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What is the longest distance you have traveled on 2 wheels? Trips included. What is the farthest you've gone from home using 2 wheels as your source of transportation?

And how did you prepare for it? What did you bring that was a life saver? What didn't you bring that could have been a life saver? What was a complete waste of space that you didn't use? Did you enjoy the trip? Would you do it again? :D
 

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I've never really gone on a long trip on a motorcycle but I'd really like to ride down to Niagra Falls once the weather gets nicer again. I've never been there before and it seems like the perfect destination for a road trip for someone like me who lives in Toronto. The CTX1300 seems like an awesome bike to go road-tripping with too.

i'm eager to hear where some other people have gone before.
 

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I'm not a big long-distance traveler, two wheels or four, but I have taken a few extended jaunts. I did a three-day ride with a friend to NH from RI on the VTX a few years ago. There's some absolutely awesome riding roads through and around the White Mountains, if anyone is within a few hours of there.

The longest two-wheeled adventure was with two other guys from RI to Ohio for the AMA event at Mid-Ohio back in 2003. Five days, about 1800 miles on the ST1300. I had an Aerostitch Gore Tex suit (affectionately known as the Power Ranger suit) that I wore exactly once -- on this trip. It was heavy and bulky, too hot in the sun, and in one heavy downpour it was pretty much useless, which is why it never got worn again after that. I packed a small 12-volt air pump with a lighter plug adapter that clamped directly onto the battery terminals; one of the other guys had a tire plug kit, too. Luckily none of us needed any of them; but on a trip like that, it was great just for the peace of mind. Other than that I just brought the basics -- compact shaving kit, a week's worth of underwear and socks, a couple of T's, sweatshirt, pair of sneakers for walking around. There really wasn't much else that was brought and not needed. Oh yeah, and a can of spray cleaner -- a must-have if you're going to be where there are a lot of other bikes. :D

But that trip did tell me a lot about what I really did and didn't want for riding and riding gear; it's amazing what a good long trip away from home will teach you about what does and doesn't work. Starting with the Power Ranger suit, which was quickly replaced with an armored mesh jacket with removable lining. I also ditched the Shoei helmet that was too heavy and had next to no ventilation, a real disappointment considering how much I paid for it (I now have a Scorpion EXO-700 that I know I'm going to cry when it becomes too worn out to wear any more). I was reminded that I don't want too much tupperware in front of me blocking all the wind -- the big wind blast off my chest, yes; the refreshing stream of air to my head and arms, no. And I learned how much I disliked having to look through a full windshield, especially through a full face helmet in the rain. More than anything else though, I learned how much I prefer the riding position a cruiser; I spent the last four days of that trip on a steady diet of Advil to dull the pain in my lower back and shoulders. So every bike since then has been a cruiser -- with a short deflector-type windscreen.

Would I do it again? Well, I'm glad I did it once, and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Despite my few personal gripes, the ST was just superb; and the guys I was with were great guys and experienced, responsible riders (which doesn't mean we didn't misbehave just a bit). But I will most likely not do another one for that long or that far again. Maybe another weekend trip or two through the mountains with the wife before I hang up the spurs. Could just be the bike I have now, which just doesn't feel like something I want to spend hours and hours on. The wife has also renewed her interest in going for rides after quite a few years of not, but I don't see her spending long stretches in the saddle, either. But if this CTX1300 is everything I think it is (and there has to be a passenger backrest available for it!), that could all change kinda quick.
 

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i guess this is a good case of "you live and you learn". for the longest time my best friend has always brought up the idea of going on a long ride across states i never say yes. there are too much worries in my mind, just thinking if anything goes wrong with the bike and a patch wont be the fix. a towing bill wont be cheap. one summer i did suffer from heat stroke so if i were to be stuck on a bik for too long it might happen again...

long rides are just not for me. the longest distance ive done was 200 miles.
 

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I think that everyone should go on a road trip with friends at some point in their life. In a car or on a bike. It is great to travel somewhere and actually go through everywhere in between. Having said that, I think that doing it once is enough for a lot of people. You can grow as a person and also grow as a rider.

Do you think that the CTX1300 would be a great road trip bike? I think that is what it is playing at.
 

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Do you think that the CTX1300 would be a great road trip bike? I think that is what it is playing at.
Considering some of the things I've seen people tour on, I'm thinking the CTX1300 will be a superb touring bike. Comfortable looking riding position (won't know that for sure until I can actually SIT on one), hard bags, storage in the fairing, and sound system all seem to beg for long rides. And it's supposed to have available a tall windshield and rear trunk pack among other accessories. Not to mention that nice smooth V-4 that won't pound your internal organs into switching places with each other like some big twins.
 

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agreed. the CTX1300 with a taller windshield would be a perfect contender for longer distance trips. It is something I am looking forward to.

How does the tank size compare to the competition?
 

