Long-Haul Motorcycle Touring - Tips for Staying Awake

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There has been an alarming rise in the number of big cruisers involved in motorcycle crashes. Big distance brings bigger fatigue but there are ways to minimize your risk of succumbing to the zzzs.
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々『Otegaru』々 Prieš 4 val
Those transitions are smoother than butter
Brando Steel
Brando Steel Prieš 11 val
I got no problem staying away my seat is like sitting on a cinder block 🧱
Tatonka Smith
Tatonka Smith Prieš 15 val
I did a 20 hour ride. Started zoning out in the last 1/2 hour. A vehicle in the ditch with it's lights on probably saved my life. I couldn't figure out WTH they were doing. BTW, my radio died at about hour number 4...
ozzyg82 Prieš dieną
Great vid. I’d add the good old taking regular breaks. Or sleeping properly beforehand/ not going for long rides after a series of bad sleeps.
OldCountryman Prieš 3 dienas
Why does anyone want to sit on a bike for 10 hours? You might as well just fly or drive a car.
Tilde Aqium
Tilde Aqium Prieš 5 dienų
Tip #1 out of 1 tips about how to fight fatigue related death: Sleep
Quinten Nobbe
Quinten Nobbe Prieš 6 dienų
This video is so good!
MarkusT Prieš 6 dienų
" I feel a bit foggy without a break" Ryan really nailed it right there at the end. Take a break and bring a Kit Kat.
DS Prieš 8 dienų
Or.... if you’re a slightly older biker like me.. you have to stop every 100 mile minimum for pee ! 😂 That’s my break. Walk a little, drink a little , eat a little... carry on.
L Hurst
L Hurst Prieš 10 dienų
The threat of a violent death always kept me awake.
Souvik deb
Souvik deb Prieš 11 dienų
I talk with myself in the helmet if this thing fails i imagine my toxic past relationship, that shit keep me awake for nights👀
Anthony Cerbone
Anthony Cerbone Prieš 11 dienų
There's a good reason Honda is making the goldwing for 45 years.
Robert Prehn
Robert Prehn Prieš 11 dienų
How can I like this more than once? Awesome content!
Raphi Huber Climbing
Raphi Huber Climbing Prieš 11 dienų
Don't forget to stay fit in general. Good cardio will help you endure tough rides way easier!
Jordan stalheim
Jordan stalheim Prieš 12 dienų
Do the pan America
IDrayas2 Prieš 13 dienų
I've been listening to foreign language thing that i only understand about 30-40%. Before that the drowsiness of morning ride was killing me.
RC Killz
RC Killz Prieš 15 dienų
You guys deserve more subs.
JETZcorp Prieš 17 dienų
I love that two of the best aviation channels on LTpost have commented here, on the best motorcycle channel. The venn diagram of flying and riding is really fat in the middle.
merciah Prieš 17 dienų
I do regular rides from my home near Seattle to my dad's near Sacramento. I have found the best way to combat fatigue, is breaks. My bike being an older Buell has a really small tank, so I stop apprx every 2 hours for gas. Keepa me from getting overly tired, and if I do get sleepy or tired, I stop at a rest area, park my bike next to me at a picnic bench and take a nap.
Gautam Pallakki
Gautam Pallakki Prieš 23 dienas
2:39 I choked.
