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    He had to have had a support team or two to pick up food, arrange for motels, and do the required maintenance on his off time with some communication with him while he was riding. All he would have time to do is eat, sleep, and ride. I could see how you could do it with support teams. Not hard to do 1,000 miles per day on a major interstate at 75 MPH. It also depends where his riding was done. If it was back and forth across Texas, that's relatively easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truckerdave View Post
    Not hard to do 1,000 miles per day on a major interstate at 75 MPH. It also depends where his riding was done. If it was back and forth across Texas, that's relatively easy.
    Not hard to do one, OK. Two gets harder. Forty-five, a previous record certainly wasn't likely to be easy. One hundred starts to look hard to me. But the rider is an experienced long-distance rider who has completed both the Hoka Hey and the 11-day Iron Butt Rally. There has been quite a bit of discussion on the Long Distance Riders List and there doesn't seem to be any doubt he did it.
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    I'm betting the guy was in excellent physical shape too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by truckerdave View Post
    I'm betting the guy was in excellent physical shape too.
    If not when he started, he would be by the time he finished. Thousand mile days are grueling.
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    That is quite a feat and I congratulate him on it.

    Quite a few years ago when I was 65 yo , I rode 1100 miles in one day just to see if I could do it. One day was pretty easy, but the next day I didn't want to get out of bed or couldn't.
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    My new neighbor across the street is a major bigwig at a well known discount mega chain store and a few weeks ago wheeled out a 6 month old CVO Street Glide with 120 miles on it. His house across from me is just one of their vacation houses and I know that $45k Harley will be just sitting in the garage all alone for most of its life. They aren’t there to vacation much so far, but we’ll see this upcoming summer if the Harley gets more road time.

    Pretty sad life for a beautiful machine meant to be ridden. He said seeing my R1200ST in my driveway as they were unloading more stuff into their house made him feel guilty about not getting it out more.

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    Any of you who think it's easy to ride 1000 mile days over and over have obviously never tried.
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    I have a high school buddy who had 2 harleys. A 2002 road king and a 2008 ultra classic. Still has the road king with over 100k and the other also had over 100k when he got rid of it. BOTH HAD STOCK EXHAUST !!

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    My Pan America is 6 months old with over 10,000 miles now so I guess I'm the exception.

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    I think the real issue here is personal perception. Most of us know at least 1 (if not several) HD owners that own all the clothes, have all the bling, constantly try to convince the unknowing that they are bikers- and NEVER show up for any rides.

    Too hot,cold,cloudy,windy,calm,dark,sunny,etc etc. The truth is- many are terribly under skilled and do not want to get involved in anything other than a 90 minute max straight line ride to some sort of gathering for the rest of the day. When you can name 6 people off the top of your head like this- it's pretty reasonable to stereotype the others. They earned it. Get over it.

    I know a few as well. But it doesn't take long to figure that type of person out, and you quickly cease wasting any energy on them. The Victory community had a few, too. However I am in a riding group that includes several HD riders that almost always show up. One of them is a real burner, in fact. Dude throws that full-dresser hog with 2 up around like it's half the size. No small feat when you consider how those bikes are not known for their overall handling prowess. He's an outlier to be sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianAMcPhail View Post
    When you can name 6 people off the top of your head like this- it's pretty reasonable to stereotype the others. They earned it. Get over it.
    Stereotype threshold...good to know

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    haha I feel like I posted a pretty well balanced comment. If you cannot see that I will perceive each person on their own merits- (obviously- you are NOT included in what I described above) and you're insulted by what I said- Get over it.
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    We owned a Harley once. Back in the 1970s. It was an 90cc Harley "Shortster". Look it up.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=harl...client=gws-wiz

    I rode a couple of big Harley Davidsons once, too, on the HD Test Track in York, PA when the BMW MOA Rally was at York in 1989. And I decided the bikes were not my cup of tea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianAMcPhail View Post
    haha I feel like I posted a pretty well balanced comment. If you cannot see that I will perceive each person on their own merits- (obviously- you are NOT included in what I described above) and you're insulted by what I said- Get over it.
    Ha I don't know where I fit in your description. The most blingful Harley rider I know is a widow who doesn't like to ride alone and is grateful when a few of us will get together and ride. She is inexperienced but rides well within her ability. I also know a 1%er pledge who is driving his sponsor(?) crazy cause my friend rides everywhere all the time (upstate NY that's no small feat)- last rain sleet ride when his sponsor said I thought we were gonna drive friend said, "I thought we were a MOTORCYCLE club." I am fortunate to have four bikes- so I don't put a lot of miles on any one of them. A guy I play pickleball with has a GSand doesn't ride much (in aggregate) but does day trips of lengths I wouldn't even consider- long!. My son is just a ridin' fool- everywhere. thousands of miles a year. (Harley bagger, 78 CB750 chopper, Triumph scrambler, KLR) he looks the part on every one of them and is a skillful rider- much better than I. Finally, Justin, is kinda dangerous- good friend, but I won't ride with him. My point, if I have one, is that I COULD try to categorize riders but in fact, once we know them, each is different. I DO rankle at stereotypes because it only applies on a very superficial level and never really applies to an individual, and is a kind of prejudgement that hampers friendship and/or knowledge. The idea that if one knows X# of a particular type then generalization is OK ignores the fact that someone else's experience with X# could negate the validity of your X# judgement. Finally, the Harley forum's stereotype of Latte sipping BMWers and the BMW forum stereotyping of pirate dressing low mileage riders insults ALL my friends. I wave to anyone on two wheels. Nothing to get over, I'm good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    We owned a Harley once. Back in the 1970s. It was an 90cc Harley "Shortster". Look it up.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=harl...client=gws-wiz

    I rode a couple of big Harley Davidsons once, too, on the HD Test Track in York, PA when the BMW MOA Rally was at York in 1989. And I decided the bikes were not my cup of tea.
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