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post #1 of 60 (permalink) Old 03-31-2019, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Riding my new ZX14 from Atlanta to NYC THIS WEEK! Am I nuts?

Just bought a ZX14 and I got plates saturday. All ready to go, but I'm flying down to Atlanta to ride it up to NYC in just 2 half days. Start mid afternoon one day, then arrive in NYC at 3PM the latest hopefully. Any tips? I've never gone more than 5 hours on a bike. I did Beverly hills to Las Vegas on a Busa and that was AMAZING! These Hyperbikes are the best for sports cruising. I did NYC to Ohio, then DC, PA, NYC on Capanord and I was dreaming of the BUSA!!

Anyway, this is what I got going:

Medium Air Hawk ordering now
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TONS of heat packs
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42 year old body which is not as excited as the matter in between my ears...

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I just bought a K1100RS in Orlando. Left at noon and was back in Wilmington DE at 2am. You can do it on the 14 easily in 2 days. Have done this trip on ZX-11 also. 1 aderol makes the trip better.

Also on my ZX-11 I bought...Seattle to Wilmington Delaware 3300 miles. Just under 3 days 10 years ago.


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I just bought a K1100RS in Orlando. Left at noon and was back in Wilmington DE at 2am. You can do it on the 14 easily in 2 days. Have done this trip on ZX-11 also. 1 aderol makes the trip better.

Also on my ZX-11 I bought...Seattle to Wilmington Delaware 3300 miles. Just under 3 days 10 years ago.


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Nice! I'm planning to leave at 4PM and get as far north as I can. Sleep in Virginia then head for NYC for 12PM. That means riding from 4PM to 9PM, then 5AM to 12PM the next day.

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Food and water: Protein bars, some fruit, nuts, Caffeinated drink.
May get a camelback tomorow
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Guys I need help with my mount for radar detector. When I get bike I''ll have 20-30 minutes to get rolling. How can I mount my radar detector in that time? Fast and secure options. Ram mounts is too slow. Talking about 7 days to ship. :(
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OK, I got the RAM mounts from Amazon!! They said April 3rd. RAM site says 7 days.
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It's only 876 miles from Hotlanta to NYC. 750 miles has been my longest ride in one day. Left Allegheny National Forest 2 hours before sunrise. arrived home at sunset. Many 600-mile days with more to come. You should have no problem making it in two days.

I was in a gas station S of Atlanta and 2 guys heading from Daytona on ZX-14s (as I was) to Decatur, Ga. They laughed when they saw the map in my tank bag. "You still navigate with a paper map?" one asked incredulously. I had already unclipped the phone and pocketed it, so I let them go on laughing. I told them I kinda knew where I was going without a map, having made the trip from here to Daytona a dozen or more times on bikes and in 4-wheel vehicles.

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DM me. Might be interested. You in GA right?

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It's only 876 miles from Hotlanta to NYC. 750 miles has been my longest ride in one day. Left Allegheny National Forest 2 hours before sunrise. arrived home at sunset. Many 600-mile days with more to come. You should have no problem making it in two days.

I was in a gas station S of Atlanta and 2 guys heading from Daytona on ZX-14s (as I was) to Decatur, Ga. They laughed when they saw the map in my tank bag. "You still navigate with a paper map?" one asked incredulously. I had already unclipped the phone and pocketed it, so I let them go on laughing. I told them I kinda knew where I was going without a map, having made the trip from here to Daytona a dozen or more times on bikes and in 4-wheel vehicles.

If you're interested in hard saddlebags and a tube bar adapter, let me know.
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Last summer I rode a total of 16 hours from Deals Gap - Tail of the Dragon to Richmond VA with an overnight stay, arrived in Philadelphia the next day. Make sure to bring your rain suit and chain lube. Have a safe ride.

btw, I am 63 years young.

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DM me. Might be interested. You in GA right?
No I live near St. Louis, but I pass through Atlanta once or twice a year.

Check with EZ, you may need a certain number of posts to do messaging.

On that trip, I had left Daytona early in the morning and made it past Chattanooga by dark. Did 400 to home the next day.

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Chain lube? Why not just Lube when I get home?

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Last summer I rode a total of 16 hours from Deals Gap - Tail of the Dragon to Richmond VA with an overnight stay, arrived in Philadelphia the next day. Make sure to bring your rain suit and chain lube. Have a safe ride.

btw, I am 63 years young.

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DM me. Might be interested. You in GA right?
No I live near St. Louis, but I pass through Atlanta once or twice a year.

Check with EZ, you may need a certain number of posts to do messaging.

On that trip, I had left Daytona early in the morning and made it past Chattanooga by dark. Did 400 to home the next day.
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I normally spritz the chain every 3-400 miles, or every other fuel stop, whichever comes first. 30,000 miles from a chain is normal if you keep it lubed.

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I normally spritz the chain every 3-400 miles, or every other fuel stop, whichever comes first. 30,000 miles from a chain is normal if you keep it lubed.
Not a bad idea especially considering I'll probably be riding in the rain a lot
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Chain lube? Why not just Lube when I get home?
If you would like to extend the life of your chain and sprockets, you would get a small spray can of chainlube. It's up to you.

I rode to Deals Gap and back from Philadelphia, a total of 1,800 miles with a well-lubed chain without the need of any kind of chain adjustment.

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Good deal. I would have to buy it down there though because can't carry on the plane.

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Chain lube? Why not just Lube when I get home?
If you would like to extend the life of your chain and sprockets, you would get a small spray can of chainlube. It's up to you.

I rode to Deals Gap and back from Philadelphia, a total of 1,800 miles with a well-lubed chain without the need of any kind of chain adjustment.
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Anyone has any ideas of a good way to mount my radar detector? I was unable to get the custom mount in time. I do have the ram mounts which is going to go into the stem but I need something to physically hold the radar detector. I'm thinking the X amount for the ram mounts I can put it in there and then wrap zip ties around the mount and the detector.
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Also I was trying to make a custom ear mold for the trip. It's an amazing experience when traveling long distances and not having to listen to a lot of noise. Also custom eramos are super comfortable. However I try to make a negative impression last night but the professionally-made are Impressions that I spent $70 on got ruined because I couldn't get it out of the mold when it cured.

I have some new ideas I'm going to explore tonight
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I used a piece of aluminum flat stock
drilled a couple holes in the ends to fit on the ends of the windscreen bolts
velcro on the flat stock and suction cups on the windscreen
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