Bikers trip story

  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 03, 2009 2:40 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I gonna go for a 4 days on the road trip on my bike this weekend. I know for those die hard bikers this are really nothing (especially guys in huge country like USA or Australia). But it about all the time I manage to spare with my tight schedule and work obligation. This gonna be the longest trip I do in term of distance. Its will start form south Malaysia into Southern Thailand ( a distance of nearly 2000 km both way) and I will be on my own. I plan to do nite riding and stop by all the interesting place along the way. Will really appreciate it if some of fellow bikers can share some of your experience , tips so I know I am not the only guy with idea like this.
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    Feb 03, 2009 3:00 PM GMT
    That will be one hell of a ride! I am good for 500+ miles a day or around 8 to 9 hours in the saddle.

    Here are some great tips from the Iron Butt Association on long distance riding: http://www.ironbutt.com/tech/aowprintout.cfm
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    Feb 03, 2009 3:11 PM GMT
    Not sure how much gear you can pack on your bike, but try to include these things:

    - tire repair kit, including an inflator, and inner tubes if your tires are not tubeless
    - chain lube
    - a liter of motor oil, if your bike needs a type not to be found along the way
    - water bottle and snacks, if places to eat will be scarce on the road
    - rain gear to wear
    - small flashlight
    - small toolkit, adequate to adjust your rear chain, make common adjustments, replace spark plugs
    - spare spark plugs (also install new plugs before the trip)
    - extra headlight and taillight bulbs
    - cable or chain lock
  • zakariahzol

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    Feb 03, 2009 3:21 PM GMT

    TQ for that great tips. Some are common sense but some are really beneficial. 8 to 9 hours are really long for me, but 6 to 7 are something I do nearly every weekend. But of course I stop for rest and to get something to eat. Any ideas about facing extreme weather? I usually ended with burn skin and crack lips if I go for a long ride like this. Will those sun tanned lotion and vaseline give enough protection? I dont really like to put on my leather jacket when it really hot on the highway
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    Feb 03, 2009 3:31 PM GMT
    To protect your face from sun and wind check out Buff head gear. They have summer and winter style including products with UV protection. I wear one all the time when riding because I have had melanoma.

    http://www.buffwear.com/
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    Feb 03, 2009 4:21 PM GMT
    streetbobfx saidTo protect your face from sun and wind check out Buff head gear. They have summer and winter style including products with UV protection. I wear one all the time when riding because I have had melanoma.

    http://www.buffwear.com/

    Not sure what product brands Zak will find in Malaysia & Thailand, but any skin & lip products with ultraviolet (UV) sun protection are the goal. Bikers must guard against both wind burn and sun burn on the skin, not unlike downhill skiers, and indeed, ski products can be perfect for bikers. Though not something Zak will likely find in SE Asia.

    Zak can wear a light nylon windbreaker or at least a long-sleeve shirt against the sun, since apparently a leather jacket would be too warm. I always try to wear leather for crash protection.