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Been on a trip to the Niehaus Cycle Sales annual event in May many years ago. Was 400 miles one way and some miles around the area while there so maybe 900+ miles all together. This was on my GW pulling my Time Out camper. Another year travelled to La Crosse, WI with the same setup with my wife. That was about 290 miles one way, and again 900+ total. On that trip realized how worthless camp hatchets are and what I needed was a camper's SAW instead. Thankfully other campers around us shared firewood and we were set for all 4 days in the area. I've taken more than one trip on my ST1100 pulling my Mini-Mate camper to Eagle Cliff Campground just outside of Lanesboro, MN with the ST riders group. That was 245 miles one way and with all the riding in the area there I average 800 miles total. I've also gone on a dozen trips to ST camping/riding events in Wisconsin and the Davis Rally for many years. Those all average from about 165-275 miles one way and end up totalling around 400-800 miles total. I only pull the camper in to the campground of course and all other miles are on the bike only on my own or with the other riders who are there. I've pared down what I take to what I think I use and the result is that the camper is usually packed very light these days. Still don't have that camp saw though. My wife enjoyed that trip on the GW to La Crosse and riding around to see the sites in the area on pillion, and again with me on a visit with friends in Omaha (about 128 miles one way, 300 total). She enjoyed those trips at the time but soon after that she decided she didn't like camping and a few years even later decided the only riding she wanted to do pillion was around town. So most of these trips are solo. I also see the CTX1300 as a potentially wonderful road trip bike. I may have to look into making my own trailer hitch for it. :D

I'm really interested in riding to my mom's place in southern AZ or maybe taking a longer trip to Seattle and back through Canada. But those trips may not ever happen, or it they do it will be a long time from now and I may be almost too old for it (getting very near retirement now).
 

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agreed. the CTX1300 with a taller windshield would be a perfect contender for longer distance trips. It is something I am looking forward to.

How does the tank size compare to the competition?

The CTX1300 has a 5.1 gallon capacity. My old GL1500 had a 6.1 gal and I know the GL1800 has 6.6 gal capacity. My current ST1100 has 7.4 gal tank and the ST1300 has 7.7 gallons. I get about 44-46 mpg on the highway and that drops to around 40-41 mpg pulling the camper. My Wing used to get only 34-36 mpg on the highway (29-33 with camper in tow). I hear of some GL1800s getting around 45 mpg, but many are less. Many ST1300 owners report 45+ mpg with some who get more and many who get less. I usually ride 260+ miles between fill ups for commuter riding (42 mpg). I would expect the CTX1300 to go a comparable distance between refills. But it would have to get around 52-55 mpg to do that. If it only could get 50 mpg you might have to stop a bit sooner. In a group of CTX and ST 1300s I wouldn't see any issue stopping 10-15 miles sooner than the others would need to. Everyone would fill up anyway while there. I see that happen in group rides I go on with the ST groups now with a mix of all bike styles, some who need to stop 30-50 miles sooner that the ST riders. A group is a group and rides together as a group regardless of the bike.
Literally, YMMV.
 

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Dublin Ohio to Denver Colorado, Denver to Atlantic City New Jersey, Atlantic City back to Dublin, Ohio

Seattle Washington to Newport beach California then back to Seattle.

Dublin Ohio to Rangeley Lake Maine and back to Dublin.

Seattle Washington to Glacier National then over to Waterton Lake up to Vancover back down to Seattle.

All one week trips.
 

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Dublin Ohio to Denver Colorado, Denver to Atlantic City New Jersey, Atlantic City back to Dublin, Ohio

Seattle Washington to Newport beach California then back to Seattle.

Dublin Ohio to Rangeley Lake Maine and back to Dublin.

Seattle Washington to Glacier National then over to Waterton Lake up to Vancover back down to Seattle.

All one week trips.
Greetings and welcome to the forum!

What were you riding on those trips?
 

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Here you go Ed

Dublin Ohio to Denver Colorado, Denver to Atlantic City New Jersey, Atlantic City back to Dublin, Ohio BMW K1200LT

Seattle Washington to Newport beach California then back to Seattle. BMW K1200RS

Dublin Ohio to Rangeley Lake Maine and back to Dublin. Yamaha FJR1300

Seattle Washington to Glacier National then over to Waterton Lake up to Vancover back down to Seattle. Honda ST1100

Dublin Ohio to Burlington Vermont and back to Dublin. Honda VFR1200

Numerous Trips from Dublin Ohio to Front Royal Va, Bedford Va, Maggie Valley NC and back to Dublin BMW K1200S, Honda VFR1200, KTM990SMT :)
 

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In 06 at age 56 I picked up an 89 Goldwing with 6k miles on it, did a good going over and major service, then in 1st week of July 06 I did a 12 day 6000+ mile trip to my home town of Freehold NJ from Az. did about 750 miles each day, 4th day in both directions was about 350 miles. It was one of the top 1 things I've ever done, the most valued item on the trip was the Goldwing, it performed flawlessly for over 6K miles and not even a drop of oil used.

This spring I may ride my BMW R1200ST to my NC home and take a plane back to AZ, I'll be moving to NC. sometime next fall or winter, my trailer ain't big enough for everything, 2 more moving trips planned for my P/U and 12' enclosed trailer, already did 2 trips, the trips are all fun either on 2 or 4 wheels.

I will try and sell the beemer before I leave, I'm not sure about riding it all that distance mainly because it ain't no Goldwing and I don't want to Bring More Wrenches...
 

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I will try and sell the beemer before I leave, I'm not sure about riding it all that distance mainly because it ain't no Goldwing and I don't want to Bring More Wrenches...
Funny reading that part. My brother in law, who was a big GW rider, decided to get back in mc riding and bought a BMW! What you said here was just what I was thinking when I heard that. :D
 

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BMW's have their quirps but I still like them, boxers mostly, the issues are not cheap to fix including leaking fuel pumps, dry clutch, slave cyl, input shaft splines and bearings, final drives, servo abs brakes, any abs brakes. But all brands have their issues, most not as complicated as the BMW.
 

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When I completed my National Parks Tour, I traveled from my start in Nebraska to New Mexico, to Wyoming, to Pennsylvania, to Georgia, and 20 more states in between. But that was spread out over about five separate trips over the space of almost a year.
 

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A buddy and I rode the USA Four Corners Tour. According to my odometer, it was an 11,530-mile round trip. Did that ride in the summer of 2010.
 
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