There isn’t a hard and fast rule regarding this, but it’s safe to say that most riders can handle between 250 and 300 milesin a day. However, many factors come into play that can determine how far you should be riding your motorcycle daily.
New, inexperienced riders won’t have the endurance that an experienced rider will. So, if you’re a newbie, or you’re used to riding in short stints close to home, pulling off a 300-mile day could wear you out.
Build up saddle time on a gradual basis, which will build up your endurance for long rides. Start out riding 150 miles a day, then increase to 200, then 250, etc. This will allow you to learn what’s comfortable for you and what’s not.
The type of road you ride on is another big determining factor. Winding canyon roads slow you down a lot, so you can’t realistically think you’ll be able to ride 300 miles in one day. It’s the same for dirt roads. You won’t cruise on dirt or even well-maintained gravel as fast as you will on a smoothly paved highway.
If you ride on a twisty road and then throw in a bunch of asphalt patches and pot holes, it stands to reason you will have to go slower, which shortens trip times.
Consider the total duration of your trip. If you’re just starting out and you want to get to your destination, where you’re be relaxing for at least a couple of days, it’s possible to pull off a 500-mile day of riding. But, if you’re going to be going out and riding again the next day or doing sightseeing that will keep you super busy, this may not be a good idea. You don’t want to get worn out.
When you plan a multi-day motorcycle trip, it’s best to mix the long days of riding with one or two low-mileage days, or even take a day off in between to rest.
Type of Motorcycle
Some motorcycles are designed for comfort and long-distance travel. You can ride further on a touring motorcycle than you can on a smaller bike, for instance. If you have a cruising motorcycle with big front fairings and windshields, you won’t get as fatigued as quickly when riding many miles. Foot peg position and seats also have a lot to do with it, as these can ensure better comfort when adjusted properly. But if you have a sport bike featuring an aggressive body position that has been designed for racing, you may get tired much sooner.
Beautiful clear, cool days are more pleasant to ride long distances, as opposed to hot and humid weather, cold and rainy weather, and so on. Weather can certainly slow you down, so make sure you plan ahead.
Tips to Ride Longer in a Day
Wish you could go further? There are things you can do to ride farther while staying safe at the same time. The main idea here is comfort.
- Wear gear appropriate for the weather. Excessive cold or heat causes fatigue much faster than you think.
- Use a good windshield.
- Wear ear plugs, as consistent exposure to loud noise wears you out faster.
- Properly adjust your handlebars for increased comfort.
- Take frequent breaks.
- Eat small meals often but avoid large, heavy meals.
- Drink plenty of water.
Planning how many miles you can ride every day on a multi-day trip can be daunting. Just don’t overdo it. It’s always best to err on the side of caution.
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