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I got an invite to go on a 3 day 2 night bike ride but not really sure if I want to do that on my new 650. I didn't buy it for that and not sure it would be a bike to do it on anyway.

We'd leave on a Friday morning and have approx 250 miles to do to get to our destination. Have Friday evening and all day Saturday to ride around and then head back on Sunday. The four guys going all hav HD 88 or 96 cubic inch bikes. Bikes made to travel. One guy's wife may go and has a Shadow 1100 A.C E. but has already said she would rather ride on the back of her hubby's bike for that kind of ride.

They did say that the first 70 miles or so would be all highway and about 90% of the rest would be roads with a mph of 45-55. They are really trying to talk me into this but I'd hate to commit and regret it 100 miles in.

It'd be fun but the 650 is just not made to run like that. I know people will say it can but trying to run 70-75 on the highway for 70 miles straight sounds like work not pleasure. If they were willing to go all backroads I think I'd go for sure. That or just go aobut 60-65 on the highway but I hate to cramp their style. I know they're just trying to be nice by inviting me to go anyway.

So, just wondering if any 650 owners out there have done any long distance rides and how do the bike do? How did you do??
 

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If you've got a windshield, I'd say go for it. I've done 190/day on my '02 Custom and I was mainly being a tourist with a lot of stops. And the Classic's are even better suited for hwys. But, if you don't have a shield, the hwy gets old in a hurry, imo.

I've got a Memphis Hellcat that sorta clips on. It comes off easily, at any rate, but it improved things so much I keep it on. <$200 for a Hellcat.
 

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my mother has a 650 Custom and she's been on a few multi-day trips with it. she's had no complaints, though she does have a windshield.
 

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In the late 60's about 10 of us would go to the mountains, around 250miles, most bikes were 400 & 450 cc, no one ever had a problem. it's better with a windshield, but I've done it with a face shield.
 

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I rode mine from Wisconsin to Sturgis and back covering just over 2000 miles in 6 days. Most of the run out and back was on the interstate, with speeds at 80 mph in South Dakota. I'll agree that I would have never thought about doing it without a windshield! I made the entire trip riding 2-up with my wife along. With the 2 of us and all the gear we were over 400 lbs of payload, and the bike did just fine! We would run at 80 mph for 100 miles and then stop for fuel. I can tell you that at that speed, your fuel mileage drops off a lot! I would get 40 to 42 on those runs, but when we were just cruising the scenic areas like Needles Highway and the Badlands, I was back up in the low 50s.

As for running with the big bikes, don't sweat it! Sure, they will leave the lights lots quicker, but I didn't feel at all out of place running with a Road King and a 1300 Venture.
 

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My wife and I just got back from a 4 day 800 mile road trip from Ottawa ON to Burlington VT with stops in Lake Placid and Lake George NY. I rode my 950T and my wife rode her 500 TMAX scooter. We rode interstates and back roads at speeds up to 70 mph. The TMAX had no problems keeping up so I'm sure you will be fine on your 650.

Go enjoy the ride
 

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I have had several 300 mile trips on my Classic, mountain/canyon/interstate roads- she does great - you should have no problem. I would recommend a windshield though - for any size bike for interstate highway driving . The V * 650 is a great machine !
 

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My wife rides a 650 custom. Last April we rode 1700 miles in a week. We rode from Idaho to Nor Cal, through the redwoods, up 101 to Oregon and back to Idaho. All kinds of terrian, rode 18 miles in the snow, a couple hundred miles in the rain, and a lot of sunshine. Her 650 did great with her 135 lbs. and about 40 lbs of luggage. We took a few pics and had a great adventure. But we found out that she could only go 182 miles on a tank of gas.
 

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I say go for it. I just did a recent 900 mile rainy trip over a weekend with no front or rear fender, solo seat and no windshield. No problems keeping up on the freeway.
 

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Dude jus go for it man. My first bike was a 2000 Yamaha V-Star 650 classic, if i wanted to go somewere i went on that bike and i was 300+lbs back then. Few years back i gave that bike to my mum. She STILL rides that bike every were.

Last summer we did a family vacation on the bikes total trip was over 2000kms. She did just fine had no issues keeping up with the bike i had at the time a 1100.

Oh and that little 650 V-Star has 60,000+kms on the clock now and the ONLY repairs i have needed to do is one oring, a Fuel petcock, and a new rear hub/bearing (I juct picked up a wheel from the local scrapers from a bike that was in a head on).

I personely would not hesitate to jump on that bike today and leave for a cross country trip its a solid bike and has been hands down the BEST bike i have ever owned.
 

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You'll have no problems on your 650. Like most have said, a windshield will definitely increase the comfort level and cut down on fatigue, especially towards the end of your trip.

But then again, I owned a Kawasaki LTD 305 about 20+ years ago and made several trips between Georgia and Texas back when I was in the Army. Just strapped a gym bag to the back seat and off I went!!
 

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I got an invite to go on a 3 day 2 night bike ride but not really sure if I want to do that on my new 650. I didn't buy it for that and not sure it would be a bike to do it on anyway.

We'd leave on a Friday morning and have approx 250 miles to do to get to our destination. Have Friday evening and all day Saturday to ride around and then head back on Sunday. The four guys going all hav HD 88 or 96 cubic inch bikes. Bikes made to travel. One guy's wife may go and has a Shadow 1100 A.C E. but has already said she would rather ride on the back of her hubby's bike for that kind of ride.

They did say that the first 70 miles or so would be all highway and about 90% of the rest would be roads with a mph of 45-55. They are really trying to talk me into this but I'd hate to commit and regret it 100 miles in.

It'd be fun but the 650 is just not made to run like that. I know people will say it can but trying to run 70-75 on the highway for 70 miles straight sounds like work not pleasure. If they were willing to go all backroads I think I'd go for sure. That or just go aobut 60-65 on the highway but I hate to cramp their style. I know they're just trying to be nice by inviting me to go anyway.

So, just wondering if any 650 owners out there have done any long distance rides and how do the bike do? How did you do??
Did you go? If so how was it?
 

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I sure say go for it, 250 miles on todays bikes ain't nothin, piece of cake. Just for info, ol Sugar Bear (bout 25-30 years ago)would and could:) run non stop to Myrtle Beach, I think about 768 miles, ( If I remember the exact,) on a plain stock 82 750 Virago, if you got any idea what the stock seats were like then, well:eek: Trying to say todays bikes are so much more comphy, and much more capable than ever before, your 650 can do the job easy, a great bike. If you have not gone on the run yet, go and have fun:D You will do fine:) Ride safe.
 

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Sounds like a fun trip to me.
 

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Well, the trip would have begun today but sadly nobody is going. It's currently 37 degrees and misting. The whole weekend is supossed to be about the same with some heavier rain predicted. Yes, I had planned on going. My wife had arranged to have the day off and everything (for the kids). I was going to pack some stuff in with some of the others since I have yet to buy saddlebags. All I have is a windshield so far. I was pretty excited too but we've been watching the weather and it has just been getting worse all week.

For this time of year I guess it should be expected but just last week it was about 70 and a few other days in the mid 60's. The fella who planned the run told me Wednesday we were pushing it anyway to try to go this late in the year anyhow. The warmer weather fooled us but is gone now.

I'll go with them on a trip in the spring if invited for sure. Like one of the guys said, getting caught in rain and having to ride is one thing but, the cold and rain is a horrible combination he can do without. Takes any enjoyment out of riding. I've ridden in some cold but dry weather lately and will admit that the rides were cut short because I was chilled to the bone. Hate to be hundreds of miles from home and feeling that way! I think we made the right call. Till next time.......
 
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