Gautam Pallakki
Gautam Pallakki Prieš 23 dienas
Just like K pop stars chocking on each other. lol
Gale Hess
Gale Hess Prieš 26 dienų
I have studied driving, and studied many physical performance factors for a decade, and found some things do help: Get a good nights rest 2 nights prior to your ride, and ideally the prior night as well. Eat regularly through the prior days, no 4+ hour stretches of not eating, which deplete glycogen and don't help your cells store up energy. Your brain and body BOTH demand glycogen to function/have energy. In the days leading up: Stretch your hamstrings (long, gentle stretches, further as your body warms up, or do a warm up prior, 10 minute fast walk/jog). Eat all the time. To avoid losing energy after a few hours and more so after 5-7 hoiurs, eat 1/4 PB/Jelly sandwich (or similar) hourly from the start, and if racing, eat and drink every 15 (ideal) -30 minutes (sugar water type stuff, or better quality options). (Brush your teeth if you get a chance, you will rot your teeth if you use this often). Cut glare with a mini visor/photochromic sun glass lens/shaded visor and shaded retractable insert (eg, Nolan N44 helmet)., wear earplugs, set the bike up well ergonomically, get gel inserted into your seat cushion. Frequent quick breaks, before you need them.. !!!!! Sip hydrating beverage, eat 2 bites of carbs, roll out. Relax. (no phone/gps/music/stimulus). If it's a truly long day, your main problem will be getting over stimulated. If you are focused on the road, you will have plenty to think about and other stuff takes mental band width from life/death/efficiency and will tire you out. You only have so many pennies in your bank of brain power, don't spend them on dumb stuff. Your body is a machine, treat it accordingly. Change your oil and use synthetic, don't skip filter changes, use good replacement parts, keep it clean, etc. Just like a used bike (see the segment on that from FortNine), your body and how you take care of it play a roll, too. You need the entire package. Not having oil in your motor is a deal breaker, as is not getting rest the nights leading up, not eating right, not sitting right, staring into setting sun glare, distractions all day long, etc.
Colin M
Colin M Prieš 28 dienų
Best transition thus far.
Mech Weeb
Mech Weeb Prieš 28 dienų
Great transition out of the garage. Really smooth.
Gus Klemp
Gus Klemp Prieš mėn
I can drive, roll a joint and sing a song in the same time. lol
Fireguy97 Prieš mėn
Another in a long reasons that I hate rap.
G K Prieš mėn
So, I'm not the only one who gets a sore butt after 1-1.5 hours? That's normal??
Tim Walsh
Tim Walsh Prieš mėn
Cruise control must cause some road hypno
Fatviv Prieš mėn
Great video !!
Stanley Denning
Stanley Denning Prieš mėn
"This video contains an advert."
Ruben M
Ruben M Prieš mėn
What's wrong with pawn stars? Love that show
dustysquito Prieš mėn
Just squatting a little bit with your legs so you raise up off the seat by an inch or so is also enough to keep the blood pumping to your lower extremities. Made it from NM to UT with two stops for fuel by just doing a little bit of squats whenever my legs felt sleepy.
qdllc Prieš mėn
How do you address the need for hydration and urination? I deliberately avoid hydration so I don’t need to pee...especially in cold weather. Hot weather poses no issue so I can drink all I want because I’m sweating it out.
Yo Boo
Yo Boo Prieš mėn
Another great video. If your to comfortable on a bike, that's a problem lol. I've been using your "if your riding in the cold, get cold" philosophy you talked about in another video and its amazing how fast you can loosen up. Great tips and tricks as always combined with common sense. Keep'em comin!
steve hansen
steve hansen Prieš mėn
We hit the road buy 6AM and in a hotel pool by 3 PM
SmokDiplodoq Prieš mėn
Sorry, but me anglish no good. Is watching Porn Stars what he say 1:30 ??
Siddhartha Sankar Bhattacharya
Siddhartha Sankar Bhattacharya Prieš mėn
KPop is indeed damaging xD
Wallace Grommet
Wallace Grommet Prieš mėn
I had the problem on late night chauffeur trips. Had to punch myself on the quads until I regained alertness. Works very well.
3nertia Prieš mėn
Dude, the framing, editing, production, etc. are all just so fucking amazing on this channel. I loved that move through the garage door, I have no idea why but it was just so fluid and smooth and different and neat and I loved it :D EDIT: Okay, it was probably the point but that spinny bit at around 4:52 had me a bit nauseated lol
Jonathon Derksen
Jonathon Derksen Prieš mėn
I live in manitoba and I stood on my pegs to stretch my legs and got pulled over and given a warning for "reckless driving" even tho I told him my adventure bike was designed for riding while standing.
