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    Default Re: Long Distance Riding

    Hello xbhpians, tomorrow I am planning to go to a trip to aarku valley 700km from my place(I.e Hyderabad), does anyone here has every visited it?
    And if yes,any tips would be welcomed!

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    Default Re: Precautions to be taken before a long ride

    Quote Originally Posted by jithosh View Post
    Hi Xbhp ians I am from Kerala and me and my friend is planning for a trip from Ottapalam ( Palakkad dist) to Trivandrum on our Yamaha FZ bike. That's approximately around 375 Kms. We are not very good on the technical aspects of the bike and we would need your help on what all should we care regarding the bike before such a long ride??
    1..Should we change the engine oil to new?
    2...Issues of over heating....when we should give rest to the engine??
    3...What speed should we maintain?

    We are worried because one of my friends told me that he lost his Hero Honda Passion's Piston springs and Piston chamber due to overheating on a 600 Km ride..He was not using new oil..

    I know most of you all here are die hard fans of bike who have had long rides so your experiences to us also would be appreciable..

    Thanks...
    Hello Jithosh,
    Important things to check with your bike before you start your tour is already mentioned at the start of this blog. Still i'm going to give you a follow-up with that.
    1. Check your engine oil is topped up and has not crossed the permitted kilometers. Generally, semi-synthetic oil is preferred for FZ all versions, it runs for around 3-4k kilometers approx.
    2. Check your drive chain train and for its slackness, and clean and lube it once before you start your ride.
    3. Check for all the cables, such as brake cable, throttle cables, etc.
    4. Proper tyre pressure, and always check for the ageing of tires, otherwise you might end up with a flat tire, with no one to repair it, but to change it (that may not be handy at all times)
    5. Check up your headlights, taillights, pilot lamps, turn indicators for proper functioning.
    6. Fill up your tank, and keep a good cruising speed of around 60-70 kmph on good straight roads. This will help you achieve a good mileage as well as keep you out from danger (accident results due to high speeds).
    7. Have breaks at every 60-70 kms, and it would be fine.

    Now, please dont be worried about the HeroHonda Passion. It is just a 100cc bike, and with mineral oil in its engine (which runs for only 1000 kms), it is not that capable as FZ (153cc engine) for long tours. And as you said, it was touring with old oil, it is sure that its engine would die.
    FZ is much more capable and we have done around 700 kms in a day (Bangalore to Coorg and back), and not a sign of giving up.

    The most important, wear safety riding gears at all times. And ride safe. Cheers...
    Last edited by asish4niki; 02-05-2016 at 02:28 PM.
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    Default Re: Long Distance Riding

    Quote Originally Posted by The Art Of Safe Riding View Post
    21. Wrap sandwiches or paranthas in aluminum foil and clamp it somewhere on the engine casing. You get hot food whenever you stop for a tea break! A real treat in those chilling winter rides.
    Did anyone try this?

    Nice write up!

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    Default Re: Long Distance Riding

    A couple of pointers while riding on highways...

    *Never check tyre pressure on hot tyres you will have different readings.

    *During summers when the roads are hot and you are just starting to ride with cold tyres you will have very less traction..
    Allow the tyres to warm up(by driving at least 5KM) and then build speeds gradually..

    *I usually pull the clutch in and observe idling every 50 KM or so..
    If your bike is overheating you should have a rough idle or the bike will even stall...
    This method will detect problems with the engine which you woudn't notice if your'e cruising at highspeeds constantly.

    *Never drive at same speed constantly

    *Regardless of your stamina take breaks in between this will further extend your range as compared to tiring yourself out and then resting..

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    Default Tyre buffing. Does it help?

    Before leaving for a long ride, does buffing up the tyre helps?

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    Default Re: Long Distance Riding

    Don't compete with others on highway. I see this very often. A sure recipe for accident.
    If you're riding long, then eat properly at breaks unlike while driving.

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    Default Re: Would like to add few more on touring

    Quote Originally Posted by roshan3440 View Post
    • On the highway if you see somebody crossing the road from the bushes (running,walking,dreaming)...chances are few more will follow after him in sometime,so be ready to brake if necessary


    • On the highways,while overtaking vehicles from the left i.e. when they stick to the right lane( on a 4 lane highway, On a two lane road,never ever overtake from the left what so ever ),be aware that most of the times there are people coming in the wrong direction on the edge of the road or for our bad luck on the road.So always make sure the way is clear before pulling next to a vehicle for overtaking.

    This is a amazing thread for those tourers out there to revise things in their mind before heading out there to have fun.

    -Ride safe and always wear riding gear
    And also to be careful of stray dogs which may suddenly turn up towards the road, right from bushes,houses etc... And if a fall like that occurs when there are heavy vehicles behind us.. is extremely dangerous

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    Default First long ride - advice needed

    Dear friends, coming weekend I'm planning for my first long ride of 400km round trip (800kms in total) in 2 days. Since I'm doing on a comparatively small bike i.e. Honda unicorn 150cc, I need your inputs and tips. Below arrangments I have made so far,

    1. Serviced the bike and test rode for a week.
    2. Arranged riding jacket and gloves.
    3. Checked the tyres.

    Please tell me if there is anything else needed to add and also I would like to know the ideal cruising speed for Honda unicorn?

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    Default Re: First long ride - advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by muthucse View Post
    Dear friends, coming weekend I'm planning for my first long ride of 400km round trip (800kms in total) in 2 days. Since I'm doing on a comparatively small bike i.e. Honda unicorn 150cc, I need your inputs and tips. Below arrangments I have made so far,

    1. Serviced the bike and test rode for a week.
    2. Arranged riding jacket and gloves.
    3. Checked the tyres.

    Please tell me if there is anything else needed to add and also I would like to know the ideal cruising speed for Honda unicorn?
    Check clutch & accelerator cables. Check battery & top up if needed. Check fluid levels, drive chain , lights & signals, carry a spare plug & a couple of fuse.
    75 - 85 kmph is a good speed. But follow your instincts and go slower if uncomfortable.
    Have a great ride.

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    Default Re: First long ride - advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Romi Dosanjh View Post
    Check clutch & accelerator cables. Check battery & top up if needed. Check fluid levels, drive chain , lights & signals, carry a spare plug & a couple of fuse.
    75 - 85 kmph is a good speed. But follow your instincts and go slower if uncomfortable.
    Have a great ride.
    Thank you so much for the detailed list of to do tasks. I will certainly do them, only three days more for the trip and I'm excited!!

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