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    Default First LONG ride 1770 miles from Thursday-Sunday.

    I started out at 7am on Thursday, left PA (29 degrees) and headed south. Stopped for the day at 570 miles in Sweetwater, TN. Got up Friday morning, headed south via a scenic route to Ft Benning, GA (270 miles, much warmer out!). Visited with my daughter and her Army friends on Friday and Saturday, rode around Columbus and Ft Benning area, visited museums, etc. Tehn got up at 430 am Sunday and rode pretty much straight thru 840 miles home. Sundays ride was brutal, 2 straight hours of pouring rain and 41 degrees around Atlanta, then never above 50 degrees and scattered rain showers thru TN and Southern VA. Dropped into the 40's, then 30's as I headed further north, then low 30's and snow showers to home. I am still cold!
    So, how'd the Ryker do? Awesome! Equipped with the Shad saddlebag, factory windscreen, handguards and heated grips it never missed a beat. I stopped every 150 miles for 5 gallons of fuel. Moving speed was almost always between 75-90 mph except thru the miserable Atlanta weather. Changed gloves 3 times, most of my clothing once, (soaked thru in a couple spots during GA run). What really helped was moving my handlebars every 150 miles to a different position and moving my foot position about every 450 miles. It shifted my body weight around to keep fatigue at bay. The only parts of my body that really wore out were my hands. I was wearing 2 pairs of gloves and I struggled to hold the throttle on near the end. My neck was a bit sore as well. I played music thru my Senna into my helmet for sanity, and I knocked down a couple of 5 hour energy shots to stay awake from VA on north. I rode like a idiot thru the snow because I just wanted it to end near home!
    What would I change? For sure some kind of cruise control. Also, I should have taken my snowmobile suit to wear ( it was just so big and bulky to store!). A better pair of sunglasses. Smaller ear plugs. I wish they made a Shad bag for the left side. That's about it. I am 5'6" so the windshield was perfect. The headlights were awesome with LaMonsters LED bulbs. I never felt squirrley or out of control even at speeds approaching 100 mph. It did great in the heavy rain, occasionally crappy pavement, around a ton of 18 wheelers, etc.. It did great! Now I think I will quit riding it for a week or so.... lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triumphcycleman View Post
    What would I change? . . . Smaller ear plugs.
    I highly recommend these.

    They are rather low-profile. I find them comfortable enough to wear for hours. I use them when I play music and for listening to other loud bands.
    At $23, they are a bit more expensive than other earplugs, but I think they are worth it. I've gotten at least 18 months out of my first pair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triumphcycleman View Post
    I started out at 7am on Thursday, left PA (29 degrees) and headed south. Stopped for the day at 570 miles in Sweetwater, TN. Got up Friday morning, headed south via a scenic route to Ft Benning, GA (270 miles, much warmer out!). Visited with my daughter and her Army friends on Friday and Saturday, rode around Columbus and Ft Benning area, visited museums, etc. Tehn got up at 430 am Sunday and rode pretty much straight thru 840 miles home. Sundays ride was brutal, 2 straight hours of pouring rain and 41 degrees around Atlanta, then never above 50 degrees and scattered rain showers thru TN and Southern VA. Dropped into the 40's, then 30's as I headed further north, then low 30's and snow showers to home. I am still cold!
    So, how'd the Ryker do? Awesome! Equipped with the Shad saddlebag, factory windscreen, handguards and heated grips it never missed a beat. I stopped every 150 miles for 5 gallons of fuel. Moving speed was almost always between 75-90 mph except thru the miserable Atlanta weather. Changed gloves 3 times, most of my clothing once, (soaked thru in a couple spots during GA run). What really helped was moving my handlebars every 150 miles to a different position and moving my foot position about every 450 miles. It shifted my body weight around to keep fatigue at bay. The only parts of my body that really wore out were my hands. I was wearing 2 pairs of gloves and I struggled to hold the throttle on near the end. My neck was a bit sore as well. I played music thru my Senna into my helmet for sanity, and I knocked down a couple of 5 hour energy shots to stay awake from VA on north. I rode like a idiot thru the snow because I just wanted it to end near home!
    What would I change? For sure some kind of cruise control. Also, I should have taken my snowmobile suit to wear ( it was just so big and bulky to store!). A better pair of sunglasses. Smaller ear plugs. I wish they made a Shad bag for the left side. That's about it. I am 5'6" so the windshield was perfect. The headlights were awesome with LaMonsters LED bulbs. I never felt squirrley or out of control even at speeds approaching 100 mph. It did great in the heavy rain, occasionally crappy pavement, around a ton of 18 wheelers, etc.. It did great! Now I think I will quit riding it for a week or so.... lol!
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    Or idiot rider! That was soooo frigging cold coming home!