Daniel Wolfe
Daniel Wolfe Prieš mėn
I feel like you skipped over the most obvious, take a break or two, pull over and get gas even if you still have half a tank. Just to do something else
Cheeto Fingerz
Cheeto Fingerz Prieš mėn
Get a can-am ryker and you’ll never have fatigue issues. That thing will beat the shit out of you every second of the way there.
Mik 4444
Mik 4444 Prieš mėn
Same stands for cycling, just w/o earplugs
Kristopher Noronha
Kristopher Noronha Prieš mėn
I wonder how I'd do those exercises with a pillion :D Also, I've found a good alternative to listening to "something" is singing. It's kept me awake on many overnight rides. Oh and making up your own funny lyrics is even better. If it gets you in splits laughing at yourself, you've got your stretching sorted too ;)
AM Gam3ing
AM Gam3ing Prieš mėn
I fucking love those transitions!
John Sasser Jr.
John Sasser Jr. Prieš mėn
I tried motorcycle earplugs like in this video, to lesson the droning of my Yamaha 1700, but it made it sound too much like a goldwing. Which made me dose a bit. Just switched to my bluetooth earbuds. Longest trip in miles, 802mls in 12.5 hrs. In hours 17 hrs stopping for fuel and water. Water definitely important.
David Hansen
David Hansen Prieš mėn
3ml per pound for me is nearly a litre...
Altanaut Prieš mėn
If you are not enjoying your touring to a point where you are falling asleep then it's time to rest, recharge and rethink your initial journey planning.
jay7264 Prieš mėn
I have the same alarm clock from Amazon 1:10
Random Name 12
Random Name 12 Prieš mėn
Betcha a lot of those crashes are boomers who are retiring and wanting to “cruise on the open road”
Let it Rest
Let it Rest Prieš mėn
Bose noise canceling ear buds, and Pandora. The best two things for reducing fatigue.
Fabio Punk
Fabio Punk Prieš mėn
I rode my MotoGuzzi a few times from Italy to Holland in one day: 1150 km. I did it in 12-13 hrs. It was not a race against the clock, just a transfer and I wanted to make it safe for me and my bike. I did everything suggested in this (excellent) clip, plus one thing: singing. I am not a good singer but one does not care when one is alone in the wind! Singing loud can help. The best however is just to stop and have a 10' nap. For a rider this may not be easy. Once I stopped in the Belgian Ardennes in the pouring rain, I just laid down on a bench, all suited up, and closed my eyes. Rain was hitting my waterproof gear and was soothing. No-one around. I resumed the trip and it felt great. Coffe can help but -sorry to say it - not the American coffee. That just makes you pee. If a real espresso is missing a good double shot by Starbucks is a substitute. My 2c. Take care all
Herman Boing
Herman Boing Prieš mėn
Consider the riders that ride such bikes?!
veiledallegory Prieš mėn
Those bikes are dangerous because most people who own Harleys don’t know how to ride very well. That and the beers they drink at the bar 5 miles from their house coupled with the refusal to wear helmets (where legal).
Jacobee Prieš mėn
That transition at 2:50 was beautiful.
I am the Offender of All
I am the Offender of All Prieš 2 mėnesius
Ironbutt Association 1500 in 36 hours. Well, 1580 in 29 hours for me. Thankfully, I suffer from insomnia so the tired aspect doesnt get me. As for the road hypnosis....yes, spaces in between cities is immensely large. You can get lost. And at that point, its not other drivers or riders....its animals. Hydration was never a problem for me as I rode bikes that have a 100(ish) mile range. I was off that bike every hour and half.
st1300 Prieš 2 mėnesius
The right bike makes all the difference. I took my buddy on his first long distance ride. 1000 kms in one day in southern British Columbia. The next day, I did a solo 900 kms. Buddy had a FJR1300. Mine an ST1300 with lots of goodies like cruise control. Comfort doesn't mean it'll put you to sleep. Not at 160 kms/hr.
st1300 Prieš 2 mėnesius
I often put on the cruise and sit on the back seat stretched out to the highway pegs. Don't need no stinkin' handlebars.
