Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sacramento, CA USA 96814
Well, if you've done 7 hour rides, you know that 11 hour rides are going to be like the 7 hour ride, except almost doubled. That's a long drive in a car, let alone a sportbike. Add a couple hours for pee and stretch breaks, because you'll need them. No, add more than that. I'll easily add a couple hours to an otherwise 8 hour ride.
As far as what to drink - water is the best. Avoid coffee, tea and soda, since they are diuretics. Energy drinks too. But, as you reach hour 8 or 9, I'll bet you'll be craving a few beers. My official call is to tell you to avoid those too.
As far as what to eat, obviously you don't want to bonk out there, but riding isn't exactly an athletic event either, just a strain on the joints and muscles. You don't really need to alter your eating habits, except that I would a) not overeat, and b) avoid foods that "pass through" quickly. Personally, I think a nice, juicy burger is a yummy thing to eat on a long road trip.
As far as other preparation - aside from the standard things like emergency flat repair kits, etc... prepare for the real possibility that you just might not make it in one day to do cramping, so take the necessary cash or credit card for such contingencies. The real key to rides like this is to make enough, and long enough rest stops so you don't cramp and end up in a lot of pain near the end.