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    But, but, but, YOU CAN'T DO THAT!!!! The Ryker is NOT a touring mount. You're lucky to be alive!

    Congrats on the trip and this ride report is much appreciated. I hope you enjoy many more trips on the Ryker and I do hope you encounter better weather. Any machine is a touring machine as long as it fits your comfort level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triumphcycleman View Post
    Or idiot rider! That was soooo frigging cold coming home!
    The things we do for our kids...

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    This may be slightly off topic, but as for changing the gloves because they were wet. I have tried three different gloves (supposedly waterproof) and none met the challenge in a heavy rain or traveling thru hours of drizzle. I finally found 100% over gloves from Aerostitch. They are called triple digit covers. I have been thru steady all day rain and some gullywasher thunderstorms and my hands stayed dry.
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    to your Guardian Angle keeping up with you!! Now you need to find a good set of long johns and rain gear, nothing like being warm and dry for the next adventure. Live to Ride, Ride to Live

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    You have finally answered the question that I have been longing to have answered. What is the range of this machine at interstate speeds. 150 miles per tank is OK by me. I thought it was going to be considerably less.

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    I always stopped within 10 miles fore or aft of 150 miles. The most it took was 5.2, the least 4.7, so 30 mpg is dead accurate at what I consider pretty high speed. Rarely below 80 mph, consistently at 83 mph, touched 100 a few times, touched 65 a handful of times. Almost no low speed, except on exiting or entering the interstates. I truly have a 150 mile butt and bladder. I want off for a few minutes even just to stretch out a bit.

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    How was traffic in regards to visibly seeing you?

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    Great adventure. Thanks for the write up.
    Good to hear all went well for the Ryker and you.

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    +1 Triple Digit gloves, won't go anywhere without them!
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    Between the LED headlights, fenders and hand guard lights I am sure i was well seen from the front. Not too many passed me but i am not sure how it looked from there

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    Look out for rust on your Ryker, they don’t seem to like being wet. We aligned one today at Spyders on the Bayou that was ridden from Nashvile and it has rained a ton, the bike had a lot of rust on it.

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    Thanks for the heads-up. Anything in particular to look out for - bolt heads, welds, etc.??

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    Or Ironbutt ( Tslepebull) ref to the long journey do by triumphcycleman well done to him regards Nico 75