Austin Charles
Austin Charles Prieš 2 mėnesius
Meth! Truckers and bikers alike love it!
Brandon Amison
Brandon Amison Prieš 2 mėnesius
These videos are pure gold.
Centurion Wizofid
Centurion Wizofid Prieš 2 mėnesius
I have a little confession - for me - it was increasing speed until my mind had something to pay attention to. I will give NOT any further data, just that i did find a final outlook ,that kept myself and others safe. Fluids - camel pak - not just for arid deserts! And try a 82 KZ 750 Twin, more vibration than a carnival ride and a fluff candy treat. Or a 76 Water Buffalo - yeh - you will have to look that up! Nuff said! Or an 1150 - back in the day, - or just a KZ1000, and you know the seat was 2 bricks cemented together cause "Chip and Dayle were complaining about no - "leg room" for awhile. Tim Horton's in Canada is meant to give all a break! Take IT! And don't look like the June Bug that that just spewed his butt hole on your eyescreen.
Thorin Prieš 2 mėnesius
hmm, why would rap fight for the language center over reading? For that your ears and hearing needs to recognize it as intelligent sound that has any meaning, and for rap, that is impossible...
tom t
tom t Prieš 2 mėnesius
Ride Safe Ride Free Friend. You are the man dude, master motorcyclist.
Chris Solum
Chris Solum Prieš 2 mėnesius
Longest ride I have done is 360km on the roughest road in Cambodia. Took 12 hours. I was in full gear, in tropical humidity and heat. I drank a litre of water before I started at 6, another 2 before lunch and another 3 before I reached destination. Took frequent breaks in whatever shade I could find, ate as much sugary food as I could find and stretched as much as I could. I recognised I hit my limit of torture in the last couple of hours and did the final stint on tarmac. It was a hellish ride but one I remember fondly now.
CADDYWOMPUS Prieš 2 mėnesius
I'm a fan of putting my feet on top of crash bars for a couple mins.
Renan Conceição
Renan Conceição Prieš 2 mėnesius
This guy and Edd China should make a show!|
Mike Ogden
Mike Ogden Prieš 2 mėnesius
Meth helps lol
Mike Ogden
Mike Ogden Prieš 2 mėnesius
Not many times I’ve fought sleep on My bike
TacticalTorc Prieš 2 mėnesius
Can’t drink water fast enough? Nah, three bags of saline in the tour pack direct into the bloodstream lol
Keith Queen
Keith Queen Prieš 2 mėnesius
As a truck driver two things helped sunflower seeds and 5 hr energy when I really needed help.👍
Nobody Knows
Nobody Knows Prieš 2 mėnesius
My issue with long rides is daydreaming not staying awake but staying alert to road conditions.
Walker__Pubg Prieš 2 mėnesius
Pratyush Sharma
Pratyush Sharma Prieš 2 mėnesius
This problem doesn’t occur in India, because if you lose concentration for a split second, you are dying. So we never get to be too comfy to reach this situation. 😛
Pierre de Cœur
Pierre de Cœur Prieš 2 mėnesius
I love your videos and I think that, despite your young age, you are very wise and give very good advice, but I'm an old fart who still does more than 24 hours iron butt runs close to 70 and here I must stop you: If you need tips to stay awake, don't ride and, if you're riding, stop at once!
Mad Mike
Mad Mike Prieš 2 mėnesius
I also try finding some songs that I can sing when I'm really tired. That usually wakes me up
Snoop -a-loop
Snoop -a-loop Prieš 2 mėnesius
Watching “pawn stars”... I see what you did there.
Tom Young
Tom Young Prieš 2 mėnesius
Yep, my mistakes are usually always near end of day close to motel for night
Richard Flanagan
Richard Flanagan Prieš 2 mėnesius
Tips for staying awake .. lol .. now we know why cars are continually killing people . I find the faster I ride .. 100km+ the more unstable my bike becomes to wind gust
rob campbell
rob campbell Prieš 2 mėnesius
EZ tip that helps...chew gum.
