Motorcycle Road Trip

What’s The Reasonable Daily Mileage On A Motorcycle Road Trip?

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Wondering how many miles to ride in a day on a motorcycle road trip?

Generally, most experienced motorcycle riders can handle about 300 miles on a daily average.

When planning a motorcycle road tour, I discovered that I was setting unrealistic daily mileage targets. Therefore, I would often end up straining myself to achieve them.

The good thing is, with time, I have learned from those experiences and from what I have seen from other riders.

Much as you might expect, several factors will determine the number of miles you will cover on your motorcycle in a day.

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So, here are the factors that determine the number of miles you will ride on a motorcycle in a day:

Your Riding Experience

It’s hard for most inexperienced motorcycle riders to ride 300 miles a day. 

Therefore, if you are an inexperienced rider, focus on building your endurance by starting small (say 150 miles/day).

And onwards, you can then increase the mileage gradually.

The type and the Condition of the Road

The type and condition of the road play a significant role in determining how many miles you can cover in a day.

For instance, dirt roads, winding canyon roads, mountain terrains, and roads that have many potholes will potentially slow you down. Hitting the 300 miles a day would be impossible.

On the other hand, if you plan to ride only on the highways at a high-speed limit, attaining over 300 miles a day in a motorcycle road trip would be possible.

The Type of Motorcycle

The effect of your type of motorcycle on the number of miles to be covered in a day boils down to comfort. 

Comfortable Motorcycle = Long Distance

Touring/Cruising motorcycles are the best for keeping you comfortable on long rides, enabling you to cover more miles.

On the other hand, a sportbike may be fast, but riding it long-distance will get you tired much quicker than the touring/cruising motorcycles.

The Riding Environment

Imagine for a moment the experience you would have riding on a rainy day.

A rainy ride could result in reduced visibility and speed. It will in no doubt affect the miles covered in a day.

Riding in sweltering weather, on the other hand, means more unplanned stops for hydration. And quite obviously, it will also end up affecting your mileage per day.

Much like other weather factors, high winds and cold weather will likewise slow you down.

And in case you are wondering why.

Riding in high winds may require you to move at a slower than average speed. And on the other hand, when riding in cold weather, you will likely have unplanned stops to warm yourself up with some hot drinks, etc.

Road constructions/Traffic Delays

Road constructions and other traffic delays can put a significant dent in a rider’s riding goals.

Related: Mistakes to avoid on a motorcycle road trip.

Having listed the top factors that determine how many miles you cover in a day, we are now left with the following questions:

How can you cover more miles in a Day?

  • Properly adjust/upgrade your motorcycle to be more comfortable – You can change the seats to gel seats, adjust your handlebars to your preferred comfortable riding position, etc. Check out our previous article: how to ride sportbike on a long road trip.
  • Dress for the weather – Make sure you have the right gear for the weather to avoid unplanned stops.
  • Install windshield on your motorcycle – Windshield makes your overall riding experience easier.
  • Drink plenty of water – It greatly helps you to remain hydrated always as you ride. But more importantly, avoid energy drinks.
  • Eat healthy snacks throughout the whole day – This will significantly boost your energy levels throughout the day.
  • Allow yourself time to rest – Take time to get off your motorcycle and stretch. 

Are you planning to ride a sportbike on a long motorcycle road tour? Check out these tips on how you can prepare & comfortably ride a sportbike on a road trip.

how do you calculate the number of miles covered on a motorcycle road trip?

To know the number of miles covered, let’s take a look at some of the best mileage calculator options for your road tour:

Google maps

Google map is a top-notch tool that covers destinations across the globe. It allows riders to calculate the mileage for their desired destination easily.

And additionally, Google Maps provides riders with an estimated fuel cost at the bottom of the directions section.

GPS

Global Positioning System (GPS) greatly helps riders to navigate the roads easily, and at the same time, calculate the mileage between two points.

I would highly recommend that you take the time to review GPS systems online before purchasing.

Other mileage calculator options include:

  • Map Crow
  • MapQuest

Which is the most Comfortable Long-Distance tour motorcycle?

Comfort and luxury should be on every long-distance rider’s top of the list of priorities. And that begs the reason why most experienced long road trip riders prefer heavier motorcycles.

Having said that, let’s now take a look at some of the best long-distance and most comfortable motorcycles:

2020 Indian Road Master

The 2020 Indian Road Master is designed to deliver this top requirement perfectly.

Here are some of its best features:

  • Seven-Inch color TFT display.
  • Push-button windshield.
  • LED lighting with high visibility.
  • Ride command. The rider can switch between ride modes.
  • TPMS feature ( to monitor your tire inflation ).
  • Heated grips join heated comfy seats to keep you warm on cold-weather rides.
  • Comes with a waterproof, 36.2 gallons of storage space.

Harley-Davidsons Road Glide Limited

This motorcycle takes comfort and safety up a notch for riders covering many miles on a road trip.

Needless to say more, everything about Harley-Davidsons screams road trip!

BMW K 1600GTL

BMW K 1600GTL is sumptuously comfortable with its electronically adjustable suspension that lets you choose between Normal, Comfort, and Sport modes, depending on the road condition and riding mood.

It also has heated grips and seats to keep you warm in cold weather.

Its windshield can be adjusted almost entirely vertically, hence block wind, rain, etc., of both the operator and the passenger.

Honda Gold Wing

Yet another great bike.

Every aspect of this motorcycle is incredibly smooth.

It is still more comfortable even with masses of luggage space due to its better and smoother handling.

It also has got fog lights standards for better visibility in varying weather conditions.

Its other advanced features include:

  • An electronically adjustable windshield
  • Electronic reverse
  • Hill-start assist
  • Tire pressure monitoring

Which is the fastest touring motorcycle for long road trips

Sport touring motorcycles are arguably the best type for covering more miles in a day.

And why is that so?

Because they offer more versatility, you can ride on them for long distances without breaking your back.

They are fast and remarkably comfortable.

So, what are the fastest touring motorcycles?

The following is a list of the fastest sport touring motorcycles:

  1. Harley-Davidsons CVO  Road Glide Limited
  2. Honda Gold Wing
  3. BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
  4. Yamaha Tracer 900 GT
  5. Ducati Multistrada 1260S
  6. Kawasaki Versys 1000 SE LT+,,,

Hey, I’m Rose. I’m passionate about electric cars and clean energy. My adventurous spirit and journalistic pursuits make each day fascinating and far greater. I consider traveling not just about the grandeur moments, but the little elements that transform the whole experience.