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Long ride to Denver - advice appreciated

So I'm meant fly to Denver tomorrow morning returning on Saturday morning. To me this seems like a waste of perfectly good riding time. So I am strongly contemplating jumping on the gixxer after work and doing the ride out there instead. For the record I've not been much further than Milwaukee on my bike, but I have done six hour rides rather easily (just not far out of state). The ride out there looks to be around 10-12 hours with 6-7 stops for gas. So, any advice for this last minute decision to ride?
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Depends on your speeds, but 10-12 hours is pretty fast.

I'd say something like 16 is more realistic. Boring, flat cornfields and lines of trucks.

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Got a conference to attend, bunch of clients to meet, the usual computer geek stuff :P

10-12 is based on just under 90mph.
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I was stationed at Fort Carson, Co which is about an hour south of Denver. If you make it from here to Denver in 10-12 hours than you will be one fast rider. A buddy of mine rode from Denver to DeKalb and let's just say his back tire 'was' new when he left Denver and it was square and down to the chords. It took him about 16 hours on a new R1. It's very possible to pull off, but 10-12 hours is a bit optimistic. Good luck to ya!

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Got a conference to attend, bunch of clients to meet, the usual computer geek stuff :P

10-12 is based on just under 90mph.
Denver Tech Center? I hate that place

10-12 driving/riding time.... 6-7 stops, and you're gonna need to to rest a little bit and stretch and relax... 16 total time

I'd say that's a rough commute.
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I was stationed at Fort Carson, Co which is about an hour south of Denver. If you make it from here to Denver in 10-12 hours than you will be one fast rider. A buddy of mine rode from Denver to DeKalb and let's just say his back tire 'was' new when he left Denver and it was square and down to the chords. It took him about 16 hours on a new R1. It's very possible to pull off, but 10-12 hours is a bit optimistic. Good luck to ya!
According to Google Maps the ride is ~1k miles. His tires didn't last him that long?
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10-12 is based on just under 90mph.
Long distance and high speed don't really mix well.

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According to Google Maps the ride is ~1k miles.
No way will you make that in 10-12 hours. It takes me 14 to do 700 in a day with gas and food stops and I don't screw around.

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Denver Tech Center? I hate that place

10-12 driving/riding time.... 6-7 stops, and you're gonna need to to rest a little bit and stretch and relax... 16 total time

I'd say that's a rough commute.
Nope, the Marriott Denver City Center (same thing maybe?)
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Nope, the Marriott Denver City Center (same thing maybe?)
no, that one's downtown...

good luck and more power to you , but you've got your times screwed up, you must be on Aussie time
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In 2 words, it sucks.

Just ask Jay, Rick, GasGuzzler, Aileen...it will be the worse road trip, eva.

No scenery, no fun, if you dont have a radar detector I sorely suggest you buy/borrow one.

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Long distance and high speed don't really mix well.
Agreed, although I'm generally fine with fatigue. I've done 16 hour drives before without much of a prob. Just never ridden that far.
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Agreed, although I'm generally fine with fatigue. I've done 16 hour drives before without much of a prob. Just never ridden that far.
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According to Google Maps the ride is ~1k miles. His tires didn't last him that long?
Nope. It's 1000 miles straight. It took a huge toll on the tires. He also had a soft compound...not sure what brand though?

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Agreed, although I'm generally fine with fatigue. I've done 16 hour drives before without much of a prob. Just never ridden that far.
That's comparing apples to oranges. Riding that far is not just a matter of keeping your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel. It is a full body effort.

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it is the straightest most boring trip in the world. Be careful what hour of the day you do it if you go the nebraska route then a most of the gas stations past omaha shut down between 10pm and 12 am. they don't open until 6 or 7. The best I have ever been able to do on that trip is 15 hours. I go there every year to snowboard. I usually travel at night to avoid truck traffic as it is a major trucking route.
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it is the straightest most boring trip in the world. Be careful what hour of the day you do it if you go the nebraska route then a most of the gas stations past omaha shut down between 10pm and 12 am. they don't open until 6 or 7. The best I have ever been able to do on that trip is 15 hours. I go there every year to snowboard. I usually travel at night to avoid truck traffic as it is a major trucking route.
Great advice, just what I'm after
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That's comparing apples to oranges. Riding that far is not just a matter of keeping your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel. It is a full body effort.
I'd put it at no less than triple the effort compared to a car.

Doing this for business may have an impact on what other people think about your 'judgment' to do it in the first place... not to mention probably being exhausted and physically worthless for some time after arriving.

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sure no problem.

Now that I think about it I am about 90% sure there is no way you can make it through Nebraska without stopping for gas on a bike you will find a station in omaha and lincoln late at night but nothing and I mean nothing is open until you are nearly in CO. That being said you are pretty much limited to leaving early AM and hitting the truck traffic which sucks and will lengthen the ride.
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~16-17hrs is a realistic estimate, I've driven out there many a time doing 80-85 the whole time with only 5 stops, maybe 6. No way in hell you will get out there in 10-12hrs

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What about if I was to ride out to Omaha tonight, stay at a motel, then finish the ride in the morning? Does that sound a little more reasonable?
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What about if I was to ride out to Omaha tonight, stay at a motel, then finish the ride in the morning? Does that sound a little more reasonable?
Breaking it up to rest and recharge is smart.

Did you see that nice weather over Iowa?

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Heck, that would be roughly two eight hour rides. Six hours is easy, so eight can't be much more draining.
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Did you see that nice weather over Iowa?
Yeah, looking rather nasty. I'm generally fine with riding in the rain, done it plenty of times.
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that sounds much better. it's tough to ride that in one shot.

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Yeah, looking rather nasty. I'm generally fine with riding in the rain, done it plenty of times.
I too love riding in the rain.. however, I personally do not trust other driving in the rain around me, especially the tailgating MOFOs on I80 That's the part that sucks.

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