I’m planning a trip that is around 300 miles so close to what you did. I appreciate the good tips I’ll be sure to use some of them!Yup, several day-long trips, with longest route of about 450km. The bike performed perfectly, on varying road conditions (from crappy rural roads to highways). My main complaints are that the shock absorbers are mediocre at best on bumpy roads, and that the fuel tank is too small.
My tips for such trips are:
* Plan your route with stops for food, water, rest and fuel. The Rebel's small fuel tank is a sore point, and you need to make sure you know where to fill up if your trip is longer than the tank's full capacity.
* Get some sort of luggage that suits your style and trip plan - I have an Ogio 25L tail bag which I absolutely love. It easily fits a day's worth of stuff and even a laptop.
* Practice your riding position on varying road conditions - Long rides put a lot of strain on lower back, wrists, thighs and ankles. I try to change my riding position according to road conditions, as well as body fatigue, so I get less tired over time (it's a work in progress).
* If you can, pack some basic tools, and at the very least, a puncture repair kit. I have a free towing service as part of my insurance, and since Israel is a small country, I'm not worried about getting stuck somewhere without help, but I think having some sort of an emergency plan for when things go wrong is important.
* Start small - Try scouting parts of your planned route, or routes with similar conditions, to get a feel for the bike and the road.
That's all I can think of at the moment. What kind of trip do you have in mind? How long is your planned route?
The back is the killer for me.How are you all doing these long trips with a stock seat? For me, after a couple of hours riding, it becomes very uncomfortable. I did about 300 miles this weekend, and i barely made it. The biggest problem seems to be the seat and then the legs start hurting a bit too (I am 6", so maybe that's why).
I've been riding my Rebel 500 on long trip every month. 500km journey to my parent's place and another 500km coming back home. For 500km, it took me on average 6-7 hours with 4-5 stops for refuelling and some stretching out & refreshment. Need plenty of drinks as here in Malaysia, the ambient temperature can soars up to 38C. :crying:Anyone taken their bike out on long road trips yet? I’d love to hear feedback and advice on how the bike performed as well as tips and tricks!