Skeeter Saurus
Skeeter Saurus Prieš 2 mėnesius
The GREATEST 'hypnosis-inducing, wreck-causing' thing which causes wrecks on 'long hauls' is the distance, itself! I found this out over four decades ago. You see, the 'gold standard' for a large street bike in the 70's was a '5-gallon fuel tank'...it was considered 'expected'. The problem is, if you are getting over 40-mpg, you're now sitting on 3, 4 maybe even 5-hours of fuel...and you don't have that much 'attention' to spare. Quickly you realize that hypnosis starts getting pretty bad after 2-hours of driving without a stop! So...I adapted my driving, night-or-day, to use the '100-mile or 2-hour' rule...at this point, I expected to either be STOPPED (gas station, restaurant or just a pull-over rest stop), or looking HARD for one! As a result, I would break my trips (regardless of total trip distance) like this. Then, to my surprise, I talked with a commercial trucker one day, and he informed me that Federal Law required them to stop and take a break every 3-hours...TO PREVENT HYPNOSIS-CAUSED WRECKS! Interesting...the Feds knew what I had figured out...and that didn't make this video. KEEP BIKE RIDING 'trip-legs' to 2-hours, max, without a 'stretch and break', if you want to avoid the hypnosis!
Davey Smith
Davey Smith Prieš 2 mėnesius
In the old days I always got dehydration on long rides, it might be because I stopped at all the bars.💣🍻🍔
Hhuo Dod
Hhuo Dod Prieš 2 mėnesius
When you tour on a grom, the chance of you going to sleep is zero.
Армянин Из Нью-Йорка
Армянин Из Нью-Йорка Prieš 2 mėnesius
Video about Motorcycle Race Suits please and thanks
Christopher Cianci
Christopher Cianci Prieš 2 mėnesius
I do the stretches on all long rides and I add in a version of the kegal that I teach my low back pain patients.
Sara Ewen
Sara Ewen Prieš 2 mėnesius
Glad to find this video. Hubby and I are getting back into riding and have a couple bigger rides planned.
Sarthak Sonawane
Sarthak Sonawane Prieš 2 mėnesius
Glad that I subbed long ago!
Covert Garage
Covert Garage Prieš 2 mėnesius
I agree with you and welcome to my channel about cars
William Reymond
William Reymond Prieš 2 mėnesius
3:15] Did you know you can do *Yoga!* on your motorcycle? - Oh, dear, that really is a Beemer. - Oh, dear, that means this person cannot be reasoned with, he knows everything already. But, the evidence is actually pretty clear, ride more than six to eight hours a day and the risks start to exponentiate. Remember my comment from ten seconds into this video? If you could redraw that graph showing accidents plotted by: hours-on-road, you might expect to find an 'up tick' in the curve after the six to eight hour mark? Makes, my point.
William Reymond
William Reymond Prieš 2 mėnesius
Oh no, I'm going to say it. You see a ten hour rider day as a technical problem to be solved with better ear plugs and a better audio program - and some better rider apparel.
William Reymond
William Reymond Prieš 2 mėnesius
1:20]. Now, I'm a little pissed. It is not simply a matter of being 'alert' [what ever that means physiologically] but being *responsive.*. You notice something, but can you react? psychologically, physiologically???
William Reymond
William Reymond Prieš 2 mėnesius
1;15]. Ok, the problem starts to become apparent. "Say you are planning a ten hour ride." You are planning to die. Just suck that one up. If you had not noticed, motorcycles are 'ridden' and automobiles are 'driven.' Riding a motorcycle is alway athletic, driving a car is not in the same category - don't compare. What keeps a motorcycle upright, on track, and on course is more than an order of magnitude more complex than driving a car. Never treat them as if the are the same. [dummy] There are self-driving cars out there today [so they say] but there are no self-driving motorcycles. Of all the variables that can kill you as a motorcycle rider, 'rider fatigue' is right up there - and *the easiest to plan around.* *Don't plan to ride ten hours a day,* just don't, it is stupid; you did it, I did, it was stupid when both of us did it. Don't do it.
