I MADE IT!!!
1099 miles in 18 hours 20 minutes. Almost 6 hours to spare! I put in the extra 100 to make sure I had some margin.
All things told, it was much easier than I expected. I almost turned it into a Bun Burner Gold (1,500 mi. in 24 hours) because I was at over 600 miles at not quite 9 hours into the ride. I am sure I could do 1K in 14-15 hours if I really wanted to. I decided to "ease it on in" for the last 400 (really 500), because I came up with what I think may be an even better route for the BBG (really just an excuse for another ride!
) I took a long late dinner (like almost an hour) and also started taking gas at quicker intervals--instead of going for gas at 200-220 miles, I started stopping at 150-160 for more breaks.
As for the bike, it purred like a content kitty the whole way. It literally did not miss a beat the whole time. I had a lot of respect for the bike for it's usefulness as a commuter and weekend twisties warrior, but it makes a pretty darn good touring bike too! It'll hum along at 75-90 mph all day long--literally. I have a Givi windscreen so I didn't fight the wind, and the riding position...wow! No long range stress on your hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck, back, knees, feet...anything. A couple of times during the ride I noticed how little weight I had on my hands and arms, they were basically just resting on the bars. And I was sitting upright, not all hunched over. My bum would start to groan every so often, but I would would just shift my position (er, um cheeks) and I was good to go for another hour or two without discomfort and I just kept repeating that process. Iron butt indeed! One area I can see that might help is gearing. I can't see how a 44 or 43 tooth rear sprocket can do anything but to improve the bike for my purposes. But that's about it. I was half expecting to get 500, 600, 700 miles in and discover something that was causing me discomfort, but that simply never happened--I enjoyed it from start to finish.
Cmoreride: I hear ya' brother! The Cali interstates can be a battleground with aggressive drivers in big vehicles and the sheer volume. I was a bit concerned about that on my first "out" leg because my route had me going through some sections that can get knotted up with traffic pretty bad, but I was lucky (and there at a good time of the day) and traffic was flowing nicely and I still managed a 70-75 mph rate. One good thing about Cal. drivers is they like to go fast for the most part and that's good for us that are trying to make time. I was able to get into a few pockets of traffic on the interstates that were flowing at 80, 85, even 90 mph, and when you can go that rate steady for an hour or two at a time, obviously it really helps you cover ground quickly. I only saw ONE CHP the entire time...one! This one had a driver pulled over in one of those "tricky" speed traps--you know, where the speed limit goes from 70 mph to 65 to 55 to 45 (usually for a tiny town or some sort of construction) in about a mile or two...you can bet there will be a radar gun around...there was this time. Other than that, nada, zilch, nothing. I was glad about that, because I was really not wanting to get a speeding ticket on this trip even though I knew their would be times when I would be going fast.
Well, I have my maps, log, start and end witness forms, and all the receipts from my gas and food stops here. I just need to get everything organized and copies made and then send them off. I can't wait to get my IBA #, pin. cert., and that coveted license plate frame!
I am already planning my next one...hmmmm a BB 1,500 or the BBG??? You're right Thumper, these things can be addicting!