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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 09-05-2012, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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My buddy has done at least a dozen of these on his BMW touring bike. I was pondering the idea of joining him, obviously I would rent a touring bike.

But then I got to thinking.... They have a 50cc Coast to Coast challenge. If we left from Jacksonville FL. to San Fran Cali it would be the shortest route at 2,345 miles. The average speed would be 47 mph. That's non stop w/o stops or fuel. Problem I am noticing is that that last bit of info is impossible. Next thing is a 50cc scooter goes around 40mph.

How is this challenge even possible? You cannot ride a 50cc scooter on the highway LEGALLY. Are these some heavily modified scooters? I'd imagine you would have to blow a lot of red lights and do a lot of lane splitting. Can someone explain to me how this is even possible?

I think the 1000 in 24 hour challenge would be a lot of fun. He has a spare helmet with a 1 mile radius radio that I could burrow and he says its 4 turns and back home. He has a route already that he says is easy. He is a whole other league of rider than me. He goes on trips all the time. He knows what it takes and he says it's incredibly difficult for someone new to try it let alone dangerous w/o training for it.

I'm just entertaining the idea.
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If your butt isn't conditioned, you won't make it the whole way. Try 500 in a day first and see how you feel. Then do two 500 day trips in a row. It would be a fun adventure, but you need the right tools (a conditioned body) for the job.

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Its not done on a scooter. It has to be done in 50 hours. Quite the accomplishment. And when your ready for the ultimate do 1500 miles in 24 hours or 11000 miles in 11 days.

Its not all about the bike either. 11000 miles has been done on a 250 ninja.
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I am built like a Roman God. Actually I'm not but I am by the books considered an "athletic" build.

I think this is more of a mental game vs physical. Most challenging things are mental. I am really interested in how is a 50cc able to travel damn near 2500 miles in 50 hours? I am kicking tires at this point really. I think it would be something fun to do. I understand the risks involved.
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50cc stands for coast to coast.

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Gotcha, I'm thinking displacement. That would be one intense challenge! One paper doing it with 50cc scooters is does not calculate to be remotely possible.
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There might be a prerequisite before they will take your entry for certain trips. For example: they will not accept the 1500 miles in 24 hours trip if you have not first completed the 1000 miles in 24 hours. They do this purposely so rookies don't try to attempt the most difficult trip on a first try and end up giving up or doing something stupid and dangerous to complete it. Read the rules thoroughly before attempting any of them because the association is extremely picky about keeping records, prereqs, and proper procedure.

I've only completed the 1000 mile in 24 hours ride on my 600RR in just under 18 hours and it was challenging to say the least. I have permanent wrist damage from that ride.
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I think the 1000 in 24 hour challenge would be a lot of fun.

it's not.
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I did around 700 miles to the smoky mountains in about 10.5 hrs with no problem. 600 miles were totally boring but the last 100 were great.
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