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Getting ready to tour on my R11S

New to me, only had 10 days. Leaving next weekend from VT heading South all the way to SC, hopefully. Only have 150 miles on it, and not sure if I can get some rides in during my weekend coming up. I am feeling pretty good about it, but I am wondering if anyone has any tips/recommendations I should be thinking about while travelling on this new to me bike.
Maybe a strange request, but I know different bikes have different quirks. I know that I am going to be thinking refuel at 120 miles. Only checked mileage once, but that reading was 36 mpg. Plan on switching to 90+ octane and see what happens.
Thank you in advance for any info.
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always use the highest octane possible.

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Ha! I doubt I will enter the dark hole of the inner beltway, but who knows.
My first tank I ran 87. Next fill up I will switch. May get some fuel additive in the meantime.
Can't wait to be alone in my Arai for hours on end. Something about it I really enjoy. Been 3 years and I am ready!
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Where you headed in SC? I'm in Aiken, SC just off I-20.

If you are a BMWMOA member, take the anonymous book with you. Progressive MC insurance has towing/hauling coverage, as does BMWMOA as an option.

I carry a portable backup battery that will charge your phone. Most people use their phones for maps, so it can eat batteries.

On multi day trips, I pack old underwear and socks, and throw them away as I go, instead of bringing dirty back. Or, pack light and do laundry at friends houses.

Make sure your patch kit and CO2 cylinders are good.
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Hey N41EF,
I plan on being in Conway with some family not far from Myrtle. Stopping at many places on the way south, NJ, PA, VA. As far as maps, I really like paper maps.
I have progressive, but I think I am going to renew my AAA.
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Some good advice above I won't repeat. My 2 cents...
-small air pump works better than CO2 cartridges (opinion)
-move your clip-ons above your top triple tree (you'll see why after a couple hundred miles)
-have rain gear? Pants and a jacket at a minimum?
-keep your crotch dry - Anti Monkeybutt or Gold Bond powder with syn underwear
-clear helmet visor with Rain-X on outside and anti-fog on inside
-ear plugs

Enjoy...
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Thanks Bad,
I usually use syn or wool underwear. Have a Rev'It suit with a rain liner. All set with gear and experience.
I was really curious about the bike itself. Big thing I can see is the fuel mileage. Hoping it improves some with higher octane fuel.
Also, the bike came with a Kaoko throttle lock. Anyone have experience with these? Not sure if I am going to use it or not.
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All good fuel will do is give less vibes which is always a plus,as for travelling with a stock tank was always looking for fuel when the trip ticked over 100,so when you come back you'll be doing a search on here about big tanks.

All part of what can be done with an S,with the engine breathing mods the motor would pull a higher gear combined that with 25l tank and ended up with a bike thst will cruise at 90 and do over 50mpg imperial of course
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Fuel Mileage

The gas mileage on my 2004 R1100s is between 38 and 42mpg when I am on the road and riding tank to tank.

I agree with others. If you are on the back roads and gas stations are few and far between, start looking for a station after 100 miles. You will get more used to the mileage on your bike as you ride it more.

For me the worst trait of my bike is the range per tank.
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Mileage is going to depend on consistent gear usage and altitude. If your trip consists of 6th gear cruising, expect the best, unless you ride like some yahoo. I always get 40-45 mpg here, but that's because of the above.

How old is the battery, just out of curiosity. What works today may not work on the open road, they are sneaky that way. At least know how to get the bike started if something goes wrong.
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really more for the rider than the bike, tire stuff obviously new ones are a good idea, but rider comfort is the most important thing,
I put on the rd bar backs for long trips.
check the rear final drive, wheel bearings, pivot bearings and clutch splines, ajust valves and balance the throttles.
check the ignition coils if it is a twin spark, replace and inspect the fluids for metal.
fd and clutch failures on the road are a problem
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The only thing that keeps me from using my Boxer Cup for serious touring is the range. It's certainly comfortable enough.
With the cat delete exhaust, intake snorkel and super-filter, Lennie's Sprockets and a chip...I get about 125 miles per tank. My K-bike gets 250.
I've done 3-4 days on the BCR but that's about it.
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Check the oil level when you get to SC.
Some bikes burn oil and some don't .
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I've been closer to 50 mpg on the highway,; high 40's anyway. But I try a ride smoothly and usually not over 80mph
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Finally got over 40 mpg going to Salt Lake City rally from Seattle. 43 was best run between fills and that was 80 to 90 mph the whole way, bags, camping gear on the rack and a full tankbag. Most of the time it's 37 to 39 with mix of serious Seattle stop n' go and freeway. Squeezed 189 miles out of one tank, and filled I think 4.7999999 gallons at that fill. Reserve light usually comes on at 131 miles, but once it waited until 145 on a particularly well-behaved stretch of slab.
Almost 2000 miles in 5 riding days were plenty comfortable except for left hip, but that's due to a prior accident: stepping into the path of the old age bus.
Have a great trip.
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Earplugs always! Don't understand how anyone ride without them.
Can't wait to travel!
No one on throttle lock? The Kaoko.
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earplugs never! i'm anti-throttle-lock, i like to know the bike will always behave the same when i let off the throttle. grip puppies lower the twist effort and the vibrations.
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Cell phone, obviously...GPS.
I carry several hundred in cash when I tour. All of my bikes have a $100 bill hidden...just in case. No one would ever find them.
I also pack heat when touring. Minimally a .38 snub nose within quick reach.
Check w/your insurance company for roadside assistance and towing. Progressive and AAA offer it for a small additional annual fee.
Search this forum for tour packing...I think it was bradzdotcom who posted a great list.
Ride sanely.
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