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What's everyone's opinion on travel time on a bike compared to a car?
I'm thinking about going to Ocean City Bike Week in September. Google says 18hrs. I'm guessing 3 days travel on the bike.
Will be my furthest trip on the bike so far.
 

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How many miles? Depends on how often you want to stop and rest. Approx 200 miles per tank, maybe want to stop twice that for comfort and sanity, but that also depends on your available time.
 

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How many miles? Depends on how often you want to stop and rest. Approx 200 miles per tank, maybe want to stop twice that for comfort and sanity, but that also depends on your available time.
I agree, hell I even stop every couple hours when i'm traveling by car. I gotta stretch these ole legs every so often, and drain the radiator.
 
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1,170 miles.
 

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1170 miles. travel time depends on roads you are taking. Interstates all the way or back roads?On interstates I figure an average of 65 miles of travel per hour, not speed but overall average for travel time but I do tend to twist my wrist a bit. Back roads usually closer to 50/55 miles traveled per hour. When I have traveled from just out side of Chicago to Littleton, CO. Door to door about 1025 miles and per google maps just over 14 actual hours not counting gas or rest stops (or the time change/gain of 1 hour). I usually stop for the night (interstate riding so I am rolling somewhere between 60 and 80 mph) somewhere near the 630 to 650 mile mark and total time is usually about 10 hours total. Next day is usually a chip shot of just under 400 miles.

Your stamina, butt comfort and don't forget the weather will determine how many miles you will actually accomplish. I stop for gas between 140 and 170 miles, always fill up, get off bike and get something to drink and some kind of protein snack.

weather..ah yes. last year coming home from Littleton I was on the road at 6:30AM Colorado time,a sunny day, my destination was Council Bluffs, Iowa..about 580 miles. Somewhere near North Platte, NE it started raining, not too bad. I stopped, gassed up and put on my rain gear. About 100 miles later I had to get off the road as the rain was relentless.Checked radar and waited til rain had passed, got back on bike and headed east again..actually caught up to the rain. Long story short here, I stopped 3 more times and finally got to my motel/destination at 9PM central time. I had a non cancelable reservation that if I showed up cost me $10 but if I canceled for any reason was gonna be $149.00.

total travel time that day 11.5 hours and I was fairly well water logged.

Looked at Google Maps to see the 1170 miles and 18 hours. That is usually based on "current reported traffic" and it appears as if there is a whole lot of construction (think 1 lane in each direction at 45-55 mph). Yeah, cars are more comfy and you probably can and will go further between gas and rest room stops but the on the road time will be similar. It's the more frequent stops that add time.
 

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I would cover as much as possible the first day and decrease the amount of time per day but there are so many variables on ride time such as type of riding, your conditioning weather etc. Stressful riding such as traffic, bad weather can make a short ride miserable. It also depends on how many days you can take off and still have enough time at your destination. On longer rides of 300 miles in a day or more I usually add about 30% to my drive time on the bike.
 
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Thanks for the responses.
Interstate is what my plan is.
My last trip I ended up staying an extra day because of the weather but missed all the rain when I was on the bike.
 

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Curious about your age. For me, at age 65, the days of 5/600 mile days are over. With the requisite stamina necessary to stay focused on the traffic and animal related surroundings (head on a swivel - radar pinging 360`) while traveling on two, I simply don't have the desire to push on longer and harder. Nothing like having your knees in the breeze, but I find traveling long distance on four wheels is faster - not near as much fun, but because I spend less time taking breaks and fiddling with gear and cargo while stopped for gas and butt breaks. Stay hydrated and don't let your guard down.
 
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There are those that would "iron butt" an Interstate 1,170 mi. run. I'm a little more realistic and would call it a very doable two day run. Have made the run from my place to Eureka Springs, AR (just over 1,200 mi) multiple times and except for one trip, I did it in two days each way. Two years ago, at age 68, I did home to Flagstaff, AZ, a distance of over 2,200 MI in three days. Then three days later made the return trip in three days.

Distance riding takes discipline and some 'training'. Start by making some long (300 mi. plus) day rides to get in condition. When on a long ride start with an idea of where you want to end up each day and get on the road early. When riding, try to get 175 to 200 mi (if your tank size allows) between stops. When you stop take enough time to fill our tank, stretch, hydrate and 'take care of business'. Those stops should not be more than 15 to 20 min max. Protein or "power bars" during these stops can be helpful. The more time you waste on those stops, the longer you are going to be on the road that day. Lunch should be light (and as short as possible) so as not to get sluggish. Using these or similar tactics and a distance ride with 500 - 600+ mile days is quite doable.

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Some good info here. I have done long distances different ways. I normally have a good breakfast. Not to much coffee as that can cause you some uh unplanned early stops. But for me if I eat a good breakfast, lunch I can kind of grab and go. Say a Micky D cheese burger of something on a gas stop. Up until a couple years ago I would make a trip up to Charlotte NC area one day and the next we would backroad it up to Cincinati. First day solo was 625 in about 10 hours. I have made it in a little over 9. Now if I got the wife with me, times and distances are all off.
The area you have to go thru even on interstates will mess things up. For instance Atlanta there just is no good way thru, around this place. Need to hit it before 6am or after 11am or after 7pm. Dallas same thing. Good luck and let us know how things progress.
 
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I did Rome, GA to Abington, MA in 19 hours, 1,130 miles. Did it on the way back too. On the way back, by the time I got to Knoxville I was noticeably sloppy. Going through Chattanooga was downright scary. I do it with 1 stopover about 23 of the way now.
 

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What's everyone's opinion on travel time on a bike compared to a car?
I'm thinking about going to Ocean City Bike Week in September. Google says 18hrs. I'm guessing 3 days travel on the bike.
Will be my furthest trip on the bike so far.
another option would be to trailer it there. then you dont have to pull over for rain etc. make it in 1 1/2 days or less. When i go to the outerbanks with my wife. I trailer my bike, pack up the truck with everything we need. when i get there, i simply dont drive the truc. but that way we can spend most of our time there and not on the road , dodging weather, construction etc. just an idea.
 

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1,170 miles.


On the interstate, that is an easy two days. I'd run 700 to 800 the first day, and finish the rest day two.


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If it was me I would do it over two days going as far as you feel comfortable on the first day and do the rest the second. Ive done long trips before where Ive ridden for over 10hrs and not had any issues. I try to avoid riding in unfamiliar areas in the dark and up here where I live wildlife tends to be out at dusk and dawn so you need to be alert those times.
And I agree if its raining it will slow me down a bit but it does not keep me from going out if I have a timeline to meet.
 

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My longest trip so far has been 365 miles in a day. I've done several 250+ mile day trips.
 

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720 miles is my record and that was leaving from work in the morning, I had 2 days to cover 1300 miles to cover in two days. The second day was more enjoyable.
 
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