Felt awesome. Was pure joy.
Gotta say... after about 400 miles, my body stop hurting altogether )) That being said, I got a nice 3 hours of sleep on a slab of concrete covered by a thin blanket the night before Why make life easy when you can make it hard?
I did not have any pain killers or a tank bag. Just my bike, me and a ~15 lb backpack (foot tire pump, 2 liters of water ICE, change of dry clothes, GPS unit, Tablet, some duct tape, and a tire repair kit + some other crap I should have left behind). The bike has the stock SV650 seat too... those who've ridden on it for any number of hours know how good it is
KSU was at 5 AM here in North Pinellas.
Took SR54 down to i75 and this is where the fun begun
From i75 start till I hit Georgia there was fog... so much fog that my whole kit, bar the waterproof backpack, was drenched. Actually felt cold at times due to being wet.
Nothing like riding down i75 in a complete blackout next to semis with 50 meters of visibility. Most of the ride was uneventful just sprinkled with bouts of terror when a semi or a car were moving next to me. Did I mention I also only had a dark smoked shield? Yeah... Like letting a blind mouse out on an interstate By far the most terrifying riding I've ever done on a motorcycle.
After moving to 301 the fog only thickened, but the sun started to rise so it wasn't as bad... Still 50 meters or less of visibility for the most of 301 made for a very uneasy ride, reducing my overall speed for safety reasons.
Then onto i95... the most uneventful 200 miles of my life...
By the time I got to SC, my body (shoulders, neck, legs) felt like they were about to fall off and the heat started to pick up. For most of Georgia/SC I was forced to make stops every 60 or so miles to re-hydrate... couldn't believe how fast I was losing water. The pain did stop (typical for my body) after a little bit and by the end of the trip I felt like I could ride to DC in the same day without too much trouble.
One thing did stand out on my bike... in South Carolina, the roads are horrid. I even softened my suspension a few clicks, probably not enough as it was still deflecting on a lot of places on i95, to lesser degree i26 and the SC part of i77.
Entering NC I was greeted by a huge thunderstorm and better roads. The soaking was actually very refreshing given that I was being baked for past 3 hours inside a leather jacket. The end of the ride was totally uneventful except for a car flipping on its roof and a squid dancing on his bike in middle of i77. Looked like he was doing lambada or something... just helmet, shorts and T-Shirt. He had those sneakers without laces on as well. He then accelerated to around 100 and proceeded to split through the traffic till I could not longer see it. Fun stuff.
Another fun fact.. doing 85 MPH indicated on a highway my bike only did 120 miles till the fuel gauge blinks. That's almost exactly 40 MPG on 87. During city riding/north runs I get ~55 MPG. It is completely naked though without any sort of wind protection and has an upright natural riding position (laying on the tank is very uncomfortable)...
The whole ride took just under 12 hours. Even though I made up some good time on i26, probably would've been faster if not for the heavy fog for 30% of the trip.
This morning the body feels absolutely fine, no pains or aches. Feels awesome
Unfortunately... the name of the game was to get as fast from point A to point B without killing myself and I did not have time to take the camera out of the backpack. I got a couple crappy rest stop pics on my tablet, but nothing fun.
Hydration was essential... especially closer to the end when the afternoon heat picked up.
My tires, Angel ST, held up very well barely any squaring at all and did not pick up any crap.
The ride was a blast from physical endurance perspective if a little boring at times.