William Reymond
William Reymond Prieš 2 mėnesius
00:10] There *a lot* of variables that need to be controlled scientifically [meaning statistically] before before the chart shown here makes much sense. Maybe those figures already have the appropriate statistical controls in place, but it's still worthwhile considering what some of the variables that might cloud the equation might be, for instance: sale and or population of riders increasing or decreasing in certain categories of motorcycles over the study time period; age of rider; sex of rider; miles ridden per accident, hours ridden per accident, weather, time of day, alcohol or drug involvement [could be blood pressure medicine] - other 'soft' or social factors... Scientifically, meaning statistically controlling for all of those variables is extraordinarily difficult. Ever do a regression analysis with twelve significant variables to control??? You probably cannot technically [meaning mathematically] and still have a 'statistically meaningful' result at the end. It isn't that you are stupid, it's not that the math doesn't do what you want you just have too many variables. If you are a scientist you have to find a way to get some of those variables out of your sample population. Which means you have to start looking at older guys who ride Goldwings, ride a cafe racer Fridays, and also ride superstock at the track on the weekends - a rare bear in other words, then your problem becomes the thinness of your sample population - rinse again, repeat.
Klas Peppar
Klas Peppar Prieš 2 mėnesius
I find this the advice in this video good for us car guys too. Especially those who drive those old Mercedes A-classes as those have a tendency to fall over......
Old Man Jim
Old Man Jim Prieš 2 mėnesius
Definitely investing in some of those ear plugs. I have a hydration system, and use it on 200+ trips. Though I have true cruise control, I will still invest in a throttle boss, had my speedo cable lock up on a long trip before. One tipI use for myself, is I have a set riding playlist of songs I know well, and sing along. It seems silly (and yes, it is) but it helps me. While I can do 3 or 4 hours at first in my cage, my absolute max on the bike is 2, stopping to walk around, hit the bathroom even if I don't think I need to, and if it's a nice area, enjoy the scenery.
177inthe70s Phila
177inthe70s Phila Prieš 2 mėnesius
I enjoy small carrots in my tank bag that I can slide out of the zip lock bag and slide up under my full face and eat without biting my cheeks when I'm not 100% alert and not much caffiene, sometimes none. Sometimes tea at the diner in the late morning after riding a bunch and maybe a Dr Pepper or coke with gas fill-up around 2-4pm.
Abdur Raashid
Abdur Raashid Prieš 3 mėnesius
This dude dissed K-pop, mad respect
Adam King
Adam King Prieš 3 mėnesius
I did this my last trip. Started going at 8am every day, stopping at 15-16pm. Gave me time to find a awesome camping spot and settle down, in a whole a more wholesome trip than i ever had before.
Chris Scharfenberger
Chris Scharfenberger Prieš 3 mėnesius
If you fall asleep on a bike it's probably just time for a new hobby...
nauroticdax Prieš 3 mėnesius
One of the best tips my dad ever gave me and it applies to cars and bikes: 100 -125miles 15 minute break every time and you must walk in this break don't just sit on the bike or in the car walk around the truck stop or services or wherever you stopped even if you don't feel tired or thirsty or hungry or like you need the bathroom because when you see it you'll suddenly want any of the 4 and 15 minutes minimum will set you up for the next 100 - 125miles. I've used this on multiple 400+ mile rides/drives and honestly I barely even feel it regardless of time of day. Also if you're alone (or wearing a helmet) listen to music and sing with it, sure keeps me going.
TS50ER Prieš 3 mėnesius
Amphetamine Sulfate
CoolWhip Prieš 3 mėnesius
A very good video, but I think you should have also put more emphasis on stopping and walking around a bit. Include it when you talk about the importance of drinking lots of water; it will make you have to stop to relieve your self more frequently.
James Nadua
James Nadua Prieš 3 mėnesius
Wow. This video is really awesome. :O
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