Wow, that's a long trip. I've never ridden for more than maybe 2 hours at a time. Usually even less than that. How often did you stop when you did that 10 day trip? Do you carry a lot of tools with you? What about if you need a tide replacement or something?
There were three of us that went on the trip. We stopped every couple of hours to fuel up, stretch and grab a quick bite to eat. Between the 3 of us we had all the tools we needed. One bike had some electronic issues in the handlebar switch and he lost his headlights for a bit until we stopped at a gas station and opened it up and patched it up. I ended up falling over when coming to a stop, my bags and sliders saved everything except my rear brake. The foot lever didn't fold up so it snapped off and I had to zip tie it to the swingarm so it wouldn't drag. Ended up riding back from Redding, CA all the way back home to Canada with only a front brake...that was interesting at first. Never really thought about if any of us got a flat tire, but I imagine I'd just find something to prop the bike up with, take the wheel off and hitch a ride to the closest dealership...Those are the things that turn trips into adventures and will always be something you will remember that trip for.
When and where is your next trip planned once you break-in the Z650?
My next trip is actually planned for August 23rd. Going to ride around British Columbia. Probably ride out to the west coast, maybe even onto Vancouver Island for a bit, and then see if I can ride to a place I discovered last year called Toad Rock Motorcycle Campground. I discovered it last year when I was out riding around and my 636 was breaking down.
Don't they say to not do any highway riding before break-in is complete? This is my first brand new bike so I'm trying to learn as much as I can.
This is the first new bike I've ever owned as well, and you're right that you don't want to hum along on the highway for lengthy periods of time during break in. Up here in Canada most of our highways aren't the giant straight wide open freeways that are all over the US. The highways that I have around me are what most would consider twisty secondary roads, so I'm constantly going up and down the gears and varying my RPM. Depends who you talk to really because it seems like everyone has a different idea about what break in period should be. When I rode the bike off the lot I asked the tech at the dealership and he said to ride it like you plan to ride it throughout the rest of the bikes life. Don't worry about going into the higher RPM's for a short bit. From what I was told that's supposed to helpful to seat the compression rings in. One thing the tech told me was the worst thing I could do during break in was to just lug along a straight open road at low RPM's.
That's nice! A good helmet goes a long way. Do you listen to music and all on long rides? Set something up in the helmet?
The guys I ride with swear by having music while they ride. I've never really understood that. I've always loved the sound of the wind flying past me and the sweet sound of the motor. That said, my new helmet cuts out a lot of the wind noise, and the Z650 stock exhaust is very quiet I find so I may look into trying out music again or a louder pipe haha. The guys I ride with though are very serious about their tunes on the road. One of them, my father in law, is a bit of an audiophile and he has a pretty crazy setup. He had ear plugs molded for his ears that he can plug Shure ear buds into, and the music he is listening to is lossless quality running through a custom build amplifier that he has inside of his tank bag. I thought that was a bit overkill, but he's pretty serious about it, and if it makes his ride that much better because of it, all the power to him. Hahaha it's pretty funny riding in the group with them...the other two guys with music going are usually bobbing and head banging their heads while they ride.