Ladies - What's the longest trip you've taken on your bike?

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Ladies - What's the longest trip you've taken on your bike?

#1 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:35 pm

Okay, I love riding. It has become my passion. Riding a BMW seems to feed into that, because part of the marque's image seems to be all about putting on miles.

Last fall my husband and I rode from Baltimore to Selbyville, Tennessee. 1,650 miles. It was fun at times (riding the Cherahola Skyway) and miserable at times (when I poured 1/4 cup of rainwater out of my boot, rainpants were too short).

We frequently do day rides of 150 miles.

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#2 Unread post by Z (fka Sweet Tooth) » Sun Jun 18, 2006 8:34 pm

I just logged about 75 miles a few weeks ago, I know it palely compares 1650 miles :oops: but I'm still a rookie and learning new things on each ride. I'm looking forward to logging 1000+ mile trips one day. We took a trip this past Memorial Day weekend and that was about 1200 miles, but I wasent on my own bike. So far I absolutely love my experience on the bike!!

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#3 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Mon Jun 19, 2006 6:37 am

Sweet Tooth wrote:I just logged about 75 miles a few weeks ago, I know it palely compares 1650 miles :oops: but I'm still a rookie and learning new things on each ride. I'm looking forward to logging 1000+ mile trips one day. We took a trip this past Memorial Day weekend and that was about 1200 miles, but I wasent on my own bike. So far I absolutely love my experience on the bike!!
75 miles is nothing to sneeze at. You gotta start somewhere.

If you intend to do longer rides, the key is to work up to it.

Hubby and I did a 150 mile day ride (with the kids on pillion) for Fathers Day, on Saturday... I'm still feeling it, because its been a while since I've been on board that long.

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#4 Unread post by Z (fka Sweet Tooth) » Mon Jun 19, 2006 7:39 am

Lion_Lady wrote: If you intend to do longer rides, the key is to work up to it.
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I agree, I really underestimated how tiring riding can be.

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#5 Unread post by Z (fka Sweet Tooth) » Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:57 pm

I know im not a hard core biker with 20+ years of experince and a hundread thousand miles under my belt, but i'm here and im willing to learn, and if that bothers someone then so be it, but don't rude about it :roll:.

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#6 Unread post by Loonette » Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:11 pm

On some weekends, Dave and I will split between the two days and get some riding in. If it's my day, I'll drop down to southern Ohio where there are more hills and curves - that gives me about 300 miles for the day. The longest trip I've taken away from home has been to visit my friends in Michigan. It's about 200 miles each way. Typically I'll ride up, air out my feet, then go for local rides with my friend's group of riders. So that will keep me riding for most of the day.

Unfortunately my bike was down a lot last year with mechanical troubles, so I missed out on a planned trip which was supposed to be a bit larger than normal. These same mechanical issues were beginning to plague the new riding season, so I have since bought a new bike. I'm actually in the break-in period right now. I cannot wait to get out for some longer rides this year. Well, as much as finances and schedules will allow.

In the Summer of '08 (when I'm 40!), I plan to do some sort of ride that will take me very far away from home. Hopefully for two weeks. So... set your calendars. Maybe we could organize some sort of Ladies' TMW meetup.

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#7 Unread post by Loonette » Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:35 pm

I think you are right about why some gals perhaps wouldn't feel comfortable posting a lot about their riding. I have felt the same as well. But a lot of the guys here are newbies too. It's not just the female population. If women want to be heard they have to speak. And if they feel they're being treated unfairly, they need to let somebody in power know about it. Mike and the moderators are good about listening to the concerns of all the members here.

Ultimately, this forum is for the gals. The guys should try to comment only with relevant statements. Personal comments should be made through PM.

So that's it. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a couple of rogue chin whiskers to pluck. How's that for girl talk!! :wink:

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#8 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:07 pm

Evidently I was so quick to delete ZooTech's first [negative] response in this thread, which was directed at Sweet Tooth, actually. No one "got" to read it, which was what I had hoped.

Sometimes I'm on top of my game.

To be honest, I don't expect the ladies forum to be as 'busy' as the general forums, because we are in the minority. I do hope that we can make it a 'safe' and welcoming place to post questions and comments that are important to us/women as riders.