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triumphcycleman View Post
    I started out at 7am on Thursday, left PA (29 degrees) and headed south. Stopped for the day at 570 miles in Sweetwater, TN. Got up Friday morning, headed south via a scenic route to Ft Benning, GA (270 miles, much warmer out!). Visited with my daughter and her Army friends on Friday and Saturday, rode around Columbus and Ft Benning area, visited museums, etc. Tehn got up at 430 am Sunday and rode pretty much straight thru 840 miles home. Sundays ride was brutal, 2 straight hours of pouring rain and 41 degrees around Atlanta, then never above 50 degrees and scattered rain showers thru TN and Southern VA. Dropped into the 40's, then 30's as I headed further north, then low 30's and snow showers to home. I am still cold!
    So, how'd the Ryker do? Awesome! Equipped with the Shad saddlebag, factory windscreen, handguards and heated grips it never missed a beat. I stopped every 150 miles for 5 gallons of fuel. Moving speed was almost always between 75-90 mph except thru the miserable Atlanta weather. Changed gloves 3 times, most of my clothing once, (soaked thru in a couple spots during GA run). What really helped was moving my handlebars every 150 miles to a different position and moving my foot position about every 450 miles. It shifted my body weight around to keep fatigue at bay. The only parts of my body that really wore out were my hands. I was wearing 2 pairs of gloves and I struggled to hold the throttle on near the end. My neck was a bit sore as well. I played music thru my Senna into my helmet for sanity, and I knocked down a couple of 5 hour energy shots to stay awake from VA on north. I rode like a idiot thru the snow because I just wanted it to end near home!
    What would I change? For sure some kind of cruise control. Also, I should have taken my snowmobile suit to wear ( it was just so big and bulky to store!). A better pair of sunglasses. Smaller ear plugs. I wish they made a Shad bag for the left side. That's about it. I am 5'6" so the windshield was perfect. The headlights were awesome with LaMonsters LED bulbs. I never felt squirrley or out of control even at speeds approaching 100 mph. It did great in the heavy rain, occasionally crappy pavement, around a ton of 18 wheelers, etc.. It did great! Now I think I will quit riding it for a week or so.... lol!
    600 or 900?

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    I have several gloves, my hands are always cold until it hits about 70 degrees. That seldom happens on the coast. I keep meaning to try to find wool gloves for liners. Wool stays warm even when wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triumphcycleman View Post
    I started out at 7am on Thursday, left PA (29 degrees) and headed south. Stopped for the day at 570 miles in Sweetwater, TN. Got up Friday morning, headed south via a scenic route to Ft Benning, GA (270 miles, much warmer out!). Visited with my daughter and her Army friends on Friday and Saturday, rode around Columbus and Ft Benning area, visited museums, etc. Tehn got up at 430 am Sunday and rode pretty much straight thru 840 miles home. Sundays ride was brutal, 2 straight hours of pouring rain and 41 degrees around Atlanta, then never above 50 degrees and scattered rain showers thru TN and Southern VA. Dropped into the 40's, then 30's as I headed further north, then low 30's and snow showers to home. I am still cold!
    So, how'd the Ryker do? Awesome! Equipped with the Shad saddlebag, factory windscreen, handguards and heated grips it never missed a beat. I stopped every 150 miles for 5 gallons of fuel. Moving speed was almost always between 75-90 mph except thru the miserable Atlanta weather. Changed gloves 3 times, most of my clothing once, (soaked thru in a couple spots during GA run). What really helped was moving my handlebars every 150 miles to a different position and moving my foot position about every 450 miles. It shifted my body weight around to keep fatigue at bay. The only parts of my body that really wore out were my hands. I was wearing 2 pairs of gloves and I struggled to hold the throttle on near the end. My neck was a bit sore as well. I played music thru my Senna into my helmet for sanity, and I knocked down a couple of 5 hour energy shots to stay awake from VA on north. I rode like a idiot thru the snow because I just wanted it to end near home!
    What would I change? For sure some kind of cruise control. Also, I should have taken my snowmobile suit to wear ( it was just so big and bulky to store!). A better pair of sunglasses. Smaller ear plugs. I wish they made a Shad bag for the left side. That's about it. I am 5'6" so the windshield was perfect. The headlights were awesome with LaMonsters LED bulbs. I never felt squirrley or out of control even at speeds approaching 100 mph. It did great in the heavy rain, occasionally crappy pavement, around a ton of 18 wheelers, etc.. It did great! Now I think I will quit riding it for a week or so.... lol!
    What a great endorsement for a great machine!

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    Glad to hear it was comfortable cruising at Interstate speeds...

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