 50 miles further is always smart. (A friend rode 1003 miles... she was denied certification because her odometer is optimistic).

Planning a route, and strict documentation of turn points and gas stops are required. Along with witness signatures at or near the start and finish of your ride.

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#16 Unread post by koji52 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:55 am

Lion_Lady wrote:A saddle sore is not a ride to "tag along" on. Not any more than you'd "tag along" with Lance Armstrong, for a bicycle ride. The motorcycles would need to have "matched" gas tank ranges, and the riders must practically read each others minds. Otherwise valuable time is lost . . . and a Saddle Sore is all about time and focus.


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"Tag along" was more like "I'm down to ride with you, can clear my schedule for it and can commit to it." I think "tagging along" on a bicycle tour with Lance Armstrong is a bit extreme by way of an analogy, as there are very few people on Earth who can physically do so. I would suspect that there are few people who could ride a motorcycle with Lance Armstrong on a bicycle. Your comment appears to have some demeaning aftertones, which I dont appreciate, but whatever. I would not have jumped onto a trip like this on the fly. However, given a week to clear my schedule, buy some gear and ready myself, I think I have the motorcycling skill, physical endurance and mental strength to complete a trip like this.

Congrats Rhadam for doing what you did.
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#17 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:00 am

I'm finally back and ... functional. The return trip was so friggin' cold and the gear I brought failed completely to protect me from.

I ended up stopping at a Target and getting thermal underware, and warm weather gloves under my leather gloves.

Still, temps were lower than I expected and the way back I had to stop more frequently, to warm up.

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#18 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:06 am

Skier wrote:For future reference, AAA covers motorcycles with their RV coverage.
I've seen it, unfortunately, I asked my wife to add the coverage - and she never got to it.

Fortunately, I didn't need it - although a couple of times I was getting really nervous about gas.

I'll have to add it myself sometime soon.

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#19 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:09 am

Gummiente wrote:
BuzZz wrote:Good choice.

And Good Luck, eh. 8)
I'll second that. Ride safe!
Thanks Gummi - turned out to be a really good choice. I'm pretty sure my butt couldn't take another 500 miles. Something to work towards, maybe.

I always did want to get to the Grand Canyon. But I'd probably budget a specific smaller number of miles per day than 1000 a day.

I've got bruises in uncomfortable places right now.

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#20 Unread post by RhadamYgg » Tue Oct 13, 2009 11:12 am

Wrider wrote:Glad you've made it man! Congratulations! Sleep well!
Thanks! I ended up not getting a whole lot of sleep, but relaxed most of the day at Kennedy Space Center.

The funny thing about Kennedy Space Center is that.... Everything I look at I think I could do better - they have the most impressive topic to base a park around... And this is what they come up with?

They really need some one that is visionary to head up the visitor center and PR for NASA... I mean really, are they even trying?

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