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#9 Unread post by Loonette » Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:31 pm

His one that I did see, which has been deleted, went something like (paraphrasing) don't even bother on that bike of yours because it's not really in the image of the brand's marque. Something like that. Meaning (to me anyway) that you were trying to say that the image of putting on lots of miles is something that is specific to BMWs. Like an elitist sort of thing. So then he sarcastically was saying that by your statement about BMWs, apparently riders of other-than-BMW bikes don't have an image of putting on lots of miles. Maybe I'm being dense, but that's what I got out of his remark. I didn't see any other post that directly insulted Sweet Tooth - I must have missed it. I do try to keep up. :wink:

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#10 Unread post by Lion_Lady » Mon Jun 19, 2006 3:45 pm

So, maybe my first post was perceived as elitist? Hmmm, I guess it could come across that way. My apologies.

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#11 Unread post by Z (fka Sweet Tooth) » Mon Jun 19, 2006 5:19 pm

I shouldn't have reacted to a post that I didn't see, but im glad it's straightened out now.

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#12 Unread post by blues2cruise » Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:48 pm

I just came home a couple of hours ago from my first big solo ride.

I rode to Vernon and back to visit some friends that I only get to see every year or so.
To get to Vernon one must ride through the mountains and it is about 300 miles each way.
I left on Friday morning and made a breakfast stop a bit over an hour from home and then a gas stop before I got to the Coquihalla Highway. I then stopped at the junction of the Coq and the connector for a nother few minutes break before I carried on to Kamloops. I had to stop and fuel in Kamloops and took a few minutes there for a coffee break before I made the final leg to Vernon.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well my 650cc V-Star performed on the mountain roads. Although the curves are easy, the hills are very long and very steep and the speed is fast.

I found it quite amazing to see the difference in mileage from in town riding to mountain highway riding. In town I can get over 300 km and not go on reserve. On this trip I managed about 230-240 and had to go on reserve.

So there you have it, I rode 600 miles in 2 days.
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#13 Unread post by Loonette » Tue Jun 20, 2006 12:49 am

Good deal, Blues2Cruise! Sounds like a good time.

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#14 Unread post by Z (fka Sweet Tooth) » Tue Jun 20, 2006 6:36 am

Sounds like you had a wonderful time Blues2cruise

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#15 Unread post by blues2cruise » Tue Jun 20, 2006 11:15 pm

Loonette and Sweet Tooth, doing a ride like that sure does give your confidence a boost.
I was a tiny bit apprehensive going, but not apprehensive coming back.

I'm looking forward to the next adventure.
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#16 Unread post by MotorcykleAsh » Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:07 pm

I commute everyday on my bike to work 88 miles each way 5 days a week.....by the time Sunday rolls around I want nothing to do with riding hehe
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#17 Unread post by smiles » Thu Jun 22, 2006 10:30 am

88 miles each way, youv'e got me beat. My commute is only 35miles each way but it's a nice ride if I go around Amarillo and fun if you like to go a little fast sometimes. My husband and I rode ours bikes to Carlsbad caverns Memorial Day weekend. Ended up with about 600miles.
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#18 Unread post by Loonette » Fri Jun 23, 2006 9:37 am

UPDATE: On Tuesday, ZooTech and I rode down to S.E. Ohio to grab onto Route 555 (nicknamed, The Triple Nickel). This route was crazy with hills and blind curves. We put in roughly 400 miles for the day, with few stops. It was a challenging and exciting ride. Thus far, that would be the most miles I've put on in one shot.

There's more info starting on page 3 of this thread viewtopic.php?t=5626

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#19 Unread post by blues2cruise » Fri Jun 23, 2006 9:38 pm

My main riding partner got himself a part time job, so I haven't been getting in those long trips like loonette and zootech.
I guess I better find a new riding partner. :)

Loonette, your ride sounds like it was challenging, but fun.
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#20 Unread post by dr_bar » Mon Jun 26, 2006 4:48 pm

blues2cruise wrote:My main riding partner got himself a part time job, so I haven't been getting in those long trips like loonette and zootech.
I guess I better find a new riding partner. :)

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