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Well, for the wife and I anyway. About 550 miles over 2.5 days. Rode from Tucson via AZ-77 through Globe, through the Salt River canyon to Pinetop-Lakeside. Staying at the Hampton Inn. Day 1 covered about 280.

The next day we rode from Pinetop to Payson via AZ-260, along the Mogollon Rim (man was it ever windy), and the scenery was magnificent. Had lunch in Payson then headed down the Beeline Highway through Phoenix, ending up Maricopa with an overnight stay at Harrah's Casino. Day 2 covered about 270 miles.

Took a break about every hour or so the entire trip, except from Payson to the south end of Phoenix, where after 2 straight hours, we stopped for fuel. That was the longest stretch of time in the saddle non-stop for both. Ugh. Will never do that (2 hrs) again.

Finally, on day 3 rode the last 90 miles to home, where we celebrated with a beer on the patio.

All-in-all, it was an awesome trip. We both enjoyed it immensely. Next up thinking about a trip to Vegas to see my Army son and his family, with a possible overnighter in Laughlin, NV along the way.
 

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About 450 in one day, longest overnight trip was last month with Canyon, about 670 on a Friday - Saturday trip. I have had a couple 1000 mile weekends, but no where near a long distance rider. I believe in quality over quantity.

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Well, for the wife and I anyway. About 550 miles over 2.5 days. Rode from Tucson via AZ-77 through Globe, through the Salt River canyon to Pinetop-Lakeside. Staying at the Hampton Inn. Day 1 covered about 280.

The next day we rode from Pinetop to Payson via AZ-260, along the Mogollon Rim (man was it ever windy), and the scenery was magnificent. Had lunch in Payson then headed down the Beeline Highway through Phoenix, ending up Maricopa with an overnight stay at Harrah's Casino. Day 2 covered about 270 miles.

Took a break about every hour or so the entire trip, except from Payson to the south end of Phoenix, where after 2 straight hours, we stopped for fuel. That was the longest stretch of time in the saddle non-stop for both. Ugh. Will never do that (2 hrs) again.

Finally, on day 3 rode the last 90 miles to home, where we celebrated with a beer on the patio.

All-in-all, it was an awesome trip. We both enjoyed it immensely. Next up thinking about a trip to Vegas to see my Army son and his family, with a possible overnighter in Laughlin, NV along the way.
Sounds like a Quality ride to me!
 

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my longest was about 325 miles. from Vail to Marana then across to Florence highway up to Florence junction over to Superior down to Winkelman through Oracle through Tucson and back to Vail.
 

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Wife and I regularly rode 500 miles plus to Minnesota every summer for years and then to canada. The longest single ride was from Nebraska to Texas and back all in one non stop shot on a BMW R90. At one point on that trip we were running an average of over 80 mph. We rode 200 miles between gas ups. I still ride across Nebraska from North to South several times a year but I can no longer make more than about 120 miles before I have to give tha backside a rest. I love my Shadow but I sure wish I had the old R90 back sometimes.
 

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Longest ride I've taken in one day was 428 miles from Hico, WV to Indianapolis when we rode over to go whitewater rafting back in the early '80's.

The last 60 miles or so was in a blinding rain storm while everyone else sat under an overpass on I-65 south of Indy.:roll: I can say the CB900c was a pretty comfortable ride, but then my butt was 30+ years younger too.:mrgreen:
 

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About 450 in one day, longest overnight trip was last month with Canyon, about 670 on a Friday - Saturday trip. I have had a couple 1000 mile weekends, but no where near a long distance rider. I believe in quality over quantity.
1000 miles in one weekend. That's impressive. I'm trying to get the wife and I used to longer trips, as we are planning on riding to Corpus Christ, Tx in October, about 1100 miles each way. I'm thinking 3 days up and 3 days back might be a do-able pace. Got to work up to it though.
 

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My highest mileage day so far was 641.6 miles in 14 hours 15 minutes in 2013 on my VLX. Not much to talk about...it was almost all on interstates.

My most fun-to-talk-about mileage day was 561 miles in 14 hours in 2008, on a 150cc Vespa Scooter...almost all blue roads.

I don't count the quality of my trips based on the number of miles I've covered in a day. Even though I can handle long days in the saddle, I've turned down a couple of offers to ride along on an Iron Butt attempt because putting on miles for the sake of putting on miles just doesn't interest me enough to make the challenge worthwhile.

When I put high-mileage days in, it's because I want to spend as much time at my intended destination as I can in the amount of time I have available...I'm not retired yet. If I were just touring the sites, I'd keep the miles per day a lot shorter.
 

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390 miles. Home to Moonshine, IL. then back home. Will do it again any time. Meet some great guys. 4 were Hoosiers but that was ok. Next month taking off for about 3 weeks. Heading south, with no plans of where and how long I plan on staying in the seat. Hope to meet some good people during my trip. Maybe meeting a HSN brother or 2?
 

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Back in 2004 I did the New England 1000 for the Iron Butt ride. 1,000 miles in 21 1/2 hours.
 

