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Road trip - XV500 from SW Ohio to SW MA

PostAuthor: baxterj787 » Thu May 02, 2019 4:36 pm

So I am going to a seminar in SW MA. I have a properly-tuned '83 XV500 @ 21k miles and I have 2 - 3 days to get there (MA) and 2 - 3 days to get back from SW Ohio. Tires are new as of this week. Looking at going through Deleware Water Gap. Not looking forward to 2x 200 mile stints on the highway, so backroads may be an option.

1. Am I nuts for trying this on a 500? No saddlebags, no windshield. It IS a 500, so cruising speed on open interstate is 65 - 70. I am currently pulling in an even 50MPG with no burps / hiccups / surging / leaks / other pyrotechnics. Tools will be part of my packing list. All of my materials I need for this seminar will be shipped in advance, so I will be packing light; think a modest internal-framed hiking backpack.

2. Any good suggestions for by-ways to investigate? Generally speaking, I-70 to greater Pitt, overland to Altoona. Highway to East Stroudsburg. Through DE water gap. Highway from DE water gap to Taconic Parkway (NY). The trip is going to happen mid-June. As of now, I am 50 / 50 on car vs bike.

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Re: Road trip - XV500 from SW Ohio to SW MA

PostAuthor: bstig60 » Fri May 03, 2019 7:31 am

No problem with the bike doing the trip, if it is in good condition, but you are going to want a windshield really bad before the trip is done. Especially if you hit rainy weather.
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Re: Road trip - XV500 from SW Ohio to SW MA

PostAuthor: mark75 » Fri May 03, 2019 5:15 pm

baxterj787 wrote:So I am going to a seminar in SW MA. I have a properly-tuned '83 XV500 @ 21k miles and I have 2 - 3 days to get there (MA) and 2 - 3 days to get back from SW Ohio. Tires are new as of this week. Looking at going through Deleware Water Gap. Not looking forward to 2x 200 mile stints on the highway, so backroads may be an option.

1. Am I nuts for trying this on a 500? No saddlebags, no windshield. It IS a 500, so cruising speed on open interstate is 65 - 70. I am currently pulling in an even 50MPG with no burps / hiccups / surging / leaks / other pyrotechnics. Tools will be part of my packing list. All of my materials I need for this seminar will be shipped in advance, so I will be packing light; think a modest internal-framed hiking backpack.

2. Any good suggestions for by-ways to investigate? Generally speaking, I-70 to greater Pitt, overland to Altoona. Highway to East Stroudsburg. Through DE water gap. Highway from DE water gap to Taconic Parkway (NY). The trip is going to happen mid-June. As of now, I am 50 / 50 on car vs bike.

Jason



JMO:
if time is a factor, take your cage. if not then certainly go 2-wheels - back roads are the only way for a real tour, and no better way than on a bike.
heard there is some really nice riding country through PA.

if you think you might want a bit more "luggage space", you might consider a tank bag for those items you want to pack and keep close to you ---> https://www.amazon.com/Motorcycle-Tank- ... 2445&psc=1

500 should handle it just fine. Interstates get 'busy', but they're not the autobahn.

again JMO:
I'm not a big fan of wind shields - they can be as much trouble as salvation re. road spray.
using "rain-x" on it will help.
they do knock some wind off so a bit less tiring on long hauls, and 'waterproof' your boots before you go...

either way Bon voyage! enjoy the ride and ride safe.
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