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How Far Will You Ride Your Africa Twin in a Day?

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I'm doing some trip planning and trying to decide how many miles a day to include.

What do you find is a comfortable distance to ride on your Africa Twin (on paved roads) in a single day?
 

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I've done 580 miles on my KLR on 6 occasions. Albeit I had to be at a destination on a specified day. The AT being far more comfy and freeway capable the same route would be easily doable. However, if time wasn't an issue, I would have rather done 300 in a day then have time for sight seeing and general lollygagging.
 

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I’ve done 450, but that’s to get somewhere ASAP. I agree with Mudslingr’s view, sometimes you have to go by time rather than distance. Enjoyment of riding is the main factor for me, if it’s a chore, then it spoils the trip.
 

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I'm with Mudslingr, it is more about saddle time than distance, and 6 hours riding a day - broken into a couple of 3 hour sections - is my optimum. I have done a 12 hr day from Sydney to Broken Hill (1100km) to get to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia asap, but that was so uncomfortable on my neck, lower back, and arse that I vowed never to do it again!
 

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I just drove my ATAS 651 km (404.5 miles) in about 9 hours as the last part of a three night trip here in Norway, and it sure is the most comfortable bike I've ever own. 500 miles a day should be no problem if needed.

I really like how I can move around on the ATAS seat, and how comfortable the bike is to ride while standing. What I don't like is the horrible buffeting and wind hitting the top of my helmet (I'm 190cm), so I need to find a solution for that.
 

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On a recent cross Australia trip of 12000 km (7500 mile), my average per day was 650 km (400 mile). This was a comfortable days ride without too much stress so long as I stopped every 1.5 - 2.0 hours to give my arse a break.
 

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I'm in the 400 mile range or so. Gives time for some breaks and sightseeing. That said, the White Rim trail in Canyonlands N.P. was 140 round trip, with 80 or so off road, and was all I wanted in a day.
 

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If I am traveling on my twin I will go 600 plus daily... My longest day in the saddle was on my way from Lake George NY to Wyoming.... day 2 850 miles. On an average day run with my buddies though and not chugging down a freeway 200-300
 

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Most of my ride are 6 hours with a 5min break every hour. Usually cover 350-400km. All back roads (avoid main roads as much as I can)
 

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My longest ride on the AT was about 13 hours (440miles -- 180miles were Offroad to the north rim of the Grand Canyon) !!! However, I would need a more firm and higher seat for my weight and height.
 

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From my logs the 1254km from Renfrew, Ontario to Nipigon, Ontario was the longest on the trans-canada highway. I however do not recommend that kind of self abuse unless you are of unsound mind.
 

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On the stock seat, 6 hours is about the point where I would rather be off the bike than on it. By 7.5-8 hours, I'm really starting to suffer.
I have an airhawk waiting to be tested out this weekend on a 10-hour ride with a pillion split over 2 days.
I am hoping with the airhawk I can manage a comfortable 8 or 9 hours. I have a 22-day return trip this summer up to Tuktoyaktuk with 19 days in the saddle, 12 of which are going to be 8-10 hours each.
 

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On the stock seat, 6 hours is about the point where I would rather be off the bike than on it. By 7.5-8 hours, I'm really starting to suffer.
I have an airhawk waiting to be tested out this weekend on a 10-hour ride with a pillion split over 2 days.
I am hoping with the airhawk I can manage a comfortable 8 or 9 hours. I have a 22-day return trip this summer up to Tuktoyaktuk with 19 days in the saddle, 12 of which are going to be 8-10 hours each.
Let us know how you go with the Airhawk. It didn't work for me. And yes, I know it works best with very little inflation. I'm putting it on ebay.

Maybe I should drink a load more Guinness and eat more pies to help put some extra padding on my bony arse!
 

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I'll be riding 215 miles today to go get a burrito at Bobby's Place in Pasadena (formerly Rick's Burrito as mentioned by Steve Dahl, a radio guy I used to listen to when I lived in Wisconsin/Illinois).
 
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