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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-22-2001, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Question flying solo

for you pipol who ride long distances...
ya'll always ride with another rider??? i mean for safety reasons of course....
but how safe is riding solo? purely solo???
anyone encounter and troubles with doin this?
im planning to ride the twistiest way from nyc to boston
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-22-2001, 08:39 AM
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Ill go ride the twisties by myself sometimes if I can go and nobody else can, but I take it alot easier!

I just would hate to eat it up there and have nobody around, especially if you cant tell anyone who you are or anything about yourself...

I really prefer a small group (3-4 riders)
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-22-2001, 09:27 AM
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I ride alone at least 75% of the time. I think nothing of riding 500 miles in a day of all twisties. I never ride above 80% of my abilities and always carry a cell phone. The only problem is most of my riding is in areas with spoty cell phone coverage. I have complete confidence in myself and my abilities to deal with any problems. I have friends who have done ironbutt rides alone. That is pushing it a bit for me. I always stop when tired and make sure I am riding at my pace. sometimes I ride right at an 80% pace and sometimes I slow down to more like 50%.

By the way I ride about 15,000 miles a year.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-22-2001, 05:04 PM
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Usually solo. No problems so far. Gets a little scary sometimes out there in the middle of nowhere all by yourself, and I mean out there, especially at night. But it is also kinda fun to rely entirely on yourself. Just be prepared. If I'm going to be riding for a few days I let people know, and I always carry ID and emergency info in my jacket just in case.

Enjoy your trip.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-23-2001, 08:39 AM
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95% of my riding is done solo.
I too carry a cell phone but as we all know the coverage isn't alway there.
It got a bit spooky a couple years ago whe I got caught up in a high desert thunder storm in northern Utah in the middle of nowheresville, and the bike sputtered a bit. All I could think was:"Oh God not here....please..........."
It's quite interesting to be riding in a storm so strong that the hail comes thru your helmet's brow vents!!!!!
All in all it was a very memorable trip considering I was in the saddle for 17 hours straight with only nature and gas stops!

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-30-2001, 08:17 PM
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My Gal and I usually always ride together, Only time I ride alone is when I'm zippin around town after work running errands...
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