v star 250 ok for extended rides??
August 19, 2008 at 8:39 am #1925nau_lax21Participant
So Im still looking around at finding my bike, and I really want to try both a cruiser and a sportbike to see which one I prefer. The cruiser I have in mind is the 08 v star 250. I’d be using it for mostly in town riding, except for the occasional 400ish mile ride home from school.
Could the v star handle that? I know they top out at around 80mph, but will they overheat (or other damage) if youre redlining them for 6 hours minus gas stops?
Thanks.August 19, 2008 at 12:32 pm #10751BuddParticipant
The bike will be able to take a 400 mile trip. I wouldn’t redline it the whole way. I don’t know how comfortable it would be. and you would stop more often than just gas. Plan on stopping for 30min for ever 2hrs on the road, minimum. Riding a motorcycle can drain you mentally and physically.
“I am the best there is at what I do, and what I do ain’t nice.”-WolverineAugust 19, 2008 at 1:23 pm #10752six-shooterParticipant
I’d worry more about you than the bike on a 400 mile ride… it will probably get quite uncomfortable with the vibration of a 250 doing 80 that long. Just slow it down and enjoy the ride to make it a more enjoyable trip and to try to still be able to feel your backside when you arrive. Or if you’re going to be making that trip alot, you might check into an aftermarket seat.August 19, 2008 at 2:19 pm #10757MattParticipant
The distance, yes teh bike can do it, but not comfortably at that speed (if the Rebel 250 is any indication).
I wouldn’t plan on sustained speeds about 65mph. And to be honest, you’ll probably not enjoy a trip at those speeds on the interstate for long periods. If you can take local highways the whole way home at 60mph you’ll enjoy yourself a lot more (to say nothing of the savings in gas).
And Six-shooter is right on the money when it comes to how long you will last. Motorcycles are far draining. I’m still at the stage where a 200mile day leaves me utterly spent. I always plan my rides thinking it is like spending that time in a car, but it isn’t. You are on alert the whole time, and that just drains you.
“The two seconds between ‘Oh S**!’ and the crash isn’t a lot of practice time.”August 20, 2008 at 12:54 am #10813nau_lax21Participant
I plan on making the trip 4-6 times a year, so not to often.
I didn’t even think of me on the trip, I guess that’s something to think about. And I can take small highways for a good chunk of the trip.
Thanks for the advice all.
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