This ain't my first rodeo. Check out my build thread. I've done long days (600+) and know how to travel on a bike. I'm just not sure how fatigue will hit me on the ride. I need tips on psychology of the ride more than gear and bike setup.Highway pegs so you can change positions as well as using the passenger pegs.
I disagree with that. With two people, you are getting tired at different rates, consuming gas at different rates, and have to work at staying together on the road instead of just going whatever pace you feel is ok for you. I think that would just complicate something that is already very tough to begin with.It would be much easier with another partner riding too
As you point out Friends along can be a negative, but they are also positive. When I did my very first 1000 mile day it was in the Minnesota 1000. So we were bonus hunting and going all over the damn place. At about 5am I was exhausted and was done. But I couldn't quit because I didn't want to disappoint my buddy. Had I been alone I probably would have quit. However I had the opposite experience with that same buddy on my ride around the Great Lakes. He wanted to slow down and do it in 4 days. It would have meant stopping in Wisconsin 100 miles from my house and 250 miles from the finish at about 5 in the evening. Put a real strain on the ride to try and keep him moving. I ride solo now. Also with 2 or more your stop time is always the longest of your times. Someone is always waiting on their bike to leave.I disagree with that. With two people, you are getting tired at different rates, consuming gas at different rates, and have to work at staying together on the road instead of just going whatever pace you feel is ok for you. I think that would just complicate something that is already very tough to begin with.
I would like to take a friend along, but pretty sure it would not be a good move.
These are the benchmarks for the ride. Time listed is the maximum time I can spend getting to any given point. This way I can tell if I have enough time to rest or if I have to just gas and go. I should have between 4 and 5 hours of downtime on this ride.
LeMars-(Sioux Falls)-Mitchell-3H 15M 154 miles
Mitchell-Murdo --------------6H 9M 138 miles (292 total miles)
Murdo-Rapid City------------9H 4M 136 miles (428 total miles)
Rapid City-Gillette, WY------12H 0M 139 miles (567 total miles)
Gillette-Rapid City-----------15H 4M 139 miles (706 total miles)
Rapid City-Murdo------------18H 9M 136 miles (842 total miles)
Murdo-Mitchell--------------20H 45M 138 miles (980 total miles)
Mitchell-(Sioux Falls)-LeMars-24H 0M 154 miles (1134 total miles)
No heated gear, but plenty of stuff to layer with. Always have these onboard: HJC waterproof snowmobile gloves, Firstgear jacket (and liner), tourmaster pants (and liner), mechanic gloves (lightweight), NRA sweatshirt, extra pair of socks, rain covers for boots. The coat and pants are both waterproof as well.Forgot if you have heated gear or not? If not take long johns and sweaters. Run into a rain storm at night and you will be freezing, which will drop your body temp and make you sleepy.
Best of luck!