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jdeane
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First trip advice

Post by jdeane » Wed Sep 11, 2019 8:28 pm



Hi,

I have a 84 GL1200 interstate that I have owned for a little over 4 years. It has about 44,000 miles on it. I mainly ride it back and forth to work which is about 20 miles round trip. I finally have an opportunity for a trip this weekend that is about 160 miles one way. As I was looking over the forums about advice for trips, I saw mentions about changing the timing belt. I know I haven't changed it since I have owned it and I don't know if the previous owner changed it. So, what kind of risk am I taking going on a trip like this without changing the timing belt first? If I need to change the timing belt, I guess I will wait for another opportunity to take my first trip.

Regarding other advice for trips in general, how important is it to have a cruise control? I do have a motorcycle jacket with body armor and a full face helmet. I don't have any special pants or gloves. I did see some mention that taking a break about every 100 miles is good. Any other advice or things that I may not be thinking of? Thanks.

Dean



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Re: First trip advice

Post by LeMaitre » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:08 pm

General guideline on timing belt is 10 years / 40,000 miles, so you are due. You should be able to change the belts in half a day.

Riding depends on how well your body likes the bike. If the ergonomics are correct you can run till time to get fuel without issues. If the fit is poor, you will need to stretch every hour of ride time. Get some gloves for two reasons, less chaffing from the hand grips and if you have an off without them your hands will probably rub raw due to the 10 grit sand paper.

-Mark
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Re: First trip advice

Post by Aussie81Interstate » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:15 pm

Plan to take a break about half way for a fuel and rest stop.. Make any necessary adjustments- more layers of clothing or less. Maybe a bit of food and a bottle or two of water never goes astray. Medical kit - emergency style. A few tools - spare spark plug/s.
Mobile phone and let your friends know expected arrival times etc... give them progress reports if needed.

Wet weather gear - just in case.

Bike prep - tyres, oil, fuel checks all lights working. Ditto on the timing belts if you have not changed them.

Enjoy the trip -

cheers
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Re: First trip advice

Post by jdeane » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:23 am

Thanks for the feedback. I'll see if my local shop can squeeze me in to change the timing belt. I'm not that mechanically inclined to try to do it myself.

Dean

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Re: First trip advice

Post by dingdong » Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:14 am

Although you do need new belts, a trip of 160 miles is of no greater risk than 20 miles every work day. 160 miles is less than one tank of gas so you probably won't even need to stop before you get where you are going. Unless you just want to. Wear what you have and use riding to work. Have a great trip.
Tom

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Re: First trip advice

Post by jdeane » Sun Sep 15, 2019 7:16 pm

Hi,

Well, I made the trip without changing the timing belt. Everything went pretty well. The weather was good both ways, though I did delay my return some because of rain. However, I waited long enough for the roads to dry off so it worked out okay. My back was a little tired and it would have been nice to have a cruise control, but overall it was a good trip.

The next time I have the bike the shop later this fall, I'll have them check the timing belt and see if it needs replaced.

Dean



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