Episode 43

43: Long Ride Planning Part 1 with Ted from the Motorcycle Men


April 28th, 2016

1 hr 19 mins 6 secs

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About this Episode

Tonight we kick off their long ride planning talking about preparing your bike and yourself. We are joined by Ted from the Motorcycle Men podcast to share his experience with long riding.

Rich called into the Motorcycle Men podcast during their Episode 22 recording.

Rich, Rico, and Ted all where able to get out on their bikes as the east coast weather has made a turn toward warmer weather.

What the guys sipped on during the show:


Rich views a long ride as riding all day on the bike - not going out meeting guys and just hanging out. A good example of this would be mountain ride discussed in episode 42.

Reading recommendation for preparing the mind and body for long distance riding:Building an Iron Butt (source: BikeBandit.com)


Focus on getting hydrated couple of days before ride
Get a good amount of quality rest
Do a nut and bolt check of bike a few weeks before ride, so you have time to correct larger issues
Plan out a realistic route with some options for change

Perform bike check- breaks, tires, tire pressure, fluids, and chain/belts
Focus on yourself - eat light, hydrate, stretch, etc
Check the weather so know what type of gear you need
Have right gear for the type of riding you plan to do
Have reflective gear if riding at night to make sure you are seen by others

Carry a tire repair kit and tire pump
Have extra oil and fuel
A must is to have zip ties as they can be very useful in many cases
Tool kit
Wear compression gear to help with blood flow
Camelbak to allow you drink while riding so you stay hydrated.
Use the street view in Google Maps to have and idea what road will be like.

Have route planned out and everyone be familiar with an overview of the route.
Furkot used to plan trip, which allows you to export to other devices.
Alternative to using dedicated GPS unit - check out an app called Co-Pilot.
For group riding, make sure everyone knows where next stop will be in case group gets split
Carry USB battery pack to provide extra power for devices

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Harley announces a new Sportster: The Roadster The guys really like the bike and how it looks.

One of Patron members Markus sent us a how Harley should have done it. Ted doesn't like and Rich loves it.
Rich gets Ted's opinion of the Moto Guzzi Flying Fortess. Ted - doesn't like the heads sticking out of side. Says batman would buy this bike if he was looking for a bike, also thinks the bike is ugly. Rich loves the bike and is really looking forward to being able to ride it after the release in Sturgis.

The guys talked about the Ducati XDiavel.  Ted was able to sit on bike and said the cockpit is too small for his size, but loves the look.  Rich and Rico are planning on riding it June, stay tune as there will for sure be a show talking about the XDiavel ride.


After the recent helmet tech episode, we spin around and take a quick look at a patent from Honda for blind spot monitoring for bikes. The guys don't really like this nor want it on their bikes.

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