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my longest was about 325 miles. from Vail to Marana then across to Florence highway up to Florence junction over to Superior down to Winkelman through Oracle through Tucson and back to Vail.
That'd be a nice ride too. I've been through most of that in a cage, and some of that on the scoot. I think I'll talk to the wife about going through those areas on our next weekend ride.
 

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Nice! ..Salt River Canyon is fun :) ... Coming down the 260? Did you stop off at Wood's Canyon? If not, definitely add it to the trip next time.. It's just a few miles into that turn-off and you get to sit right on the Rim.. The View is just ..stunning..

If you haven't ridden it yet, Route 89A ..The stretch between North Sedona leading to Flagstaff, heading home via Lake Mary Road makes for a really nice ride with it's lakes bridges, telescopes, rivers, canyons, hairpin turns and mountain vistas.. Also the area between Jerome and Prescott Valley - 127 curves in 12 miles of mountain road.. If you are looking to escape the heat of the Valley.. Lots of Fun..

Just outside of Payson - between Payson and Pine, there's a little turn-off to the Tonto Natural Bridge.. As a little distraction, I'll ride up and down that road once in a while too.. Make sure you have meat left on your brake pads to do it though :D ...Has a wow factor does that road.. Doesn't take more than few mins to get from the top to the bottom, it's very steep and has beautiful "Swiss Alps" like views.. It's a lot of fun and easily added to a route for quick cool-factor.

Edit.. Woods Canyon

 

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Nice! ..Salt River Canyon is fun :) ... Coming down the 260? Did you stop off at Wood's Canyon? If not, definitely add it to the trip next time.. It's just a few miles into that turn-off and you get to sit right on the Rim.. The View is just ..stunning..

If you haven't ridden it yet, Route 89A ..The stretch between North Sedona leading to Flagstaff, heading home via Lake Mary Road makes for a really nice ride with it's lakes bridges, telescopes, rivers, canyons, hairpin turns and mountain vistas.. Also the area between Jerome and Prescott Valley - 127 curves in 12 miles of mountain road.. If you are looking to escape the heat of the Valley.. Lots of Fun..

Just outside of Payson - between Payson and Pine, there's a little turn-off to the Tonto Natural Bridge.. As a little distraction, I'll ride up and down that road once in a while too.. Make sure you have meat left on your brake pads to do it though :D ...Has a wow factor does that road.. Doesn't take more than few mins to get from the top to the bottom, it's very steep and has beautiful "Swiss Alps" like views.. It's a lot of fun and easily added to a route for quick cool-factor.

Edit.. Woods Canyon
Holy Cow! Those all sound like fantastic places to ride. Will definitely add them to future plans.

Thanks Mark!
 

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Most for me in one day was a 365 round trip to Columbus, Ga to meet BigCountry and pick up the John Hopkins book. Had time to sample a couple of beers, so I'd say that was a quality trip!
 

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Portland Oregon - Yellowstone - Jackson Hole - Sun Valley - Bonneville - Portland, 2,000+ miles in a week. Longest day 536 miles, Lewiston ID to West Yellowstone. My butt was sore at the end of the 536 miler. Great trip.
 

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Well, for the wife and I anyway. About 550 miles over 2.5 days. Rode from Tucson via AZ-77 through Globe, through the Salt River canyon to Pinetop-Lakeside. Staying at the Hampton Inn. Day 1 covered about 280.

The next day we rode from Pinetop to Payson via AZ-260, along the Mogollon Rim (man was it ever windy), and the scenery was magnificent. Had lunch in Payson then headed down the Beeline Highway through Phoenix, ending up Maricopa with an overnight stay at Harrah's Casino. Day 2 covered about 270 miles.

Took a break about every hour or so the entire trip, except from Payson to the south end of Phoenix, where after 2 straight hours, we stopped for fuel. That was the longest stretch of time in the saddle non-stop for both. Ugh. Will never do that (2 hrs) again.

Finally, on day 3 rode the last 90 miles to home, where we celebrated with a beer on the patio.

All-in-all, it was an awesome trip. We both enjoyed it immensely. Next up thinking about a trip to Vegas to see my Army son and his family, with a possible overnighter in Laughlin, NV along the way.

You did it right by putting in higher mile days and having fun, then leaving a short stint to get home.

Sometimes after the fun is done, the ride home can be like work, and it sucks when you have to 'work' longer than you really want to.

Nice to hear you had a good weekend with your wife.
 

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"Longest Ride to Date?"
If you are married, try to make it as far away as reasonably possible!
If you are single, close is convenient.
If you are 'in-between', all depends what you get out of it.
 

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You did it right by putting in higher mile days and having fun, then leaving a short stint to get home.

Sometimes after the fun is done, the ride home can be like work, and it sucks when you have to 'work' longer than you really want to.

Nice to hear you had a good weekend with your wife.
Thanks Vito. I do have to agree that the short ride home on the final leg was much easier (and enjoyable) than trying to do another long haul. We were actually rested enough to still ride the bikes that evening to our favorite waterin' hole for dinner. A nice ending to an even nicer weekend.
 
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